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Launching of Productivity Report 2014/2015
Theme: “Challenging the Frontier, Empowering People”
Grand Dorsett, Subang Jaya
Thursday, 4 June 2015, 4.00 pm


Yang Berhormat Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamad,
Minister of International Trade and Industry,

MPC Board of Directors and Members of the Consultative Panels,

Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Mohd Razali Hussain,
Director-General of Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC),

Honoured Guests, Members of the Media, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Assalamualaikum dan Salam Sejahtera,

It gives me great pleasure to welcome all of you to this main event of LAUNCHING OF PRODUCTIVITY REPORT 2014/2015 with the theme “Challenging the Frontier, Empowering People.” I thank Yang Berhormat Dato’ Sri Mustapa for allocating time from his busy schedule to be with us here this afternoon.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

In enhancing the country’s productivity and competitiveness, MPC would like to reach out to as many individuals, local enterprises and stakeholders as is possible. This is in keeping with the New Economic Model which sets the goal to be a high-income economy that is both inclusive and sustainable.

Today’s event will feature 5 MPC programmes for the business community as well as the general public to deliver the important message that economic growth and the well-being of citizens needs to be driven by significant increases in productivity. These programmes are:

Launching of Productivity Report 2014/2015;
Business Excellence Recognition Certification;
Lean Practice Recognition Certification;
Edwards Medal Recognition by American Society for Quality (ASQ); and
Cakna Produktiviti or Caring for Productivity Essay Writing Competition.
Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Productivity Report, an annual publication by MPC, reviews the country’s economic performance in terms of productivity, quality, competitiveness and innovation. It analyses and benchmarks the country’s productivity at the sectoral, national and international levels and provides recommendations for their improvement. In its 22nd edition this year, the report also highlights the agenda of a Nationwide Productivity Movement to change mind-sets and foster a culture of productivity in all Malaysians as the key to successful implementation of productivity enhancing initiatives.

MPC notes the recent announcement made by the Government in the 11th Malaysia Plan (2016 – 2020) on unlocking the potential of productivity as one of the six game changers or innovative approaches to accelerate Malaysia’s development, and that once successfully applied, will fundamentally change the trajectory of the country’s sustainable growth.

Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) spearheads the country’s efforts to boost productivity and competitiveness by having greater collaboration and partnership with various Ministries, Government agencies and industry associations. On the international front, MPC works closely with the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), World Bank, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), World Economic Forum (WEF) as well as The Conference Board (TCB) on productivity and competitiveness measurement and best practices.

MPC has completed a number of successful projects and initiated several new projects to boost productivity and improve the country’s ease of doing business. These initiatives are designed to reduce unnecessary regulations and stimulate healthy competition towards achieving Good Regulatory Practice (GRP) while encouraging innovative and new business ventures. I am pleased that MPC is able to directly support local businesses with the Enterprise Intervention Innovation Programme (EIIP), which helps steer companies towards greater productivity growth by changing the mind-sets of employees through tools such as Lean Management, Team Excellence, Material Cost Savings and Service Excellence.

MPC encourages companies to benchmark themselves against global standards and competitors and recommends that businesses act as agents of change within their industry whenever possible.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to thank our partners for Cakna Produktiviti or Caring for Productivity Programme: Maybank, PLUS, SymWorld and YTL. Today, we are announcing the winners of the essay writing competition under the banner of Cakna Produktiviti. This programme seeks the views of the public on the meaning of productivity and how productivity is understood and applied in everyday life.

Today, we will also recognise organisations that have achieved success in Business Excellence and LEAN Practices. MPC’s role in promoting and facilitating Business Excellence and LEAN practices provides impetus for organisations to inculcate a culture of productivity and competitiveness.

I would also like to extend my appreciation to five individuals who assumed the important role of Moderator and Panelists of the Productivity Forum 2015 which took place before this launching event. They are:

Tan Sri Dato’ Prof. Dr. Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, MPC Board Member, who was the Moderator;
The Panelists comprising:

Tan Sri Dr. Sulaiman Mahbob, Chairman, Telekom Malaysia Berhad;
Datuk Professor Dr. Noor Azlan Ghazali, Vice Chancellor, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM);
Dato’ Chua Tia Guan, PEMUDAH Member cum Executive Director, Great Vision Advisory Group; and
Encik Azman Shah Mohamed Noor, Head of Quality & LEAN Six Sigma, Sime Darby Group Berhad.
Ladies and Gentlemen,

On that note, it is now my pleasure to invite the Honourable Minister of International Trade and Industry, Yang Berhormat Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamad to deliver his speech and to launch the Productivity Report 2014/2015.

Thank you.

4 June 2015
Last updated on : 2015-06-04 16:33:27