KUALA LUMPUR, June 15, 2015:
National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (Nufam) condemned the statements by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai for “creating confusion” regarding the dismissal of 6,000 Malaysia Airlines (MAS) employees.
Nufam president Ismail Nasaruddin claimed Liow’s statements seem to change from day to day, leaving many of the workers involved frustrated.
Liow allegedly issued a statement to several newspapers today saying that most MAS staff had gratefully received a termination package and that no party was left unsatisfied, except for Nufam.
“The statement is very confusing and different from two days ago. He (Liow) has advised MAS and agreed to sit down with Nufam, but his statement today is different.
“This shows that he is not alert or sensitive to comprehend the issues raised by Nufam and our staff,” said Ismail in a statement today.
He added that Liow only considered the management’s perspective on the issue and not that of the workers or union.
He also urged the Transport Minister to discuss with Nufam on solving the problems faced by MAS staff as the union was the place where employees voiced their concerns.
“He should call both parties to the get both sides of the story and not just listen from one side,” Ismail said.
He explained that the prejudice should stop and the opinion of MAS’s employees should be taken into consideration in order for the tension regarding the layoffs to be relieved.
“He was supposed to solve the problem quickly and not make ridiculous statements that anger the employees in MAS,” he said.
In August 2014, Khazanah Nasional Berhad (Khazanah), the largest shareholder in MAS, announced 12 measures in MAS’s restructuring plan worth RM6 billion. It revealed Khazanah would establish a new entity known as the Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAS NewCo) which would result in 6,000 employees from various levels discharged from duty.