MAHB chairman backs Bashir as MD

(Bernama) – Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) chairman Tan Sri Dr Aris Othman today extended his full support to a proposal to extend the service of Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad as the company’s managing director.

“I can say with confidence that the entire Board of Directors will extend their full support to him being retained as the managing director.

“In my opinion, the current situation is critical from the aspect of our standing and development. We should not make any changes whatsoever, particularly for this position,” he said.

Aris was speaking at the 6th joint signing ceremony with the Peninsular, Sabah/Labuan and Sarawak, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad Workers Unions in Sepang today.


Bashir’s position as managing director came under question again following a media report that he would be replaced by Pos Malaysia Berhad Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Datuk Syed Faisal Albar Syed Albar, whose contract ends at the end of this month.

Bashir’s contract with MAHB ends in June next year.

The proposal to extend Bashir’s service was voiced by the President of the Peninsular, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad Workers Union, Hussin Shaharn at the same ceremony.

It was also proposed at the event that a memorandum be sent to the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, on the proposal.

Hussin also proposed that another memorandum be sent to the Prime Minister on the confusion at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT)yesterday in relation to the, “Say No To Airport Tax Increase”, by Air Asia.

Air Asia is protesting MAHB’s decision to raise the airport tax by between RM7 to RM14 at its five airports in the country, effective yesterday.

Meanwhile, the joint agreement signed today will see 2,705 non-executive workers of MAHB, receiving a new salary structure involving increases of 7-43 per cent.

There is also a salary adjustment of six per cent for 4,051 workers not involved in the restructuring.