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Idris Jala should clarify whether MAS is giving half-million ringgit “golden handshakes” to a select few under the RM850 million MSS scheme although they have less than 24 months services left while about half of the 4,300 MAS staff who opted for MSS had been rejected
MAS’ MSS offer attracted 4,238 applications representing 19% of its 23,000 employees. The original MAS plan was to axe 6,500 employees based on competencies and departments.
The unhappiness among the MAS staff stem from the lack of accountability, transparency and fairness in the MSS – that only some 50% of those who opted for the MSS had been accepted and the “golden handshakes” to a select few under the RM850 million MSS scheme although they have less than 24 months services left.
MAS managing director Idris Jala should give the Malaysian public as well as the MAS employees answers to the following questions:
(a) The total number of MAS employees who had opted for MSS, the number of approvals and rejections.
(b) Is it true that MAS has fixed a ceiling of RM700,000 for MAS payout for an employee.
(c) The number of employees whose MSS payments are in the following region: (a) between RM100,000 – RM200,000 between RM200,000 – RM300,000; (b) between RM300,000 – RM400,000; (c) between RM400,000 – RM500,000; (d) between RM500,000 – RM600,000; and (e) above RM600,000.
(d) The number of employees approved for MSS who have (i) less than 12 months’ services left; (ii) less than 24 months services’ left; and the respective total MSS payouts for these two categories.
(e) What is the total cost of the MSS payouts for those who have successfully opted for MSS.
(f) The total cost of MSS payouts if approval had been given to all the employees whose option had been rejected.
(g) The principles and criteria for the MSS payout
(h) Is it true that one principle for the MSS payout is based on the employee’s current salary multiplied by the number of years of service in the national airline?
As MAS is 80% owned by the government and the Malaysian taxpayers had to repeatedly fund billion-ringgit bailouts of the national airline in the past 12 years since the scandal of the Tajudin Ramli “privatization” of the government stake in MAS, the Malaysian public are entitled, without interfering in management decisions, to ensure that there is good corporate governance in MAS.
Furthermore, MAS employees are also entitled to accountability, transparency and fairness in the implementation of the RM850 million MSS which is being funded from the public coffers.
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman