Archives for August 2019

Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar

Figure 1: Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar

Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar (Figure 1) is the ninth child from eleven siblings. Came from a poor family and originate from Johor Bahru. A very simple person yet humble and full of positive spirit. He started his talk on “Purposeful Leadership and Sustainability” at UTM on 31 July 2019 by simple introduction of him and short joke of “Kisah 3 Wahid Omar”. I am very sure; this is a trigger to attract the audience’s attention.

He began his talk by presenting his success stories. Started as an accountant, he later was appointed for three times to be a CEO of listed companies; United Engineer Malaysia Berhad (UEM), Telekom Malaysia (TM) and Maybank. The best thing is all these three companies had an increase of turnover under his management. During his talk on his experiences in turning over UEM, TM and Maybank, he highlighted few strategies on the management and leadership skills. One of the key point is transformation. It is important to change the management and transform the whole structure of the company by balancing the current staffs (inside staff) and new staffs (outside staff) by 70%-75% and 20%-25%. He also reminded the staffs to remove the bad working culture; for example, going out for drinking coffee at 10am and come back after 2 hours, then go out again for lunch. All these will reduce the productivity of the company. Talent review is also vital when he said he will choose someone with not only good in CGPA. He would prefer to employ a candidate with CGPA 3.5 from kampong rather than CGPA 4 from Damansara. He also mentioned that it is not good to have all the employee come from a same background; for example, 90% from the top management are from MRSM Seremban or most of the employee are ladies. Diversification of employees will give better results in the performance of a company.

Another key point is finding the main problem. From the problem, then only there will be a clear purpose what can be done next. After the identification of the problem, a strategy on prioritizing is important to improve the performance. All the assets and resources need to be restructured and focus on the profitable target and objective. Besides that, identifying and focusing on the customers need can simplify the structure. For example, Humanising Financial is one of his effort in providing people with convenient access to financing. Whereby in this business model, customers are advised based on their needs with fair term and pricing. This strategy showed positive impact when Maybank continued to extend its leadership as the number one bank in Malaysia. Tan Sri also believed that by putting Islamic financial as their first priority will lead to a better success. It is proven when Maybank Islamic grow faster and become the largest Islamic bank in Malaysia and fifth in the World.

There are three key words; integrity, competency and humanity that should be in line with every leader. In order to develop the talent for future success, young generation should be given the opportunity. From his perspective, 40 years old is an adequate age to be selected as a leader. As a new comer in the academia, he highlighted his concern on the intake of female students which are higher compared to the male students in the University level. This issue need to be encountered from the root so that we will not be lacking of future leaders.

He closed his talk by promoting “save the tiger” and urged us to do something for a better ecosystem. I can say that, I learned a lot from Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar session. He is a gifted person with talent and patience in contributing to our nation. He worked really hard and smart in order to achieve the success. And last but not least, he reminded us, don’t shy on saying sorry and thanks, be grateful to Allah for His blessings and to parents and partner too.



One of my favourite leadership quotes is “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” – Eleanor Roosevelt. This quote is originated from the American first lady (1933-1945), Anna Eleanor Roosevelt  (Figure 1). As the wife of 32nd president of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, United Nations ambassador and humanitarian, she was one of the world’s most broadly respected and influential woman. When first looking at this quote, I didn’t know that this quote came from a woman until I did some further searching.  I am so attracted to this quote because there is a sense of ‘heart’. With the era of science and technology these days, we can see that heart and emotion always being left behind. People are losing their sense of humankind and always thinking of profit and money on making any decision. Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was the pioneer in fighting for the civil right of African Americans and the poor. As a leader with heart and compassion, she showed her empathy and she felt the other people feelings by fighting for the rights of the people in need.

Figure 1: Anna Eleanor Roosevelt

As a woman leader in Malaysia, especially in the Southern area, I can say that Raja Zarith Sofiah (Figure 2) is one of an example of a good leader with “heart”. Being born in a Royal family, her humbleness and modesty fascinated the people. She is very active in matters of welfare and she also holds the position of Trustee of the Johor Spastics Association, Malaysian English Teaching Association and Chairman of the Malaysian Red Crescent. She launched the Johor Zarith Sofiah Foundation of Johor in 2012 and the foundation aims to raise funds for various educational programs. The foundation is also aimed at spreading Islamic learning. Raja Zarith Sofiah is indeed a woman of high spirits and ambition to see Malaysians in better condition. She held many forums and worked with experts from overseas to discuss the direction of national education. Indeed, her role in strengthening the learning system in Malaysia is immense. Raja Zarith Sofea was a degree and master graduate from Oxford university. With her good education background, and good leadership examples, I believe she is one of the example that suites with the quote, “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart”.

Figure 2: Raja Zarith Sofea

Basically, there is always a need to make a decision whether we should use our mind or our heart when dealing with ourselves. Giving an example; when I am planning to go for a class at 8 am. I slept early so that I can wake up at 5 am in the morning to pray, prepare breakfast for my family and to be early in class. It is already 5 am in the morning and now, I have two options; to wake up or keep sleeping. My mind understands that I have to wake up but, my heart says to relax and enjoy the sleep and wake up in another 5 minutes, 10 minutes, and so on. This happen in our daily life; we will go easy if we listen to our heart and this is a main reason for most failures. It is always important to use our mind to control ourselves. Without willpower and hard work we will not succeed.

There is different situation when dealing with others. In this case, we have to use both; head (mind) and heart. It is significant to think logically and most importantly we have to realize that every individual is sole and has their own personality, hence we cannot control their life. Therefore, use our heart to appreciate other’s sweats. For instance, when a student presented their project, appreciate on their hard work instead of only commanding on your own ideas and suggestions. Always say thank you as appreciation, care on others and never shy to say sorry when make any mistake. Heart helps in making a connection with others and at the end of the day, we will feel happy and satisfied for causing a smile on somebody’s lovely face.



h-indexing in Google scholar, SCOPUS and Web of Science

Differences between h-index in Google scholar, SCOPUS and Web of Science

h-index is highly depending on the citations. The higher h-index, it means that the author is highly recognised and has extensive bibliometric and historic trend analysis.

Google Scholar includes academic papers/ publications which are not indexed by competitive publisher and from sensible websites. Since it is free, Google Scholar has a much wider coverage and has no linguistic biases. Therefore, any paper/ publication can easily be published and cited in Google Scholar. Different from Google Scholar, SCOPUS only do indexing for the articles published in journals affiliated with its databases. SCOPUS has coverage through tool as Scimago Journal & Country Rank which allows the realization of free bibliometric analysis. Additionally, SCOPUS also involve costing in publication. Meanwhile, Web of Science indicate high standard journal with high cost which has much more restricted coverage compared to SCOPUS.

It seems that Google scholar has larger database than SCOPUS and Web of Science. However, Google Scholar is still not as high-level and accurate as Web of Science or SCOPUS when performing proficient bibliometric analysis. From my overview, Google Scholar is a young but very favourable tool that has the capability to assist the scholars in observing and monitoring their capabilities. However, to maintain the excellence in publishing, it is really important to preserve and sustain the quality. Note that the smaller the database is, the better in publication quality. But to achieve excellency in publication from a developing country, publishing in Web of Science could be very challenging. Thus, from my opinion, it is good and suitable enough if I could publish in a SCOPUS indexed journal/conferences.