Transport Minister positive on Malaysia Airlines rebranding

Transport Minister positive on Malaysia Airlines rebranding
MCA President Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai at the opening of the Negri Sembilan party annual convention.

MALACCA - The Transport Minis­try is confident the new company under Government strategic in­­vestment fund Khazanah Nasio­nal Bhd will preserve Malaysia Airlines' identity, even if the wau (kite) emblem and corporate colours are tweaked.

Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the ministry would leave the rebranding to the new company but suggested that in their restructuring exercise the management do its utmost to preserve the airlines' uniqueness.

Liow, back from a tripartite meeting among Malaysia, Australia and China in Canberra over the search for the vanished MAS flight 370, said he had yet to be briefed on the new company's strategy.

"MAS remains our national carrier and, as such, its national identity should be preserved," he said after opening the Malacca MCA annual general meeting at the party's state headquarters in Jalan Hang Tuah yesterday.

Liow was commenting on Khazanah's radical plan to revive the embattled MAS, which involved job cuts, a capital injection of up to RM6bil and a MAS Act to set up a new company to continue with the airlines' business.

Liow said his ministry would call for the reduction of work force to be executed in an orderly manner to safeguard the interest and welfare of the staff.

"This will be put forth by me during a meeting with Khazanah on the details of the new company," he said, adding that his ministry would ensure that the new company has a competitive edge.

In Kuala Lumpur, Malay Merchants and Entrepreneurs Association (Perdasama) vice-president Datuk Naim Mohamad said all Malaysians had a role to help make the MAS recovery plan a success.

He encouraged firms to make an effort to hire MAS staff affected by the job cuts.

"Malaysians should also prioritise travelling on MAS at least for the next three years," said Naim in a statement.

He said Malaysians here and abroad should be agents and ambassadors of MAS, and should promote the national airline and pray for the carrier to succeed.

Human Resource Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot said he was happy MAS was coming up with three resolutions for workers who would be laid off.

"After a discussion with MAS, I'm glad to say that they have plans to care for their workers' well-being which is our main concern.

"I have to emphasise that MAS is not retrenching their workers," said Richard.

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