3 December 2011
Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) chairman saysmanaging director Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad has the full support of the management and board, quashing rumours the latter would be replaced.
“We, the management and the board, are all behind him,” Tan Sri Dr Aris Othman said at the signing of the sixth collective agreement between the group and the employees’ union.
Speculation over the change at the helm of MAHB heightened after Pos Malaysia Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Syed Faisal Albar Syed Albar expressed his intention to leave the company when his contract expires on Dec 31.
The rumours about Faisal taking over have gained traction as Bashir is facing mounting criticism from AirAsia over the recently increased airport tax, rising cost of building the new low-cost carrier terminal, klia2, in Sepang and the delay in its completion.
However, a news report quoted aviation sources as saying it made no sense for Khazanah Nasional Bhd, the single largest shareholder of MAHB with a 54% stake, to replace Bashir at a time when klia2 is still being built. The new terminal is said to be 42% completed.
Bashir was appointed MAHB managing director in June 2003.