MAS needs to make CA more effective, says Fong


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  • Saturday, 09 Apr 2005

Dr Fong having a word with Mohd Zahid after he was given the wheelchair in Kuala Terengganu on Friday.

KUALA TERENGGANU: Some adjustments are needed in Malaysia Airlines' collective agreement to make it more effective, said Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr Fong Chan Onn. 

The views of all quarters should be considered when discussing the agreement, he said, commenting on the recent dismissal of former flight stewardess Beatrice Fernandez. 

She lost a 14-year court battle against the airline for terminating her services when she became pregnant. 

Dr Fong said his ministry, together with two others – the Transport Ministry and the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry – met MAS representatives last week to discuss the matter. 

He said he was confident the airline would address grievances voiced by its stewardesses. 

“I hope there will be some adjustments in the new collective agreement that is being drawn up so that it will be more effective,” he told reporters here yesterday. 

He refuted suggestions that MAS discriminated against its women employees, adding that the terms and conditions in its collective agreement were only enforced after the airline reached an agreement with the workers union. 

“It is unfair to blame the airline after the terms and conditions have been accepted by the workers. This can give our national carrier a bad image,” he said. 

Earlier, he handed Social Security Organisation (Socso) benefits totalling RM133,318 to 35 people. 

At the function, factory technician Mohd Zahid Muda, 30, who became paralysed after an accident in Kajang in 2003, received a wheelchair. 

Mohd Zahid would soon receive a one-off payment of RM84,304 and RM1,764 as monthly payment for life.  

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