Newsletter No.55

Welcome to the last issue of our Newsletter for 2007. The last quarter has been a busy one because of the Federation of South-east Asian Alumni Societies (FOSAAS) 6th Convention hosted in Ho Chih Minh City from 21st-24th November, and our Annual Dinner (AOTS Nite 2007) on 30th November.

During the FOSAAS Convention, Malaysia proposed the setting up of a joint Japan (AOTS)-Malaysia training centre on Advanced Information and Communication Technology in Johor (as part of the Johor Cyber Port complex). Our Annual Dinner was a success, and we thank all the sponsors, guests and members for their kind contributions and presence.

Some of your Executive Members together with Kodaira-san paid a courtesy call to our Patron Y.B. Dato’ Seri Rafidah Aziz on 29th August 2007. Y.B. Dato’ Seri was very gracious to provide advice on how we should further enhance our activities and standing. She suggested that PAAM should publish a booklet with comprehensive data and information to highlight the training activities and achievements over the years. This would increase public awareness of the tremendous amount of effort that has been expended in the area of human resource development by AOTS in cooperation with PAAM. Y.B. Dato’ Seri mentioned that human capital development is critical to Malaysia’s economic development.

I wish all of you success in your undertakings, and good health to you and your family.


Courtesy Visit to the Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI) on 29th August 2007


A group photo with Y.B Dato’ Seri Rafidah Aziz From left to right: Committee Members – Mr. K.T Khor, Mr. Yang Chor Leong, PAAM President En. Aziz Kamaruddin, AOTS KL Office General Manager, Mr. Masami Kodaira & Mr. Yap Choon Ming.



University Technology Malaysia (UTM), Jalan Semarak on 22nd August 2007 By: Angela

It has been 50 years since Malaysia and Japan commenced diplomatic relations. While Malaysia celebrates its 50th golden year of independence, the Persatuan Alumni AOTS Malaysia (PAAM) was busy with our very own event i.e. the “5S and Kaizen Seminar” which was held on 22nd August 2007 in collaboration with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) City Campus, Kuala Lumpur at its Business & Advanced Technology Centre (BATC).This half day seminar is the 6th in the series and is always held to coincide with the Japan Festival in Malaysia.

A total of seventy seven (77) participants attended this seminar. Considering that it was held during their mid-term break, the response was most tremendous. Most of the audience were made up of working professionals and/or post-graduate students. Professor Dr. Awaluddin Bin Mohamed Shaharoun (Deputy Executive Director, BATC/UTM) delivered an inspiring welcome speech, followed by Mr. Yang Chor Leong, our representative and Dr. Kaori Shinozaki who spoke on behalf of the Embassy of Japan.

The enthusiastic speakers for this event, Mr. Lim Eng Swee and Mr. Theodore K.C Wong, our very own PAAM members, took the floor with their respective seminar papers and provided plenty of examples and case studies. These illustrations were real-life situations which occurred in their organizations or observed through years of experience in the manufacturing industry and working environment. Both speakers also shared the key factors for successful implementation of Kaizen and its elements. At the end of the seminar session, the participants were given the opportunity to enhance the seminar with Questions & Answers session.

On behalf of PAAM, we wish to express our appreciation to the speakers, BATC/UTM and the Embassy of Japan for the continuous support extended to PAAM in making this event a great success.

Dr. Kaori Shinozaki from Embassy of Japan delivering her opening speech.

Mr. Theodore Wong receiving a token of appreciation from UTM.

Mr. Lim Eng Swee receiving a token of appreciation from UTM.

PAAM presenting a memento to Prof. Dr. Awaluddin Mohamad Shaharoun (Deputy Executive Director of BATC/UTM) as remembrance.

 The audience from different backgrounds & professions
 The audience from different backgrounds & professions

At the registration desk….

Secretariat for the day.

Participants taking a break from the seminar.

Tea-Talk on “HRDF Requirements and Claiming Procedures” on 8th Sept 2007 by Mr. Tan Teng Ek

Full attention towards the presentation.

Mr. Tan elaborating the HRDF eligibility.

A token of appreciation from PAAM to the speaker, Mr. Tan.

A Short Journal from Tokyo, Japan By Ms. Y.C Tay

Tokyo is one of the most fast paced cities I have ever been to. I enjoyed my recent trip to Tokyo very much. The trip was well organized by PAAM, in collaboration with the Hippo Club, Japan. We were warmly greeted by the homestay hosts and HIPPO representative upon arrival at Tokyo airport.

My host family was very hospitable and I was treated like one of their very own. The food was fantastic. I had the chance to try many different types of Japanese food. The highlight of my trip was to Tokyo Disneyland and Mount Fuji. Through this program, I have made many friends i.e. Japanese, Koreans, people from Hong Kong and many other nationalities. Japan, someday I will visit you again!


Tay and her host family.

A special get-together was held on 8th August 07 in conjunction with Mr. Takeshi Ichikawa and his family’s visit to Malaysia. At the same time the dinner was held to welcome Mr. Masami Kodaira and his family.

Staff and Committee members with Mr. Ichikawa and his family with Mr. Kodaira & family.

Smile…you are on camera.


Gentlemen together.

Training Program on Inventory Management
on 13th November 2007
by Mr. Alan Lai

On 13th November 2007, Persatuan Alumni AOTS Malaysia successfully organized a Training Program on Inventory Management at Petaling Jaya, Selangor. The training program was conducted by Mr. Alan Lai, an active PAAM member with broad experience on this topic. 23 participants attended the program. This program was very hands-on with lots of practical exercises to enhance the participant’s understanding of the subject.

Topics covered included logistic cycles, inventory analysis, forecast process & risk management. These are the fundamentals of inventory management. The objectives of the program were to enable participants to define what to stock & how much to stock to avoid any shortage or excess, and practical tips on how to improve the service level through inventory management.

On behalf on PAAM, we would like to express our appreciation to Mr. Alan Lai for sharing his expertise through PAAM.

A group photo with Mr. Alan Lai to remember.

AOTS Overseas Training Program “Equipment Maintenance Course” (16th – 17th July 2007) in Kuala Lumpur

Participants concentrating on the assignment.

Teamwork among the participants during the group discussion.

AOTS Overseas Training Program “Equipment Maintenance Course” (19th – 20th July 2007) in Penang

Penang participants in full concentration….

One of the participants explaining the details to the lecturer.

Participants jotting their own notes.

If you are thinking of doing business with Japanese companies or working/planning to work for a Japanese organization or sending your staff/children for training or education in Japan, or merely contemplating on improving your grasp of the Japanese Language, the Persatuan Alumni AOTS Malaysia has just the right course to suit your requirement.

Public Class
Duration          : 3 months
Time                : 7.00 – 9.00 pm
Total Hours    : 50 hours
Fee                  : RM 485 (including books & CDs)

In-House Course (for Companies)
Duration          : Available upon request


10 pax & below

11-15 pax

16 – 20 pax

Basic 1

RM 6000

RM 7000

RM 8000

Basic 11

RM 6000

RM 7000

RM 8000

Inter 1

RM 7000

RM 8000

RM 9000

Inter 11

RM 7000

RM 8000

RM 9000


RM 8000

RM 9000

RM 10000

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PAAM picnic at Hutan Lipur Sg. Congkak, Hulu Langat, Selangor on 8th July 200

The Sunday morning of July 8th 2007 saw 27 excited and energized PAAM participants, gathering at the main entrance of Hutan Lipur Sg. Congkak for a half day outing.

The group started off with a 30-minute Qi Gong session conducted by central committee member, Master Lim Eng Swee. Refreshed, a telematch with balloon throwing event made everyone work hard for a prize. It was indeed a relaxing time to stroll along the river bank, taking in the breath-taking flora & fauna of Sg. Congkak. Whilst the more daring ones took a dive into the river for a swim, others went around snapping photographs for remembrance.

Come noontime everyone gathered again for the most delicious lunch, some durians and tidbits. Exhausted but happy to have made the trip back to nature, we all made our way back to the concrete jungle that we came from.

Group photo: members & their families, friends, PAAM & AOTS staff.
Slowly go down….. the ‘Qi Gong’ session.
Slowly breathe in the ‘Qi’.

Balloon Throwing Competition

Make 2 straight rows please and throw the balloons…We are the champion… father and son team.