Nazir: Azran’s frank views ‘hallmark of a great leader’

CIMB Group managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) Datuk Seri Nazir Razak described the frank views by AirAsia X Bhd head honcho Azran Osman-Rani against Utusan Malaysia and Perkasa as the hallmark of a great leader.

Speaking at the prospectus launch of AirAsia X, Nazir said that in his (Nazir’s) view, Azran speaking his mind made him a great leader.

“Azran – some people think he is a little bit outspoken – but what would you expect if you have someone who is guided by a chairman like Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz,” Nazri said in his speech.

“It is this trait, speaking his mind (that) makes him a great leader from my perspective – and has done a great job running this company,” said Nazir, who is the brother of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Also present at the launch were AirAsia X co-founders and directors Datuk Kamarudin Meranun and Tan Sri Tony Fernandes.

After the May 5 general election, Azran has tweeted that Utusan Malaysia’s articles such as “Apa lagi Cina mahu” (What more do the Chinese want) as racist and suggested that the long-haul low-cost carrier would not place advertisements with the paper.

He also took a swipe at the right wing Malay group, Perkasa.

As his remarks went viral, Azran came under fire from Utusan and Perkasa. There are even calls by some within Utusan for the Umno-controlled publication to not accept advertisements from AirAsia X until Azran apologised.

Apart from Azran, AirAsia X chairman Rafidah also came under fire.

Source : MT