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13 Senior Government Officials Echo Strength Of British-Malaysian Ties

July 8, 2013 Destination ASEAN No Comments Email Email

Tourism-Malaysia13 senior government officials from various ministries were recognised for their dynamic contributions as part of the 20th JPA-BMCC Management Development Programme.

The Programme is an initiative that started in 1983 by the then Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed and the late Baroness Margaret Thatcher to facilitate and build knowledge-exchange between senior government officials and multi-national British businesses that operate here in Malaysia whilst providing hands-on experience of British private sector management. The latest edition of this intriguing programme shows the ever-present, historic and constantly evolving ties between British and Malaysia.

Public Services Department (JPA) and the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (BMCC) held a special awards dinner for the 13 successful officials to mark the end of this year’s programme. Participants selected for this year’s programme are from the Prime Minister’s Department, Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation, Ministry of Transport Malaysia, Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Finance Malaysia, Ministry of Health Malaysia and Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU).

This year a total of 10 British BMCC member companies participated in this programme and the companies are British Petroleum (BP) Asia Pacific, Standard Chartered Bank, TESCO Stores, Nottingham University, Plus 3 Consultant, British American Tobacco, Linatex Rubber, Senergy International, Herriot-Watt University and Unilever Malaysia.

Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Bhd won the ‘Best Company Award’, BP Asia Pacific (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd won the ‘Most Consistent Company Award’ while Unilever (Malaysia) Holdings Sdn Bhd won the ‘Training and Mentoring Recognition Award’.

“This is the 4th time that Standard Chartered Bank has participated in the JPA-BMCC program.  There have been some valuable knowledge exchanges of mutual benefit that this programme has offered to our bank and our participant” said Mr Osman Morad, Managing Director & CEO Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad

Since its inception, more than 273 Malaysian senior government officers from various Government Ministries and Departments has worked together with 70 British companies to cross-fertilise British and Malaysian expertise.

The key pillar of this programme is the commercial projects that the candidates are tasked with producing.  The projects over the years have become one of the most valuable and beneficial offering from the government candidates.

Some notable projects presented by the candidates for this year include:

Hakimah Mohd Yusuf from the Department Islamic Development was attached to TESCO (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.  She paved the way for TESCO to create a certified halal logistics facility for their operations in Malaysia.  Her commercial project was highly acclaimed and won 2 project awards.
Dr. Muhammad Yamin Ismail from the Department of Islamic Development was attached to Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Bhd.  He established a framework to develop an Islamic Finance Education module and training in Standard Chartered Saadiq Berhad.

This year’s Programme celebrates another milestone as the BMCC will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary.

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