Pre-Posting Orientation Course for Home-Based Staff and Spouses 2/2014 under The Sistem Pentadbiran Kerajaan Malaysia di Luar Negara (SPKM)
The second series of the Pre-Posting Orientation Course for Home-based Staff and Spouses under the Sistem Pentadbiran Kerajaan di Luar Negara (SPKM) was successfully conducted from 7 until 11 April 2014. This course which was meant for civil services officers graded 38 and below, was attended by eighteen (18) participants from various ministries and government agencies namely Ministry of Education, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Immigration Department and Tourism Malaysia.
The main objectives of the course are to increase the participants’ knowledge and skills in diplomacy and international relations, expose participants to matters related to the working at mission and to instill spirit de corps among the participants for effective performance in fulfilling their duties and responsibilities as representatives of the country. In addition, the course also exposes and prepares the participants’ spouses of their varied functions and responsibilities.
The five-day course included interactive lectures and group discussions.. Among the topics discussed were Financial Management at Mission, Protocol and Consular Matters at Mission, Grooming and Social Etiquette, Fine Dining Etiquette, Role of Spouses at Mission, Standard Operating Procedure in Humanitarian Crisis, Cross Cultural Awareness and Communication and Cooking Demonstration.
Reported by: Azmah Mahmud