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]
Friends describe Ghaffar as a devout Muslim, known for waking up in the wee hours for prayers (qiam), reciting the Quran on the plane and tour-guiding his friends during umrah. He was an active member of a local mosque community in Bukit Indah, Ampang.
Before his untimely death, he had been fighting that all alcoholic drinks are removed from the national airline. To strengthen his case, Ghaffar also wrote to local authorities – Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (Jakim) and local religious scholars, to aid his cause. He even approached the former acting Transport Minister, Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin Hussein for assistance.
Additionally, Ghaffar had also been pleading that the airline allows female Muslim flight attendants to wear headscarves.
Upon his death, calls for the removal of alcoholic drinks in MAS flights have been renewed, led by prominent scholar, Dr. Mohd Asri Zainal Abidin.
Dr. Mohd Asri Zainal Abidin
Standing up against your own employer is never easy. It is a David-vs-Goliath thing, and not for the faint-hearted people. The stake is high against yourself.
Being in the wrong end could put you into massive trouble.
You could end up being an outcast in the organization, more especially when you are the minority. Worse, you can be terminated by your very own employer, through various means – subordination, played-out conspiracy and so on.
Ghaffar believed in fighting for something he believed was the right thing to do. He did not care if he was alone, minority or whatnot. He died a fighter.
Have you ever fought for a good cause against your own employer?
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