Distinguished author of numerous titles on HR & Employment Law
QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP
1. M.A. (Hons), University of Auckland, 1971.
2. Post-Grad. Diploma in Industrial Administration, University of Aston, UK. 1976.
3. Fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Human Resource Management (MIHRM). Editor of Berita Personnel, the MIHRM's newsletter, 1986-1988, and 1994-1999.
4. Executive Committee Member, Malaysian Society for Labour and Social Security Law.
5. Fellow, Institute of Labour Market Information and Analysis (ILMIA), Ministry of Human Resources.
WORKING EXPERIENCE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• 1973-2007: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Professor in the Faculty of Business Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM).
• 2008-2010: Lecturer MBA programmes Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and Universiti Selangor (Unisel).
- • Coordinator of MBA ITM-Cardiff programme, 1993-1997.
- • 1983-1987 and 1991-1993 Coordinator of Management Studies which involved the direct supervision of 80 academic staff teaching management related subjects.
- • Appointed Adjunct Professor of University of Ohio in 1996.
- • Chairperson, Cluster of Business Management Faculties, UiTM, 2005-2007.
- • Lecturer, human resource management, for MBA programme, Universiti Selangor, 2008.
- • Lecturer, industrial relations, for MBA programme, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 2008-2009.
- • Supervision of PhD. candidates, teaching MBA and EMBA programmes, as well as students undertaking a BBA (HRM) degree.
- • External examiner for Bachelor in International Business, Nottingham Trent University.
- • External examiner for Yayasan Profesional MARA.
- • External examiner for PhD candidates of Universiti Sains Malaysia and International Islamic University, Malaysia.
- • External assessor for promotion exercise of academic staff International Islamic University, Malaysia, Universiti Utara Malaysia and Universiti Teknologi Melaka.
• Editor, Malaysia Labour Review, Journal published by ILMIA, Ministry of Human Resources.
• Editor, (2014) New Jobs, Latest Skills, Cutting-Edge Firms: Human Capital Requirements for Sabah, Iskandar and the Northern Corridor Regions, ILMIA, Ministry of Human Resources.
• Editor, (2013) Manpower Issues in Key Sectors of the Malaysian Economy. ILMIA, Ministry of Human Resources.
• Editor, (2012) Proceedings of the Conference on Modernisation of Labour Legislation and Dispute Resolution Process, ILMIA, Ministry of Human Resources.
Commentaries written for Malaysian Employment Law Review
- • Malaysian Industrial Relations and Employment Law, 8th ed. McGraw Hill, 2013.
- • Employment Law Manual for Practitioners, Malaysian Current Law Journal, 2013.
- • Termination of Employment: understanding the process. Malaysian Current Law Journal, 2nd edn, 2013.
- • Oxford Review Series: Human Resource Management, Oxford University Press, 2009.
- • Essentials of Employment and Industrial Relations, McGraw Hill, 2009.
- • Human Resource Management: Principles and Practices, 3rd edition, Oxford University Press, 2014.
- • Malaysian Employment Law Practices, Best HR and Employment Practices Series, LexisNexis, 2006.
- • Safety and Health at Work, Best HR and Employment Practices Series, LexisNexis, 2006.
- • Recruitment, Selection and Induction. Best HR and Employment Practices Series, LexisNexis, 2006.
- • Managing Performance, Training and Compensation, Best HR and Employment Practices Series, LexisNexis, 2006.
- • Employment Relations, Discipline and Termination of Employment, Best HR and Employment Practices Series, LexisNexis, 2006.
- • Human Resource Management, 5th ed. Fajar Bakti, 2007.
- • A Guide to Human Resource Management, 3rd ed. Fajar Bakti, 2002.
- • Terminating the Services of the Employee, 4th ed. Fajar Bakti, 2006.
- • Tips for Dynamic Trainers, Mentor, 1996.
- • An A-Z of Malaysian Employment Law, McGraw Hill, 1999.
- • Current Issues in Human Resource Management, (Ed.) MIHRM, 1999.
- • A Guide to the Code of Practice on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, Leeds, 2000 (co-authored with Tengku Dato Omar Tengku Bot).
- • HRM Toolkit Series: Effective Training in Malaysian Organisations, McGraw Hill, 2001.
- • Pengurusan Sumber Manusia (adapter), McGraw Hill, 2001.
Siva Kumar Kanagasabai
Siva Kumar Kanagasabai was admitted to the Malaysian Bar in March 1995. He was made a partner of SKRINE in January 2002.
He is currently the Head of SKRINE’s Employment Practice Group and also the Head of the Shipping Practice Group. Apart from Employment and Shipping, Kumar has a broad commercial litigation practice and is a regular trainer in the Bar Council’s advocacy training programme for lawyers.
He handles both contentious and non-contentious employment law issues. He has also acted as Counsel in judicial review hearings, appeals from the Labour Court and conducted trials in the High Court as well as on appeals to the Court of Appeal and the Federal Court. Kumar is named in Chambers Asia 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 as a leading practitioner in Employment law. In 2011, he was appointed by the Malaysian Government to be a member of Pemandu’s Human Capital Lab on reforms to labour law. Kumar was recently named the ILO Client Choice Award for Employment/Labour Practitioner of the Year (Malaysia) 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Dato' Thavalingam Thavarajah
Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill
Dato’ Thavalingam Thavarajah, who was admitted to the Malaysian Bar in 1990, has many years of experience in industrial relations and employment law.
He was a member of the Industrial Court Practice Committee of the Bar Council, on which he served for a decade. In 2008, he was appointed to a two-year term on the National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC). He was until recently the Honorary Secretary of the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF).
In addition to writing Constructive Dismissal — Commentaries and Cases (2008) and co-authoring Retrenchment Law and Procedure in Malaysia (2009), Dato’ Thava’s other literary accomplishments include such roles as:
- contributing editor for the volume on the Employment Act 1955, Industrial Relations Act 1967 and the Trade Unions Act 1959 in the Annotated Statutes of Malaysia series (2002);
- panel author for Employment Law Asia (Malaysian Chapter) (2002); and
- principal author of Employment Termination Law & Practice Malaysia (2001).
He also sits on the editorial advisory board of the Industrial Law Reports (ILR) and was appointed as one of the panel judges for the Jessup Law Moot Finals 2010.
In 2004, the Attorney General’s Chambers invited him for a discussion on proposed amendments to labour law in Malaysia, in particular the Industrial Relations Act 1967; and, more recently, to review, revise and propose new legislation relating to business efficacy and promotion of commerce and trade in the country.
Dato’ Thava won the “Employment & Labour” category for the International Law Office’s (ILO) Client Choice Awards for the second year running (2010-11). (The awards recognise law firms and partners worldwide for their excellent client care and quality of service, assessing them on criteria such as quality of legal advice, value for money and commercial awareness).
He was also listed as one of the “leading labour lawyers” in Malaysia by Euromoney Publications.
In his spare time, the father of two enjoys his game of squash and makes time for the violin. He was Honorary Secretary of the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) in 2008. He also sits on the Doping Committee of the Olympic Council of Malaysia and the Disciplinary Boards of the Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) and the SRAM.
Lim Heng Seng
Messrs Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Glenhill
Lim Heng Seng currently heads the Employment Practice Group at the firm. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Universiti Malaya in 1976. He obtained a Master of Laws from the University of London (London School of Economics and Political Science) in 1987. He was admitted to the Malaysian Bar as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1988.
He served in various capacities in the Malaysian Judicial and Legal Service from 1976 until 2001, when he left to practise law. Some of his previous appointments include head of arbitration (1990-92) and deputy head of civil litigation with the Attorney General”s Chambers (February 1992-93). He has also served as chairman of both the Industrial Court of Malaysia (1994-2003) and the Social Security (Socso) Appellate Board (1997-2003).
Heng Seng is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Industrial Law Reports published by the Malaysian Current Law Journal. He is the advisory editor on Malaysian Court Forms published by the Malayan Law Journal, and the author of Assessment of Damages in Personal Injury and Fatal Accident Claims, a prescribed textbook for the Certificate in Legal Practice examination conducted by the Legal Profession Qualifying Board.
Wong Kian Jun
Shearn Delamore & Co
Wong Kian Jun was called to the English Bar in 2005 and admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 2006. He joined the Employment and Administrative Law practice group of Shearn Delamore & Co in October 2006 as a Legal Assistant. He was appointed as Senior Legal Assistant in 2011 .
His main area of practice is employment litigation at the Labour Court, Industrial Court and the High Court. He is also involved in administrative law matters and is involved in judicial review proceedings in the High Court. Further, he advises on issues relating to dismissal, internal disciplinary proceedings, terms and conditions of employment, employment legislation and more recently matters involving the Personal Data Protection Act 2010.
Tn. Haji Abdul Wahab bin Abu Bakar
Malaysian Employers Federation
Tuan A. Wahab Bakar is EDA Master Executive Coach based out of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Wahab is also the Managing Consultant of CEE Malaysia, CEE is the Strategic Partner of EDA in Asia Pacific.
He has more than 35 years of substantive corporate experience covering both local corporations and multinational companies ranging from airlines, oil & gas, mining, financial institution and food & beverage (manufacturing & retail).
Whilst HR management is his focus/anchor, his last 13 years involvement as a member of the Executive Committee of a multinational company, has exposed him to the running of the business and participated in the formulation of its strategic direction. He retires as Executive Director of a multinational company in Malaysia.
He spent his career abroad working in Australia and was part of the team in the formation of a global blueprint for organizational changes in Switzerland.
Wahab speaks at local and international forum on HR management and represents employer at the meetings and sharing sessions in Singapore, Philippines, Korea, Japan, Brussels, Switzerland, China, India and Fiji.
He is currently a Vice President of Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF), Chairman of Excel Minds and serves as Board Members of few companies, amongst others corporations like HRDF of MoHR and GEMS Sdn Bhd a subsidiary of Talent Corp. He also serves as Business/Corporate/Human Capital Advisor to few other companies. He represents International Organization of Employers (IOE) Geneva based organization for Asia Pacific on the Policy Forum for European Development Corporation.
Upon retirement from active corporate service, apart from being an ICF trained Executive Coach; he is also a Mentor & NLP Certified Practioner.
Whilst he is the subject matter expert in the whole gamut of HR management, his forte is on Organization Cultural Transformation, Performance Management, Talent Management & Development and Executive Coaching & Mentoring.
He is a Graduate in Economics (Applied Economics) from University of Malaya, alumni of International Management Development, Lausanne, Switzerland and London Business School. Wahab was recently been appointed as the Adjunct Professor of Graduate Business School of University Utara Malaysia.
Wahab is also the co-author of the book “Your Dream Job” published in 2009.
Datuk Hj. Shamsuddin Bardan
Malaysian Employers Federation
YBhg Datuk Hj. Shamsuddin Bardan is the Executive Director of the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) since 2000. He is also a Board Member of the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH), NIOSH Certification Sdn Bhd (NCSB), and a member of the National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC). He is one of the employers’ representatives in the National Wages Consultative Council (NWCC) under the Ministry of Human Resources.
YBhg Datuk Hj. Shamsuddin Bardan is an Adjunct Professor at Management and Science University (MSU) since 2010. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee for Student Industrial Training University of Malaya since 2010.
At the international level, YBhg Datuk Hj. Shamsuddin Bardan is the Secretary-General of the Confederation of Asia Pacific Employers (CAPE) since June 2010 and the representative for Malaysian employers at the International Labour Conference (ILC).
He holds an Hon. Degree of Law (LLC) from the University of Malaya. Prior to joining MEF, he served as an Administrative Officer at Bank Negara Malaysia.
Director, Talent Development Asia
Starting his career in Marketing & Sales in 1995, Param got an affection to talent development and the impact on workplace excellence. In 1996, Param joined Intel Technology as their Training Officer, and spent over 7 years in areas of Training, OD, HR Consulting & Recruitment. He then was the Head of HR for AIC Semiconductor and later joined Dell Asia Pacific Japan, as Regional Senior HR Manager in 2004. Param joined Honeywell Aerospace as their Senior HR Manager before he was offered to lead the Malaysian HR operations for Advance Micro Devices as the Country Senior HR Manager. In 2012, he was headhunted by Schneider Electric as APAC HR Director. He had various experiences in simplification projects and integration for their Clipsal sites before being appointed as Director for Talent Management for the GSC EAJP region with Schneider Electric.
After having spent 19 years in Human Resources, Param is now continuing his passion as a Trainer & Consultant and enjoys delivering and sharing best practices from his diverse MNC experience to the industry partners. His programs & workshops are out of the norm. Often relating to simple and real life analogies and back to basic behaviors which he feels has eroded from the evolving industry & transformations. His offerings cover a wide range of interesting programs, talks and workshops that help transform Leaders, Industries and HR Managers for higher efficiency and productivity. Param Moorthi was featured in BFM Radio in 2010, Asia HR Magazine in 2011, HR Matters Magazine in 2012 for his sharing on Talent Retention and Development and recently shared his view on young entrepreneurship with StartUp Malaysia 2014.
He also provides HR consulting services on a retainer basis and career coaching for managers and employees to help them attain their career success in life. He is an expert in Industrial Relations & Employment Laws.
Param obtained his BBA (Hons) from Universiti Utara Malaysia and completed his Certification Program in International English for Business & Trade (CEIBT) from Cambridge University.
Messrs. Zul Rafique & Partners
P Jayasingam is the head of the Industrial Relations practice group. He is a Barrister-at-Law of Gray’s Inn and holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree from the University of London and a Master of Laws from the University College London (UCL). Having been admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1986, Jayasingam is an experienced practitioner in industrial relations law and dispute resolution. He advises on contracts of employment, collective agreements and matters relating to trade unions. He has a high profile in the industrial relations circle as a specialist in advising employers on trade disputes, strikes, pickets and other forms of industrial actions, as well as on dismissals, retrenchment and employment issues arising from corporate restructuring and merger exercises.
Jayasingam is also a very familiar figure in the conference circuits, having delivered lectures and seminars at major conferences and workshops.
Shazmi Ali is currently the Human Resources Director of the world's leading 150-year old biopharmaceutical company, Pfizer.
Shazmi has been added to Stanford Who's Who distinguished ranks of professional individuals as a result of his extraordinary work in the field of human resources.
Prior to Pfizer, he was the regional HR Leader in Asia for CAE, a global leader in providing comprehensive training solutions based on world-leading simulation technology and integrated training services for the civil aviation and defense sectors with over 8,000 staff members and 100 sites in 30 countries.
His previous experience includes his role as Head of the HR Department with SCAN Associates and Human Resource Client Consultant with Exxon Mobil.
Shazmi possesses a rich academic career with a Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource Management from Universiti Utara Malaysia and a Master's Degree of Business Administration from Victoria University. He is a member of several groups and societies reflecting his professional interests, such as Human Resources Malaysia and HR Manager Talent Solutions.