KUALA LUMPUR: Khazanah Nasional Bhd's top management has been urged to revisit the agreement on Malaysia Airlines Bhd's purchase of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, says Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.
He said the matter should be looked into to ensure the safety of passengers.
“Certainly the management of Khazanah should look into the matter urgently. This is to ensure the safety of the airline, which is paramount.
“They have to revisit whatever agreement they had in the past,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby on Monday (March 11).
The 737 MAX, which was introduced in 2017, is the latest version of Boeing's workhorse narrow-body 737 jet.
Boeing and MAS entered into an memorandum of understanding to acquire 16 airplanes – eight 787 Dreamliners and eight 737 MAX aircraft – during former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak's visit to Washington DC two years ago.
“This matter must be looked into, I will get an explanation from the management of Khazanah,” Azmin said.
This comes after an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8 bound for Nairobi crashed minutes after take-off, killing all 157 people on board, on Sunday (March 10).
Last October, a 737 MAX flown by Indonesian budget carrier Lion Air flying from Jakarta on a domestic flight crashed 13 minutes after take-off, killing all 189 passengers and crew on board.
The cause of that crash is still being investigated.
Earlier Monday (March 11), China's aviation regulator ordered Chinese airlines to ground their Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, according to media outlet Caijing.