Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar bin Syed Nor Al-Bukhary is one of the corporate
figures who is gaining prominence in the Malaysian corporate sector.
He was born in 1951 and he started his career in Johor in 1990's.
He first started wholesale business dealing in rice and subsequently
branched out into other sectors. He is presently one of the most
respected Malay corporate figures who has his fingers in a multitude
of sectors including plantation, property development, construction,
engineering, power generation, infrastructure and ports.
He symbolises a generation of the Malay corporate figures who
is capable in leading a number of business conglomerates. His success
could be seen when he acquired 90% ownership of Seaport Terminal
(Johor) Sdn. Bhd. in 1993. He was able to lay his hands on a mega
project when Seaport was awarded a 30-year concession to build and
operate the Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP), that made him a substantial
majority shareholder. He was commended by the government for his
success in managing PTP and turning it into a vibrant and thriving
port in southern Peninsular Malaysia. PTP succeeded in wooing Taiwan
Evergreen Marine Corporation, one of the world's major shipping
companies to shift its container operations from Singapore to PTP.
This move will greatly enhance the Malaysian government's effort
to have a number of modern and world-class ports in this region.
Apart from that, he owns 19.9% share in Malaysian Mining Corporation
via his wholly-owned company, Syarikat Impian Teladan Sdn. Bhd.
Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar personally owns SKS Ventures, which was awarded
the task of building the site for 2100MW gas-fired power station
at Tanjung Bin, Johor. Tan Sri Syed Mohktar has a 32% share in PERNAS
through his own company, Syarikat Ratu Jernih. He also has interest
in Fiamma Holdings Berhad, whereby 18.68% of the said company is
being held by him through his two companies, i.e. Syarikat Perdana
Padu Sdn. Bhd. and Corak Kukuh Sdn. Bhd. Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar is
a Board Member of Syarikat Bina Puri Holdings Berhad, whereby, on
his own, he has 7.34% share. Apart from these, Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar
has varied interest in a number of companies, both in Malaysia as
well as abroad.
One project that enhanced his stature in the international arena
is the Museum of Islamic Art, Kuala Lumpur, whereby the idea was
conceptualized by Dato' Seri Dr. Mahathir himself. Tan Sri Syed
Mokhtar was responsible for luring the famous shopping mall in London,
i.e. Harrods, to invest in Malaysia through his company, Amtek Holdings
Sdn.Bhd. Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar played a major role in the family-owned
Al-Bukhary Foundation, whereby he is the Executive Chairman. Through
Al-Bukhary Foundation, he has made several contributions towards
the social sector, particularly the Islamic social and welfare activities.
The foundation is also responsible in constructing the Al-Bukhary
Mosque Complex, which is the latest landmark in Kedah.
In appreciation of his enormous services and contributions, he
was bestowed with several awards, which among others, include the
Panglima Setia Mahkota (P.S.M.) by His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda
Yang di-Pertuan Agong, which carries the title Tan Sri and the Dato'
Setia Mahkota Kedah (D.S.D.K.) by HRH The Sultan Kedah, which carries
the title Dato'.