MAS founder dies at age 71

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PETALING JAYA: Tan Sri Saw Huat Lye (pix), who helped to set up the Malaysia Air­lines (then known as Malaysian Air­line Sys­tem) in 1972 died yes­ter­day.

Many Malaysians may not know that he also served as its first gen­eral man­ager and laid the foun­da­tions for what was to be­come a suc­cess­ful air­line.

Saw, 71, got his early ed­u­ca­tion at Pe­nang Free School and fur­thered his stud­ies at Univer­sity Malaya in Sin­ga­pore, grad­u­at­ing with a bach­e­lor de­gree in eco­nom­ics in 1958.

Saw joined the Malaysian Home and For­eign Ser­vice and served in nu­mer­ous po­si­tions like Perak state as­sis­tant sec­re­tary (lo­cal coun­cil), Taip­ing City Coun­cil chair­man, Fed­eral Land as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner in the Ru­ral Devel­op­ment Min­istry as well as Trans­port Min­istry as­sis­tant chief sec­re­tary.

Af­ter re­tir­ing from civil ser­vices in 1971, Saw helped to set up MAS fol­low­ing the liq­ui­da­tion of Malaysi­aSin­ga­pore Air­lines. He was sub­se­quently ap­pointed MAS chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer be­fore re­tir­ing in 1982.

He also helmed sev­eral other po­si­tions in the cor­po­rate world in­clud­ing the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Naluri Cor­po­ra­tion Ber­had, chair­man for Guin­ness An­chor Bhd as well as serv­ing as a board di­rec­tor for sev­eral listed com­pa­nies like Shell Refin­ing Co (FOM) Bhd.

The wake will be held at Room 22, 2nd floor, Nir­vana Me­mo­rial Cen­tre, Wisma Nir­vana, Jalan 1/116A, Off Jalan Sun­gai Besi, Kuala Lumpur.

The fu­neral cortege will leave for Shah Alam cre­ma­to­rium at 9am on Sun­day, Oct 16. – by Adrian Phung

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