In April 2012 the top management of MAS was seemingly busy with the great ideas of turning around MAS with equally great plan to block internet mail access.
Hence the e-mail was sent out to MAS staff and is re-produced below.
To : All Staff Systemwide and MAS Contractors/Vendors
Ref : MAS/GROUP IT/2011/013 Date : 20th April 2012
CHANGE OF MH DIRECT PASSWORD & BLOCKING OF INTERNET MAIL ACCESS
In order to enhance network security and to optimize Internet bandwidth, Group IT is undertaking the following actions:
1. Change “MH Direct” wireless password
Password for “MH Direct” wireless facility will be changed on 28 April 2012.
All existing users who are currently accessing the network via “MH Direct” are required to contact Helpdesk to obtain new password.
2. Block Access to Internet mail systems
Access to Internet mail systems e.g.. Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail will be blocked from MAS IT network on 28 April 2012.
The use of the provided IT facilities are subjected to Corporate Information Security Policy (CISP).
If you have any enquiry, kindly email to email@example.com or call at +603 7840 2020.
Please read HERE.
During the infamous MAS-AirAsia share swap, Dubai route was terminated and Firefly was scaled down when it was operating with great potentials HERE.
Now Dubai and other routes have been beeen reinstated and Firefly has been expanded HERE.
The blocking of the internet access to internet mail systems in April 2012 must have failed miserably. Hence in July 2013, another great idea under “Business Plan” to track and monitor the incoming and outgoing e-mails of MAS staffs was implemented with vigour. However, it cannot be confirmed whether the contents of the staff e-mail will also be closely scrutinised in this new exercise in futility. Perhaps the top managmenet of MAS should be asked how much good money of MAS had been spent for the special programe to block internet access and now the tracking software. MAS has the habit of engaging consulting firms to come out with GREAT ideas like what it did with the appointment of BinaFikir Sdn Bhd and PlaneConsult. Was MAS better off after the said appointments? You all knew of the answers. If we were to go by the past practices in MAS and/or Khazanah, all consultancy contracts will have a MANDATORY “NON-DISCLOSURE” clause which will include the fees of the consultants like HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE & HERE.
After many months of pursuing the BinaFikir’s consultancy fees, it was finally revealed in Parliament HERE.
Perhaps the inclusion of the confidential clause on professional fees of consultants was deemed necessary because the fees charges were far too LOW and that it will no doubt embarrass the professional standing of the consultants concerned if their extreme low fees were to be revealed. Coming back to the issue of implementation of the said tracking software program, yours truly has been reliably informed that:
It is mandatory for those staffs with company’s handphone or computer to install a special tracking software whereby all movements of their e-mails will be monitored by the top management.
It is optional for the self-owned handphones for the installation of the tracking software but if the said software is not installed they will not be able to have access to the e-mail system of MAS i.e. they will not be able to receive the e-mails and/or notices from the management of MAS.
In the current IT age, anyone with a bit of IT knowledge would have been able to overcome the tracking software. This special software may have cost MAS many hundred of thousand of good RM especially at this particular time when MAS is still BLEEDING!
With such tracking software installed, the top management of MAS should now scrap its “Whistleblowers Programe” because the there will no longer be confidentiality.
When it was suggested to MAS staffs that the installation of this software was part of the grand “Business Plans” like the reinstatement of the Dubai routes and expansions of Firefly, they were not at all impressed.
It was suggested that the top management should be focussed in its “Business Plans” to generate more revenues instead of spending good money for their futile exercise of implementing the installation of the useless tracking software. The main objective of this software programe was very obvious to everyone in MAS! WITCH HUNTING or they fear their won shadows?
MAS staffs were very supportive of the reinstatements of Dubai and other routes, the expansions of Firefly and final joining of OneWorld. On the other hand, they were questioning the sudden change of heart by the top management of MAS which will no doubt cost MAS a fortune. Generating more revenues could also be facilitated by cutting unnecessary expenses. A vast majority of MAS staffs were extremely unhappy with the one sided 25 years contract that MAS entered into with LSG Skychef Brahim’s Sdn Bhd, a company controlled by Datuk Ibrahim bin Badawi (the brother of the former PM Tun Abdullah Badawi who is now the Advisor of MAS).
Perhaps, Tan Sri Nor Mohamad Yakop, the then extremely powerful Minister of Finance II, would be able to shed some light who was the PM when the said one sided contract was signed and, more importantly, whether he was privy to it. This catering contract was signed when Tan Sri Md Nor Md Yusuf was the CEO of MAS and now the Chairman of MAS. The one sided catering contract cost MAS RM6.25 billion. Every year MAS had to cough out the MINIMUM catering cost of about RM250 million! Just imagine, one stick of satay cost RM3.20 to MAS when MAS was buying in bulk! No wonder Datuk Hj Ibrahim Badawi has been quoted to have said “WE WANT TO WORK WITH MAS” HERE.
No other airline in the world is burdened with such one sided contract!
It will be more fruitful for the top management of MAS to direct its excess energies in preparing a report with recommendations why this one sided catering contract should be terminated forthwith for the government to consider. The obvious question is:
Does the present top management has the political will to take the positive steps to have this one sided catering contract terminated forthwith when certain influential personalities now in MAS and Khazanah were also previously involved one way or another with the said one sided catering contract?
Yours truly believes that you all already have the answer in your minds. The end results of the sudden implementation of tracking software is not hard to deremine. It will no doubt be another failure like what had happened to the blocking of internet mail access which was introduced just about a year ago. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Let us see what other special programs the top management is going to introduce again provided, of course, the two top managers of MAS are re-appointed in August 2013.