Thursday, 9 October 2014

Official Conferment of HICoE Status by MOE, 9 October 2014, MOE HQ, Putrajaya




All of us at MITRANS were very excited as we waited at the car park this morning. Today is the day that the Ministry of Education (MOE) officially confers the title of Higher Institution Centre of Excellence (HICoE) on MITRANS for the niche area of Halalan Toyyiban Supply Chain (HTSC). As you can see from the photos below, we were anxiously waiting for the UiTM driver to pick us up with the MPV, to take us to MOE's headquarters at Putrajaya.






The team from MITRANS consisted of Prof Dr Saadiah Yahya (Director), Dr Harlina Suzanna Jaafar (Deputy Director HTSC), Assoc Prof Dr Jasmee (Deputy Director Industrial Linkages and Training), Assoc Prof Dr Sariwati (Head, Postgraduate Centre), Dr Siti Zaharah Ishak (Head, Centre for Public Transport and Sustainable Development) and Pn Azmin Faranaz (Executive Officer, HTSC and Industrial Linkages), plus yours truly.






After arriving at MOE's headquarters at Putrajaya, the most difficult part of the day was waiting for the ceremony to start. However this gave us the opportunity to network with the other members of academia who also present. MITRANS was just one of the dozen or so HICoEs around the country being honoured at this ceremony. Hence there were professors from other institutions of higher education such as Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).










At the back of the hall where the ceremony was taking place, MITRANS was given a place, together with the other HICoEs, to display some of our publications and awards. The display contained a brief history as to how MITRANS developed over the years, plus the industry, governmental and international recognition it received along the way.






In addition to the heads of centres from MITRANS, our newest senior research fellows and collaborators from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) in the field of halalan toyyiban supply chain such as Assoc Prof Dr Zainal Samicho (food science expert), Ustazah Dr Fadhilah Abd Rahman (a well known authority on syariah law), and the very famous Prof Dr Muhamad Rahimi Osman (Dean of the Academy of Contemporary Islamic Studies, ACIS). Also present was and lending moral support was waste water extraordinaire, Prof Sr Ir Dr Hj Suhaimi Abdul Talib (Penolong Naib Canselor Pembangunan, Pengurusan Fasiliti dan ICT).






















YB Dato' Seri Idris Jusoh, Minister of Education II, was the the VVIP tasked with officiating the ceremony. 






The official ceremony commenced with a welcome speech by Y Bhg Datuk Prof Dr Roziah binti Omar (Timbalan Ketua Pengarah, TKPS, Jabatan Pengajian Tinggi).






The official launch was performed by the Minister of Education II, YB Dato' Seri Idris Jusoh.






Here are some of the other centres of excellence that were recognised as HICoEs. Congratulations to each of you. May you advance the level of knowledge in your fields nationally and internationally.






The moment that we were all waiting for finally arrived. Prof Saadiah Yahya (Director of MITRANS) and Prof Ir Dr Hj Abdul Rahman Omar (Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation) were invited onto the stage to officially received a certificate of recognition and a mock cheque. Thank you to Prof Rahman, who supported us during the application process as it was going through MOE and for being present at all the evaluation sessions conducted by various expert panels.






After the conferment ceremony, the Minister of Education II, YB Dato' Seri Idris Jusoh took the time to say hello to those attending the event. Prof Roziah and Prof Rahman were also kind enough to spare some time to speak to those representing the various HICoEs.






The post-ceremony networking provided the opportunity for congratulations, exchange of information and name cards. More importantly, the challenges that lay ahead finally sank in that for awhile the discussions as to the road the lay ahead got serious.






Here are photos of the certificate evidencing the conferment of HICoE status, plus the mock cheque for RM3 million which represents the funds for one year. If everything goes according to plan and the auditors are pleased with the performance of MITRANS, there will be similar cheques for the same amount for years two and three respectively.










The gauntlet has been thrown down by MOE. So let us take up the challenge and make MITRANS the world class HTSC referral centre it was meant to be.






Thursday, 2 October 2014

TRANSPORT ASSETS MANAGEMENT & BUSINESS MODEL FOR SUSTAINABLE PUBLIC TRANSPORT (RAIL) OPERATIONS,18 – 19 NOVEMBER 2014

TRANSPORT ASSETS MANAGEMENT & BUSINESS MODEL FOR SUSTAINABLE PUBLIC TRANSPORT (RAIL) OPERATIONS


Date :18 – 19 NOVEMBER 2014

Venue : ROTUNDA 2, 2ND FLOOR, SHAH ALAM CONVENTION CENTRE (SACC), SHAH ALAM

Time : 9.00 AM – 5.00 PM

Speaker : 1. MR. OMAR OSMAN 2. MR. TOMIN SALIKAN


* HRDF Claimable – SBL

Early Bird Registration before 3/10/2014 RM1,200 per pax

Register after 3/10/2014 RM1,500 per pax

Group Discount (10%) - For the third and subsequent delegate from the same company.

2-Days Course Fee (inclusive: Meals, Training Materials and Certificate)


Fee/Payment Method:

1) Crossed Cheque /Local Order (L.O)/ Bank draft/ Money Order to:
Name : BENDAHARI UITM
Address : Malaysia Institute of Transport (MITRANS)
Universiti Teknologi MARA 40450 Shah Alam SELANGOR DARUL EHSAN

2) Cash Deposit/ Transfer online to:
Account Name: BENDAHARI UITM
No. Acc.: 105140003422
Bank Name: Affin Bank Berhad
* Email the Receipt to: baizah@salam.uitm.edu.my or norzaihan938@salam.uitm.edu.my


*Cancellations: Cancellation must be notified in writing. 50% of the registration fee will be charged for cancellation made less than three (3) working days. Cancellation within 24 hours will be charged at 100% of the registration. We regret that cancellation cannot be accepted thereafter. The organizer reserves the right to make any amendments, cancel and/or change the programme, speaker, date or venue should circumstances beyond our control arise. We shall inform the participant(s) if any changes arise.

MITRANS must receive your registrations via fax OR email, not later than 30 OCTOBER 2014 in order to reserve your space.


18 NOVEMBER 2014 (TUESDAY)

8.30 am – 9.00 am: Registration / Refreshment
9.00 am – 10.00 am: An overview of Rail Industry, Type & Category of Rail Assets
10.00 am – 1.00 pm: Accounting Standards applicable (IFRS/IPSAS/MPSAS) in Rail Management and Operations
1.00 pm – 2.00 pm: Lunch & Networking
2.00 pm – 5.00 pm: Rail Assets Management, i.e. Rail Expenditures, Life Cycle & Schedule
Maintenance, Assets Tracking & Risk Management


19 November 2014 (WEDNESDAY)

8.30 am – 9.00 am: Registration/Refreshment
9.00 am – 10.00 am: An Overview of Public Transport Business Model
10.00 am – 11.00 am: Key Challenges on Current Public Transport Business Models
11.00 am – 1.00 pm: Overview on a Sustainable Business Model For Rail Industry
1.00 pm – 2.00 pm: Lunch & Networking
2.00 pm – 5.00 pm- Identify Moving Forward Business Model & Its Impact, Q&A

End Programme & Coffee break


Synopsis

The course provides an insight on some of the business model in public transportation (especially in rail industry) across the world. Topics to be delivered are : Definitions of business model, current business model in public transportation (rail operators), strategic business model to be a sustainable public transport provider and its challenges.

The knowledge of rail industry business models and its challenges will require some studies and innovations for future in public transportation (especially in rail development) and expansion projects, as rail development will be one of the major solutions for urban and rapid development in any developed countries.

The key challenges of sustainable public transportation business models (especially in rail operations) such as government policies and subsidies/grant, private companies participation, innovations and its organisational structure which also supported by strategic planning and comprehensive feasibility studies .

In addition, the suitable and appropriate business/ financial model that would support the rail operators to be sustainable and speedy progress on economic growth in any countries without having to rely heavily to Government assistance.


Who should join this workshop?

Executive, managers, professionals and consultants with a general business background commencing their work for the railway industry to fast track their learning and get a good understanding of key components of railways operations business models.

University graduates with a degree in management, business or commerce, or engineering those students could undertake the course as an elective to be better prepared for their jobs.


Please confirm your attendance by sending an email to:
sitih263@salam.uitm.edu.my (03-5521 1358-Puan Haslinda) or noriah386@salam.uitm.edu.my (03-5544 2343 - Puan Noriah) or 03-5544 2344 (fax)


The Speakers

Tomin Hj Salikan (MBA (Gen) DIA), with vast practical experience in Auditing, Banking, Merger and Acquisition , Human Resource , Rail Operations (Safety and Security) and Risk Management with various industry namely banking and GOCs (Government owned company).

Tomin was in the management team and involved in the merger and acquisition and restrucutirng as Head of Human Resource and to set up of Risk Department and also heading the Security and Safety Health and Environment at Syarikat Prasrana Negara Berhad . He has been appointed as EXCO member of MARIM (Malaysian Association of Risk Management )

Some of the major roles are establishment of Employee Terms and Conditions , Manpower planning during the restructuring exercise . He was involved directly in establishing the business model , people development and risk management . He was also heading the transformation of SSHE department for improvement on the intergration of SOP and compliance .
In addition, during his tenure in Prasarana , he was involved in performing feasibility studies for acquisition and merger proposals.


Omar Osman (FCCA, ACMA), is a qualified chartered management accountant (ACMA) and also a Fellow member of Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA) with vast practical experience in Rail Assets Management, Public Transport Assets Management, Management consultancy services, Financial Statement preparation, Retail Industry, Oil & Gas and Maritime Consultancy Service, Problem-Solving, Trouble Shooting, Risk Management with variuos international exposure. Omar was developing policies, procedures and manuals for big organisations namely Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad, DRB-Hicom and SPAD and has important role in organisation and method. As a qualified accountant, Omar Osman is well verse in International accounting Standards including Malaysian accounting standards and International Financing Reporting Standards (MASB,IFRS) as well as the Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS/MPSAS). This is gained when he was attached with KMPG, an International Audit Firm as an Accounting and Auditing technical training manager and also gained form providing IPSAS and MPSAS training for Accountant Negara Malaysia.

In addition, he was involved in Prasarana Assets management on LRT, Monorail and Stage Bus when Omar was appointed as Head of Monitoring and Control Department. Omar Osman's other International Exposure had been gained when he was working as an accountant in retail service as well as when he was lecturing at the LVMT Ltd (London Vocational and Management Training Ltd) from the year 1999 to 2002, specialising in Management Information System including Information Strategy, Project and Information Management and Corporate Finance for ACCA (Association for Chartered Certified Accountant), CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountant), ICSA (Institute of Chartered Secretary and Administration) and ABE (Association of Business Executive) students Prior to lecturing, Omar has worked with many organisations including international corporations locally as well as abroad.










Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Transport Industry Division MARA Visits MITRANS, Main Meeting Room at iLearn, 1 October 2014

According to its website, the Transport Industry Division of MARA history is as follows:


The Vehicle Division was established in 1960 under the Rural Industry Development Authority, known as RIDA. The purpose of the division was to provide transportation services to residents in rural areas, especially for the FELDA settlers and help bumiputera get involved in the transportation industry. At that time, the division was known as the RIDA Motor Vehicle and the transport services carried out by this division was known as the RIDA Bus.


When RIDA was dissolved and replaced officially by the Council of Trust for Indigenous People (MARA) on March 1, 1966, the Vehicle Division was placed under the administration called MARA Transportation Division. Consistent with that, the name RIDA Bus changed to MARA Bus and later was called MARA Bus Transport (KBM).


See http://www.mara.gov.my/en/bah.-industri-pengangkutan


According to its client charter, the Transport Industry Division of MARA makes the following pledges that:

  • Every passenger gets a ticket according to the price set after paying the fare.
  • Every complaint will be dealt with within three working days.
  • All buses are inspected everyday before and after operations.
  • At least 2 extra bus services will be provided on certain routes during festive seasons according to the demand.
  • Every payment to the supplier will be settled within 30 days upon receiving the invoice.
  • All buses will be cleaned everyday after operations.
  • MARA Liner Bus will adhere to the speed limit.

Amongst those representing MARA at the meeting were Tuan Ismail bin Abdullah (Director), Madam Noor Hakima binti Ahmad (Chief Assistant Director) and Tuan Failruz Bin Hj, Ishak (Chief Engineer).


The discussion centred around the types of services which were beneficial to MARA and whether these services could be provided by MITRANS. Among some of the serious issues under discussion were human capital development for the industry. MARA also has concerns about its commercial operation where better management decisions could have been made with the aid of research based on data analysis.


MARA is also looking forward to making businesses grow. For example not only in the provision of the bus services, but also other connected auxiliary services such as finance, manufacturing and also supplying of services. MARA intends to perform all these activities on a purely commercial basis because but has its hands tied because of its corporate social responsibility (CSR). MARA needs studies to justify these CSR services and research / studies based on actual data will be able to provide an accurate picture.










Among the interesting nuggets of information shared by MARA is that the express bus business can be run as a commercial entity but stage buses are usually run at a loss. The problem with stage buses is that many buses are needed at peak hours whereas for off peak hours, the demand drops considerably. The inefficient use of these buses costs money as it is not put to earning the maximum amount of bus fares.


Another area of concern is upgrading the knowledge of the staff at MARA's transport division. Those members of staff recruited a long time have difficulties in coping with new technology and new systems. From an engineering perspective, MARA would also like studies on the effectiveness of regular maintenance and also preventive maintenance as part of a cost minimising initiative.


Most of the areas of concerns that MARA has raised are well within the area of expertise available at MITRANS. Our Centre for Public Transport and Sustainable Development, headed by Dr Siti Zaharah, has been doing loads of these studies for the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) and Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (PRASARANA).


By the end of the discussion, two areas which are been prioritised are:


  • Workshop operations - Quality Control and Risk Management.
  • Stage Buses - Operational Optimisation.

Prof Sabariah lastly outlined the various options available to MARA, i.e. how they can hire MITRANS to conduct these studies such as consultancy, contract research and registering for postgraduate studies.


MARA liner ended the discussion by volunteering places for internships at its various subsidiary companies.
















Meeting with the Facilities Department, 1 October 2014

The first floor space next to Level One of MITRANS has been ear-marked for development for a long time. We have finally reached a stage where the final draft plans have to be approved so that construction could commence. The Facilities Department visited MITRANS to discuss the final version of the construction plan for the new area. MITRANS is looking forward to the extra space because  there are additional computer labs, a new seminar room, a new meeting room as well as new prayer rooms and postgraduate space.








Nasi Lemak Breakfast at the MITRANS Pantry, 1 October 2014


As it is now the fourth week of the semester, stress levels have been mounting. Hence, it was very appropriate to have one of the customary activities at MITRANS, ... the 'nasi lemak' breakfast. The chef prepared a sumptuous spread which included 'samba kerang', fried chicken, fried egg, Japanese cucumbers and fried anchovies. Additional 'munchies' included curry puffs and also local cakes. As usual, the event was open to both staff (academic and administrative) as well as postgraduates.




















Thursday, 25 September 2014

ASEAN TFWG, Malaysian Chapter, Meets at MITRANS, 25 September 2014

The Malaysian Team that is part of the ASEAN Transport Facilitation Working Group (TFWG) met today to finish some crucial work which is due next week. On 29 September 2014 to 3 October 2014, the TFWG will meet with its ASEAN counterparts at Medan, Indonesia. The choice of venue for the meeting this time around is the J.W. Marriott Hotel.


The work which had to be completed today related to the various protocols under transport framework agreements at ASEAN level. This is to be presented for further discussion at the ASEAN table. The ASEAN level group will be mulling over these documents during the 28th ASEAN Transport Facilitation Working Group (TFWG) and 5th Transit Transport Coordinating Board (TTCB) meetings respectively.


For the record, today's meeting was chaired by Tuan Veejendran of the Ministry of Transport (MOT). Other agencies represented at the meeting at MITRANS included officers from the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), the Road Transport Department (JPJ) and the Royal Malaysian Customs.











































Tuesday, 23 September 2014

GS1 Transport and Logistics Working Group Meeting @ MISI, 23 September2014



According to its website, GS1 is an international body that develops and promotes the GS1 standards of article numbering, bar coding and electronic communication worldwide. GS1 Malaysia was formed under the aegis of the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) to manage and develop the GS1 standards in Malaysia. GS1 formed a committee to oversee logistics matters through its Transport and Logistics Working Group (TLWG). Currently, the TLWG committee is headed by CCN Managing Director, Encik Ariffin Buranudeen.






Today's meeting was hosted by the Malaysia Institute of Supply Chain Innovation (MISI) at its beautiful premises at Bukit Jelutung. The campus is housed in a building donated by Sime Darby and has a maritime influenced design. There are lots of green and open spaces, plus generous parking spaces. Further, the cafeteria is excellent and serves restaurant quality food. The design of the offices and the meeting rooms allows lots of natural sunlight to shine through.













*SELFIE WARNING*

After the meeting was over, looked who I bumped into at the cafeteria. Assoc Prof Sabariah Jemali, former Deputy Director of MITRANS, now seconded to MISI as its Academic Registrar. It was really nice meeting up with an old friend that I affectionately called 'Mini Boss' (i.e. because she was the designated number two at MITRANS).