SPKM: Pre-Posting Orientation Course for Home-Based Staff And Spouses 4/2016
The fourth series of the Pre-Posting Orientation Course for Home-Based Staff and Spouses under Sistem Pentadbiran Kerajaan Malaysia di Luar Negeri (SPKM) was held from 8 to 12 August 2016 at the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR). The course is designed for officers Grade 38 and below and tailored to increase the participants’ knowledge and skills in diplomacy and international relations as well as expose them to matters related to working at a Malaysian mission abroad.
Throughout the 5-day course, the participants were exposed to various topics on Malaysia’s Foreign Policy; Cross Cultural Awareness; Grooming and Social Etiquette; Consular Works at Mission as well as Administrative and Security Matters at Mission. They were also exposed to ways of understanding threats to national security as well as the importance of ethics and integrity in strengthening the officers’ credibility at Malaysian missions abroad. IDFR believes that through this special course, the officers will be fully equipped to perform their duties efficiently at the Malaysian missions abroad.
The short course was attended by 31 participants that comprised of government officers and their spouses. The officers were from various ministries and government agencies/departments such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Prime Minister’s Department, Tourism Malaysia, Royal Malaysian Police and Malaysian Nuclear Agency. Miss Hafizah Abdullah, Deputy Director, Centre for Leadership, Negotiation and Public Diplomacy, delivered the closing remarks and presented the certificates to the participants on the last day of the course.