A Malaysian, male, aged 63, was appointed to the Board on 23 December 2003. He is the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee, and a member of the Audit Committee, Nomination Committee and Risk Management Committee.
Mr Chong graduated from the University of Leeds, England in 1984 with an Honours degree in Law. He obtained his Certificate of Legal Practice, Malaya in 1985 and was admitted as an advocate and solicitor to the High Court of Malaya in 1986. He established the firm Messrs J.M. Chong, Vincent Chee & Co. Advocates & Solicitors in December 1986 and has been practising since, concentrating on banking, corporate, commercial and real estate matters. He is the managing partner of the firm.
Mr Chong is the Vice President of the Klang Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry ("KCCCI"); the Chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee of the KCCCI and The Associated Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Coastal Selangor; a council member of The Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, and also the Chairman of its Legal Affairs Committee; and a member of the Legal Affairs Committee of The Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia. He is a legal advisor of Malaysia Used Vehicle Autoparts Traders Association, Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Furniture Association and Sekolah Menengah Chung Hua ("PSDN") Klang.
Mr Chong is also the Chairman of YKGI Holdings Berhad, and a Director of Parkson Holdings Berhad, Hextar Global Berhad and Rubberex Corporation (M) Berhad, all public listed companies.
Mr Chong does not have any family relationship with any other Director and/or major shareholder of the Company and has no conflict of interest with the Company. He has no convictions for offence within the past five years.