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Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Flight attendants Union criticise Air Asia for making them political stooges and not following SOP not to campaign for any political party



Don’t make AirAsia crew political stooges, says Nufam

FMT Reporters | May 8, 2018



Union representing flight attendants criticises budget airline for last-minute change in uniform which it claims could have breached safety regulations.



The AirAsia crew in their blue uniforms yesterday in a photo that was shared widely on social media. (Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: The National Union of Flight Attendants (Nufam) has criticised AirAsia’s management, saying it should not allow their employees to be used as “political stooges”.

In a strongly-worded statement, Nufam also said AirAsia may have breached its own standard operating procedures (SOP) by forcing its cabin crew to wear a blue uniform instead of the usual red-coloured ones on a flight yesterday.

Nufam said the airline has a written clause in its staff contract that disallowed them from campaigning for any political party.

“If that was the case, then AirAsia could have breached its own SOP where the uniform of the cabin crew should not be used for any party’s political campaign.

“We received information from the staff themselves stating they were told to wear the blue uniform which was introduced for a political party,” Nufam said.



The statement added that the cabin crew were not given prior notice about this sudden change to the blue uniform.

“We demand that AirAsia come forward and clarify why this blue uniform was used. If their SOP states otherwise, then other political parties could also do the same.

“Even if the plane was a chartered flight, there was no reason to change the uniform. AirAsia could always stick to its standard red uniform.”

The organisation also questioned if any airline is allowed to do such a thing, as it is considered going against standard safety and security regulations.

According to Nufam, some aviation experts said the airline was going against its own security policy by using its planes to campaign.

“There could be an incident of sabotage and something could have happened to the plane, thus endangering the lives of the crew and all on board.”

Yesterday, Bernama reported that Najib Razak returned to Kuala Lumpur in an AirAsia aircraft sporting the livery “Hebatkan Negaraku” (Make My Country Greater), the theme of the Barisan Nasional election manifesto, which is predominantly blue in colour.

The prime minister, who had concluded his two-day visit to Sabah, posed for a photo with Sabah leaders with the A330-300 aircraft in the background at the international airport in Kota Kinabalu before boarding the plane for the flight to the federal capital

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