Bashir - An aviation industry veteran
We have been receiving mixed signals from the blogosphere pertaining Air Asia and the low-cost airline CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes's concerted attacks against Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad and the Government.
At least one blogger, among those who have been following the issue since Tony made it public via Twitter and Facebook and most recently the mainstream media, believes that Khazanah Nasional Berhad would intervene soon to stop attacks against the airport operator.
But the blogger thinks Khazanah would take the easy way out by sacking MAHB managing director Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad.
"I can't reveal my sources but I was told that Khazanah is more interested in pleasing Tony Fernandes. We could expect them to sack Bashir," Another Brick in the Wall told The Mole.
Would Khazanah managing director Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar intervene and put forward an amicable solution to this public spat within the aviation industry and spell out the limits of a low cost airlines company and a GLC airport operator?
The blogs have been really hot on this issue and at least one mainstream newspaper has brought this matter closer to the ballot boxes.
"An informer alerted this blogger late last night that despite Tan Sri Bashir getting support of MAHB Chairman [read Bernama here], there is a meeting today involving Khazanah Managing Director Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar, Dato "Danny" Rashdan Yusof, and few others to confirm the sacking of Bashir.
"Syed Feisal already has the job," the informer said. This seemed contrary to our sources in Prime Minister's Office that there will be no such thing.
And this is also in contrary to words given by Azman Mokhtar to bloggers on a Ramadhan night that Bashir will keep his job and conditions on Tony F to stop grandstanding and pay up and cut it out his bitching of Malaysia Airport. A Voice stand as witness to that statement and claim by Azman. Read further in Wee Choo Keong here." - ABITW
"Fernandes is a GLC director now, after successfully getting Khazanah Holdings Bhd conned into a ‘share swap’ deal on 9 August. He was appointed non executive non independent director. He also managed to get Khazanah to appoint him into the ‘Executive Committee’.
Then within a few short weeks, he got Malaysia Airports to pay RM 18 million worth of home games t-shirt sponsorship for his private venture in Queen’s Park Rangers.
This blatant disregard for authority, using conniving sophisticated marketing approach for consumers to hate Malaysia Airports for the airport tax increase is really low. MAHB justified for their increase in airport tax, since there had been no increase since 19 years ago.
What Fernandes conveniently did not tell his customers is that AirAsia was a company build on direct subsidies, when their first three years of operation in LCCT was waived for landing and parking charges.
What Fernandes also did not tell is that when the ‘charges holiday’ was over and he needed to pay, he did not pay his dues on time. In fact, at one point of time he owed MAHB for RM 106 million in arrears.
When MAHB went after him for the charges, he ran to the political masters for sanctuary, on the pretext of his contribution to the Malaysian economy with the number of tourists his low cost carrier flew in. " - BigDog