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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.

expand HRM Seminar in Kedah - 11 June 2014

NHRC Host Seminar on Human Resources Management in Alor Setar, Kedah

11 June, Alor Setar - Human Resources Management (HRM) is vital to any organisations. Managing diversity ranks among the most underestimated challenges confronting human resource. The increasing thrust towards globalisation has resulted in internationalisation of the workforce, and the increased demand for talents has resulted in groups of people hitherto out of the workforce entering the workforce.

Recognising its importance, National Human Resource Centre (NHRC) recently held a ‘Seminar Sumber Manusia: Memperkasa Sumber Manusia Bagi Mendokong Transformasi Negara’ at Grand Alora Hotel, Alor Setar, Kedah, approached at least 100 participants from various HR designations and business background.

Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Omar Haji Awang, Chief Executive of Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad (PSMB) was delivering a keynote address to welcome the participants.

The seminar was to give a good overview of the functions and responsibilities of the HR department and also aims to teach some of the important legal aspects ranging from compensation and mandatory benefits to termination of employment.

HRM is also a strategic and comprehensive approach to managing people and the workplace culture and environment. Effective HRM enables employees to contribute effectively and productively to the overall company direction and the accomplishment of the organisation's goals and objectives.

Yang Arif Dato’ Jalaldin Bin Haji Hussain, Chairman of Malaysia Industrial Court presented a paper on Collective Bargaining and Collective Agreement for Harmony Industry.

HRM seminar is suitable for managers who need to understand and apply HR systems, non-HR professionals who are responsible for HR activities; managers and professionals who are tasked with launching an HR department, HR professionals with less than five years of experience and HR specialists who have limited generalist experience.

Participants will obtain a wealth of knowledge usually, presented by many speakers at one time in one place. Not only that, they also able to network, where individuals can meet others with the same interests/problems/concerns that they may have in their chosen field.

It is hoped that all participants able to benefit the skills and insight of solid foundation in human resource management principles, strategic thinking, and decision-making in the workplace.

expand TUTELAR in JB - 24 April 2014

Trade unions must be supporter, partner between employer and employee

24 April, Johor Bahru: Human Resources Minister, Dato’ Sri Richard Riot Jaem urged union leaders across the country to avoid being manipulated by certain parties for their own interests and focus on the objectives of the union establishment to face challenging times ahead.

He said trade union nowadays should be seen as a supporter, partner and link between employer and employee. The negative perception of trade unions often labelled as pressure groups must change. As a mediator between employers and workers, union leaders should have good communication skills so that the outcome can be channelled to members quickly and effectively, Richard said in his speech read by Deputy Secretary General (International Policy) of the Ministry, Mohd Sahar Darusman at the Seminar on Trade Union Training on Leadership and Raconteur (TUTELAR) held in Johor recently.

Deputy Secretary General (International Policy) of the Ministry, Mohd Sahar Darusman at the Seminar on Trade Union Training on Leadership and Raconteur (TUTELAR) held at Berjaya Waterfront Hotel, Johor Bahru, Johor recently.

The seminar was organised by Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad (PSMB) in collaboration of Department of Trade Union Affairs (JHEKS).

Based on the records of the Department of Trade Union Affairs, the total number of unions registered and active until the end of March 2014 is 715.

Total membership is 898,821 people consisting of 520,972 men and 377,849 women.

FULL HOUSE: The role of trade union leaders was to impart knowledge, guide members and become the government’s transformation agents.

There are 145 unions from the government sector with a membership of 437,302 people and 102 unions from statutory bodies with a membership of 79,680.

In the private sector, there are 468 trade unions with 381,389 members. 

A total of 611 trade unions or 85.5 per cent are internal while another 104 or 14.5 per cent are National unions.

The TUTELAR seminar was attended by over 400 trade union leaders representing 91 unions in Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor.

Also present were the Director-General of the Department of Trade Union Affairs, Mustafa Ali, Chairman of Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad Board of Director, Dato’ Dr. Abdul Razak Abdul, Chief Executive of PERKESO, Dato’ K. Selvarajah, Director-General of the Department of Skills Development, Dato’ Dr. Pang Chau Leong, Chief Executive of Perbadanan Tabung Pembangunan Kemahiran, Abdul Malik Adam and Director of ILMIA, Amir Omar.

A harmonious relationship between employers and employees is crucial to ensure growth and sustainability of the nation’s workforce. This is why the practise of the ‘tripartite’ concept which is a three-way talk among the employer, employee and the government is vital to strengthen harmony.

Through the tripartite concept which stresses effective communication, issues and problems faced by workers can be solved in an open and effective manner.

The Tutelar programme which kicked off in Johor from April 22 to 24 will be held in other locations across the country.






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