Updates @ 10:30 pm on 20-3-2012: As at 8:00 pm tonight, the Hansard for the Parliamentary proceedings of yesterday (19-3-2012) has yet to be tabled in Parliament. It should be tabled by tomorrow. Once it is tabled yours truly will publish it here.
Yours truly, has been informed that the “sit-in” protest by MAS employees in Italy is still on. Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof was quick to issue press statement to defend Amok’s crony, Rashdan, and AJ but until today he is keeping very quiet about the appointment of PlaneConsult and what Mr Shane Nollan has been doing as Acting Commercial Director of MAS.
Yours truly would have thought that he would make another statement and published, of course, in the Star, to defend the “sacking” of the MAS employees in Italy, Mat Salleh, Mr Shane Nollan of PlaneConsult, AJ and Amok’s crony, Rahsdan, for they doing the “right thing” by not charging fare for the AA X Sdn Bhd’s passengers when they were uplifted by MAS to Mumbai. Tan Sri Md Nor should also tell Malaysians that helping AirAsia X Sdn Bhd and bring in AirAsia staff into MAS to hold key positions are the two main pillars of the secret share swap and CCF. Yours truly is still waiting to hear from him with regard to the selling of MAS assets under WAU when he was the MD then.
On the different note, instead of plugging the massive LEAKAGES (KEBOCORAN) in MAS, its top management is more interested in witch hunting i.e. looking for people leaking out information or rather their MALPRACTICES. They have instructed the poor heads of department to do the dirty job for them. This is one form of the LEAKAGES in MAS – instructing staff to do unproductive jobs. Tan Sri Md Nor, AJ and Rashdan: All of you are real jokers of Malaysia!
Updates @ 7:30 pm 0n 19-3-2012: Dear Fellow Malaysians (especially MAS staff) and the Italian MAS staff, yours truly spoke at length about the secret MAS – AirAsia share swap and CCF that have caused big problems in MAS and for MAS staff and their families. The subject matters in the speech include Tan Sri Md Nor Md Yusof, Amok’s crony, Rashdan, Amok himself, AJ, En Rozman Omar, Puan Nor Zalidah Ahmad, En Azhari Dhallan, Mr Shane Nollan, Mr Andy Holmes, Mr Conor McCarthy (all three from PlaneConsult), MAS Sdn Bhd, MAS Kargo, MAS Engineering, MAS Academy,WAU, and the disposal of the 70% share in MAS Catering Sdn Bhd and MAS Komplek.
Yours truly also spoke about the plight of the Italians. The verbatim speech will be published as soon as yours truly received the Hansard. Unfortunately for the Italians, you all will have yo get it translated as it is in Bahasa Malaysia.
Updates @ 9:40 am on 19-3-2012: On 16-3-2012 at 9:30 pm Puan Nor Zalida Ahmad, Head of Strategic Communication of MAS, sent out the full text of the statement of Tan Sri Md Nor Md Yusof (MD Nor), MAS Chairman and the chief architect of the failed “Widespread Assets Un-Bundling” aka WAU in 2002/2003, supporting the Amok’s crony, Rashdan and AJ. WAU was about “saving” MAS through “ASSETS STRIPPING”. The statement appeared prominently in, of course, The Star. MD Nor was in great pain to justify what Amok’s crony has been doing. MD now was trying to undermine YAB PM when PM said that he will look into the secret MAS – AirAia share swap and CCF.
By the way, Puan Zalida Ahmad is the niece of Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, AirAsia Deputy CEO and sister of En Zaman Ahmad of AirAsia, the Head of Passenger Experience of AirAsia. It seems that no one else in MAS that is capable of doing the jobs. Is it part of the secret share swap and CCF to transfer AirAsia staff or person, who are related the top managers of AirAsia into MAS top management? MAS Unions, your views on the transfer of Puan Nor Zalida Ahmad (new Head Strategic communication), En Rozman Omar (new CFO of MAS) and En Azhari Dhalan (new Head of MAS Engineering), please?
Updates at 1:40 am 19-3-2012: Yours truly has been informed by reliable sources that the recruit of the Rashdan’s “new airlines”, MAS Sdn Bhd, has begun in earnest. Most probably this must have been “recommended” by his preferred Mat Salleh consultant, PlaneConsult, which is also the consultant for AirAsia and AirAsia X Sdn Bhd. If MAS staff do not exercise their option by 16-4-2012, they will be terminated with 3 months salary as compensation. Just wondering whether this decision is palatable to the leaders of the several MAS unions?
Yours truly has been informed by the employees of MAS in Italy that since 13-3-2012 they have been in a “sit-in” protest against MAS management headed by En Ahmad Jauhari Yahya (AJ) and En Mohammed Rashdan Yusof, the ex business partner and crony of Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar (Amok), the MD of Khazanah Nasional Bhd .
MAS Italy has 17 employees. One of them will be terminated in June 2012 and the remaining 16 will be terminated 0n 1-4-2012. Some of them have been working for MAS for the past 18 years. They are extremely unhappy with the way in which they have been treated. They have alleged that the MAS management has broken the promises made to them. Yours truly have been informed that the sit-in protest commenced on 13-3-2012 and will NOT give in. The 17 employees are now represented by their union Filt CGIL in Italy.
Yours truly hopes that the MAS staff in particular the MAS union leaders will take note of the plight of the their colleagues in Italy and will act in solidarity with their Italian colleagues during this difficult time.
AJ and Amok’s crony, Rashdan, can always say that this was one of the recommendations of PlaneConsult, which is also the consultant for AirAsia and AirAsia X Sdn Bhd, and the said consultant has been given wide powers to act on behalf of MAS. For more details of PlaneConsult, please read in HERE.
Yours truly has been informed by MASEUS members that some 2 weeks ago MASEUS leaders have signed a Collective Agreement on behalf of its members where MAS staff retirement age has been extended by two years and there will be a salary increment of 5%.
Syabas MASEUS leaders! What an achievement during this particular time and the morale of your members must have been upifted upon hearing this fantastic news! But what will be the future of your members comes 1-5-2012 if Amok’s crony, Rashdan, succeeded in bulldozing through “my airlines” (this was how he has been bragging about it in front of the staff) called “MAS Sdn Bhd”. Hope MAS staff will ask their respective MAS Union leaders, what is going to happen to them comes 1-5-2012 if they do not join “MAS Sdn Bhd”?
Dear MAS Union leaders, 16 April or May 1st, 2012 are at the corner!
Below is the press statement of the MAS employees in Italy.
COMMUNICATION FROM THE EMPLOYEES OF MALAYSIA AIRLINES ITALY
After 18 years of consolidated presence in the Italian market, on 16 December 2011 Malaysia Airlines announces the suspension of the flights from Italy to Malaysia and vv., effective 31 January 2012.
We, employees of Malaysia Airlines Italy, would like to provide our version and views on the whole matter, coming from our in depth knowledge of both the Company and the market.
The value and the potential, which the Company unquestionably showed in the last few years, has brought us to believe that this decision is hasty and not thought through.
Last November the 27th, during an internal meeting, an increase in frequencies from the current three to five weekly, effective November 2012, was discussed. After only 15 days, these intentions were reversed by a communication from the Company announcing the termination of Italy-Malaysia vv. route.
In the past, grave moments of crisis (bird flu, SARS, tsunami in Indonesia) have hit the influx of Italian traffic towards the Asian region. These were overcome thanks to the initiatives of the Italian management, strongly supported by both the European Regional office and the Central Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.
In order to face the heavy effects on the air transport industry of the last 3 years of economic crisis, Malaysia Airlines Italy has proposed innumerable sales and pricing initiatives to support and consolidate its presence in the local market. These initiatives were NEVER listened to, NOR considered, NOR evaluated by the Regional and Central managements, which remained totally blind to the needs of the Italian market.
On the contrary, strategies and policies have been imposed, which were completely alien to the reality of the Italian market and based on reasoning that contrasts with the local peculiarities. The failure of these strategies determined a significant drop in productivity and the progressive loss of market shares for Malaysia Airlines Italy.
The Regional office in Amsterdam abused its position by forcing Malaysia Airlines Italy to implement these inappropriate strategies, designed to streamline Italy into unsuitable European models, despite frequent indications from the Italian office.
We believe that the Regional office in Amsterdam failed in its duty to distinguish and coordinate the European offices and mediate their differing needs to Kuala Lumpur. Instead, they limited themselves to a rigid control administered with arrogance towards the Italian market, that led the Company to its inevitable estrangement from the local market.
From the 31st of March, our GSA for reservations and ticketing (ATT, Asian Tour Travel) will cease all activities. As of yet, the Company, whilst keeping the operations from other European gateways (Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris and London), did not show any opening towards maintaining a possible offline office, which has happened in other European locations such as Zurich, Zagreb, Brussels and Madrid, all manned with Malaysia Airlines personnel.
At this time, there is no evidence of any appointed European representative to guarantee continuation of business and service to Italian agents and passengers, thus confirming a total disinterest in the Italian branch.
With deep regret, we have to note that even the “internal clients” of the Company were given no consideration.
The Company’s only consideration was collective redundancy, which will be effective after suspension of work, which started on the 29th of February. This decision was irrevocable and did not even follow the offer of extraordinary measures such as cost cutting campaigns or special employee contracts (e.g. “contratto di solidarietà”).
Neither did the Company pick up the opportunity offered by the State Redundancy Scheme (“Cassa Integrazione Straordinaria-CIGS-“), which would have cost them nothing, remaining stubborn in their decisions.
We, employees of Malaysia Airlines Italy, do not align with the Company position, which we believe is detrimental to the image of Malaysia in Italy, and take this occasion to thank the market for the support shown in all these years.
The emphasis above is yours truly.
Please read an interesting article by Another Brick In The Wall on how the WAU’s expert, Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof, the new Chairman of MAS, who is trying to do a WAU no. 2 after he had failed in WAU no. 1 when he was the MD of MAS in 2002, in HERE.