Two Malaysian millers have been recognised for their outstanding results after completing the worldwide distance learning programme run by UK Flour Millers.
Senior production engineers Yasmin Sholikhin, 29, and 28-year-old Cheang Jia Man were awarded silver and bronze medals respectively.
The pair, who work at the Malayan Flour Mills (MFM) plant in Johor State, successfully completed all seven modules over the course of five years and were presented with their medals by the firm’s managing director Teh Wee Chye earlier this month.
And both said the programme – which covers all aspects of the milling industry – will stand them in good stead for long and successful careers.
“Even though we are thousands of miles away, UK Flour Millers’ distance learning programme has allowed us to learn about sectors of the industry we don’t come across in our current roles,”
said Yasmin, who has been with MFM for seven years. “It is a wonderful resource and I think everyone should think about taking part.”
And Cheang said: “It is hard work, but the programme is very informative and tutors are very helpful. I am planning to travel to work in our plants in Indonesia and Vietnam, and this will help me a great deal.”
MFM is regarded as a pioneer in the flour milling industry in Malaysia. When the Perak plant was opened in 1966, the country’s prime minister described it as the “pride of the nation”.
Designed and fitted by English company Henry Simon Ltd, the plant is located on a natural deep water harbour, allowing deliveries of wheat from all over the world.
Plant manager Jimmy Okristian said: “We are all extremely proud of what Yasmin and Cheang have achieved through their hard work. They are a wonderful advertisement for the flour milling industry in Malaysia.”