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Datuk Isham Ishak


Datuk Isham Ishak, 50, is currently the Secretary General of the Ministry of Transport Malaysia starting from 25 November 2019. Previously, he was appointed as the Secretary General of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia from 17 February 2019 to 24 November 2019 and the Secretary General of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry Malaysia (MITI) from 2 July 2018 to 16 February 2019. He was also the Deputy Secretary General (Trade) of MITI from 2016 to 2018.

He had served in a number of divisions related to international and regional aspects of trade and industry while in MITI, including Trade Facilitation, Strategic Planning, WTO, APEC and ASEAN. He also successfully assisted the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Malaysia while serving as the Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the SME Corporation Malaysia, an agency under MITI from 2014 to 2016. In addition, Datuk Isham spent 5 years in the United States, from 2006 to 2011, as the Minister Counselor at the MITI Washington D.C. Office.

Datuk Isham has had the opportunity to serve the Minister of International Trade and Industry Malaysia as the Special Officer to Yang Amat Berhormat Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz from 2004 to 2006, and the Special Officer to the Yang Amat Berhormat Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Malaysia’s fifth Prime Minister.

During his tenure in the civil service, he was appointed as the Chief Negotiator for Malaysia for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement from 2016 to 2018. He was also the Deputy Chief Negotiator for Malaysia for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement – later known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTTP) – from 2011 to 2015. He was also one of the Malaysian Negotiators for the Developing-8 (D-8) Organization for Economic Cooperation and also the Malaysian lead for the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Services (CCS).

While serving as the Deputy Secretary General (Trade) of MITI, Datuk Isham was also appointed as the Senior Economic Official for Malaysia, whose main task is to oversee the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Blueprints in Malaysia and ASEAN. He was also the Malaysian representative at the High-Level Task Force on ASEAN Economic Community (HLTF-EI), the highest level of groupings among economic officials in ASEAN while he served as the Secretary General of MITI.

Datuk Isham was also the Malaysian Lead at the Senior Official’s Committee for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council (SOCA), which is also one of the three pillars of ASEAN that aims to lift the quality of life of ASEAN through cooperative activities that are people-oriented, people-centred, environmentally friendly, and geared towards the promotion of sustainable development to face new and emerging challenges in ASEAN.

In recognition of his achievement to the nation, Datuk Isham was bestowed with several excellences of achievement awards including the Companion of the Order of Loyalty to the Crown of Malaysia by the King in 2014 and the Darjah Pangkuan Seri Melaka (DPSM) in 2016.

Datuk Isham is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Malaysia Rapid Transit System Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of MRT Corp which was set up to be the project developer and owner of the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System Link. He was appointed to the position on 15 May 2020.

Dato’ Dr Amiruddin Muhamed


  • Nomination and Remuneration Committee – Member
  • Audit and Risk Committee – Member

Dato’ Dr. Amiruddin Muhamed, 48, is currently the Deputy Under Secretary (Strategic and General) of the Government Investment Division of the Ministry of Finance.

Before he was appointed to the position in August 2018, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Majlis Agama Islam dan Adat Melayu Perak (MAIPk), a position which he had held from 2014.

Prior to that, he held several positions in the Ministry of Finance, beginning with the Accountant General Department where he was the Assistant Director. He then moved to the Investment, MKD (Inc) and Privatisation Division where he was the Senior Principal Assistant Secretary. Among his tasks was to manage the corporatisation and privatisation activities of agencies under the jurisdiction of specific Ministries. He later moved to the Strategic Investment Division.

Dato’ Dr Amiruddin holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Accounting and Finance from Durham University in the United Kingdom. He has a Master of Economics (Economic Development) and Bachelor of Accounting (Hon.) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

Dato’ Noorizah Abd Hamid


  • Whistleblower Committee – Chair
  • Audit and Risk Committee – Member

Dato’ Noorizah Abd Hamid, 60, was the former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of PLUS Malaysia Berhad.

While heading the company, she was involved in the negotiation and acquisition of several expressway projects such as the North-South Expressway Central Link (ELITE), Malaysia-Singapore Second Link (Linkedua) and the Butterworth-Kulim Expressway as well as highways in Indonesia and India.

She was also involved in the privatisation of PLUS Expressway Bhd, where she was involved in negotiations with the Government on revising the company’s concession agreement and also the raising of RM30.6 billion sukuk – the largest Islamic bond issue in the world – in the restructuring of the company.

She was also Faber Group Berhad Chief Operating Officer from 1999 to 2003, and Faber Group Berhad and Faber Hotels Holdings Berhad Managing Director from 2004 to 2007 where she oversaw the overall management of the company. During her tenure in Faber, a key task of hers was to undertake the financial restructuring of the ailing company.

Other senior positions held by her include Projek Lebuhraya Utara Selatan Berhad Senior General Manager Finance, Hatibudi Management Sdn Bhd Senior Manager Corporate Finance, Renong Berhad Manager of Corporate Finance, and Permodalan Nasional Berhad Senior Corporate Finance Officer.

She holds a Master in Business Administration (Finance and Management) from Central Michigan University, United States. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Finance) from the same university and a Diploma in Accountancy from MARA Institute of Technology.

Datuk Dr. Ir. Abdul Latif Mohd Som


  • Whistleblower Committee – Member
  • Audit and Risk Committee – Member

Datuk Dr Ir Abdul Latif Mohd Som, 65, is currently the Executive Chairman of KL Prima Consult Sdn Bhd, an established medium-sized Bumiputera-owned engineering consultancy firm which he formed in 1996.

He began his career at the Selangor State Development Corporation when he joined as a Structural Engineer in 1979. Upon completing his postgraduate degree in 1983, he joined Minconsult Sdn Bhd, one of Malaysia’s largest and established engineering consultancy firm, and subsequently, United Engineers (M) Bhd as a Senior Civil Engineer. In 1989, he joined Sime UEP Bhd as a Project Manager, where he was later promoted to be General Manager of SEA Drillers Construction Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sime UEP.

In 1991, he left Sime UEP Bhd to become a Director and Shareholder of Kumpulan Jurutera Maju Sdn Bhd, an established civil and structural engineering consultancy firm. He then left in 1996 to form KL Prima Consult Sdn Bhd with three other professional engineers.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Hons)(Civil Engineering) from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom in 1979 and obtained his Professional Engineer’s license in 1986. He furthered his studies at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom where he obtained a Master of Business Administration, followed by a PhD in Built Environment (specialising in international business) from MARA University of Technology, Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan in 2014.

He is also the Adviser of ICG Global Sdn Bhd, currently the largest multi-disciplinary professional consultancy firm in Malaysia, Council Member of the Road Engineering Association of Malaysia and Chairman of Gabungan Jurutera Perunding Bumiputera Malaysia.

He had earlier served as an Advisory Board Member of DBKL and also a Board Member of The Board of Engineers Malaysia.

Encik Ahmad Zubir Zahid


  • Nomination and Remuneration Committee – Member
  • Audit and Risk Committee – Member

Encik Ahmad Zubir Zahid, 47, is currently a Director of Zulu Capital Sdn Bhd, a private equity fund management company registered with the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) that he co-founded in 2014 that invests in unlisted companies primarily in the food and beverage and retail industries. He is also an Executive Director of Thinkat Advisory Sdn Bhd, a boutique corporate finance advisory firm licensed by the SC.

He has over seven years’ experience within the offshore oil and gas industry, as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of three separate offshore construction companies. Before setting up Zulu Capital Sdn Bhd and Thinkat Advisory Sdn Bhd, he was CFO of Daya Offshore Construction Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Daya Materials Berhad that provides subsea construction services. Prior to that, he was CFO of Labuan Shipyard & Engineering Sdn Bhd, an offshore and marine services contractor, and SapuraAcergy Sdn Bhd, a seabed-to-surface engineering and construction contractor. These two companies were joint venture companies within the Sapura Energy Berhad group of companies.

Prior to joining the oil and gas industry, he spent over a decade in the financial services industry as a management consultant, investment banker and auditor with Ethos Consulting, ECM Libra, CIMB Investment Bank and PwC Malaysia, respectively.

He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, United States. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Economics and Accounting from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom in 1996.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and is an Associate of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. He is also a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and a Business Valuation Specialist of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. He is also a holder of a Capital Markets Services Representative’s Licence issued by the SC for the regulated activity of advising on corporate finance and a licensed approved company auditor by the Ministry of Finance.

Encik Mohd Khalid Haji Mohamed


  • Whistleblower Committee – Member
  • Audit and Risk Committee – Member

Encik Mohd Khalid Haji Mohamed, 65, is currently the Director of Dasar Wijaya Sdn Bhd, a construction firm that carries out housing development and civil construction related works.

Prior to that, he was involved in the East Klang Valley Expressway (EKVE) Project as a Senior General Manager with Ahmad Zaki Sdn Bhd, where he had led the negotiation of technical and commercial terms of the Concession Agreement with the Ministry of Works.

During his time there, he also assisted to secure sukuk financing of RM2 billion and collaborated in securing Government Support Loan of RM635 million.

Among other positions he has held were the General Manager of IJM Construction Sdn Bhd, where he was entrusted to set up and lead the concession company towards full operations of the Kajang Seremban Highway (LEKAS) Project as well as General Manager of Gamuda-Percon Joint Venture for the Shah Alam Expressway (KESAS) Project.

Encik Mohd Khalid was also the Head of Engineering for Projek Penyelenggaraan Lebuhraya Berhad (PROPEL) and involved in the construction of PLUS Expressway. He began his career with Jabatan Kerja Raya in 1979.

He obtained his Ordinary National Diploma in Engineering in 1975 from Southampton Technical College, United Kingdom before furthering his studies at the Loughborough University of Technology, United Kingdom where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in 1978.

He has also been a Non-Executive Director of Tabung Haji Heavy Engineering Berhad since August 2019.