MAS founder dies at age 71
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