Datuk Jaswant Singh Kler, PGDK, ASDK
Independent Non-Executive Director
A Malaysian, was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 7th December 2006. He serves as a member of Audit Committee, Nomination Committee, Remuneration Committee and ESOS Committee. He is an Associate member of the Incorporated Society of Planters. He has been playing an active role as senior member of the planting fraternity in Malaysia for the past twenty-four (24) years. He sits on the Board of TSH Resources Berhad and is a member of The Institute for Development Studies (Sabah). He also holds directorship positions in various subsidiary companies of TSH Group and several other private limited companies.
Notably, he was the chairman of the East Malaysia Planters’ Association for sixteen (16) years from 1985-2000. He was an independent non-executive director of Kwantas Corporation Berhad and an executive director of Bena Plantation Sdn. Bhd. ("BENA") when he left in 2006 and 1984 respectively. During that period, he was also appointed as a director of Saudi Sabah Palm Oil Corporation Sdn. Bhd., which was the first palm oil refinery in Sabah. He started his planting career with BAL Plantation Sdn. Bhd., as a cadet in 1960 and left as a senior manager to join BENA in 1977 as general manager for the plantation project. He now manages his own plantation consultancy business under Agri Cek Sdn. Bhd. and is a consultant to Smith Gore, a property valuation firm. He is also an advisor for Incorporated Society of Planters Sabah-Tawau Branch.
He participates actively as a committee member of the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Sabah Branch and as a committee member for Human Resources and also on the Home Affairs of MICCI standing committee. He was on the Sabah Business Council sub-committee on Human Resources and Agricultural, Food & Poverty Eradication and Sabah BIMP-EAGA Council previously. He was a member of Jawatankuasa Khas Pengangguran Siswazah in Universiti Malaysia Sabah. He is also a life member of Agricultural Institute of Malaysia.