BISMILLAHIR RAHMANIR RAHIM
ASSALAMU ‘ALAIKUM WARAHMATULLAHIWABARAKATUH
General Manager, Mr Hafriz Musa,
Ladies and Gentleman
I am happy to join you all this morning in celebrating this special occasion for our Executive Secretaries and Admin Professionals. My warmest congratulations to CONFEX for organizing this Conference, and I thank you very much for your kind invitation.
I wish to also take this opportunity to welcome our distinguished speakers from abroad who will be presenting a wide range of interesting topics.
I understand that this Conference is now in its fourth year, and that each year, it highlights and increases awareness on the importance of our admin professionals’ development skills and professionalism – two elements that are becoming more significant in both the public and private sectors.
This event is indeed a high acknowledgement of their roles. They remain the backbone of any organization, making the day to day operations run smoothly, in a fully organized manner, and at times even working beyond their normal call of duty.
Ladies and gentleman,
As we live in a progressively advanced world, there is a fear that the development of computers, smart phones and other electronic hardware and software would have diminished the role of admin professionals.
While it is true that our gadgets and office equipment have evolved into dramatically advanced machines, we still do require the commitment and human touch that our admin professionals provide us with. It is the human factor – the emotions and face-to-face interactions – which makes all the difference in the workplace.
There is no doubt that some challenges do prevail, such as the need to stay relevant and competitive. Self-empowerment through knowledge and skills is therefore of utmost importance by adopting a lifelong learning attitude. This will mean that they have constantly acquired new or in-depth knowledge and upgrade their skills.
This will make them to be more self-reliant and adaptable to ever changing situations.
I believe that it is also important to create a conducive working environment for our professionals. This will enable them to develop a positive attitude and outlook, while striving to become innovative individuals.
Ladies and gentleman,
As most of our admin professionals are working parents, it is crucial to balance their work and personal lives one should complement the other. At no time should their work life overwhelm their personal life, and vice-versa. Thus, the theme of this year’s Conference should be a reminder for all our admin professionals – “We work hard and we play harder”.
The Government of His Majesty, through the Institute of Civil Service, has been conducting courses on work life balance for both the public and private sectors.
Due to its importance, the Special Committee under the National Plan of Action for women, also organizes courses and road shows on work family balance, addressing vital factors such as time and stress management.
Ladies and gentlemen,
To all delegates, I hope that you will enjoy yourselves throughout this Conference. Much can be learnt from listening to the distinguished speakers and interacting with them. Moreover, the new contacts and network will be useful for your future work.
I am confident that you will be able to share each other’s experiences, enrich yourselves with more knowledge and return to your offices with renewed motivation, inspiration and vigor.
This, I am certain, also comes from the satisfaction of knowing that you are very much appreciated and honored for the vital role that you all play.
So remember, “work hard and play hard too,”… and at the same time, “keep fit and stay healthy”.
And with the kalimah ‘Bismillahirrahmannirahim”,
I declare open the 4th Annual Executive Secretaries and Admin Professionals Conference 2015,
And launch the CONFEX newsletter, FOCUS.
Wabillahi Taufiq Walhidayah,
Wassalamu’alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh