2017 | Quarter 2
ENCOURAGING CREATIVE THINKING AND
Last year, Dato’ Azman revamped Northport’s core values to INCITE -
He elaborated that these values are currently being cascaded to employees at all levels in Northport. To build on the momentum, Dato’ Azman has also introduced an icon/mentor for each core value comprising of HODs. The icons are tasked to take the lead and gather ideas to further promote the assigned value on the ground.
Following this, the INCITE Awards have also been introduced every quarterly for employees to nominate any colleagues who strongly demonstrates any of the core values to the respective icons. The selected nominees will stand a chance to be rewarded for the quarter. “The first INCITE Awards was successfully held in the last quarter and now everyone is looking forward to the next one,” shared Dato’ Azman.
The Outstanding Performance Awards under the Port Category in conjunction with the Malaysia World Maritime Day 2016 came on the heels of Northport’s growth in throughput.
“It was a pleasant surprise and I believe it’s a testimony of Northport’s capabilities, long history and expertise.” However, Dato’ Azman also added that “Awards mean nothing if there is no integrity, customer focus or innovation, especially if there’s no improvement or teamwork. Any award would be meaningless if you don’t have any of these criteria. An award should be built upon our core values. Therefore, we need to do more to achieve excellence and maintain that consistently.”
Dato’ Azman shared that there are several individuals that he really looked up to. His former bosses in Bank Negara, to name a few – Dr. Awang Adek Hussin (former Minister and an ex-
Apart from the above mentioned, Dato’ Azman also looked up to his mentor Tan Sri Azman Yahya for his wit and wisdom and his time-
QUALITIES FOR LEADERS
To be a good leader, Dato’ Azman opined that “Every leader should be a problem solver in a macro way and nurture their second liners to grow.”
He added that every leader should also be a forward-
QUOTES TO LIVE BY
Among the quotes that Dato’ Azman hold on to is the Latin expression “Carpe diem” which means seize the day. He is also inspired by Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar’s humility, “Apa yang kita ada bukan kita punya, apa yang kita buat, itu kita punya.” Another quote that has been an inspiration to him since his Bank Negara days was, “A blind man is not one who cannot see, but one who has no vision.”
HOPES AND PLANS FOR NORTHPORT
In the coming years, Dato’ Azman hopeS that Northport will continue to grow, ‘kembali gemilang’ and ‘terus gemilang’ for another 116 years.
“The best thing that happened to Northport is being acquired by MMC. Northport is the missing piece of MMC’s puzzle, and being the youngest in the family, we want to be a consistent performer for the MMC Group.”
On MMC Ports, he said that, “The beauty of being involved in MMC Ports is that everybody brings something to the table.” He elaborated that although MMC Ports is still gearing towards full integration, the group has benefited from several improvements in terms of group strategic procurement and technical know-
Dato’ Azman used to enjoy playing Scrabble competitively and participated in tournaments during his youth. He was once ranked 20th in the country before retiring from the game. Nowadays, he enjoys listening to his all-
A Bachelor of Economics graduate from the London School of Economics, United Kingdom, Dato’ Azman Shah was a Bank Negara Malaysia scholar and joined the organisation as an Economist in August 1992.
After a five-
Subsequently, Dato’ Azman ventured into entrepreneurship by setting up a corporate advisory firm where he gained exposure in numerous industries i.e. printing, oil and gas, agriculture, real estate development and hotel management, and more. Interestingly, he was one of the founders of Malaysia’s English radio station, FlyFM, before exiting through Media Prima.
Dato’ Azman’s last position before joining the MMC Group in 2016 was Chief Executive Officer of Integrax Berhad, which owns and operates Lumut Port.
Speaking about his working style, Dato’ Azman shared that his approach is generally firm but fair. He puts his emphasis on professionalism and corporate governance, “You must do the right thing, the right way all the time.”
“I always opt for a balanced-
More often than not, Dato’ Azman regards his job as a project that needs to be accomplished. Dato’ Azman then elaborated that the industry itself is not the main criteria that appeals him when pursuing a job, “If it is challenging enough and know that I can contribute, I will go for it.”
“There’s a lot that can be done with Northport. It is challenging and there’s a lot of strategy involved and potential for asset optimisation. We are not anywhere near the capacity that we be operating at and this is a good challenge to have.”
‘NORTHPORT KEMBALI GEMILANG’
“Northport is an unpolished gem,” said Dato’ Azman. In 2016, he introduced the catch phrase ‘Northport Kembali Gemilang’ with the sole purpose of boosting the employees’ spirit. “Being one of two ports in Port Klang, we are always being compared to our bigger neighbour, Westports. My first year objective was to help Northport get its mojo back.”
Dato’ Azman also applauded Northport’s strong team spirit, with most of its employees hailing from the vicinity of Klang. He strongly believed that with a little bit of strategy, leadership and enculturation, Northport is well on its way to achieve even greater heights. “With that tagline, people (in Northport) will believe in themselves again.” The initiatives have since produced positive results for Northport.
THE EVOLUTION OF PORT INDUSTRY IN MALAYSIA
When it comes to the local port industry, Dato’ Azman shared that although the global industry has witnessed changes over the years, there are certain things that have not changed in the local context. “The ports in Malaysia are privately-
The shipping industry on the other hand, has also gone through some changes over the years. Shipping lines now work in alliances and these alliances will determine their preferred destinations. Port operators today, must engage with the alliances instead of just the individual liners. “As for Northport, we are re-
Recognising the industry’s potential and the competition that the country is facing from Singapore, the Government has recently established the National Logistics Task Force under the supervision of the Minister of Transport. They are responsible for designing, implementing and monitoring the action plans as stated in the Logistics and Trade Facilitation Master Plan.
“Northport has a strategic location and is well connected to seven major expressways in the country. We have industrial areas nearby providing cargo and we have a rail link that comes through our port.”
“In terms of competition, no one can compete effectively with MMC Ports. We are the only group in the country that can offer road, rail, sea and air logistics. We can provide end-