Follow example of the Japanese

A lesson in ‘Lean’: Participants getting an insight on the concept during the seminar.

A lesson in ‘Lean’: Participants getting an insight on the concept during the seminar.

KUCHING: The Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) will focus on extending the “Lean Management” concept to the private sector this year.

MPC board of directors member Datuk Abang Abdul Karim Tun Openg said it would reach out to the health services sector as well as manufacturing, education and small and medium enterprises.

Seventy-five projects had been planned for this, he disclosed.

“In addition, we have six overseas Lean study missions, nine workshops and more than 600 training programmes to increase productivity and innovation in organisations for this year alone,” he said when officiating at a “Lean Management” seminar at Bangunan Sultan Iskandar here yesterday.

“Lean”, a new Japanese pioneered management concept aimed at minimising resources to optimise output, is being introduced to state government agencies.

Abdul Karim said MPC hoped to be involved in international programmes where it could learn from “Lean Global” experts so as to effectively implement the concept here in Malaysia.

According to him, these programmes with international attendance are set to take place from May onwards in the US, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

Last year, MPC held 56 seminars and lectures involving 5,387 participants from 958 organisations.

Abroad, it conducted learning visits to factories like Toyota in Japan, Samsung Technology and Hyundai Motor in Korea, Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore and PT Astra Honda Motor in Indonesia.