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 BMCC Newsletter Issue #383 - (11 December 2023)
Remembering A Holly Jolly Time with BMCC!
Seasons Greetings and Merry Christmas, Dearest Members!

Dear Subscriber,
EQ Kuala Lumpur came alive as the festive backdrop for BMCC's Christmas Party. Familiar faces and new friends united gloriously in a celebration of warmth and camaraderie.

The night marked the end of 2023, concluding BMCC's 60th Anniversary celebration with a magical turnout and showcasing the robust numbers and strength of the BMCC network.
We extend our gratitude to Her Excellency Ailsa Terry and husband Adam for joining us on this momentous occasion, and starting the event off with a celebratory toast. The night was abound with networking opportunities and vibrant atmosphere

Also decorating the schedule for the evening were an array of merry activities, including festive carolling by Muse & Fuse, a joyous visit from Santa Claus, and gripping lucky draw sessions offering fabulous prizes offered by our generous partnered sponsors Bluestar AMG, Malaysia Airlines, and EQ!
The BMCC looks forward to an exciting 2024 and inviting more members to make BMCC a trusted partner in their business journeys.
As the night concluded, we drew ever closer to the end of our business year. Thank you for joining us and making this night shimmer. On behalf of the BMCC's Board of Directors and the Executive Office, we wish you all a fabulous Christmas and a happy holiday season! 

For those who couldn't make it, we missed you, and hope that we'll see you at our upcoming New Year's Drinks.

Stay tuned for our yearly wrap-up in the next issue! 
In anticipation of our future events, we implore you, our members and readers, to offer your feedback and opinions. Please click on the button below to do a survey so we can learn how to do better!
We Value Your Feedback!
To access all the lovely photos taken at the event, we will be uploading it to our , so stay tuned!
Join Us in Unlocking the Benefits of CPTPP for British and Malaysian Businesses
Let's explore the economic benefits of the CPTPP for Malaysia and the UK. We will be diving into the advantages of this high-standards agreement, gearing up your organisation to capitalise on opportunities.

Date: 12 December 2023
Time: 4.00 pm - 6.00 pm

Physical Meeting: Bilik Bunga Raya, Level 31, Menara MITI
Online Webcast: Link shared to registered participants

Join us for an immersive exploration of the possibilities ahead!

CEO Spotlight | Meet Tony Osude, Commercial & Marketing Director of CIPD
We're spotlighting CIPD and their Commercial & Marketing Director Tony Osude

The CIPD has been championing better work and working lives for over 100 years. We’re the professional body for human resources (HR), learning and development (L&D), organisation development (OD) and all people professionals – experts in people, work and change.
With more than 160,000 members globally – and a growing community using our research, insights and learning – we give trusted advice and offer independent thought leadership. And we are a leading voice in the call for good work that creates value for everyone.

To read more from our interview with Tony Osude and CIPD, click !
Let's Welcome Out Newest Member, Talentbank!
Established in 2010, is an enabler in the employability ecosystem, focused on producing career-ready candidates and helping them achieve better careers by connecting them with industry leaders who welcome world-class talent. Our organisation collaborates with a diverse array of esteemed employers for various purposes, including employer branding and recruitment services, through participation in our exclusive events.
Be A Part of the BMCC Guide to the UK-Malaysia Education Excellence
We are introducing the BMCC Guide to UK-Malaysia Education Excellence! This go-to annual e-publication showcases exceptional British and Malaysian education in the BMCC Network.
It will serve as the ultimate resource for students, parents, expats, and investors exploring Malaysia's dynamic education scene. 

A Comprehensive Overview: Explore British education opportunities in Malaysia and the wider region, featuring institutions and collaborative partnerships offering a range of programmes from pre-kindergarten to graduate-level degrees.

A Spectrum of Options: An overview of a diverse range of choices that caters to various academic aspirations and needs, while also exploring institutions that exemplify educational excellence.

Education Leadership Insights: Gain valuable advice from top educators, their vision, values, and commitment to excellence, offering a personal connection to the educational institutions of your choice.

Hurry, email us at  for the best deal!
Booking deadline: 20 December 2023
Material submission deadline: 31 December 2023
Publication date: January 2024
Energy Committee Meeting at the BMCC
BMCC's Energy Committee convened at our office last week for a productive open discussion on plans and initiatives for 2024. The primary focus of the meeting was particularly in the area of energy transition and decarbonisation. 

Dr. Yusrizam bin Sharifuddin, Principal Assistant Director of the National Nanotechnology Centre for the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation, then briefed the committee members on the latest updates involving government policies and energy transition. 

The committee meeting was also attended by Chair of the Energy Committee and Regional Director at the Energy Industries Council, Azman Nasir; Gary Dass, CEO of Tex Cycle; Leon Rosario, Regional President and Ezrann Zharif, Energy and Mobility, from Ricardo; Shamila Neelakandan, Partner & Head of Construction Claims and Expert Services for HKA; Peter Davies, Non-Executive Director from EM&I Group; Michael Folk, Climate Reality Leader from Aathaworld; Darrenjit Darshan, General Manager from Subsea 7; and Ahmad Rabbany, Technical Director from Mott Macdonald. 

If you are a member interested in joining our Energy Committee, please contact Yoong Hau Wei at yoong@bmcc.org.my.
ActivPayroll Visit to BMCC
We recently had a meet-up with ActivPayroll to discuss future engagements and programmes. The BMCC clarified our role by offering our services to connect them with other members and government agencies, as well as facilitate potential campaigns to elevate UK businesses in Malaysia.
Activpayroll navigates the complexity of global payroll and ensures employees are paid compliantly with accuracy and punctuality. They bring visibility and clarity to global payroll performance, and support businesses in over 150 countries by navigating the intricacies of local legislation.

We met Andrew Philp, Executive Director; Manish Mehta, Regional Director; and Thivagar Naidu, Business Development Manager. BMCC was represented by our CEO Jennifer Lopez and Louis Denis, our Membership Engagement and Partnership Manager. 
Closing Ceremony for the JPA-BMCC Management Development Programme
We're thrilled to celebrate the success of the 24th JPA-BMCC Management Development Programme!

The Awards Ceremony & Closing Dinner was graced by esteemed guests, including Yang Berbahagia Datuk Dr. Anesee bin Ibrahim, Yang Berbahagia Dato' Mohd Shaiful bin Ibrahim, and Mr. Richard Colley. Our CEO, Jennifer Lopez, provided the welcoming remarks. 

This year's theme, "Developing Sustainability-Driven Leaders," highlighted the importance of environmental responsibility and ethical leadership, and also marks the conclusion of the BMCC's ESG Horizons campaign, highlighting our commitment to Environmental, Social, and Governance principles.

A big shoutout to all the participants, all the Malaysian and British companies who joined us! Thank you to ACCA, ARUP, bfinance, bp, Halal Development Corporation, Haji Babab Halal Meats, Heriot Watt, KLCC, Learning Curve Group, PwC, Ricardo, Smith & Nephew, University of Nottingham, Wessex Water, YTL Group for your cooperation and support!

We also thank the Public Services Department (JPA) for their unwavering support! The immersive attachments with the various partnering companies aimed to enhance skills and foster understanding between the public and private sectors.

We would also like to commend the participants for their innovative project recommendations, making a positive impact on their professional journeys!

Congratulations to this year's winners from the programme!
  • Best Report Award: Dr. Cheong Weng Chung, Ministry of Local Government Development (KPKT)
  • Best Presentation Award: Dr. Lilynorfeshah binti Mohd Shah, Ministry of Agriculture & Food Security
  • Best Participant Award: Dr. Yusrizam bin Sharifuddin, Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI)

Thank you for joining us on this impactful journey! Let's inspire future joint initiatives and strengthen UK-Malaysia bilateral trade relations! 
Launch of Government-Industry TVET Coodination Body and Signing of MoU in Putrajaya
The BMCC is proud to be a Chamber Partner of the Government-Industry Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) Coordination Body (). In conjunction with the Launching Ceremony of the Polytechnic Transformation Roadmap 2023-2030, the GITC also established a Memorandum of Understanding with 56 associations and chambers of commerce representing over 10,000 companies across various economic sectors. This milestone aims to foster future talent needs and drive the industry-led TVET empowerment agenda. 

Chairman of the GITC and President of the , , expresses that the non-profit private sector organisation looks forward to forging collaborative initiatives with more stakeholders in ensuring that the future workforce of Malaysia is able to acquire cutting edge skills to embrace challenges and opportunities brought about by the rapidly evolving global economy with new and emerging cutting-edge technologies and innovation. 

Together, share this sentiment and look forward to the GITC achieving its vision for Malaysian industries to be globally competitive and prioritise the needs of future talent. The BMCC also looks forward to how this partnership will benefit the members of our Talent Network.
Present at the signing ceremony were our CEO, Jennifer Lopez and Public Affairs & Government Relations Manager, Yoong Hau Wei.

If you are a member interested in joining our Talent Network, contact yoong@bmcc.org.my.
Alice Smith Schools | A Royal Homecoming
It was a day filled with joy, nostalgia, and heartfelt memories as Tuanku, His Highness Crown Prince of Selangor Tengku Amir Shah Ibni Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj, graced The Alice Smith School with his presence on Tuesday, 28th November 2023. 

The Alice Smith School Secondary Campus at Equine Park shimmered with an air of excitement, anticipation, and pride as the distinguished alumni returned to the halls where his secondary educational journey began.
Sian May, Head of School, expressed the school community's profound gratitude, saying, "On behalf of The Alice Smith School community, we extend our deepest gratitude to Tuanku for revisiting his alma mater. The echoes of the past resonated through the corridors, and we hoped that the cherished memories of his time here flooded back, creating a tapestry of nostalgia that binds us all together."

Special thanks are also extended to Y.A.M. Tengku Datin Paduka Setia Zatashah binti Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, Chair of The Alice Smith School Foundation Tengku Zatashah for her unwavering dedication as the Chair of our Foundation. Her efforts were crucial in facilitating Tuanku's memorable visit, making it a truly special and significant occasion for the school.
BSI Malaysia | 2024 Training Schedule
Start your 2024 training plan with our training courses today! Training courses are HRD Corp Claimable Course.

Download 2024 training schedule and course catalogue now
Marlborough College Malaysia | Admissions Events for 2024 Intake
Discover a world-renowned Marlborough College Education!

Event: Singapore Admissions Event 
Date: Tuesday 16th January 2024
Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Venue: The British Club, Singapore
Register here!
XCL Education | Sri KDU International School Klang Open Week
Discover the digital leadership programme and embark on an exciting journey towards academic excellence at

We are dedicated to continual improvement and fostering exceptional academic achievements. Our mission is to nurture students to become the future's digital leaders, equipped with the skills to thrive in an ever-evolving digital landscape.
Curious to learn more about our vibrant Klang campus? Join us for our upcoming Open Week event and explore the possibilities.

Date: 12th - 15th December 2023
Time: 9.00 am - 3.00 pm
Register Now 

  • Engage with our passionate educators
  • Experience our facilities
  • Enjoy exclusive tuition fee rebates

Hurry, as seats are limited. Don't miss out on this extraordinary opportunity!  Contact us at +6012-245 4001 to find out more!
XCL Education | REAL Schools Shah Alam Open Week
Join us at REAL Schools Shah Alam's Open Week!

  • Witness firsthand our commitment to nurturing future leaders.
  • Learn about our unique curriculum designed to empower students for success in the 21st century.
  • Don't miss this opportunity to find out why REAL Schools Shah Alam is the ideal choice for your child's educational journey.
Date: 12th  - 29th  December 2023
Time: 10.00 am - 3.00 pm

 to secure your spot. Don't let this opportunity pass you by! Contact us at 010-378 9050/ 010-387 9050
XCL Education | Sri KDU Schools’ 20th Anniversary Fun Day (Kota Damansara Campus)
The recent Sri KDU Schools’ 20th Anniversary Fun Day was an absolute joy, filled with exuberance from our students, parents, and the entire school community!

Throughout our Kota Damansara campus, a diverse array of activities unfolded across various locations. Vendor booths adorned with art and crafts not only provided a platform for students, parents, and teachers to display their entrepreneurial skills but also added a vibrant atmosphere to the celebrations. Additionally, captivating orchestral performances and musical instrument showcases highlighted the exceptional talents of our students.

From the Multi-Purpose School Hall to the school field hosting the fun run, a wide range of engaging activities spread across our primary buildings. Enthralling events, such as sumo wrestling, human water cannon ball, and football matches, kept the excitement high throughout the day.

The occasion was made even more special as it welcomed back alumni for their induction into the esteemed Sri KDU Alumni Hall of Fame. Their active involvement in the Tree Planting session, supported by trees donated by the Sri KDU Community, added a nostalgic and enduring touch to the festivities.

Students and parents reminisced about the journey of Sri KDU Kota Damansara through a photo booth exhibition, witnessing its evolution from humble beginnings to its esteemed stature in the education industry. As a lasting tribute, significant items contributed by students for inclusion in the Time Capsule were showcased, destined to preserve cherished memories for generations within the school premises.

To learn more about, feel free to get in touch with us via email at  or give us a call at 03-6145 3888.
Prince of Wales Island International School | Student Leadership Conference by Fobisia
The Fobisia 2024 Student Leadership Conference hosted by Prince of Wales Island International School Balik Pulau Campus, Penang, promises to be a powerful experience. With the theme "Impacting Lives, Changing Futures", this conference will be an uplifting learning adventure for your student leaders and those leading social, economic and environmental change-making (e.g. Eco Committee, Rotary Clubs, Humanitarian Programmes) in your school.

Date: 2 - 4 February 2024
Venue: Prince of Wales Island International School, Penang
Contact: Darren Lim:

Featuring a live Race4Good experience with Ms. Linda Cruse as well as Malaysian and regional young leaders with international leadership experience and awards (Obama Award, Queen's Young Leader Award, Your Big Year 2011 Winner) including Melati Wijsen, Michael Teoh and Heidy Quah, interactive workshops, engaging discussions, a Leaders' Ball and talent show as well as a community uplift experience in various places around Penang. There will also be networking opportunities for students and teachers alike to connect with NGO's and change-making organisations from Malaysia as well as Southeast Asia. Not to mention experiencing Penang's delicious street food and rich cultural heritage.

This conference is open to all secondary students from Year 7 to 13 in FOBISIA Schools. There are 300 spots available on a first come first serve basis. The early bird fee of USD 260 will cover all lunches and dinners and logistics, conference workshops, networking events and seminars with youth changemakers, business mentors and Ms. Linda Cruse, a ball and talent show, community uplift visits in Penang and a welcome event before the conference.

More details on speakers and costs can be found

Hurry register before 15 December 2023 to enjoy an early bird rate!
Tenby Schools Setia Eco Gardens Admissions Week | 11th to 15th December
Tenby Schools Setia Eco Gardens (Johor) Admissions Week is the perfect opportunity for your child to begin an Amazing Learning experience! 

Date: 11th to 15th December
  • Discover our many International Learning Opportunities for Students (ILOS) programme
  • Explore your child's future with ISP Future Pathways, our exceptional careers programme
  • Enhance your child's English proficiency with the support of our English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme
  • Receive an exclusive 50% discount on both the registration fee and enrollment fee through special subsidies.
Register for our January term and earn exclusive subsidies*! RSVP today!
*Terms & conditions apply
Tenby International School Tropicana Aman | Application Week 12th - 15th Dec
Ready to dive into a world of endless possibilities? 
Join our Application Week and let the adventure begin! Be part of our thriving community with the January 2024 intake—your gateway to an Amazing Learning experience.

Date: 12th to 15th December 2023
Time: 9am to 3pm
Explore personalised consultations with our expert Admissions team, discover our state-of-the-art facilities during campus tours, and enjoy an exclusive promotion* designed just for our January 2024 joiners.
This isn't just an application; it's your ticket to a future full of excitement!
RSVP now . Your child’s journey to success starts here—don't miss out on the thrill! 
* Terms & conditions apply
The RuMa Hotels and Residences | Have a Happy Holiday with Festive Discounts!
In the spirit of giving, The RuMa Hotel and Residences is pleased to offer a 10% early bird discount to all BMCC members with pre-purchases of the following events from 15 November to 15 December 2023. 

Click for more details!
Festivi-Tea at The LIBRARI
Let Them Eat Cake!
Get into the festive mood and celebrate the magic of the season with their delightful festive-themed afternoon tea at The LIBRARI.
Sip and spill tea as you enjoy a selection of both sweet and savoury treats such as Hokkaido scallop and mango terrine, or a classic Mont Blanc made with Earl Grey chantilly and passionfruit.
Festivi-Tea at The LIBRARI runs from 15 November 2023 till 3 January 3 2024 and will be served daily from 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm at The LIBRARI.
In the spirit of giving, every purchase of their festive afternoon tea set will come with an exclusive gift set.
MYR118 nett per person
MYR228 nett for 2 people
This season of giving, spread joy and goodwill by sending loved ones something delicious—a simple yet thoughtful gesture that speaks to the heart of all Malaysians. Beautiful to look at and even better to taste, their Christmas cakes are bound to make an impression, making for an elegant and tasty gift.
Sacher Torte
The RuMa's take on this classic Viennese chocolate cake is both light and rich, making it the perfect after-dinner treat for any festive celebration.
Carrot Walnut Cake
This freshly baked treat is filled with a bold crunch of toasted walnuts, notes of cinnamon and is covered in a smooth and decadent cream cheese frosting.
Molasses Fruit Cake
Their penultimate Christmas cake is a dark, moist fruitcake guaranteed to bring cheer!
All cakes are priced at MYR188 each and are available from 15 November till 31 December 2023. Delivery can be arranged, with costs borne by the purchaser.
A pre-order of 3 days in advance is required.
For orders and inquiries, please contact their in-room dining team at +603 2778 0745 or email .
Midday Merriment: A Christmas Luncheon
A Festive Feast at ATAS
Tired of turkey? Turn your Christmas lunch into a special occasion when you sit down to a four-course lunch at ATAS. Embark on a culinary adventure with innovative dishes such as brinjal and Bafun uni, dry aged quail with morel mushrooms or a highland tomato parfait.
Available at ATAS from 23-25 December 2023 from 12.00 pm – 2.30 pm and is priced at MYR220 nett per person.
This Christmas, invoke the warm, fuzzy feelings of good fellowship by breaking bread with friends and family at ATAS. Their six-course Christmas dinner is a non-traditional take on a festive feast, with Christmassy elements such as goose, cranberries, walnuts, and sweetbreads given the ATAS touch. A Festive Feast at ATAS will be available alongside our regular à la carte menu from 14 - 22 December 2023. It will be served exclusively from 23-25 December 2023.
A Festive Feast at ATAS is priced at MYR450 nett per person and is available from 6.00 pm – 10.00 pm.
Learning Curve Group | Navigating the Global Healthcare Revolution
With over 150,000 vacancies in the health and social care sector in the U.K, it's crucial to address the global healthcare challenges that are intensifying this shortage. And a Skills for Health Report tells us that within the next 10 years, we will need to fill almost 500k vacancies to keep up with our aging workforce and population. The demand for qualified personnel worldwide is outpacing the available workforce, making effective training a key factor in addressing this challenge. 

This webinar is designed for individuals seeking to enhance their employability prospects within the U.K. and globally. Organisations within in the healthcare and education sectors will also benefit as we delve into skills solutions to tackle the pressing issue of workforce shortages.

We are delighted to have industry experts sharing their insights, including DR Ram Senasi MRCS FRCR, Consultant Paediatric and Neonatal Radiologist (or simply Ram, as he prefers), Steve Morris LCG's Group Commercial Director and training and employment solutions specialist, and Craig Wade, Senior Health, Science and Social Care Manager from the awarding organisation NCFE; who, together, will bring a wealth of knowledge about the industry.

Click for more information and to register!
M & N Management Consultants | AiL Workshop in Penang
On behalf of the Malaysian Productivity Corporation (MPC) and Bina Bakat Berhad, the strategic partner with MPC, extends an exclusive invitation to your esteemed organisation for an upcoming event that could significantly impact your talent acquisition and development strategies. This programme is free as it is an initiative by the government through the Malaysian Productivity Corporation (MPC). 

Event Details: 
Date: 14th December 2023 
Time: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm 
Location: AC Hotel by Marriot (Pulau Pinang) 

We understand the challenges organisations face in finding qualified talent with the desired educational background, particularly those with SPM and below qualifications. In response to this, we are excited to introduce our SLDN (Sistem Latihan Dual Nasional) programme, designed to upskill individuals within your company and meet your urgent talent requirements effectively. 

We believe that participating in this event will provide valuable insights into how the SLDN programme, combined with government incentives, can elevate your organisation's talent development initiatives. 
We look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with your organisation and contribute to the growth of a skilled workforce across various industries. 
If you have any inquiries or require further assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to Mr. Gushirljit Singh @ Guchi at +60127048474. Glad to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. 
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