It is indeed a privilege to be called upon to serve our nation, particularly at this most trying of times. My gratitude to you, Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri M. Saravanan, on my appointment as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Human Resources Development Fund. I will bring to bear the wisdom and expertise I have gained from my thirty years of experience in the fields of education and training, and various social enterprises.
I warmly welcome the Chief Executive Tuan Shahul Hameed Dawood, and the new members of the Board of Directors, all of whom I believe are qualified and have the passion to serve.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and the Senior Leadership Team of the Human Resources Development Fund, I would like to thank the YB Minister for the graciousness of his presence. As the custodian of HRDF, the YB Minister’s inaugural keynote address has clearly laid out the path we have to thread and defined our important role in assisting the government in revitalising the nation’s economy.
To all of us at HRDF, our partners, and stakeholders alike, know that the work that lies before us is one of no ordinary scale. We are facing an environment that is characterised by VOLATILITY, UNCERTAINTY, COMPLEXITY and AMBIGUITY. HRDF must be ready to heed the clarion call to mobilise all its resources and energies to succeed in this VUCA era and remain committed to fulfilling its mission of spearheading the learning and development of the Malaysian workforce.
The immensity of our task is not for the fainthearted. Our time now demands for brave hearts and entrepreneurial spirits. We are at the forefront of our government’s efforts to spur employment by redeveloping our country’s human capital to respond rapidly to the evolving needs of our economic community. It requires us to RISE above our usual ways of doing things so that we can produce a new generation of exceptionally skilled workforce – RESILIENT in the face of volatility, INDUSTRIOUS when confronted by uncertainty, consistently providing quality SERVICE amid complexities, and focused on producing EXCELLENT work despite the many ambiguities arising from the “new normal”.
We will boldly embark on an extensive review of our programmes and processes to meet the demands of the VUCA era. We shall work on strategies to stimulate employment through reskilling and upskilling programmes based on emerging technologies. The programmes offered by HRDF must be certified and accredited to ensure that skills acquired will receive professional recognition.
This is a gargantuan undertaking that requires the cooperation of all HRDF stakeholders. To our contributing employers, we seek your kind indulgence as we relook at the programmes we offer so that we can fulfill your needs and expectations. To our training providers, we look forward to you imparting adaptive skills, flexibility, critical thinking and creativity to our trainees in this environment. To the recipients of our training, obtain the maximum benefit from the HRDF programmes. To the team at HRDF, we must be exceptionally attentive and responsive to the needs of our stakeholders.
The government has placed immense trust in HRDF by providing grants to spearhead the human capital development of the nation. In this regard, we are called to serve with integrity to realise the success of these initiatives.
Let us work together towards the common goal of developing a world-class workforce in fulfillment of the founding mission of HRDF.
Dato’ Nelson Renganathan