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expand NHRS Seminar - 16 October 2014

Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad (PSMB) is organising a one-day National Human Resources Standards Seminar at the Pullman Hotel Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur on 16th October 2014.

The seminar has attracted more than 600 participants from various profession and background to listen to Human Resource experts as they share their professional views on the Malaysian Human Resource landscape.

These panellists comprised of several well-known HR practitioners from various organisations and industries with vast experience in Human Resource management. These include prominent experts from various associations, national corporations and private companies.

The NHRS seminar covers the 5 dimensions of the Human Resource issues namely, Learning & Development, Compensation & Benefits, Employee Relations, Talent Management and Strategic HR Leadership.

The NHRS describes how behavioural competencies could be used to link with corporate as well as organisation’s purpose. This enables the organisation to provide better communication to stake holders on how to effectively guide their own actions to achieve greater performance results.

NHRS is a compilation of standards which emphasises on alignment to help individuals relate their actions to the organisation’s identity. These standards were developed in full consultation with the industry to promote a appropriate code of conduct amongst HR practitioners and enhance HR professionals with their training needs.

The Standards also incorporate international Human Resource best practise with Malaysian employment laws, local cultures, ethical values and integrity. Other opportunities for participants include networking prospects, Q&A sessions and in-depth industrial exposure.

Chairman of the National Human Resources Standards Steering Committee Tuan Haji Abdul Wahab Bin Abdul Bakar will deliver the Opening Remarks at the start of the seminar. The Closing Remarks will be delivered by PSMB’s Acting Chief Executive Mr CM Vignaesvaran a/l Jeyandran at the end of the seminar.

expand HR Certification - 29 August 2014

Another Milestone Step for HR Certification

Putrajaya, 29th Aug : In moving forward to highlight the importance of HR Standards, the HR Steering Committee has presented its findings to the delegates of the Ministry of Human Resources (Kementerian Sumber Manusia) at the Federal Government Administrative Centre in Putrajaya on 29th August 2014.

Attending the presentation was the Deputy Secretary General (Policy & International) Mohd Sahar bin Darusman. Other delegates present from the ministry included representatives from the Jabatan Pendidikan Kemahiran (JPK), Jabatan Tenaga Kerja Semenanjung Malaysia (JTK) and Jabatan Perhubungan Perusahaan (JPP).

This presentation is another milestone achievement by the committee to develop quality standards for Malaysia’s human resource needs.

“Malaysia needs to retain its top talent pool while attracting and developing professionals to achieve its high income developed nation,” according to Azizan Hawa Hassan, HRC Standard Committee Member. “To do that, the HR professions need to address the talent needs of the nation.”

The presentation was delivered by Azizan who is also a senior GM of the UEM Learning Centre.

With Malaysia facing new challenges due to commitment to regional liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation, the nation needed to reconnect HR Practitioners with performance results. The National Human Resources Standards (NHRS) was developed by the Human Resource Certification Committee under the Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF).

NHRS was started in the early 2014 with the involvement from the University Utara Malaysia (UUM) School of Business by conducting a series of Focus Group Discussion involving 500 respondents from various interest groups. The group consisted of HR professionals from across the country to share their expertise from various industries.

“In our survey, 92% of our industry respondents reported that there needs to be a certification to improve the quality of the nation’s human resource practises,” said Abdul Wahab Abu Bakar, Chairman of the Steering Committee and Board Member of the Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF).

The standards combine the best blend of HR Managerial Skills of theories and techniques from the East and West. These standards are created to ensure that the best in Malaysia’s industrial relations, culture and values are preserved and propagated.

“We are looking forward to the professional certification to be implemented,” said Committee Member Mohd Kamal Nawawi, CEO of Cosmopoint.

In order to achieve the implementation, the NHRS will be organising a seminar on the 16th Oct 2014 at the Pullman Hotel Bangsar under the themed ‘Managing Tomorrow’s Human Capital : the Game Changer to Business Growth’ to share with other HR Practitioners to learn more about the certification standards development.

expand HR Leadership Talk - 19 August 2014

Kuala Lumpur, 19th Aug 2014: In helping Malaysian HR Practitioners to develop good leadership behaviour and achieve results, the Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF) under the Ministry of Human Resource, recently organised a half day HR Leadership Talk at the UEM Learning Centre.

Lance Richards from Kelly Services, delivered his presentation as the featured speaker that was attended by 165 HR practitioners from various companies. Lance addressed the attendees during his presentation to highlight the trend in the supply-demand on the economics of talents themed Talentnomics .

As reported by ‘The Conference Board : CEO Challenge 2014, he shared that the Human Capital challenge is the first and a primary concern faced by CEOs from Singapore, Thailand as well as Malaysia. These concerns surpass other challenges such as high-performance, customer relationships, sustainability and corporate brand & reputation.

Human Resources are tremendously important to a CEO as they need the manpower to keep their businesses going. As such, HR Practitioners are crucial in a business organisation.

He further emphasised that within the modern world, knowledge is critical within the economic infrastructure.

“We are operating in a knowledge economy, and that means production rests in the hands of the workers,” he explained.

According to him, education is going to have a strong impact on future employees. Students who are influenced by the current existing education systems will later present a unique set of challenges to HR practitioners and businesses once they join the workforce.

Because of this, HR Practitioners are deeply affected by existing education policies as they are the education system’s true consumers and will need to meet the demands of the future employees.

Moreover, education together with modern technology is creating significant influence on the future’s workforce supply and demand. Employees are becoming more intelligent-based while technology enabled connectivity thus eliminating the need for a physical office place.

According to Lance , this has also led to in lifestyle whereby ‘work-life balance’ is being replaced with ‘blending’ as more employees can work from the comfort of their home. He explains that modern technology allowed more employees to work in a 24-hour period without the confines of an office space.

“As more employees become educated and connected via technology, the term ‘office’ is becoming noun.”
He also added that unlike previous generation, current workforces with increased mobility and more job options has led to a change in work sentiment and culture.

For example, previous generation would view long-term commitment a sign of reliability and faithfulness while current workforce generation would view the same type of commitment as being stagnant and repetitive. This means that ‘growing with a company’s’ is a thing of the past. “In today’s generation, employees prioritise personal growth over career growth,” he says.

To meet these challenges as well as other future HR obstacles, Lance stresses that HR practitioners must be able embrace a change in mind-set to retain talents and reinforce employee loyalty.
Lance Richards is a SHRM instructor for the global HR preparation courses and has served three years with the SHRM Global board of directors as well as four years on their global expertise panel.

He is a speaker whose objectives include development and promoting initiatives to bring HR innovations needed in a HR3.0 world. He contributes significant thought on leaderships to workforce strategy and evolution.

He is also a visiting professor of human resource management at the Sasin Graduate Business School and has lectured at George Washington University, American University Hospital, University Michigan, Oakland University and Temasek Polytechnic.


expand In the spirit of Merdeka - 14 August 2014


Patriotic spirits ran high with the Board member officers and  PSMB personnel from all divisions as they gathered together to celebrate the Majlis Pelancaran Kibar Jalur Gemilang on 14th Aug 2014 in front of Wisma HRDF.

“We have to always think out of the box to maintain peace and create new opportunities,” said Chairman of the Board of Directors Prof Dato’ Dr Abdul Razak bin Abdul. 

“We have to stay united and put our efforts together to help Malaysian companies improve our local workforce’s skills and competency levels.”

The last 57 years of peace and harmony is attributed to the effort by these same companies that have contributed to the nation’s growth.

He also added that as Malaysians, the effort and sacrifices of the country’s previous generations should never be forgotten.

To remember Malaysia’s struggle for independence, the ceremony includes 14 flag bearers from Malaysia’s individual states to signify the country’s diversity and unity as a nation. Profiles of unsung historical figures and their achievements were also displayed as an exhibition to highlight the contributions of Malaysia’s previous generations. 

For staff at PSMB, organising the event was an enjoyable activity. 

“It was fun for me and it was my first time organising the event here at PSMB,” said Corporate Affairs Division Assistant Executive Mohamad Azri bin Abdul Aziz. “I have been here for 12 years and being able to try my hand at something new has always been refreshing.”   

As a Government linked agency under the Ministry of Human Resources, PSMB is fully dedicated in its duty to develop various initiatives in up skilling the nation’s workforce.

PSMB was established to train, retrain and increase the number of skilled Malaysian workers in the private sector.



expand PSMB Expands the PSMB Act, 2001 - 5 June 2014

PSMB expands the PSMB Act, 2001 to increase highly skilled workers

5 June, Kuala Lumpur – Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad (PSMB) has expanded the scope of coverage of the PSMB Act, 2001 from the existing 44 sub-sectors to an additional 19 new sub-sectors, making the total sub-sectors covered at 63 altogether.

The expansion involved two sub-sectors from mining and quarrying and 17 sub-sectors from services. It will hopefully increase the percentage of highly skilled workers from 28 per cent to 33 per cent in 2015 and 50 per cent by 2020, as outlined in the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP).

These measures can also increase the number of those eligible for training under the Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF). 

A country with a population of more than 28 million people, of which 9.8 million make up the workforce, Malaysia cannot be said to be blessed with an abundance of labour, especially not when compared to many of its neighbours which have populations twice to even ten times Malaysia’s. However, a large population does not necessarily translate to efficiency and productivity, especially not in today’s economic environment where knowledge and technology are the driving forces.

PSMB was established to train, retrain and increase the number of skilled Malaysian workers in the private sector.

Dato’ Dr. Abdul Razak Abdul said as of April 30, some 14,154 employers had registered with PSMB involving 1.73 million workers from manufacturing sub-sectors and 21 service sub-sectors.

“With the expanded scope, another 7,915 employers are expected to be registered involving 0.26 million workers. By 2015, PSMB intends to train about 700,000 workers or up 33 per cent,” he said when launching the expansion of the scope of PSMB Act, 2001.

Q and A session was held to clarify any arising issues between potential employers and PSMB.

PSMB will provide matching grant on reimbursement basis amounting to RM 2 million for 400 employers in 19 new sub-sectors to encourage retraining.

PSMB also introduced a “Grace Period” from June 1 to November 30 for all employers in the 19 new sub-sectors and 44 existing sub-sectors eligible to be registered. During the period, they are entitled to exemption of payment of arrears of levy and interest on levy and incentives or other benefits provided by PSMB.

Legal action under Section 13 (2) of PSMB Act, 2001 will be taken against employers who failed to register after the “Grace Period” ends.

As Malaysia progresses towards industrial and economic development, it is of utmost importance that its human capital is of sufficient capability to move the ship forward. As can be seen, there is really no excuse for employers not to make use of the schemes that will improve and upgrade the skills and talents of their workforce. In fact seeing the importance of developing human capital to the achievement of Vision 2020, we can even call it a national duty.


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