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EXSAS 50 “A PERSONAL TRIBUTE”


Ayahanda Dato’ Abdul Rahim Assalamualaikum wbh. . . It is a great honor being invited to say a few words in this Collections, and I would like to thank the Editorial for the opportunity. It is already forty four years since Sekolah Menengah Sains Pahang (Sekolah Menengah Sultan Ahmad Shah Kuantan , SEMSAS) first open its doors to the first batch of selected boys and girls to enroll in this first ever Residential School in Pahang. It was January the 1" 1973 that these batch of 219 boys and girls first step their foot in the school to begin a long journey, the journey to realize the mission envisaged in the Third Malaysian Plan, that is to balance the inequality of education opporfunities among the "rakyat" and to create a balance distribution of professionals among Malaysians. Under the tutorship of a crew of eleven teachers we slowly but surely charted our course. I thank Allah for giving me the opportunity and strength to lead the team on that journey for a span of ten years. In those formative years I hope my team and I had laid a sound foundation for the school on which our successors would continue. Today, after almost half a century in existence the school is proud that it's sons (and daughters) had achieved her mission. This beautiful publication attest to it : thus I take the opportunity to congratulate its birth, and simultaneously celebrate EXSAS’s success. Even though this edition encore the first fifty illustrious names, I am sure this is not conclusive and I look forward to subsequent editions whereby many more achievers will be recorded. HIDUP BERJASA

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EXSAS 50 - “A Personal Tribute” Assalamualaikum & what’s up? First of all, I think we have the G.O.A.T school slogan. Looking for a more fulfilling school catchphrase than “Hidup Berjasa” is a futile exercise (please pardon my impartiality). Even though SEMSAS is not considered as a premier residential school but she has nevertheless produced high achievers of diverse background who are contributing to our nation and community. Before you guys go any further, please answer the following multiple choice question. Why am I doing this? A. To showcase our most inspiring members B. To increase the profile of EXSAS and SEMSAS C. To galvanise the rest of our members D. I have nothing better to do E. All of the above If “E” is your answer, then pat yourself on the back! Secondly, let us clarify a few things. This list is a personal tribute and NOT an official EXSAS list! It is not a biography and is far from definitive. A list of this nature is always subjective but hey who cares. Perhaps you could not go wrong with more than half of the names listed (the usual suspects) but you could probably argue of who should be included or who should be omitted for the rest (the nice surprises). This list is intended as a light-reading material and should be treated casually. But please keep in mind, “simple is not the opposite of convoluted!” The attempt to write brief, meaningful narrative infused with wit is arduous, to say the least. exsas fifty -

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EXSAS 50 - “A Personal Tribute” ( cont’... ) We started the process by inviting EXSAS members to nominate their friends through the website and in the end we received five (5) nominations. To complete the list, I scouted through my phone, name cards and also asked for suggestions from others. Researching for information to complete this list is difficult as the material are not readily available. For the most part, to improve the accuracy of the narrative, we contacted the nominated members and asked them to verify the details. And in the end, we did not use any proven formulas nor algorithms since we know of none that could be applicable here (duh). Lastly, being proud of each EXSAS member on the list is an understatement. They have shown remarkable achievement and having interacted with most of them, the pleasure has been all mine. My utmost gratitude to The President of EXSAS, bro Qisan (who was responsible for the artwork) and my PT gang 2016/2017 (Khairi 81, Idi 90, Fairul 95, Atikah 08, Aqilah 09 & Syamim 10) and special shout-out to my most influential buddy, Nizam Abidin (District Information Oficer, Pekan). Enjoy the list. Sincerely, Althahir Abdul Rashid LM0032 #skylabjuara

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INTRODUCTION SEKOLAH MENENGAH SAINS SULTAN HAJI AHMAD SHAH, KUANTAN (SEMSAS) • The first “Sekolah Berasrama Penuh” (SBP) in Pahang Darul Makmur • Under the constituency of Pulau Manis state seat, Parliament of Pekan • Was founded in 1973 under the New Economic Policy (NEP) with the main aim of increasing the number of Malay professionals especially in the field of science & engineering • School motto – “Hidup Berjasa” EX-STUDENTS ASSOCIATION OF SEMSAS (EXSAS) • Was founded in 1998 as the platform to unite ex-SEMSASians • The significant numbers of professionals within EXSAS rank is the ultimate authentication of the success of the NEP • Being a thinking group of diverse professional background, our members are using EXSAS as the channel to contribute to society living up to our motto of “Hidup Berjasa” • EXSAS is known over the years as an active group which has contributed to its alma mater and local community EXSAS “POWER TALKS” • • • •

A “sharing of experience platform” where successful members get to share their experience and wisdom with others Was started in 2009 to position EXSAS as “an alternative professional development platform” Main focus of developing young talent to improve their leadership skills, management and overall common sense By having program regularly and covering many different aspect of work-related issues, participants have benefitted greatly from the programs which fits in well with our objective of developing human capital for the nation

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No

Position / Accolades

Name

Moniker

Batch

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Dato' Mat Zaraii Alias

Judicial Commissioner, JB High Court

“Singing Judge”

1975

2

Dato’ Sri Zohari Hj Akob

Secretary General, Ministry of Works, Msia

“Pothole Patcher”

1976

3

Suwaibah Muhammad Nasir

Msian Book of Records Holder

“Records Breaker”

1990

4

Azhar Sulaiman

Architect / Actor / Brand Builder

“Saudagar Susu Unta”

1988

5

Prof. Dato’ Dr Ariff Osman

Kuliyyah of Medicine,IIU Kuantan

“Social Activist MD”

1977

6

Rohaida Ali Badaruddin

President & CEO, Scomi Engineering Bhd

“The Monorail Lady”

1985

7

Mazlan Razak

Principal Consultant, Argus Consulting

“Petrochemical Thought Leader”

1983

8

Normala Baharudin

Chief Commissioner, Girl Guides Malaysia

“Girl Guides Forever”

1987

9

Dato’ Seri Naim Abu Bakar

State Secretary, State Govt of Malacca

“Gomen Biker”

1976

10

Ahnuar Salleh

Architect / Msian Book of Records Holder

“Cycling Dynamo”

1983

11

Kolonel Rashidin Hashimi Abd Rashid

Malaysia Armed Forces

“Universal Soldier”

1987

12

Azraei Muhammad

Writer & Researcher, Better Nations Inst.

“Financial Literacy Advocate”

2007

13

Malathi Thevendran

Executive Director, Jones Lang & Wootton

“Market Feasibility Expert”

1980

14

Dato’ Najmuddin Abdullah

Dir. Of Strategic Communications & Stakeholders Relations, MRT Corp

“PR Maestro”

1986

15

Dato’ Dr Lukman Hakim Sulaiman

Deputy DG (Public Health), Ministry of Health, Malaysia

“Public Health Crusader”

1976

16

YB Dato’ Mohammad Fakhruddin Mohd Ariff

State Assemblyman, Pahang D.M

“The Junior Assemblyman”

1983

17

Dr Mohd Azlan Abdul Jalil

General Manager, RTC Johor

“NBOS Success Story”

1997

18

Nurul Ashiqin Shamsuri

Project Fearless Director

“Fearless Communicator”

2000

19

Ustaz Zul Ramli Mohamed Razali

Motivator

“Pendakwah Nusantara”

1983

20

Dato’ Mohd Rizal Jaafar

Group CEO, Widad Business Group

“Kembara Widad”

1991

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Name

Position / Accolades

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Nik Malik Nik Mohd Amin

Director, Marine & General Berhad

“Abang Long”

1975

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Tg Dato’ Yusof Tg Ahmad Shahruddin

Managing Director, Dayang Enterprise Bhd

“Unassuming UHNWI”

1979

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Dato’ Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim

Director General, PERHILITAN

“Poacher’s Poacher”

1983

24

Dato’ Mohd Shukrie Salleh

Director, Redbox, Air Asia Logistic

“Chief Logistics”

1991

25

Nor Farahanim Abdul Razak

TV Presenter / Model / Entrepreneur

“Her Extra Mile”

2007

26

Mohd Fuad Kamal Ariffin

General Mgr, Gamuda KVMRT

“Tunnel Management Expert”

1980

27

Mohammad Ridzwan Abidin

Under Secretary, Housing & Local Govt Msia

“Highrise Living Vigilante”

1981

28

Anwar Husen Akbar Ali

Director of Strategic Business Unit,Cairn India Limited

“Towering Malaysian”

1981

29

Dato’ Capt Ab Rahim Ab Manaf

Retired Pilot, Malaysian Airlines

“Suri Hati Mr Pilot”

1977

30

Nor Akmar Abdullah

Remisier & Writer

“Remisier Kampung”

2004

31

Dato’ Ir Muhammad Imran Baharuddin

Chairman, Fitter Group Malaysia

“Mister Advisor”

1978

32

Hamzah Ahmad

Project Director, PFLNG Satu

“National Geography: Megastructures”

1981

33

Dr Solahuddin Shamsuddin

CTO, CyberSecurity Malaysia

“Pengawal Keselamatan Alam Maya”

1981

34

Dr Mohd Zulkefeli Mat Jusoh

Dean, School of Pharmacy, IMU

“Yakugaku Koushi”

1991

35

Dato’ Azhar Anuar

Group CEO, NSERC

“Hot Air / Steam Salesman”

1987

36

Nurul Hakimi Shahri

Managing Director, Cahaya D’Lerek Enterprise

“Junior Agropreneur”

1997

37

YB Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi

State Assemblyman, Sarawak

“The Senior Assemblyman”

1978

38

Prof. Dato’ Dr Aziz Deraman

Dean, School of Informatics & Applied Science, UMT

“Software Engineering Expert”

1976

39

Dr Mohd Nasir Zainal Abidin

Section Head, Electrical Metrology, Sirim Berhad

“The Official Timekeeper”

1977

40

Prof. Dr Zuhaimy Ismail

Dep of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, UTM “Dinar Emas Dirham Perak”

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No

Position / Accolades

Name

Moniker

Batch

41

Dato’ Khodijah Abdullah

Under Secretary, Ministry of Finance Malaysia

“From Malay Medium to Harvard”

1975

42

Dato’ Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf

Secretary, RMP

“Malaysia’s Finest”

1982

43

Haji Ismail Abdullah

President & CEO International Green Training Centre

“Green Technology Advisor”

1979

44

Dato’ Ir Shaharuddin Mohd Simin

General Manager, TNB Pahang

“Powering The Nation”

1982

45

Dato’ Mohamed Suffian Awang

Vice President PR1MA Malaysia

“The Director of Companies”

1988

46

Haji Mohd Fathullah Haji Mohd Yusof

Senior Principal Assistant Director SBP

“The Go To Guy”

1980

47

Dato’ Dr Abdul Hadi Jaafar

Cardiologist

“Well Being of Ummah”

1979

48

Datin Dr Hajjah Sorayah Sidek

Periodontic Specialist

“Loveable Periodontist”

1978

49

Jellialive Ami

PTD, Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Malaysia

“Eat - Play - Travel”

2005

50

Jolene Cheah Min Dee

Senior Account Manager

“Story Teller”

2007

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“ SINGING JUDGE ” As a judge, Y.A Dato’ Mat Zara’ai bin Alias (EXSAS 1975) is expected to maintain a certain decorum. However, that does not stop him from showcasing his talent and love for music at formal events. The former State Legal Adviser of Pahang is currently a Judicial Commisioner at the Johor Bahru High Court. Professionally, he is well-respected and personally he is well-liked. Too bad for fans of the reality TV show “Otai Masih Berbisa” though since he doesn’t plan to switch career any time soon. Verdict: Despite his distinctive attributes, his biggest contribution to the nation might well be of his offspring, internationally-renowned singer, Yuna Zaraii.

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“ POTHOLE PATCHER ” Patching pothole should be categorised as trivial for The Secretary General, Ministry of Works, Malaysia. Tasked with ensuring the ministry's core objectives are being met and the implementation of our nation's mega projects proceed efficiently, YBhg Dato' Sri Zohari bin Hj Akob (EXSAS 1976) has plenty on his plate. To his credit, he managed to strike a balance between the strategic planning requirement of his ministry and the never-ending infrastructure issues affecting the average Malaysians. Raison d'être: By remaining grounded, he recognised the concern of ordinary citizen, which has led the ministry to having "zero pothole" target for all federal roads in the country.

Favorite quote : "I tried to move the mountain, but the mountain is staring back at me!"

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“ RECORD BREAKER ” The female version of “Forrest Gump” loves to run! Suwaibah binti Muhammad Nasir (EXSAS 1990) holds the most number of records in The Malaysia Book of Records. Using her passion for running as the foundation, she has achieved many milestones including “The Famous Sahara Desert Run” and “The Silk Route Run”. She is currently embarking on her quest of conquering 30 of the world's tallest towers. Her commitment and perseverance has turned her into an icon. Run, Suwaibah, run! Raison d'être: Through her latest mission, she aims to spread awareness on the need for humanitarian aid in Asian refugee camps especially among children.

One Women's Mission To Conquer 30 Of The World's Tallest Towers

#suwaibah30towers

Favorite quote : "Everybody needs to be loved, never give up”

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“ SAUDAGAR SUSU UNTA ” Q1: “Is he an accomplished actor?” Q2: “Is he an award winning architect?” Q3: “Is he an outstanding businessman?” Q4: “Is he an in-demand speaker?” Q5: “Is he a fine film producer?” Q6: “Is there anything that he couldn't do?”

A:“Yes he is.” A:“Yes he is.” A:“Yes he is.” A:“Yes he is.” A:“Yes he is.” A:“Well, he can't come up with this list!”

Verdict: The most famous son of SEMSAS, Azhar bin Sulaiman (EXSAS 1988) is a man of many talents and he is just getting started.

Favorite quote :

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“ SOCIAL ACTIVIST MD ” Professionally, Prof. Dato’ Dr. Ariff bin Osman (EXSAS 1977) is the Head of Islamisation of Human Knowledge, Kuliyyah of Medicine, International Islamic University, Kuantan. However, he is not your typical academician as he encourages his medical students to develop other virtues such as leadership, business sense and volunteerism. Socially, he has left an indelible marks in the community by co-founding the Badan Nadwah Islamiyah Pahang, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) which has started several popular initiatives such as “Pusat Hemodialisis Islam Makmur" and an orphan care center, “Permata Camar”. Verdict: How different things could have turned out as his first ambition was to become a district officer (DO)!

Favorite quote : “As ALLAH swt raise your standard of living, you should also raise your standard of giving…Usah berkira untuk memberi dan tentunya Hidup Berjasa!) exsas fifty -

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“ THE MONORAIL LADY ” Rohaida binti Ali Badaruddin (EXSAS 1985) is the President & CEO of SCOMI Engineering Berhad, a leading provider of public transportation solutions which is globally recognised for high-quality, sophisticated and cost-effective manufacturing. Having a lady as the boss can be intimidating for some men but she earns the respect of her male colleagues by putting them at ease instead of trying too hard to prove her capability. With her company having operations in many countries, she has very little time for her other passion. However, that does not hinder her from volunteering at Yayasan SCOMI, which works primarily with orphan and underprivileged children. Raison d'être: This pleasant and elegant lady who hails from Pekan, Pahang is leading the way in an industry dominated by men.

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“ PETROCHEMICALS THOUGHT LEADER ” One of EXSAS members that I hold in high esteem, he is better known within the EXSAS circle as “Boska”. With over 25 years of experience, Mazlan bin Razak (EXSAS 1983) is a sought-after speaker for the petrochemicals industry. He is a Principal Consultant in the Argus Media Singapore office which is a leading market analysis and consultancy firm for the oil and gas industry. The father of five is an avid golfer and was a past President of EXSAS. Raison d'être: He was the major force in initiating EXSAS Power Talks program which has benefitted many of our members till today.

Favorite quote : “I am allergic to b.s!”

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“ GIRL GUIDES FOREVER ” Hajjah Normala binti Baharudin (EXSAS 1987) is a WAGGGS! No, not the wives and girlfriends of professional athletes but rather the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. As the Chief Commissioner of Girl Guides Association of Malaysia (GGAM), she has set her vision to bring about “New Challenges - New Opportunities” for GGAM to be more meaningful to its members and universal community. With million of girls' life in the world being “spiced up” by girl guides, perhaps it is time to tell Mrs Victoria Beckham to move aside. Raison d'être: She has been elected to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts' World Board during its 36th World Conference last year and will serve the World Board for 2018 - 2020 triennium. Wow!”

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“ GOMEN BIKER ” Gomen bikers is a self-described moniker coined by Y.B Datuk Seri Hj. Naim bin Abu Bakar (EXSAS 1975) for him and his group of motorcycle enthusiasts. It was probably meant to project a lower rank with regard to the bikers community. Not having the limelight placed on him suits this hardworking State Secretary of Malacca just fine. As the number one government officer in the state, he is unpretentious and approachable. Raison d'être: Together with other state leaders, he has shown that size does not matter by putting Malacca as one of the most vibrant state in the country.

Favorite quote :

"Honesty is the best policy”

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“ CYCLING DYNAMO ” An architect by profession, Hj Ahnuar bin Salleh (EXSAS 1983) has cycled his way into the Malaysia Book of Records. Driven by a health scare, he took up cycling and the rest is history. Repeat after me; “solo road bike ride attempt for the fastest average speed and the oldest person circumnavigating the outer most routes in Peninsular Malaysia in Malaysia’s Month of Independence”. What a mouthful! I bet many of us are huffing and puffing just trying to say his feat in a single breath, let alone trying to cycle around Peninsular Malaysia. Verdict: His achievement has become an inspiration to many including myself. Suddenly, committing to this list doesn’t seem so bad any longer.

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“ UNIVERSAL SOLDIER ” TJ as he was popularly known back in the days is the highest ranking EXSAS member serving in the Malaysian Armed Forces. He started off with a humble beginning at the Royal Military College Cadets Division in Sg Besi Kuala Lumpur and was commissioned into the 9th Battalion of the Royal Malay Regiment. Colonel Rashidin Hashimi Abdul Rashid (EXSAS 1987) went through the mill and rose through the ranks while leading and commanding various levels of the Army combat units and training institutions. By blending a dashing leadership style with a soft-spoken approach, he has proven himself to be a charismatic, reliable and essential asset to the military service. As the Director of Army Evaluation and Research Division, he has positioned himself to be the man behind most strategic Army development key decision making process. A reliable and capable Army has always been his interest while soldiers wellbeing in the conduct of their mission embolden the way he conduct his duties to the nation. Raison d’être: He has been awarded with the military merit medal for his gallantry, distinguished service and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty for the peace process at the conflict area in Mindanao.

Favorite quote : "Train the men through the best method with the most effective machine”

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“ FINANCIAL LITERACY ADVOCATE ” One of the youngest person on the list, Azraei Muhammad (EXSAS 2007) is a talent extraordinaire. Having published a book on financial planning and a travelogue before the age of twenty six, he is a writer and researcher at Better Nation Institute, which is dedicated to the idea of creating a modern, moderate and progressive society through research and outreach programs. He is intelligent and has clarity in his thinking. Slowly but surely, he is building his reputation as a financial literacy advocate for the millennials. Raison d’être: Advocating his peers to improve their financial senses in the face of consumerism is a tough quest.

Favorite quote :

“Enam Angka Menjelang Dua Puluh Lima”

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“ MARKET FEASIBILITY EXPERT ” A market feasibility study determines the depth and condition of a particular real estate market and its ability to support a particular development. Timely and accurate information is crucial for the profitability of any developmental project and central to the process are real estate research companies. Puan Malathi Thevendran (EXSAS 1980) is the Executive Director of Jones Lang Wootton, Malaysia which is the only company in the country that provides research information on a subscription basis. Her knowledge and continuous analysis of property market dynamics has resulted in her being requested to give talks and presentations to real estate participants. Verdict: She is the closest thing to having a “crystal ball” to key industry players.

Favorite quote :

“Believe in yourself and you can achieve anything”

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“ PR MAESTRO ” As the Director of Strategic Communications and Stakeholder Relations, MRT Corporation, Dato’ Najmuddin bin Abdullah (EXSAS 1986) is the spokesperson for our country’s biggest infrastructure project. Handling the interaction between all the different stakeholders require a person of high capability. His skills were put to the test during the tense relocation negotiation between tenants of the Ampang Park Shopping Mall and MRT Corporation. In 2015, as the Head of Strategic Communications for Malaysian Airlines (MAS) then, he made it to PR Week Global Power Book list for his role in handling the tragic twin crisis of MH 370 & MH 17. Articulate, handson and creative thinker are some of the words being bandied when others are talking about his personal traits. Verdict: It is only a matter of time before he will be at the helm of a huge corporation himself.

Favorite quote :

“When nothing is going right, go left”

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“ PUBLIC HEALTH CRUSADER ” The era of viral diseases such as malaria and filariasis may have been contained but there are other public health issues which still pose a threat to Malaysians. At the forefront of the Ministry of Health, Malaysia battle against infectious disease is our very own, Datuk Dr Lokman Hakim bin Sulaiman (EXSAS 1976). Holding the position of Deputy Director General (Public Health), he has worked tirelessly with other government agencies in changing the mindset of the general public on practices conducive to maintaining health and preventing diseases, especially through cleanliness. Verdict: Not bad for our former head boy whose loves to sport a bow-tie.

Note: He took optional retirement in July 2017 from the Ministry of Health of Malaysia after serving for more than 32 years and now currently is a Professor of Public Health at the International Medical University,Kuala Lumpur.

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“ THE junior ASSEMBLYMAN ” As a first term state assemblyman, YB. Dato' Mohammad Fakhruddin bin Mohd Ariff (EXSAS 1983) has an unenviable task of serving the “Dewan Undangan Negeri Kawasan Bebar”, one of the four state seats in the Parliamentary constituent of Pekan, Pahang Darul Makmur. It covers a huge rural area with limited access. Undaunted by the challenges, he regards being in service to the people a calling. Being a hands-on person, he understands local issues and the general pulse of the populace which endears him well to his constituents. Raison d’être: If East Malaysia is considered as the “fixed deposit” for the ruling coalition, N 22 Bebar can be deemed as the “vote bank” for Pekan’s Member of Parliament.

Favorite quote :

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“ NBOS SUCCESS STORY ” Dr. Haji Mohd Azlan Haji Abdul Jalil (EXSAS 1997) is the founder and General Manager of Rural Transformation Centre of Johor (RTC Johor) which was established under the National Blue Ocean Strategies (NBOS) with the core objective of increasing rural folks income through innovative efforts. In cooperation with National Strategy Unit, MOF, he has perfected the NBOS Strategic Linkages Model by providing more effective approaches. The effort has been recognized by the United Nations (UN) and Malaysia has been selected to be the first among five countries to work under the Blue Numbers - Food Securities Initiatives. But wait, there is more to this talented guy. As a former leader of SEMSAS 23rd Scouts Troop, he holds various important position in international and National Scouting under World Organization of Scout Movement (WOSM) such as the the Asia Pacific Region GSAT Facilitator and National Commissioner. Raison d’être: He has the distinction of being the first EXSAS member to present a paper at The United Nations General Assembly! Favorite quote :

“Lions don’t dream of hunting, they just hunt!”

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“ FEARLESS COMMUNICATOR ” Trying to summarise this young lady’s achievement in a single paragraph does not do justice to her. Nurul Ashiqin binti Shamsuri (EXSAS 2000) is the Regional Forum Director for World Communication Forum Davos (WCF) – Kuala Lumpur, Jury of C4F Awards Davos and most importantly Founder of Project Fearless, a project dedicated to empowering young women. She is well versed in both International Economic Law and political communication, having researched and represented Malaysia in many speaking engagements internationally. She has spoken in various international forums around the world which included Switzerland, Russia, India, Portugal, Turkey and was a keynote speaker in an event in Ukraine. She has also won the "Relationship of the Future" Award from WCF-Davos. She has also won the “Relationship of the Future” Award from WCF in 2015. Currently pursuing her PhD in International Trade Law focusing on WTO Policy and ASEAN, she will be the one to look out for in the future. Raison d’être: Her vision is to globalise the participation of young women in Malaysia in various fields, develop a new line of leadership in young women and empower the voice of Malaysian women locally and globally.

Favorite quote :

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style.” - Maya Angelou exsas fifty -

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“ PENDAKWAH NUSANTARA ” Another famous son of SEMSAS. The always smiling Ustaz Zul Ramli bin Mohamed Razali (EXSAS 1983) is a TV & Radio personality. He graduated from the University of Islamic Studies Karachi, Pakistan and has been appearing on many TV & radio programs. Part of the legendary rugby team of SEMSAS in the early 80s, he followed a different path compared to his batch mate who mostly took up science, engineering & medicine. As expected of anyone coming out of a Sekolah Berasrama Penuh (SBP), he turned out to be a success in his chosen albeit different field. Raison d'être: He signifies everything that is great about EXSAS and SEMSAS!

Favorite quote : “Life is a beautiful struggle”

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“ KEMBARA WIDAD ” Dato’ Mohd Rizal bin Jaafar (EXSAS 1991) has been a banker for most of his life. Starting his career at an audit firm before honing his skills at The Central Bank for twelve years, he later moved to SME Bank to become the Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer with the aim of transforming the bank into a leading Development Financial Institution (DFI) and was later appointed as the Group Chief Operating Officer (GCOO). Continuing his passion as a trend setter, he has recently joined Widad Business Group (WBG) as the Group Chief Executive Officer, where he is responsible for the strategic direction and day to day performance of the group. So far, his career switch is proving to be fruitful as the group has managed to increase its assets many folds over. Raison d’être: WBG is synonymous with their Corporate Services Responsibility (CSR) program, Kembara Widad which combines travelogue and CSR targeting Asnaf entrepreneurs all over Malaysia.

Favorite quote : “What's yours is not yours, what you give is yours”

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“ ABANG LONG ” You don’t get to be called “Abang Long” just by your seniority. You don’t get to be respected just because you donated money and you don’t get to be mentioned just by being present. But you get to be called “Abang Long” by virtue of your overall contribution and passion as shown by Tuan Hj Nik Malik Nik Amin (EXSAS 1975), an Independent Director of Marine and General Berhad (formally known as Silk Holdings Berhad) and the Managing Director of ND Corporation. He and his wife, Puan Hjh Radziah Mokhtar (EXSAS 1978), have been instrumental in providing all kind of support to EXSAS & SEMSAS since our formation. Raison d’être: “Ikthiar Iftar Sebulan Ramadan” is a program they started which provides free meals to the caretaker of patients in third class wards in public hospitals throughout Terengganu and has been adopted by our members in Kuantan and Bentong, Pahang

Favorite quote :

“Just believe in yourself” & “There is no other reference better that hadis-hadis rasul kita” (Hmm … he gets to have more than one quote since he is “Abang Long”) exsas fifty -

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“ UNASSUMING UHNWI ” According to Webster Dictionary, unassuming means “modest, lacking in arrogance, pleasant or polite.” You’ll find that some of the most unassuming people are actually the most interesting and powerful of all. They are just decent enough not to display it all the time. How apt it is in describing Tg Dato’ Yusof bin Tg Ahmad Shahruddin (EXSAS 1979), the Managing Director of Dayang Enterprise Holdings Berhad, a reputable provider of maintenance and support services to the oil and gas industry which is listed on the Main Board of Bursa Malaysia. Raison d’être: He has been generous to EXSAS by sharing his experiences with our members and have been supporting our activities financially over the years.

Favorite quote :

“All quotes are cliche”

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“ POACHER’S POACHER ” Illegal wildlife trade is big business! Unfortunately, our country's location and natural habitat has drawn unwanted wildlife trade. At the forefront of the war against these poachers and smugglers is Dato’ Abdul Kadir bin Abu Hashim (EXSAS 1983), the Director General of Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN), Malaysia. Working on scenario planning for his department, he plans to stay ahead of these criminals by stepping up enforcement and forging an alliance with wildlife authorities and organisations locally and abroad. Verdict: The dwindling community of Malayan tapirs are ever so grateful to him for his effort.

Favorite quote : “Wildlife for future generation”

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“ CHIEF LOGISTICS ” Pos Malaysia has been an integral part of every Malaysian's life since they first started delivering mail in the 1800s. Being around for so long tend to hasten a company towards institutional atrophy. Fresh approach and ideas are needed. Appointed as the Group Chief Executive Officer since 1st November, 2015, Dato' Mohd Shukrie bin Salleh (EXSAS 1991) and his team have been able to transform the mail-delivery stalwart into a leading full-fledged logistics company. With age on his side, the future looks bright for this former top student. Raison d'être: Instead of letting disruption shape his company's future, he has led Pos Malaysia to become a trailblazer for the e-commerce industry.

Note: Seeking a career change, he has resigned from Pos Malaysia effectively from 31st December, 2017 and has joined Redbox Logistics, AirAsia’s new logistics arm. Perhaps the thought of sitting in AirAsia’s board meeting next to Ms. Neelofa has somewhat helped sway his decision… (wink, wink,wink)

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“ HER EXTRA MILE ” Nor Farahanim binti Abdul Razak (EXSAS 2007) is the quintessential modern muslim woman. She wears many different “tudung” (pun intended) which include television presenter, a commercial model, an entrepreneur and a fashion icon. She is confident, friendly and exudes positive energy to those around her. Being a host on TV AlHijrah, she is willing to go the extra mile. Blessed with talent, good looks and strong work ethics, television audience throughout the country may have to get used to seeing her on air for a long time. She is also very “the popular” as her 460K followers on Instagram can attest. Verdict: (She is way out of my league)

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“ TUNNEL MANAGEMENT EXPERT ” The current President of EXSAS is a tunnel management expert. Prior to being roped in by the construction giants, Gamuda / MMC for the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) tunnel works, Mohd Fuad Kamal Ariffin (EXSAS 1980) was the Chief Operating Officer of Smart Tunnel. Having shown his credentials there, his expertise is needed at the country’s most ambitious project, the MRT. He is the epitome of adopting knowledge from foreign experts, adapting it to our local environment and to use it for the good of the nation. He is also known as a decent singer and has performed at EXSAS functions willingly. Raison d’être: “He showed full support for my ideas, hehe...”

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“ HIGHRISE LIVING VIGILANTE ” Hj Mohammad Ridzwan Abidin (EXSAS 1981) is another Pekan lad who made good! Currently he holds the position of Under Secretary at Urban Services Division of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry. He was The first Director for Commissioner of Building in 2008. Confronted with 69% of the high rise building being managed below par, he managed to come up with a new Strata Management Act which gives fair protection for high rise house buyers through more regulation and stricter enforcement. The act is significant as todays and future living is heading towards a high rise living. Raison d’être: He is being entrusted to look after the affair of 6.5 million (28%) of the urban population living in the high rise building.

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“ TOWERING MALAYSIAN ” The idea of a towering Malaysian is someone who is accomplished, confident and courageous enough to venture beyond our shores. One such person is Anwar Husen Akbar Ali (EXSAS 1981) who is the Director of Strategic Business Unit, Tight Gas Fields for Cairn India Limited. A 29 year veteran of E & P industry, his work commitment has taken him to many different continents. Being a doting husband and father, he would tag along the whole family as they reside and adapt to cities such as Dubai, Kuwait, Cairo, London and New Delhi. As an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), he is passionate in developing young talent and have been invited as a panelist and keynote speaker in several SPE Forum worldwide and proudly carry the Malaysian and EXSAS name at the same time. Raison d’être: A shining example of the success of Sekolah Berasrama Penuh in producing a confident professional courageous enough to ply his talent all over the world.

Favorite quote :

“Passion never fails”

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“ SURI HATI MR PILOT ” EXSAS members are truly a diverse group of professionals. Our next outstanding individual on the list is Dato’ Capt Ab Rahim Ab Manaf (EXSAS 1977). Part of the pioneering batch of 1973, he was later commissioned as Lt. Muda (U) by then KDYMM Yang DiPertuan Agong, HRH Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah, whom our school is named after. Part of the elite team that flies our head of states, governments and guests, he had the experiences to fly most notably, Queen Elizabeth of England. He was also given the honour to fly the aircraft to take the remains of Tunku Abdul Rahman home from Singapore. After completing his military services, he joined Malaysian Airlines and travelled all over the world for our national carrier. Raison d’être: He holds the distinction of being the first registered Sekolah Menengah Sains Pahang student, bearing the no. 0001! Favorite quote :

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“ REMISIER KAMPUNG ” Nor Akmar Abdullah (EXSAS 2004) loves reading so much that she immersed herself in both books and charts. As a fan of behavioral finance, she is perplexed by the illogical human behavior in the stock market and hopes to educate them into becoming responsible investors. She can be considered as a trailblazer for women by positioning herself among the top gun in the industry despite her young age. To further advocate proper knowledge for the investing public she has written a book titled “Panduan Lengkap Pelaburan Saham” which is a bestseller. Raison d’être: She actively encourage people to stop throwing their money into get-rich-quick scheme through public seminar and invitation by universities. On the cards is another investment book with the focus on Japanese Candlestick technique.

Favorite quote :

“See you at the TOP!”

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“ MISTER ADVISOR ” An exotic person with humble attitude and well-connected within the corporate figures and businessmen in Malaysia. Have served in multiple multi-discipline organisations and in various portfolios with wide-range businesses from the “Hot” (Fire Safety Engineering) to the “Cold” (Air-Conditioning and Mechanical Ventilation). YBhg. Dato’ Ir Muhammad Imran Bin Dato’ Baharuddin (EXSAS 1978) would always have creative ways in problem solving whenever it comes to the critical and crisis management. In return, he has been regarded in many circles as the “Advisor to the Advisors” Raison d'etre: Well organised with strong technical know-how has always become his forte to give a helping hand to others. No doubt, he literally know something about everything.

Favorite quote : “One hand I extend into myself, the other toward others” (In reference to his “helping hand” character) and “The mind is like a parachute, it functions best, when open.”

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“ NATIONAL GEOGRAPHY : MEGASTRUCTURES ” Not many people can claim that the project they supervised was being featured on “National Geography: Megastructures”, a TV program which focus on incredible feats of modern engineering. Well, EXSAS can boast that it has two members who led two important national projects that were featured by “Megastructures”. One of them is Hamzah Ahmad (EXSAS 1981), the Project Director for Kanowit Alpha, the World’s First Floating LNG Facility (PFLNG Satu). As 60% of the world’s natural gas reserves remain untapped in remote areas unreachable via conventional means, PFLNG Satu sails off to unlock a new frontier for PETRONAS and Malaysia. Raison d'etre: PFLNG Satu is a bold vision which pushed the boundaries of technology and innovation with the highest safety standard. It marks a decade long journey for PETRONAS since conceptualising a floating LNG facility to maximise the potential of remote and stranded gas reserves to deliver a game changer in the global LNG business. Well done PETRONAS and in particular Hamzah!

Favorite quote :

“Making impossible, possible”

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“ PENGAWAL KESELAMATAN ALAM MAYA ” According to an article, Dr Solahuddin Shamsuddin (EXSAS 1981), Chief Technology Officer of CyberSecurity Malaysia is “one of the most self-confident CTO who has been interviewed”. With a background in the military, he is involved, intelligent and focused which abodes well for CyberSecurity Malaysia which has been tasked to provide specialised cyber security services in preventing or minimising disruptions to critical information infrastructure in order to protect the public, the economy, and government services. As the cyber world replaces the “real world” in terms of “where the action is”, we wish him all the best as he plays the part of an unsung hero for our national defence. Raison d'etre: He is part of the first batch of C-level professional who received the Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO) by the ECCouncil.

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“ YAKUGAKU KOUSHI ” International Medical University (IMU) is Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and health sciences university. As a leading specialist university, IMU practices meritocracy in the hiring of its faculty members. Appointed to the post of Dean, School of Pharmacy in 2016, Associate Professor Dr Mohd Zulkefeli Mat Jusoh (EXSAS 1991) is the youngest and the only dean of Malay ethnicity at IMU. As part of the first group of Malaysians who graduated with the BPharmSc, from Hiroshima University, Japan, under the Public Service Department Scholarship, he went on to complete his postgraduate studies and later his PhD at the same university. Raison d’etre: Not only has he excelled in his studies, he has also mastered the Japanese language and for good measure, managed to win a Japanese girl heart.

Favorite quote :

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“ HOT AIR / STEAM SALESMAN ” The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NSE Resources Corporation (M) Sdn Bhd, Dato’ Azhar Anuar (EXSAS 1987) is a career salesman. His ability to pitch his company’s product is legendary. As a first generation businessman, he honed his skills at a few multinational corporations (MNCs) which included National Aluminate Corporation (Nalco), a US-based technology company. At Nalco, he holds the honour of being the first Malay to be appointed as District Manager. Always the one who sees opportunity ahead of everyone else, he then set up NSERC. Today, NSERC is known as the biggest independent steam supplier in the country with a production capacity of 2.7 million tonnes per year and assets worth RM 167 million. Raison d’etre: Underneath the pleasant smile, he has a steely determination and would not let anyone defame his company’s reputation. Mr. Rafizi Ramli, please take notice…

Favorite quote :

“Nothing is impossible”

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“ JUNIOR AGROPRENEUR ” Agricultural-based industry can be a great business. Young people especially graduates should not shy away from getting involved in agriculture as it offers huge rewards. Nurul Hakimi Shahri (EXSAS 1997) has proven that through sheer determination, hard work and the right knowledge, one can achieve high income status through the business of planting, cultivating and selling of mushroom. As a former financial executive, she bucked the trend by migrating from an urban area to a rural area to start her mushroom venture. As a successful young agropreneur, she is considered an icon in her industry and constantly appears on the lecture circuit to promote agricultural-based industry. Raison d’etre: For her effort, she was awarded the title of “Agropreneur Muda Jaya” during The Malaysian Agriculture, Horticulture and Agrotourism (MAHA) 2014.

Favorite quote :

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“ THE SENIOR ASSEMBLYMAN ” We have a saying, “EXSAS members are everywhere and excel in every sector”. YB Dr. Haji Abdul Rahman Junaidi (EXSAS 1978), a four term State Assemblyman for Pantai Damai, Sarawak has been serving his home state since graduating from University of Malaya in 1987. He was first elected as “Yang Berhormat” back in 2001 after stints as a medical officer in both government and private practice. With his vast experience, he has been appointed as Assistant Minister of Utility taking charge of electricity supply. That’s what I consider a mission almost impossible. With a land area of 124,450 square kilometers, the difficulties of bringing electricity supply to the whole state is unimaginable. To face the challenges, he unwinds by riding his big bike. I am sure he and his EXSAS biker friends can’t wait for the Pan Borneo highway to be completed to have their ride together. Raison d’etre: We wish our brother the best in achieving the vision of Ministry of Utilities Sarawak of having 100% utilities coverage through out the state by 2025.

Favorite quote :

“Don’t wait for tomorrow if you have today””

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“ SOFTWARE ENGINEERING EXPERT ” Prof Dato’ Dr. Aziz Deraman (EXSAS 1976), has made Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sexy way before it becomes omnipresent. His research mainly focuses on IT strategic planning, software management and certification, medical computing and community computing. For his research efforts, Prof. Aziz has published more than 80 articles and reports in journals, proceedings, books and other media both local and international. Prof. DAD as he is affectionately known is regarded as cool and has been notoriously famous for ditching protocol to encourage a more open communication with his students. Raison d’etre: He has served as a consultant to several small and medium enterprises, large organizations, and government agencies including as the ICT adviser to the Chief Minister of Terengganu.

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“ THE OFFICIAL TIMEKEEPER ” If Lolex (misspelling intended) is the Official Timekeeper of Wimbledon, then our very own member, Dr. Mohd Nasir Zainal Abidin (EXSAS 1977), could be considered as the Official Timekeeper of Malaysia. Currently, he is the Section Head, Electrical Metrology, SIRIM Berhad. Under the Time Lab & Frequency, National Metrology Institute of Malaysia, SIRIM, Dr. Nasir and his team are entrusted by the cabinet (Cabinet Note H 226/92) to maintain the National Standard Time (NST). A second is a second, right? No, not really. Using the “Atomic Clock”, each second is recorded and then relayed to Universal Temps Coordinate (UTC) or better known as Coordinate Universal Time via Global Positioning System (GPS). The information will then be compared with other labs from around the world for accuracy. When he is not looking over the clock, Dr Nasir loves photography and has written a fiction titled “Saksila Lekir”. Verdict: I am not going to waste any “atomic second” from now on.

Favorite quote :

“Always pursue excellence in whatever you do”

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“ DINAR EMAS DIRHAM PERAK ” Prof. Dr. Hj. Zuhaimy Hj Ismail (EXSAS 1977) is a nerd. As a child, when others were more interested in playing truant, he was more interested in playing with numbers. However, that early affection with integer has served him well in his capacity as a Professor of Operational Research and Statistics, Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, University Technology of Malaysia, Johor. As they say in the academic world, “publish or perish”, the nerdy professor has published more than one hundred and fifty papers on various topics including political prediction model (hmm… ). For his effort, he has received numerous awards which included the British Council CICHE program award and PESAMA best paper award. In addition to his academic research, he has expanded his knowledge across other areas such as Gold Dinar and Silver Dirham. Of late, he is also involved in the setting of Stingless Bee Valley project in UTM and also venturing into researching of methods to improve mathematics performance among children in secondary schools throughout the country. Raison de etre: His current work, Malaysian People Satisfaction Index (MPSI) is using a newly invented survey research known as NEWS. This index has wide applications for the government and other decision-making bodies to plan for the future need of the people and country.

Favorite quote :

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“ FROM MALAY MEDIUM TO HARVARD ” Dato’ Khodijah Abdullah (EXSAS 1975), is an Under Secretary, with The Ministry of Finance Malaysia. She was barely sixteen years old when she first stepped into the barren land of Sekolah Menengah Sains Pahang (as SEMSAS was known then) to become one of our pioneers. She remembers vividly the humble beginning of our school and how the students back then coped with a lot less amenities than what is available today. Undaunted, she performed well enough in her studies and even though she was in the Malay Medium she managed to complete her Masters at Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She would later return to Harvard to do an international tax law program. Having studied at one of the world’s most famous institution of higher learning, her heart still lies at “Batu 8, Jalan Gambang” where it all began. Having all those “nasi kawah” in SEMSAS has taught her important lessons about remembering one’s roots and early struggle. She hopes the younger generation understand clearly our nation’s aspiration and the potential we can achieve as a nation. Raison d’etre: She has represented Malaysia at many international forums and is highly regarded in her field.

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“ MALAYSIA’S FINEST ” Senior Assistant Commissioner (SAC) Dato’ Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf (EXSAS 1982), is the Secretary of The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and boy what a colourful career he has. In year 2000, he began a stint in the United Nations (UN). First as training officer in war-torn, post-conflict Sierra Leone, West Africa which is 12,967 km from his hometown of Pekan (I did not make that up) and subsequently with the Police Division, UN Headquarters, New York. Following four years of successful spell at UNHQ with three different appointments and carrying our nation’s name with pride, he was back at Bukit Aman. Always striving for continuous improvement, he took a study leave to pursue a Master’s degree in Social Science with emphasis on policing prior to being promoted to his current position. In his spare time, he loves to read and when he is tired of reading he runs. Raison d’etre: As you would expect out of anyone who came out of SEMSAS to excel in the field of their choosing, ACP Ramli certainly did not disappoint. He was one of the best international students at Idaho State University, USA and was the best master’s degree student at UKM with a CGPA of 4.0. He is proud of his Pekan heritage and automatically switches to the fine “leweh Pekan” (twang) the moment he meets another person who hails from Pahang. Favorite quote :

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“ GREEN TECHNOLOGY ADVISOR ” Hj Ismail Abdullah (EXSAS 1979), the President & CEO of International Green Training Centre (IGTC) likes to wear green neckties since it release less carbon footprint than neckties of other colours (I just made that up). With green technology becoming one of the fastest growing sectors, he has his hands full to improve the skills and knowledge of personnel within the industry to support State and National Climate Change and Green vision. What is green technology anyway? According to him, it is about applying knowledge for practical purposes which included the goals of sustainability, “cradle to cradle” design, source reduction, innovation and viability. Some of the more pressing issues that he is trying to bring to the public attention are the need for higher compliant for green building and environmentally preferred purchasing. Hmm, my kind of guy. Raison d’etre: He was appointed as National Technical Standard Committee member and Green Master Trainer by the Ministry of Human Resource Malaysia and actively involved in various sustainability and green programs for public and private sectors within the Asian region.

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“ POWERING THE NATION ” Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) is a key contributor to our nation-building. Being the largest electricity utility provider, TNB represents the entire production and supply value chain of electricity in Malaysia. Apart from its core activities, TNB is also a firm believer in education as a socio-economic enabler. Over the years, the company has invested considerably in supporting the government’s vision of nurturing a skilled and knowledgeable nation. Quite a number of EXSAS members have benfitted from such endowment and many are serving the country by staying loyal to TNB. The General Manager of TNB Pahang, Dato’ Ir Shaharuddin Mohd Simin (EXSAS 1982), is a true blue “tenaga guy” having been with the company for the last 25 years. Overseeing the power supply for the biggest state in the Peninsular Malaysia brings some unique challenges but to the uber cool Dato’ Shaharuddin its just like a walk in Taman Negara. Raison d’etre: He has expanded “Projek Mesra Rakyat”, in which TNB takes on the repairs of houses of any underprivileged customer, irrespective of race or religion throughout Pahang especially in DUN Bebar and DUN Pulau Manis, Pekan. Favorite quote :

“ Better.Brighter”

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“ THE DIRECTOR OF COMPANIES ” Dato’ Mohamed Suffian Awang (EXSAS 1988) is a lawyer by training. However, one could easily have him mistaken for an energizer bunny since he seems to have endless stamina. With such vigour and enthusiasm it is only natural for him to be actively involved in politics. Having shown his credentials at the youth and divisional level, he was later appointed as the Political Secretary to the Prime Minister. Always on the move and looking for new challenges, he has put his experience and diligence to good use towards the corporate world. Currently, he is a director of a few wellknown companies namely Perbadanan Nasional Berhad (PNS), Felda Global Ventures Berhad (FGV) and a host of others. I wonder what he has up his sleeves next. Raison d’etre: He is the Vice President to the Chairman of PR1MA Malaysia which was established under the PR1MA Act 2012 to plan, develop, construct and maintain high-quality housing with lifestyle concepts for middle income households in key urban centres.

Favorite quote :

“ Believe it … Do it!”

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“ THE GO TO GUY ” I am going to give you guys a bit of history lesson. The chronicles of Sekolah Berasrama Penuh (SBP) is a rich one. Under the Second Malaysia Plan, the government concluded that; "important projects in the plan is the establishment of ten pilot residential science secondary schools (SBP) to provide educational opportunities for pupils from rural areas to pursue their education in science subjects. One may ask, what does any of the above has to do with Hj Mohd Fathullah Hj Mohd Yusof (EXSAS 1980)? The answer… “its everything”. This guy has huge responsibility. In 2010, under the Government Transformation Programme (GTP), seven key areas are identified which included the need to produce high quality students. As the Senior Principal Assistant Director with the “Bahagian Pengurusan SBP dan Sekolah Kecemerlangan” (BPSBPSK), Hj Fathullah’s division is entrusted to ensure SBPs are leading the way in that effort. Raison d’etre: He is instrumental in the success of “Kolokium Kecemerlangan Pelajar Projek Khas SBP” which has become an annual event to motivate SBP students from lower income families to improve their level of confidence and leadership attributes. What a noble cause!

Favorite quote :

“ Always be humble, it costs nothing”

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“ WELL BEING OF UMMAH ” Let me make it easy for you guys. The next featured person is our 20th Dato’ on the list!. Dato’ Dr Abdul Hadi Jaafar (EXSAS 1979) is an in-demand cardiologist. However, he chose to come onboard PRKMUIP Specialist Hospital as the medical director for one particular reason which is to serve the ummah. PRKMUIP Specialist Hospital in Kuantan is not your average profit-oriented medical establishmentas it is owned in majority by Majlis Ugama Islam Pahang (MUIP). The hospital aims to provide the best medical care and overall value for its patients under the Islamic principles. Putting the needs of the customer first rather than the interest of the hospital comes naturally for all its staff. When he is not busy running the hospital, Dato’ Dr Abdul Hadi prefers to spend time with less fortunate students to encourage them to achieve their potential in life. Raison d’etre: He was instrumental in the setting up of the Cardiology Department at Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan (HTAA), Kuantan to provide cardiothoracic services for patients around the region.

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“ LOVABLE PERIODONTIST ” A trip to the dentist might scare a lot of children and perhaps adults too but not a visit to see the lovely Datin Dr Hajjah Sorayah Sidek (EXSAS 1978). An industry veteran of over 30 years, she currently serves as a periodontic specialist at Klinik Kesihatan, Precint 18, Putrajaya. More importantly, she was the President of Malaysian Society of Periodontist (MSP) for two terms and continue to be on the committee till today. With more than 90% of adults in Malaysia tend to suffer from some form of periodontal disease, MSP is committed to educate the public of better oral and gum care. She also plays an active part in BAKAT Udara, the association of Tentera Udara DiRaja Malaysia (TUDM) spouses which seek to instill empowerment for TUDM families and the local community. Can’t wait for my next dental appointment with her at Putrajaya (… its only 3.5 hours away). Raison d’etre: As gum disease is the main cause of tooth loss amongst our adult population, dental associations and oral health professionals in Malaysia are now spending more time educating and treating the public to ensure them to have a better quality of life. Favorite quote :

“ With the right amount of patience and perseverance, along with motivation from friends and family as well as strong spirituality, success will come to those who are deserving” exsas fifty -

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“ EAT.PLAY.TRAVEL ” Jellialive Ami (EXSAS 2005) prefers to take herself lightly but she takes her work very seriously. Being raised in a middle class family and coming from a mixed marriage household helped develop her perspectives on life. Her childhood neighbourhood of a suburban area in “Pantai Timur” further enhanced her appreciation of other culture. Later she moved to “Jay Bee” while completing her degree and masters degree at UTM Skudai and experienced a faster pace of urban development which impacted her youth. Little would she realized that her upbringing would come in handy in her career as the Administrative and Diplomatic Officer (PTD) at the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia. Being at the forefront of our nation’s effort to promote our country as a topof the-mind destination, in line with its ever popular tagline "Malaysia, Truly Asia” she is ready to discover new opportunities and challenges ahead. Raison d’etre: As part of the Tourism Policy and International Affairs Division, she and her team are responsible for formulating policies, devising development strategies and monitoring the implementation of the National Tourism Policy in enhancing the tourism industry’s contribution to our nation Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Favorite quote :

“ If you are going to fall, fall gloriously”

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“ STORYTELLER ” Influencers have the ability to engage and inspire an audience. The general audience perception can be shaped by popular opinion, media coverage or reputation. A person who controls the story that is being broadcast to the public holds the ultimate power. As the Senior Account Manager @ Spin Communications, Jolene Cheah Min Dee (EXSAS 2007) exudes a lot of influence. She might not be a household name but the stories that her firm tells for brands have taken root in people’s lives. Working in tandem with its clients as partners, Spin Communications believes in the spirit of “kongsiness”. Reminiscing about her days in SEMSAS, Jolene conceded that she enjoyed her time there. She was the presiding speaker for English debate event when SEMSAS was the host of Hari Kecemerlangan SBP 2006. Maybe she could cast her magic on SEMSAS next to create a more appealing tale for our school. . Raison d’etre: Jolene and her team worked on the most successful car launch in Malaysia, the Perodua Axia and also Malaysia's first EEV Sedan, the Perodua Bezza which has helped to cement Perodua’s position as the trusted leader in the local automotive industry. Favorite quote :

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INDEX We hope you have enjoyed reading the list. We also hope that it will improve your appreciation of our members and inspire you to make your own mark in your respective realm. To further increase your understanding, you could reread the list in the future but before you do that here are some information that could enhance your reading pleasure. 1.

Y.A Dato’ Mat Zaraii (No. 1) is the father of Yuna, a Malaysian singer-songwriter. She is best known for her collaborations with Usher on her breakout single, "Crush" which peaked at number 3 on the US Billboard Adult R&B chart.

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YBhg Dato’ Seri Zohari (No. 2) talked about the overwhelming challenges he faced at initiating changes at Ministry of Works during Power Talks Perdana 2016 by uttering the caption (I tried to move the mountain, but the mountain is staring back at me).

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Suwaibah (No. 3). Forrest Gump is a 1994 American drama film. The scene of Gump running across the country is often referred to when real-life people attempt the feat.

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Azhar (No. 4) is a man of many talents. He was a very popular actor during the early 1990’s and one of the very few celebrities who have a professional career outside of acting.

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Prof. Ariff (No. 5) initial ambition was to become a District Officer (D.O) which was a respected position then. After some “hard consultation” by “Ayahanda Dato’ Rahim”, he decided to take up medicine.

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Rohaida (No. 6). Scomi Engineering, a subsidiary of Scomi Group, is the regional leader in transport solutions. The company has an internationally renowned design and manufacturing capability, with a diverse range of products, providing solutions for the transportation industry in the Middle-East and Asia-Pacific markets.

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Mazlan (No. 7) was the President of EXSAS for the 2008/2010 term and is sought-after analyst for the petrochemicals industry within the region.

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Normala (No. 8) works at the Ministry of Education, Malaysia and has been the Chief Commissioner of Girl Guides Malaysia since 2014.

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Y.B. Datuk Seri Naim (No. 9) has a whatsapp group titled “Gomen Bikers” in his handphone. “Gomen” is a slang used by locals for “government”.

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Hj Ahnuar (No. 10) cycled his name into The Malaysian Book of Records after completing his solo road bike attempt in 2015.

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Col. Rashidin (No. 11) is currently the highest ranking EXSAS in the military.

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Azraei (No. 12) is an in-demand financial planning speaker among the millenials. He is currently on a tour to empower Malaysian students in the UK & Ireland.

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Malathi (No. 13). Jones Lang Wootton provides fully integrated services for the real-estate industry in Malaysia.

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Dato’ Najmuddin (No. 14). The Klang Valley Mass Rapit Transit (MRT) is Malaysia’s single largest infrastructure project.

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Datuk Dr. Lukman (No. 15) is credited for the establishment of the National Malaria Elimination Program and Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Program.

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YB. Dato’ Fakhruddin (No. 16). N22 Bebar is one of the four state seats within the Pekan parlimentary constituent.

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Azlan (No. 17). The Malaysian Government is applying the Blue Ocean Strategy principles of high impact, low cost and rapid execution to national development through National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS).

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Nurul (No. 18) is the founder of Project Fearless which aims to empower young women. She is currently studying for a PhD. at a university in Paris, France.

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Ustaz Zul Ramli (No. 19) has written a few books and he is sought-after motivational speaker.

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Dato’ Rizal (No. 20). He is also an independent director of Dataprep Holdings Berhad (8338), which is an IT service company listed on the Bursa Malaysia.

21.

Hj. Nik Malik (No. 21). Oil and gas company, Silk Holdings is now sitting on a pretty pile of RM 365 million in cash following the completion of the sale of its highway (the Silk highway) to Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) for RM 380 million.

22.

Tg Dato’ Yusof (No. 22). Ultra High Net Worth Individual (UHNWI) is the term use to denote a person with a personal net worth in excess of USD 30 million (RM 117 million).

23.

Dato’ Abdul Kadir (No. 23). The Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia (DWNP/PERHILITAN) was formerly known as the Game Department.

24.

Dato’ Shukrie (No. 24). “Great to announce that Datuk Shukrie formerly CEO of Pos Malaysia Bhd has joined AirAsia in our new formerly logistics arm, Redbox Logistics. A very powerful e-commerce Asean and Asian logistics company. Huge upside and value. We have the planes,” Tan Sri Tony F tweeted on the 23rd February, 2018.

25.

Farahanim (No. 25). TV Alhijrah is a state-owned free-to-air television network in Malaysia, which is owned and operated by Al Hijrah Media Corporation, a government owned company. It broadcasts from its headquarters in Islamic Centre, Kuala Lumpur. It was officially launched on the 7th December 2010.

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Fuad (No. 26) is the current President of EXSAS and has been at the helm since 2014. MMC Gamuda KVMRT (T) Sdn Bhd (MGKT) was set up to undertake the design and construction work for the underground package of Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) project.

27.

Hj Mohammad Ridzwan (No. 27). Strata Management Act 2013 - an act to provide for the proper maintenance and management of buildings and common property, and for related matters.

28.

Anwar (No. 28). Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is the largest individual-member organization serving managers, engineers, scientists and other professionals worldwide in the upstream segment of the oil and gas industry.

29.

Capt. Rahim (No. 29) also has the distinction of holding EXSAS’s membership number of LM 0001.

30.

Nor Akmar (No. 30) regularly holds seminar and talks about share investing for the public. For more information, she can be followed at “akmarremisier87.worpress.com”.

31.

Dato’ Imran (No. 31) is the longest serving President of EXSAS. He was President from 2004/2008 & 2010/2012.

32.

Hamzah (No. 32). “National Geography : Megastructures” featuring PFLNG Satu was aired on ASTRO on the 6th of May, 2017.

33.

Dr. Solahuddin (No. 33). Cyber Security Malaysia is the national cybersecurity specialist and technical agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI).

34.

Dr. Zul (No. 34). IMU is Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and health sciences university with 26 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education. IMU has SETARA-2017 rating of 6 stars (Outstanding) under the Mature University category.

35.

Dato’ Azhar (No. 35). “NSERC denies getting RM100mil Mosti grant, says will sue PKR's Rafizi over allegation.” - The Star (25th April 2014).

36.

Nurul Hakimi (No. 36). MAHA stands for Malaysia Agriculture, Horticulture & Agrotourism and it is the leading agricultural show of its kind in Malaysia and indeed in the region.

37.

Y.B Dr. Rahman (No. 37). Pantai Damai is a state constituency in Sarawak. The state constituency was created in the 1987 redistribution and is mandated to return a single member to the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly under the first past the post voting system.

38.

Prof. Aziz (No. 38). Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) is the country’s leading marine-focused higher learning institution.

39.

Dr. Nasir (No. 39). SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Ministry of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality.

40.

Prof. Zuhaimy (No. 40). The modern Islamic gold dinar is a currency that aims to revive the historical gold dinar which was a leading coin of early Islam. They consist of minted gold coins, dinar, and silver coins, dirham.

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Dato’ Khodijah (No. 41) leads the division within Ministry of Finance, Malaysia which is responsible for creating an optimum system whilst encouraging private sector investments to enhance national economic growth.

42.

SAC Ramli (No. 42). The office of The Secretary of Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) is located on the same floor as the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and Deputy IGP in Bukit Aman which shows the importance of the position.

43.

Hj Ismail (No. 43) was a past President of EXSAS who served for the term 2003/2004. IGTC is a public-private partnership between the State Government of Melaka and Green Depot Technology Sdn. Bhd. with the state as a majority shareholder.

44.

Dato’ Shaharuddin (No. 44). “TNB’s Mesra Rakyat project ensures new homes for the hardcore poor.” - The Star (22nd Nov 2016)

45.

Dato’ Suffian (No. 45) latest endeavour is becoming the manager for Pahang's football team in the Malaysian league 2018.

46.

Hj Fathullah (No. 46). “Kolokium Kecemerlangan Pelajar Projek Khas SBP” is an annual event which gathers SBP students from lower income families with the objectives of uplifting their confidence and self-belief.

47.

Dato’ Dr. Hadi (No. 47). PRK MUIP Specialist Hospital aspires to provide quality medical care based on Islamic principles. Dato’ Dr. Abdul Razak (EXSAS 76) is the hospital’s executive director and Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Fadzil (EXSAS 82) is the hospital’s consultant paediatric.

48.

Dr. Sorayah (No. 48). The Malaysian Society of Periodontology (MSP) is a professional organisation working towards the recognition of the status of periodontology in Malaysia. Periodontology is the specialty of dentistry that studies supporting structures of teeth, as well as diseases and conditions that affect them.

49.

Jellialive (No. 49). Ministry of Tourism and Culture (MOTAC) serve the close connection between tourism and culture in efforts to promote Malaysia as a top-of-the-mind destination, in line with its ever popular tagline "Malaysia, Truly Asia".

50.

Jolene (No. 50) Spin Communications believe in telling stories for brands, and with the right nurturing can produce communication that grows and takes root in people’s lives.

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