YB Dato’ Seri Reezal Merican Bin Naina Merican Appointed As Chairman Of Amanah Raya Berhad

Amanah Raya Berhad (AmanahRaya) today announced the appointment of YB Dato’ Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican as Chairman of the Company effective 1 January 2014, replacing YBhg Dato’ Haji Dusuki Ahmad who retired on 29 December 2013.

YBhg Datuk Johar Che Mat, Board Representative of Amanah Raya Berhad said the appointment of YB Dato’ Seri Reezal Merican by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) was a result of a thorough and calculated process in view of Dato’ Seri Reezal Merican vast experience in both the political and professional arena. “The Board of AmanahRaya is confident that Dato’ Seri Reezal Merican is the most suitable candidate to steer the Company, moving forward”, Datuk Johar added.

Dato’ Seri Reezal Merican, a graduate of Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia, brings with him a wealth of experience especially in the areas of banking and investment having began his career in various financial institutions such as Bank Industri Malaysia Berhad and Kuwait Ijarah House where he was responsible in overseeing investment funds in Jeddah and Kuwait respectively.

On the political platform, Dato’ Seri Reezal Merican has served as Political Secretary to YB Dato’ Seri Shahrizat Abd Jalil and previous Prime Minister YABhg Tun Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi before recently being elected as Member of Parliament for Kepala Batas in 2013.

“Dato’ Seri Reezal Merican is expected to play a significant role in propelling the Vision and Mission of AmanahRaya to become a premier Trust & Estate Administration Institution”, said Datuk Johar.

Currently, Dato’ Seri Reezal Merican, age 42, is the UMNO Division Chief for Kepala Batas as well as Member Supreme Council UMNO Malaysia and Deputy Chairman of UMNO Pulau Pinang Liason Committee. His active involvement in Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) includes Board Member of Malaysia Prihatin and Yayasan Al-Quds Malaysia.

Being involved with NGOs and armed with a major in Arabic Language & Literature will augur well for Yayasan AmanahRaya (YAR) which provides scholarships and loans to high achieving students to study in Egypt in the field of Islamic Studies and medicine.

In extending the Board’s appreciation to the previous Chairman, Dato’ Johar said, “The Board would like to express its gratitude to Dato’ Haji Dusuki Ahmad for his significant contribution during his 10 years tenure at AmanahRaya and wish him all the best in his future endeavours”.

Amanah Raya Berhad (AmanahRaya), was established on 1 May 1921 as the Department of Public Trustee and Official Administrator. Subsequently, the Department was corporatized on 29 May 1995 and commenced its operation as Amanah Raya Berhad on 1 August 1995.
As the oldest and premier trust company, with 19 branches all over Malaysia, AmanahRaya offers a one stop Legacy Management Services encompass Will-Writing, Custodianship, Estate Administration and Trust Services.

Issued by Amanah Raya Berhad. For further information please contact:

Nik Salina Nik Idris
Head of Department
Group Corporate Communications Dept.
Tel: 03-2055 7488
Fax: 03-2072 1434
E-mail: niksalina@arb.com.my

Siti Khadijah Samean
Assistant Manager
Group Corporate Communications Dept.
Tel: 03-2055 7665
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Email: siti.khadijah@arb.com.my
Siti Azura Shamsuddin
Group Corporate Communications Dept.
Tel: 03-2055 7361
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Email: sitiazura@arb.com.my