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expand PSMB Takes Part in Larian Pekerja Muda 9 to 5 Run

PUTRAJAYA : As part of Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad (PSMB)’s commitment to keeping a healthy lifestyle, more than 50 PSMB staff joined 16,000 other runners at the Larian Pekerja Muda 9 to 5 Run in Precint 3 on 9th May 2015. Not even a slight drizzle could hamper 1,600 runners as they flagged-off at 7:30 AM in front of Bangunan Kementerian Kewangan around Putrajaya Lake by YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia. The run was organised by Koperasi Profesional Putrajaya Bhd (KOPRAJAYA) and Persatuan Belia Pekerja Muda (BPM) with support from the Youth and Sports Ministry and Human Resources Ministry in conjunction with Labour Day and Putrajaya Youth Festival. The run was categorised into two categories, the five kilometre run and the 10 kilometre.

The event was also attended YB Mr Khairy Jamaluddin, Youth and Sports Minister who took part in the 10km run category. The run is an initiative by government and private professionals to nurture better cooperation and effort that would benefit the country. The event was organised to fulfil Gagasan 1Malaysia vision that was introduced by the YAB Prime Minister to bridge the gap between professionals and non-professionals within the public as well as private sector of a multicultural nation. The run aims to increase awareness on the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle which would encourage better proactivity and increased productivity at the workplace.

Here are what some of PSMB Runners has to say about the 9 to 5 Run:-

“It was more than keeping fit, but it was also a good time for me see and enjoy the scenic view around Putrajaya” - Mohd Khairizal bin Othman from Marketing Communication Division.

“Fresh air and a little exercise helps me to stay healthy while keeping my mind alert,” - Rony Ambrose Gobilee from Training Resources Development Division.

“Keeping fit and healthy are something that should not be neglected,” - Khairul Lailiah binti Sabri from Training Grant Division.  

“It was pleasing to see my colleagues took the effort to take care of their health” - Shahsiera binti Mostaffa from Corporate Affairs and Human Resources Division.

“It is a good and healthy event that I hope PSMB would be able to organise more of similar activities,” - Nik Ezzah Syukriah binti Mohamad Sukri from Corporate Affairs & Human Resources Division.

“The run was very relaxing and it helped me to de-stress myself,” - Hazman bin Hasim from SME Division.

PSMB emphasised the importance of health and well-being for its staff. The event was another opportunity for PSMB to encourage its employee to incorporate a healthy lifestyle into their professional as well as personal life.

Written By
Heikal Abdul Mutadir

expand HR Leadership: A Personal Guide to Mastering Networking in the Workplace

Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad held a Leadership Talk at the UEM Learning Centre on 9th April 2015 with Sarah Michel, CSP, who talked on the importance of NetWORTHing® with her presentation on “Perfecting Connecting: A Personal Guide to Mastering Networking in the Workplace”. The event organised in collaboration with SMR HR Group as part of an on-going series of Leadership Talks.

“Meeting people is as important as connecting with others especially in the workplace,” said PSMB Chief Executive CM Vignaesvaran a/l Jeyandran was also present to deliver the welcoming speech. “Hence, it allows them to fulfil their duties faster, better and easier.”
He added that the talk will help participants to discover new ideas to grow their businesses by accessing and influencing potentials through network.

“It is also important to identify and resolve miscommunication in order to build a strong interaction with all types and styles of people that we work with,” he said.

Sarah is a networking expert who helps people increase their netWORTH™.  She works with individuals, associations and organisations to strengthen their connections and communicate their value to anyone, anywhere, anytime.  Her powerful Perfecting Connecting© strategies and NetWORTHing process promotes personal and professional success.

Sarah works with companies and organisations to improve their internal network.  By integrating her methods, people learn to develop successful relationships with customers, co-workers and colleagues. These improved connections result in a stronger internal and external network essential for career and organisational success.She is an active volunteer in her community who has written articles and inspirational stories about connecting which has been published in numerous books, newspapers and national journals.
“NetWORTHing is how we get things done,” said Sarah, a networking expert who transforms organisation, teams and individuals with critical needs to improve communications.

The HR Leadership Talk is a platform to encourage future leaders to face business challenges by learning from the knowledge and experience of famous leadership gurus, business strategies and successful entrepreneurs. Participants also gain 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.

expand Sectorial Training Committee Appreciation Dinner

Sectorial Training Committee Appreciation Dinner

Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad (PSMB) recently hosted an Appreciation Dinner for members of the Sectorial Training Committees at the Renaissance Hotel, Kuala Lumpur on 31st March 2015.

The appreciation dinner was an initiative to acknowledge the establishment of the Sectorial Training Committees (STCs) and the support of the representatives from the 19 committees comprises of the 63 sub-sectors that are covered under the Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Act, 2001.

The event was officiated by the Honourable Minister of Human Resources, YB Dato’ Sri Richard Riot Anak Jaem accompanied by YB Dato’ Sri Haji Ismail bin Haji Abd Mutallib, Deputy Minister of Human Resources, YBhg Dato’ Haji Romli Haji Hassan, Deputy Secretary General (Operations), and YBrs Dr. Mohd Ghazali bin Abas, Director of Human Capital Development Section, Economic Planning Unit (EPU), PSMB’s Board of Directors Chairman YBhg Prof. Dato’ Dr Abdul Razak bin Abdul and members of PSMB’s Board of Directors.

“Through the establishment of STCs last year, we set a high expectation for the committees to create opportunities to bring industrial experts together and assist PSMB to identify training requirement needed by their industries,” said CM Vignaesvaran, Chief Executive of PSMB.

“We have been building an infrastructure for research and training while creating high value programmes for companies and the Malaysian workforce. Through our available training schemes and programmes, PSMB registered employers can train their employees on various skills areas to meet current and future needs of their businesses,” he added.

The establishment of STCs will enable industrial experts and other authority bodies to come together as a committee in assisting the industry to identify their training needs. These STCs will further strengthen research on training needs, encourage institutions from the industries and associations to work together on real world challenges and facilitate the eventual adoption of new best practices.

This will further enable the STC to become a reliable platform for information regarding current and future skills and competencies requirements of the industries covered by PSMB. PSMB will be able to provide a feedback that will enable the Government to focus funds for training purposes more efficiently.

At the highlight of the dinner, each member of the STC received a certificate of appointment that was personally handed by the Minister of Human Resources, YB Dato’ Sri Richard Riot Anak Jaem. The certificate of appointment is a sign of appreciation by PSMB for the members of STC in recognition to their contribution in identifying the industry’s training needs.

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.



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