The Malaysian Insider Tuesday 27, 2011 headline reads “Dr M says fed up with MAS, backs Air Asia swap deal”.
I just could not understand the involvement of Dr. M in the deal. Is he the owner or part owner of Air Asia that gave him the right to comment on the deal? I personally feel that the deal is lopsided with MAS ending up the biggest loser. It does not make sense to me to see our national carrier with a long track record of service being swallowed up by a ‘junior’ airline. I think MAS loyal staffs were right in expressing their protest over the deal and if this matter is not accorded a fair treatment, I think MAS/Air Asia is heading for disaster.
And even before the deal can be formalized, Air Asia has gone into a ‘shopping spree’ by acquiring English premier league football club Queen’s Park Ranger. I do not know the gains to be derived by this acquisition and whose decision was it for the airline to make the acquisition. From what I read, the name of Tony Fernandez is all over the media, and it would seem that he is the owner of the club. But one wonders where did he get the money to acquire the club? And acquiring an English football club is no small money.
Now, going back to the statement made by Dr M, one needs to look at the failure and success of MAS since its inception. There were times when MAS was flying high with excellent in-flight service that equals the best in the world. I can still say that MAS has maintain such excellent in-flight service; unlike Air Asia where every bit of service is at a cost. I dread ordering the in-flight Air Asia catering service that is served at exorbitant rates.
I think, MAS as a national carrier ought not to be blamed for any delays in the finalization of the swap deal. Blame it on the top management. And who actually decides the appointment of the top management all these years? Is it not the government itself? If you were to appoint a ‘crook’ or a ‘thief’ to the top management, then don’t blame MAS for all the failures. And do we not see ‘crooks’ and ‘thieves’ heading MAS in the past? And who was the guy that caused MAS to lose billions, and yet no one is really interested in bringing him to the courts.
Had MAS been led by people of integrity and God fearing, it will today be one of the best managed airlines in the world. It is easy to blame, but difficult to accept responsibility. This is where we Malaysian have gone wrong.
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