DIRECTORS’ PROFILE

SAFFIE BIN BAKAR, JMN, SMP, AMP, PJK. (APPOINTED ON 18 JUNE 2020)
Independent Non-Executive Chairman aged 67, Male, Malaysian

Saffie Bin Bakar was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 18 June 2020. He is a member of the Audit & Risk Management Committee, Remuneration Committee and Nominating Committee. He is redesigned as Independent Non-executive Chairman on 21 August 2020.

He graduated from University of Malaya with a B.A (Honours) majoring in Geography in 1977 and subsequently received a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Administration (DPA) from the Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya in 1978. In 1988, he obtained his MBA from US International University (ALLIANT) in San Diego, California, USA.

He has more than 43 years of experience specializing in management with extensive knowledge and skills in industrial project planning, internal auditing, corporate governance, business development, property development, human resources management, project management, cross-border investment/Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), mining exploration (gold & coal), privatization, corporate advisory transactions including Initial Public Offering (IPO), Reverse Takeovers (RTO), Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) and General Offer (GO).

He was attached to the Perlis State Government from May 1978 to August 1983, during which he served as Director of Perlis State Economic Planning Unit (SEPU). He joined Perlis State Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) in September 1983 as Business Development Manager until his optional retirement from Government Service in August 1994.

He had undergone numerous training programmes with the World Bank, UNDP, UNCTC, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A, University of Hong Kong and Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.

Between August 1978 and March 1981, he also received in-house training in the “State and Rural Development Project” (SRDP), which was funded by the Economic Planning Unit (EPU)(now known as Ministry of Economic Affairs) and organized by UNDP and the World Bank. He became a Local Counterpart to the Industrial Project Advisor, the Infrastructure Project Advisor and the Regional Planning Advisor who are all World Bank experts.

He is a Chartered Audit Committee Director (CACD) of The Institute of Internal Auditors Malaysia (IIAM) since 2008 and Co-Chairman of the Special Task Forces to Facilitate Business (PEMUDAH) for Perlis State since 2009.

He was a Senior Independent Director and Audit Committee Member of a government agency - Perlis State Economic Development Corporation (SEDC)(2008-2014).

Between September 1994 to December 2016 he was the Corporate Advisor to Shorubber (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of SHOWA Group, a Japanese OBM manufacturer and exporter of industrial gloves and a director cum corporate advisor of several other private limited companies in Malaysia.

He is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of AE Multi Holdings Berhad (AEM) since 2005 and MESB Berhad, which he is a member of the Board of Directors since 2004 and Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2016.

He does not have any family relationship with any director and/or major shareholder of the Company or any conflict of interests in any business arrangement involving the Company. He has no convictions for offences within the past 5 years other than traffic offences, if any, neither nor any public sanction or penalty imposed by the regulatory bodies.

 


DATO’ DR. CHIN YEW SIN(JP)
Independent Non-Executive Deputy Chairman, aged 60, Male, Malaysian

Dato’ Dr. Chin Yew Sin (JP) was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 14 March 2017. As at 31 December 2019, he is a Chairman of the Nominating Committee and member of the Audit & Risk Management Committee and Remuneration Committee. He is redesigned as Independent Non-Executive deputy Chairman on 21 August 2020.

He graduated from Universiti Malaya, Malaysia with a Bachelor of Jurisprudence Degree; Universiti Teknologi Malaysia with a Bachelor Degree of Engineering (Hons) Mechanical Engineering Degree; University of Bolton, UK with an Accountancy Degree; Heriot-Watt University, Scotland with a Master of Business Administration Degree; University of Newcastle, Australia with a Master of Marketing; and Southern Cross University, Australia with a Doctorate in Business Administration.

He was the Group Managing Director of Metronic Global Berhad from 2013 until 2014. Prior to that, he was the Group Deputy Chairman of Metronic Global Berhad from 2012 to 2013.

Currently, he is the Deputy President cum Chief Coordinator of MHSSATJ, United Nations. He is the Asia-Pacific Advisor of Global One Belt One Road Association. He is the Senior Advisor of World Chinese Business & Economic Summit, he is a Director of BIOPLUS LIFE CORPORATION, USA.

He does not have any directorship in public companies or other public listed companies.

He does not have any family relationship with any director and/or major shareholder of the Company or any conflict of interests in any business arrangement involving the Company. He has no convictions for offences within the past 5 years other than traffic offences, if any, neither nor any public sanction or penalty imposed by the regulatory bodies during FY 2019.

He had attended 4 out of 5 Board meetings held during FY 2019.

 


ANG ENG HOOI(APPOINTED ON 15 JUNE 2020)
Managing Director, aged 34, Male, Malaysian

Ang Eng Hooi was appointed as an Executive Director on 15 June 2020 and redesigned as Managing Director on 21 August 2020.

Prior to Ang Eng Hooi’s appointment as an Executive Director of the Company, he was the appointed Consultant pursuant to the Exclusive Licence Agreement dated 30 April 2020 entered between Kilang Bihun Bersatu Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of EKA and Kepala Batas Bihun Sdn Bhd (KBB).

He graduated with Bachelors in Business Management from the University of Sunderland, England in 2009.

He has been with the family business from an early age with vast experience in the manufacturing of vermicelli and laksa noodles as well as management exposure into finance, corporate and business strategies. In 2012, he joined KBB as General Manager which set the ground for KBB’s growth and expansion in the industry. On 24 July 2013, he became the Executive Director of KBB and assumed the current position of Managing Director of KBB since 11 April 2019.

He does not have any other directorships in public listed companies or any directorship in public companies.

He is a major shareholder of EKA and the brother of Ang Kar Ni, a subsidiary director of the EKA group. He does not have any convictions for offences within the past 5 years other than traffic offences, if any, neither nor any public sanction or penalty imposed by the regulatory bodies.

Interests in similar business or conflicts of interest

KBB was the target acquisition company pursuant to the EKA’s regularisation plan. KBB has been carrying on a trade similar to that of the Group or give rise to a situation of conflict of interests with the Group’s business.  Due to a fire incident on 1st March 2020 which destroyed its factory, KBB had ceased its business operation.

In the event of a conflict of interest situation, Ang Eng Hooi being a director and major shareholder of the Company is obliged, if required by law or regulations, to abstain from voting on the resolution to relating to such matters or transactions that requires the approval of shareholders in respect of his direct and/or indirect interests. Further he is also obliged, if required by law or regulations to abstain from deliberations and voting on the resolutions relating to such matters or transactions.

 


LIM KUANG HEE (APPOINTED ON 18 JUNE 2020)
Independent Non-Executive Director aged 49, Male, Malaysian

Lim Kuang Hee was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 18 June 2020. He is the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and the Audit & Risk Management Committee and a member of Nominating Committee.

He graduated with Bachelor of Accounting, B.Acc( Hons) from  University of Malaya in 1996. An Audit Practitioner and Chartered Accountant by a profession, he is also a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and Malaysian Institute of Taxation.

Before he obtained his audit practicing license, he was attached with the prominent international accounting firms, Moores Rowance in Penang for 4 years. In 2002, he formed and set up a practitioner audit firm under the name of Messrs. LKH & Associates. Over the years, Mr. Lim has gained extensive working experience in advising and consulting on audit, corporate taxation, management consultancy and other business development. He has broad exposure in the wide range of industries ranging from manufacturing, retailing, wholesale and distributions, constructions, property developers.

He does not have any directorship in public companies or other public listed companies.

He does not have any family relationship with any director and/or major shareholder of the Company or any conflict of interests in any business arrangement involving the Company. He has no convictions for offences within the past 5 years other than traffic offences, if any, neither nor any public sanction or penalty imposed by the regulatory bodies.

 


TEH BENG SOON (APPOINTED ON 14 OCTOBER 2020)
Independent Non-Executive Director, aged, Male, Malaysian

Teh Beng Soon was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 14 October 2020. He was a member of the Audit & Risk Management Committee, Nominating Committee and Remuneration Committee.

Mr. Teh Beng Soon graduated in Economics from the School of Social Science, University Science Malaysia in 1982. He joined the banking industry for 16 years before resigning as a Bank Manager to join the manufacturing sector as an Executive Director of a public listed company dealing in confectionery. He subsequently embarked into property development in Perak and Kedah. After the successful completion of these projects, he joined a public listed company dealing in audio equipment as Group General Manager. Upon the advent of new owners, he left to join the Asia Group of companies dealing in veterinary and pharmaceutical products as Group General Manager until the present. He was also an Independent Non-Executive Director of AE Multi Holdings Bhd from 2013 to 2018.

 


DATO’ SRI DR MD KAMAL BIN BILAL (APPOINTED ON 25 FEBRUARY 2021)
Independent Non-Executive Chairman, aged 59, Male, Malaysian

Dato’ Sri Dr.Md Kamal Bin Bilal was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Chairman of the Company on 25 February 2021. He is a member of the Audit & Risk Management Committee, Remuneration Committee and Nominating Committee.

He was conferred as Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy (Entrepreneurship) by Golden State University, USA.

He has over 20 years of experience in the government sector, serving as a Community Development Officer in the Ministry of National and Rural Development. After that, he ventured into the automobile industry as a Proton Edar dealer in Penang. He has been the Division Treasurer of UMNO for Kepala Batas Division and also a Division Committee Member of Barisan National for Kepala Batas Since 2000.

He previously was Non-Executive Chairman at Prime Utilities Bhd., Chairman of KBB Resources Berhad and Treasurer-Kepala Batas Division at The United Malays National Organisation.

He was appointed as the Non-Executive Director of The Store Corporation Berhad in 2000 and was re-designated as Independent Non-Executive Chairman in 2001. Currently, he is the Non-Independent Non-Executive Chairman of Bahvest Resources Berhad.

He does not have any family relationship with any other directors or major shareholders of the Company and has no conflict of interest with the Company. Other than traffic offences, he has not been convicted of any offences within the past five (5) years and has no public sanction or penalty by the relevant regulatory bodies.

 


 
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