Malaysia’s foreign direct investment have hit record levels, but the nation still needs to raise income levels and promote more inclusive growth. To help businesses better understand the government’s thinking and policy priorities, former Finance Minister Tun Daim Zainuddin and Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry Dr. Ong Kian Ming will discuss Malaysia’s development path and the challenges faced.
Grand Ballroom, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
This event is by invitation only.
9:30 REGISTRATION & WELCOME REFRESHMENTS
10:00 WELCOME REMARKS
10:10 KEYNOTE DIALOGUE
11:00 SPECIAL ADDRESS
11:15 PANEL DISCUSSION
12:15 NETWORKING LUNCH
1:30 PROGRAMME ENDS
Tun Daim Zainuddin
Former Finance Minister of Malaysia &
Former Chairman, Council of the Eminent Persons
Tun Daim Zainuddin began his professional career as a lawyer, being called to the bar at the age of 21. He went on to serve as Magistrate, Sessions Court Judge, Deputy Public Prosecutor, and eventually setting up his own legal firm. He then ventured into business, starting with a salt production company, and then moving on into food production. Perhaps his most famous ventures were as a property developer, with the very successful Taman Maluri and Bukit Maluri projects, and banking, both local and international. After a successful career as a businessman, Tun Daim retired in 1977 at the age of 39.
His first retirement did not last long as he was asked to lead Peremba Berhad and was subsequently made non-executive Chairman in 1979. In 1980, he was made Senator by Prime Minister Tun Hussein Onn. When Tun Mahathir became Prime Minister in 1981, he was made Chairman of Fleet Holdings Sdn Bhd. He was later elected as MP of Kuala Muda in 1982 and appointed as Minister of Finance in 1984. Tun Daim famously retired for the second time in 1991, saying that he had fulfilled his task as Finance Minister and that it was time for him to go. However, as fate would have it, the Asian Financial crisis wreaked havoc upon the region’s economies in 1997 and Tun Daim was recalled to public service as Finance Minister in 1999, retiring for the third time in 2001.
In 2018, he once again came out of retirement to serve as Chairman of the Council of Eminent Persons, leading the prestigious group through their quick assessments of the tasks ahead for the current administration. Most recently, Tun Daim served as Special Envoy to the Prime Minister, leading the heavily publicised ECRL negotiations.
Dr. Ong Kian Ming
Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry,
Ong Kian Ming obtained his PhD in political science from Duke University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He is currently the Member of Parliament for Bangi, representing the Democratic Action Party (DAP) which is part of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government coalition. He is a 2nd term Member of Parliament.
He was the Head of the Penang Institute office in Kuala Lumpur from 2014 to 2018.
He was appointed as Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry (MITI) in July 2018.
Prior to being elected into public office, he was a lecturer and policy analyst at UCSI University, a private university in Kuala Lumpur. He was also the director of the Malaysian Electoral Roll Analysis Project (MERAP). Prior to his PhD, he worked as a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in the KL office and as a policy analyst with two think thanks, the Institute of Strategic Analysis and Policy Research (INSAP) and the Socio-Economic Development and Research (SEDAR) Institute.
He holds a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics (LSE) and an MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge. He completed his O levels and A levels in Raffles Institution and Raffles Junior College in Singapore under the ASEAN scholarship. He studied in La Salle PJ (Primary and Secondary) until Form 3.
Mr. Arvin Chia
Senior Director & Head, Equity Capital Markets
Arvin Chia is Senior Director & Head of Equity Capital Markets (ECM) at Affin Hwang Capital. He has over 20 years' experience in financial services & capital markets covering investment banking, stockbroking and commercial banking.
Arvin joined the Bank in 2011, to drive the establishment of the ECM unit. Over the past 8 years, he has successfully built a strong and well regarded ECM franchise from scratch into a top 5 player in Malaysia, primarily focusing on Equity Underwriting & Placement activities pertaining to IPOs, Rights Issues, Primary and Secondary Placements as well as other equity linked instruments, propelling the Bank into the Equity League Tables consistently. A number of the IPO's he has worked on in recent years have gained recognition including an award for Best Mid-Cap IPO deal in South East Asia for Serba Dinamik's IPO in 2017.
Prior to joining the Bank, Arvin was Head of ECM at MIMB Investment Bank where he was involved in the IPOs of more than 15 companies from a wide range of industries including property development, oil & gas, manufacturing and IT distribution.
Arvin graduated from the University of Portland, USA, with a Bachelor of Business Administration majoring in Finance.
Ms. Rejina Rahim
Country Head and Managing Director
Nomura Asset Management Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.
Rejina is the Country Head and Managing Director of Nomura Asset Management Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. and
has been responsible for driving the firm’s business in the country since it was set up in December 2006.
She is Nomura Asset Management’s first woman and non-Japanese national to head an overseas branch.
Prior to Nomura, Rejina was at CIMB-Principal Asset Management for over eight years where she worked in
multiple roles across compliance, legal, risk management, product development, marketing and client
servicing. She started her career as a legal officer with a stock broking house in Malaysia.
Rejina has actively contributed to the development of unit trusts and the asset management industry in the
country through her work with industry associations and the Securities Commission Malaysia. She holds a
Capital Markets Services Representative’s License and is Secretary of the Malaysian Association of Asset
She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, and has been
called to the Bar of England and Wales. She also holds an Islamic Finance qualification from the Chartered
Institute for Securities & Investment, UK, and attended Singularity University’s Executive Management
Program for Exponential Leadership and Exponential Technology.
Mr. Ryushiro Kodaira
Senior Staff Writer, Nikkei Editorial Headquarters for Asia (Bangkok)
Ryushiro Kodaira is a senior staff writer for the Nikkei Editorial Headquarters for Asia (Bangkok), covering the global economies, industries, and financial & capital markets from the pan-Asian perspectives. He has been an Editorial Writer for the Capital Markets for eight and half years since September 2009. He graduated from Waseda University, BA, Literature in 1988. Then he joined Nikkei Inc., and covered investment banks, capital market and corporate finance as Staff Writer of the Capital Market News Department.. He was based in London as Staff Writer of the Editorial Headquarters for Europe, Middle East & Africa Editorial Bureau in charge of financial news in Europe from 2000 to 2004. After coming back to Tokyo, he headed Nikkei reporters at the Tokyo Stock Exchange Press Club, then he was assigned as Senior Staff Writer of the Financial News Department.
He recently wrote a book titled “Global Corporate Governance.“
Mr. P Prem Kumar
Nikkei Staff Writer
Prem Kumar V M Panjamothy started his career in the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) as an economic reporter in 2008, followed by a six years spell in The Malaysian Reserve, a local business daily. Leaving the company as an Assistant News Editor in May 2019, he joined Nikkei Asian Review as its Malaysian correspondent. In the current capacity, Prem Kumar manages content from Malaysia and covers breaking and developing stories in financial, corporate, economy, politics and environment, among all.