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Tuesday, 1 January 2008
MAS (Malaysian Airlines System)'s Golden assets.
Faridah Abdul Rahman (in jacket) was a MAS crew trainer for 17 years after serving 12 years as a stewardess.
By ANDREW SIA
IT began as Malayan Airways Limited (MAL) in 1947, became Malaysia-Singapore Airlines (MSA) in 1967 and then into Malaysia Airlines System (MAS) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) in 1972.
After its take-off, MAS steadily climbed the commercial aviation stakes in its first 20 years.
Then it encountered serious turbulence after being privatised to Tajudin Ramli in 1994. The turmoil continued until late 2005, when new CEO Datuk Seri Idris Jala pulled MAS out of its nosedive.
In this second and final part of our report on MAS in conjunction with its 60th anniversary, we pay tribute to the airline’s greatest asset: its staff.
IN 1972, the bulk of Malaysia-Singapore Airlines (MSA) staff were based in Singapore and efforts were made to persuade the Malaysian personnel to return to Kuala Lumpur and help set up MAS. But fewer than 200 returned and indeed, this was an unsung act of patriotism on their part because the yet to be launched Malaysia Airline System (MAS) was an uncertain prospect.
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