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.

MITRANS Seminar Series: Implementing Occupational Safety, Health and Environmental Laws for Warehouse and Logistics Operations (Level One)

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Launching of the Logistics and Trade Facilitation Masterplan, 16 March 2015, Malaysian Parliament

Dato' Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, launched the Logistics and Trade Facilitation Masterplan at Malaysia's Parliament. Industry stakeholders, regulators and influential politicians were present at the event. MITRANS was represented by Cik Nurul Elma and Pn Tengku Aishah.

MITRANS at the Research Management Institute's (RMI) Awards andAppreciation Ceremony, 13 March 2015, Intekma Resort

As MITRANS steadily pulls in a healthy sum from its consultancy and research projects, it is usually honoured with prizes and awards at RMI's annual recognition ceremony. In addition, this is also an opportunity for RMI to say thank you to all the consultants and researchers in UiTM for a job well done. This year, MITRANS won 'Anugerah Jambatan Cemerlang' (i.e. Excellent Department Award).