Dato’ Syed Ariff Fadzillah Bin Syed Awalluddin was appointed to the Board on 27 January 2006. He was re-sesignated to Chairman/Independent Non-Executive Director on 1 December 2009. He started his career as an Assistant District Officer in Kulim, Kedah in 1967 and was an Assistant Secretary in the Public Service Commission, Kuala Lumpur between 1970 and 1972 before being transferred to the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs. Prior to retiring in November 2001, he served as the Ambassador of Malaysia to the Kingdom of Thailand from 1996 to 2001, Ambassador to the Republic of Korea with joint accreditation to Mongolia (1992 to 1995) and Ambassador of Malaysia to Fiji with concurrent accreditations to Tuvalu, Tonga, Western Samoa, Kiribati and Nauru (1998 and 1991). His other foreign assignments include postings to Indonesia, Libya and Canada. He was also the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Malaysia to the United Nations between 1982 and 1986. From 1991 to 1992, he served as the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in charge of Southeast Asia and South Pacific.
He has attended all five (5) Board meetings held during the financial year ended 31 May 2019.
He also serves as Director on the boards of Bermaz Auto Berhad and Ikhmas Jaya Group Berhad. He has no family relationship with any other Director and/ or major shareholder of the Company and has not entered into any transaction, whether directly or indirectly, which has a conflict of interest with the Company. He has no convictions for offences within the past five (5) years nor any public sanction or penalty imposed by the relevant regulatory bodies during the financial year.