New Minister-in-the-Cabinet Dato’ Seri Abdul Wahid Omar answered in Dewan Rakyat today on questions pertaining the number of professionals and Malaysians working abroad, arranged by Talent Corp. The former Maybank CEO is standing in his capacity as the Minister in Prime Minister’s Department.
For the record, Talent Corp is Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop’s baby. In 2011, then the Minister-in-charge of EPU planned which for bigger results. Although there is a “positive result”, however the cost benefit and delivery on initial target is hardly successful.
Bernama.com report in 2011:
Graduate employability blueprint to see 6,000 graduates trained in 2013
|PUTRAJAYA: A total of 6,000 graduates will be trained by Talent Corp Malaysia Bhd this year through a bridging programme under the Graduate Employability Blueprint to assist graduates find suitable employment.Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop said in 2011, Talent Corp trained 1,000 graduates and this figure rose to 2,000 last year.This is part of the government’s efforts to strengthen the employability of graduates from higher institutions of learning under Talent Corp and the 1Malaysia Training Scheme (SL1M), he told reporters before attending a meeting of the Graduate Employability Taskforce (GET) here yesterday.
The GET, regulated by the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) under the Prime Minister’s Department, provides oversight in the implementation of the blueprint.Meetings of the GET are held four times a year and today’s session is the first for 2013.
According to Nor Mohamed Yakcop, through SL1M, more than 9,000 graduates had been successfully placed in participating companies under their corporate social responsibility.Up to February this year, a total of 8,643 graduates had been employed with 1,651 still undergoing the SL1M programme.
At present, the SL1M secretariat is securing the participation of new companies to place 2,349 graduates,he said.He also said based on the Tracer Study 2012, 20 per cent of first degree holders from public institutions of higher learning had yet to secure jobs, six months after graduating. For diploma holders, the figure is 17.6 per cent, he added.
He also said it was found that the number of registered graduates actively seeking employment in Jobs Malaysia, had declined from 155,764 in 2010 to 66,418 last year.
It is estimated that 438,800 new jobs were created last year with a better unemployment rate of 3.0 per cent, compared with 3.1 per cent previously, he added.
Nor Mohamed Yakcop said the government will continue to implement various programmes to strengthen the marketability of graduates, for example, through internships in industries.
Meanwhile, he commented that Bank Negara Malaysia’s gross domestic product target for this year of between 5-6 per cent, was achievable.
This is a very good forecast, and in the range of six per cent.
I think this is possible for us to achieve, he added.
Evidently clear, Talent Corp didn’t meet its target.
In brief, since two years ago RM 65 million was spent by Talent Corp for all the expensive travels and exhibitions abroad, only to bring 2,105 of these so-called talents back home. 70% of them are Non Malays. That comes to almost RM 31,000.00 per talent. According to MIDA, that is 1.5 times average salary per month for top management in the manufacturing sector.
That is a very large cost for the Federal Government to absorb and locate these talents and place them. They are probably worth to be employed where they were. However, are their qualifications, experience and talents are actually relevant to the Malaysian economy.
An example is recently appointed FGV CEO Emir Mavani (p.k.a. Pradeeb Kumar). His appointment drew a lot of controversy since his dubious “Ph.D in ‘Government Reforms’ from Warnborough University, United Kingdom” was smoked out.
Thursday, 18 July 2013 12:05 Kazi Mahmood 0 Comments
Mohammed Emir Mavani Abdullah, who clocked in as CEO of Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGVH) just two days ago, has denied talk that he may lose his job over a controversial PhD degree.
Mohammed Emir said it is untrue that the FGVH board of directors (BoDs) is reconsidering his tenure over concerns that his doctorate from a UK university is not a legitimate degree.“I did my PhD, (but) it is not recognised…it is a real degree and the university exists. The PhD was not the criteria to select me as it was based on my performance. This issue has no relevance to my getting the job,” he told The Malaysian Reserve at his office yesterday.
The 49-year-old Mohammed Emir officially became CEO of the largest palm oil conglomerate on Monday, but has been CEO-designate since Jan 1, this year to replace the outgoing Tan Sri Sabri Ahmad.
The FGVH announcement of his appointment raised eyebrows because of the “Dr” in front of his name.
Critics questioned the legitimacy of his doctorate, and it was reported that a shareholder raised the question at the company’s last annual shareholder’s meeting.
A newspaper quoted sources yesterday suggesting that the FGVH board was reviewing his contract as a result of the controversy over his doctorate qualification which was awarded by a university not recognised by the Malaysian authorities.
In the report, unnamed sources said Mohammed Emir is to be given a six-month grace period to leave FGVH.
Mohammed Emir said his appointment to the CEO post is based on his performance and that the doctorate is not a factor in his hiring.
FGVH board members either could not be contacted or declined to comment for this story, but people familiar with the issue said the matter of Mohammed Emir’s doctorate was “briefly” discussed and dropped at a meeting recently.
Mohammed Emir said he pursued and obtained his PhD in government reforms from UK-based Warnborough University in 2008.
He graduated with a Chemistry degree from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and later obtained his masters in Engineering Management from Warwick University, UK.
The controversy over Mohammed Emir’s PhD comes following a rash of embarrassing exposures over bogus degrees presented by Members of Parliament (MPs) and prominent businessmen.
In an exchange filing dated July 16, FGVH announced the appointment of three new directors, including Mohammed Emir who was also appointed as the president and CEO. Also appointed as director is Datuk Noor Ehsanuddin Mohd Harun Narrashid, who recently won the MP for Kota Tinggi seat in the May polls.************
When the Ph.D. was highlighted and became the ‘market talk’, Mavani chose to withdraw the title from any formal briefs or biodata about him. He didn’t own up. Neither did he present the convincing evidence about his Ph.D, dissertation, supervisor nor the board which evaluated his thesis.
The highly probable fact is that Mavani was not honest and truthful about his Ph.D.
Another interesting fact is that Mavani in this Malaysian Reserve interview claims “Its a real degree and the university exist”. However, no one is able to properly google “Warnborough University”, let alone google map it.
The closest we got is “Warnborough College”, in Kent. It is an institution that is on the ‘not recognised’ list, even by British standards. If the British education system fail to recognise this, why is Mavani trying to justify about his now highly dubious Ph.D?
No one from the Board of Directors (BOD) of FGV or anyone in PEMANDU ever came up with the proper rationalisation why was Mavani even included into the BOD of FGV in the first place, let alone an executive director position. His experience so far has no relevance to the plantations, commodities nor upstream of the FMCG industry.
Hence, so many are baffled with the appointment as the CEO designate in January and eventually his ascension to the top post of FGV two days ago. He is now the CEO of the GLC which is entrusted to channel the net proceeds of FELDA downstream, related and international businesses to fund all development and CSR programs pertaining to 112,635 FELDA setller families in 114 schemes across 54 Parliamentary constituencies.
After all, these are so many existing local talents amongst the Malay professionals with relevance global plantations experience that could in the choice for FGV CEO selection. This include some within the existing top management line up of FGV. More so, one who is an ‘Anak FELDA’. It is so unbelievable that this became such a gross oversight by the Prime Minister’s Department.
So, is Mavani he sort of talent that the Federal Government spent money on to bring back?
The fact is that most of these talents never contributed to the Malaysian economy then. It is believed they didn’t even file their returns, let alone pay income tax to the Inland Revenue Board. Probably Mavani too, for all his monies during the tenure in UAE.
Let us not carefully consider the loyalty, patriotism and how these people perceived Malaysia from where they were. If 70% of them are Non Malays, there is a way above average chance that they are not supportive of the Federal Government nor majority of the national policies. Instead, probably they are highly critical.
The fact that DAP asked the Federal Government to hand over the all the scholarship programs currently under Public Service Department to Talent Corp is a clear demonstration that the agency benefitted the Chinese more than the Malays. Otherwise, the Chinese Chauvinist DAP leaders wouldn’t have bothered. ‘Scholarship’ is one of the items listed under Section 153 Special Rights for the Malays, enshrined by the Federal Constitution.
The Talent Corp program of spending money to sought and bring back graduates and professionals is actually scholarship or education funding reversal.
The Malays have a saying for these sort of low cost benefit deeds; “Mahal rantai daripada beruk“. Literally means that the chain to tie the monkey to the coconut tree is actually worth more than the monkey.
That is what newly created half baked agencies like Talent Corp actually mean to the Malays. Worse still, for talents like Emir Mavani brought back to eventually be strategically disastrous to the pillar of the Malay power base.
*Updated Friday 19 July 2013 0300hrs