Tan Sri Sukarti Bin Wakiman
Chairman and Independent Non-Executive Director

Tan Sri Sukarti Bin Wakiman was appointed an Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Board effective 11th May 2021.

Tan Sri Sukarti holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Anthropology and Sociology from the University of Malaya. He had served the State Government of Sabah for over 40 years before retiring as the 8th Secretary of State of Sabah in July 2018. Prior to the aforesaid position, Tan Sri Sukarti held various distinguished positions namely, the Permanent Secretary (Head of Ministry) in three Sabah State Ministries and the Director of Public Service Department Sabah.

Tan Sri Sukarti’s extensive experience, multi-disciplinary skills, and experience in diversified sectors in public service including his past directorships in certain leading entities of both public and private sectors would be invaluable and relevant in providing the appropriate leadership to the Board of PIB and to be added to the collective skills set of the Board.

Currently, Tan Sri Sukarti sits on the Board of Tanjung Aru Eco-Development Sdn Bhd.

Datuk Haji Rusdin Bin Riman
Deputy Chairman and Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Datuk Haji Rusdin Bin Riman was appointed to the Board effective 16th March 2022. He was subsequently appointed as the Deputy Chairman on 1st June 2022.

Datuk Hj Rusdin Riman holds a MBA from Edith Cowan University, Australia. He is a Chartered Accountant of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. (MIA), Fellow of CPA Australia, Chartered Public Finance Accountants of Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountants UK and Asean CPA.

He had served more than 40 years in the State Public Service of Sabah. Throughout his service, he has assumed various position in various Ministry and Departments. These includes Accountant of JKR, Water Department and Ministry of Finance in Management and Professional level. He had served in the Senior Management level as Head of Budget and Finance State Forestry Department, Head of Finance of Sabah State Water Department and Department of Agriculture Sabah and Under Secretary/ Head of State Internal Audit Division, Ministry of Finance Sabah.

In 2018, he was appointed as the Sabah State Treasurer, the highest ranking position and the Head of Service of the Accounting Profession in the State. In 2020, he was appointed as the Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Finance, Turus 3 Grade VU4, the Principal State Financial Authority until he retired on 30 June 2022 recently.

He sat in various State Statutory Bodies and Government Linked Companies. Amongst others Sabah Credit Corporation, Sabah Land Development Board, Sabah Housing Development Board, Sabah Ports Authority; Sabah Forestry Development Authority and Sabah State Economic Development. He also sit in various Government Linked Companies such as Sabah Development Berhad, Sabah Development Bank, Jetama Sdn Bhd., Sabah Energy Corporation, Sabah Air Aviation Sdn Bhd, KKIP, SOGDC, SIP and Desa Group of Companies.

Datuk Haji Rusdin is appointed a member of Investment Committee, Remuneration Committee, and Nominations Committee of PIB.

Mr Paul Chong Thian Soo
Independent Non-Executive Director

Paul Chong was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of PIB effective 13th March 2019.

Paul Chong has wide and diversified skills, knowledge and experience as a Chartered Accountant having served previously with Messrs Ernst & Young for 15 years, three years in the investment arm of the Sabah Foundation and more than eight years as a freelance Corporate Advisor. His wide experience and exposure enhance the collective capabilities of the Board especially in the areas of corporate and financial matters.

Paul Chong holds an MBA degree from the Charles Sturt University, Australia and is a professional member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA), Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance (MICG) and The Institute of Internal Auditors Malaysia (IIAM). He is also a Fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

In line with his areas of expertise, Paul Chong has assumed the Chairmanships of the Audit Committee and the Investment Committee of PIB. He is also appointed as a member of the Risk Management Committee and Nominations Committee of PIB.

Encik Abdul Aziz Bin Zainal Abidin
Independent Non-Executive Director

Encik Abdul Aziz Bin Zainal Abidin was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Board effective 15th April 2022.

Encik Abdul Aziz Bin Zainal Abidin has more than 35 years of experience in the Insurance industry and holds a Fellowship of the Malaysian Insurance Institute (FMII). He was formerly the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Sime Darby Lockton Insurance Brokers Sdn. Bhd. Prior to joining Sime Darby Lockton, Encik Abdul Aziz was the Marketing Director of Asia Capital Reinsurance, Malaysia from 2008 to 2012. He was also the Deputy Chairman of Malaysian Insurance Takaful Brokers Association (MITBA).

Encik Abdul Aziz began his career with Tugu Insurance, Malaysia in 1977. He joined Tokio Marine and Fire Insurance as Head of Reinsurance Department handling treaty reinsurance program and facultative reinsurance and had his training in Tokyo, Japan. Currently, Encik Abdul Aziz is the Director of VSTECS Berhad (Public Listed).

In line with his areas of expertise, Encik Abdul Aziz is appointed as Chairman of Remuneration Committee and Risk Management Committee, and a member of the Nominations Committee, and Investment Committee of PIB.

Mr. Anthony Chong Chung Vui
Independent Non-Executive Director

Anthony Chong has been appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of PIB effective 15th May 2023.

Anthony Chong has more than 42 years of experience in the corporate world and has been managing his own business in the last 22 years. His corporate experience includes the roles as Principal Officer (“PO”) and CFO of Progressive Insurance Bhd (“PIB”), from 1989 to 1993 and Chief Executive Officer of a Sabah state-owned investment and property group from 1994 to 1999. His responsibilities as the PO of PIB include stakeholder relations, providing leadership and guidance to the management team and all business units of the Company and ensuring a healthy growth and profitability in line with the Company’s objectives and targets. Anthony Chong served as an Independent Director of PIB for 7 years, from 1995 to 2002 and was a member of the Investment Committee and chaired the Audit Examination Committee.

Prior to joining PIB, Anthony Chong spent 10 years of his working life in the accountancy profession which includes auditing, taxation and management consultancy, and lecturing to ACCA students. His dedication is in business operations, financial management, investments and corporate governance.

He is a Fellow Member of The Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA), UK and a Chartered Member of Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA). He also holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Irish Business School, London.

Anthony Chong is appointed as a Chairman of Nominations Committee and a member of Audit Committee, Risk Management Committee, Remuneration Committee of PIB.