KUALA LUMPUR – The welfare of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) workers, who were reported to be facing retrenchment, receive the attention of Members of Parliament who want their interests be prioritised.
Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani (BN-Titiwangsa) said the workers involved must be assisted as they have families and debt commitments which must be settled.
“The fasting month is also close, Hari Raya Aidilfitri is coming soon, so, how will they fare if they are not assisted,” he said when debating the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) in Dewan Rakyat here, today.
As such, he suggested that the management compensated them appropriately if they were forced to retrench the staff in the effort to save the national airline.
He said this was to enable the workers involved to meet their commitments and to begin a new life.
Johari also suggested that the workers who had loan commitments, such asMara and National Higher Education Fund Corporation, be exempted from paying the loans until they get a new job.
“I also want to suggest that the workers involved are allowed to make withdrawals from the Employees Provident Fund earlier to start a business or pay existing loans,” he said.
The local media, prior to this, reported that MAS was prepared to do away with at least a third of its manpower as a last resort to save the airline.
Touching on the same issue, Hasbi Habibollah (BN-Limbang) urged the government to give the best offer as an assurance of workers’ future.
“It is hoped that the government will give the best offer to the workers if it wants to make an improvement or solve problems towards developing the national icon,” he said.
Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid (PKR-Kuala Langat) said the plan to turn around MAS should start via reducing expenditure at the management level and not by reducing the number of workers.
“Cut the allowances which bring opulence to the management and vendors while food and beverage should be reviewed,” he said. – BERNAMA