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Client Testimonials


The 3-day workshop conducted by Muhar was very practical and timely as we grow A&W to become one of the top QSR brands in Malaysia. Our leaders now appreciate that LEAN is not just a management strategy but a long term thinking and culture we have to ingrain in the organization.

George Ang, A&W Malaysia CEO

Malaysia Productivity Corporation

Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) has introduced the LEAN Roadmap in our efforts towards increasing the competitiveness of organisations hence the nation. Lean thinking and methodology can be applied in all industries. It would definitely enhance productivity and profitability of the implementing organisations to further strengthen their competitiveness.

The Lean Thinking adopted by the Muhar & Associates, whom is one of MPC Lean partners had implemented Lean methodology at selected organizations under MPC’s Enterprise Innovation Intervention Programme. The systematic and structured approach enables organisation to immediately apply what they learned to solve real issues on the shop floor and office. This approach also allows the organisation team members to be more probing and engaging under the guidance of the Facilitator as they encounter challenges at their workplace.

Dato' Mohd Razali Hussain, Director General

Signature Manufacturing Sdn Bhd

It has been a pleasant journey for Signature Manufacturing Sdn Bhd to work alongside with Lean Management Academy in educating, guiding and executing the above program with our employees from various functions. Your commitment has shown exemplary professionalism and dedication in executing the activities according to the timeline.

We would like to express our appreciation to Lean Management Academy for successfully navigating us with positive progress throughout the four (4) months, commencing December 2018.  

En Muhar had patiently kept my team engaged throughout the program and the incremental changes in our processes contributed meaningful learnings to my team in improving efficiency and quality to our output.

It was a great pleasure to collaborate with Lean Management Academy which had responded prompt to most our demands.  

We look forward to more opportunities to work with Lean Management Academy again in future.

Thank you.

Tan Kee Choong, Group Managing Director

Soon Her Sing Industries (M) Sdn. Bhd

First and foremost, we, thank you Lean Management Academy in coaching us for the LEAN manufacturing implementation throughout the four months period, commencing December 2018. We appreciate the efforts and approach of the experienced consultant, Encik Muhar, for his wonderful way of guiding us to implement LEAN management in our company. Whenever issues aroused, Encik Muhar unperturbed way of handle those problems gave us a boost and confidence to manage it better the very next time.

We have gained so many benefits from the LEAN manufacturing implementation. One of the biggest benefits we gained is on the transparency of data sharing among all the employees, even our foreign workers. Subsequently, this has enhanced the work effectiveness and efficiency.

LEAN manufacturing is a series of methods designed to minimize the waste of material and labor while maintaining or increasing levels of production. It is about eliminating that which does not add value and delivering the best possible product to the customer as quickly and with a few barriers as possible.  

I would like to recommend any company in Malaysia to go for LEAN management. It is rather important to engage an experienced consultant like Encik Muhar for its implementation. His persistent, flexibility, patience, knowledge, approach and touch to all the participants during the training has given a very good positive impact on the entire team for a full commitment to go for LEAN!

It was, indeed, a great pleasure to collaborate with Encik Muhar and his team which had responded timely and professionally to all our questions. His assistant, Chin Leng has also a dynamic young man who always there to assist when questions aroused. Last but not least, we look forward to working with Encik Muhar and his team again soon in the near future.

Our very special THANK YOU once again to Lean Management Academy!

Madam SL Lim, General Manager

Berjayapak Sdn Bhd

Our Lean Journey has been action-packed and remarkable. The highest authority in the company has been given a mandate that he/she is responsible to render commitment and support and create positive environment for its workers to implement Lean Management.

In the initial stage of Value Stream Mapping (VSM) session we learned technique to document, analyse and improve flow of information, process and materials. In doing so it helps us to understand our current stage; and from there the Lean methodology provides us a vision to plan and connect all improvement activities and eliminate waste. We gain an insight view to identify waste, reduce process cycle time and implement process improvement.

After 5 months of journey, we came to understand why Muhar & Associates has been selected by MTIB as one of its selected consulting firm to assist MTIB towards Lean Journeys for Malaysia SMEs Timber Entrepreneurs. Muhar & Associates effectively coached every participant to deliver results. The master taught my people how to fish, that’s very important. The commitment given to develop my people was strong.

Though it was action packed but none of us was left behind and feeling exhausted. We gained from the guru not only a valuable skill but a renewed strong mind-set to push for greater results.

Ooi Lay Pheng, CEO

Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB)

Lean Management Culture has brought a new dimension to Malaysia SMEs Timber Entrepreneurs, in particular “Bumiputera” entrepreneurs in the area of WASTE Elimination, Increasing Productivity and Competitiveness of an Organization. Muhar & Associates Sdn Bhd is one of the selected consulting companies that have been selected to assist MTIB towards Lean Journeys for Malaysia SMEs Timber Entrepreneurs.

They have coached two of MTIB selected SMEs in 2014. It is a four months program from initial training to introduce Lean Methodologies followed by monthly consultancy to hand hold the implementation of the kaizen blitz that has been identified by the team during the Value Stream Mapping (VSM) process. VSM is one of the primary lean tools that were used besides others, i.e. Ishikawa Diagram, Whys’ Whys’ and as simple as spreadsheet.

From the results, it has clearly shown that the companies are able to remove waste tremendously and obtained savings from the Lean initiatives. If your companies are willing to embrace the challenge and go after the benefits and returns generated by the proper implementation of the Toyota Production System AKA Lean Management, then Muhar & Associates Sdn Bhd is the right choice for your company.

Noor Laila Mohammad Halip, Deputy Director-General

CT Engineering & Construction Sdn Bhd Kawasan Perindustrian Pasir Gudang Johor

C.T. Engineering & Construction Sdn. Bhd. was incorporated in November 1996, formerly known as C.T. Engineering & Construction established in 1991. CT has grown to be a reliable and reputable player in the construction industry and proven a successful track record ranging from industrial buildings, oil & gas industry, material handling, and installation of machinery. As like all other companies, we need to grow and develop our team. CT Engineering & Construction Sdn Bhd has decided to embark into Lean Construction as part of our “Company’s Learning Growth.”

Lean Thinking has provided us a new paradigm to move from a ‘GOOD’ to a ‘GREAT’ organizations. The biggest waste in construction industries is ‘waiting’, so we learned lean construction methodology called The Last Planner System (LPS), same thinking as pull planning in manufacturing. We are very clear NOW that LPS is a system change and an integral part of the overall lean transformation of a project or an enterprise. The Last Planner System and its goal of reliable workflow, understand that LPS requires new thinking and new behavior from top managers and participants, and aware of how LPS can eliminate waste in our process.

Muhar & Associates has been really supportive in many aspects of our lean journey. The Principal Consultant has all the qualities required of a professional lean leader - perseverance, integrity, goal-setting, approachable, empathy and most importantly, Muhar is passionate about getting lean works in the corporate world!

Wong Chee Sang, Project Director

United Woodwork & Construction (M) Sdn Bhd

United Woodwork & Construction (M) Sdn. Bhd. Was established in 1979, we supply Solid Nyatoh wood furniture. We started our Lean Management in September 2017 and our last presentation was made it January 2018. After undergoing VSM Transformation plan we have better understanding about Lean Management, our production have more space, reduce time for transportation, shorter time to look for tools and Jig. Reduce waiting time and productivity increase.

We appreciate very much Mr Muhar provide effective and interesting training through activity, games, group discussion to let our team see the problems and find out solution to solve the problems, in order to ensure continuous improvement for better future of our company.

Mah Kong Yeow, Managing Director

Jemaramas Jaya Sdn Bhd

It has been a pleasant journey for Jemaramas to work alongside with Lean Management Academy in educating, guiding and executing the above program with our employees.

Special thanks to En Muhar for your dedicated support and guidance throughout project. I realised that Lean is 50 % about tools & 50 % about mindset. It takes tools and systems to create results and business impact. Both are required to reach operation excellence. It takes a Culture of Excellence (mind-set & behaviours) to achieve and sustain results.

Throughout the program, we do encounter obstacle but we brainstorm and do it as a team to overcome the problems. I hope the company will continue to practice “Kaizen” to sustain Lean and embrace the ideas and develop a participative, team-based approach.

As we look at the road ahead, let us remember the famous proverb: "If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."

We look forward to more opportunities to work with Lean Management Academy again in future.

Mr Adam Law, Executive Director

Melaka Chief Minister’s Department

Melaka State Government always striving for better governance in order to achieve “People First, Performance Now” principle. We have been awarded a Developed State status in 2010 by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) using 32 OECD well established indicators.

Jabatan Ketua Menteri Melaka (JKMM) is the main prime mover for Melaka State Government which responsibility is to plan and execute the development of Melaka in order to become high-income state, city state, and green city with aim to give our best possible service to people. JKMM by its own accord has been awarded Five-Star Rating organisation by Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) in 2011 and 2013. We never rest our laurels despite our fine achievements. Instead, we are focusing on improving our services towards public by initiating improvement actions through Lean Management Initiatives. Muhar & Associates has contributed a lot of Lean Input during our magnificent Lean Journey.

We managed to complete three projects together, and one of the projects has been selected to join MPC Creanova Lean 2015. These projects have created positive impacts towards our organization. What matters most are the smiling faces of the people who have directly been impacted due to the success of the projects! Our Lean Journey with the help of Muhar & Associates has been a worthwhile knowledge-gaining experience, and we are grateful to be the chosen one. Now, we can look forwards knowing our Lean Management Initiatives that was derived from Muhar & Associates’ Lean Thinking Approach will drive us to achieve better things for the organization and public in the future. Furthermore, we do believe Muhar & Associates is a very able Lean partner for others too.

Mdm Maslina binti Baki, Undersecretary Human Resources Management Division

Terreal Malaysia Sdn Bhd Kluang, Johor

TERREAL was created in 2000 after the merger of 3 French brick and tile manufacturers – Lambert, TBF, and Guiraud. TERREAL also groups together prestigious international brands such as Ludowici (USA), San Marco (Italy) and Cabezon (Spain). Terreal Malaysia (previously known as TBF Malaysia, established in 1990) was established in Kluang in 1996, strategically located at the gateway of most Asian markets. Terreal Malaysia has developed a line of tiles with warm tones very appreciated in the Asia-pacific region.

Terreal Malaysia management team was exposed to Lean thinking in late June 2015. The training itself was well structured and gave us the opportunity to exercise in practical cases. When our customers talk about lean manufacturing, we had better understand what exactly they are talking about. Although we are working within an industry where people think that it is impossible to achieve an increase in productivity, we all were really impressed by the potential positive effects if we were to implement some aspects we learned during the training, in particular, the understanding of Value Stream Mapping (VSM).

We are very convinced that Terreal Lean Transformation is soon to be a reality! ”I really enjoyed the training. I think the way in which Muhar present is engaging. I’ve been on training whereby the afternoon, you’re fighting to stay awake but in this training, I felt alert and engaged all the way through.

Franc Molto, Industrial Director

Reliable Trend Sdn Bhd

First and foremost, we thank you Lean Management Academy in coaching us for the LEAN Management implementation throughout the four months period, commencing October 2019. We appreciated the efforts and approach of the experienced consultant, Encik Muhar of guiding us to implement in our company.

RELIABLE TREND embarked on Lean Management toward continuous improvement as a long term commitment and strategy to begin the best in our company. A Lean Journey was done the gauge the level of Lean Culture & Practies within the organisation and observed that we have done much room for Improvement. There was strong commitment from all levels to make things Good, Better & Best.

With the commitment, Our Top Management whole-heartedly supported this leap of Faith for betterment of Reliable Trend.

Our very speial Thank You to Lean Management Academy and looking forward more opportunities  work together again.

Mr. Nigel Chan, Director

C. K. Ban Soon Lee Ind. Sdn Bhd N. T. Soon Lee Furniture Ind. Sdn Bhd Penang

Mr. Muhar has helped us to develop an improvement roadmap for our organization and has been instrumental in leading our culture change. Through those activities such as value stream mapping (VSM), process analysis, layout enhancement, pull system and other useful tools, we are able to strengthen our production with better structured problem solving skills.

What we had achieve throughout the lean journey is more than what we expected in the beginning and we are very satisfied with the final outcomes. If there is anyone desire about improve his or her organization, Muhar & Associates will be a great partner.

Ch'ng Cheng Hai, Managing Director

Dee Noon Corporation Sdn Bhd Sungai Jawi, Penang

Dee Noon Corporation was established on May 2006. This is the first time the company has been exposed to the LEAN Program that was led by En. Muhar from Muhar & Associates through MTIB. The LEAN program helps to enhance the competitiveness of the company and it is applicable in all industries: Any problem can be traced back to a source, if we are unable to find the source of a problem, we will never be able to solve that problem.

En. Muhar has taught us a very important lesson which is how to identify the source of problem and how to start working towards solving the problem. “After the MTIB LEAN Program, my company has improved in terms of cost saving. As there are already improvements taking place, I know that there is still room for more improvement elsewhere. I really appreciate what this program has done for my company.”

Mr Kang Lean Hiang, Managing Director

Golden Aero Wooden Manufacturing Sdn Bhd

En Muhar from Muhar & Associates Sdn Bhd has successfully managed to change our organisation in almost all areas including our working culture and environment through the Lean Management concept. Our company has learned a lot from his valuable experiences and knowledge.

The most important aspect of his coaching and training approach is that he has been able to identify the real problems and challenges of this company and has provided the right directions and practical solutions to overcome the problems. With his helpful and dedicated approach, our company’s workers are able to understand well as well as to implement the concept and practise of Lean Management.

Mr Ooi Teng Hai, Managing Director

V Max Furniture Sdn. Bhd., Muar, Johor

I would like to thank to En Muhar for letting us solve the problems that the company has faced for so many years. Last time, our boss went for so many training workshops and courses in order to solve production problems. We had spent so much time and money to improve our company operation. Although our company documentation system had changed so frequently, the results was still unstatisfied and ineffective. The management had meeting regularly, from once a week until change to daily meeting. However, we still always failed to ship our products to customers on time.

The things has changed after the two days Lean Management program by Mr Muhar, we sucessfully reduce our quality issues and also reduce our shipment delays problem. Today, all of us know the importance of 5S (cleaniness and neatness of a factory), we can search and get our tools and materials within a short time, which able to help us reduce non value activities in our factory. Mr. Muhar is a very experience facilitator. He can knows immediately what is the right ‘medicine’ to cure our ‘painpoint’. I sincerely feel that Lean is a very powerful and great system, especially for manufacturers like us.

Ivy Lee, Director

Meranti Furniture Sdn Bhd Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor

Meranti Furniture Sdn. Bhd. was established back in 1989 and actively involves in the supply of highly elegant and quality furniture. We are also in the design and installation of interior works to meet the demand and needs of our clients. We started our Lean journey in Oct 2014, and our last presentation was made in Jan 2015.

After undergoing VSM Transformation Plan, we have:

  1. Reduced wastage of raw materials by almost 50

  2. Improve Manpower utilization by reducing waiting time.

  3. We have created motivated employees.

  4. Kaizen system enables improvement done by each department and employees.

We have been very impressed with the quality and the depth of knowledge Muhar has brought to Meranti’s Lean Journey. His passion for the subject matter was clearly appreciated by the team leading to many successful kaizen initiatives.

Dato' Md Pishal Ab Raub & En Umar Dato' Md Pishal,

Managing Director & General Manager

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