New of­fi­cers must have pas­sion to de­velop or­gan­i­sa­tion, says Az­man

New Straits Times - - Business -

FOR Malaysian In­vest­ment De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (Mida) chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Az­man Mah­mud, the cur­rent em­ployee count of 760, in­clud­ing those in over­seas of­fices, is at a com­fort­able level.

“I don’t think we will in­crease it fur­ther. Yes, we are adding on new skills, train­ing, as well as pro­vid­ing in­dus­trial ex­po­sure,” he said in an in­ter­view at Mida head­quar­ters in Kuala Lumpur Sen­tral.

Mida now boasts of of­fi­cers with di­verse knowl­edge in ar­eas such as aero­space, chem­i­cal, biotech, elec­tri­cal and elec­tron­ics (E&E) and soft­ware.

To en­sure that the or­gan­i­sa­tion re­mains suc­cess­ful, Az­man wants his young of­fi­cers to re­late to the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s past and the coun­try’s rich his­tory.

“It is not only about (in­vest­ment) pro­mo­tion. It in­volves in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment — the whole gam­bit of in­vest­ment ecosys­tem.”

He said the new of­fi­cers must un­der­stand the poli­cies that are in place and why they are sub­se­quently re­vised.

“They must have the pas­sion to con­trib­ute and de­velop this or­gan­i­sa­tion. I think all my col­leagues have signed the pledge, that is why they are com­mit­ted to this place for many years.”

Mida of­fi­cers also ben­e­fit from the part­ner­ship with in­dus­tries. Un­der the 11th Malaysia Plan, for ex­am­ple, there are ad­vi­sory pan­els in­volv­ing six in­dus­tries — E&E, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal, medical de­vice, ma­chin­ery, aero­space and chem­i­cal.

“We will es­tab­lish more if we need to. We sit down with them and en­gage in fre­quent di­a­logues to gain more depth about their busi­nesses,” he added.

To fur­ther en­hance Mida’s role in as­sist­ing in­vestors, se­nior rep­re­sen­ta­tives from key gov­ern­ment agen­cies are sta­tioned at Mida’s head­quar­ters in Kuala Lumpur to ad­vise in­vestors on gov­ern­ment poli­cies and pro­ce­dures.

These rep­re­sen­ta­tives in­clude of­fi­cials from the Labour Depart­ment, Im­mi­gra­tion Depart­ment, Cus­toms, Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, Te­naga Na­sional Bhd and Telekom Malaysia Bhd.

Az­man, who grad­u­ated with an en­gi­neer­ing de­gree from Univer­siti Pu­tra Malaysia, started his ca­reer with Mida in 1989. He has at­tended sev­eral se­nior man­age­ment pro­grammes in Har­vard Busi­ness School and INSEAD.

He has also held sev­eral po­si­tions in Mida in the United States, Ja­pan and Malaysia, cov­er­ing pro­mo­tion strat­egy and man­u­fac­tur­ing and ser­vices growth.

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