I wonder if being forced to do that silly photo op for Najib and Boeing for Najibs political expediency was what made it an easier decision to move to Ryanair.
The "silly photo op" would have been the easy part
Imagine if he had been involved in delicate negotiations for the 330neo with John Leahy, only to have the rug pulled from under his feet by that 789 'promise to negotiate' - big dent to a CEO's standing and there will be a major credibility deficit to overcome the next time he sits down to talk buying aircraft from anyone
Perhaps mere speculation on my part, but that offering of a clumsy excuse to justify the rojak like future fleet plans plus that reassurance to Airbus that the 330neo is still in MH's fleet plans (who else on earth negotiate a purchase in such manner ?!) - those aren't particularly sterling efforts to be on record on one's resume (a resume still necessary for one whose employment contract has a finite period of time, remaining)