Monday, August 19, 2013

MAS will not be privatised, says Najib


BY MD IZWAN
AUGUST 19, 2013
LATEST UPDATE: AUGUST 19, 2013 03:07 PM
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak (pic) has rejected the suggestion made by Malaysia's longest serving former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad barely 24 hours ago that Malaysia Airlines (MAS) should be privatised because it was running at a loss.
Najib, in disagreeing with Dr Mahathir, instead stressed that the recovery process for the national carrier was already producing results, as losses suffered by MAS had been brought down.
"I wish to make it clear that MAS will not be privatised.
Najib also defended the current MAS management, which he termed as carrying out their duties responsibly.
"Even though MAS is still suffering losses, the turnaround process has done a lot of good and there is a downward trend to the huge losses from before," Najib said in a press conference today at the Finance Ministry's Hari Raya open house.
"MAS is controlled by Khazanah and it is carrying out business like any other commercial company  with good governance," added the prime minister.
Yesterday, Dr Mahathir, had called for MAS to be privatised as despite the many turnarounds, the national carrier is still in the red.
Dr Mahathir added that he strongly believed in privatisation as those who ran the operations would be the ones who will be held accountable.
"I have run a government company before and usually, the main concern there is to create employment. No attention is paid to proper management," Dr Mahathir had said. - August 19, 2013.
~ The Malaysian Insider

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