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Friday, September 09, 2005

Yeah! Sarawakian picked to head MAS

That settles the issue! Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has appointed Idris Jala, 47, as its news managing director effective December 1, 2005. And that was after an extensive headhunting search.

Dr M has every reason to be happy this Friday morning. The Star reported on August 30 -

Dr M to MAS: Consider foreign MD plan carefully

Malaysia Airlines (MAS), which may be open to hiring a foreigner as its new managing director, should consider the matter carefully, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The former prime minister said MAS should also gauge the response of its staff.

“I think you should test the waters,” he said during a dialogue session after delivering a talk at a seminar entitled The Thinking of a Thinker organised by the International Islamic University here yesterday.

“If people react negatively, you will not achieve positive results.”

He was responding to reports about a MAS' plan to hire a foreigner to head its operations following the retirement of managing director Datuk Ahmad Fuaad Dahlan last week.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had said last Sunday that he would give priority to a Malaysian to head MAS but was willing to consider a foreigner as a temporary measure if there was no local person qualified to take the job.

Now, the new MD has said this -

"As I am not from the airline industry, I will have to learn fast. I will do my best to work everyone in Malaysia Airlines. I believe the key to business turnaround lies in unleashing the talents of everyone in MAS."

Idris is a Kelabit (Read about Kelabit here from the Bario Highlands in Sarawak. He successfully led the business turnaround of Shell Middle Distillates Synthesis (SMDS) Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a multinational plant in Sarawak.

Updated at 3:30 pm - Read further from New Straits Times about this Sarawakian. Well, it's always heartwarming to read stories of "own people", people from the same State -

Some call Idris the turnaround specialist. Some say that his forte is in motivating people. Some say he is from the school of managers who are more comfortable in the trenches with the troops than in wood-panelled boardrooms. Some say his idea of a good time is a jam session, with him on the electric guitar.

...It would not surprise me if he rolled up his sleeves and helped out the crew during a flight. That is the kind of person he is.

Yeah, (sorry I am like my teenage daughter today) Yeah! Imagaine CEO ask you in an early morning flight - Nasi Lemak or Omelette?

1 comment(s):


With the guitar music at the background, Nasi Lemak, Sir!

Sure, Yan, proud to be Sarawakian!


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:44 pm  

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