Datoâ€™ Mohd Shahar Bin Abdul Hamid, Malaysian, aged 81, was appointed an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 3 March 2008. He is also a member of the Audit Committee, and chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee of the Company. He is the Senior Independent Director to whom concerns may be conveyed.
He obtained Grade 1 for his Senior Cambridge Examinations in 1954. He took up General Engineering Courses under the Training within Industry programme in the United Kingdom, funded by Shell Malaysia scholarship.
Datoâ€™ Mohd Shahar served Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd in various senior positions from October 1960 to 1971.
In September 1971, Datoâ€™ Mohd Shahar was invited to serve as Managing Director of Pernas Trading Sdn Bhd. In the years from 1971 to 1974, he was appointed the Deputy Leader of the First Malaysian Trade Delegations (Direct Trade) to China (The Canton Trade Fair) held twice a year in April and October. Thereafter, he was appointed the Leader for the Delegation for four consecutive trips. In 1974, he was appointed as the Managing Director of Pernas Edar Sdn Bhd.
In 1977, he was invited to serve as Managing Director of Gula Negeri Sembilan Sdn Bhd to carry out Project Reappraisal following which he ventured into housing development and fertilizer processing businesses.
Datoâ€™ Mohd Shahar previously held positions as Independent Director of Antah Sdn Bhd which was subsequently listed on Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad in 1984 under the name Antah Holdings Berhad of which he also acts as Audit Committee Chairman in 1994 until Sino Hua-An International Berhad (â€śHua-Anâ€ť) took over the listing status of Antah Holdings Berhad in March 2007. He was appointed as Independent Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chairman of Hua-An. He has no directorship in other public companies.
He is one of the founding members of Lembaga Pemegang Amanah Yayasan Negeri Sembilan until December 2006 and a Trustee of Tuanku Jaâ€™afar Educational Trust.
Datoâ€™ Mohd Shahar has been conferred the Darjah Paduka Tuanku Jaafar (D.P.T.J.) which carries the honourable title of â€ś Datoâ€™ â€ť, Darjah Setia Negeri Sembilan (D.S.N.), and Pingat Jasa Kebaktian (P.J.K.) by DYMM Yang di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan. He was conferred the Kesatria Mangku Negara (K.M.N.) by his Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Datoâ€™ Mohd Shahar has no shareholdings whether direct or indirect in the Company and its subsidiaries. He has no family relationship with any Directors and/or major shareholders of the Company and has no conflict of interest with the Company.
He has never been convicted for any offences within the past five years and neither been imposed any public sanction or penalty by any regulatory bodies during the financial year.