Remembering Mohd Ghaffar Abu Bakar, the MAS chief steward on board of MH17
On 17 July 2014, Flight MH17 of Malaysia Airlines, a Boeing 777-200 took off from Amsterdam Airport to Kuala Lumpur at 12.15pm (Amsterdam time). It never made to Malaysian soil; while it was flying over Ukraine air space, a missile shot it down. The plane crashed into a war-torn territory.
All of 298 on board perished.
One of those who were on the ill-fated flight was the crew’s chief steward, Mohd Ghaffar Abu Bakar, 54. He led a 15-strong-crew members on duty.
[Mohd Ghaffar Abu Bakar. Photo: The Malaysian Insider]
Microsoft announces major job cut
Microsoft has announced a major job cut that involves some 18 thousand employees, as part of its plan to realign its business focus. The 18 thousand employees will be released over the course of one year. As of now, 13 thousand positions have already been downsized in the first wave.
This will be the largest Microsoft job cut in the company’s 39-year history.
With the layoff, the company expects to cut its expenditure by US$600 million per year. The layoff will involve between US$1.1 billion and US$1.6 billion in cost.
So, World Cup 2014 is over. Germany are now four-time champions. Brazil were humiliated in home soil. Spain and Italy went home early.
But if there is one single person who creates the most stunning impact in this World Cup edition, few would argue that it is no other than James Rodriguez of Columbia. Very few people notice the presence of this young forward before the World Cup started. No one would have expected him to become such a huge sensation.
James Rodriguez (Image: cbc.ca)
A new largest bank in the Malaysia is in the making, in the form of merger between two major local banks – CIMB (CIMB Group Holdings Bhd) and RHB (RHB Capital Bhd).
Another entity, Malaysia Building Society Bhd (MBSB) is also set to join the fray, making it the largest merger in the corporate history of Malaysia. It will even eclipse the previous Sime Darby Bhd’s merger with seven companies in 2007.
Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has given them the nod and the three companies have signed a 90-day exclusivity agreement as detailed negotiation takes place. The plan is simple: consolidate the businesses of CIMB and RHB into one, and conceive a large Islamic bank franchise with MBSB.