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expand HR Leadership Talk : Becoming an Effective Mentoring Leader

HR Leadership Talk : Becoming an Effective Mentoring Leader

Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad (PSMB) organised a HR Leadership talk at the Kelab Golf Perkhidmatan Awam (KGPA), Bukit Kiara on 13th March 2015.

The HR Leadership Talk was organised by PSMB in collaboration with ITD World Sdn Bhd as a platform to nurture professionalism culture, develop positive aspirations and foster a driven motivational need to take action in achieving greater results.

Open to the public, the talk attracted 83 participants from 51 companies to take the opportunity in sharing their experiences and opinions to become an effective mentor. The participants include consultants, training providers, senior managers and business owners.

Dr. William J. Rothwell is the featured speaker during the HR Leadership Talk with his presentation on “Becoming an Effective Mentoring Leader”. Dr. William J. Rothwell, President of Rothwell & Associates, LLC who has also authored several best-selling and award winning books.

He is a renowned consultant and professor from the Pennsylvania State University and heads the number one-ranked graduate programme in Human Resource development in USA. He also has over 80 internationally published titles with his best-selling book, “Effective Succession Planning : Ensuring Leadership Continuity and Building Talent, 2nd Edition” is regarded by some as an excellent reference on succession management practices. He has also consulted on Succession Planning and Management with a wide array of organisation in business, government and non-profit settings in the US and internationally.

Dr. Rothwell explains that a mentor is simply a teacher that may exist informally as well as formally. As a mentor, they teach while helping individuals to fit in by putting themselves in the place of a learner. They would also provide advice based on experience and introduce people who can help them to get things done.

According to him, mentors are of great influence in helping to structure important information and draw attention to what is important to learn.

He emphasised the advantages of mentoring programme in talent management, succession planning and other Human Resources efforts. This also means that mentoring can be used to build competency and gain support and visibility within the organisation.

The talk is the first HR Leadership Talk in 2015 with two more to come. PSMB is organising a series of leadership talks with upcoming HR Leadership Talk sessions to be held in April 2015. The next talk session will feature Dr. Kim Schofield from the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) who will be presenting “Business Driven HR Management” at Penang Skills Development Centre (PSDC), Bayan Lepas.

The HR Leadership Talk also provides participants with the opportunity to discuss solutions and manage the human resource issues that are faced by today’s employers such as understanding good behaviour, empowerment, inspiration and motivation to take action in achieving greater results.

PSMB has been actively involved in being the forefront of Human Resources Development programmes and schemes that aims to provide opportunities for employees to enhance their skills through up-skilling and reskilling to increase efficiency to support career advancement. 

For more information and registration, please contact PSMB’s representative Ms Iryani (03-2096 4605/, Mr Khairizal (03-2096 4604/ and Mr Mohd Nazirol (03-2096 4626/ or visit PSMB’s website at

expand Official Visit by Ministry of Human Resources Secretary General to PSMB

Official Visit by Ministry of Human Resources Secretary General to PSMB

On 27th January 2015, Ministry of Human Resources Secretary General Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Saripuddin Kasim took the time for a visit to Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad (PSMB) at its main headquarters.

Also accompanying him during the visit was Development, Financial and Human Resources Division Secretary Dato’ Mohamed Elias bin Abu Bakar, Information Management Division Secretary Tuan Haji Ishak bin Lebai Omar, Financial and Development Deputy Secretary Rahimi bin Ismail, Labour Department of Peninsular Malaysia Director General Mohd Jeffrey bin Joakim and Department of Labour of Peninsular Malaysia Deputy Director General Asri bin Ab. Rahman.

PSMB Chief Executive CM Vignaesvaran Jeyandran together with Chief Operating Officer Wan Yon Shahima bt Wan Othman and Chief Corporate Services Lim Kah Cheng were the first to greet the Secretary General upon his arrival.
During the visit, Dato’ Saripuddin said that the reason for the visit was to look at the progress achieved by PSMB. He also wanted to see PSMB’s call centre at the main headquarter in operation. 

He was given a presentation by PSMB’s Chief Executive on the milestone growth of PSMB as well as the agency’s plan for the future. These briefing included the agency’s aim in improving its services by enhancing its delivery system and transparency. He raised the possibility in allowing the call centre to be operational every Sunday to cater for companies working in the East Coast of the Peninsular. 

Vignaesvaran was pleased to report that PSMB services currently extended to over 15,000 employers which cover 2 million workers throughout 63 sectors under the PSMB Act, 2001. Since PSMB was first established, the agency has a total of 11,246, 208 training places with a total approved financial assistance of RM5.32 billion.

On supporting the industry via the establishment of the Sectorial Training Committee (STC) in identifying training needs, he explained that training programmes under the STC will become industry driven. He explains that this industry driven process will allow the industry players to advise PSMB on their training requirement that would enhance the employer’s level of productivity and competitiveness.

Other reports included a brief on the National Human Resources Centre, women empowerment for housewives via the HEARTS Programme and various Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities such as aid for the recent flood victims. He also added that PSMB cares for its staff by creating employee centric initiatives such as Fruit Day, Health Day, gymnasium membership and transportation assistance back and forth to KL Sentral.

After the briefing presentation, the delegates proceeded for the main part of the visit for a first-hand look at PSMB’s Call Centre and Data Centre. The delegates also had the opportunity to meet PSMB’s employees face to face as they conducted their duties.

Dato' Saripuddin also obligingly took the time to officiate PSMB’s recently renovated Recreational Room located at level 1 for employees at PSMB’s headquarters at the end of the visit.


expand PSMB CSR Project : Flood Aftermath Response

The recent flood crisis had left many homes devastated while rendering several public buildings unusable throughout the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

Knowing that swift action is imperative, volunteers from Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad (PSMB) CSR Project team, in conjunction with the Ministry of Human Resources, took part in helping Malaysians citizens affected by the aftermath of the flood crisis.

The team consisted of 15 volunteers from Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad and 7 Ministry of Human Resources personnel took part in the clean-up operation at the Kampung Chenor, Pahang on the 7th January 2015.

During the one day clean-up operation, the team focused their effort on at two public facilities in  Kampung Chenor, namely Klinik Kesihatan Chenor and the Masjid Lama Kampung Chenor. 

“It was a depressing sight to see the height of the flood damages,” said to team member Siti Nurshabiha bt Fadillah from Corporate Communications Unit as she walked around mud-soaked walls that towered above her.

Another team member, Marketing and Communications Division Executive Khairul Effendi bin Dahalan said that it would take a lot of work and effort to clear all the damages. “It really saddened me to see all the damages,” he said.

The full-day operation began with cleaning mud from within and around the premises. Team members utilised water jet pressure cleaners, portable power generators (gensets) and various cleaning tools to clear the muddy debris that had damaged the area.

By the end of the day, the volunteers were able to clear the drains, clean the rooms and helped dispose mud debris from the affected public facilities. The team were also able to assist a nearby resident by helping to clean their house and utensils. 

PSMB’s CSR Project had recently participated in clean-up and distribution of food and clothes at several areas affected by the recent flood. These areas included Maran, Termeloh, and Kelantan. The Project is involved in several ad-hoc social responsible activities that provide assistance to the public together with the Ministry of Human Resources.
Also present during the clean-up was Yang Berhormat Dato’ Sri Haji Ismail bin Abdul Muttalib, Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Mr. CM Vignaesvaran A/L Jeyandran Chief Executive of PSMB.


expand Meeting tomorrow’s needs to enhance workers’ skills for global market

KUCHING: For Malaysia to become a developed nation by 2020, one thing it must do is to increase the knowledge and skills of its people.

This was pointed out by Minister of Human Resources, YB Dato’ Sri Richard Riot Anak Jaem at the opening of the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) Conference and Exhibition 2014@ Borneo and the launch of National Human Resources Standards (NHRS) at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching.

The Minister pointed out that knowledge and training were the new competitive advantages for developing a new global economy. It is vital for employers to continuously enhance the knowledge, skills and ability of their employees and overall competitiveness especially the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to penetrate the international market.

“To ensure the country retains its competitiveness in the new global economy, the government has initiated and implemented various policy measures and projects aimed at promoting the use of knowledge and technology to spur further economic growth of the nation.

“The role of education and training would need to be enhanced to help in the development of the nation’s economy,” he said.

“Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad (PSMB) has already started with the awareness training on innovation and will aggressively embark on training that will stimulate the mind to think creatively and outside the box relevant with the theme of this two-day ‘Innovative Workforce, Transformation of Business Excellence’ conference,” he pointed out.

He added that PSMB had formulated various schemes and programmes through the HRDF and with the available schemes and programmes, registered employers could train their employees on various skilled areas to meet current and future needs of their businesses.

He said to highlight the importance of having standards for all HR practitioners, the Human Resources Certification Committee under PSMB had developed the National Human Resources Standards or NHRS. The formulation of this standard was done after nine months of research on HR systems and practices in Malaysia and globally.

The purpose of having the HR Standards among others is to provide a model that defines the criteria that can be used to measure quantity, weight, extent, value and quality of the HR practitioners.

“It is also meant to incorporate international best practices with the East meets West concept by blending the best of the managerial skills with theories and techniques to face new challenges to become globally competitive, develop world class products and services as well as keeping the value of professional integrity.”

In addition, PSMB had recently conducted the NHRS Seminar to discuss the outcome of the Standards that had been formulated together with the industries, HR practitioners and Universiti Utara Malaysia.

“These standards are set out to define what a professional HR should do in managing and developing the people.
“As HR person, he or she is expected to understand, explain and critically evaluate every situation which requires his or her expertise at a professional, support and advance level of practitioner.

“It is my sincere hope to see that HR professional genuinely influences strategies at a boardroom and contributes to the bottom line in a corporate environment,” he said.

He congratulated PSMB for organising the conference which is the 14th edition since first organised in 2001.

“This is first it is time held in Sarawak allowing employers here to also join the event. The conference, participated by 1,040 people, is one of the best platforms for employers to get the latest trends in HRD or HRM and also information on ranges of new HR products for adaption in their respective organisations,” said the Minister.

At the same time, he pointed out that labour market conditions in the country remained favourable.

expand PSMB Sarawak Upgrades to New Office

YB Human Resources Minister Dato' Sri Richard Riot Anak Jaem officiating the new PSMB Office.

Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad (PSMB) is strengthening its role while creating greater accessibility for Sarawak customers with the relocation to a new venue situated at Level 4, Wisma PERKESO, Kuching, Sarawak. The new Sarawak office branch was formally officiated by the Minister of Human Resources Yang Berhormat Dato’ Sri Richard Riot Anak Jaem on 8th December 2014.  

PSMB Chief Executive CM Vignaesvaran Jeyandran giving his welcome note.

Also present during the officiating ceremony are Ministry of Human Resources Secretary General Dato’ Saripuddin Kasim, Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) Chief Executive Datuk K. Selvarajah, PSMB Board of Director Member Rayan Anak Narum, Political Secretary to YB Minister Major (Rtd) Peter Anak Runin and PSMB’s Chief Executive Mr CM Vignaesvaran a/l Jeyandran.

“This is an important change to garner our effort to get close to our stakeholders in Sarawak as to ensure the aspiration to have 50% skilled workforce in the country is achieved by year 2020,” says PSMB’s Chief Executive during his speech.

Prior to the new location, the PSMB branch office in Sarawak was located at Level 1, Bormill Estate Commercial Centre, Kuching, Sarawak. It has started its operation since 1 January 1998 and was officiated by the former Honourable Deputy Minister of Human Resources. The relocation to Wisma PERKESO will enable PMSB to provide better services to employers throughout Sarawak.

From left : Major (Rtd) Peter Anak Runin (Political Secretary to YB Minister), CM Vignaesvaran (PSMB Chief Executive), Datuk K. Selvarajah (SOCSO Chief Executive), YB Dato' Sri Richard Riot Anak Jaem (Human Resources Minister), Dato Saripuddin Kasim (Secretary General, Ministry of Human Resources) Tuty Bujang (PSMB Sarawak Branch Manager) and Rayan Anak Narum (PSMB Board of Director Member)


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