Khazanah says to take 6 to 12 months to restructure MAS

KUALA LUMPUR Thu Aug 7, 2014 10:51pm EDT

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KUALA LUMPUR Aug 8 (Reuters) - Malaysia's state investor Khazanah said in a statement on Friday that its proposed "complete overhaul" of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will take six to 12 months after it has secured approval from shareholders.

Khazanah said its nearly 1.4 billion ringgit offer to take MAS private, announced on Friday, is the first stage of the restructuring scheme. Its full proposal will be announced by the end of the month.

Khazanah said it will need cooperation from all parties to undertake the restructuring, covering the airline's operations, business model, finances, staff and the regulatory environment.

"Nothing less will be required in order to revive our national airline to be profitable as a commercial entity, and to service its function as a critical national development entity," it said. (Reporting By Al-Zaquan Amer Hamzah; Editing By Stuart Grudgings)

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