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Malaysia’s best Housekeeper!

Long-Serving Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Team Member Elected MAHIR President

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s (the Centre) Executive Housekeeper, Latib Lani, was recently elected as the first non-hotelier and male President of the Malaysian Association of Housekeepers (MAHIR). Latib joined the Centre in 2006 as Assistant Executive Housekeeper, before being promoted to Executive Housekeeper in 2012.

Established in April 2004, the Malaysian Association of Housekeepers (MAHIR) is a professional organisation committed to providing a platform for housekeepers in the hospitality and healthcare sectors to network, exchange knowledge and insights, and discuss industry needs, trends and challenges.

Congratulating Latib on his appointment, the Centre’s General Manager, Alan Pryor, shared, “Latib has close to 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry and has been working at the Centre for over a decade. His passion, professionalism and commitment to his work has undoubtedly led to this great achievement. We look forward to supporting Latib in his role as MAHIR President to help grow and develop local housekeeping standards.”

A delighted Latib expressed, “I am truly honoured to have been given the opportunity to serve MAHIR and further its goals and aspirations as the new President. I am also grateful to the Centre for nominating me to represent them as the only convention facility in Malaysia on the MAHIR membership roster.”

Latib continued, “As President, I hope to share my knowledge of industry best practices and experience from my time at the Centre with all members. To achieve the association’s goal of developing local housekeeping talent, we need to generate greater awareness that there are career development opportunities in housekeeping and highlight the important role it plays in the tourism industry. Housekeeping is an essential element in creating good first impressions and memorable Malaysian hospitality experiences, especially for international visitors.”

Latib is also an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Tourism Master Assessor for Housekeeping, a qualification received after completion of a specific training programme under the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRA) on Tourism Professional to build competencies in the regional tourism sector. Housekeeping is one of the six labour divisions identified within the tourism industry, along with food production, food and beverages services, front office, tour operation and travel agencies, to provide significant employment opportunities in the region. The programme is funded by the ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Programme (AADCP) Phase II.