Tan Sri Lee Kim Tiong @ Lee Kim Yew, the founder of Country Heights Holdings Berhad, was first appointed to the Board on 1 October 1986.
Tan Sri Lee Kim Yew has been the Executive Chairman of Country Heights Holdings Berhad since October 1, 2016 and has stepped down from the executive role on January 26th, 2023. On February 7, 2023, he has been appointed as the Group Advisor and Patron and take on the advisory role to Country Heights Holdings Berhad. As the Advisor to the Group, Tan Sri Lee will provide guidance to the group and ensure that his advice is properly documented, with a particular focus on the latest trends and leveraging his vast international network, especially in Asia, to help improve the company's culture and branding.
Tan Sri Lee Kim Yew is an established innovative entrepreneur who has stamped his mark in many industries. He has over 30 years of vast experience in developing residential, industrial park, hotel and leisure, commercial and recreation projects. His strong business acumen and visionary leadership are the keys ingredients which led the Group’s successful completion of several highly acclaimed projects. Country Heights Damansara and Borneo Highlands Resort have won the “Highly Commended – Best Development Malaysia” and “Highly Commended - Best Golf Development Malaysia” awards respectively in the Asia Pacific Residential Property Awards in association with Bloomberg Television 2010. Country Heights Holdings Berhad was awarded “Best Brands Conglomerate Awards 2010-2011”.
His magnificent development by transforming the one of the World’s largest open cast tin mine into a flagship development such as Palace of the Golden Horses, Mines Wellness Hotel, Mines Waterfront Business Park, Mines International Exhibition & Convention Centre (“MIECC”), Mines Wonderland and Mines Resort & Golf Club or better known as “Mines Resort City”. The Mines Resort City has earned the National Creativity & Innovation Award by the Malaysian Design Technology Centre in 2004.
In recognition of his immeasurable contribution to the property development and hospitality industry in Malaysia, Tan Sri Lee Kim Tiong @ Lee Kim Yew has been bestowed with the “Lifetime Achievement Award” in the 2008 Technology Business Review ASEAN Awards.
In view of his direct interest in Country Heights Holdings Berhad and substantial shareholdings in Country Heights Venture Sdn Bhd and Country Heights International Sdn Bhd, he is deemed interested in certain related party transactions of a revenue or trading nature which are necessary for the day-to-day operations of the Group.
Admiral Tan Sri Dato' Setia Mohd Anwar Bin Mohd Nor (Rtd) served the Royal Malaysian Navy for 38.5 years, commanded six (6) ships, and also several shore bases. He rose to the rank of Admiral and took office as Chief of Navy in August 2003 and later became the first Naval Officer to assume the Chief of Defence Force post from April 2005 until 2007.
He was formerly the President of the Malaysian Hockey Federation and is currently the President of the Malaysian Golf Association (MGA)
He was chairman of the Armed Forces Fund Board (LTAT) for 11 years and chairman of the National Defence University of Malaysia Board for 10 years.
Currently, he is one of the Pro Chancellors of the National Defence University of Malaysia. He also held the position of President of the Armed Forces Veteran for 6 years and was an Independent Chairman of Titijaya Land Berhad from 2014 to 2022.
Dato’ Mircle Yap is a Malaysian business executive and advisor with more than two decades two decades of experience in international finance and corporate governance. He has held a diverse range of positions in multiple countries and played crucial roles in numerous equity fundraising, M&A, and IPO advisory transactions across Asia, Europe, and the United States.
In 1998, Dato’ Mircle Yap earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (Dual) degree in Strategic Operations Management and Human Resource Management from Georgia Southern University in the United States.
He also received a Certificate of Management from the New Zealand Institute of Management in 2003. Dato’ Mircle Yap is affiliated with several professional associations, including the Chartered Management Institute, the European Corporate Governance Institute, the International Corporate Governance Network, the Malaysia Alliance of Corporate Directors, and the New Zealand Institute of Management.
Dato’ Mircle Yap has held various positions since 2004, serving as a Strategic Investment Advisor at Quarto Capital LLC and Exalt Capital Group Investment, Commissioner at PT Envy Technologies TBK, Supervisory Board Member at Valens Holding AG, and Advisor at Zhuding International Limited
Additionally, he was a Non-Executive Director in several UK listed companies from 2011 to 2017. Dato’ Mircle Yap was involved in a Dual IPO Advisory and Equity Fundraising in Central Europe and Europe. In 2020, he successfully completed an equity exit for a US-listed entity of an Asian construction material manufacturing company.
Apart from his professional career, Dato’ Mircle Yap actively engages in non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and charitable organizations, such as the Ti-Ratana Welfare Society since 2009. In recognition of his contributions, Dato’ Mircle Yap was honored with The Esteemed Order of the Crown of Pahang [Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang] in 2013 by the late Sultan Ahmad Shah.
Dr. Yip Chun Mun was appointed to the Board on 7 June 2016 as an Executive Director.
Dr. Yip Chun Mun holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Administrative Studies from York University, Toronto, Canada. He is currently the Executive Director for Palace of the Golden Horses and Managing Directors of GHHS Healthcare, GHHS Chinese Medical Centre and GHHS Wellness & Spa. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of Palace Vacation Club and Mines Global Holidays Sdn Bhd (inbound travel agency).
Dr. Yip Chun Mun is currently the Chairman of the Malaysian Holiday Timeshare Developers’ Federation (“MHTDF”). He has over 30 years of experience in the Malaysian timeshare industry. Dr. Yip Chun Mun started Mines Marketing Sdn Bhd, a marketing agency for Country Heights Group in January 1999 as a Director and General Manager and has since marketed a variety of memberships and property products for Country Heights Group including GHHS Health United, Palace Vacation Club, Mines Golf membership, Hornbill Golf membership, Dignitaries Club and Heritage Serviced Residences. To-date, he has recruited more than 40,000 members for these various memberships and generated over RM1 billion sales revenue.
His other accomplishments include conceptualising and marketing the 1st in Malaysia oil palm farm sharing investment scheme named Country Heights Growers Scheme to more than 10,000 investors and generated an investment fund of over RM200 million. He had previously marketed and led the sales and marketing division of Palace of the Golden Horses, Mines Wellness Hotel and Borneo Highlands Resort. On the tourism business, he has developed and marketed tourism products for golf tourism, education program, property tourism, “Malaysia My Second Home” program, and medical tourism packages specifically targeted to the Middle East, China, Korea, Vietnam and Indonesia markets.
Dr. Yip Chun Mun is also a Director of Golden Horse Palace Berhad, Country Heights Timeshare Berhad, Mines Excellent Golf Resort Berhad and several private companies. He has no directorship in other public listed companies.
Mr. Ong Tee Chin was appointed to the Board on 20 September 2017 as an Independent Non-Executive Director. He was also appointed as a member of the Audit & Risk Management Committee and Nomination & Remuneration Committee of the Board on 20 September 2017. On 10 April 2018, he was re-designated as the Chairman of the Nomination & Remuneration Committee. On 12 April 2019, he was redesignated as the Chairman of the Audit & Risk Management Committee and as a member of the Nomination & Remuneration Committee.
Mr. Ong Tee Chin graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy from University Science Malaysia and a Bachelor of Laws from University of London.
Mr. Ong Tee Chin is a CFA® charterholder and a certified Financial Risk Manager (“FRM”) awarded by the Global Association of Risk Professionals. He is a Chartered Accountant, member of Malaysian Institute of Accountants (“MIA”), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (“ACCA”), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (“CIMA”) and a graduate member of Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“MICPA”). He was also the prize winner for Advance Taxation, Malaysian variant conducted by ACCA in December 2002. Also, he holds a capital market representative license from Securities Commission Malaysia required for providing advisory work on corporate finance.
His previous experiences include an attachment with one of the Big Four International Accounting Firms and he was a finance director for a number of listed companies with operations in Malaysia and Asia Pacific. His past ten years of experience was heading a licensed corporate finance company in Malaysia, providing corporate finance advisory functions including producing equity valuation and expert reports, independent advice letters and investment research for a diversified range of industries.
Mr. Ong Tee Chin is a director and shareholder of Asia Equity Research Sdn Bhd, a company specialising in providing advisory in corporate finance and investment advice.
Mr. Ong Tee Chin has no directorship in other public listed companies.
Mr. Chua Hee Boon is a Chartered Accountant. He is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) as well as a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and an affiliate of the Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (MAICSA). Mr. Chua has a combined experience of more than 28 years in audit, tax, corporate secretarial, corporate finance & advisory, tax advisory, business valuation and due diligence. He was also once attached to a big four audit firm, Deloitte, and has held senior positions with a publicly listed company. His industry experience includes property development, hotel, manufacturing, retail, wholesaler, investment holding, consumer & industry services, printing, renovation, construction and event organizer. In 2003, Mr. Chua joined Tan Sri Lee Kim Yew's private investment arm, to lead the finance department. Then in 2008, he was transferred to the public listed company, Country Heights Holdings Berhad as Group Financial Controller/Acting Chief Financial Officer. In 2009, Mr. Chua established a consultancy company for the provision of quality corporate finance & advisory services, accounting, corporate secretarial, tax advisory, business valuation.
Ms. Lee Sow Lin was appointed to the Board on 7 June 2016 as an Executive Director. She was previously a Director of Country Heights Holdings Berhad from 2004 to 2008.
Ms. Lee Sow Lin holds a Bachelor of Economics Degree from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She brought with her a wealth of experience in the financial and banking industry. She was previously attached to the Hong Leong Financial Group for 15 years holding various senior positions in commercial banking, corporate banking and branch operations. In Hong Leong Finance, Ms. Lee Sow Lin was spearheading the overall real estate lending in Malaysia where she led and managed project financing and lending to property companies.
In Hong Leong Bank, Ms. Lee Sow Lin was part of the core team that led the commercial banking functions after acquiring MUI Bank. She was involved in the commercial banking and corporate banking business and later in branch operations.
Ms. Lee Sow Lin joined Tan Sri Lee Kim Tiong @ Lee Kim Yew’s private arm business in December 1999 where she was involved in managing his personal companies’ gearing and funding requirements including overseeing his companies’ corporate exercise matters.
During her directorship in Country Heights Holdings Berhad from 2004 to 2008, Ms. Lee Sow Lin was responsible in steering the restructuring of certain debts of the Group, namely the Cumulative Redeemable Preference Shares (“CRPS”) which involved the issuance of Redeemable Convertible Secured Loans Stock (“RCSLS Series A & B”). She was also instrumental in getting CapitaLand Singapore to purchase the Mines Shopping Mall for the settlement of the loan stock RCSLS Series A & B.
In her current position as Executive Director of Country Heights Holdings Berhad, Ms. Lee Sow Lin is responsible to oversee the Group’s corporate exercises and assists the Executive Chairman (during his absence) to oversee the Group’s overall management. Ms. Lee Sow Lin also helps to liaise with bankers, stakeholders (including potential investors) and oversee the strategic business alliances for the Group.
Ms. Lee Sow Lin has no directorship in other public listed companies.
Mr. Chuah Tian Pong is the Chief Operation Officer of Country Heights Holdings Berhad. He is a graduate of Architecture and obtained his BSc (Hons) Architecture in 1997 and Post Graduate Diploma in Architecture in 1999 from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom.
He has more than 25 years of working experience in both consultancy and property development companies handling residential and commercial projects including high-rise buildings. Mr. Chuah's forte is in planning, design and value engineering.
Mr. Xiong Wei holds a Communication Engineering degree from Hezhou University of China. He is a serial entrepreneur and investor in the internet finance industry and has rich experience in start-up enterprise strategic planning and investment operations.
He is also a pioneer in the blockchain and cloud computing industry and has both international and domestic work experience.
Mr. Xiong Wei is the chairman and founder of Hong Kong Al Life Investment Services Ltd. In 2008, he established Shenzhen Hengzhongxin Intelligent Technology Co. Ltd. In 2018, he was the second prize winner of China's National Mobile Internet Innovation Competition.
Mr. Tan Meng Khong holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University Putra Malaysia. He is also a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and CPA Australia.
Prior to joining the Group, Mr Tan had over 20 years of corporate experience holding different positions as Resource Director, General Manager of Development and Finance Manager in Singapore and Australian public listed companies.
Mr Chuah Peng San, a Barrister-at-Law, holds a Bachelor of Law (LL.B Hons) degree from the University of Leeds, England and a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc. Hons) degree, majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Management from University of Science Malaysia, Penang.
Having called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn, United Kingdom in 1991, he had a short chamber with a Queen's Counsel in London specialising in commercial and corporate matters and later trained with a renowned solicitors firm Phillips & Buck (now Eversheds) Cardiff, United Kingdom prior to returning to Malaysia. He was admitted as an Advocates & Solicitors to the High Court of Malaya and later set up the legal firm known as Chuah, Halim & Co. in 1995.
He is a practising lawyer in the fields of commercial, conveyancing, land matters and civil litigation. He was a legal adviser of the Perlis Chinese Chamber of Commerce and had represented a subsidiary company of Sunway Group.
He is currently on legal advisory works for a few established clients.
Save as disclosed above, none of the Directors has
any family relationship with any Directors and/or Major Shareholders of the Company any conflict of interest with the Company
Conviction for Offences
None of the Directors has been convicted for offences within the past 10 years other than traffic offences.
Attendance of Board Meetings
The attendance of the Directors at Board of Directors’ Meetings is disclosed in the Corporate Governance Statement.