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Press Release - The 18th National Human Resources Summit



Kuala Lumpur, 23 May 2017 – ASLI today hosted the 18th National Human Resources Summit with this year’s theme “HR in the Age of Disruption: The Lynchpin of Organisational Success”.


The opening keynote was addressed by YB Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Joseph Kurup, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department. In his speech he pointed that he would like to see the HR leadership play a greater role in enhancing national unity; in developing a capacity to deal with diversity; and in enhancing non-discriminatory and open dialogue that promotes long term vision for nation building at institutional level. Under his ministry there’s a JPNIN National Unity Internship Programme that aimed to foster national unity and understanding of cross-culture and cross-careers amongst students of various races; facilitating the intake of students to undergo trainings in the private sector, and to enhance their abilities, skills and confidence.


There are five aspects of human resources that must be emphasized in our desire to make Malaysia a great nation by 2050; knowledge literacy, well-coordinated talent management, centre of excellence, sense of humanity, and political maturity, said the Minister. HR practitioners need to be more proactive in terms of talent management by working with all divisions across an organisation in managing talents across the entire HR spectrum. It is no longer possible to work in silos, said the Minister.


The Minister also highlighted that HR managers could encourage their workforce to refrain from making extremist remarks or actions, in addition to creating opportunities for the workforce to integrate with each other; and subscribe to win-win solutions. It is essential that HR leadership cultivates accountability within the organisation; managing diversity and keeping the atmosphere harmonious. HR should also promote open communication to overcome behavioural resistance, improve understanding and gain acceptance of diversity as a cultural norm.


In YB’s speech he also spoke on strengthening Malaysia’s resilience which is crucial to its long development. Maintaining national unity is critical for ensuring peach and stability.


Amongst some of the prominent speakers of authority in the panel discussions were the managing director of IBM Malaysia, senior executive director of Sunway Education Group, chief corporate services of HRDF, group chief human capital officer of UEM Group, and human capital consulting director of ICLIF Leadership & Governance Centre to name a few.



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