Saturday, December 24, 2005

MAS Chairman Seeks Vindication

Munir lodges police report

MAS chairman Datuk Munir Majid yesterday lodged a police report over an e-mail containing several allegations against him.

Munir: “I have to protect my legal interests”.

The report will be investigated under Section 500 of the Penal Code for criminal defamation.

Apart from identifying its authors, the police would also look into the allegations raised in the e-mail.

As part of the investigations, individuals mentioned in the e-mail would also be called in to help in the investigations.

The e-mail, titled ‘MAS the Flying Buffet’, dated Nov 28, was made public when several senators mentioned specific allegations contained in it. They also raised the allegations during a special briefing session with the new MAS managing director, Idris Jala on Dec 21.

The senators had asked for a meeting following allegations (raised by the e-mail) that extravagance and wastage on the part of the MAS management had contributed to the national carrier's losses.

Senator Datuk Kamarudin Ambok said the Senators also asked Idris about an allegation that the MAS chairman flew to London three times a week, but he (Idris) had not replied.

During the meeting with the senators, Idris told them that the management needed to raise RM3 billion to turn the airline around.

MAS became a hot topic when it reported a net loss of RM684.4 million for the first half of this year.

Will this episode unveil the pandora box?

It will get insidious ... the public will hear more of it.

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