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MDBC: HR Forum – Employment Matters

June 11, 2020 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

MDBC is proud to present another insightful and timely edition of our annual MDBC Human Resources Forum 2020.

In previous years, ‘recruitment’ was always the most popular topic of our HR Forum.  This year, unfortunately, it has to be accepted that there is more retrenchment than recruitment going on.  Taking the bull by the horns, from within our MDBC membership community we have found industry experts who in this session on “Employment Matters” will address issues such as employment – related cost cutting measures, leading to retrenchment exercises inclusive of any legal requirements. Post – retrenchment, which actions should HR take to support employees who stay and get the business quickly back to high productivity and morale levels.

Join MDBC members from Chainz Consulting, Esther Ong Tengku Saiful & Sree, and TalentSquare for this informative webinar on Thursday 11 June at 15:30 hrs.

Date:   Thursday, 11 June 2020
Time:  15:30 – 16:30 hrs
* Complimentary for all MDBC and ADCN Members.
** For event registration guidelines, please click here.
Webinar Platform: Zoom

Chan Swee Hwa
(Director & Principal Consultant, Chainz Consulting)

Chan Swee Hwa is the Director & Principal Consultant of Chainz Consulting, a human resources and training consulting company she co – founded in 2016.  Swee Hwa provides services in the design and implementation of HR processes and policies covering areas such as terms and conditions of employment, compensation and benefits, performance management, talent development, employee engagement, and discipline management.

She has a passion for training, and she specializes in the design and delivery of leadership training for all levels of management as well as HR functional and business partnering training.

With more than 25 years of corporate HR experience in the logistics, banking, and manufacturing industries in both Country HR and Regional HR Head roles, she is well positioned to support business in developing strategic HR frameworks and practical HR solutions for managing human capital.  A dynamic presenter and trainer, Swee Hwa is a certified Myers – Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Facilitator and a Certified Master Performance Coach.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.  She is also a certified trainer under Malaysia’s Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF) body.


Esther Ong
(Senior Partner, Esther Ong Tengku Saiful & Sree)

Esther Ong is a lawyer of 25 years of legal standing and is a founding partner of Messrs. Esther Ong Tengku Saiful & Sree (ETS), which has been established since 1999.  She has a particular interest and passion in providing legal advisory services for companies from their setting up to their crucial stage of growth and drafting of contracts particularly in their employment agreements, employee handbooks and memorandum for employees.

Esther Ong has extensive exposure to civil litigation and has represented individuals and corporations in various pre – trials strategy, risk evaluation and full trial especially in areas of disputes among shareholders, employers and employees’ disputes.  She is certified mediator who conducts mediation and negotiation that resulted in amicable settlements between employers and employees.

She also advises the Human Resource Department on proper procedures of lawful termination which include evaluation on working performance and domestic enquiries.  Recently Esther has advised on retrenchment exercises and restructuring of the human resource for companies.  She is a speaker for many legal talks including “The Malaysia Employment Law Conference 2019” organized on 3 July 2019 and 6 August 2019 and recently in the Brand Association Malaysia’s e – conference on Employment Law.  She has also been invited to assist on the drafting of Contempt Proceedings Bill, which has been finalized by the Attorney General Chambers of Malaysia.

Koen van Gurp
(Director, TalentSquare Sdn Bhd)

Koen brings with him 18 years of experience in Executive Search and Corporate Recruitment working for and with companies like Heinz, Unilever, and Siemens.  He is an expert on competency based interviewing and has a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management.  As an Executive Search Consultant, Koen has gained extensive experience in hiring managers for clients across all industries.

Since 2008, Koen has been based in Kuala Lumpur where he set up TalentSquare, a regional Executive Search Firm working for a wide range of clients from startup companies in Islamic Banking, to established multinational organizations in Chemicals, Oil & Gas, and Manufacturing.

Koen has extensive experience in competency based interviewing and in training hiring managers to apply the methodology in their organizations.


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We look forward to your attendance!

With best regards,
MDBC Secretariat


June 11, 2020
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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