MAB staff told to “cover up, not serve alcohol"

4 Jan 2016 by Alex McWhirter
In recent months, Business Traveller has reported that Malaysia Airlines (MAB) was on the right road to recovery (see news November 12, 2015). Under its new CEO Christoph Mueller, MAB was making the necessary economies for profitability. Its route network was being slimmed down and its elderly planes were being retired. In short it was beginning to live within its means. But in the last week there are signs of the good work being put at risk by religious and political interference. As an example of this are the comments quoted today in Malaysia’s The Star by Islamic preacher and Perlis mufti Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin. In a Facebook posting, the outspoken Dr Zainul said: “I call upon all Malaysians to plead towards the government so that Muslim women that are MAS [new abbreviation is MAB] stewardesses are allowed to wear clothing that fulfils the criteria of a Muslim woman.” The comments are as a result of the requirement for stewardesses to wear the airline’s uniform rather than a hijab. Dr Zainul also said: “In fact MAS [MAB] should not serve alcohol. There are so many flights [with other carriers] which do not serve alcohol, why must we serve it?” Business Traveller contacted MAB for a statement. It said: “Malaysia Airlines is the flag carrier for a diverse and multi faith nation which is reflected in its products and services.” Alex McWhirter
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