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Tajudin's changes have ruffled feathers--he may lose his job

Tajudin Ramli is the picture of confidence as he sits in his corner office on the 23rd floor of his skyscraper in downtown Kuala Lumpur. In the two and a half years since he has led Malaysian Airline System, Tajudin says, he has cut costs, improved efficiency, expanded the fleet, and forged strategic partnerships with numerous carriers. Now, he wants to increase his minority stake in MAS to a controlling 51%, up from 29%, to ensure his tenure at the helm. "I've expended a lot of effort in changing the company," he says. "I intend to keep it for a long, long time to come."

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