Saturday, 12 April 2014

Dr Ruth Banamyong Visits MITRANS, 10 April 2014

Prof Dr Ruth Banamyong (Visiting Professor of Logistics and Transport @ MITRANS) dropped by to discuss details of a conference which was being organised with the help of MITRANS. The 6th International Conference on Logistics and Transport 2014 (ICLT 2014) was to be hosted by MITRANS. The theme for this year's conference is 'Innovation in Global Supply Chain Management'. The proposed dates for the conference are as follows: 26-29 August 2014.

Policy Dialogue on Road Freight Transport Between Malaysia and Thailand, 9 April 2014, The Royal Hotel, Jalan Walter Granier

A dialogue titled 'Enhancing the Capability of Road Freight Transport in Preparation for the ASEAN Economic Community' was held at Hotel Royal, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 9 April 2014. Assoc Prof Dr Ruth Banamyong (Adjunct Professor of Transport and Logistics at MITRANS) was a key player in Thailand's delegation. He translated presentations that from Thai into English. Much of the sharing centered on service quality and benchmarking.

MRT Corp Visits MITRANS, 3.00 p.m., 8 April 2014

Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) sent two of its representatives to explore areas of collaboration with MITRANS. Both En Akasyah Sabri (Special Officer to the CEO's Office) and En Shahrul Fadhli Omar (Assistant General Manager, Finance Operations) presented their credentials and proposed projects which could be of benefit to both parties. Most of the discussions were made with the help of Dr Siti Zahrah who has an interest in researching all matters relating to public transportation.

Another HICoE Budget Presentation, 8 April 2014, Ministry of Education, Putrajaya

Round Two of the budget presentation for the Higher Institution Centre of Excellence (HICoE) project took place at the new Ministry of Education (MOE) building in Putrajaya. As usual, Prof Saadiah Yahya (Director of MITRANS) led the delegation and made the presentation. Staff who lent their support included Assoc Prof Dr Jasmee Jaafar (Deputy Director, Education, Training and Quality), Dr Harlina S Jaafar (Deputy Director, Research and Industrial Linkages), Dr Siti Zaharah (Head of the Centre for Public Transport and Sustainable Development), Pn Azlina Muhammad (Head of the Malaysian Research Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain (MarCeLS), Pn Azmin Azmin Faranaz (Executive Officer, Research and Industrial Linkages) an yours truly. The panel evaluating the presentation was the same as Round One, with one exception, the addition of Prof Dr Muhamad Jantan (the new Deputy Vice Chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia, USM).

Friday, 4 April 2014

TRGS Research Grant Scheme @ DePalma Hotel, Shah Alam

The details of the Transboundary Research Grant were shared among researchers by the Research Management Institute (RMI). This requires at least 3 projects from different disciplines to form a coherent theme under one proposal. MITRANS is formulating a proposal to study various aspects of halal logistics.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014


 A Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad team consisting of three senior managers approached MITRANS about a proposal to study the socio-economic impact of the east coast railway line. There were also additional discussions on the drafting of standard conditions of carriage for passengers and goods. Further discussions also took place on how to optimise the new double track infrastructure that is being built on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

There is quite a lot of excitement concerning some of the above. Research may involve traveling along the railway line. KTMB has informed us there is a conference coach which is fitted for work and lodging. Fans of the trains and railways will realize that this is a once in a life time opportunity.

By the way, KTMB is looking for interns. So hurry up and contact the human resource department if you are interested in learning about railway operations.

For the record, KTMB's representatives were:

Afzar Zakariya, Executive Vice President, Office Of the President

Jeflysham bin Osman, General Manager, Ipoh - Padang Besar, Electrified Double tracking Project, Project Management

Mohd Zain Mat Taha, General Manager KTM Intercity

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Postgraduates Meet the Administrators of MITRANS, 27 March 2014, iLearn Meeting Room

Since Dr Sariwati took over as Head of the Postgraduate Centre, this event has been held within the first four weeks of the start of each semester. It provides a platform for both postgraduates and their supervisors to provide feedback on the research process.