Dato’ Ts Abd Radzak Abd Malek appointed International President of CILT
On the 1st of January 2020, Sir Peter Hendy stepped down, and Dato’
Ts Abd Radzak Abd Malek became International President of CILT,
beginning a two year tenure that will run until the end of 2022. A long
serving member of CILT Malaysia, and a veteran of the logistics
industry, Dato’ Radzak will focus on a policy of ‘everyone matters’,
working to build influence with governments and state organisations,
whilst ensuring we remain open and inclusive, ‘ready to listen, and to
understand difference, ready engage locally, as well as globally’.
Speaking about his objectives whilst in office, Dato’ Radzak observed
that the ‘Institute stands on the verge of a new era. In previous
decades, the rapid globalisation of the world economy has changed the
nature of our industry. Over one third of all goods produced in the
world are now traded across borders, and many services from banking and
finance, to education and training have become international
He also touched on the responsibilities of our Institute, and our
industry, particularly in light of the challenges posed by changing
political and economic orthodoxies, and a changing climate. ‘I can say
with all confidence that the movement of goods and people is of great
societal benefit, and a key part of the development and security of all
nations. As such, we the members of CILT, have a responsibility, and a
privileged role to play in the future of our planet and our species.
Sustainability, and the green agenda is not a phase, and we must be
prepared to play our part creating a greener future for all’.
The provision of accessible and high quality education is a key
mission of the Institute, and Dato’ Radzak will seek to build on the
Institute’s educational programming, and look to the use of new
technologies to ensure students and industry professionals alike ‘have
access to the knowledge they need in the format they need’.
Speaking about the appointment, Dr Dorothy Chan, former CILT
International President backed Dato’ Radzak to succeed. ‘I give my full
support to Dato’ Radzak’s appointment as CILT International President.
He has been a strong leader for CILT Malaysia, which is growing fast,
and through his commitment and vision will, I am sure, lead CILT to even
greater things. He is a strong supporter of the interests of Young
Professionals, and under his Presidency CILT Malaysia was among the
first to form a Women in Logistics and Transport (WiLAT) Chapter. Since
then he has given unwavering support to WiLAT activities, which fully
demonstrates his commitment to equality in our industry. He is a
respected member of CILT and a good friend of mine’.
These sentiments were further echoed by Trevor Hall, Managing
Director of Road Safety Support, UK who said ‘I really do wish you well
in your new position, and look forward to engaging with you over the
next two years and offering any support I can’.
Born in Kampong Gunung Mesah Hilir, Gopeng, a village in Perak state,
Dato’ Radzak started his 37-year career in logistics in 1972 as a
Railway Station Master with Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB), the
Malaysian national rail carrier. After obtaining a BA (Hons) from the
Malaysian Science University (USM), Dato’ Radzak continued his journey
with KTMB, culminating in his appointment as Managing Director in 2007.
A member of CILT for 19 years, Dato’ Radzak joined in 2001, rising to
become President of CILT Malaysia in 2004, a role he continued until
stepping down in 2008. In 2010, Dato’ Radzak was re-electe