Chinese girls win suit against MAS

Posted by SM Maulana

BEIJING, June 20 — Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and a local recruiting agency were ordered by a Beijing court to compensate eight Chinese girls a total of 142,600 yuan (RM68,000) for failing to hire them as air stewardesses.

The Chaoyang court ruled yesterday that MAS and Beijing Foreign Airlines Service Corporation (Fasco) were liable and the girls would receive between 13,000 yuan and 24,000 yuan, the Beijing News reported today.

In a court hearing in December last year, the girls had asked for damages of over 400,000 yuan.

They said they were among 45 who responded to a Fasco notice in December 2004 to recruit air stewardesses for MAS and were informed by Fasco several months later that they were successful and would be sent to Kuala Lumpur for training.

MAS had argued that it had not entered into any contract with the girls while Fasco said it was asked by the airline to conduct a recruitment exercise.

Beijing News cited Fu Mengqing, the agent for MAS in the trial, as saying that the airline may appeal.

Ting Sie Hang, MAS regional manager for China, is currently on leave and could not be reached for comment. — Bernama

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