Abdul Munir Abdul Halim is a former Malaysia Airlines Employee who was with the company for 36 years.
“I really enjoyed my time with the airline regardless of the challenges we faced,” he said.
Munir, 56, said he joined the airline in 1980 as a flight steward.
“I climbed up the ladder to become a leading steward and then chief steward. I also spent quite a long time as an in-flight supervisor. It was my last post until I had to leave in June last year,” he said.
Despite fulfilling hi childhood ambition and having had the chance to travel across six continents – especially to many historic cities in Europe, Australia, and South Africa – he had to move on with his life.
“I left the company with a heavy heart, but nevertheless had an upbeat attitude about life and looked-for blessings in disguise,” he said.
“I was unemployed for four months. I knew that I needed to do something and look forward towards a new career. As a breadwinner of my family, certainly there was some sense of anxiety but I was able to overcome it by being optimistic,” he said.
The father of three children, aged between 17 and 32, said it was no easy task to start all over again. Even with the compensation money he received, he was hesitant to use it for a business venture as it was risky and may not be profitable.
Munir had benefitted from the Career Direction Workshop and extensive Career Coaching organised by CDC, which he attended for three days, as well as a five-day Train the Trainer course in July, last year.
CDC was set up by Khazanah Nasional Bhd on June 1, 2015 to help former MAS staff to secure employment or venture into business.
“CDC helped jobseekers to be sought after employees,” he said.
Munir said he had always appreciated the chance to learn new knowledge to boost his career.
“during the tenure with Mas, I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to expand my knowledge through leadership, hospitality and in-flight safety courses, as well as Crew Resource Management programme,” he said, adding that he was grateful for Khazanah’s assistance through CDC.
He is now the residences duty manager at the St Regis Kuala Lumpur. He is fortunate that his workplace valued his ability and experiences.
“I was lucky to be trained as a professional cabin crew in extending services fronm the heart to our guests while I was in MAS.
“As a former cabin crew, our job is more than just seeing the world and meeting people.”
Munir said he did not have much of hotel experience, but the nature of work as a cabin crew had helped him a lot.
“it has similarities in the people aspect, including staff and guest managing, public relati9ons as well as problem solving,” he said.
He is with the Residences Concierge department, which coordinates with residents on their requirement and needs.
“Sometimes, we have to organise events besides ensuring the safety of the building and residents,” he said.
Munir said he took pride in everything that he did and he always believed in taking a positive outook in life.
“I am happy and proud to be part of the St Regis Kuala Lumpur.”
Source: NewStraitsTimes, Wednesday July 12, 2017.
Written by: Sarah Rahim.