MAS plan to hire staff from China criticised

  • Nation
  • Friday, 07 Mar 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The plan by Malaysia Airlines (MAS) to employ 100 air stewardesses from China has not gone down well with the community.  

MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Michael Chong said many people had called his office to voice their concerns over the matter. 

He said that the callers, mostly women, did not understand why MAS should offer employment to Chinese nationals over local Chinese. 

In view of this, Chong presented a memorandum to Transport Ministry parliamentary secretary Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai, urging the national carrier to give priority to locals. 

Heads of state MCA complaints departments were also present to support this view after receiving similar complaints. 

The memorandum highlighted the fact that local Chinese would be able to communicate effectively with passengers from China in Mandarin as it is also spoken widely in Malaysia. 

“Our local girls are just as capable of doing the job,” said Chong at a press conference.  

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