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Happiness Summit and Asia HRD Congress & Awards, 2018 Vietnam

The 2018 Asia HRD Congress and Awards organised in conjunction with Anphabe’s Happiness At Work, Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam was an interesting event. Over 400 participants, 22 awardees and a host of great speakers from many different countries. Thanks to Thanh of Anphabe, Kannan and Deen of CEO and our colleagues Ann Nei, Yanie, Dr Amat and Dato Asariah, we had a great event. We have all the time heard about the Happiness Index and the happiest country yet we see so many unhappy people. Happiness is an elusive concept to many and linking it to the engaged workplace and organisational productivity has been the hallmark of the work of researchers in the Human Capital economics area. Happiness defined from the context of mental and emotional states refers to contentment, joy and satisfaction. The book The Happiness Advantage authored by Shawn Achor focuses on how happiness impacts people in the workplace. His research focusses on the direct connection with employee engagement. It was also intriguing to read a newspaper report this morning that highlighted teaching is no longer a passion but a burden today. The teachers, role models in society for a long time – are they longer happy. […]

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Reforming Technical and Vocational Education (TVET)

In the past few weeks, Malaysians have been both excited and rocked by certain announcements on education and foreign labour. The interlinked issues of education and foreign workers are contentious in almost every part of the world and Malaysia is no exception. In a bold move, Malaysian Education Minister Dr. Maszlee Malik appointed parliamentarian Ms. Nurul Izzah Anwar to head a committee to strengthen technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in the country despite criticisms. The HR Minister Mr. Kula ran into a minefield when he forgot the gastronomic desires of Malaysians and suggested a ban on foreign cooks in Malaysia. With the new Malaysian government giving people the courage to comment, there was no shortage of advice from the public. It is important to see these trends in training and immigration control in the context of nation-building. Building the skills and capabilities of our students and making them economically successful are not isolated efforts. In the long run, no nation can afford to allow unfettered entry of foreign workers even though it may need some level of foreign skilled worker employment. It is also not advisable for a country to allow its citizens to remain unskilled or leave […]

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The business case for minimum wages

Minimum wage is often described as minimum living wage or what employees need to earn to cover their basic expenses in a community. Yet, you often see conservative economists and some business leaders, often with extreme right views, arguing against a minimum wage. Their thoughts against minimum wages are based on the notion that minimum wages will increase unemployment as businesses that cannot afford the increased wages will look for cheaper alternatives. Therefore, they claim that lower skilled workers who occupy low wage jobs will become unemployed as these types of jobs will evaporate. The attempt to help those at the bottom of the pyramid, they argue, will become a lost cause. Conservatives argue for a free market approach and for wages to be determined by market forces. In a way, they are against any form of government intervention. They contend that imposing minimum wages will result in higher unemployment, increased cost of living and ultimately, a less competitive nation. Concerns that robots or automation will replace low wage jobs are commonly raised to support their view that a low wage policy should not be introduced. They couch their arguments on the point that lower level jobs must be saved […]

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Study at Asia Metropolitan University, Malaysia

Opportunities to pursue your MBA, DBA, PhD. Visit www.amu.edu.my Email lily@smrhub.com

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Three graduations Three continents Three experiences

It was a true learning journey. A busy and tiring May. Attending three graduations in three different continents. Getting mesmerised in between by the Malaysian elections. Each was a different experience. Unique in its own way. My younger son bespectacled Andy graduated from the University of California Berkeley, USA with a undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics and will be moving on to do his PhD in Computer Sciences at Stanford University, USA. My eldest son Maha graduated from Imperial College, UK with a MSC in Risk and Financial Engineering and will be moving on to work in UK with a multinational. And, I graduated with another PhD, in Education from Federation University, Ballarat, Australia. My focus was on studying TVET systems of three countries. And I will move on to do what I am doing now – pursue my cherished goal of social entrepreneurship in Malaysia. Learning is exciting but one can only do that with the support of friends and family which we were blessed to have.

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Chindogu (Excesses) and Post elections in Malaysia

Charles Handy, one of the world’s most respected business and social philosopher popularised the term chindōgu to denote excesses and clutter. On Wikipedia, the term said to be coined by Kenji Kawakami defined the word as when literally translated, to mean unusual (珍 chin) tool (道具 dōgu). He even went so far to suggest that ‘weird tool” is a more appropriate translation. I loved the Japanese concept of “Chindogu”, one that denoted clutter and overabundance. The post-election scene in Malaysia has highlighted the raids by the police on the residences of a former leader and media has displayed pictures of hundreds of luxury bags and money being carted out. There have been similar situations post President Marcos era in the Philippines and in India, post Chief Minister of Tamilnadu Ms Jayalalithaa era. There have been numerous such situations in political history. It will be unfair to comment on the Malaysian situation as yet, as the authentic and completeness of the haul of luxury goods is yet to be verified by the authorities.  Suffice to say, for now, I can understand the influence of chindōgu on our personal lives. In a world where enough is never enough, people want more and […]

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Malaysian Elections – Historic night

I have been wanting to write about the Malaysian elections on May 9th. While I ponder to write a detailed one, I must say it was a historic night for Malaysia. No last minute attempts to change the outcomes at the ballot box prevailed. The will of the people reigned supreme. It was not about race or religion. It was about the choice of people. As I had said in my social media postings it was about the mood for change – recognising and anticipating it. It is something most politicians miss reading as one can see in electoral history. The ‘Yes You Can’ campaign of Obama proved how a campaign can build momentum and resonate with people. It was truly a people’s revolution that overcame the narrow political agenda, in the recent Malaysian elections.  Thank God it was a peaceful revolution through the ballot box and we must salute everyone for a peaceful transition of power. It also clearly showed there was no age barrier to love your country or hope for the best. The country has now put tremendous faith going beyond race and religion to choose a 92 year old leader Tun Dr Mahathir to turnaround the country. […]

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CUCMS at the Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 2018

We are  simply thrilled that our Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS) student Nur Dabithah Sabri has won a Bronze Medal at the Diving competition at the Commonwealth Games 2018. We salute her for making the nation proud.

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Tesla Motors, The Visionary Dream of Elon Musk [Futures & Risks]

I have to be honest with you: when I think of a Tesla car my mind expands and my senses get heightened. Actually, it’s enough to read something about the company and I feel my interest growing! If you feel the same and you want to know more about the most interesting company of the hour, stick with us. In the rows below we’ll have a heart-to-heart about Tesla Motors and the cars it produces. First, I think it’s important to know that Tesla Motors was founded in 2003 by Elon Musk and a few other car enthusiasts who wanted to show the world a whole new view on the matter. These are the visionaries that were laughed by an entire industry (at first) but got to prove everyone wrong. These are the heroes of our times and the people who may get us closer to the flying car in the not-so-far future. Tesla Motors is the company that took Nikola Telsa’s dream of a powerful electric engine and made it into a wonderful, smooth, and bad-ass-looking reality. After all, the modern models send chills down your spine and make us dream of aerospace shuttles and comfort. Of course, they […]

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Distinguished Lecture Series

His Excellency Tun Musa Hitam, former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia sharing his views on lifelong learning and student experiences  to a packed audience, from his book Frankly Speaking, at Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences. Articulate, Humorous and charming presenter.

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Happiness Summit and Asia HRD Congress & Awards, 2018 Vietnam

The 2018 Asia HRD Congress and Awards organised in conjunction with Anphabe’s Happiness At Work, Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam was an interesting event. Over 400 participants, 22 awardees and a host of great speakers from many different countries. Thanks to Thanh of Anphabe, Kannan and Deen of CEO and our colleagues Ann Nei, Yanie, Dr Amat and Dato Asariah, we had a great event. We have all the time heard about the Happiness Index and the happiest country yet we see so many unhappy people. Happiness is an elusive concept to many and linking it to the engaged workplace and organisational productivity has been the hallmark of the work of researchers in the Human Capital economics area. Happiness defined from the context of mental and emotional states refers to contentment, joy and satisfaction. The book The Happiness Advantage authored by Shawn Achor focuses on how happiness impacts people in the workplace. His research focusses on the direct connection with employee engagement. It was also intriguing to read a newspaper report this morning that highlighted teaching is no longer a passion but a burden today. The teachers, role models in society for a long time – are they longer happy. […]

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Reforming Technical and Vocational Education (TVET)

In the past few weeks, Malaysians have been both excited and rocked by certain announcements on education and foreign labour. The interlinked issues of education and foreign workers are contentious in almost every part of the world and Malaysia is no exception. In a bold move, Malaysian Education Minister Dr. Maszlee Malik appointed parliamentarian Ms. Nurul Izzah Anwar to head a committee to strengthen technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in the country despite criticisms. The HR Minister Mr. Kula ran into a minefield when he forgot the gastronomic desires of Malaysians and suggested a ban on foreign cooks in Malaysia. With the new Malaysian government giving people the courage to comment, there was no shortage of advice from the public. It is important to see these trends in training and immigration control in the context of nation-building. Building the skills and capabilities of our students and making them economically successful are not isolated efforts. In the long run, no nation can afford to allow unfettered entry of foreign workers even though it may need some level of foreign skilled worker employment. It is also not advisable for a country to allow its citizens to remain unskilled or leave […]

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The business case for minimum wages

Minimum wage is often described as minimum living wage or what employees need to earn to cover their basic expenses in a community. Yet, you often see conservative economists and some business leaders, often with extreme right views, arguing against a minimum wage. Their thoughts against minimum wages are based on the notion that minimum wages will increase unemployment as businesses that cannot afford the increased wages will look for cheaper alternatives. Therefore, they claim that lower skilled workers who occupy low wage jobs will become unemployed as these types of jobs will evaporate. The attempt to help those at the bottom of the pyramid, they argue, will become a lost cause. Conservatives argue for a free market approach and for wages to be determined by market forces. In a way, they are against any form of government intervention. They contend that imposing minimum wages will result in higher unemployment, increased cost of living and ultimately, a less competitive nation. Concerns that robots or automation will replace low wage jobs are commonly raised to support their view that a low wage policy should not be introduced. They couch their arguments on the point that lower level jobs must be saved […]

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Study at Asia Metropolitan University, Malaysia

Opportunities to pursue your MBA, DBA, PhD. Visit www.amu.edu.my Email lily@smrhub.com

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Three graduations Three continents Three experiences

It was a true learning journey. A busy and tiring May. Attending three graduations in three different continents. Getting mesmerised in between by the Malaysian elections. Each was a different experience. Unique in its own way. My younger son bespectacled Andy graduated from the University of California Berkeley, USA with a undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics and will be moving on to do his PhD in Computer Sciences at Stanford University, USA. My eldest son Maha graduated from Imperial College, UK with a MSC in Risk and Financial Engineering and will be moving on to work in UK with a multinational. And, I graduated with another PhD, in Education from Federation University, Ballarat, Australia. My focus was on studying TVET systems of three countries. And I will move on to do what I am doing now – pursue my cherished goal of social entrepreneurship in Malaysia. Learning is exciting but one can only do that with the support of friends and family which we were blessed to have.

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Chindogu (Excesses) and Post elections in Malaysia

Charles Handy, one of the world’s most respected business and social philosopher popularised the term chindōgu to denote excesses and clutter. On Wikipedia, the term said to be coined by Kenji Kawakami defined the word as when literally translated, to mean unusual (珍 chin) tool (道具 dōgu). He even went so far to suggest that ‘weird tool” is a more appropriate translation. I loved the Japanese concept of “Chindogu”, one that denoted clutter and overabundance. The post-election scene in Malaysia has highlighted the raids by the police on the residences of a former leader and media has displayed pictures of hundreds of luxury bags and money being carted out. There have been similar situations post President Marcos era in the Philippines and in India, post Chief Minister of Tamilnadu Ms Jayalalithaa era. There have been numerous such situations in political history. It will be unfair to comment on the Malaysian situation as yet, as the authentic and completeness of the haul of luxury goods is yet to be verified by the authorities.  Suffice to say, for now, I can understand the influence of chindōgu on our personal lives. In a world where enough is never enough, people want more and […]

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Malaysian Elections – Historic night

I have been wanting to write about the Malaysian elections on May 9th. While I ponder to write a detailed one, I must say it was a historic night for Malaysia. No last minute attempts to change the outcomes at the ballot box prevailed. The will of the people reigned supreme. It was not about race or religion. It was about the choice of people. As I had said in my social media postings it was about the mood for change – recognising and anticipating it. It is something most politicians miss reading as one can see in electoral history. The ‘Yes You Can’ campaign of Obama proved how a campaign can build momentum and resonate with people. It was truly a people’s revolution that overcame the narrow political agenda, in the recent Malaysian elections.  Thank God it was a peaceful revolution through the ballot box and we must salute everyone for a peaceful transition of power. It also clearly showed there was no age barrier to love your country or hope for the best. The country has now put tremendous faith going beyond race and religion to choose a 92 year old leader Tun Dr Mahathir to turnaround the country. […]

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CUCMS at the Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 2018

We are  simply thrilled that our Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS) student Nur Dabithah Sabri has won a Bronze Medal at the Diving competition at the Commonwealth Games 2018. We salute her for making the nation proud.

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Tesla Motors, The Visionary Dream of Elon Musk [Futures & Risks]

I have to be honest with you: when I think of a Tesla car my mind expands and my senses get heightened. Actually, it’s enough to read something about the company and I feel my interest growing! If you feel the same and you want to know more about the most interesting company of the hour, stick with us. In the rows below we’ll have a heart-to-heart about Tesla Motors and the cars it produces. First, I think it’s important to know that Tesla Motors was founded in 2003 by Elon Musk and a few other car enthusiasts who wanted to show the world a whole new view on the matter. These are the visionaries that were laughed by an entire industry (at first) but got to prove everyone wrong. These are the heroes of our times and the people who may get us closer to the flying car in the not-so-far future. Tesla Motors is the company that took Nikola Telsa’s dream of a powerful electric engine and made it into a wonderful, smooth, and bad-ass-looking reality. After all, the modern models send chills down your spine and make us dream of aerospace shuttles and comfort. Of course, they […]

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Distinguished Lecture Series

His Excellency Tun Musa Hitam, former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia sharing his views on lifelong learning and student experiences  to a packed audience, from his book Frankly Speaking, at Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences. Articulate, Humorous and charming presenter.

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