Tuan Azahari Dahlan, the ex-AirAsia Regional Head of Engineering, and appointed the CEO of MAS Aerospace Engineering (MAE) after the infamous aborted MAS-AirAsia share swap, is said to be the most qualified person in term of “seniority and qualifications” in MAE to hold the post of CEO. Unfortunately, up to this date this Tuan Azahari Dahlan is still keeping very quiet about the possibility of MAE entering into another joint venture with SR Technics or other entities. Yours truly has posted about the possible joint venture with S R Technics, in HERE.
Rumour has it that the bidding for the joint venture with MAS to start the component repair shop was completed on 28-1-2013. No other newspapers knew about MAS intention over the said joint venture except, of course, The Star. Incidentally, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes was one of the key players in the aborted MAS-AirAsia share swap and was appointed as a director of The Star a few months ago. Out of the blue, on 31-1-2013, The Star published a story about the said joint venture and its headline was MAS AEROSPACE ENGINEERING – S R TECHNICS TIE UP?
One reader has sent an e-mail to your truly alleging that there was a clear conspiracy in this joint venture. Of course, yours truly does not believe that there was a conspiracy because there was no evidence to suggest it at the moment and more importantly, with the highly qualified Tuan Azahari Dahlan as CEO of MAE surely he wouldn’t tolerate let alone indulge in such a demeaning activity. Furthermore, Tuan Azahari Dahlan has been handpicked for his rare engineering qualification in the region and also rare expertise in heading an engineering department in an aviation industry.
Again rumour has it that under the possible join venture between MAS and S R Technic or other entities, MAS will hold 20% and S R Technics or other entities 80% of the total equity of the said joint venture. If this is true then Tuan Azahari Dahlan will be made to look like a fool as MAS will no doubt lose control of its own MAE. Penultimately, MAS will have to pay through its nose for the cost of maintenance and other engineering services rendered by the said joint venture. Furthermore, MAE must have learn from its past experience other failed joint venture before.
No highly qualified engineer or businessman of Tuan Azahari Dahlan’s stature will allow the MAE which is an integral part of MAS to be fully controlled by its joint venture partners. In this case, SR Technics or other entities. It is for this reason alone that yours truly dismissed the allegations of conspiracy without any hesitation.
Hopefully Tuan Azahari Dahlan will see it fit to clear the air about the rumours on the possible joint venture in the next few days.