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Conference Program

Tentative Programme for MyStats 2017
29 November 2017 (Wednesday), Sasana Kijang, Bank Negara Malaysia

“From Data to Knowledge:  The Journey”

Time Program


(Venue: Pre-Function Area, Conference Hall 1, Ground Floor)
(Venue: Pre-Function Area and Conference Hall 2, Lower Ground Floor)


Doa Recital

Opening address by:
YBhg. Dato’ Sri Dr. Mohd Uzir Mahidin
Chief Statistician, Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM)

Kick-off ISI WSC 2019
(Venue: Auditorium, Lower Ground Floor)


Group Photo for all
(Venue: Auditorium, Lower Ground Floor)
Coffee break and Career Fair visit by participants
(Venue: Pre-Function Area and Conference Hall 2, Lower Ground Floor)


Plenary Session:
(Venue: Auditorium, Lower Ground Floor)

Prof Dr Kamarulzaman Ibrahim
President, Malaysia Institute of Statistics (ISM)

Title: Statistics in the new cutting edge environment: Journey, opportunities and challenges

The rapid advancement in ICT and stronger demand for evident-based decision makings has set a new pace and standard for statisticians and compilers to deliver their mandates.  While the conventional statistics being compiled based on the traditional approach remain important and relevant, statisticians and compilers need to leverage on additional data generated from new sources, such as internet, telecommunications and social media, to complement the existing datasets to meet the increasing and changing demand of users.

This session provides an opportunity for the experts in the field of statistics to share their view and thought on the need for statisticians and compilers to embrace new sources of data and leverage on technology to improve delivery efficiency as well as discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with this journey of change.


1. Johan Mahmood Merican,
    Deputy Director General (Human Capital), Economic Planning Unit (EPU)

    Towards TN50 : Importance of Data

2. Mahinthan Joseph Mariasingham,
    Statistician and Project Officer, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

    Evidence Based Policymaking in the Big Data Era

3. Helen MacGillivray,
    President, International Statistical Institute (ISI)

    Learning for the future


Parallel Session 1(a), 1(b), 1(c), 1(d)
Compilation and usage of statistics for social economic analysis and development

Statistics play an important role in all aspects of our lives. Thus, the compilation of statistics, in particular relevant and credible statistics, is critical to facilitate our better understanding of the development and underlying issues which require actions or decisions as well as policy measures which are needed to further develop the social-economics of the country and enhance the well-being of the people.

These sessions will discuss the different areas of statistics, from the compilation to the applications, covering demographic, environmental, banking and finance as well as economy, to facilitate the participants’ understanding on data available, the challenges in the compilation as well as the applications of these data for analysis, research and decision makings.

Session 1(a): Statistics for sustainable social environmental development
(Venue: Training Room 3.3 & 3.4)
Zainuddin Ahmad
Senior Director, Services Division, DOSM


1. Gan Pek Chuan
    Programme Manager, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development, UNDP

    Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN)

2. Prof. Awang Noor Abd. Ghani
    President, Persatuan Ekonomi Alam Sekitar Malaysia

    Valuing Ecosystem Services as a Key Driver of Sustainable Development in Malaysia

3. Ahmad Kamal Wasis
    Deputy Director, Environmental and Natural Resources Section, Economic Planning Unit, Malaysia

    Statistics For Sustainable Social Environmental Development: SDG Case Study

4. Siti Salwaty Ab Kadir
    Statistician, Agriculture and Environment Statistics Division, DOSM

    SEEA as a Tool in Monitoring Sustainable Development

Session 1(b): Statistics for economic development and growth
(Venue: Training Room, 3.1 & 3.2)
Prof. Yeah Kim Leng
Director of Economic Studies Program, Sunway University


1. Alan Tan Chew Leong
    Chief Economist, Economic Research, Affin Hwang Capital

    Predictions of Economic Growth Prospects

2. Kristina Fong Siew Leng
    Economist, Financial Institutions, RAM Rating Services

    The Qualitative Balance

3. Mohd bin Atan
    Director of Economic and Policy Division, SME Corp. Malaysia
    SME Statistics in the New Era: SME Corp. Malaysia's Experience

4. Mohd Zahid Abdullah
    Senior Director of Services Sector Development, Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI)

    Data Requirements: MITI's Perspective

5. Maizatil Elina Abdul Hamid
    Statistician, Population & Demographic Statistics Division, DOSM

    Transforming Malaysia's Population and Housing Census 2020

Session 1(c): Statistics for financial sector development and stability
(Venue: Forum, Level 1)
Atiah Abd Razak
Deputy Director, Statistical Services Department, BNM


1. Jaruphan Wanitthanankun
    Assistant Director, Statistics and Data Management Department, Bank of Thailand

    Micro Data Usage Enhancement in Bank of Thailand

2. Mah Kam Lin
    Group Data Scientist, Malayan Banking Berhad

    Data: Does size matter?

3. Lim Kok Eng
    Deputy General Manager, Head, Analytics Department, Securities Commission

    Transferring Data into Intelligence

4. Mohd Fitri Md. Yusof
    Manager, Credit Unit, BNM

    Malaysia's Experience in Managing the Credit Registers

5. Dr. Lau Wee Yeap
    Senior Lecturer, Programme Coordinator, MAppStats Programme, Applied Statistics Faculty of Economics and
    Administration, University of Malaya

    Information flow between non-deliverable forward, spot and forward markets in Malaysian currency during the Pre and Post U.S. QE Exit

Session 1(d): Poster presentation
(Conference Hall 2)


Lunch Break (Conference Contributors and Participants)
(Venue: KMC Atrium & Conference Hall 1, Ground Floor)
Optional guided tour to MAG (13:15 - 14:00)


Parallel Session 2(a), 2(b), 2(c), 2(d):
Statistical standards, methodologies and applications in data management and usage

Data is a critical asset, and thus, statisticians and compilers need to adopt appropriate standard and governance to manage this asset, starting from sourcing to usage.  The credibility and reliability of data depends on how the data are being sourced and managed, while the quality of the analysis relies on the application of appropriate methodologies in the study or research.

These sessions will discuss the adoption of statistical standards and methodologies in the whole cycle of data management, starting from sourcing to the achieving, by the statisticians and compilers.  Meanwhile, the researchers or users could also share their insights on the methodologies adopted in their studies or researches, as well as the challenges associated.

Session 2(a): Statistical standard, methodology and application in data management and usage
(Venue: Training Room, 3.1 & 3.2)
Dr. Norshahida Shaadan
Malaysia Institute of Statistics (ISM)


1. Julia Goh Mei Ling
    Senior VP Economics Research Global Markets, United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Berhad

    From Data to Insights

2. Ili Sarah Aspar
    Manager, Data Governance & ISS Enhancement, BNM

    Enterprise Data Governance Policies, Processes and Procedures

3. Maslina Samsudin
    Deputy Director, Department of Statistics Malaysia, State Office of Perak

    Healthcare Expenditure of the Ageing Population in Perak

4. Dr. Gan Siew Lee
    Teacher, Department of Mathematics, Austin Heights Private & International Schools

    Network Topology of Economic Sectors

5. Dr Jafri Mohd Rohani
    Coordinator of Industrial Engineering, Department of Materials, Manufacturing & Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical
    Engineering, University of Technology, Malaysia

    The Influence of Hard and Soft Aspect of Quality Management on Safety Performance at Wood Based Furniture Industry

Session 2(b): Statistical standard, methodology and application in data management and usage
(Venue: MAG Theatrette, Ground Floor)
Dr. Yong Zulina Zubairi
Malaysia Institute of Statistics (ISM)


1. Maman Abdurachman Djauhari
    Professor of Statistics, Director, The Bandung Statistical Institute, Centre for Research in Statistics and Data Analysis,
    Tjahaja Bina Statistika Indonesia

    Optimal Filter to Analyze the Topological Network of Stocks Market

2. Nurkhairany Amyra Mokhtar
    National Defence University of Malaysia

    Outlier Detection Method using Covratio Statistics for Wind Direction Data with the Unreplicated Linear Functional Relationship Model and
    Equal Error Concentration Parameters

3. Prof. Madya Dr. Wan Zawiah Wan Zin
    Associate Professor Dr, Center of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

    Gender Inequality in terms of Income Received: A Case Study on Single Head of Household

4. Norhaidah Mohd Asrah
    Lecturer, Mathematics and Statistics, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn

    The Most Important Centrality Measures of PLUS Highway Traffic Network: Introducing Effective Vector Variance

5. Dr. Jason Ng Wei Jian
    Senior Lecturer, Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics, Monash University

    Measuring Housing Affordability In An Emerging Market: The Lifetime Income Approach

Session 2(c): Statistical standard, methodology and application in data management and usage
(Venue: Training Room 3.3 & 3.4)
Prof. Dr. Azami Zaharim
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia


1. Ying-Yin Koay
    Lecturer, Economics, University Tunku Abdul Rahman

    The Easterlin's paradox revisited: the role of incentive oriented fairness

2. Dr. Rossita M.Yunus
    Senior Lecturer, Institute of Mathematical Science, University of Malaya

    A probability distributional-based approach to impute missing values in hourly PM10 concentration

3. Dr. Siti Fatimah Hassan
    Senior Lecturer, Mathematics Division, Centre for Foundation Studies in Science ,University of Malaya

   Estimation of Confidence Intervals for Concentration Parameter in Von Mises Distribution Using A New Statistic Based on Circular Distance

4. Norhafizah Moslim
    University of Pahang

    In Approximate Distributions for Circular Variables

Session 2(d): Statistical Session between Young Statisticians and Analysts
(Venue: Forum, Level 1)
Theme: The emergence of Big Data/data science and what it means to statisticians and analysts
The emergence of Big Data requires different skillsets and approaches to source data as well as the applications of these data for analysis, surveillance, research and decision makings.  This session provides opportunity for young statisticians, including students and practitioners in their early career, and analysts to discuss the future direction of statistics, challenges and opportunities, and share their experiences in dealing with new sources of data, particularly the Big Data.

Toh Hock Chai, Director
Director, Statistical Services Department, BNM, and
Helen MacGillivray
President, International Statistical Institute (ISI)

1. Michelle Chia
    Head of Economics Research, Research and Economics, CIMB Investment Bank

2. Ahmad Sauqi Haris, DOSM

3. Khairul Nazran Kamarulnizam
    Associate Analyst, Statistical Services, BNM

4. Razik Ridzuan B. Mohd Tajuddin
    School Of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty Of Science & Technology, University Kebangsaan Malaysia

5. Dr Adilah Abdul Ghapor
    Senior Lecturer, Applied Statistics, Faculty of Economics and Administration, Universiti Malaya



Panel Discussion:
From Data to Knowledge: What Needs to be Done in the Big Data Era?

(Venue: Auditorium, Lower Ground Floor)
As a concluding session for compilers and users to discuss and call for actions to improve the data to be collected in the Big Data era, and enhance their usage, leveraging on data science and analytics, for better decision makings.

YBhg. Dato' Sri Dr. Mohd Uzir Mahidin, Chief Statistician, DOSM

1. Emiritus Professor Dr. Zakariah bin Abdul Rashid
    Executive Director, Malaysia Institute Economics Research (MIER)

2. Mahinthan Joseph Mariasingham
    Statistician and Project Officer, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

3. Ada Van Krimpen
    Director of Permanent Office, International Statistical Institute (ISI)

4. Sheikh Manzoor Ghani
    Executive Director, Operations, SAS Malaysia



Closing Remarks
YBrs. Tn. Haji Azahari Bin Mohd Raslan,
Deputy Chief Statistician, DOSM

(Venue: Auditorium, Lower Ground Floor)


(Venue: Pre-Function Area and Conference Hall 2, Lower Ground Floor)