Newsletter No.61

Dear Members:

We have completed the 1st of the two-year term of office and we have called for the Annual General Meeting on 19th April 2009, to present the full report of activities that were carried out. Although this is not the election year, the turnout was very encouraging. The proceeding was very smooth and we were very pleased with the active exchanges of information, ideas and suggestions. We were more than happy to accept 3 volunteers who wished to be involved in supporting and assisting the on-going of PAAM`s activities.

The last quarter of the 1st Year ended with a program which was opened to the public on Inventory Management which was conducted by our seasonal and ever-cheerful speaker, Mr. Alan Lai, who is always willing to share his expertise of his field of practice.

This was a hand-on two days program, where at the end of the 2nd day, the participants who were divided into three teams, enthusiastically completed and presented the assigned project. This is a good program and we look forward to organize them in PAAM branch office soon.It is challenging and satisfying to undertake new project especially when you have finally accomplished it successfully. I am referring to the recently completed “School Project on 5S/Kaizen” at SMK USJ12 in Subang Jaya on 28th & 29th May 2009. The itinerary of the two days event was a talk on 5S/Kaizen and with the support of the Japanese Embassy we were able to put up an exhibition on Japanese Culture.

The commitments of the organizing committee and the support from the school were fine example of our theme “Getting You Involved”. My sincere appreciation to those who have directly or indirectly involved in making this project a reality and special appreciation to the organizing committee, PAAM staff, the students, teachers and the headmistress of SMK USJ12, the Embassy of Japan and the District Ministry of Education. Further to assist the smooth implementation of 5S/Kaizen in the School, PAAM had prepared 5S/Kaizen handbooks that were distributed to the 2,200 students and 105 Teachers. Other printing materials i.e. banner, posters and buntings were arranged in place for the event.

We are glad to receive strong support from our branch offices who have shown strong interest in adopting the “School project on 5S/Kaizen” program as their own project, sharing my belief that educating and coaching the youth is a noble act, as “Youth Today are Leaders of Tomorrow”. Wishing everyone happiness, enjoying life to the fullest and have fun practicing 5S/Kaizen.


CL Yang . PJM

On 19th April 2009, Persatuan Alumni AOTS Malaysia (PAAM) had successfully organized its 24th Annual General Meeting. It was held at PAAM office, Damansara Jaya. A total of 32 members including observers from AOTS KL office and SQ Corporate Services (M) Sdn. Bhd.

From left: Ms. Anne, Mr. Lim, Mr. Yang, Mr. Yap, Mr. Tan and Ms. Maggie

Training program on Inventory Management
organized on 18th & 19th March 2009

One of PAAM’s planned activities for FY2009 is to organize public workshops. A few tentative dates were initially proposed, finally on 18th and 19th March 2009, PAAM had successfully implementing a workshop entitled “Inventory Management” at a hotel in Subang Jaya. The speaker for this 2-day workshop was Mr. Alan Lai, who is also PAAM active member. This training was attended by 10 participants, the minimum number did not deter our speaker to impart the knowledge he had intended. Everyone in the training room was eager to learn new skills and gain knowledge the know-how. The participants were provided with laptops for hands-on exercise throughout the session.

Comprehensive explanation on logistic cycles, inventory analysis, forecast and risk management was presented. We are very grateful to have Mr. Alan Lai not only as our Life member but as our own dedicated trainer. We hope that more members will join our workshops in the near future.

Hand-on exercises for the participants

Mr. Alan receiving a token of
appreciation from PAAM


Everyone in the training room was eager to learn new skills and gain knowledge of know-how.

Kaizen: Simple-ideas-commendable impact.

Here are some selected ideas by Cameroon and Chile. We hope some of these ideas are appliacable in your places of work and we wish you every success in your endeavour for Kaizen. Look forward for more ideas in the next issue.

Source : Kenshu Magazine

No. 149 Autumn 1998


When foreigners ask the question, what is your religion? The Japanese are apt to reply with a lost look, Well! I guest I am a Buddhist… but actually I have not thought about religion seriously. Why this kind of reply? Do the Japanese actually have no interest in religion?

In present day Japan, there are various religions, but Shinto and Buddhism are the two major ones and have many believers. These two religions have deep influences upon the daily life, customs and seasonal activities, such as festivals of the Japanese. For instance, on New Year Day, Japanese go to the Buddhist temples or to the Shinto shrines for Hatsumode or New Year s Day worship and pray for good luck for the coming year. Wedding ceremonies and the rites performed when a child is born are mostly held according to Shinto rituals.

On the other hand, funeral rites and the equinoctial or Bon festival prayers, to appease the spirits of departed ancestors, are performed according to Buddhist religious rites. On this basis, it can be said that, in general, fortunate and happy events are celebrated in the Shinto religious way, while unfortunate and sad events in the Buddhist way. Ordinary Japanese, who do not even profess any religion, follow this practice.

According to one statistical survey, the Japanese have a low rate of interest in or devotion to religion on the world ranking scale. The survey, conducted by government over a twenty-year period, indicated that 65% – 75% of the Japanese do not profess any religion. Therefore, even if religious population is high, the majority may be believers in name only. There are a few real believers but many people have interest and participate in religious rituals and practices, this is the relationship between the Japanese of today and religion.

Lee : Oh! what a big crowd! Zuibun hito ga ooi desune.

Tanaka : Yes, aren t there a lot of people? All of them have come for “Hatsumode”. The early comers start coming as early as midnight. Eee! Tsugoi deshou. Mina, hatsomoude no hitotachi desu. Hayai hito wa yunaka no 12ji goro kara kurun desuyo.

Lee : Really? I thought that the Japanese didn’t have any interest in religion. But now, I feel they are religious after all. Tanaka san! Do you often go to pray at the shrine?

Hee! Nihon jin wa shuukyou ni kanshin ga nai to omotte imashita ga. Kyou wa mina nesshin ni oinorishite imasune. Tanaka san wa yoku jinjya ni kurun desuka.

Tanaka : No! I am ashamed to say that I too am only a worshipper on New Year s day. Iie! Watashi mo oshougatsu dake no shinjya de, chotto hazukashi desu.

Lee : They are throwing money in there and praying. What are they praying for? Asoko de wa okane o nageirete, nani o oinorishite irun desuka.

Tanaka : They are praying for good health and good luck for the family during the coming year. I also prayed myself for the recovery of my mother who is ill. Kotoshi ichinen no kazoku no kenkou ya kouun deshou. Watashi wa haha no byoki ga naoruyou ni oinorishimashita.

Lee : Did you? Then I too will pray that this year I‘ll be able to find a good wife. . Sou desuka. Jya! Watashi mo ii kekkonaite ga mitsukaruyou ni oinorishimasu.

Extracted: Japan Today Book

By: En. A. Aziz Y. Kamaruddin

“Kaizen” is the Japanese word for ‘improvement’. It pertains to continuous improvement, whether in personal life, home life, social life or working life. Kaizen has even been credited as the key to Japan’s competitive success.

How important is continuous improvement to you in your personal life? Should you aim to be a better person, day by day, at the rate of 1% a day? Or just on one special day in a year, you increase your ability by 100%? Which do you think is easier – 1% a day improvement for 365 days? Or 365% on 31st December (so that you can relax and ‘enjoy’ life the rest of the previous 364 days?). When you improve yourself by 1% everyday, don’t you think you will be awesome after a year? When you make ‘improvement’ a habit, will it become more difficult or easier for you, as time goes on? I attended a 4-day business seminar (conducted by a multi-millionaire), in Singapore in June 2008 at the Singapore Exposition Centre. About 2,000 participants from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Philippines, Taiwan, Australia, India and Maldives attended.

At the seminar, I met two millionaires – one from Maldives and the other from Singapore. I asked them why they were attending a business seminar, when they are already successful in their businesses. Both replied that they were looking for new ideas that could improve their business results. If millionaires
are willing to attend training programs to improve their knowledge (to improve their results), shouldn’t you also?

In organizations with enlightened Human Resource Management departments, continuous training is critical to their organizations’ continuous drive for excellence. Formalized (out of the office) training, usually at least 5 days in a year, is planned for all staff. Informal (on the job) training is provided by constant job rotation (i.e. on average, two years in one job, before being assigned another job). An accountant could be transferred to the Information Technology department for two years on a project. An engineer could be assigned to the Human Resource department for two years, to be in-charge
of training (of engineers).

On an individual or personal level, you must continuously give more value to your organization that you are working for. How? By becoming more efficient, perhaps by doing things faster. By becoming more effective, perhaps by getting new ideas from books, or using what you learned in formal training.

On an organizational level, the products or services that you deliver must have “use-value” which is more
than “cash-value”. This could be done by continuously improving product quality. Research and Development (R&D) is therefore critical in regard to this product quality aspect.
The moral of the story? As the saying goes, “If you are not growing, then you are dying”. Wallace D Wattles aptly wrote, “Every living thing is under this necessity for continuous advancement; where increase of life ceases dissolution and death set in at once.” Abraham Lincoln said, “I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.” Are you ready to take action to become a Better You? An “Improved You” Model?

I wish you Success in your undertakings, and Good Health and Wealth to you and your family.
Take care!

Mr. Lim Eng Swee – Vice President
Mobile: 019 226 2982,


Mr. Lim Eng Swee (date of birth: 29th May 1947) graduated from the faculty of Electrical Engineering of Kyoto University, Japan. After his graduation, he received a full year industrial training at Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., Japan (Now known as Panasonic Corporation), where he was been widely exposed to various manufacturing technologies and Japanese work culture. He continued his work engagement with the Malaysia operation (Panasonic Manufacturing Malaysia Bhd. – PMMA) of the same company.


Mr. Lim has been working for PMMA for 30 years. He has been the General Manager in the corporate management center of the organization, overlooking production management and production engineering. Mr. Lim has implemented much IE (industrial engineering) and productivity improvements, standardization and quality management system. Through his work exposure, Mr. Lim has accumulated valuable management expertise in:

Operation management, new product development,
corporate strategy setting, business planning, operation review and audit techniques etc.

I’m now attached to Hoya Electronics which is located in the Kulim Hi-Tech Park. I’m involve in the portfolio of Environment, Safety and Health. Recently I lead the Team to pass the Certification Audit for ISO 9001 and OHSA 18001 Management System. Another recent undertaking was presenting research papers in an International Conference held in UiTM-Shah Alam and UiTM-Kota Bahru on topics of Management, Technology and Standards and will be doing the same in UPM-Kuala Lumpur very soon.

I am living in the Penang Mainland with my husband and two kids. The elder boy has just started kindergarten and the younger girl has recently reached the milestone of walking independently. I` m enjoying myself living in Penang with her variety of food and above all going to work is always free from traffic jam as I am taking the Butterworth-Kulim Expressway.

I wish you, all the very best of good health and success in your undertakings.

Au Yong.

May, 2009.

(1999 ~ 2007 served as CCM-PAAM)

Farewell dinner on 13 March 2009 of Mr. Kodaira & En. Yunos

Memorable photo: CCM’s, PAAM & AOTS staff together with Mr. Kodaira’s

Smilling from ear to ear

Sharing sweet moments
Memorable gathering
with three AOTS KL former General Managers on 20 March & 23 March 2009

From left: Mr. Kodaira (2007), Mr. Kawai (1997), Mr. Watanabe (2005) and Mr. Ishikawa (2001)

The following are simple examples that can be used when asking or giving direction.

Example One
Ramly : Sumimasen, shiyakusho e wa dou ikeba ii deshouka? Excuse me, How do I get to the City Office?
Passersby : Kono michi o massugu itte hashi o watatte tokoro desu. Go straight down this street and cross over the bridge. It is just across the bridge.
Example Two
Man : Sumimasen, senrieki e wa dou ikeba ii deshouka? Excuse me, how do I get to Senri Station?
Women : Ano kado o migi ni magatte saka o orita tokoro desu. Turn right at that corner and go down the slope. It is at the foot of the slope.
Useful vocabulary:
Here are some useful words that are commonly used when asking for or giving direction.
Pedestrian Crossing : oudanhodou
Intersection : kousaten
Bus Stop : basutei
Traffic Signal : shingou
Along the river : kawazoi ni
Railroad Crossing : fumigiri
Rail track : senro
Street : michi
At the end of the street : tsukiatari ni
Katakana Shiken
Use the below provided chart to work on the answers.