AirAsia boss criticised for shirtless massage during board meeting - but he hails work 'culture'

18 October 2023, 16:52

Tony Fernandes posted the image on LinkedIn
Tony Fernandes posted the image on LinkedIn. Picture: Linkedin

By Asher McShane

The boss of AirAsia has faced criticism for having a topless massage during a board meeting.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

Tony Fernandes, 59, former co-owner of Queens Park Rangers, was pictured in a LinkedIn post enjoying a massage - writing that it had been a “stressful week”.

“Got to love Indonesia and AirAsia culture that I can have a massage and do a management meeting,” he said.

The post was later deleted.

Some people online have called it 'unprofessional' and 'gross’.

Read more: JK Rowling would 'happily do two years in jail' if it becomes a hate crime to call someone by wrong pronouns

One person posted online: “He should be setting an example of good work ethics and culture, not flaunting his body and privilege.”

Another said: “Some CEOs need to stay off LinkedIn.”

A third said: "Yea, maybe this isn't the best way to show off work culture? Don't think you are giving the intended impression you hoped it would."

Others were more supportive. One person posted simply: "Love this boss!!"

Mr Fernandes has been dubbed Malaysia’s version of Sir Richard Branson.

Entrepreneur Mr Fernandes bought the low-cost airline from the Malaysian government for about $1 in 2001. He is worth £275m according to Forbes.

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Hungary's Kevin Csoboth, bottom, shoots past Scotland's goalkeeper Angus Gunn, top, during a Group A match between Scotland and Hungary at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Scotland knocked out of Euro 2024 following Hungary's 100th-minute goal as collision sees star stretchered off

Elections betting scandal widens to include 'family and friends' of senior Tories

Election betting scandal widens to include 'family and friends' of senior Tories

Terror in Russia: Gunmen open fire at two synagogues killing six police before slitting priest's throat at Orthodox Church

Terror in Russia: Gunmen open fire at synagogue and Orthodox churches killing six police officers

Detective who probed Nicola Bulley offers services to Jay Slater's family as search for teen enters its second week

Investigator who probed Nicola Bulley offers services to Jay Slater's family as search targets remote buildings

M50 motorway Dublin

'Miracle' as schoolboy, 12, 'lucky to be alive' after toppling from toilet of moving coach onto motorway

Exclusive
'I just had to disappear': Carol Vorderman shares how grief led her to runaway following death of co-star Richard Whiteley

'I just had to disappear': Carol Vorderman shares how grief led her to runaway following death of Richard Whiteley

Alan Hansan

Ex-Liverpool captain Alan Hansen discharged from hospital

Manchester Airport boss apologises after 'power spike' sees mass cancellations as he gives flight status update

Flights from Manchester Airport 'expected to resume' on Sunday as travel boss apologises for mass cancellations

The highest temperatures of the summer are expected this week

Yellow heat-health alerts signal warm weather for most of England as temperatures to hit 30C

Passengers have been queuing for hours at Manchester Airport

All flights from two terminals at Manchester Airport cancelled as passengers urged not to travel

Amanda Abbington and Giovanni Pernice

Amanda Abbington forced to call police after being bombarded with death threats from troll fans of Giovanni Pernice

Exclusive
Robert Buckland has split from the PM and Home Secretary

Senior Tory splits from PM and Home Secretary as he calls for those involved in betting scandal to be suspended

James Cleverly joined LBC for Sunday with Lewis Goodall

Conservative candidate who described Rwanda policy as ‘crap’ did so to ‘shock his audience’, Home Secretary says

Jay

Jay Slater's father and brother make emotional pleas for return of the missing teenager

Michael Gove

Betting scandal as bad for Tories as Partygate, Michael Gove warns

42C heat has hit Europe this week

Extreme weather hits holiday hotspots in Europe with 42C heat and ‘meteo-tsunami’ as Brits warned before booking trip