OPTIMAL Group of Companies Newsletter PP 12303 / 5 / 2004 August 2003 • Issue 6
OPTIMAL WINS AWARDS FOR
Highlight In This Issue
OPTIMAL DAY 27 – 28 August 2003
2 MESSAGE FROM THE CEO. OPTINEWS•AUGUST 2003
Growing optimism arising from signs of a more positive economic outlook has been CONTENTS
a welcome change to the petrochemical industry. The region’s swift rebound from the
after-effects of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) aided by a revived 3 – 4 Events
global economic climate has witnessed a steady return of demand as China re-enters • OPTIMAL Wins “Caring
the market. At this time the prospect seems positive for the industry, but the Employer” Award
sustainability remains tenuous. • OPTIMAL Receives
As we push forward, OPTIMAL needs to capitalize on growing opportunities in the Environmental Management
region by demonstrating sustainability as a key player in the industry. As an affiliate of Merit Award
PETRONAS and Dow, OPTIMAL is well positioned to prove this by harnessing the • MoU Signing on DOSH
power of its corporate parents to make its mark. Mentoring Program
To further solidify our position in the marketplace, we need to remain focused on • OPTIMAL at World Class
our long term goals. Short term pressures and challenges should not deter us from Exhibitions
concentrating our efforts on positioning OPTIMAL as a world class manufacturer and 5 – 7 Know Our Departments
supplier of chemicals for the Asia-Paciﬁc region. • Nanni & Anna
With this in mind, the OPTIMAL MI Plan was established to chart the Company’s • Derivatives Department
ﬁve-year strategic direction. The MI Plan encompasses six main areas i.e. People and • Department Head
Organizational Development; Long Term Value Creation; 8 – 9 Events
Operational Reliability; Low Total Cost to Serve; • OPTIMAL Day
Premier HSE Performance; and External Focus. Its 10 Know Our Products
objective is to align the efforts of everyone within the • Ethylene Glycol
organization towards achieving the Company’s long 11 OPTIMAL Cares
term goals. • School Adoption Program
I’m conﬁdent that once we associate our roles and 12 Training
responsibility with the objective of the MI Plan, • OPTIMAL Imparts Expertise
through personal and team goal setting, to Technical Students
OPTIMAL will be able to emerge bigger • “Vision Zero”
and stronger. Let’s show the – The OPTIMAL Goal
competition what WORLD CLASS is 13 Staff News
all about! • Newborns, Weddings
14 – 15 Sports Update
• Annual Customer Golf Day
• Friendly Rivalry at Bowling
Jim Fitterling Tournament
Chief Executive Officer
OPTIMAL Group of Companies
Editorial Board Publication Information
Editor-In-Chief OPTINEWS is the corporate newsletter of the A WORLD CLASS MANUFACTURER
OPTIMAL Group of Companies published by the
Hartini Hj. Abdullah Public Relations & Communications Unit of the
AND SUPPLIER OF CHEMICALS FOR
Human Resource and Administration Department. THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION
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the OPTIMAL Group of Companies.
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Willie Tang s BUSINESS EXCELLENCE
James C Thomas s PEOPLE EXCELLENCE
M Arshad Ahmad s COHESIVENESS
AUGUST 2003•OPTINEWS EVENTS. 3
Charting a Milestone in HR Excellence
OPTIMAL charted another milestone recently when it was duly recognized. In positioning OPTIMAL as a world class
accorded the consolation prize for the prestigious “Majikan petrochemical company, strong emphasis is placed on
Prihatin” Award (Caring Employer Award) for Large attracting and retaining a highly motivated and trained
Corporations 2003. workforce. As such, we have gone the extra mile in ensuring
The award presentation ceremony held on Saturday, that our employees are fairly compensated and consistently
17 May, at the Putra National Sports Complex in Bukit Jalil, driven to maintain a high standard of professionalism,“
Kuala Lumpur, saw Puan Hartini Hj. Abdullah, OPTIMAL’s said Puan Hartini.
General Manager of Human Resource and Administration, “At OPTIMAL, we are committed towards creating a positive
receiving the award from Malaysia’s Prime Minister relationship with our employees. With trust and commitment,
YAB Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The event, which there is greater chance of growing and weathering all kinds of
was held in conjunction with the National Labour Day storm. Thus, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all
Assembly, witnessed close to a thousand participants turning OPTIMAL staff for their support. This win is a recognition of all
up in full force to represent various companies nationwide. your efforts,” she added.
The “Majikan Prihatin” Award
presented each year recognizes and
awards deserving employers who strive to
provide exemplary beneﬁts and reward
packages as well as excellent work facilities
for employees. For 2003, OPTIMAL was
selected out of about 100 companies to
receive the consolation prize.
“I am very happy that our efforts in Puan Hartini (second from right) receiving the award Glad to be part of OPTIMAL, a caring employer.
building a ‘caring company’ have been from the PM.
OPTIMAL Receives PETRONAS Merit Award
for Environmental Management
OPTIMAL was presented with a Merit requirements. I’m conﬁdent the award Occupational Safety and Health Gold
Award for its Environmental Management will continue to inspire our employees to Award in 2002 as well as the Dow
Program by PETRONAS President and improve our overall HSE performance to Chemical Company Responsible Care
Chief Executive, YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ entrench OPTIMAL’s reputation as Award for Environmental, Health and
Mohd Hassan Marican at the recent a safe and reliable operator,” YM Tengku Safety Excellence during its project stage
PETRONAS Group HSE Forum 2003 in Mahamad said in relation to the award in 2002.
Kota Kinabalu. On hand to receive the presentation. With its priorities clearly in place,
award was OPTIMAL Deputy Chief For its proactive efforts in promoting OPTIMAL has proven itself a responsible
Executive Officer, YM Tengku Mahamad HSE excellence, OPTIMAL has been corporation, and one that’s permanently
Tengku Mahamut. accorded numerous awards in the past dedicated to health, safety and
The Forum, held on Monday, 28 July, which included the Malaysian Society for environmental considerations.
was aimed at sharing best practices and
experiences in HSE across the PETRONAS
Group apart from recognizing and
awarding OPUs and contractors for their “The award is a recognition of our
outstanding achievement in HSE commitment in environmental
management and performance. conservation as well as monitoring
In his keynote address at the Forum, program which are above regulatory
YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Mohd Hassan Marican requirements. I’m conﬁdent the
lauded OPTIMAL’s Environmental award will continue to inspire our
Management Plan, describing it as a employees to improve our overall
notable achievement indeed. HSE performance to entrench
“The award is a recognition of our OPTIMAL’s reputation as a safe
commitment in environmental and reliable operator.”
conservation as well as monitoring
program which are above regulatory YM Tengku Mahamad
4 EVENTS. OPTINEWS•AUGUST 2003
OPTIMAL Shares HSE Expertise with Local SMI
OPTIMAL recently signed a Memorandum “The participation of OPTIMAL in this
of Understanding with Gim Zam Plywood program is part of a key component of
Sdn Bhd (GZP) to mark the commencement our corporate social responsibility
of a Mentoring Program for the Small and initiative. As such, we are indeed pleased
Medium Industries (SMIs) initiated by the to be able to play a proactive role in
Department of Occupational Safety and supporting efforts initiated by DOSH to
Health (DOSH). enhance the overall occupational health,
The signing of the MoU was held on safety and environment standards of SMIs
Thursday, 29 May, at the DOSH office in Terengganu,” Albertus Visser said in
located at Wisma Persekutuan in Kuala relation to OPTIMAL’s participation in the
Terengganu. OPTIMAL was represented by Mentoring Program.
Let’s work together on the area of HSE.
Albertus Visser, HSE Manager whilst GZP “We laud DOSH’s initiative in this area
was represented by Mr. Teo Beng Jin, the hazards, industrial hygiene, electrical and and believe that all companies including
Finance Director. chemical safety, material handling and SMIs should strive to adopt the highest HSE
Under the program, OPTIMAL will storage, personal protective equipment standards for this will reduce and ultimately
share its expertise to enhance the overall (PPE) as well as environmental awareness. eliminate injuries at production sites,
Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) The effort will involve three to four trained minimize health risks amongst employees
standard of GZP. Scope of the one-year HSE personnel from OPTIMAL providing apart from promoting conservation of the
program will include understanding legal the necessary review, training as well as surrounding environment,” he concluded.
requirement, HSE management, workplace audit for GZP.
Marking a Presence in World Class Exhibitions
OPTIMAL took part in one of the
industry’s largest and most prestigious
events, “The World Gas Exhibition”,
which was held in conjunction with the
22nd World Gas Conference (WGC)
2003 in Tokyo, Japan recently.
The exhibition, held from 1 to 5 June,
witnessed an impressive participation
of 230 companies from 40 countries
showcasing the latest technologies and
products in energy and energy-related ﬁelds.
OPTIMAL’s participation, which was
jointly carried out with The Dow Chemical
Company and UOP, received very favorable
response from visitors throughout the
The OPTIMAL booth at the OGA exhibition.
duration of the exhibition. Items displayed
at the booth included posters on The Dow Center in Kuala Lumpur.
Chemical Company’s and OPTIMAL’s Gas The event, which was officiated by
Treating Solvents and Technical Services, as YB Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, Minister in
well as UOP’s Licensed Processes and state- the Prime Minister’s Department,
of-the-art Gas Processing Equipment. attracted more than 500 exhibitors from
Leading the OPTIMAL delegation at the 30 countries, making it a leading regional
WGC 2003 Exhibition was Jim Thomas, trade exhibition, speciﬁcally targeted at
OPTIMAL’s Business Manager for the oil, gas and petrochemical industry.
Staff responding to inquiries from visitors at the booth.
Performance Chemicals. Jim Thomas, who also led OPTIMAL’s
OPTIMAL continued to mark its participation in this exhibition said, “The competitive advantage, leading edge
presence in another widely anticipated exhibition provided an opportunity for us technology, plant facilities as well as
exhibition, the “Asian Oil, Gas & to enhance our proﬁle amongst key extensive product range.”
Petrochemical Engineering Exhibition” players in the global as well as regional The OPTIMAL booth drew overwhelming
(OGA) which was held from 14 to 17 July oil, gas and petrochemical industry. It response with more than 500 visitors
at the MINES International Exhibition also enabled us to highlight OPTIMAL’s throughout the four-day exhibition.
AUGUST 2003•OPTINEWS K N O W O U R D E PA R T M E N T S . 5
Che Noor Asmani bt Sallehhudin @ Nanni
behind her, Nanni has many challenge of getting things done and it
accomplishments under her belt. While at makes me proud when my efforts are
PETRONAS Carigali Peninsular Malaysia duly recognized.”
Operations (PM) Division for example, A mother of three, Nanni is a prime
she led the quality team in developing a example of a modern working woman
system in tracking documents within the who has to juggle the stressful demands
department which is currently being of her career and the needs of her family.
utilized by secretaries and assistants However, Nanni considers her career the
within the division. best example for her children. “They see
Experience coupled with me putting in countless hours to my job,
determination to excel has won her and in turn, they would give their best in
several awards including the PETRONAS their studies. Work is important to me but
Carigali’s Quality Movement for nothing is more important than my
Administration and Secretarial Team in family and my children. They are my
A PETRONAS secondee who joined Peninsular Malaysia Division. world and as a mother, I hope that my
OPTIMAL in 1999, Nanni is the At OPTIMAL, she assisted the children will excel in life.“
Administration Assistant to the CEO in administration section of the Company For OPTIMAL, she hopes that one day
addition to being the Secretariat for the before OPTIMAL was fully staffed with the the Company will emerge a giant
OPTIMAL Management Committee and current manpower. amongst players in the petrochemical
Board of Directors’ Meeting. When OPTINEWS asked Nanni what industry, following the greatness of its
With over 20 years of experience drives her, she said, “I am drawn to the parents, PETRONAS and Dow.
Company in 1996. setting principles enable her to juggle
At OPTIMAL, Anna, who has close to both worlds effectively.
18 years of experience, performs Like every other OPTIMAL employee,
secretarial and administrative duties for she hopes that the Company will achieve
the Deputy CEO as well as the General its vision. To her colleagues she said, “Our
Manager of Finance and Accounts. lives are ﬁlled with both predictable and
On why she is drawn to her unpredictable transitions. Our success at
profession, Anna said, “I believe I possess managing changes that we have
the right skills such as managing, experienced in the past will shed insights
planning and organizing. All these add on how we will manage future changes.
value to my work and allow me to carry Moving through a change is never smooth
on even during difficult times.“ for even the most welcoming and exciting
As a woman of the 21st century, Anna change demands some compromise. Let
balances two main responsibilities, as go of old habits and traditions and
A pioneer in OPTIMAL, Rohanna Hassan a wife and as a professional working embrace new behaviors and practices.
or fondly known as “Anna” is a woman. However, proper planning, Never be afraid of changes, these are
PETRONAS secondee who joined the effective time management and goal challenges which make life exciting.”
These are some guidelines worth reading to reduce the chances of you becoming a victim to ruthless criminals.
s Be aware of yourself and your s Muggers and rapists often play on s Your body is a powerful tool of
surroundings at all times. Talking on feminine sympathies. They stop women communication. Walk with your head
your mobile phone or listening to to ask for the time or directions as a up, swing your arms and look assertive.
headphones without paying attention ploy to lure them into dangerous s Experts counsel people to listen to their
to your surrounding, for example, situations. If someone like this instincts. Pay attention when your inner
makes you an easy prey. approaches you, be polite but keep alarm starts ringing – it could save
s Keep your distance when walking past moving. your life.
strangers on the street. s Do not reveal your address to strangers.
6 K N O W O U R D E PA R T M E N T S . OPTINEWS•AUGUST 2003
October 2002 is a historic date for the 86-strong personnel of In order to achieve these objectives, the Derivatives
the Derivatives Department for this is when its PEG/Ucon unit, Department has outlined four key elements:
the last among its seven units came on-stream, earning the s Responsible Care – this is measured through Vision Zero
department a “fully operational” status. and compliance with the Plant’s HSE requirements.
But this is just one of the many milestones which the
department has charted. Up to the historic date, the
s Operational Excellence – a continuous improvement in
department has put together an impressive resume. productivity, reliability, low cost to serve and quality.
It has, for example, produced the highest capacity of 108% s People Excellence – through excellent team work, high
at the Butyl Acetate unit in January 2003, while its Butyl Glycols workforce moral and career development.
unit recorded 113% in September 2002 and the Ethanolamines s Business Excellence – measured based on room for
unit recorded 111% in October 2002. business growth.
Headed by Ahmad Fadilah, a Dow-secondee, the Derivatives
Department plays an important role in the overall performance Guided by this, the Derivatives Department is conﬁdent that
of the Company. The total design capacity of the Derivatives it can realize the targets which it has outlined for year 2003:
Department is 270,000 tons per annum and it contributes s To clearly deﬁne roles and responsibilities for every single
about 19% of the total sales volume of the OPTIMAL Group personnel and align each of the individual’s goal with roles
of Companies. and responsibilities of the Plant’s MI Plan.
While adhering to the Group’s mission and vision, the s To put in place a Quality Improvement Plan – an effective,
Derivatives Department has set its own goal and vision, that is preventive and corrective action plan for every internal and
to portray an excellent performance in the manufacturing of customer event.
Derivatives, to manufacture derivatives chemicals safely at a low
cost and to exceed customers’ requirements in a constructive
s Zero loss time injury and asset capability improvement.
team environment by maximizing workforce potential.
Sitting from left: Dzulfakar Ismail, Suaimi Harun, Bryan Ralston, Raﬁz Hussain and Kiran Paranjpe. M Ariff Musa.
Standing from left: Arif Musa, Akhilesh Gangwar, Ashwini Pasricha and Roslan Mohamad.
From left: Simon Lawson, Andy Holman and Frank Baez. A Razak Ibrahim.
AUGUST 2003•OPTINEWS K N O W O U R D E PA R T M E N T S . 7
Head, Derivatives Department, OPTIMAL Group of Companies
It’s a constant challenge when faced empowerment stage-2. The plant has
with such responsibilities, says Ahmad, also maintained a highly commendable
yet it is something that he faces squarely track record of seven years without injury
and tries to overcome, tapping on his since start-up.
experience in the industry. Ahmad, whose philosophy of life and
Staying focussed, improving HSE work are “treat others with respect”,
performance in realizing the plant’s ‘Vision “instill positive thinking” and “have
Zero’ program, improving productivity, integrity and honesty” is married with
reducing cost and steering the department three young children.
towards high performance team effort are He spends quality time with his family
some of the day-to-day challenges which by swimming, listening to music and
he faces. And with the help of his young playing tennis together. As for living in
team who according to Ahmad, “put in a Malaysia, cultural similarities have helped
lot of effort to learn new things in enriching the family adjust quickly to the new
Demanding job responsibilities and their competencies”, he has persevered. environment.
daily challenges do not deter Ahmad With a Chemical Engineering degree To his young workforce at the
Fadilah from carrying out his job with from the Institute of Technology Derivatives Department, Ahmad has this
pride and determination. Bandung, Indonesia, Ahmad started his to say, “As a new organization, we have
A Dow-secondee with over 14 years career with a Polyesters Plant and an to continue our efforts in learning new
of experience, Ahmad Fadilah joined the Ammonia/Urea Plant based in Indonesia things in order to enrich our knowledge.
OPTIMAL Group of Companies in where he was the Production Supervisor In every activity you engage in, identify
November 2002 and is now responsible and Project Improvement Engineer. the end result or destination. You can
for the overall operations of the Following this, Ahmad then joined the then work backwards and formulate a
Derivatives Department. Dow Chemical Company based in plan to achieve your desired goal.
His responsibilities include continuously Indonesia as a Production Improvement “Let us stay focussed and work
improving the department’s HSE Engineer and then as its Operations together to exceed our customers’
performance; aligning the department’s Manager/Production Leader. In the demand and requirement. I encourage
goal to the plant’s goal as well as the 12 years that he assumed this role, you to be more open and express the
Company’s business strategy; and Ahmad chartered many accomplishments. many creative ideas that you have. But
providing administrative leadership role For example, Merak Emulsion Polymers again, bear in mind that respect and
for the department’s personnel, just to plant became the ﬁrst plant at Dow integrity should be considered every time
list a few. Emulsion globally to achieve formal a decision is being made.”
From left: Simon Lawson, Andy Holman, Ahmad Fadilah and Clint Towl in a staff meeting.
Standing from left: Zairul M Zaki and Anom Melati Ahmad.
Sitting from left: Har Khairil Azira Baharuddin and M Jazman
Romiza Jayanal. From left: Zuraine Azizan, Fadilah Mat Nor and Azrene Rizal.
8 EVENTS. OPTINEWS•AUGUST 2003
OPTIMAL Fetes Customers and
OPTIMAL recently hosted over 100 customers and business then transformed as the troupe performed a lively Malay ‘joget’
partners from around the region at its production facility in which had several sporting guests on the dance ﬂoor.
Kertih, Terengganu. The event kicked-off with guests arriving on The program continued the next morning with a familiarization
Wednesday, 27 August, at the Tanjung Jara Resort. They were visit to the Group’s production facility located within the
greeted with a warm Malaysian welcome and gifts including an PETRONAS Petroleum Industry Complex. On hand to greet the
exclusively designed batik shirt. A special souvenir in the form of entourage was Joe Achierno, Senior General Manager of Plant
OPTIMAL’s coffee-table-book which chronicles the Group’s who then gave a brieﬁng on safety procedures and guidelines at
historical journey was also presented to all the guests.
The inaugural OPTIMAL Day program began with a welcome
dinner at the Resort’s “Di-Atas Sungei” restaurant. In the relaxed
ambience, guests were treated to a scrumptious spread after
a brief note by the Senior General Manager of Commercial,
Ken Jewsbury. They were entertained with Terengganu’s famed
‘Ulek Mayang’ performance which depicts a traditional Medicine
Man performing rituals to cure the sick. The atmosphere was Memorable experience – Smiling faces at the site.
Attentive – Guests at a formal brieﬁng before the plant tour.
Staff explaining to their enthusiastic guests on the plant's operational process.
AUGUST 2003•OPTINEWS EVENTS. 9
Business Partners 27 – 28 August 2003
the site. This was followed by a presentation on the OPTIMAL challenging course were indeed a test of skill and endurance for
Group of Companies by Jim Fitterling, Chief Executive Officer. the golfers.
The group then toured the site where they were briefed on For the non-golfers, a brief visit at the Kuantan Handicraft
the operational process before stopping at the control room Centre provided an ideal opportunity to appreciate local
where they witnessed ﬁrst hand activities at the heart of craftsmanship apart from shopping for souvenirs. All in all, the
OPTIMAL’s world class integrated facility. inaugural OPTIMAL Day was indeed a memorable event as the
Then, it was time for some friendly competition as camaraderie and goodwill established would serve as a
approximately 60 golf enthusiasts headed for the Bukit Besi foundation for long term relationships with the people
Club for a round of golf. The heat, the competition and the OPTIMAL conducts its business with.
Friendly camaraderie at the welcome dinner.
Winners for the golf friendly receiving gifts from Ken Jewsbury
Guests enjoying the local spread. and Willie Tang, OPTIMAL's Sales Manager.
10 KNOW OUR PRODUCTS. OPTINEWS•AUGUST 2003
The Essential Ingredient in Our Everyday Life
Ethylene Glycol (EG) is actually a Wrinkle and stain resistance, strength strength of thin ﬁlm makes polyester ideal
common ingredient that can be found in and durability are enhanced when for manufacturing video, audio and
engine coolant and de-icing solutions for polyester is combined with natural ﬁbers computer tapes as well as various types
cars, airplanes and boats. It is used to to produce apparel, home furnishing of packaging material.
make polyester ﬁber and chip compounds, fabrics, carpeting and ﬁberﬁll. EG is produced by direct hydration of
and acts as solvents in the paint and Polyester’s strength is an asset in ethylene oxide. Smaller amounts of
plastic industries. industrial products such as tires, seat Diethylene Glycol (DEG) are also produced
It is also an ingredient in photographic belts, ﬂexible belts, rope and industrial in OPTIMAL’s EG process.
developing solutions, hydraulic brake ﬂuids fabric. Polyester containers are preferred OPTIMAL manufactures 385,000 tons
and inks used in stamp pads, ballpoint for packaging, soft drinks, food, personal of EG per annum, about 50-60% of
pens and print shops. care and other consumer products where which are exported annually, mainly to
Ethylene Glycol is one of the major raw its clarity, shatter resistance and recyclable South East Asian countries and China.
materials for the production of polyester traits are important. The largest and fastest growing market
resins – made through condensation of Special grades of resin are used to for EG is in Asia, speciﬁcally China,
ethylene glycol with dimethyl terephthalate produce dual-oven containers suitable for where total demand exceeds 3,000,000
or terephthalic acid. The use of these resins microwave or conventional ovens and MTPA. Pictured above are several end
in our daily lives is even more profound! thermal formed items such as cups. The applications of the product.
AUGUST 2003•OPTINEWS OPTIMAL CARES. 11
OPTIMAL Embarks on
School Adoption Program in Kertih
OPTIMAL officially launched its School Adoption Program with
Sekolah Kebangsaan Tebing Tembah (SKTT) in Kertih,
Terengganu on Friday, 15 August, to complement the
Government’s efforts in enhancing the educational performance
of students in rural areas.
The project, which is part of a bigger initiative led by Petroliam
Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS), is in line with OPTIMAL’s responsible
corporate citizenry agenda of strengthening ties with the local
community apart from playing a proactive role in enhancing their
The special guests arrive to a warm welcome by the students and staff of SKTT.
Present at the launch were Encik Samsuddin bin Said,
representing the District Education Officer of Dungun and one-year period include free tuition classes for critical subjects
YM Tengku Mahamad Tengku Mahamut, Deputy Chief such as English, Mathematics and Science; English enhancement
Executive Officer of OPTIMAL. classes for teachers; computer literacy program and IT system for
In his speech, YM Tengku Mahamad said, “As a responsible the school library; and beautiﬁcation of the school compound.
corporate citizen, OPTIMAL is committed towards bringing Over 50 of OPTIMAL’s staff will be involved in the program on a
value to the community in which it operates. As such, the voluntary basis.
School Adoption Program is our way of ensuring that In conjunction with the launch, more than 80 students from
underprivileged students in rural areas are provided with the Year 4, 5 and 6 received school bags courtesy of OPTIMAL.
necessary assistance to improve their academic performance Motivational talks were also held for parents as well as students
which in turn allows for access to higher education.” to highlight the importance of education as a foundation for a
Programs which will be carried out by OPTIMAL over a better future.
The official launching of the School Adoption Program. YM Tengku Mahamad giving a speech at the launch.
Among the students who received the school bags courtesy of OPTIMAL. Thank you, OPTIMAL!
12 TRAINING. OPTINEWS•AUGUST 2003
Expertise to Technical Students
The OPTIMAL Group of Companies
recently opened its doors to three
technical students from the Pahang Skills
Development Centre (PSDC) to start their
industrial training attachment at the
Company’s Maintenance Department.
The three-and-a-half month training,
which commenced on Tuesday, 1 July, is
part of a mandatory requirement for the A learning experience - Industrial Trainee Salmah Ahmad Salmah and fellow industrial trainee, Muhammad
students’ academic program that will obtains useful information on valve control from Sharani Hairynizam Muhd Taib working on several EO pressure
Nizam. release valves.
provide them with an opportunity to
combine their theoretical proﬁciency with involvement in the training program will who heads the training program said.
hands-on experience. It is an invaluable play a positive role in producing a group As part of an ongoing initiave, OPTIMAL
skill that will no doubt come in handy of highly competitive workforce to meet will receive the second batch of two
when they step-out into the real world. the growing needs of our country in the students from the German-Malaysian
“It is our hope that OPTIMAL’s future,” Encik Mohamad bin Hj. Abdullah Institute (GMI) later in September this year.
“Vision Zero” – The OPTIMAL Goal
The OPTIMAL Group of Companies has and will always They are:
continue to go the extra mile in ensuring the safety and health s Commitment by senior management
of its employees and conservation of the environment.
In demonstrating its commitment, “Vision Zero” was
s A culture creation work stream to develop the desired result
established in 2001 to reﬂect OPTIMAL’s goal in maintaining s Knowing that Responsible Care® is the foundation of
zero accidents, zero injuries and zero environmental harm in OPTIMAL’s culture
operating the plant. s Responsible Care® is everyone’s responsibility and part of
With the collective effort of its employees, OPTIMAL has every job
been successful in realizing this vision. Since commencing
operations in early 2002, OPTIMAL has successfully recorded
s Full compliance – on and off the job
6.5 million man-hours without LTI as at September 2003 s A commitment in training employees to learn how to work
whilst the YTD 2003 illness and injury rate is 0.09 per 200,000 safely and to operate processes without spills
man-hours. “Vision Zero” – Achieving HSE Excellence one day at a time,
In achieving further success with Vision Zero, OPTIMAL has everyday, today and tomorrow.
embedded a number of cultural elements in the area of HSE.
AUGUST 2003•OPTINEWS S TA F F N E W S . 13
NO. STAFF DEPARTMENT NAME OF CHILD BIRTH DATE
1 Md Ghazali Mat Soh Derivatives Muhamad Aﬁq Haikal 15.01.2003
2 Khairuddin b. Jaafar & Adibah Maintenance PMM Tihani Husna 05.02.2003
3 Tg. Farizal Tg. Ab Ghani Maintenance Nur Aﬁfah Maisarah 08.02.2003
4 Jamble b. Yusof Maintenance Nurin Ilyana Soﬁya 11.02.2003
5 Fadhilah bt. Mohd PMM Nurbaiti Jannati 17.02.2003
6 Che Samsulbahari Che Daud IT Muhammad Haziq Murshid 28.02.2003
7 Khalidah Najihah Kamarudin Maintenance Nur Aisyah Najwa 25.03.2003
8 Mahadi Othman Maintenance Mukhlis Naqiuddin 10.04.2003
9 Norhaslinda Karim PTS Azfarizzah Nurina 13.04.2003
10 A Rosli Arshad Maintenance Siti Maisarah 16.04.2003
11 Hussain Su PTS Nor Nadiah 17.04.2003
12 Yusnizam Azirul Yaacob IT Azizah Syahirah 18.04.2003
13 Fatimi Othman Maintenance Nurul Faizah 25.04.2003
14 Shanti Aznita Utilities Nurul Syaﬁqah 25.04.2003
15 Anuar b. Yahya Maintenance Muhammad Azam 06.05.2003
16 Norhalim Hassan Butanol Nur Batrisyia 10.05.2003
17 Zaharah Embong Maintenance Dhia Muhana 09.05.2003
18 Norma Mokhtar Oleﬁns Aina Sofea 15.05.2003
19 Hasnan Zam Butanol Hurin Hasana 21.05.2003
20 Ruslam Muhamad PMM Muhamad Daniel Faiz 28.05.2003
21 Kadrishah Abdullah Maintenance Damia Hidayah 04.06.2003
22 Unni Krishnan PMM Manesh 06.06.2003
23 Hazlind Ishak Commecial Muhammad Iman Danial 06.06.2003
24 Muhamad Shafudin Ismail Maintenance Muhamad Lutﬁl Hadi 08.06.2003
25 Muhamad Jamali M Saad Derivatives M Adib Naufal 09.06.2003
26 M Maulana Sulong Maintenance Nur Naimi Adriana 15.06.2003
27 Kamaruddin Karim PMM Nurul Izzah 25.06.2003
28 Mohd Izzam A Bakar Butanol Izz Haziq 27.06.2003
29 Ahmad Jumri Yusof Derivatives Adriana Juliana 12.07.2003
30 Ahmad Hisyamudin Mohamed Butanol Nur Nazurah 09.07.2003
31 Mohd Zaki Ismail Maintenance Muhamad Daniel Izudin 04.07.2003
32 Aznor Hardi Abd Aziz Maintenance Muhamad Harizad 15.07.2003
33 Zamri b. Mohamad HRA Mohd Aliwalid 18.07.2003
34 Amiruddin Abdullah Maintenance Muhammad Amir Danial 09.07.2003
35 M Yusrizal Yazid Oleﬁns Yasmeen Aﬁfah 24.07.2003
36 Engku Ahmad Shaiful Oleﬁns Engku Diene Ezzaf Elliana 06.08.2003
37 Suami Harun Derivatives M Ikram Hanis 18.08.2003
38 Anahar Abd Razak Lab Utilities Muhamad Asyraf 21.08.2003
39 Wan Mohd Rawi Wan Abd Mubin PTS Wan Nur Aﬁfah Ilyana 21.08.2003
40 Zuraine Azizan & Rosdy Jusoh Derivatives Harith Mukhriz 30.08.2003
NO. STAFF DEPARTMENT SPOUSE WEDDING DATE
1 Sukri Abd Ghani Utilities Mahani Ismail 08.05.2003
2 Zulfakha Zakaria MTNC Saadiah Busu Bakar 16.05.2003
3 Mohd Safarin Jabar MTNC Firdaus Kamaruddin 30.05.2003
4 Razib Mohamad Oleﬁns Ruzilawati Abd Rashid 21.05.2003
5 Mohd Soﬁan Oleﬁns W Haslinda W Mohamad 30.05.2003
6 Mohd Jilani MTNC Nuraida Bariah 31.05.2003
7 Wan Ahmad Azmi A Abd Ghani IT Norsyahida Mustafa 30.05.2003
8 Hasnol Mahaﬁz Derivatives Rushanisah Kamaruddin 10.06.2003
9 Yusof Othman Oleﬁns C Nor Asiah C Leh 01.06.2003
10 Zuraimi Othman MTNC Nur Syahidatul Kamarudin 07.06.2003
11 M Azhar A Ghani Butano Hasliza Hashim 11.07.2003
12 Zunaidi M Nor MTNC Norazura M Din 16.07.2003
13 M Fuad M Dasuki Oleﬁns Azriana Amran 25.07.2003
14. Malina Suhaiza TRN M Nawi Jambol 30.08.2003
15 Sharifah Azhar IT Mohd Zamani Yusof 31.08.2003
NO. STAFF DEPARTMENT FAMILY MEMBER LOST DATE
1 Hashim Abas Maintenance Othman Abas (Brother) 09.04.2003
2 Anihayati Oleﬁns M Jaafar (Father) 09.06.2003
3 Muhamad Reza Shawal Maintenance Hamzah Mamat (Father-in-Law) 07.07.2003
14 S P O R T S U P D AT E . OPTINEWS•AUGUST 2003
OPTIMAL Holds Annual Customer Golf Day
The Templer Park Golf Course in Kuala Lumpur was However, the ‘Iguana’ team comprising OPTIMAL’s Paul Fong
transformed into a bustling hive of activity on Thursday, from the Commercial Department together with teammates
17 April, as approximately 100 golf enthusiasts comprising TF Lee of Eastman Chemical Kuantan, SK Ng of TN Chemie
customers, suppliers, bankers as well as government authorities Sdn Bhd and Lau Hong Swee of HSBC Bank (KL) proved their
gathered in full force at OPTIMAL’s Annual Customer Golf Day. supremacy by scoring 7-under followed by team ‘Unicorn’. In
The Texas Scramble mode of play witnessed participation third place was team ‘Dragon’. Prizes were also presented to
of 13 golfers from OPTIMAL including Chief Executive Officer, winners of the Longest Drive, Nearest to Pin and Nearest to
Jim Fitterling and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, YM Tengku Line.
Mahamad Tengku Mahamut. Keen rivalry was indeed the order Overall, the excellent golf course, spectacular scenery
of the day as 25 teams pitted their skills and swings to win and ﬁne weather made it a memorable game indeed for
exciting prizes up for grabs. all participants.
One for the album...
Ken Jewsbury (in grey t-shirt), OPTIMAL’s Senior General Manager, Commercial, sharing a friendly banter with participants before the tee-off.
A speech by OPTIMAL’s CEO, Jim Fitterling. Participants having a good time...
AUGUST 2003•OPTINEWS S P O R T S U P D AT E . 15
Friendly Rivalry at Bowling Tournament
A friendly bowling tournament
between employees of OPTIMAL, which THE WINNERS
took place on Saturday, 16 August, at the INDIVIDUAL MEN CATEGORY
Premium Lane Kuantan, saw 75 1st Place: Noor Isham Yasin (Maintenance Dept.)
participants showing-off interesting and 2nd Place: Faizul Mamat (Derivatives Dept.)
at times hilarious skills in bowling! 3rd Place: Noordin Abu Bakar (Derivatives Dept.)
Dubbed the OPTIMAL Family Tour INDIVIDUAL WOMEN CATEGORY
2003, the tournament was organized 1st Place: Noorizam Johari (PMM Dept.)
by the OPTIMAL Bowling Club to “test” 2nd Place: Fatina Yusoff (ITS Dept.)
the skills of the Company’s staff in 3rd Place: Roziati Jamaluddin (EOG Dept.)
various categories including Individual
Veteran, Individual Ladies, Individual INDIVIDUAL VETERAN CATEGORY
Men and Couples. 1st Place: Raﬁz Hussin (Derivatives Dept.)
The tournament, which ended late in 2nd Place: Shari Malik (Butanol Dept.)
the afternoon, was indeed a fun-ﬁlled 3rd Place: Abd Maulud Ibrahim (HRA Dept.)
event, with a lot of boisterous cheering COUPLES CATEGORY
from the audience. It was also a platform 1st Place: Fernando Quinones (Oleﬁn Dept. with partner Yolanda Quinones)
that unveiled the hidden talents of many 2nd Place: M Yusri Abd Rahman (Utilities Dept. with partner Rizalniyati Abd Razak)
OPTIMAL employees. 3rd place: Azizi Sarudin (Maintenance Dept. with partner Mazlin Md Noor)
Prizes were presented by Fernando
Quinones for the Veteran’s Category,
Encik M Arshad Ahmad for the
Men’s Category, Dr. Dalilah (wife of
Encik Arshad) for the Women’s Category
and Encik Yacob Abdul Rahim, for the
Overall Best Players and Lucky Draws.
To the winners of the tournament…
congratulations! 3rd Prize Winner for the Couples Category – Fatina Yusoff receiving her prize for the Individual
Azizi Sarudin with partner, Mazlin. Women Category from Fernando Quinones.
Let’s hope it’s a strike – Yacob Hj. Abdul Rahim One for the family album – M Yusri and Rizalniyati. Smile! – A family outing indeed.
(foreground), Head of HRA Kertih.
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