Sarawak to monitor MAS situation

File photo shows Malaysia Airlines planes are parked at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang. Photo: Reuters

KUCHING: The state government will monitor developments pertaining to the status of Malaysia Airlines said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg

“From what we gathered from the media, it is not definite as there are two different entities at the moment. As you know, one is Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) and the other is Malaysia Airlines.

“After we learn more about what is actually happening, then we would know what we can do. At the moment we have no details,” he told a press conference at Wisma Bapa Malaysia today.

He was fielding a question from reporters on whether the state government would step in and assist Sarawakians who are employed by the airline company.

This came after a notice issued to creditors made its rounds on social media, lending weight to speculations that the airline is being liquidated.

National News Agency (Bernama) also reported that the Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) has offered an early retirement scheme to employees while negotiations are going on with creditors and lessors concerning MAB’s restructuring plans.

The MAG Early Retirement Application form, which was seen by Bernama, is for employees across the board, including those of subsidiaries MAB, MASwings, MAB Kargo, AeroDarat Services, Firefly, Hijrah Biru, and the MAB Academy.

The exercise is targeted at Malaysia-based employees aged 45 and above who have served the company continuously for a minimum of 10 years, including years of service in the Malaysia Airlines group.

In a New Straits Times report, MAB refuted any notion that it is being liquidated. An MAB spokesperson said the notice was related to submission of proof of debts or claims for the now defunct Malaysia Airline System Bhd (MAS).

“The matter is unrelated to MAB and is not part of its current restructuring exercise,” said spokesperson.