Nautical

Lee Ghim Teck
Director of Training and Education
“From meeting my wife for the first time and witnessing the birth of my children, to training young cadets at sea, I now understand that life is just a cycle of obtaining and imparting knowledge, where each challenge and obstacle should be treated as a learning experience of learned, unlearned and relearned.

The best thing is, learning works in both directions. One of my most memorable moments was being able to help a student pass his oral examination while I was cruising over the coast of Penang. After receiving the good news that he passed the exam, I knew this was the career for me.

The satisfaction I get from overcoming a challenge and exploring the new frontier (especially in MET) is one I cannot fully describe in words. ”
Captain David S Rajan
Head of Nautical Studies
“In life, it is never too ‘difficult’ because I believe that with just the right amount of initiative, assertiveness and discipline, wonders can happen! I still remember the adrenaline rush when the Board approved ALAM’s first Competency Assessment Scheme (ACAS). There is nothing more gratifying than making sure our cadets become the best that they can be.

Over the years, the open sea has taught me many things, amongst which, how to appreciate life in a different dimension and the beauty of silence…”
Capt. Sivanandan A/L Vivekanandan
Senior Lecturer
“A strong character comes from within; where discipline and hard work all come into play and shape the person you grow to be. Actions speak louder than words, and this is the mantra that I live by, so much so, that I am part of a group called “Walk the Talk”.

Being given the opportunity to participate and lead ALAM’s team in the TUMSAT summer camp, I am delighted to spread these simple yet solid teachings to my students from around the world. After all, an ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises.”
Captain Brii Mohan Saggi
Head of Advanced Nautical Studies
“I have always been fascinated by ships and sailing even from a young age, admiring vessels so big, and seeing where I am now, I believe anything is possible. Working at ALAM is fulfilling, as I know that my efforts and contributions will have a positive impact on the maritime industry. Particularly through a sea survival and fire-fighting shore based training facility, which I designed, established and witnessed its effectiveness in training new staff.

Till today, I still strive to continuously develop myself, to stay humble and respect others because life has given me so much already.”
Capt. Hj. Malik B. Abd. Rahman
Senior Lecturer
“Growing up, I always wanted to do something noble, but I never knew what exactly that would be. I dreamed of being a police officer, chasing bad guys and doing good deeds, but luckily my mother talked me out of it. As I became older, the calling to teach grew stronger. My role is not to provide answers but steer the students to the right direction, keep them curious and constantly remind them that there is always more than one perspective to view a matter.

Always exploring the world for new delights and today, recognised as a Michelin star chef at home and a lecturer/ship’s captain at work, what more could I ask for?”
Capt. Myo Thant
Senior Lecturer, Pre-Sea Nautical Studies Department)
“I am a man committed to peace but for tranquillity to prevail, the practice of discipline must be in place so people will behave in a manner that encompasses respect and civility. When I witness these transitions during my student’s Convocation, where my teachings result to composed order, it always brings a joyful tear to my eye.

Similarly, these disciplines spill over when out at sea. Once, when I was struggling with a typhoon/tropical storm, I knew how to keep a cool yet focused state of mind, and eventually overcame the situation.

I am blessed that ALAM has given me the chance to make a difference in people’s lives and the opportunity to support someone who really needs my help”
Capt. Khalid Jamil Hashmi
Master (F.G)
“Life has a funny way of taking its course. Sometimes you’re in for a choppy ride and sometimes it’s smooth sailing, but regardless, you just have no control over it. I believe you have to take the good in with the bad and just stick it out because what may seem like a disaster waiting to happen may be a miracle in disguise.

I have experienced these regularly in my 21 years at ALAM. 20 years back during the launch of World Maritime Day, a model replica of a ship I made malfunctioned and failed to operate. What would have been my most embarrassing moment transformed into my most memorable, as a junior cadet stationed inside pulled through, turning the whole event around. You just can’t predict these things, but perseverance and a contingency plan is always worth having.

Being a man of simple pleasures, I enjoy focus and expanding my creativity, and taking each day as it comes”
Dr Captain Manivannan Subramaniam
Head of Maritime Simulation & Communication Centre Master Mariner
“I’m always the type to seek out adventure rather than wait for it to find me. It’s the excitement of what tomorrow will bring and how we as individuals, from Cadets to Captains, take charge to ride the biggest swell. These are exciting times for the maritime industry and I’m glad to be part of this evolution. Living life at sea has made me realise the wonders of teamwork and the true spirit of ‘duty-honour-discipline’.

It has been a fulfilling 14 years at ALAM, having helped establish the country’s premier Simulation based Training/ R&C Center and knowing that I’m the first true blue ALAM Cadet to obtain a PhD during my time at ALAM. There is no greater satisfaction than building the next generation of maritime professionals.

Long-time explorer with a passion for photography, newbie green fingers, my motto is “face every adventure head on and be brave enough to make a difference ”