MAS suffered losses because Malaysians stupid, says Dr MThe Malaysian Insider – Sat, Dec 6, 2014
Malaysia Airlines incurred losses because Malaysians do not know how to manage aviation, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.
“Malaysians are stupid. They don't know how to manage aviation,” Dr Mahathir was quoted by news portal Malaysiakini as saying in comments over Christoph Mueller's appointment as chief executive officer-designate of Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAS NewCo).
Those responsible for the losses of the ailing national carrier were now trying to make things right, he said.
MAS main shareholder Khazanah Nasional Berhad announced Mueller's appointment in a statement yesterday.
Mueller, who will be the first non-Malaysian chief executive of MAS, will also join the board as a non-executive director.
Celcom chief executive Datuk Seri Mohammed Shazalli Ramli will also join the MAS board as non-executive director. His and Mueller's appointments to the board will be effective January 1.
The appointments are part of the sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional's efforts to rescue and restructure the airline.
Dr Mahathir also commented on Datuk Seri Najib Razak issuing legal notices to opposition lawmakers Tony Pua and Rafizi Ramli, saying it was the prime minister’s right if he wanted to sue them.
He said, however, that he had not resorted to legal action against his critics during his 22 years of power tenure as prime minister.
“Back then I didn't go to court. I just answered (the critics).
“If I had done the right thing, what is there to be scared of? People will believe you,” he reportedly said.
Pointing out that it was normal for politicians to be criticised and slandered by people, Dr Mahathir said in his opinion there was no use going to court in such instances.
However, he added, such action might be useful to Najib.
Rafizi, the Pandan MP, received a letter of demand yesterday from a law firm representing Najib over his video defending petrol subsidies, while Pua, who is Petaling Jaya Utara MP, was issued the notice on November 21 over remarks against Najib about the state-owned 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). – December 6, 2014.