Dr Nungsari tenders resignation at Mavcom

by AFIQ AZIZ  / pic by TMR FILE PIX

DR NUNGSARI Ahmad Radhi (picture) has tendered his resignation as the executive chairman of Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom), according to an industry source.

The former lawmaker and economist had sent his resignation letter to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) early this month.

“His decision to surrender the Mavcom executive chairperson post is in line and consistent with the new direction of Perikatan Nasional (PN) government to replace the previous government’s appointments accordingly,” the source told The Malaysian Reserve.

Nungsari was appointed by the previous PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad after Pakatan Harapan (PH) wrested Putrajaya from Barisan Nasional (BN) in the May 2018 general election.

The former Balik Pulau MP had replaced Tan Sri Abdullah Ahmad to lead the commercial aviation regulator. He took an almost 80% pay cut to join the regulator that had been entrusted to manage the commercial aspects of Malaysia’s aviation industry.

The source said Nungsari’s decision was also influenced by his “forced removal” as Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) council member and Khazanah Research Institute (KRI) chairman.

Last month, TMR reported that Nungsari left the research arm of Khazanah Nasional Bhd as he no longer holds the confidence of the benefactor of KRI. Nungsari joined KRI since its inception in 2013.

“Unlike the previous events (KRI and Mara), this time Nungsari was not literally forced to leave Mavcom.

“But after being asked to vacate the KRI post and terminated from Mara, he wants to be consistent and to get out from the post that was appointed by the previous administration,” the source said.

It is not known whether the administration has accepted Nungsari’s resignation. The transport minister’s office, when contacted by TMR, confirmed that Nungsari’s resignation letter has reached the ministry.

Since last month, the PN government has removed the chairpersons at several government-related agencies including Tan Sri Mohd Bakke Salleh at Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Mara’s Dr Hasnita Hashim and Mara Corp’s Akhramsyah Muammar Ubaidah Sanusi.

The entire board of directors at Felcra Bhd has also quit the land development agency including its chairman Datuk Nageeb Wahab. Social Security Organisation chairman Zakri Khir has also resigned from his position.

Last Friday, DAP lawmaker Charles Santiago was terminated as National Water Service Commission chairman, while national news agency Bernama had ended the contract of CEO Nurini Kassim, effective May 16.

Analysts are predicting sweeping changes to governmentlinked companies and stateowned agencies following the change in the government as the PN government seeks to cement its position and gets the support of key agencies to endorse its agenda.

Mavcom was created in 2016 by then BN government to oversee the aviation sector’s commercial development. Last December, the PH government had agreed to restructure the commission together with the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia. The move was intended to increase operational efficiency and cut down on expenses.

The rationalisation, however, will involve several legislative changes as Mavcom was created under a Parliament act. A task force had been set up to force the merger. It is not known the status of the merger of the two organisations following the latest change in government.