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    POSTGRADUATE Studies

    transformING Melaka

    into the regional hub for

    educational excellence

    Datuk Seri Ali Rustam CHIEF MINISTER OF MELAKA

    STUDYING MEDICAL SCIENCES IN MALAYSIA with Dr Alan Ong Han KiatTAPPING INTO A GOLD MIND with Ermin Siow, Executive Director of Poh Kong Holdings BhdPositive Politics as the Best Practice in the Workplace with LENNY CHIAH

    PP 17103/09/2012 (030736) 2012 Issue 11 September/October 2012 RM7.00

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    CORPORATEManaging Director: Steven ShimOffice Manager: Vicky Shim

    Key Accounts Manager: Wong YW

    Finance Manager: Bonnie Bang

    EDITORIAL TEAMSenior Editor: Janet Tay

    Writers: Nurraihana, Mohd Amil

    Contributors: Alexandra Wong, Dr Alan

    Ong Han Kiat, Lenny Chiah, Jeremy

    Francis, Julian Goh, Professor Howard

    Dooley

    Photographer: Tang Weng Kit, Brandon

    Leow

    Graphic Designer: Tony Lam

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    EDITORS NOTE

    In this issue, our cover story features an exclusive interview with the Chief Minister of

    Melaka, Datuk Seri Ali Rustam,

    where he shares his vision

    and plans to transform

    Melaka into the regional hub

    for educational excellence.

    Readers will discover the CMs

    exciting plans for transforming

    Melaka into a first-class

    learning community and taking

    education tourism to the next

    level.

    We speak to Associate

    Professor Dr Alan Ong from

    the University of Tunku Abdul

    Rahman (UTAR) about the

    study of biomedical sciences

    as well as job opportunities

    and the latest developments in

    the field.

    Ermin Siow, Executive Director

    of Poh Kong Berhad, the

    countrys largest jeweller, talks

    to Alexandra Wong about the

    future of the gold industry in

    Malaysia and the viability of

    investment in this increasingly

    valuable commodity.

    Rodney Toh is in dialogue

    with Lenny Chiah on politics in

    the work place; you would be

    surprised to know that not all

    office politics are bad there

    are positive politics too! Ms

    Chiah dispenses advice on

    how best to manage politics in

    the office so that they create

    a positive environment rather

    than the opposite.

    We have also featured an

    article by Professor Howard

    Dooley of Western Michigan

    University entitled KL to

    KZOO: Twenty-Five Years

    of Twinning Programmes

    between Malaysia and

    Michigan which details the

    enduring journey of twinning

    programmes from the 1980s

    to present time, changing the

    landscape of private education

    forever and providing even

    more opportunities for

    students who would otherwise

    be limited by the limited

    capacity in public universities.

    If you have any suggestions

    on what you would like to see

    in this magazine in relation to

    postgraduate studies or have

    any comments about our

    current issues, please email us

    at: penerbitwawasan@gmail.

    com.

    Happy reading!

    Janet Tay

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    TrANSfOrmINg mELAKA into the regional hub for educational excellence, Datuk Seri Ali rustam, CHIEf mINISTEr Of mELAKA

    STUDYINg mEDICAL SCIENCES IN mALAYSIA with Dr Alan Ong Han Kiat

    Dr TAI CHEN CHIH, With A great Attitude Comes great Happiness

    INCrEASINg PrODUCTIvITY in Hard Times, Hard Time Lesson in Europe, Be ready before the Storm comes again in ASIA., by Jeremy francis & Julian goh

    KL TO KZOO: TWENTY-fIvE YEArS Of TWINNINg PrOgrAmmES BETWEEN mALAYSIA AND mICHIgAN, by Howard Dooley, Professor of History, Western michigan University

    SUNWAY UNIvErSITY ANNOUNCES APPOINTmENT Of NEW vICE-CHANCELLOr

    NEW mETHOD to Counter fake Degrees, A system that enables job portal to obtain validated degree qualifications

    SUN TZUS ArT Of WAr & Supply Chain Innovation, UTAr and mISI sign pact to advance supply chain

    innovation

    POH KONg PrESENTS THE WOrLD Of LUXUrY, The Launch of mOrAgLIONE 1922 Jewellery

    THE SmArTEST PEOPLE IN THE WOrLD

    THE mBA EDgETm Business Competition Season 3

    TAPPINg INTO A gOLD mIND, mEB Postgraduate Studies speaks to Ermin Siow, Executive Director of Poh Kong Holdings Bhd

    POSITIvE POLITICS as the Best Practice in the Workplace, rODNEY TOH interviewed LENNY CHIAH

    COVER STORY

    PROFILE

    BUSINESS SEGMENT

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    Mr Likeable, Peoples Person,

    Hardest Working Chief

    Minister: Melakas Chief

    Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali

    Rustam has been called a lot

    of things.

    Now you can add Idealist to

    the list, after Prime Minister

    Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak

    described Melaka as Malaysias

    most progressive state and

    credited it to the leadership

    of the CM: his idealistic

    thinking is embodiment of

    the nationalistic agenda of

    progress for the people.

    That idealism was never

    more apparent than when

    he daringly expressed his

    dream to turn his home state

    Melaka into a developed state

    by 2010. If a tiny Western

    European country with

    limited natural resources like

    Luxembourg could rise to

    become one of the worlds

    most prosperous economies,

    so could Melaka, he argued.

    On 10 October, 2010, that

    ambitious goal was realised

    when Melaka was declared

    a developed state. This was

    no pyrrhic, syiok-sendiri

    self-praise: Melaka actually

    exceeded the OECD score

    of the other 38 member

    countries in 29 out of 32

    criteria. Melaka came out tops

    for seven of the indicators:

    100% clean water, 100%

    electricity supply, lowest

    poverty rate (0.5%), lowest

    unemployment rate (0.7%),

    lowest crime rate (74 cases

    per 100,000 population),

    the highest percentage

    of contribution from the

    manufacturing to the

    economy and the most ideal

    population growth.

    Such achievements mean

    nothing if the rakyats lot

    is not improved in any

    meaningful way. Again, the

    numbers speak volumes:

    Its sound fundamentals

    have enabled the states

    economy to grow 5.26%

    annually; its 2010 GDP was

    84.3% higher than 2000; and

    Melakan household incomes

    increased by a whopping

    286% from 1999-2009. For a

    job well done (and weve not

    even started talking about

    the whole World Heritage

    City coup), the Federal

    Government awarded the

    MBA Edge Postgraduate Studies Bi-monthly interviews Datuk Seri Ali Rustam, Chief Minister of Melaka by Alexandra Wong

    transformING Melaka

    into the regional hub for

    educational excellence.

    Datuk Seri Ali Rustam CHIEF MINISTER OF MELAKA

    Making Melaka a first-class learning community will be a top priority for my administration in the next few years.

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    Chief Ministers Department

    with a five-star rating.

    This 43-year UMNO veteran,

    and wakil rakyat for 25 of

    those years, has few things

    left to prove. But the people

    of Melaka are fortunate that

    the sprightly 62-year-old

    who keeps a hectic work

    schedule from 7am to

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