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Board
of Directors

The present Board of Directors

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  • Datin Paduka Tan Siok Choo
    (Chairperson)

  • Tan Sri Dato’ Ahmad Bin Mohd Don

  • Mr. Tan Jiew Hoe

  • Mr. Teo Leng

  • Dato Dr. Nik Ramlah Binti Nik Mahmood

  • Mr. Ong Keng Siew

Datin Paduka Tan Siok Choo
(Chairperson)

A Malaysian, Datin Paduka Tan Siok Choo, aged 66, is the Chairperson. She joined the Board on 8 December 1988 and was unanimously elected by the Directors as Chairperson in July 2011. An Independent Non-Executive Director, on 17 July 2014 she was re-designated as Non-Independent Non -Executive Director. She is a member of the Executive Committee and Board Tender Committee. She sits on the Board of the Group’s subsidiaries namely Leong Hin San Sdn Bhd, Meridian Plantations Sdn Bhd, Syarikat Penanaman Bukit Senorang Sdn Bhd, South-East Pahang Oil Palm Berhad, Melaka Pindah Properties Sdn Bhd and Masjid Tanah Properties Sdn Bhd. She is also the President Commissioner of PT Lifere Agro Kapuas, the Group’s subsidiary 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 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 was appointed a Visiting Fellow of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia on 1st September 1998. She had served on the Board of OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Berhad and OCBC AL-AMIN Berhad until 27 July 2014. She is currently a Director of several private companies.

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 eight Board Meetings held during the financial year ended 30 April 2018. 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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Tan Sri Dato’ Ahmad Bin Mohd Don

Tan Sri Dato’ Ahmad Bin Mohd Don, aged 71 and a Malaysian was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 1 October 2006. He is the Chairman of the Audit Committee and Board Tender Committee as well as a member of Nomination and Remuneration Committee. He is a Director of International Natural Resources Pte Ltd, the Group’s subsidiary in Singapore.

Tan Sri Dato’ Ahmad graduated with a Bsc. Econ. Honours Degree from the Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom in 1969. He is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Member of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Tan Sri Dato’ Ahmad started his career with the Corp of Accountants, Government of Malaysia between 1972 and 1973 before joining the private sector. He served as the Financial Controller between 1973 and 1980 in companies such as Syarikat Jengka Sdn. Bhd., Mansfield Berhad and Pernas Securities Sdn. Bhd. where he was also the Company Secretary. In November 1980, he joined Permodalan Nasional Berhad as the Deputy General Manager and was involved in the planning and launching of the National Unit Trust Scheme in 1981. Subsequently in April 1982, he joined Malayan Banking Berhad as General Manager, Treasury. During his service with Malayan Banking Berhad, he rose through the ranks of Senior General Manager and Board Member, then as Executive Director and in January 1991 he was appointed the Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, a position which he held until 1994.

He was the Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia from May 1994 to August 1998. He is currently an Independent Non-Executive Chairman of Zurich Takaful Malaysia Berhad (formerly known as MAA Takaful Berhad), Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad and Hap Seng Plantations Holdings Berhad. He is also the Chairman/Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of Zurich Life Insurance Malaysia Berhad (formerly known as Zurich Insurance Malaysia Berhad).

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 eight Board Meetings held during the financial year ended 30 April 2018. 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. Tan Jiew Hoe

Mr. Tan Jiew Hoe, aged 71 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 Chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. He sits on the Board of several subsidiaries of the Group in Malaysia and is the Chairman of International Natural Resources Pte Ltd, the Group’s subsidiary in Singapore.

In the year 2000, Mr. Tan was awarded silver medal for 10-19 years’ service as a Director of Singapore Chinese Girls School by Ministry of Education. In 2010 he was awarded 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 contribution for the Public Service from the National Parks Board. The award was given in recognition of his 30 years’ contribution and support for plant introduction and botany publications.

Mr. Tan is currently a Director of several private companies in Malaysia and Singapore and is a keen plantsman. 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 six out of eight Board Meetings held during the financial year ended 30 April 2018. 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 66 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 Board Tender Committee. He is also a Director of several subsidiaries of the Group in Malaysia and is a member of the Board Commissioners of PT Lifere Agro Kapuas, the Group’s subsidiary 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 involved in oil palm, rubber and cocoa industry in various agricultural organizations. 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. He is currently a member of the MPOA Council, as well as Research and Development main committee.

Mr. Teo is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Southern Acids (M) Berhad and several 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 eight Board Meetings held during the financial year ended 30 April 2018. 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 62 and a Malaysian, was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 3 January 2017. She is a member of the Audit Committee as well as the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.

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 had retired as Deputy Chief Executive of Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) in March 2016. She was appointed Deputy Chief Executive of the SC and member of the Commission on 1 April 2012. She joined the SC in 1993 as Manager of Law Reform and went on to become Director of the Policy and Development Division in 1997. In 2008, she was made Managing Director and Executive Director of the Enforcement Division. Prior to joining the SC, 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) and the Securities Industry Development Corporation (SIDC). She is a member of the Financial Services Professional Board and a member of the Senate of INCEIF, the global university for Islamic finance.

Dato Dr. Nik Ramlah is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Amanah Saham Nasional Berhad and Axiata Group Berhad.

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 seven out of eight Board Meetings held during the financial year ended 30 April 2018. 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 62 and a Malaysian, was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 19 January 2017. He is a member of the Audit Committee as well as the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.

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

Mr. Ong joined the Board of Paramount Corporation Berhad on 14 November 1994 and was re-designated as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 14 August 2014. He is also a member of the Audit, Nominating and Board Risk Management Committees of Paramount Corporation Berhad.

Mr. Ong Keng Siew has served the Paramount Corporation Berhad in various positions for more than 30 years before retiring in 2012. He began his career with the Paramount Corporation Berhad as an Accountant in 1981 and was promoted to the position of Finance and Administration Manager in 1984. He was subsequently appointed as General Manager to oversee the operations of the property development and construction divisions in 1989. Mr. Ong assumed the post of Deputy Group Managing Director & Deputy Group CEO in 1997. He was appointed as the Managing Director & CEO of Paramount Corporation Berhad on 1 December 2008.

On 18 June 2012, after serving the Paramount Corporation Berhad with distinction for more than 30 years, Mr. Ong retired as the Managing Director & CEO 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 eight Board Meetings held in the financial year ended 30 April 2018. 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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