PETALING JAYA: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will continue to employ locals as cabin crew as its first priority, but the intention to hire Chinese nationals is to elevate the airline’s presence in China.
In recent months, cabin crew recruitment exercises for Malaysians have been conducted all over the country, the airlines said in a statement issued yesterday.
“Apart from the walk-in interviews, which are publicised in newspapers from time to time, applicants are also encouraged to write in to our Human Resources Division,” it said.
MAS said the plan to recruit stewardesses from mainland China was to remain competitive in the international arena.
It added that many major airlines around the world have an international blend of cabin crew to enhance in-flight service delivery.
“The intention to employ foreigners will not dilute the presence of Malaysians in the overall cabin crew staff strength. Presently foreigners comprise only 1.8% of the total cabin crew workforce and this percentage will remain insignificant,” it said.
The statement was in response to recent criticism of its move to employ 100 flight attendants from China.
On Friday, a memorandum was handed by MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Michael Chong to Transport Ministry parliamentary secretary Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai, urging the airline to give priority to locals.