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MAS Unions to picket against secret share “suap” & CCF?

MAS cabin crews and others have worked so hard for MAS & yet not appreciated. But the Panamera Dead Woods are awarded with high salaries and BIG perks!

Updated @ 10:30 pm 5-12-2011: These articles are  for your reading pleasure. HERE & HERE.

Updated @ 10:45 am 5-12-2011MAS used to have daily return direct flights between Sandakan and Kuala Lumpur, then Firefly came in to serve this route, so MAS stopped doing it. This was decided by the new management of MAS under En Mohammed Rashdan Yusof, the ex-business partner of Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar when they were in BinaFikir Sdn Bhd.

The Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Datuk Edward Khoo has expressed disappointment at the decision to reduce the number of airlines operating direct flights between Sandakan to Kuala Lumpur.

“Lately Firefly has also withdrawn its service and we are now left with only AirAsia serving this route.I still remember that when MAS and AirAsia had a share swap, it was clearly announced that this swap would not create a monopoly for air travel.This particular route between Sandakan and Kuala Lumpur has now become a monopoly (by AirAsia),” said Datuk Edward Khoo. Full report in HERE.

Now that the meeting between Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar and Tan Sri Bashir of MAHB was just a rumour where Tan Sri Bashir was supposed to be given the boot. Lets hope that the sacking of Tan Sri Bashir was a mere figment of imagination. Lets return to the problems in MAS where Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar’s ex-business partner in BinaFikir Sdn Bhd, En Mohammed Rashdan Yusfof aka Danny, was in the centre of many controversial decisions in MAS.

Below is the e-mail from a member of staff of MAS. Hopefully the leaders of MAS unions (MASEUS, MESA, MAPA & etc) will not only read it for fun but will also examine what had happened in MAS under the secret MAS – AirAsia share swap and the s0-called Comprehensive Collaborative Framework (CCF) and whether both of these exercises have so far benefitted MAS. Members of staff of MAS have spoken out loud against the said secret share swap and CCF in yours truly’s blog and other blogs. MASEUS and other unions in MAS have made a few statements and have threatened to picket in early December against the CCF. Read in HERE & HERE.

After a few statements from En Alias, the President of MASEUS, MASEUS went into silence mode. Yours truly have also heard that there were BIG talks of writing Open Letters to MPs and YAB PM some 2 months ago but sadly to say NO positive actions from the union leaders up to now. This had caused resentments and many MAS staff have posted adverse comments against their own leaders. This was unavoidable as MAS employees are seeing the unhealthy developments before their eyes daily and they have the legitimate expectations of wanting their leaders to lead and take the necessary actions to stop the rots.  

The Unions leaders must not only stand up for their members but must be seen to be fighting for their members’ interests and most of all the interests of MAS. Without MAS, there will be no subscriptions for the unions to collect!

It is now the time for MAS staff to ask their respective union leaders on the union stands on the developments in MAS and whether they were beneficial to MAS, and what the unions leaders intend to do about what had happened so far. Four months have elapsed after the said secret share swap have been signed, the Unions leaders have had enough meetings with Rashdan, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and AJ but the MAS unions members have the legitimate rights to know the substance of the said meetings. 

Yours truly believes that the MAS unions leaders were aware of the glaring facts below. If the MAS unions leaders are not too busy with drafting their Open Letters, perhaps they should let the MAS employees have their opinions about the developments listed below:  

  • The cancellations of full load Firefly flights during Raya season that have caused great inconveniences to about 7,000 rakyat;

  • The sudden termination of Firefly profitable routes from JB to Kuching and KK from 25-8-2011;

  • The sudden termination of MAS profitable route to Bandung from 4-10-2011;

  • The sudden termination of  Firefly routes from KLIA to KK and Miri from 4-12-2011;

  • The impending termination of more MAS/Firefly routes especially from KK to Japan, Seoul, Perth where AirAsia X Sdn Bhd is operating, all in the name of cutting costs;

  • Restricting Firefly to operate turboprop service;

  • The costs of respraying Firefly aircraft to MAS colour and moving offices from Subang to KLIA;

  • Spending RM18 million to sponsor QPR, which Tan Sri Tony Fernandes is the co-owner, home jersey at a time when MAS is bleedings! (Was this an obvious case of conflict of interests?)and 

  • The sudden suspension En Sahari Sulaiman, the capable MD of MasKargo after the said secret share swap when MasKargo has a good record of making profits of about RM140 million annually. (Was this an exercise of witch hunting or forcing good manager to leave for certain hidden agenda?) Read HERE, and;

  • The resignations of high ranking  members of staff namely, Datuk Eddy Leong, the MD of Firefly and a few others.

Below is the e-mail:     

Dear YB,

I am compelled to write to you about the recent happenings and rumors in MAS. There has been endless talk about the direction of MAS amongst the staff and we are being kept in the dark about the so-called turn around plan. It has been over 3 months since the new management took over but to-date there is nothing forth coming from the management.

To be frank with you, the whole MAS fraternity is against the collaboration with AA. I was told that the unions/associations in MAS has made it known officially about it and there are also rumblings amongst the senior management on the matter. Furthermore, there are more and more unfamiliar faces in MAS compounds not forgetting the few consultants hired by MAS to look into the operations of the airline, causing much anxiety and unhappiness amongst the staff.

I have also heard from the grapevine that MAS management is looking at ways of turning us from “red” to “black”. They felt that “unit cost” needs to be trimmed and various strategies were put in place. Some of the decisions made are:

1. Closing down of unprofitable routes.

The management felt that some routes are unprofitable and the decision was made to close down South Africa, Argentina, United States and all Middle East except Jeddah. These stations will be gradually closed from December 2011 with the final closure in February 2012. They even made an official announcement about it. But the problem is that being a National Airline; MAS must first consult the Government about it, to which they have failed. I have inside information that the management was called-up by PutraJaya as they were upset by the decision and asked MAS to reinstate back the stations until further notice.             

2. The management also decided to “wet lease“ some of MAS jet regional routes to Fire Fly using their aircrafts. They claimed the “unit cost” for running such an operations was lower compared to MAS operating them. But the irony of it, these Fire Fly aircrafts are on lease and will be flown by Fire Fly pilots and cabin crew. What has happened is that MAS has decided to lower the flying hours of their own pilots and cabin crew leaving them on ground without much flying. Common sense will tell you, how is it that these “wet lease” operations will reduce the “unit cost” when we have our very own pilots and cabin crew who can fly the Fire Fly aircraft!!

But the icing of the cake is when it was found out that the Fire Fly aircraft does not have the license to fly Dangerous Goods (DG), whilst MAS being a National Carrier has the proper licenses for that. The Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia (DCAM) has decided that if ever DG needs to be carried, there will be an aircraft swap from Fire Fly to MAS. Again, how will this so called decision reduce the “unit cost” when there is so much hassle and inconvenience to MAS operations?   

On the other hand, the management has also made some bizarre decisions, which is indeed mind boggling to the staff. Whilst they claim that MAS needs to reduce “unit cost”, they have been on a spending spree, amongst them:

1. Sponsor of QPR

This decision was made when the exco was running MAS. Bear in mind that Tony and Kamaruddin was in the exco at that time and it is unethical for them to be part of the decision making process. It is must also be noted that whenever there are any proposals, there must be proper processes that any company must do to ensure transparency and accountability. Even the senior management of MAS is questioning the decision, as it does not follow the “Board Audit Tender” processes. I have also heard that even AJ is unhappy about the deal but he is powerless as it was done before his time.

2. Moving out from Subang (SZB) to KLIA

The management made a decision recently that our offices in SZB will be closed and staff will be moved to KLIA offices. It will involve all Departments except Engineering and Call Centre. The movement will take place from April 2012 and will end in June 2012. They claim that since the pulse of MAS operations is in KLIA, it will be better for all the offices to be situated there.

The question that every staff is asking, why make to move when we have other more important issues at hand that needs to be prioritized? Furthermore, the move involves cost and this is one area that the management needs to tackle. On one hand, the management talks about reducing “unit cost” but on the other hand, they are spending money. The staff has voiced our displeasure about the decision as we felt it should be done when the financial situation is more stabled, but it has turned to deaf ears.         

3. Going premium

The management has decided that MAS will be turned into a premium airline. They have also decided to change the cabin configuration of the newly delivered Airbus A330 and Boeing B737-800. And decisions have also been made to change to cabin for the coming Airbus A380. MAS will also be changing the cutlery in the aircraft to reflect the new premium outlook.

The staff has been asking the management what is this premium they are talking about? The management claims that the growth in the industry is the Asian Region and that is their focus whilst the long haul is a loss-making venture. Yes, that might be true but how premium can we be? Can we offer fine dining or even multi channel entertainment system on our aircraft when the flying time amongst the region is less than 5 hours?       

Foremost in our minds are connectivity and how can an airline be “premium” when we are closing down stations. How are we to serve the customers when others around us are flying the world whilst we are merely making up the numbers!! The question is, will all the money spent upgrading our cabin ensure that MAS make money??

Furthermore, airlines around us are also on par with their brand of premium but the one factor that will tip the scale is connectivity and that is where MAS will loose out. Bear in mind, MAS is the only airline from this region that flies to Argentina and we are planning to close down the station.  

The other worrying trend in MAS is the resignations of senior management in MAS. Our CFO, En Azhar and CEO of Fire Fly, Dato’ Eddie Leong has left us. And more recently, our EVP of Communication, Raja Zamilia has tendered her resignation. MAS have also suspended one of our senior management pending an inquiry. Isn’t it ironic that our senior managements are leaving MAS when they were announced in the new management team by AJ? Two things come to our minds, it is either they were forced out as they do not fit into the new management team OR they have lost confidence in MAS, thus prompting them to leave. Rumors are a few more mid-level management have also tendered their resignations in the coming weeks. This news does not bode well with MAS as it shows that we are indeed in trouble and our managements are slowly abandoning ship.  

AJ announced recently that both he and Rashdan are “Joint in-Command” in MAS. One must understand that in any one ship, there is only one Supreme Commander and he/she will have the final say. The problem is there is this perception amongst MAS staff that AJ is not the one calling the shots, it is Rashdan and Tony that is doing so. Even the senior management has admitted silently about it and they are very uncomfortable about the running of MAS by both of them. Probably that explains the reason why some of MAS senior management has left. Rumors running around at the top-level management are, there is no cohesiveness amongst them. They are also not kept in the loop nor consulted in any decision-making. AJ will be making a decision only to be overturned by Rashdan or even Tony later. Their indecisiveness is costing us a lot and that probably explains why until today, there is no official announcement on the turnaround plans.      

Being a loyal employee of MAS, I am compelled to write to you informing you the inner happenings in MAS. I have been here since the days of Tan Sri Aziz (our first Chairman) and I have seen Chairman’s and MD’s come and go. But this is indeed the most worrying trend in my career as MAS is headless and directionless in this turmoil. I know that the Company will come out in the open denying everything but believe me, the staff of MAS will agree to what I had said. Even some of the senior management of MAS has confided that they share the same feeling but they have to be silent about it as they are powerless to do anything.

It also no secret that Emirates have just announced that they will be flying to KL using the A380 and they are aggressively marketing it in the local media. That is one airline that not only offers “premium” but also connectivity around the world. If the matter is left unchecked, I fear that MAS will fall further in the industry.  

Another interesting article in HERE.

37 thoughts on “MAS Unions to picket against secret share “suap” & CCF?

  1. Aiya YB, don’t expect too much from the MASEUS leaders, they are on overdosed of sleeping pills. They are asleep deeply. They needed Dr MACC to treat them then they will wake up. By which time MAS would have been koyak. Useless buggers need to be whacked. Thank you for speaking up for MAS staff. Syabas YB.

  2. All these wouldn’t have happened had Azam Mokthar was not running amok in the GLCs. It was his incompetence and the rampant practice of cronyism in GLCs and his consultant mentality that have caused the debacles in MAS. MAS problems are all due to Azman’s incompetency. His appointment was based on cronyism by the 4th Floor administration.

  3. Well done, MAS staff. Yes, MAS has been sinking since the 20th century. MTS has been trying to wake up the staff and top management for the last 8 years but alas 99.9999% were either ignorant or on sleeping pills. We have the solutions but 5% of the staff need to kick 95% of the management asses. The decision makers must do the right thing failing which, more problems, more conflicts and more wrong decision will be made to a vicious negative cycle of self destruction. The younger staff (do not rely on the older staff since they have been sleeping on the job and are near retirement) must demand the decision makers to. a. terminate the share ‘suap’. b. engage the right and well experienced local aviation professionals. c. allow MAS staff to MBO the airline More clues below: http://mastroubleshooters.blogspot.com/2011/11/6-major-things-that-mas-should-have.html. http://mastroubleshooters.blogspot.com/2011/11/7-reasons-why-khazanah-should-not.html We are ready to contribute with the right team!

  4. untuk si Rashdan dia tiada maruah. Rashdan akan koyakkan MAS. Najib mesti tendang dia keluar dari MAS jika kerajaan nak menyelamatkan MAS. Rashdan adalah kroni kepada Tan Sri Azman yang mencuba nak bantu kawan si pariahnya. janganlah kita percaya kepada Azman mokthar, Rashdna dan si pariah. Mereka tiada semangat Malaysia tetapi semangat menjaga kepentingan mereka sahaja.

  5. May together we pray to Allah. Kebenaran akan terbukti. Berani Kerana Benar. Takut Kerana Salah. Selamatkan MAS.

  6. YB,

    If only we had a government that is really concerned with the continuous ongoings within MAS! It appears MAS is going to be the ‘sacrificial lamb’ as till now nothing has been done to resolve the secret share swap. What happen to 1Malaysia slogan – Rakyat didahulukan Pencapaian DiUtamakan???

  7. YB,

    The government should not only remove rashdan. AJ, TF and KM must be remove too. This gang of 4 must be out. This will make the 4 million MAS passengers happy.

    What is sacrificing 4 monkeys for the benefit of MAS customers. MAS today is loosing more money than during Tg Azmil’s time. These 4 are very good at accelerating losses. Rashdan will make all the losses and then TF will came with a saviour to do a reverse take over on MAS soon.

    That is not what we want. We want MAS to stay anf the 4 monkeys can go. Not that we love the 4 monkeys less but love MAS more.

  8. level 4 footprints everywhere laa YB, i thought they are gone after Pak Lah left. Questions now is..who really ‘Owns’ this level 4 guys? He/She is pulling the strings and opening the doors for them to come in.
    The way i see it..even PM cant or wont stop them. And if Pakatan won GE13, they will still be around, just under different flag

  9. If Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar has been doing a good job in MAS and protecting MAS, MAS will not be in such a state. He would not have agreed to the share SUAP with a CCF. The whole share Suap is a dodgy from day one that’s why it had to be done in such secrecy.

    Ptui! to you Azman orang yang tiada maruah dan tak malu. Ptui! to your family too since you don’t care about our family.

  10. Pemimpin Persatuan MAS masih tertidur kerana makan banyak Ubat Tidur. Jadi tak sedarlah YB. Alias kamu di mana sekarang? MAPA, MESA dan lain-lain, buat apa sekarang? Kami bayar yuran tiap bulan yang tiada makna jika sudah 4 bulan mereka masih nak polish Rashdan dan Tony. Pemimpin Persatuan MAS jangan terlampau jangan fikir kami bodoh nanti kamu susah bila kami bongkarkan segalanyua.

  11. Thank you Yb for updating with more facts. Now we know what this Bina tak fikir bugger Rashdan has been doing in MAS. Aiyo! Rashdan what the f..ck have you been doing to MAS and the people in Sabah. Just because you want to please one pariah and the people in Sabah had to suffer. It is high time that Najib must take immediate actions to kick out Rashdan from MAS and his ex-business partner Azman Mokhtar from Khazanah. when this is done, then MAS will have a much much better future. Harapkan pagar pagar makan padi is the right description for these two Bina tak Fikir buggers.

  12. Stupid. My Kul-sandakan-kul flights are being removed, thus loss of hours and salary = taking food off my table. i am gonna support whatever we have left.

  13. hey! Rashdan kuncu Amok dan si pariah apa cerita sekarang. Timbalan Menteri sudah bersuara menentang keputusan kau (berhenti perkhidmatan MAS dari KL ke Sandakan). Tak lapa lagi Rashdan akan jadi pariah juga sebab sudah tak tahu malu lagi. Manusia apa? Melayu jenis apa? Melayu yang bukannya jual bangsa tetapi jual maruah Negara! P..T..U..I! Rashdan dan Amok

  14. Apa cerita Rashdan? masih nak musnahkan MAS kah? Gaji kau dari mana? AirAsiakah? Derhaka kepada negara.

  15. Puak ni tak faham apa PICKET, tetapi mereka amat memahami POCKET sebab itu mereka masih tertidur kena terlampau banyak sleeping pill!

  16. YB ..
    sabelum apa2 business decision di Khazanah, tentu dapat approval dari dia org punya board kan? Jadi siapa yg di Board yg kasi greenlight to proceed? Tentu punya kan?? Berani sesiapa yg buat begini klu ta ada arahan. Coba terang sikit YB? Mesti ada ‘powerful” hand yg order ini ..Terima Kasian

    1. old referee

      Untuk keadaan biasa memang apa yang disuarakan oleh sdr adalah benar. Tetapi dalam situasi sebegini, kemungkinan besar bahawa orang tertentu sudah mengerti arah ke mana yang dia perlu memainkan peranannya untuk sesuatu keputusan kerana dia sudah mempunyai pengetahuan (knowledge) agenda-agenda tertentu.

      Terima kasih.

      wee choo keong

  17. The best move is to go back to square one. Split MAS from AirAsia and pay off the AirAsia people. Never mind if the Government were to rugi RM100 as long as MAS no longer need to deal with people like Tony Fernandez. Better if all the nincompoops are sacked and paid off. MAS truly carries the Malaysian name and it should not be compromised for the benefit of some selfish and short-sighted individuals. Can’t these people understand that MAS is a national institution and should not be made the cash cow for greedy and selfish individuals out to milk the country and the rakyat dry. For good management, MAS can hire the best brains, from inside and outside the company but please, nobody who is connected to Fernadez or Azman Mokhtar. Also, please sack all the union leaders too, as they seem to have been softened by the manipulators from … you know who.

    Sdr sorry for hte minor amendment to avoid unnecessary problems.

  18. Betul…MAS umpama sekuntum bunga harum (yang kini layu namun boleh disegarkan semula) tetapi bunga itu sekarang dikuasai oleh empat ekor kera (monyet). Jadilah situasi seperti kera mendapat bunga.

  19. Amok must take all responsibilities for the failure in GLCs. Amok cannot now turn around to say that the MD of GLCs have failed because he has been paid big fat salary monthly together with all the big fat perks as the MD of Khazanah. i would think his salary will be around RM100,000 per month with the perks. Amok please learn to accept responsibilities. Therefore, in the case of MAS there was no difference.

    Rashdan was installed by who? Amok must be instrumental in putting his ex business partner in MAS. Now that Rashdan has screwed things up from the word go, Amok must bite the bullet. Just resign that is the honorable steps for Amok to take.

  20. Dear YB Wee Choo Keong,

    You may be too busy to notice that:

    1. Most Malaysian of all races are saying – Thank you.
    2. Most MAS staff of all ranks are saying – Thank you.

    Ayat penghargaan yang sangat mudah, tetapi ikhlas dan sangat sukar untuk kami lupakan. Regardless of the result of your efforts.

    May god bless you.

  21. Amok, please get into your thick skull that without staff support, your initiative will fail.

    Staff pun satu, jangan harap these people will admit their blunder, you guys must shove it up their nose before MAS musnah harapan..

  22. YB, tell off najib n the cabinets that they are losing more voters due to this MAS-AA very dirty and ugly issues…the govt dont be too cosmetics and rhethoric with all the PM cries out loud about 1Malaysia, rakyat didahulukan pencapaian diutamakan,transformasi! Truly PM got to get rid all the bad monkeys in all the GLCs

  23. Azman Mokthar, when MAS is bleeding how could you allow your ex-business partner Rashdan to commit MAS to sponsor QPR for RM18 million on 167-8-2011. Then in September you allowed him to be appointed the deputy CEO of MAS.

    You are not fit to head Khazanah or any other GLCs. You are only fit to lick Tony’s boot. You are the shameless Melayu on earth. You have done so much damage to MAS just to help your friend Tony by putting Rashdan in MAS to inflict more damage to MAS.

  24. Come on YB..penat org vote u..tp u x boleh fikir..thats y we need to changed our govt..n then throw all the f**g dirty bussiness in our country..MAS is a GLC company..govt pump duit utk run the bussiness especially when MAS got financial problem but did u noticed from where our govt dpt duit?? if not from rakyat,taxes etc..but then again rakyat juga yg rugi b’coz of this share suap..x smue rakyat mmpu naik kapal terbang pun..bile harga ticket melambung..and i believed u x tau pun pasal most of MAS worker still dpt gaji dibawah par jika nk dibandingkan dgn airlines lain from around the world..walaupun most of worker work hard for MAS..living cost naik..gaji x naik..so i dont see from ur entry that u can help people’s or MAS staff as well..what we need is changed the govt n start back from zero..

  25. If MAS Union has any guts at all, the first thing they should do is to demand an all out war on corruption or “close one eye inefficiencies” in MAS.

    Can start with the running of the Golden Lounges . The Golden Lounges are indeed the goose that lays the golden egg for some people in MAS.

    You can have the best 5 year plan, best sales, best turnaround plan, but as long as things are purchased at over inflated prices, MAS will RIP

  26. MAS worker….which tree are you barking at now? YB has done a good job in disclosing the dirty job of that Pariah TF and his gang, here you talking nuts. Apa you nak ni, orang cakap lain you pula cakap lain….bangun lah..kawan.

    Maybe you guys would like to read what the Pariah TF told the borneo post on 4 DEC 2011. Well Pariah TF….if you said so that you will not regret if you were to be hit bu a bus…Well…here I pray hard and wish hard that you will be hit hard by a bus or trailer till semua badan you hancur dan berkecai…oops I forgot again that you don’t understand Bahasa Malaysia, well you have got AJ, Rashdan and Km to explain it to you.



  27. TF was shouting in Sabah and Sarawak.Because of what?i’m sorry to say because most Sabahan and Sarawakian doesn care enough about the whole Malaysian issue.what they are care are most only about their issue, thats why they praise TF well and TF had said he rather bring QPR to Sabah and Sarawak than KL because he know the west Malaysian are open minded and care about all the issues. and the west Malaysian always against him.

  28. Imalaysia, you’re very wrong about orang borneo. They don’t trust Thamby ler. Try going to borneo, you won’t find thamby walking around in the street. Thamby-free state 🙂

  29. Hussin Rahman
    RM100mill is peanuts. This is a big time game. AA has to find like RM51bill
    for all the aircraft it is buying. I am no accountant but looking at AA revenue figures, the only way AA can do this is to “collaborate” with MAS, with the blessings of the highest powers that be of course. This then becomes the story of the camel and the Arab, sooner or later, the Arab will find himself tent-less while the camel sleeps comfortably in the tent. Example, in MAS recently rolled out Business Plan, all staff wondered why in the network, no arrows went to Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). Answer – we work with a ‘partner’ who will fill up their planes, bring pax to Kuala Lumpur, and MAS fills up its 380s to bring them to Europe. This partner is supposed to be Qantas. Ah, no wonder Tony is working so hard to persuade Quantas to make KL its Asian hub. Because, if this plan works, MAS will no longer fly ANZ routes, guess who is waiting to take over the rights? Already AAX has announced that it is confident of beating Scoot into Sydney by June 2012. MAS is just a pawn in the much bigger game. Najib cannot claim ignorance, he is also MoF, and Chairman of Khazanah. Connect the dots la

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