Gen (Rtd) Abdullah Ahmad, the Executive Chairman of the Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM), who earns four times more than the Prime Minister of the country, is stepping down
This, according to a report in Bernama which quoted an unnamed source saying that while she cannot reveal much at this point, but Abdullah is "on his way out".
"I cannot say anything at this point in time. But, I can tell you that he is on his way out," the source, who requested anonymity, told Bernama, adding that a statement on the resignation of the retired Air Force general would be issued later.
Back in May, the Transport Ministry had revealed that Abdullah Ahmad, who has served MAVCOM for over two years, was drawing a monthly salary of RM85,000, which is paid by flight passengers
Transport Minister Anthony Loke had said that the MAVCOM Executive Chairman's salary increased by 8% from RM78,300 in the two years since the aviation governing body was established in 2016, adding that the salary is more than the current Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir's RM20,000 a month pay.
In recent times, the Malaysian Aviation Commission has come under the spotlight, with calls for its abolishment by local airlines including AirAsia who have accused the Commission of being clueless about how the aviation industry really worked.
MAVCOM also increased passenger service charges, which were not welcomed by industry players and travellers and was heavily criticised by Malaysians.
Meanwhile, to the MAVCOM Chief's credit, he has resolved up to 93% of the over 3,900 public complaints the Commission received