DATO' DR. ABU TALIB BACHIK
Independent Non-Executive Director
 

A Malaysian aged 68, was appointed to the Board on 7 November 2016. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Agronomy from the Louisiana State University in USA and a Doctor in Agriculture Science from the University of Gent in Belgium.


He spent 28 years of his career in the Rubber Industry where he authored some 50 technical and scientific research papers, formulated Policies for the Malaysian Rubber Industry and represented Malaysian interests on the world stage as champion and advocate for the commodity. He began his career as a Researcher in Soil Science and Agronomy with the Rubber Research Institute of Malaysia and went on to the Malaysian Rubber Research and Development Board (MRRDB) and, finally, served as Deputy Director General of the Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) before retiring in 1999.


In 1999, he joined MDEC and took on the task of promoting the development of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) covering PR, Communications, Client Services, Entrepreneur Development and Marketing. He initiated the “Seed Funding Program” for early “Start-Ups” and also founded the Asia Pacific ICT Award Programme (APICTA) which grew into an International Award Programme with membership of 12 countries.
From 2008 to 2015, he returned to MRB where he sat on the Board and served as Chairman of the Audit Committee; Chairman of the Board Downstream R&D Monitoring Committee; Member of Senior Management Search Committee; Board Member at RRIMCorp and LGMPC, subsidiaries of MRB.
He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors at JAVA Bhd; Director at Ladang Bunga Tanjung, a subsidiary of JAVA Bhd; Director at Urun Plantations Sdn Bhd and SHC Tubau Plantations Sdn Bhd, subsidiaries of Sin Heng Chan (Malaya) Bhd.