CAAM CEO resigns before FAA decision to downgrade


    PUTRAJAYA — The Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) today quashed speculations, claiming its ex-chief executive officer Ahmad Nizar Zolfakar’s resignation is due to the Federal Aviation Authority’s (FAA) downgrade of the Malaysian aviation regulatory body to Category 2.

    Its member of authority Ragunath Kesavan cleared the air, saying Ahmad Nizar had tendered his resignation one month before the FAA audit report was released.

    “The CEO tendered his resignation before the FAA made its decision. He did it (render resignation) in October. It was before the FAA recategorised CAAM.

    “To respect his wishes, he came back to be CEO of CAAM after retired from the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) and served more than a year. So he tendered his resignation,” said Ragunath.

    He added CAAM also just started searching for Ahmad Nizar’s replacement and expected to find the candidate in a few months time with an interim CEO taking care of Ahmad Nizar’s duties.

    To a question, Ragunath also said following the CAAM downgrading to Category Two by the FAA, it would submit a proposal to consolidate the country’s civil aviation laws.

    The existing laws the Civil Aviation Act and the CAAM Act, he added should be combined.

    He expected the proposal would be submitted to the Transport Minister tentatively by the year-end.

    Another member of authority of CAAM Afzal Abdul Rahim said it had quite a list to do relating to legislation.

    “Oh boy, do we have a list,” he said without elaborating.

    Following CAAM’s downgrade effective Monday (Nov 11) to Category 2 by the FAA, airlines licensed by CAAM would not be able to add new routes to and from the United States.

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