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of Directors

The present Board of Directors

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  • Datin Paduka Tan Siok Choo
    (Chairperson & Non-Independent Non-Executive Director)

  • Mr. Tan Jiew Hoe
    (Non-Independent Non-Executive Director)

  • Mr. Teo Leng
    (Non-Independent Non-Executive Director)

  • Dato Dr. Nik Ramlah Binti Nik Mahmood
    (Senior Independent Non-Executive Director)

  • Mr. Ong Keng Siew
    (Independent Non-Executive Director)

  • Mr. Tee Cheng Hua
    (Non-Independent Non-Executive Director)

  • Dato’ Sri Tee Lip Sin
    (Non-Independent Non-Executive Director)

  • Mr. Han Kee Juan
    (Independent Non-Executive Director)

Datin Paduka Tan Siok Choo
(Chairperson & Non-Independent Non-Executive Director)

Member of Executive Committee
Member of Board Tender Committee

Datin Paduka Tan Siok Choo, is the Chairperson. She joined the Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 8 December 1988; the Directors unanimously appointed her as Chairperson in July 2011. On 17 July 2014, she was re-designated as a Non-Independent Non- Executive Director. A member of the Executive Committee and Board 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 to recognise 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 and Morgan Grenfell Asia & Partners’ Securities. She had 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.

Datin Paduka Tan Siok Choo is a Trustee of the Tun Tan Cheng Lock Foundation and the TARC Education 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 seven Board Meetings held during the financial year ended 30 April 2022.

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
(Non-Independent Non-Executive Director)

Member of Audit Committee

Mr. Tan Jiew Hoe, joined the Board as Alternate Director on 9 June 1997 and was subsequently appointed as Director on 30 March 2007. On 1 July 2022 he was re-designated as Non-Independent Non-Executive Director. He is a member of the Audit 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, the Singapore Ministry of Education awarded Mr. Tan a silver medal for 10-19 years’ service as a Director of Singapore Chinese Girls School. Subsequently, in 2010, he received a gold medal for more than 20 years of service as a Director of Singapore Chinese Girls School.

The President of Singapore also awarded him Pingat Bakti Masyarakat (PBM) in November 2013 for his contributions to the Public Service in the National Parks Board to recognise his 30 years’ contributions and 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 the President of Singapore Gardening Society and a Director of Gardens By the Bay in Singapore.

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 seven Board Meetings held during the financial year ended 30 April 2022. He has not been convicted of any offence within the past 5 years. He 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
(Non-Independent Non-Executive Director)

Member of Executive Committee
Member of Board Tender Committee

Mr. Teo Leng, 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 member of the Executive Committee and the Board Tender Committee. He is also a Director of several Group subsidiaries in Malaysia. He 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 the University of Malaya. He holds a Master of Science (Soil Chemistry) from the University of Wisconsin @ Madison, USA.

He joined the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) in 1976 as a Research Officer. He began his career at EPA Management Sdn. Bhd., a subsidiary of Kulim (Malaysia) Berhad, as an Agronomist in 1983, rising in ranks to Director of Research and Development in January 1996. In January 2002, he was appointed Estate Director (Malaysia), 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 on certification under Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). He was also involved in developing and commercialising of the Mill Integrated Waste Management System (MIWAMAS), a green technology converting empty fruit bunches and palm oil mill effluent to bio compost.

He has been an active committee member of national associations in the oil palm, rubber and cocoa industries. He was a past Board member of the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB). He was also a Council member of the Malayan Agricultural Producers Association (MAPA), and the Environmental Quality Council (EQC) of Kementerian Sumber Asli & Alam Sekitar. Currently, he is a Council member of the Malaysian Palm Oil Association (MPOA) and its Research and Development Main Committee. Mr. Teo was an Independent and Non-Executive Director of Southern Acids (M) Berhad until 25 September 2020. Mr. Teo was also the director of several other companies in Malaysia.

Mr. Teo 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 seven Board Meetings held during the financial year ended 30 April 2022. He has not been convicted of any offence within the past 5 years. He 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
(Senior Independent Non-Executive Director)

Chairperson of Nomination and Remuneration Committee
Member of Audit Committee

Dato Dr. Nik Ramlah Binti Nik Mahmood, 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 and 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 the University Malaya and LLM and Ph.D. from the University of London.

Dato Dr. Nik Ramlah Binti Nik Mahmood retired as Deputy Chief Executive of Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) in March 2016. Before 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 is a member of the Board of Directors of Perbadanan Insurans Deposit Malaysia (PIDM) and the Institute for Capital Market Research Malaysia. She is a Board member of International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF).

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

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 seven Board Meetings held during the financial year ended 30 April 2022. She has not been convicted of any offence within the past 5 years. She 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
(Independent Non-Executive Director)

Chairman of Audit Committee
Member of Nomination and Remuneration Committee

Mr. Ong Keng Siew, 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 and 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 assumed the posts 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 and Pekat Group 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 seven Board Meetings held in the financial year ended 30 April 2022.

Mr. Ong has not been convicted of any offence within the past 5 years. He 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
(Non-Independent Non-Executive Director)

Chairman of the Board Tender Committee
Member of the Executive Committee

Mr. Tee Cheng Hua, joined United Malacca Berhad as Non-Independent Non-Executive Director on 1 October 2019. He is Chairman of the Board Tender Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. Mr. Tee is an uncle of Dato’ Sri Tee Lip Sin.

Mr. Tee graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the 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 and a Director of Prosper Capital Holdings Sdn. Bhd. (formerly known as Palm Oil Mill Sdn. Bhd.), one of the major shareholders of United Malacca Berhad.

Mr. Tee is a Director of Future Prelude Sdn. Bhd., an integrated oleochemical company specialising in producing 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 involving solar, hydro, and biogas power generation.

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. He attended all seven Board Meetings held during the financial year ended 30 April 2022. He has not been convicted of any offence within the past 5 years. He 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
(Non-Independent Non-Executive Director)

Chairman of Executive Committee
Member of Nomination and Remuneration Committee

Dato’ Sri Tee Lip Sin, was appointed as an Alternate Director to his uncle, Mr. Tee Cheng Hua on 1 October 2019. He was subsequently appointed as Non-Independent Non-Executive Director on 25 February 2021. He is Chairman of the Executive Committee and a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.

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

Dato’ Sri Tee Lip Sin started his career as an executive in Prosper Capital Holdings Sdn. Bhd. (formerly known as Prosper Palm Oil Mill Sdn. Bhd.) (Prosper) in 1995 and subsequently rose to the rank of Executive Director. He is a Director of Prosper, a major shareholder of United Malacca Berhad and Prosper Trading Sdn. Bhd.. 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. in 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 or its related companies. He attended all seven Board Meetings held during the financial year ended 30 April 2022.

Dato’ Sri Tee Lip Sin has not been convicted of any offence within the past 5 years. He has not been imposed with any public sanction or penalty by the relevant regulatory bodies during the financial year.

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Mr. Han Kee Juan
(Independent Non-Executive Director)

Member of Audit Committee
Member of Board Tender Committee

Mr. han Kee Juan joined United Malacca Berhad as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 3 June 2021. He is a member of the Audit Committee and the Board Tender Committee.

Mr. Han graduated with a Bachelor of Agriculture Science (Hons) degree from the University of Malaya in 1976.

Mr. Han joined Highlands Research Unit as a Research Officer upon graduation from the University of Malaya in 1976. He provided agronomic advisory services to the estates managed by Barlow Boustead Estates Agency and conducted trials on plant protection and agronomy of oil palm.

He moved to Eastern Plantation Agency in 1981 and served as Agronomist. He was responsible for formulating agronomic policies for estates owned by the Kulim Group. The Agronomy Department expanded under his charge, which included the setup of an analytical laboratory, and trials on oil palm agronomy were conducted.

Mr. Han joined IOI Corporation Bhd in 1989 as Senior Agronomist/Senior Manager. In addition to formulating agronomic policies for the group estates, he was also responsible for managing several estates planted with oil palm, rubber, and cocoa.

Mr. Han founded Budi-JS Plantation Management Sdn. Bhd. in 1992. He is the Managing Director of the said company, the Managing Agents for estates owned by Koperasi Serbausaha Makmur Bhd (Kosma).

Mr. Han is the Plantation Advisor for Prosper Group and Far East Holdings Berhad. He provides plantation advisory services to more than 100,000 hectares of plantations in Malaysia and Papua New Guinea.

Mr. Han 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 was appointed to the Board on 3 June 2021, therefore, he attended six Board Meetings held during the financial year ended 30 April 2022. He has not been convicted of any offence within the past 5 years. He has not been imposed with any public sanction or penalty by the relevant regulatory bodies.

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