Corporate Responsibilities

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Community

As a responsible corporate citizen, we believe and uphold the principles of corporate responsibility in synergy with our commitment to achieve good financial results for our shareholders.

We pledge that our business and its success will be built on proper corporate responsibility, practices and the embracing of ethical business practices and behavior. This foundation and our commitment towards serving the community and society by practicing good governance are instrumental and key to building competitive advantages, customer satisfaction and society peace of mind and the securing of long term acceptance of GUH name.

The way forward in upholding our namesake as one among a list of well-established public listed companies is our endeavor to contribute positively towards the community and society, and also to protect the environment during the course of business.

We believe that corporate responsibility is about promoting long term sustainability of the business through proper conduct, ethical interaction in the market place, work place, environment and the community, and that these processes shall be built on the principles of proper corporate governance. As such, we embrace the guiding wisdom that in the course of business there will be no detrimental effects on society, community and the environment. With that as a foundation, our pursuance of world class products and innovative processes shall result in satisfied customers, stakeholders, shareholders and the society.

Environment

As a responsible Company, we are aware that any business activities will have impacts on the environment. In protecting the environment, GUH endeavors to minimize these impacts by continuously improving its facilities and operations to reduce emissions and discharges along the entire process route from resource environment to output. In addition, GUH plays an active role in educating its associates, employees, suppliers, customers and consumers that global warming to a large extent is caused by the environmental footprint of industries.


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Educate

We are taking initiatives to educate, promote, inform and alert employees, customers and suppliers on the detrimental effects of climate change and global warming through our daily contacts and communication in the course of business.

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Environment Improve Energy Efficiency

We lead by example in our manufacturing operations by implementing steps to improve energy efficiency towards reducing emissions into the atmosphere.

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Environment Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

GUH encourages its employees to take an active role in recycling during the course of work. This is not merely confined to the manufacturing operations but also evidential in the earnest campaigning of the 3Rs of Reducing, Reusing and Recycling in the office.

The Company is committed on its current and future actions of conserving energy, reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions towards reducing its carbon footprint as a good corporate citizen.


Corporate Governance Statement

The Board of Directors (“the Board”) of GUH Holdings Berhad (“GUH” or “the Company”) is committed to exercise their power and to act bona fide in the best interest and benefit of all shareholders and other stakeholders.

Of equal importance, the Board is committed to ensure that the highest standard of corporate governance is practiced throughout GUH and its subsidiaries (“the Group”) as a key part of the process in building a sustainable business.

Board of Director

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Tan Sri Dato’ Seri H’ng Bok San, JP


PSM, DPPN, DGPN, DSPN, PKT, PJK

Executive Chairman

Tan Sri Dato’ Seri H’ng Bok San is the founder of GUH Circuit Industry (PG) Sdn. Bhd., the Executive Chairman of GUH Holdings Berhad (“GUH”) Group and the substantial shareholder of GUH. He was appointed to the Board of GUH on 6 January 1994. Tan Sri Dato’ Seri H’ng also sits on the Board of Sarawak Cable Berhad, a public listed company. He holds directorships in several other private limited companies.

An experienced and well-known entrepreneur who completed high school examination in the early years with a Certificate in Business Administration and Accounting obtained in Singapore, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri H’ng began his career in various fields from marketing management, business administration to the setting up of businesses and manufacturing. Tan Sri Dato’ Seri H’ng founded Leader Cable Industry Berhad back in 1976 and he implemented a restructuring and merger exercise between Leader Cable Industry Berhad and Universal Cable (M) Berhad and established Leader Universal Holdings Berhad as the holding company, which was formerly listed on Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. Throughout his career, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri H’ng has been very much involved in the business entrepreneurship and he has gained extensive operational experience in the manufacturing as well as the corporate restructuring and merger exercise and many other fields and industry sectors. He has accumulated in-depth knowledge and recognition over the years.

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Datuk Seri Kenneth H’ng Bak Tee

DGSM, DPNS, DSPN, PKT, PJM

Chief Executive Officer/Group Managing Director

Datuk Seri Kenneth H’ng Bak Tee has been appointed to the Board as the Chief Executive Officer/Group Managing Director of GUH since 1 September 2004. He also serves as the Director of all subsidiaries of the Group and several other private limited companies. He is a Board member of Binary University College of Management and Entrepreneurship.

Prior to that, he was with International Business Machines (IBM) in Kuala Lumpur and IBM in Asia South Pacific Area (ASPA) HQ in Hong Kong. He was also with Leader Universal Holdings Berhad (“Leader”) for 16 years.

Datuk Seri Kenneth graduated with a Bachelor of Mathematics (Double Honours) in Computers Science and Combinatoric & Optimization and also holds a Master of Applied Science (Management Science) in University of Waterloo, Canada. He is currently a Fellow Member of the Institute of Approved Company Secretaries, an Affiliate Member of the Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and a Member of the Registered Financial Planner. 

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Dato’ Harry H’ng Bak Seah

DSPN, PJK

Non-Executive Director

Dato’ Harry H’ng Bak Seah was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director of GUH on 13 January 1994. He also holds directorships in several other local and overseas private limited companies.

Upon completing his high school education, he began his career which is involved in the field of pewter and magnet wire manufacturing and operations. Subsequently, he ventured into the telecommunications and power cable business. He has held various positions from the Group Managing Director of Leader Universal Holdings Berhad since 1993 until the appointment as the Executive Vice Chairman from 1997 to 2005. Throughout his career, Dato’ Harry gained extensive experience and enhanced the knowledge in the manufacturing operations and diversified business environment over the years. 

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Datin Jessica H’ng Hsieh Ling

Non-Executive Director

Datin Jessica H’ng Hsieh Ling was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director on 20 February 2001. She is a member of the Risk Management & Sustainability Committee and the Remuneration Committee appointed by the Board. She holds directorships in several other private limited companies.

Datin Jessica graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, USA with a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in Accounting and she also obtained a Master of Science Degree, majoring in Taxation from Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA. Upon completing her tertiary education, Datin Jessica started her career by holding various major key positions in multinational companies and gained extensive knowledge and experience in corporate finance and business management prior to joining Leader Universal Holdings Berhad.

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Mr. Chew Hock Lin

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Chew Hock Lin was appointed to the Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director of GUH on 20 February 2001. He serves as Chairman of Audit Committee and the Risk Management & Sustainability Committee. He is also a member of the Nomination Committee and the Remuneration Committee of the Board. He has been appointed as the Senior Independent Director of GUH to whom all concerns may be conveyed. Mr. Chew also sits on the Board of Master Pack Group Berhad, a public listed company.

Mr. Chew graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Western Australia. He is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. He is also a Fellow of Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia. Mr. Chew is a former partner of an international audit firm. He has more than 40 years of working experience in various areas covering auditing, accounting, finance and tax. He gained extensive experience and knowledge during his tenure as a partner and long years of service in the accountancy profession. Based on his experience sitting on the Board of a few public listed companies, Mr. Chew is able to play his role in formulating and reviewing the Company’s strategies and to strike a balance and make the Board more effective and be accountable to shareholders.

Save as aforesaid disclosed, Mr. Chew does not have any family relationship with and is not related with any Director and/or major shareholder of GUH nor has any personal interest in any business arrangement involving the Company. 

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Dato’ Ismail Bin Hamzah

AMN, KMN, DIMP

Independent Non-Executive Director

Dato’ Ismail Bin Hamzah was appointed to the Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 19 December 2001. He serves as Chairman of the Nomination Committee and the Remuneration Committee of the Board. He is also a member of the Audit Committee and the Risk Management & Sustainability Committee. Dato’ Ismail sits on the Boards of a few public listed companies, namely SCC Holdings Berhad and JKG Land Berhad.  Apart from serving as a Director of public listed companies, Dato’ Ismail also serves as a Director of several other private limited companies.

Dato’ Ismail graduated from the University of Malaya in 1970 with a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) in Analytical Economics. Upon completed his tertiary education, he started his career by holding many key positions in the governmental agencies and organizations. He gained extensive knowledge and experience from economics to finance acquired, throughout his career and tenure of service in the governmental authorities for more than 30 years. Sitting on the Board of a few public listed companies, Dato’ Ismail is very experienced and capable to provide independent and objective judgment to the Board and he is able to attend all the Board meetings with sufficient time devoted to reading and formulating solutions to issues presented at the Board meeting.

Save as aforesaid disclosed, Dato’ Ismail does not have any family relationship with and is not related with any Director and/or major shareholder of GUH nor has any personal interest in any business arrangement involving the Company. 

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Mr. Lai Chang Hun

DJN, PKT

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Lai Chang Hun has been appointed to the Board since 13 January 1994. Mr. Lai is a member of the Nomination Committee appointed by the Board. He also holds directorships of several other private limited companies    

Mr. Lai was the Chairman of Penang Electrical Merchant Association and he is presently holding the position as one of the Trustees in the Association. He is presently a Director of Han Chiang High School and College and also holding the position as a Director in a number of social societies. Mr. Lai completed his high school education and obtained a diploma in the electrical and electronic in the early year. He started his career in the electrical engineering business. Over the years, he has gained extensive knowledge and business experience in the manufacturing and marketing of electronics and electrical products and appliances. Apart from that, he had been serving on the Board of other public listed company and is knowledgeable, competent and able to give objective judgment to the Board and to facilitate a more fair, balanced and effective governance of the Board and the Company.   

Save as aforesaid disclosed, Mr. Lai does not have any family relationship with and is not related with any Director and/or major shareholder of GUH nor has any personal interest in any business arrangement involving the Company. 

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En. W Ismail Bin W Nik

Independent Non-Executive Director

En. W Ismail Bin W Nik has been appointed to the Board since 26 January 1994.  En. W Ismail is also a director of several other private limited companies.

En. W Ismail graduated from the University of Malaya in 1971 with a Bachelor of Economics Degree. He also completed the examinations of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, United Kingdom in 1970 and the Securities Institute of Australia in 1972. Through his career that involved in various industries, he has gained extensive knowledge and diversified business experience including commercial banking, investment, property development, manufacturing and trading. He previously served as a Director in a few public listed companies and he is knowledgeable, competent and able to give independent judgment to the Board and to facilitate a more fair, balanced and effective governance of the Board and the Company.   

Save as aforesaid disclosed, En. W Ismail does not have any family relationship with and is not related with any Director and/or major shareholder of GUH nor has any personal interest in any business arrangement involving the Company. 

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Dato’ Dr. Gan Kong Meng

DSDK, PSPP, SDK, DJN, BCN, SMP, AMK, KMN, PPA, PhD

Independent Non-Executive Director

Dato’ Dr. Gan Kong Meng was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 1 June 2015.  He is a member of the Audit Committee appointed by the Board.  He is currently a Senior Vice President for corporate integrity/surveillance & security and Chairman for credit review and risk assessment/ investor relations of a private limited company. Key responsibilities include implementing internal controls, working with relevant authorities and adopting important rules such as those relating to business relations and those relating to the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing.

Dato’ Dr. Gan graduated from the University Science Malaysia with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics & Mathematics, a Master of Social Science Degree in Anthropology/Sociology and he also obtained a PhD in Drug Research.

Dato’ Dr. Gan served in the Royal Malaysian Police for more than 30 over years before retiring in early January 2015.  He was the OCPD of Georgetown, Penang, OCCI of Kuala Lumpur City and he also held various positions in special branch, management as well as public order.  Dato’ Dr. Gan’s vast experience will benefit the Group in beefing the security and risk management issues.

Save as aforesaid disclosed, Dato’ Dr. Gan does not have family relationship with and is not related with any Director and/or major shareholder of GUH nor has any personal interest in any business arrangement involving the Company.

Board Committee

 Audit Committee

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Mr. Chew Hock Lin (Chairman)

(Independent Non-Executive Director)

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Dato’ Ismail Bin Hamzah

(Independent Non-Executive Director)

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Dato' Dr. Gan Kong Meng

(Independent Non-Executive Director)

 Nomination Committee

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Dato' Ismail Bin Hamzah (Chairman)

(Independent Non-Executive Director)

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Mr. Chew Hock Lin

(Independent Non-Executive Director)

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Mr. Lai Chang Hun

(Independent Non-Executive Director)

 Remuneration Committee

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Dato' Ismail Bin Hamzah (Chairman)

(Independent Non-Executive Director)

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Mr. Chew Hock Lin

(Independent Non-Executive Director)

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Datin Jessica H'ng Hsieh Ling

(Non-Executive Director)

Board Charter

Introduction

The Directors of GUH Holdings Berhad (“GUH” or “the Company”) regard Corporate Governance as vitally important to the success of GUH’s businesses and are unreservedly committed to apply the principles necessary to ensure that the following principles of good governance are practiced in all of its business dealings of its shareholders and relevant stakeholders.

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Objectives

The objectives of the Board Charter are to ensure that all Directors of GUH acting on behalf of the Company are aware of their duties and responsibilities and the various legislations and regulations affecting their conduct and that the principles and practices of good Corporate Governance are applied in all their dealings in respect and on behalf of the Company.

In pursuit of the ideals in the Board Charter, the intention is to exceed “minimum legal requirements” with due consideration to recognize standards of best practices locally and internationally and subject to the provisions of the Companies Act 2016, the Company’s Articles of Association, the Main Market Listing Requirements (MMLR) of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad (Bursa Securities), the recommended principles of the Malaysian Code on Corporate Governance (MCCG) and any other applicable law or regulatory requirements.