Miri Port Authority (MPA) has continuously implemented quality improvement programs to enhance and improve its services delivery system.

Recently MPA has achieved another milestone in its pursuit towards quality management it won the Chief Secretary Ministry of Finance Quality Award (AKKSUKK) 2005. The Award is given yearly to government agencies which have demonstrated excellence in their financial management based on the six – set criteria.

The objectives of the AKKSUKK comprised the following:-

a)      To instill and further enhance accountability on financial management in public sector;

b)      To give formal recognition to government agencies who have shown excellence in financial management; and

c)      To provide publicity relating to successful management strategies and encourage healthy competition among government agencies towards the improvement of financial management and practices.

Since 2004, MPA had participated in this quality award (AKKSUKK) and for both years it had been short listed as one of the five finalists.

miri-1This year’s award presentation ceremony was held at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre on 2nd December 2005. MPA emerged winner of the AKKSUKK 2005. The General Manager of MPA, Shebli bin Hairani received the award from Dato’ Sri Izzudin Dali, Secretary General of Treasury. MPA received cash prize of RM9,000.00, a trophy and certificate.

MPA was among the five finalists which had fulfilled all the requirements for the Award. The overall assessment was judged by AKKSUKK’s panel on 26th – 27th September 2005. The six criteria set for the evaluation are as follows:-

1)      Achievement of Financial Management Performance;

2)      Management of Revenue and Expenditure;

3)      Management of Assets and Inventory;

4)      Reporting and Monitoring System;

5)      Efforts and initiatives towards the improvement of the quality on financial management; and

6)      Management of Budget.

MPA is the first government agency in Sarawak to have won this prestigious award.

Beside the AKKSUKK 2005 award, MPA had also received the Sarawak’s State Secretary Quality Award in 1998. In addition, MPA was the first state agency and government port operators in Malaysia to have been certified with MS 9001:1994 standards in 1997, and had successfully converted the quality system standards to MS ISO 9001:2000 version in 2003.

In early 2005, MPA had launched the Integrated Port Management System (IPMS) which enables business transaction to be done electronically.

In early 2005, MPA has created another milestone for having successfully achieved the OHSAS 18001:1999 Safety Management System Certification by SIRIM International Sdn Bhd. With the Certification of its Safety Management System, MPA had achieved its prime objective of making the port operations to be system-driven.

Such initiatives augurs well with the need to provide excellent service with high safety standards demanded in maritime and oil & gas related industries. These industrial sectors are critical to MPA operations as these industrial sectors are critical to MPA operations as these sectors are major contributors to MPA’s revenue income.

By: Miri Port Authority

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