KUALA LUMPUR, April 20 — The National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (Nufam) told Christoph Mueller today to finish what he started, after the Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) chief executive officer announced that he would resign in September.
Nufam said Mueller should not “run away” from his job in the middle of his three-year contract when many people have placed high hopes on him.
“How can you leave the airline halfway when taxpayers have been spent so much to bring him over to turn the airline around?” the union said in a statement.
“If Muller wants to leave, he must finish the job first and proof (sic) to us he is all worthy of what he has been paid for, or otherwise Khazanah Nasional must justifiably recruit every single employee who they have terminated from that very day MAS was closed down.
“We have lost many good employees all because of the management’s streams of failures!” Nufam added.
Nufam also said it was “unprofessional” for Mueller to leave the flagging national carrier while it has yet to fully recover.
MAB announced yesterday that Mueller, who succeeded Ahmad Jauhari Yahya as managing director and Malaysia Airlines CEO on May 1 last year, will step down this September, far ahead of the expiry of his three-year contract.
The German aviation veteran, who had cut 6,000 jobs and axed unprofitable routes in Malaysia Airlines, said in the MAB statement that “personal circumstances” would make it difficult for him to complete his full term.