A Malaysian, aged 70, was appointed to the Board on 17 April 2019. He is also the Chairman of the Nomination Committee and Risk Management Committee, and a member of the Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee of the Company.
He holds a Master in Business Administration (Business Finance) from University of Edinburgh, Advanced Diploma in Economic Development (with Distinction) from University of Manchester, United Kingdom and Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from University of Malaya. He also attended an Advance Course in Urban Planning JICA in Tokyo, Japan.
In 1974, Tan Sri Dato’ HJ. Abd Karim was the Assistant Director at the Ministry of Finance, Malaysia. Between 1975-1980, he held different position in various districts in the state of Perak as Assistant District Officer, Kinta; Chairman of Kinta District Council; Assistant District Officer 1, Kampar; Chairman of Kampar/ Gopeng Municipal Council and also Assistant State Secretary of Perak ("upen").
He was the Chief Assistant District Officer 1 (Land) of Kuantan District Office and Chief Assistant State Secretary of Pahang (Housing Division) in 1980; Deputy Director of Klang Valley Planning Secretariat, Prime Minister Department in 1982; Chief Assistant State Secretary of Selangor (Local Authority Division) in 1987.
He also served as the President of Ampang Jaya Municipal Council from 1992 to 1996. He had an outstanding career in the government sector and was the President of Petaling Jaya Municipal Council in 2003 and 2004. Prior to that, he was the District Officer cum President of Sepang District Council from 1998-2003. In 2005, he opted to join the corporate sector and was appointed as President of Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Berhad. Tan Sri Dato’ Hj. Abd Karim was previously the Executive Chairman of various companies listed in Bursa Malaysia such as Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor Berhad, Kumpulan Hartanah Selangor Berhad and Chairman of Taliworks Corporation Berhad from 2004 to 2011.
He was also Chairman of various other companies namely Konsortium Abass Sdn Bhd, Titisan Modal Sdn Bhd, Central Spectrum Sdn Bhd, Cekal Tulin Development Sdn Bhd, JAKS-KDEB Consortium Sdn Bhd, Hydrovest Sdn Bhd and Perangsang Hotel & Properties Sdn Bhd. In addition, Tan Sri Dato’ Hj. Abd Karim was also a member of the Board of Directors for Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas), Syarikat Pengeluaran Air Selangor Holdings Berhad (Splash), Cyberview Sdn Bhd and Alam Flora Sdn Bhd.
He currently sits on the Board of MCT Berhad, Lion Forest Industries Berhad and Kingsley Edugroup Berhad.
He 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.