I got a sad text message from Dr Kamal Khir this morning informing me of the fate of the Malaysian Society for Training & Development or MSTD. It was sad because I was one of the protem committee and the founding executive board member more than a decade ago. It all began as an initiative to bring together the training fraternity of GLCs and government bodies especially statutory ones to compliment INTAN (or Institut Tadbiran Awam Negara). I was then director of Keretapi Tanah Melayu Training Centre, and we had others like Hj Zulkifli Baharom who had a stint at Petronas and was at the time with MAS Academy and Ismail Nordin of Telekom Malaysia, Rozita Nordin & Rozita Abu Bakar (EON Berhad), Prof Dr Saran Gill (UKM), the late Dr Surjit Singh, a close friend who was at the time with INTAN , Prof Dr Raja Maznah of UMLIC, Universiti Malaya at the time. There others as well and we use to organise delegations to the annual training fraternity 'mecca'...the ASTD or the American Society for Training & Development International Conference.
What will become of MSTD now? Your guess is as good as mine. I had, just months ago, suggested to Dr Kamal and Ismail Nordin that MSTD be merged with MIHRM (or the Malaysian Institute of Human Resource Management). Moving forward, this, I reckon, needs to take place. We need people to move this well, thankless job. Any takers?
Menghalau lebah diatas peti
sambil menyiram buah yang subur
Kalaulah MSTD sudah pon mati
dimanakan kucari letaknya kubur?