SUBANG: Malaysian Airline System Berhad (â€œMASâ€) refers to the article â€œOnly half-month pay for MAS staffâ€ published by The Edge Financial Daily on 8 June 2015, which quotes MASEU Secretary- General Abdul Malek Ariff.
We would like to state that comments in the article by Abdul Malek on the termination package are wrong and grossly misleading.
The Edge Financial Daily article attributed to Abdul Malek stated that on top of the termination payments based on a formula similar to existing Collective Agreements (CAs), exiting MAS employees covered by the CAs were â€œalso entitled to ex-gratia paymentsâ€. The arguments attributed to Abdul Malek further imply that as such, the termination package short-changes exiting MAS employees.
This is wrong and entirely misleading — as MASEU and MAS employees covered by the CAs have been clearly informed, the termination package provides for a total payment that is the same as that stipulated in the CAs. This total payment comprises a Base Payment given to all MAS employees, and an Ex-Gratia Payment which is provided for voluntarily by MAS and its shareholders to exiting MAS employees.
Over and above this, additional considerations have been given to the welfare of exiting employees. These include extending medical benefits for a year, payment for unutilised leave, and an additional 30% termination payment for physically-challenged employees, single parents and married couples where both husband and wife are exiting. Further, exiting employees also have free access to the training and placement services provided by the Corporate Development Centre, which to date has seen more than 1,000 registrations.
The termination package was carefully put together after due consultation, ensuring that it was fit for the restructuringâ€™s purpose and above all, transparent and fair. It is therefore regrettable â€Žthat inaccurate and misleading statements are made and reported upon, and in this regard we remind and ask that all parties be more responsible and circumspect.