Tuesday, 16 June 2015

The Ijan, Kak Nor and Shakira Lunch Time Show, 16 June 2015

It all started with Pn Farizan (Ijan) going back and forth to Termeloh to visit her husband. As there was lots of fresh river fish for sale nearby, Ijan bought some 'patin' and 'tilapia' for consumption back at Shah Alam. Pn Noriah (Kak Nor) had the expertise to prepare the fish using recipes which contained coconut milk and fermented 'durian' (also known as 'tempoyak'). Pn Shakira got in on the act by contributing chicken for the event. Before we knew it, a pre-fasting month lunch session was born. To add to the already yummy selection, special 'sambal belacan' and 'cencaluk' was also made for the lunch session.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Postgraduate Colloquium @ MTRANS, 12 June 2015

Once every semester, MITRANS organises a colloquium for its postgraduates. It provides a platform for researchers to share the progress of their research and also put forward ideas for comment and feedback. For the first time, both halal supply chain (HSC) researchers and those investigating conventional logistics are able to share the same stage. Hopefully this will result in new synergies and a fresh perspective on research.

Morning Session

Afternoon Session

The Last Late Evening Session

It is past 5.30 pm, and we are still at the colloquium. Dr Sariwati looks tired and Najwa's glum pout says it all. Just a few more researchers to go. Hima has kicked off this graveyard shift.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Signing of Letter of Understanding (LOU) Between Arshad Ayub Graduate Business School (AAGBS) and MITRANS, 27 April 2015

Not too long ago, Assoc Prof Sabariah Mohammad (Former Director of MITRANS) managed to secure the interest of Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) with respect to postgraduate qualifications for their senior management. This was a continuation from the Executive and Corporate Diploma in Airport Management in-house training programmes which MITRANS had conducted for MAHB.

In partnership with AAGBS, especially its Director, Assoc Prof Dr Jaafar Pyeman (who was formerly the Head of Postgraduate Studies at MITRANS), UiTM managed to get MAHB to sign up for its MBA and DBA programmes, with Airport Concentration. The administration of the core modules which were common to any MBA and DBA programme was conducted by AAGBS, whilst the specialisations which related to Airport Management and Operations were carried out by MITRANS.

Today's signing of the LOU between AAGBS and MITRANS signifies that the parties have agreed to a model of cooperation between two centres of excellence in UiTM. The LOU lays out the rights and responsibilities of each parties with respect to the postgraduate programmes. Signing on behalf of AAGBS was Assoc Prof Dr Jaafar Pyeman (Director of AAGBS) and representing MITRANS was Prof Dr Saadiah Yahya (Director of MITRANS). The official witness for this document was Prof Dr Azni Zain Ahmed (Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic and International).

This model of cooperation lays a firm foundation for future projects between AAGBS and MITRANS. Next in the pipeline is developing postgraduate programmes for the aviation industry as a whole, not merely for airports. Once again, both AAGBS and MITRANS will be working closely with the management team at MAHB to come up with a product which is not merely marketable in Malaysia, but also one which will be recognised by civil aviation's regulators and thus be in demand around the world.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Dr Rawindaran Nair's Lecture at MITRANS on International Policy on Maritime Safety, 14 April 2015

As part of the Letter of Understanding (LOU) signed with Cardiff University in 2014 (with the help of Prof Kent Matthews), Dr Rawindaran's trip to Malaysia seeks to fulfil the areas of cooperation identified under that document. If everything proceeds as planned, MITRANS / UiTM looks forward to signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to put its relationship with Cardiff University on a more official footing.

Kicking off the first stage of Dr Rawindaran's visit to Malaysia was a scheduled lecture on maritime safety. The title of the lecture was 'International Policies Affecting Maritime Safety'. The lecture and 'Question and Answer' session provided an opportunity for Dr Rawindaran to share one of his recognised areas of expertise in Maritime Law. Maritime safety is one of the major areas of study in Cardiff University's M.Sc (Marine Policy) programme. For the record, Dr Rawindaran is the Director of that programme which is offered by the Logistics and Operations Management Department at Cardiff Business School. As usual, the lecture was not only very informative, but also very entertaining. Dr Rawindaran has a unique style of delivery which makes the session a very memorable experience.

After the lecture, Dr Rawindaran also took the opportunity to conduct a supervisory session with one of his Ph.D students registered for the Ph.D (Logistics and Transport) programme at MITRANS. Commander Aminuddin (a retired naval officer and now a member of academia at University Kuala Lumpur @ Lumut) is very lucky to have Dr Rawindaran as a co-supervisor due to the Cardiff academic's expertise in the Delphi and AHP methodology which is being employed in research on 'Short Sea Shipping in the BIMP-EAGA region'. For the uninitiated, BIMP-EAGA is acronym for 'Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines - East Asian Growth Area'.

After the supervision session, Dr Rawindaran, made time to conduct a discussion on a potential research project with MITRANS. Under discussion, was a proposal by Dr Rawindaran on using shipping traffic in the Straits of Malacca to predict the economic climate of various regions around the world. As a large percentage of the world's cargo is carried thought this waterway, a sampling of the cargo carried on board ship passing through should, in theory, give an accurate economic prediction. MITRANS is also in the process of finalising renewal of its MOU with the Marine Department, Malaysia (MARDEP). Both Cardiff University and MITRANS will require the cooperation of MARDEP to facilitate the collection of data on ships passing through the Straits of Malacca.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Academy of Science's Workshop on Energy Efficiency and Energy Usage in Transportation in Malaysia, 13 April 2015, 20th Floor, MATRADE Building.

MITRANS was invited by the Malaysian Academy of Sciences to help in the drafting of a report on how energy is used in the transportation sector. More importantly, the report was to identify the various problems associated with energy use in the transportation sector from three different perspectives: Policy, Technology and the Environment. By the way, the view from the 20th Floor, where the Academy has its offices, is simply amazing. It gives one a very different perspective of the Kuala Lumpur skyline.

Quality Management Meeting, 6 April 2015, MITRANS Meeting Room

Assoc Prof Dr Sariwati set the ball rolling for the implementation of a Quality Management System (QMS) in MITRANS. Although MITRANS does not implement the ISO system of management, this does not prevent the organisation from implementing UiTM's high standards of management to its day to day running. Dr Sariwati laid down the procedures and documents which were necessary for this process. MITRANS is also fortunate that two of its academic staff are auditors who have been trained by the Institute of Quality and Knowledge Advancement (InQKA) under the leadership of Assistant Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hazman Shah Abdullah. These two individuals, Prof Dr Saadiah Yahya (Director of MITRANS) and Yours Truly, will help Dr Sariwati implement the QMS system for MITRANS. More importantly, he participation of all staff at MITRANS will be necessary to make this system a success. After all, an organisation is only as good or bad as the people within it.

Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA) Conference, 26 March 2015, Istana Hotel, KL

MIMA recently organised a National Maritime Conference titled 'Revitalising Malaysian Shipping for A Stronger Economy'. The conference was held at Istana Hotel, KL. The papers presented were mainly concerned about the current economic state of Malaysia shipping, problems and challenges which lay ahead for the industry and how a shipping masterplan came make a Malaysia a more profitable maritime nation.