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OBNI Industry Report in Malaysia:
Oil, Gas & Energy Sector 2017

This report serves as a preliminary introduction that highlights key features and factors relevant to the Oil, Gas & Energy sector in Malaysia.

Stay tuned for more Sector Reports by the OBNI in the coming weeks. 


The 22nd JPA-BMCC Management Programme 2017 Begins!

Last week on the 2nd of February, the 22nd series of the JPA-BMCC Management Programme was officially launched at the Opening Ceremony held at INTAN Bukit Kiara. Attended by the Deputy Director-General (Operations) Public Services Department, YBhg. Dato' Sabariah Hassan, representatives from the BMCC, JPA and INTAN, the participating British companies and the candidates themselves, the ceremony signalled the beginning of the intensive 70-day training and attachment module. 

The JPA-BMCC Management Programme is a bi-annual initiative instigated with the aim of providing Malaysian senior government officers with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and exposure to the dynamism of modern-day business management systems through training and working with British organisations both in Malaysia and their parent companies in the United Kingdom. Since its inception in 1983 by the then Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed and the late Baroness Margaret Thatcher, more than 228 Malaysian senior government officers from various Government Ministries and Departments have worked together with 82 British companies in this long-running endeavour build and facilitate knowledge-exchange between our two nations. 

This year, a total of 15 candidates from various Ministerial backgrounds such as Defence, Health, Agriculture, Environment & Natural Resources, Education and Public Works have been selected from hundreds of interested applicants to be a part of this programme. These candidates have been assigned to and will remain attached with nine participating British companies which are affiliated members of the BMCC. 

These companies are as follows: The University of Nottingham (Malaysia Campus), Crops For The Future, Tesco Stores, Holiday Villa Hotels & Resorts, TMF Administrative Services, International SOS, British Airways, 90 North Real Estate Partners LLP and PWB Services. 

Mr David Ng, Deputy Chairman of the BMCC, as well as Board Director Professor Graham Kendall were present on behalf of their participating companies International SOS and University of Nottingham respectively. 

In a speech representing the Chamber, Head of OBNI Ralph Owczarek said: "This partnership with JPA has always been a high priority for the BMCC, as the essence of this programme’s directive is aligned with the Chamber’s mission, to be a part in supporting and guiding UK companies through the legal and regulatory systems and facilitating business matching with local and British partners.

Running with the theme “Forging Cohesion Through Integrity and Sustainability” this programme is specifically designed to focus on enhancing the critical thinking and management development of the participants as well to cultivate a culture of closer working between the public and private sectors in Malaysia."

The candidates have already begun their week-long preparatory course at INTAN, with BMCC Executive Director Nik Tasha speaking to the candidates this morning on the subject of  "Government-Business Relationship: British Practice and Experience." Later today, representatives from the British High Commission in Paul Rennie OBE (Deputy High Commissioner to Malaysia) and Mr Stephen Hill (Deputy Director of Trade & Investment) will be presenting on the matters of "The British Economy: Brexit Impact on Britain & Malaysia" and "British Business Culture & Etiquette" respectively. 

BMCC Breakfast Talk Series

In a brand new line of events, the BMCC together with sponsors TMF Group will hosts the first of its Breakfast Talk Series on the topic of “Wellness - The Strategy from Good to Great.”

Due to take place on Thursday the 2nd of March 2017, this first installment will feature Dr Greg Jakubowski, the Regional Medical Director, Corporate Solutions, Asia of International SOS as well as Ho Mun Kiat, Senior Vice President and National Practice Leader of the Employee Health & Benefits Malaysia.

The speakers will touch on the matters concerning the benefits of wellness programmes to employee and employers, the importance of wellness programmes to business continuity, trends of wellness in the workplace, managing healthcare cost through proactive measures and the pragmatic approaches in promoting workplace wellness.

Admission to this event is free of charge to all BMCC members, and is limited to 30 pax on a first-come-first-serve basis. Breakfast and morning beverages will be served. More information can be found below. 

British Government releases Brexit White Paper

Following the parliament's decision to hand Theresa May power to trigger article 50, the government presented MPs with a formal policy paper setting out how the UK proposes to leave the EU.The white paper says the government aims to deliver “a smooth, mutually beneficial exit” but says this will require “a coherent and coordinated approach on both sides”. Article 50 will be triggered no later than the end of March, it repeats.

The paper also reiterates the prime minister’s remarks that “no deal for the UK is better than a bad deal for the UK” – and suggests that, to mitigate against the impact of not getting the deal it wants from the EU, the government will prepare legislation “to ensure our economic and other functions can continue”. (Source: The Guardian) - Download the Brexit White Paper Here

Pictures from last week's 22nd JPA-BMCC Management Programme 2017 Opening Ceremony at INTAN Bukit Kiara. [Click here to view the full album]
BBCiM - Your Prestigious Office Space In The Heart of KL

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BMCC Breakfast Talk Series #1
In this first installment, the BMCC together with sponsors TMF Group will hosts its inaugural Breakfast Talk Series on the topic of “Wellness - The Strategy from Good to Great” featuring Dr Greg Jakubowski (Regional Medical Director, Corporate Solutions, Asia of International SOS) and Ho Mun Kiat (Senior Vice President and National Practice Leader of the Employee Health & Benefits Malaysia).

Date: Thursday, 2nd March 2017
Time: 9.00am (Registration) - 11.15am
Venue: Boardroom, International SOS office, Menara NU 

(Directions here)

Admission to this event is free of charge for all BMCC members, and is limited to 30 pax on a first-come-first-serve basis. Breakfast and beverages will be served.
All interested members can RSVP to Ramesh Hasry at

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Breaking the Enigma Code

Enjoy an epic tale of man against machine – including a full demonstration with the original WWII Enigma Machine as Dr James Grime illuminates the brilliant mathematical insights and innovative thinking of Alan Turing. 

21st February 2017,
6.30pm - 7.30pm
British International School KL Theatre

You can register for tickets here priced at RM30.

5th Annual Asia Pacific District Cooling Forum 

The Forum has emerged as one of the best solutions to energy shortages, energy demand, and a response to global warming. Focusing on “Alternative Cooling Technologies In Tropical Climates”, the event will bring together key industry players to discuss and benchmark crucial issues on how to seize new opportunities and make it effective for the ASEAN Region. The Forum is rich in interactive panel discussions, in-depth real life case studies, keynote presentations, networking opportunities and awards ceremony.

Date: 27th-28th March 2017
Venue: Manila, Phillippines
Members of BMCC are eligible for exclusive 10% discount.
Download the Agenda Here

3rd Digital Customer Experience Management Summit (DCEM)

Learn About World of Digitization and Welcome a New Age for Customer Experience! At the Summit, seize an opportunity to network with global leading experts: the prominent figures from Facebook, DBS Bank, Google, Telekom Malaysia, Coca-Cola, Citi FinTech and many more.

Dates: 4-5 April 2017
Venue: Singapore
Members of BMCC are eligible for exclusive 10% discount.
Download the Agenda Here

Alice Smith School Year 11 World of Work
3rd - 7th July 2017

To give an insight into working life, the Alice Smith School Year 11 students will be undertaking a one week Work Experience programme in July each year. 

This week long experience has two main aims:
• For students to learn about the expectations, responsibilities and day to day tasks involved in being part of a team.
• To give students an insight into a career area they are considering for the future.

The school is seeking for student placements in the following areas:

Chemical Engineering, Medicine, Law, Veterinary, Architecture

If any organisation might be able to offer one or more students a placement in one of these areas above, kindly email 

British Council - Study UK ALumni Awards 2017

British Council’s Alumni Awards honour the outstanding achievements made by professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders who can demonstrate how their UK education has had an impact on their subsequent success.

British Council Malaysia is delighted to announce our Study UK Alumni Awards 2017 Finalists! 

For more information on Study UK Alumni Awards in Malaysia or past winners, please visit  

A Neighbourhood Guide to “LA LA LAND” inspired Los Angeles

Whether you’re chasing the American Dream in Hollywood or discovering the history of Downtown, Los Angeles has it all, and with La La Land hitting cinemas, it’s never been a better time to discover the city of angels.

Check out British Airways' neighbourhood guide for things to do, places to stay and food to eat as you explore Los Angeles:

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'Earn and Learn' Initiative Launched To Grow and Develop Talent!

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in collaboration with the University of Malaya, the Malaysian Institute of Human Resource Management (MIHRM) and DHS Hospitality Academy Sdn Bhd, have unveiled their first ‘earn and learn’ talent development initiative, the Professional Development Programme, at a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Signing Ceremony recently at the venue. 

The 12-month programme will expose participants to various departments within the Centre through both classroom-style and on-the-job training, which will give students the fundamentals of the business events industry and the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the different careers available in the sector. 

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Professor Dame Wendy Hall speaking on Internet Histories and Futures

Garden International School (GIS) was pleased to receive Professor Dame Wendy Hall, DBE, FRS, FREng to present a talk titled “Internet Histories and Futures” to students from GIS, The International School @Park City, Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar, and Epsom College. Co-hosted with the British High Commission, the talk described the latest developments in The Web Observatory (WO) project. This project aims to develop the standards and services that will interlink a number of existing or emergent Web Observatories to enable the sharing, discoverability and use of public or private datasets and analytics across different observatories on a large, distributed scale. It also showed how it is being applied to the study of Internet histories and futures.

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Award-Winning Comedian Gina Yashere LIVE in Bangsar
Rendez-Vous in Bangsar is proud to welcome Gina Yashere, 4-time best comedian winner in the UK on the 9th of February. 
Gina has been a stand up and TV star in the UK for several years now, with appearances on iconic TV shows such as Live At The Apollo & Mock The Week, as well as creating & performing popular comedic characters on The Lenny Henry Show.

FREE ADMISSION (require a minimum purchase of one (alcoholic or NON-alcoholic) beverage.

Any extra Bookings: 011 2637 8224 
Click here for more info
Eddie Izzard - The Force Majeure Tour Comes to KL!
After touring around five continents, Eddie Izzard is finally bringing his massive Force Majeure world tour to Malaysia! One of the most acclaimed comedians of his generation, Izzard’s unique, tangential, absurd, and surreal comic narratives are lauded for their creativity and wit, earning him a New York Drama Desk Award and two Emmys for Dress to Kill, two British Comedy Awards for Top Stand-Up Comedian, and an Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement.
Don’t miss your chance to see the great Eddie Izzard live!

Get your tickets here
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