Thai AirAsia Chairman Apologised After Cursing Loudly During Virtual Town Hall

He was criticized for using profanity and interrupting a woman in a professional setting.

Akmal Hakim

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Asia Aviation Public Company Limited (AAV) Executive Chairman Tassapon Bijleveld, who’s also the Chairman of Thai AirAsia Co Ltd, is accused of being unprofessional to staff during a recent virtual town hall.

Reportedly, the meeting took place to discuss matters relating to the airline’s partnership with the Indonesian multi-service platform, Gojek.

Recordings of the meeting circulating online caught Tassapon interrupting a female Thai staff member who was making an inquiry during a call which was also attended by AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes.

“What’s your f*cking question? Come on. What’s your question? Come on, don’t talk a lot. Shut up, shut up. I know your question now, ” barked the Chairman before asking his Malaysian counterpart to step in and answer the woman’s question.

Tony meanwhile took a moment to praise the people present during the call for a job “well done” in dealing with Tassapon’s behaviour.

The video however sparked an online conversation on how the Chairman was disrespectful towards staff with many accusing Tassapon of being a bully and reprimanded him for the use of profanity in a professional setting.

Some were even personally asking Tony for an explanation for what went down.

A screenshot of comments taken from Tony’s Instagram page.
(Credit: tonyfernandes via Instagram)

However, people also suggested that the snippet of the meeting may have been taken out of context and people might be blowing things out of proportion

Apology to Allstars

Tassapon apparently released an apology video two weeks after the events of the town hall.

In an internal correspondence with staff members on social media, the Chairman apologised to everyone involved and promised that it wouldn’t happen again.

(Credit: Via WhatsApp)

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