Major General (R) Dato’ Mamat Ariffin Bin Hj Abdullah
Major General Dato’ Mamat Ariffin Bin Hj Abdullah, aged 63, Malaysian, is the Independent Non-Executive Director of 1 Utopia Berhad and was appointed to the Board as an Independent Non-Executive Chairman on 1 July 2011.
He was commissioned into the Army – Royal Ordnance Corps in 1970. As an army officer, he attended various career courses locally and abroad. He holds a Diploma in Strategic Studies from the Armed Forces Defence College, Kuala Lumpur and also a Masters of Sciences in Training and Human Resources from Leicester University, UK. He also attended the Management Development Programme at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge in 1997.
He served in the Malaysian Army for 37 years, and his last appointment was the Commanding General of the Army Logistics Command (ALC). He was responsible for more than 3600 personnel. During this period, he was also responsible and accountable for the planning, procurement and implementation of maintenance support systems of all the army’s strategic assets, while ensuring all relevant assets and equipment were continuously ready for the defense and security of the country. Under his command, the ALC was accredited with the MS/ISO 9000:2000 in recognition of its compliance with quality services, efficiency and documentation standards; fusing the military and modern management together.
Upon his retirement from the Malaysian Army, Maj. Gen. Dato’ Mamat Ariffin Abdullah (R) joined Syarikat Target Resources Sdn. Bhd. (TRSB) as Director, Strategic Planning and Liaison (Military). With his wide experience in the Malaysian Army, he is responsible for assisting and advising TRSB on defense-related projects especially on underground bunkers and hardened buildings, using the Spentech Technology of Australia. He is always involved in the decision-making process at top management meetings ,and also top-level meetings with the Ministry of Defense (MINDEF) and PM Department – EPU (Economic Planning Unit). ln recognition of his distinguished services to the country, Maj. Gen. Dato’ Mamat Ariffin Abdullah (R) was awarded Dato’ Paduka Kesatria Mahkota Kelantan (DPKK) by KDYMM Al – Sultan Kelantan; and Dato’ Paduka Mahkota Terengganu (DPMT) by DYMM Sultan Terengganu. He was also awarded the Pingat Setia Angkatan Tentera (PSAT) and Johan Mangku Negara (JMN) by DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Dipertuan Agong.
He was appointed a member of the Audit Committee and Nomination Committee on 1 July 2011.
Chin Boon Long
Chin Boon Long, aged 44, Malaysian, is the Managing Director of 1 Utopia Berhad and was appointed to the Board on 22 July 2010 as an Executive Director. He was subsequently re-designated as Managing Director on 24 March 2011.
He holds a Second Upper Class Honours Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic Computers) from Universiti Pertanian Malaysia and a MBA from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Mr.Chin comes to the role with over 15 years vast experience in the ICT industry. He began his career in 1995 with an ICT company in Taiwan. He held various positions in the company before he was promoted to the position of Sales Director in 2003. He acquired PC3 Technology Sdn. Bhd. together with a business partner in 2004. Since then, he has become the Managing Director of PC3 Technology and has led the company to become one of the authorised dealers of Acer desktops in Malaysia. He is a member of the Remuneration Committee of the Company.
Kenny Khow Chuan Wah
Kenny Khow Chuan Wah, aged 36, Malaysian, is the Finance Director of 1 Utopia Berhad. He was appointed to the Board on 3 October 2011 as an Executive Director.
He graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney, with a degree in Accounting and Finance (Distinction). He is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and CPA Australia. He started his career as an auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers Malaysia in 1997. He has 13 years of extensive experience in auditing (internal & external), including a two-year secondment from 2004-2006 at PricewaterhouseCoopers London.
Mr. Khow was trained in a big four audit firm in the areas of corporate exercises covering IPO, demerger of a listed entity, management and integration of two major companies in Malaysia, privatisation of a major listed entity, rights issue, issuance of debt securities, as well as the sale and leaseback of key assets. His other work experience includes financial due diligence, advisory, and numerous cross-border securities offering. With his vast experience, he also conducted numerous training courses across various industries’ in areas of accounting and auditing issues, principles and application of accounting standards (including IFRS), and audit methodology.
Mr. Khow joined 1 Utopia as the Chief Financial Officer in 2010 to oversee the Group’s financial affairs including accounting, finance, tax and treasury. He is currently a Director of Tejari Sdn. Bhd., Tejari Engineering Sdn. Bhd., Tejari Hoseal Solutions Sdn. Bhd., ICT Rewards and Services Sdn. Bhd. (‘formerly known as Tejari Trading Sdn Bhd’), PC3 Technology Sdn. Bhd., Essential Action Sdn. Bhd., ICT Utopia Sdn. Bhd. and Popular Landmark Sdn. Bhd., which are all within the 1 Utopia Group.
Ooi Chai Huat
Ooi Chai Huat, aged 50, Malaysian, is the Executive Director of 1 Utopia Berhad and was appointed to the Board on 6 October 2006 as the Managing Director. He was subsequently re-designated as Executive Director on 24 March 2011.
He holds a Certificate in Electrical Engineering from the Perak Institute of Electronics. Prior to joining the company, he worked for Mattel Sdn. Bhd. He served as General Manager in Tejari Sdn.Bhd and has over 28 years of experience in business & design development, and in the marketing of hydraulic systems for industrial automation. He is currently responsible for the operation of the Group.
Ng Kok Hok
Ng Kok Hok, aged 51, Malaysian, is the Independent Non-Executive Director of 1 Utopia Berhad and was appointed to the Board on 16 December 2009.
He is a Chartered Accountant with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants, an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a Member of the Financial Planning Association of Malaysia. He held the position of an Accountant in several private limited companies involving telecommunications, manufacturing and trading businesses. Mr. Ng was later promoted to a Financial Controller for Kuala Lumpur Mutual Fund Berhad (now known as Public Mutual Berhad). He then joined as General Manager of TA Unit Trust Management Berhad and progressed to the role as Chief Executive Officer. He currently runs an engineering company that he founded. Mr. Ng also sits on the Board of Directors of AIC Corporation Berhad and Ingenuity Solutions Berhad as an Independent Non-Executive Director.
He is the Chairman of the Audit Committee and was redesignated as Chairman of the Nomination Committee on 1 July 2011. He was also appointed a member of the Remuneration Committee on 30 May 2011.
Tan Ooi Jin
Tan Ooi Jin, aged 37, Malaysian, is the Independent Non Executive Director of 1 Utopia and was appointed to the Board on 22 March 2010.
He is a lawyer by qualification and holds an Second Class Honours LL.B. Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK and during his years of practice, he was focusing on the areas of Corporate & Securities and ICT. A former ASEAN scholar, he started his legal career in a medium-sized firm with an international affiliation focusing on Corporate and ICT. Previously, he was probably the most junior legal practitioner globally, noted and recognised by the independent international publication “Asia Pacific Legal 500” in 3 practice areas including in IT and Telecommunications.
He also advises the Technopreneurs Association of Malaysia, its members including its council members on legal issues and strategy. He currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the 1Utopia Foundation which aims to generate donations whether in cash or in forms of ICT equipment and gadgets to orphanages, schools and underprivileged children. He is also a founding member/adviser on corporate and legal matters to the World Chinese Association (Malaysia) Asia Division.
He has advised the listing of various companies in Malaysia as well as overseas including London and Hong Kong and is constantly consulted to assist public-listed companies to recover and generate more shareholders value. He currently sits on the board of Takaso Resources Berhad as an Independent Non-Executive Director, the board of The Media Shoppe Berhad as an Independent Non-Executive Chairman and the Board of a private company involving in circuit manufacturing, whose ultimate holding company is listed on the NASDAQ.
He is the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee and Audit Committee.