MAS soared under Abdul Aziz’s leadership

  • Nation
  • Friday, 24 Jan 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: The late Tan Sri Dr Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman (pic) will be fondly remembered as a corporate figure who raised Malaysian Airline System (now known as Malaysia Airlines Bhd) to become a top-class international carrier.

The airline was profitable and well-known for its outstanding civil aviation services when he was its managing director.

Abdul Aziz joined MAS in April 1971 as a company secretary/director of legal affairs. When he took over as MD in 1982, the company was in deficit to the tune of RM39mil and needed RM70mil for operations.

However, on retirement in 1991, he left MAS with a RM5bil surplus in cash reserves.

Under his leadership, MAS also recorded rapid growth in the number of passengers, aeroplanes and flight routes.

A law graduate from Lincoln’s Inn, London, Abdul Aziz, who was from Kota Baru, started his career as a law practitioner including as a magistrate, Sessions Court president and Federal legal adviser.

He also served as the ​​National Operations Council’s legal officer when racial riots broke out on May 13, 1969.

The legal field had always been close to his heart and he returned to the profession after he retired from the corporate arena.

If not required to be in court, he would spend time lecturing on law and the Constitution to students and non-governmental organisations.

He also frequently shared his views in the mass media on various topics.

Abdul Aziz also held various other positions, including being a board member of the Malaysian Tourism Development Corp, Malaysian Employers’ Federation president and International Statutory Transportation Institute Council president.

Abdul Aziz, who was battling cancer, died from complications brought on by the disease on Wednesday night at a private hospital here at the age of 86.

He leaves behind wife Puan Sri Wan Zakiah Ibrahim, three daughters and a son. — Bernama

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