Independent Non-Executive Chairman

Datuk Kamal is our Independent Non-Executive Director and was appointed to our Board on 2 December 2014. He graduated with Bachelor of Arts at the University of Otago, New Zealand in 1969. In 1971, he obtained both a Master of Arts from University of Auckland and Diploma in Teaching from the Auckland Teachers College in the same year. Subsequently, he completed an Advanced Course in Educational Development in 1987 from Stanford University, USA and an Advanced Course in Curriculum Development in 1991 from the Institute of Education, University of London, United Kingdom.

He was a teacher in Sekolah Menengah (“SM”) Labuan in 1972 and SM Papar in 1973. He was then promoted to become the principal of SM Sipitang from 1974 to 1975. He was then transferred to be a principal at Likas Vocational School for a short term in 1976. Subsequently, he became the Principal Assistant Director at the Department of Education, Kota Kinabalu in 1976, a role he served for 12 years. Thereafter, he served as a Principal at Gaya Teachers Training College, Kota Kinabalu from 1988 until 1999. He then served as a Deputy Director at the Teacher Education Division in the Ministry of Education, Kuala Lumpur in 1999. In 2000, he was appointed as Director of Education, Sabah until his retirement in 2003. Subsequent to his retirement, he held several directorships in private limited companies.

He was a member of the advisory panel of the Department of National Unity and Integration of the Prime Minister Department, Malaysia from October 2004 until October 2006 and thereafter for the 2007/2008 period. In March 2012, he was a panellist for the National Dialogue on the Malaysian Education System Review until September 2012. He has been a member of the Malaysian Examinations Council consecutively for three terms since August 2004. He is currently serving his fourth term, which started in August 2013 and expires in August 2016. During this tenure, he has been participating in the Disciplinary Appeal Board, a portfolio assigned to him under the Malaysian Examinations Council.