AirAsia's "Lousy Nurses" Ad Found Onboard Their Plane. What Were They Thinking?

AirAsia made a grave mistake of calling nurses "lousy" in a Tune Insurance advertisement.

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Tony Fernandes Calls "Lousy Nurses" Tune Insurance Ad "Stupid" As He Offers His Apology

Tony Fernandes Apologises To Nurses For "Lousy" Tune Insurance Ad

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AirAsia group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said he would personally take this matter up with Tune Insurance Holdings.

“It is a stupid advertisement and I have taken it up with AirAsia’s chief executive officer Aireen Omar who informed me the advertisement will be removed,” he said in a text message. “We have set up additional controls to ensure that this is not repeated.”

An AirAsia spokesman gave the assurance the advertisement would be removed immediately. “We have an approval process in place with our advertising agency to ensure that all content supplied by our advertisers is consistent with our brand values. “Regrettably, in this incident, that process was not followed and we sincerely apologise for this error,” she said.

Tune Insurance apologised for the advertisement and gave the assurance it was never its intention to offend or discriminate the nursing profession. “The emphasis put forth was to have a family member around when one was sick or injured,” the AirAsia spokesman said. She said an official apology had been sent to the MNA with regret for any offence caused.

Nurses Are Unhappy With This AirAsia Travel Insurance Advertisement That Is Deemed Offensive To Them

AirAsia has been called to withdraw an advertisement placed on its planes, which has been deemed by some quarters to be offensive to nurses.

The advertisement promoted the Tune Insurance Malaysia travel protection package.
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The Ads That Are Placed On AirAsia Planes Says "You Want Your Momma, Because You Are In The Hospital With Lousy Nurses."

AirAsia called to apologise and remove 'lousy nurse' ad.

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Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) Is Asking For AirAsia To Issue An Apology To All Nurses In Malaysia

The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) has also asked AirAsia to offer an immediate apology to all nurses in Malaysia.

MMA president Datuk Dr N.K.S.Tharmaseelan said that the advertisement was offensive as it belittled the nursing profession.
“MMA is perturbed and objects to the offensive advertisement featured on the seatbacks of Air Asia planes,” said Tharmaseelan.

Tharmaseelan added that the advertisement, carried all over their service routes would be viewed by people of all nationalities and give travellers a negative impression of Malaysian nurses. “Painting an entire profession in ugly colours with the same brush is grossly unfair. Air Asia should vet adverts and not blindly accept adverts drawn up by their agents. The placing of such an advert is incomprehensible,” he said.

“This advert shows utter lack of understanding of the role of nurses. The basic role of nurses is to care for others in the best way possible- night or day. “This advert reveals a condescending attitude , that verges on arrogance. This attitude that reveals a lack of care and empathy for others is to be abhorred ," said Tharmaseelan

A Nurse On Facebook Has Sent A Message To AirAsia Chief Tony Fernandez Saying That The Ad Disgraces Nurses

A Nurse On Facebook Has Sent A Message To Air Asia Chief Tony Fernandez Saying That The Ad Disgraces Nurses

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Mr Fernandez , I am a nurse and i am disgusted with this advertisement from your organization which disgraces us as nurses who works days and nights, placing our patients ahead of our personal needs and family. I could not possibly know where to start to tell how much sacrifices we nurses have to endure. Selling insurance??? Many way of advertisement could do that BUT NOT BY DISGRACING OUR NOBLE PROFESSION!!!!

I strongly suggest you suggest the same to your employee whoo came wth this rotten idea so that he/she/they know what we go througgh to SAVE PATIENT'S LIVES EVERYDAY!!!

A Petition On Change.Org Also Asks For The Advertisement To Be Withdrawn

A Petition On Change.Org Also Demands For The Advertisement To Be Withdrawn

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The Petition Says The Ad "Contributes To The Undervaluation Of Nursing By Promoting The Idea That Nursing Is Not A Distinct Or Substantial Profession"

The Petition Says The The Ad "Contributes To The Undervaluation Of Nursing By Promoting The Idea That Nursing Is Not A Distinct Or Substantial Profession"

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