Dato’ (Dr) Asariah Binti Mior Shaharuddin
Independent Non-Executive Director
Dato’ (Dr) Asariah Binti Mior Shaharuddin, a Malaysian, aged 65, female, was appointed to the Board on 4th November 2013. Dato’ (Dr) Asariah is the Chairman of the Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee as well as a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee of the Company.
Dato’ (Dr) Asariah holds a Masters Degree (M.Sc.) in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin, USA which she obtained in 1983. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Degree in Geography from the University of Malaya in 1975 and a Diploma in Education from the same university in 1976. In honouring her contribution to scholarship and academic partnership between Malaysia and the Queensland University of Technology, Australia, Dato’ (Dr) Asariah was conferred with the Degree of Doctor of the University in 2008.
Known for her work and contribution to teacher education in the country, she was the Deputy Director General of Education, Ministry of Education Malaysia before her retirement in 2011. As Deputy Director General in-charge of Teacher Professional Development, she was primarily responsible for policy, planning, finance and human resource development. A passionate teacher educator, she is known for her work in continuous professional development (“CPD”) of teachers and was the key figure in the upgrading of all Malaysian Teacher Training Colleges to become degree awarding institutions known as Institut Pendidikan Guru (“IPG”) or Institutes of Teacher Education, Malaysia which now offer full-time Bachelor of Teaching degree courses.
Dato’ (Dr) Asariah also has vast experience in international teacher education management and collaboration. During her time with the Ministry, she was able to put into fruition efforts of producing effective teachers by various upgrading programmes, reforms and establishing partnerships with local and foreign universities from the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, France, Japan and Germany.
She has attended courses, seminars and workshops at Harvard Graduate School of Education, University of Harvard; Institute of Education, University of London, UK; University of Wales, Cardiff; University of Hiroshima, Japan and Regional education and management centres in Asia such as Singapore, Philippines and Indonesia.
For her contributions, Dato’ (Dr) Asariah has been awarded with Darjah Dato Paduka Mahkota Perak (D.P.M.P), Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang (D.I.M.P), Pingat Johan Setia Mahkota (J.S.M) and Ahli Mangku Negara (A.M.N) from DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di-Pertuan Agong.
Dato’ (Dr) Asariah attended all the four (4) Board Meetings held during the financial year ended 31st December 2017.
Dato’ (Dr) Asariah has no directorship in other public listed companies. She has no family relationship with any Director and/or substantial shareholder of the Company, no conflict of interest with the Company and has never been convicted of any offence (other than traffic offences, if any) within the past five (5) years or imposed with any public sanction or penalty by the relevant regulatory bodies during the financial year.