7 more cabin crew suspended, says Nufam

PETALING JAYA (Dec 19, 2013): Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has suspended another seven cabin crew members for posting comments on the union's Facebook page, the National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (Nufam) said.

MAS had earlier suspended and subsequently sacked its chief steward and Nufam president Ismail Nasaruddin over his call for MAS CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya to resign.

In a statement yesterday, Nufam called for the immediate release of the suspension of its members, saying it is against the rights and freedom of trade union members.

"MAS has again acted beyond their provisions as a government-linked company against Nufam members by suspending seven of its cabin crew members over the last several weeks. Most of these suspended cabin crew members are female employees who have worked with the airline for a long time," said Nufam.

Nufam claimed that the Facebook forum where the seven cabin crew members had posted comments, is a closed forum meant for its union members only.

The union said it has filed a report to the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia, urging them to investigate discrimination issues and the violation of human rights and trade union laws within MAS.