Datuk Seri Nurmala holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Pennsylvania State University, U.S.A., an Honours Degree in Social Science from University of Science Malaysia and a Diploma in Public Administration from the National Institute of Public Administration. She has vast and in-depth experience in public administration including, inter alia, policy formulations and execution.
She started her career with the Public Service as an Administrative and Diplomatic Officer (PTD) in 1978 and was first posted to the Ministry of Agriculture as an Assistant Secretary. In 1984, she served as a Senior Project Officer with INTAN for two (2) years before being promoted to Principal Assistant Director in the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU), under the Prime Minister’s Department. She then served the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) in 2002 in various positions such as the Director for ASEAN Division, Minister Counselor at the Embassy of Malaysia in Tokyo, Japan, Senior Director (Strategic Planning Division), Senior Director (Management Services) and later as Deputy Secretary General (Commodities) of the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (“MPIC”) in 2007. Later, she was appointed as the Secretary General of MPIC from 2011 to 2014.
At the international level, she was the Head of the National Tripartite Rubber Cooperation between Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. She was also the Governor for Malaysia under the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC), which was established within the framework of the United Nations. She was also involved in various capacities involving MPIC’s economic & technical missions, as well as bilateral, regional and multilateral negotiations and forums for the commodity sector.
Datuk Seri Nurmala binti Abd Rahim does not have any family relationship with any director and/or major shareholder(s) of the Company nor any conflict of interest with the Company. She has not had a conviction for any offence within the past ten (10) years.