Landmark High Court decision against Malaysia Airlines empowers union leaders (

September 5, 2019

The High Court here has ruled that it is unlawful for Malaysia Airline System Bhd (MAS) to dismiss a trade union leader for issuing a press statement to highlight the plight of workers and to call for the CEO’s resignation.

Judge Nordin Hassan said it was also disproportionate for MAS to dismiss Ismail Nasaruddin, who was president of the National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (NUFAM), for giving the interview in the course of trade union activities.

“The real reason for MAS’ dismissal of Ismail was his participation in trade union activities, which is prohibited under the law,” he said in allowing a judicial review application by Ismail.

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