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Dato’ Muthanna bin Abdullah

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lndependent Non-Executive Director

Age: 61
Nationality: Malaysian
Gender: Male
Date of Appointment: 8 May 2020
Length of Service: < 3 years
Date of Last Re-election: 17 June 2020

Board Committee Membership:

  • Chairman of Nomination and Remuneration Committee (Period from June 2020 - present)
  • Member of Audit, Governance and Risk Committee (Period from June 2020 - present)


  • Advocate & Solicitor (High Court of Malaya)
  • Barrister-at-Law (Middle Temple, England)

Working Experience and Occupation:

  • Consultant, Abdullah Chan & Co (Advocates & Solicitors) (2019 - present) 
  • Partner, Abdullah Chan & Co (Advocates & Solicitors) (2012 - 2018)
  • Partner, Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill (Advocates & Solicitors) (2001 - 2012)
  • Partner, Abdullah A. Rahman & Co (Advocates & Solicitors) (1985 - 2001)

Directorship of Public Companies:

  • Digital Nasional Berhad
  • IHH Healthcare Berhad
  • Sapura Resources Berhad
  • MSIG Insurance Malaysia Berhad (MSIG)
  • Malaysia Life Reinsurance Group Berhad (MLRe)

Trusteeships of Foundations

  • Yayasan Siti Sapura
  • Habitat Foundation


  • President, Bukit Tunku Residents Association
  • Board Member, Malaysia Aerospace Industry Association
  • Board Member, Kuala Lumpur Business Club


  • Honorary Consul, Republic of San Marino in Kuala Lumpur
  • Avocat Au Confiance, Embassy of Switzerland Malaysia

MSM Sugar Refinery (Johor) Sdn. Bhd. (MSM Johor), a subsidiary of MSM Malaysia Holdings Berhad (MSM) operates MSM’s new sugar refinery based in Tanjung Langsat, Johor which is set to be the largest standalone sugar refinery in Malaysia. Erected on a 50.63 acre land plot, the integrated complex is under development for Phase 1 - to build and operate a 3,000 tonnes per day of refined sugar output (RSO) contributing of up to 1 million MT on the Group’s annual production capacity. This is set to be fully commissioned by mid year of 2018. Upon increase in demand, expansion of Phase 2 shall commence by 2025. The combined annual production capacity of Phase 1 and Phase 2 is capable for up to an astounding 2 million MT, strengthening MSM’s position as one of the leading refined sugar producer in the region. With an investment of approximately USD $259 million for the development of Phase 1, this magnifies the Group’s confidence to showcase its ability towards MSM’s 53 years of talented expertise and experience in sugar refining and skilled management. Upon completion and full commissioning of MSM Johor, the total group production capacity will increase of up to 3.25 million MT per annum. One of MSM Johor’s salient point enables capacity building which translates to competitive pricing on end products. This allows MSM to foray into neighbouring countries, further strengthen the Group’s domestic market share and transform Malaysia into a regional hub for high quality refined sugar. Significantly, MSM Johor is seen to be a key growth driver for MSM Group to realize its mission in becoming one of the top 10 global sugar player by 2020.