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Kelantanese, Alumni of Sultan Ismail College Kelantan (SICA), Diploma (Management), IT Competency Cert, Certified Written English Professional US. Has participated in many seminars/conferences (local/ international) in the capacity of trainer/lecturer and participant.

Affiliations :- Council Member of Gerson Lehrman Group NY, Institute of Quality Malaysia, Malaysian Institute of Management, Malaysian Occupational Safety and Health Professionals Association, Auditor ISO 9000 IRCAUK, Auditor OHSAS 18000 (SIRIM and STS) /EMS ISO 14000:2004 and Construction Quality Assessment System (CONQUAS, CIDB (Now BCA) Singapore),

* Possesses 26 years of experience/hands-on in the multi-modern management & technical disciplines (systems & methodologies) such as Knowledge Management (Hi-Impact Management/ICT Solutions), Quality (TQM/ISO), Safety Health Environment, Civil & Building (Construction), Manufacturing, Motivation & Team Building, HR, Marketing/Branding, Business Process Reengineering, Economy/Stock Market, Contracts/Project Management, Finance & Banking, etc. He was employed to international bluechips involving in national/international megaprojects such as Balfour Beatty Construction/Knight Piesold & Partners UK, MMI Insurance Group Australia, Hazama Corporation (Hazamagumi) Japan (with Mitsubishi Corporation, JA Jones US, MMCE and Ho-Hup) and Sunway Construction Berhad (The Sunway Group of Companies). Among major projects undertaken : Pergau Hydro Electric Project, KLCC Petronas Twin Towers, LRT Tunnelling, KLIA, Petronas Refineries Melaka, Putrajaya Government Complex, Sistem Lingkaran Lebuhraya Kajang (SILK), Mex Highway, KLIA1, KLIA2 etc. Once serviced SMPD Management Consultants as Associate Consultant cum Lecturer for Diploma in Management, Institute of Supervisory Management UK/SMPD JV. Currently – Associate/Visiting Consultants/Facilitators, Advisors for leading consulting firms (local and international) including project management. To name a few – Noma SWO Consult, Amiosh Resources, Timur West Consultant Sdn. Bhd., TIJ Consultants Group (Malaysia and Singapore) and many others.

* Ex-Resident Weekly Columnist of Utusan Malaysia (1995-1998) and have produced more than 100 articles related to ISO-9000– Management System and Documentation Models, TQM Strategic Management, Occupational Safety and Health (now OHSAS 18000) and Environmental Management Systems ISO 14000. His write-ups/experience has assisted many students/researchers alike in module developments based on competency or academics and completion of many theses. Once commended by the then Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia for his diligence in promoting and training the civil services (government sector) based on “Total Quality Management and Quality Management System ISO-9000 in Malaysian Civil Service – Paradigm Shift Scalar for Assessment System”

Among Nik Zafri’s clients : Adabi Consumer Industries Sdn. Bhd, (MRP II, Accounts/Credit Control) The HQ of Royal Customs and Excise Malaysia (ISO 9000), Veterinary Services Dept. Negeri Sembilan (ISO 9000), The Institution of Engineers Malaysia (Aspects of Project Management – KLCC construction), Corporate HQ of RHB (Peter Drucker's MBO/KRA), NEC Semiconductor - Klang Selangor (Productivity Management), Prime Minister’s Department Malaysia (ISO 9000), State Secretarial Office Negeri Sembilan (ISO 9000), Hidrological Department KL (ISO 9000), Asahi Kluang Johor(System Audit, Management/Supervisory Development), Tunku Mahmood (2) Primary School Kluang Johor (ISO 9000), Consortium PANZANA (HSSE 3rd Party Audit), Lecturer for Information Technology Training Centre (ITTC) – Authorised Training Center (ATC) – University of Technology Malaysia (UTM) Kluang Branch Johor, Kluang General Hospital Johor (Management/Supervision Development, Office Technology/Administration, ISO 9000 & Construction Management), Kahang Timur Secondary School Johor (ISO 9000), Sultan Abdul Jalil Secondary School Kluang Johor (Islamic Motivation and Team Building), Guocera Tiles Industries Kluang Johor (EMS ISO 14000), MNE Construction (M) Sdn. Bhd. Kota Tinggi Johor (ISO 9000 – Construction), UITM Shah Alam Selangor (Knowledge Management/Knowledge Based Economy /TQM), Telesystem Electronics/Digico Cable(ODM/OEM for Astro – ISO 9000), Sungai Long Industries Sdn. Bhd. (Bina Puri Group) - ISO 9000 Construction), Secura Security Printing Sdn. Bhd,(ISO 9000 – Security Printing) ROTOL AMS Bumi Sdn. Bhd & ROTOL Architectural Services Sdn. Bhd. (ROTOL Group) – ISO 9000 –Architecture, Bond M & E (KL) Sdn. Bhd. (ISO 9000 – Construction/M & E), Skyline Telco (M) Sdn. Bhd. (Knowledge Management),Technochase Sdn. Bhd JB (ISO 9000 – Construction), Institut Kefahaman Islam Malaysia (IKIM – ISO 9000 & Internal Audit Refresher), Shinryo/Steamline Consortium (Petronas/OGP Power Co-Generation Plant Melaka – Construction Management and Safety, Health, Environment), Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (Negotiation Skills), Association for Retired Intelligence Operatives of Malaysia (Cyber Security – Arpa/NSFUsenet, Cobit, Till, ISO/IEC ISMS 27000 for Law/Enforcement/Military), T.Yamaichi Corp. (M) Sdn. Bhd. (EMS ISO 14000) LSB Manufacturing Solutions Sdn. Bhd., (Lean Scoreboard (including a full development of System-Software-Application - MSC Malaysia & Six Sigma) PJZ Marine Services Sdn. Bhd., (Safety Management Systems and Internal Audit based on International Marine Organization Standards) UNITAR/UNTEC (Degree in Accountacy – Career Path/Roadmap) Cobrain Holdings Sdn. Bhd.(Managing Construction Safety & Health), Speaker for International Finance & Management Strategy (Closed Conference), Pembinaan Jaya Zira Sdn. Bhd. (ISO 9001:2008-Internal Audit for Construction Industry & Overview of version 2015), Straits Consulting Engineers Sdn. Bhd. (Full Integrated Management System – ISO 9000, OHSAS 1800 and EMS ISO 14000 for Civl/Structural/Geotechnical Consulting), Malaysia Management & Science University (MSU – (Managing Business in an Organization), Innoseven Sdn. Bhd. (KVMRT Line 1 MSPR8 – Awareness and Internal Audit (Construction), ISO 9001:2008 and 2015 overview for the Construction Industry), Kemakmuran Sdn. Bhd. (KVMRT Line 1 - Signages/Wayfinding - Project Quality Plan and Construction Method Statement ), Amiosh Resources - (1) Lembaga Tabung Haji - Flood ERP (2) WNA Consultants - DID/JPS -Flood Risk Assessment and Management Plan - Prelim, Conceptual Design, Interim and Final Report etc. (3) Tunnel Fire Safety - Fire Risk Assessment Report - Design Fire Scenario), Safety, Health and Environmental Management Plans leading construction/property companies/corporations in Malaysia. Timur West Consulting (1) Business Methodology and System (2) Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) ISO/IEC 27001:2013 for Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya ISMS/Audit/Risk/ITP Technical Team

* Has appeared for 10 consecutive series in “Good Morning Malaysia RTM TV1’ Corporate Talk Segment discussing on ISO 9000/14000 in various industries. For ICT, his inputs garnered from his expertise have successfully led to development of work-process e-enabling systems in the environments of intranet, portal and interactive web design especially for the construction and manufacturing. Some of the end products have won various competitions of innovativeness, quality, continual-improvements and construction industry award at national level. He has also in advisory capacity – involved in development and moderation of websites, portals and e-profiles for mainly corporate and private sectors, public figures etc. He is also one of the recipients for MOSTE Innovation for RFID use in Electronic Toll Collection in Malaysia.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

The Star Global Malaysians Forum - Posted: 20 September 2006 at 5:31pm

The Star News (Courts) - September 20, 2006.

Judge: Firm did not commit offence

KUALA LUMPUR: It was a case of the wrong entity charged. A Sessions Court yesterday discharged and acquitted a subcontractor accused of a negligence that led to the death of corporate consultant Dr Liew Boon-Horng. In delivering his verdict, Judge Akhtar Tahir said he found that MWE Advance Structure Sdn Bhd had not committed any offence as framed against it under Section 20(3) of Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994.

(The section states that the person who erects or installs any plant for use by persons at work must ensure that nothing about the way it is erected or installed makes it unsafe or a risk to health when properly used.)

MWE Advance Structure was charged with failing to ensure the safe installation of a steel formwork by Higro Enterprise on the 20th floor of Block B, Plaza Damas. A representative of the company had on April 20 pleaded not guilty to the charge.

(Formworks are moulds into which concrete or similar materials are poured into at a construction site.)

Akhtar said Section 20(3) of the Act did not mention that the person who allowed the installation of the steel formwork to have committed an offence.

(The company had engaged Higro Enterprise as a specialist formwork contractor for the Plaza Damas condominium project).

Dr Liew, 35, managing consultant of Ethos Consultant, was killed when an iron mould, weighing almost two tonnes, fell onto his BMW as it was being driven into the car park of Plaza Damas last Dec 30. Akhtar said he was of the opinion that it was Higro Enterprise that had committed the offence under Section 20(3) of the Act.

"Based on the charge, the installation of the steel formwork was done by another party, which is Higro.

"It is my opinion that Higro had committed the offence and not MWE Advance Structure.

"Therefore, I have to give an acquittal to MWE Advance Structure because this offence did not exist," he said.

The judge gave his decision after hearing a preliminary objection raised by the company’s lawyer Rosli Dahlan on Sept 4, that the charge framed against MWE Advance Structure was defective. In the same court, supplier Simple Formwork Construction Sdn Bhd had claimed trial to failing to take the necessary steps to ensure that the steel formwork supplied to Higro Enterprise was safe for use.
It's NOT my intention to question the judge's final ruling and I respect the court's final decision. (unless both Higro/Simple Formwork wish to contest the decision)

Alas, I'm a bit confused on charges especially being made on Simple Formwork and Higro Enterprise. I might be wrong but :

What is the real problem actually?

"Based on the charge, the installation of the steel formwork was done by another party, which is Higro.

"It is my opinion that Higro had committed the offence and not MWE Advance Structure.

"Therefore, I have to give an acquittal to MWE Advance Structure because this offence did not exist," he said.

MWE is the main contractor - (thus, it's a lesson for them that in the future), they should have a system that takes into account :

a) Criterions of selection of sub-contractors (including Higro),

b) Sample submission/inspection and test results (prior to installation) from Higro to MWE (as part/parts of contract requirements),

b) Criterions of annual performance appraisal of the sub-contractors,

c) Monitoring system during installation process.

Remember, failure in sub-contractor's work may also reflect the failure of the main contractor as well.

And where does The Client's (Client to MWE) responsibility fall under?

Excerpts from New Straight Times - 03/01/2006

On Sunday, visiting the Sri Hartamas crime scene — for that is what it may well out turn out to be — Fong had occasion to see red. Seven warnings had been served for various safety violations in the 26 months since work on the office and apartment building began. Residents, as in many other instances, complained of flying debris and noise. The contractor’s delinquency seems to have been evident enough to leave nothing amiss in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health’s inspection procedures, which gave the company a "D" for compliance. "This clearly indicated no commitment on the part of the management to adhere to the regulations and prioritise safety," said Fong.

Another excerpt - NST 02/01/2006

Failed: seven out of nine worksite inspections. That’s the safety record of the construction company in charge of the worksite from which a cement mould fell 20 storeys and crushed a management consultant to death in his car.The company, MWE Advance Structure Sdn Bhd, was served seven stop-work orders in the 26 months since construction work on Block B of the Plaza Damas serviced apartments began. It was allowed to resume work after each breach was rectified, said Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn.

The company is a unit of listed group MWE Holdings Bhd.

"MWE (Advance Structure) did not have a good safety history," said Fong.

The company was given a safety rating of D, E being the lowest rating by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health. Fong did not say what the ranking indicated.The company had also been served three compounds for safety breaches since work started on Oct 28, 2003. The last inspection before Friday’s tragic accident was on Sept 27, 2005. Among the main offences were unsafe scaffolding and the absence of guardrails. Also, load platforms had not been designed by certified engineers, and they had used unregistered heavy machinery.

On Simple Formwork - they were separately being charged for failing to take the *necessary steps* to ensure that the steel formwork supplied to Higro was safe to use.

Questions :

"Who charged Simple Formwork? Higro?", "What's the relationship between Higro and Simple Formwork? - Is Simple Formwork another supplier to Higro?"

The *necessary steps* as I understand them are (not limited to the following) :

method statement, work/manufacturer's instruction, standards and codes of practice, monitoring and follow-up, sample submission, proper inspections, specification adherence etc.

If Simple Formwork seem to have all these, then check again, it may be problems of insufficient/unsuitable installation methods or monitoring/follow-up from them on Higro during installation process.

On Higro, if I read the first news right, it says something like :

(The company had engaged Higro Enterprise as a specialist formwork contractor for the Plaza Damas condominium project).


In the same court, supplier Simple Formwork Construction Sdn Bhd had claimed trial to failing to take the necessary steps to ensure that the steel formwork supplied to Higro Enterprise was safe for use.

It's odd that Higro failed to realize during installation that the 'formwork is NO GOOD?" being a specialist?

The charges on Higro is 'fail to ensure steel formwork properly installed'

The charges for Simple Formwork is 'formwork is found not safe to use?'

How do I connect the two?

Actually, nobody thought that the tragedy will happen on the first place - that's why too many parties 'took for granted' on the 'specs' I've mentioned above. When everybody got the 'sudden electrical shock' due to this unexpected fatal accident, I hope it's not the typical 'finger pointing' under the pretext of law that is happening at the moment.

Posted: 22 September 2006 at 9:37pm

Well, it appears that my last message has drawn so many attention from so many parties. Some were good, some were inquisitive/curious and some simply asked me to 'reconsider' my comments. Please register as GMN members and put your comments here and we can start a whole new 'show' in a more healthier way. The following is one of them (good ones) that appeared in another forum.

Assalaamu'alaikum wbr.

Terlebih dahulu, izinkan saya merakamkan tahniah kepada tuan/puan semua kerana terlibat dalam forum ______. Ini merupakan tanda betapa tingginya keprihatinan/perjuangan tuan/puan semua terhadap keselamatan dan kesihatan pekerjaan di Malaysia.

Walaupun saya tidak pernah terlibat secara aktif dalam forum ini, namun kita semua mempunyai matlamat yang sama demi 'menyelamatkan seberapa banyak nyawa' di tempat kerja menerusi sistem pengurusan keselamatan dan kesihatan pekerjaan yang dipayungi oleh Akta Keselamatan dan Kesihatan Pekerjaan 1994.

Saya ingin menarik perhatian kepada e-mail yang dihantar oleh saudara____ (____) dan pendapat beliau serta lain-lain pendapat bernas dalam forum ini hasil daripada komen saya di Global Malaysian Forum di bawah kelolaan akhbar The Star. (saya sarankan _____ membaca lain-lain komen dalam forum yang sama dan tidaklah hanya melihat kepada komen berkenaan sahaja, kerana saya telah mengikuti kes ini semenjak ianya bermula lagi)

a. Saya tidak mewakili dan tidak pernah terlibat dengan mana-mana pihak dalam Plaza Damas,

b. Pendapat saya adalah pendapat peribadi serta bukanlah ingin mempersoalkan kes yang sedang dibicarakan atau mempersoalkan keputusan mahkamah sepertimana dakwaan ______ (perkara ini juga telah saya jelaskan kepada beberapa pihak tertentu yang memberikan maklumbalas terhadap komen saya dan semuanya saya kira telah diselesaikan) Pendapat saya lebih kepada mengingatkan kontraktor utama supaya menyemak semula sistem untuk ditingkatkan (terutamanya dalam aspek pemantauan dan penilaian yang lebih efektif)

c. Saya tidak pernah mengenali mangsa secara rapat - cuma kebetulan mendiang pernah terlibat dalam pembikinan KPI untuk GLC di mana saya juga terlibat dalam perkara yang sama tetapi menerusi firma perundingan yang berbeza,

d. Saya bersetuju dan telah menyimpulkan dalam pendapat berkenaan bahawa - kemungkinan ada elemen 'tuding-menuding' atau 'tuduh-menuduh' (blaming culture/fingerpointing) sedang berlaku (seperti kebiasaan). Saya harap undang-undang dapat menyelesaikan masalah ini seadil-adilnya supaya tidak ada pihak yang tidak bersalah tiba-tiba dipersalahkan pula.

e. Cuma saya juga mengharapkan agar pihak klien - kontraktor utama - sabkontraktor/vendor/pembekal tidak mengamalkan sikap mengambil mudah terhadap pelaksanaan keselamatan & kesihatan pekerjaan - walaupun telah ada ribuan sijil/persijilan sekalipun atau dokumentasi yang 'canggih' atau pernyataan dasar yang begitu indah dan lain-lain.

Walaubagaimanapun, saya ingin merakamkan ucapan terima kasih sekali lagi kepada tuan/puan semua dan _____ kerana sudi membaca pendapat saya yang tidak seberapa itu.

Wassalaamu'alaikum wbr.

Salam Hormat Seperjuangan
Nik Zafri

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