Finally the long awaited news has arrived, a change in MATTA leadership. The travel industry is delighted to hear that HAMZAH Rahmat was elected president at the recently concluded 38th annual general meeting of the Malaysian Association of Tour & Travel Agents (MATTA) last weekend. Hamzah is not a new kid on the block but had some years of experience in MATTA and we hope he will not inherit the bad habits of the old guard..
But having Jeffri Sulaiman as his deputy may cause some concern amongst members who wants to see a cleaner and transparent MATTA management. Jeffri has been a part and parcel of the old guard known to have discriminate some members and even have interpreted the constitution to suit their whims and fancy.There have y cases of abuse of power and financial mismanagement.
According to MATTA constitution, Hamzah will hold the post of president-in-waiting until the handover meeting, which must be called within four weeks from the date of the annual general meeting.
In his maiden press statement, Hamzah said: “During my tenure, I will ensure there is regular dialogue with other tourism-related associations towards strengthening the tourism industry, proactively engage members at all levels (by) listen(ing) to their needs and champion(ing) their causes to uphold the constitution at all times, to realign our policies, to manage our resources properly and transparently for the ultimate benefit of our members.”
Hamzah was the former secretary-general of MATTA and Jeffri was the vice president-outbound.