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Board
of Directors

The present Board of Directors

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  • Datin Paduka Tan Siok Choo
    (Chairperson)

  • Mr. Tan Jiew Hoe

  • Mr. Teo Leng

  • Dato Dr. Nik Ramlah Binti Nik Mahmood

  • Mr. Ong Keng Siew

  • Mr. Tee Cheng Hua

  • Dato’ Sri Tee Lip Sin

Datin Paduka Tan Siok Choo
(Chairperson)

A Malaysian, Datin Paduka Tan Siok Choo, aged 68, is the Chairperson. She joined the Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 8 December 1988 and was unanimously elected by the Directors as Chairperson in July 2011. On 17 July 2014, she was re-designated a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director.

A member of the Executive Committee and Tender Committee, she sits on the Board of the Group’s subsidiaries: Leong Hin San Sdn Bhd, Meridian Plantations Sdn Bhd, Syarikat Penanaman Bukit Senorang Sdn Bhd, South-East Pahang Oil Palm Berhad and Vintage Plantations Sdn Bhd. She is the President Commissioner of PT Lifere Agro Kapuas as well as a Commissioner of PT Bintang Gemilang Permai, PT Wana Rindang Lestari and PT Usaha Mulia Bahagia, the Group’s subsidiaries in Indonesia.

She holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Bristol, U.K. and was admitted as a Barrister at Lincoln’s Inn, London in 1976 and called to the Malaysian Bar in 1977.

On 31 October 2015, Datin Paduka Tan Siok Choo was conferred the Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy in Plantation Management by Universiti Putra Malaysia in recognition of her contribution to the plantation industry.

Datin Paduka Tan Siok Choo has had a varied career in corporate finance, stockbroking, executive search and journalism. She was Head of Corporate Finance in Southern Bank Berhad, worked as an investment analyst for Rashid Hussain Securities as well as Morgan Grenfell Asia & Partners’ Securities, did a short stint with the world’s largest executive search firm, Korn Ferry International and was a journalist with Business Times and The Sunday Star. She is currently a columnist for The Sun.

She is a Trustee of the Tun Tan Cheng Lock Foundation. She served on the Board of OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Berhad and OCBC AL-AMIN Berhad for 14 years until her retirement on 27 July 2014.

Datin Paduka Tan Siok Choo is not related to any Director and/or major shareholder of United Malacca Berhad and has no personal interest in any business arrangement involving the Company.

She attended all five Board Meetings held during the financial year ended 30 April 2020.

She has not been convicted of any offence within the past 5 years and has not been imposed with any public sanction or penalty by the relevant regulatory bodies during the financial year.

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Mr. Tan Jiew Hoe

Mr. Tan Jiew Hoe, aged 73 and a Singaporean, joined the Board as Alternate Director on 9 June 1997 and was subsequently appointed as Director on 30 March 2007. He is a member of the Audit Committee as well as a member of Nomination and Remuneration Committee. He sits on the Board of several subsidiaries of the Group in Malaysia.

He is the Chairman of International Natural Resources Pte Ltd and the Director of Clifton Cove Pte Ltd, the Group’s subsidiaries in Singapore.

Mr. Tan is also a Director of several other private companies in Malaysia and Singapore and is a keen plantsman.

In 2000, Mr. Tan was awarded silver medal for 10-19 years’ service as a Director of Singapore Chinese Girls School by Ministry of Education. Subsequently in 2010 he received a gold medal for more than 20 years of service as a Director of Singapore Chinese Girls School by Ministry of Education.

He was also awarded Pingat Bakti Masyarakat (PBM) by the President of Singapore in November 2013 for his contributions for the Public Service from the National Parks Board. The award was given in recognition of his 30 years’ contributionand support for plant introduction and botany publications.

In April 2019, Mr. Tan received the Veitch Memorial Medal, an international award issued by the Royal Horticultural Society in United Kingdom to persons of any nationality who have made outstanding contribution to the advancement of the science and practice of horticulture.

Mr. Tan is not related to any Director and/or major shareholder of United Malacca Berhad. He has no personal interest in any business arrangement involving the Company.

He attended all five Board Meetings held during the financial year ended 30 April 2020. He has not been convicted of any offence within the past 5 years and has not been imposed with any public sanction or penalty by the relevant regulatory bodies during the financial year.

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Mr. Teo Leng

Mr. Teo Leng, aged 68 and a Malaysian, was appointed as an Independent Non- Executive Director on 1 September 2009. He was re-designated as Non-Independent Non-Executive Director on 10 July 2017. He is Chairman of the Executive Committee and a member of the Tender Committee.

He is also a Director of several subsidiaries of the Group in Malaysia and is a Commissioner in PT Lifere Agro Kapuas, PT Bintang Gemilang Permai and PT Wana Rindang Lestari, the Group’s subsidiaries in Indonesia.

Mr. Teo graduated with First Class Honours in Bachelor of Agriculture Science in 1976 from University of Malaya and holds a Master of Science (Soil Chemistry) from University of Wisconsin @ Madison, USA.

He joined the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) in 1976 as a Research Officer and began his career at EPA Management Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Kulim (Malaysia) Berhad, as an Agronomist in 1983, rising in ranks to the position of Director of Research and Development in January 1996. In January 2002, he was appointed Estate Director (Malaysia), a position which he held until his retirement in April 2008. He was a Consulting Advisor (Plantations) with Kulim (Malaysia) Berhad until March 2011.

During his 28 years’ career at EPA Management Sdn. Bhd., Mr. Teo was responsible for the full implementation of requirements pertaining to certification under Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and was also involved in the development and commercialization of Mill Integrated Waste Management System (MIWAMAS), a green technology converting empty fruit bunches and palm oil mill effluent to biocompost.

He has been an active committee member of national associations in the oil palm, rubber and cocoa industry. He was a past Board member of Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB). He was also a Council member of Malaysian Palm Oil Association (MPOA), The Malayan Agricultural Producers Association (MAPA) and Environmental Quality Council (EQC) of Kementerian Sumber Asli & Alam Sekitar. Currently, he is a member of the MPOA Council as well as its Research and Development Main Committee.

Mr. Teo is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Southern Acids (M) Berhad and director of several other private companies in Malaysia.

He is not related to any Director and/or major shareholder of United Malacca Berhad and has no personal interest in any business arrangement involving the Company. He attended all five Board Meetings held during the financial year ended 30 April 2020.

He has not been convicted of any offence within past 5 years and has not been imposed with any public sanction or penalty by the relevant regulatory bodies during the financial year.

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Dato Dr. Nik Ramlah Binti Nik Mahmood

Dato Dr. Nik Ramlah Binti Nik Mahmood, aged 64 and a Malaysian, was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 3 January 2017. She is the Chairperson of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.

She is a Commissioner of PT Lifere Agro Kapuas as well as a Director of PT Bintang Gemilang Permai and PT Wana Rindang Lestari, the Group’s subsidiaries in Indonesia.

Dato Dr. Nik Ramlah holds a First Class Honours in Law from University Malaya and LLM and PhD from University of London.

Dato Dr. Nik Ramlah Binti Nik Mahmood retired as Deputy Chief Executive of Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) in March 2016. Prior to joining the SC in 1993, Dato Dr. Nik Ramlah was an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya.

Dato Dr. Nik Ramlah has been instrumental in developing many areas of the capital market. She has extensive experience in areas ranging from regulatory policy, legal reform, product and market development, corporate governance, Islamic capital market, investor education and enforcement.

Dato Dr. Nik Ramlah is a member of the Board of Directors of Perbadanan Insurans Deposit Malaysia (PIDM), the Securities Industry Development Corporation (SIDC) and the Institute for Capital Market Research Malaysia. She is a member of the Financial Services Professional Board and a board member and member of Senate of INCEIF, the global university for Islamic finance.

Dato Dr. Nik Ramlah is also a Board member of Permodalan Nasional Berhad and Amanah Saham Nasional Berhad. She is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Axiata Group Berhad as well as the Non- Executive Non-Independent Director of Dialog Axiata PLC.

Dato Dr. Nik Ramlah is not related to any Director and/ or major shareholder of United Malacca Berhad and has no personal interest in any business arrangement involving the Company. She attended all five Board Meetings held during the financial year ended 30 April 2020.

She has not been convicted of any offence within the past 5 years and has not been imposed with any public sanction or penalty by the relevant regulatory bodies during the financial year.

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Mr. Ong Keng Siew

Mr. Ong Keng Siew, aged 64 and a Malaysian, was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 19 January 2017. He is the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.

He is a Director of PT Lifere Agro Kapuas as well as the President Director of PT Wana Rindang Lestari and PT Bintang Gemilang Permai, the Group’s subsidiaries in Indonesia.

Mr. Ong is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, United Kingdom and a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants.

Mr. Ong had an impressive career spanning over 30 years at Paramount Corporation Berhad. Mr. Ong joined Paramount Corporation Berhad as an Accountant in 1981 and rose through the ranks of Finance and Administration Manager and General Manager. He was appointed to the Board of Paramount Corporation Berhad on 14 November 1994. He later assumed the position of Deputy Group Managing Director & Deputy Group CEO in 1997 and was appointed as the Managing Director & CEO of Paramount Corporation Berhad on 1 December 2008.

He retired as the Managing Director & CEO of Paramount Corporation Berhad on 18 June 2012. He is currently an Independent Non-Executive Director of Paramount Corporation Berhad.

He is not related to any Director and/or major shareholder of United Malacca Berhad. He has no personal interest in any business arrangement involving the Company. He attended all five Board Meetings held in the financial year ended 30 April 2020.

He has not been convicted of any offence within the past 5 years and has not been imposed with any public sanction or penalty by the relevant regulatory bodies during the financial year.

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Mr. Tee Cheng Hua

Mr. Tee Cheng Hua, a Malaysian aged 66 joined United Malacca Berhad as Non-Independent Non-Executive Director on 1 October 2019. He is Chairman of the Tender Committee and a member of the Executive Committee.

Mr. Tee graduated with a Degree in Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from University of Technology Malaysia in 1978.

He started his career as an Engineer with Highlands and Lowlands Bhd. and was subsequently a Mill Manager/Engineer with Kulim (M) Bhd.

Mr. Tee is a Non-Independent Senior Executive Director of Far East Holdings Bhd. He is also the Senior Executive Director of Prosper Group of Companies as well as a Director of Prosper Palm Oil Mill Sdn. Bhd., one of the major shareholders of United Malacca Berhad.

Mr. Tee is the Chairman of Future Prelude Sdn Bhd, an integrated oleochemical company specialising in the production of several oleochemical products and biodiesel using sustainable palm oil as feedstock.

Mr. Tee is also active in renewal energy businesses and sits on the Board of several companies in the businesses of solar, hydro and biogas power generation.

He is an uncle of Dato’ Sri Tee Lip Sin who is his Alternate Director in the Company.

Mr. Tee Cheng Hua has no personal interest in any business involving the Company except that he shall be deemed interested in transactions that may be carried out in the ordinary course of business by the Company with Prosper Group or its related companies. Since his appointment on 1 October 2019, he has attended one scheduled Board Meeting held during the financial year ended 30 April 2020.

He has not been convicted of any offence withinthe past 5 years and has not been imposed with any public sanction or penalty by the relevant regulatory bodies during the financial year.

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Dato’ Sri Tee Lip Sin

Dato’ Sri Tee Lip Sin, a Malaysian aged 49, was appointed Alternate Director to Mr. Tee Cheng Hua in United Malacca Berhad on 1 October 2019. He is a nephew of Mr. Tee Cheng Hua.

He holds a Degree in Business Administration from University of Wales, Associate Diploma of Commerce from Curtin University, Australia and Executive Diploma in Plantation Management from University of Malaya.

Dato’ Sri Tee Lip Sin started his career as an executive in Prosper Group of Companies in 1995 and subsequently rose to the rank of Executive Director. He is a Director of Prosper Palm Oil Mill Sdn. Bhd., a major shareholder of United Malacca Berhad. Dato’ Sri Tee Lip Sin also sits on the Board of several private companies in plantation and milling businesses. He is an Executive Director of C.I. Resources Limited, a listed company in Australia.

He is also a Director of Phosphate Resources (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. and Phosphate Resources (Singapore) Pte Ltd. which undertake fertiliser businesses.

Dato’ Sri Tee Lip Sin has no personal interest in any business involving the Company except that he shall be deemed interested in transactions that may be carried out in the ordinary course of business by the Company with Prosper Group or its related companies.

He has not been convicted of any offence within the past 5 years and has not been imposed with any public sanction or penalty by the relevant regulatory bodies during the financial year.

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