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Board of Directors

Y. Bhg. Tan Sri (Dr.) Ketheeswaran A/L M. Kanagaratnam

Non-Independent, Non-Executive Director

YBhg Tan Sri Datuk (Dr.) Ketheeswaran, Malaysian, was appointed to the Board on 1994 and was designated as Executive Chairman on 2015.

It is through his farsighted vision and sharp business acumen that Benta Plantations Berhad has grown into Pinehill Pacific Berhad, an established oil palm plantation company that is listed on the Main Board of Bursa Malaysia (Malaysian Exchange). Pinehill Pacific Berhad’s “PinePac” has grown exponentially over the years, with business operations covering Malaysia and Indonesia. Besides the above plantation business, Tan Sri Ketheeswaran has experience in several other business ventures.

Tan Sri (Dr.) Ketheeswaran was first elected as the President of The Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry “MAICCI” in 2000 and served until 2004. On 14 June 2008, during MAICCI’s fifty-seventh Annual Delegates Conference, he was re-elected as the President of MAICCI for a two-year term and continued to retain the position until 19 October 2018. Tan Sri Ketheeswaran continues to serve as the President of Johor Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry where he was elected to the office on 29 May 2010 until today.

On 1 December 2016, Tan Sri Ketheeswaran was conferred the Honorary Doctorate in Entrepreneur Development by Asia Metropolitan University during its 10th Asia Metropolitan University Convocation. The conferment was in recognition towards his numerous efforts in the development of the entrepreneurship in the country.

Y. Bhg. Dato' Ong Kim Hoay

Independent Non-Executive Chairman

Dato’ Ong Kim Hoay, was appointed to the Board of Pinehill Pacific Berhad “PinePac” in 1997 and was made chairman in 2020. 

Dato’ Ong is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries And Administrators Australia. He is also a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants “MIA”.

In 1969, Dato’ Ong started his career as an Auditor with Turquand Young & Co. (now known as Ernst & Young), a public accounting firm. He subsequently joined Malayan Banking Berhad “Maybank” in 1970 and has held various senior positions in Maybank before retiring as General Manager. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Maybank for several years. Currently, Dato’ Ong also sits on the Board of Directors of several private companies in Malaysia.

Y. Bhg. Dato' Nik Mohd Amin Bin Nik Abu Bakar

Independent Non-Executive Director

Dato' Nik Mohd Amin was appointed to the Board of Pinehill Pacific Berhad "PinePac" in 2000. He is also the Chairman of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. 

Dato' Nik Mohd Amin has held various notable positions in the government sector. He was the Director-General of the Social Security Organisation, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment and Secretary-General of the Ministry of Human Resources. Dato' Nik Mohd Amin has been a committee member of various organizations, which includes International Social Security Association Geneva, National Science Committee for UNESCO, ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology, Executive Committee of SIRIM, Malaysia Migration Fund Board, National Vocational Training Council and International Labour Organization Governing Body.

Y. Bhg. Dato' Shahrom Bin Abdul Majid

Independent Non-Executive Director

Dato' Shahrom was appointed to the Board of Pinehill Pacific Berhad “PinePac” in 1997 and re-joined in 2018. He is also a member of the Audit Committee and chairman of Risk Management Committee.

Dato' Shahrom had a distinguished career in agriculture mainly related to the fisheries sector serving the government of Malaysia for 30 years beginning in 1966 until his retirement as Director General of the Department of Fisheries “DOF” in October 1996. He served in various capacities in the domestic and international arena related to the agriculture sector amongst others as Board Member of the National Maritime Council, Maritime Institute of Malaysia. Internationally, he was the Chairman/Council Member of the ASEAN Committee of Food, Agriculture and Forestry (Fisheries Working Group), Council Member of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Centre, Vice Chairman of the Indo-Pacific Fisheries Commission and member of the Pacific Economic Co-operation Council (Task Force Fisheries). Among his notable contributions to the nation fisheries industry was his role in heading the formation of the Persatuan Nelayan Kawasan and the reestablishment of Marine Parks Malaysia under the jurisdiction of DOF Malaysia.

Bala Krishnan Ponniah

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Bala Krishnan Ponniah was appointed to the Board of Pinehill Pacific Berhad “PinePac” in 2019. He is also the Chairman of the Audit Committee.

Mr. Bala Krishnan is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and also a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Bala qualified in UK and on his return joined Hanafiah Raslan & Mohamad (HRM)/Touche Ross in 1980.  HRM subsequently merged with Arthur Andersen (AA) in 1986 and sometime in 2002 AA Malaysia merged with Ernst & Young (EY).

During the period with HRM and AA, Bala held various positions leading to office Managing Partner of the Johor Bahru and Malacca branches in 1990 till his retirement in 2003. Sometime in 2003 he joined Moore Stephens Associates & Co (currently known as B P Associates) as its Managing Partner and continues todate to manage the firm providing Audit, Tax and Corporate Advisory services.

K. Selveswaran

Executive Director

Mr. K. Selveswaran was appointed to the Board of Pinehill Pacific Berhad “PinePac” in 2019.

His experience in the real estate sector is accredited to his tenure with an established real estate firm between 1986 and 1994. In addition, he has many years of experiences as board member in a healthcare company which involved in a Government Concession of providing maintenance services of bio-medical equipment for Government hospitals.

K. Selveswaran became a part of the “PinePac” family when the Group was going through a diversifying phase of its business in 1994.

In 1995, he joined Benta Plantations Berhad, now known as “PinePac”, as General Manager and was later seconded to Mun Loong Bhd, a major retail subsidiary as Senior General Manager. He was then holding a senior management role overseeing the oil palm plantation and managing a retail commercial development project. With years of experience and knowledge, he was then appointed as the Group Executive Vice President in 2011 and later the Executive Director in 2019.