Amalgamated Industrial Steel Sdn Bhd (AIS) was founded on 20 November 1969 as a private limited company. Formed by a skilled group of pioneering local hardware importers, AIS was the vanguard and first premier manufacturer of steel pipes in Malaysia. On 18 May 1971, we commenced operations with a paid-up capital of over RM4 million and an authorised capital of RM10 million.
Enjoying steady growth and success, we became a publicly listed company on 10th December 1974, eventually changing our name to Amalgamated Industrial Steel Berhad (AISB). This was but a mere prelude to another great milestone when we obtained our official listing status on the Main Board of Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange on 28 June 1983, now known as Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad.
In 2015, AISB set yet another milestone by divesting its manufacturing operations and focusing on trading of steel-related products, property development and property investment. This business re-engineering process was envisioned to reduce exposure to market volatility, improve income stream and ensure long-term business sustainability.
Possessing boundless experience, knowledge and expertise; AISB’s board of directors are all proven members in the industry and whose collective drive spearheads the company’s achievements with an uncompromising spirit.
Dato’ Ghazali Bin Mat Ariff, a Malaysian, is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Amalgamated Industrial Steel Berhad. He was appointed to the Board on 9 December 2003 and assumed the position as Chairman of the Company on 26 September 2007. He also serves as Chairman to the Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee (now known as Audit and Risk Management Committee) and Nomination Committee.
Dato’ Ghazali is an Advocate and Solicitor. He qualified as a Barrister-at Law from Lincoln’s Inn, London and was called to the English Bar on 21 November 1978. He was admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya on 27 September 1979. He set up a legal firm under the name of Messrs. Ghazali Ariff & Partners in March 1980 and is currently the Senior Partner of the firm.
From 1979 to 1980 he worked as a legal assistant at Messrs. Nik Hussain, Ibrahim & Abdullah, Kuala Lumpur. Prior to that, he was a college trained teacher at Chung Hwa Confucian High School Penang from 1962 to 1968 and a lecturer at Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Teachers’ Training College Brunei Darussalam from 1968 to 1974.
Apart from Amalgamated Industrial Steel Berhad, Dato’ Ghazali sits on the Board of Advanced Packaging Technology (M) Berhad.
He also sits on the Board of several private limited companies.
Dato’ Ghazali was the vice president of Jemaah Dato’- Dato’ Perlis. He was appointed as a Commissioner for Oaths from 1995 till 2005. From September 1995 to December 1999, he was the Honorary Vice Consul of the Republic of Finland in Kuala Lumpur. Dato’ Ghazali was also the Honorary Legal Advisor of Malaysia Thai Association from 1999 to 2002. He is currently the Honorary Life President of The Malay College Old Boys Association.
Dato’ Ronnie Lim Yew Boon, a Malaysian, is an Executive Director of Amalgamated Industrial Steel Berhad. He was appointed to the Board on 9 December 2003. He had served as a member of the Audit Committee from 16 December 2003 till 22 November 2007. He was a member of the Risk Management Committee up to the merger of the Audit Committee and Risk Management Committee on 1 January 2018.
Apart from Amalgamated Industrial Steel Berhad, Dato’ Ronnie Lim also sits on the Board of Taliworks Corporation Berhad and several private limited companies, namely Grand Saga Sdn Bhd, SWM Environment Sdn Bhd and a few others.
Prior to his appointment to the Board of Amalgamated Industrial Steel Berhad, Dato’ Ronnie Lim served as the Group Chief Operating Officer in LGB Group of Companies. He holds a Diploma in Civil Engineering and started his career in the field of construction with consultant engineers. With over thirty years of varied corporate and management experience, he has wide in-depth exposure in various key industries covering construction, manufacturing, property development and public utilities.
Dato’ Ronnie Lim is a cousin of Mr. Lim Chin Sean, who is an Executive Director and a substantial shareholder of the Company.
Mr. Lim Chin Sean, a Malaysian, is an Executive Director of Amalgamated Industrial Steel Berhad. Prior to his appointment to the Board as a Non-Independent Non- Executive Director on 26 September 2007, he was an alternate director to Dato’ Ghazali Bin Mat Ariff since 23 November 2005. He was then re-designated from Non-Independent Non-Executive Director to Executive Director on 23 November 2016.
Mr. Lim Chin Sean holds a Bachelor of Computer System Engineering Degree (Honours) from University of Kent, United Kingdom.
He joined the LGB Group of Companies since September 2003 and is currently involved in property development, construction projects, manufacturing and IT advisory services. He also sits on the board of Taliworks Corporation Berhad and several private limited companies.
Mr. Lim Chin Sean is a cousin of Dato’ Ronnie Lim, who is an Executive Director of the Company.
Mr. Lim Chin Sean is a substantial shareholder of the Company by virtue of his substantial shareholdings in Telaxis Sdn Bhd, which is a substantial shareholder of the Company.
Datuk Hew Lee Lam Sang is an Independent Non-Executive Director of AISB has been qualified as a Certified Public Accountant in Malaysia since 1988 and has more than 27 years of experience in the auditing and business advisory profession with KPMG in Malaysia. Datuk Hew Lee was the head of the consulting practice of KPMG in Malaysia before he was elected to manage the whole advisory practice in Malaysia until his retirement from practice at the end of 2015. His vast experience includes external auditing, initial public offerings, review of financial forecast and projections, corporate restructuring, share valuation, etc.
Datuk Hew Lee has been a member of Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants since July 1988 and a member of Malaysian Institute of Accountants since March 1990.
Tuan Haji Fauzi Bin Mustapha, a Malaysian, joined the Board of Amalgamated Industrial Steel Berhad in November 1993 as a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director representing Permodalan Nasional Berhad (“PNB”). Following his retirement from the PNB Group and upon his declaration as such, he was re-designated as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. He serves as a member of the Audit Committee (now known as Audit and Risk Management Committee) since January 2000 and also serves as a member in the Nomination Committee and the Remuneration Committee. He serves as Chairman to the Risk Management Committee since November 2007. He ceased to be the Chairman to the Risk Management Committee following the merger of the Audit and Risk Management Committee on 1 January 2018.
In the PNB Group, Tuan Haji Fauzi, who holds a Diploma in Marketing, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree from University Malaya, served for almost 19 years with Amanah Saham Nasional Berhad (“ASNB”), and the last position he held was as Head of Department of the Services and Quality Assurance Management Department. From January 2000 until March 2002, he held the position of Director of Human Resources in HeiTech Padu Berhad (“HPB”). He was, thereafter, designated as a Consultant to initiate HPB’s quality improvements until December 2002.
Dr Goh Swee Por holds a First Class Honours degree in Mechatronic Engineering and a PhD in Advanced Control Engineering. He started his career in 1996 as an equipment and automation engineer at Knowles Electronics and Agilent Technologies (Semiconductor Product Group) in Penang and was eventually promoted to Senior Engineering Manager at Vista Point Technologies (an ODM subsidiary of Flextronics). Specialising in new technology and product R&D, system design, product testing, process automation, lean manufacturing, yield improvement, cost reduction, operations management, project management and business support, he was awarded Young Engineer Award in 2006 besides authoring several technical publications and providing consulting services.
He had also worked with Smartrac Technology Ltd. as a Senior Engineering Manager and was eventually promoted to Deputy Head of Operations, managing operations of radio-frequency identification product manufacturing. Prior to joining LGB Group, he was a PA to Chairman cum Head of Operations for 3 subsidiaries within Tan Chong Motor Holdings with full accountability in P&L, business development, purchasing, R&D, manufacturing, assembly, finance, HR, administration, audit control and customer service. Dr Goh has experiences working in Malaysia, China and Thailand besides managing staff of various nationalities.