CorporateMRT CorpBoard of Directors


Datuk Isham Ishak


  • Audit and Risk Committee – Member

Datuk Isham Ishak, 51, is currently the Secretary General of the Ministry of Transport Malaysia starting from 25 November 2019. Previously, he was appointed as the Secretary General of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia from 17 February 2019 to 24 November 2019 and the Secretary General of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry Malaysia (MITI) from 2 July 2018 to 16 February 2019. He was also the Deputy Secretary General (Trade) of MITI from 2016 to 2018.

He had served in a number of divisions related to international and regional aspects of trade and industry while in MITI, including Trade Facilitation, Strategic Planning, WTO, APEC and ASEAN. He also successfully assisted the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Malaysia while serving as the Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the SME Corporation Malaysia, an agency under MITI from 2014 to 2016. In addition, Datuk Isham spent 5 years in the United States, from 2006 to 2011, as the Minister Counselor at the MITI Washington D.C. Office.

Datuk Isham has had the opportunity to serve the Minister of International Trade and Industry Malaysia as the Special Officer to Yang Amat Berhormat Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz from 2004 to 2006, and the Special Officer to the Yang Amat Berhormat Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Malaysia’s fifth Prime Minister.

During his tenure in the civil service, he was appointed as the Chief Negotiator for Malaysia for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement from 2016 to 2018. He was also the Deputy Chief Negotiator for Malaysia for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement – later known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTTP) – from 2011 to 2015. He was also one of the Malaysian Negotiators for the Developing-8 (D-8) Organization for Economic Cooperation and also the Malaysian lead for the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Services (CCS).

While serving as the Deputy Secretary General (Trade) of MITI, Datuk Isham was also appointed as the Senior Economic Official for Malaysia, whose main task is to oversee the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Blueprints in Malaysia and ASEAN. He was also the Malaysian representative at the High-Level Task Force on ASEAN Economic Community (HLTF-EI), the highest level of groupings among economic officials in ASEAN while he served as the Secretary General of MITI.

Datuk Isham was also the Malaysian Lead at the Senior Official’s Committee for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council (SOCA), which is also one of the three pillars of ASEAN that aims to lift the quality of life of ASEAN through cooperative activities that are people-oriented, people-centred, environmentally friendly, and geared towards the promotion of sustainable development to face new and emerging challenges in ASEAN.

In recognition of his achievement to the nation, Datuk Isham was bestowed with several excellences of achievement awards including the Companion of the Order of Loyalty to the Crown of Malaysia by the King in 2014 and the Darjah Pangkuan Seri Melaka (DPSM) in 2016.

Datuk Isham is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Malaysia Rapid Transit System Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of MRT Corp which was set up to be the Malaysian infrastructure company (InfraCo) of the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System Link. He was appointed to the position on 15 May 2020.


Dato’ Dr Amiruddin Muhamed


  • Nomination and Remuneration Committee – Chairman
  • Audit and Risk Committee – Member

Dato’ Dr. Amiruddin Muhamed, 49, is currently the Deputy Under Secretary (Strategic and General) of the Government Investment Division of the Ministry of Finance.

Before he was appointed to the position in August 2018, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Majlis Agama Islam dan Adat Melayu Perak (MAIPk), a position which he had held from 2014.

Prior to that, he held several positions in the Ministry of Finance, beginning with the Accountant General Department where he was the Assistant Director. He then moved to the Investment, MKD (Inc) and Privatisation Division where he was the Senior Principal Assistant Secretary. Among his tasks was to manage the corporatisation and privatisation activities of agencies under the jurisdiction of specific Ministries. He later moved to the Strategic Investment Division.

Dato’ Dr Amiruddin holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Accounting and Finance from Durham University in the United Kingdom. He has a Master of Economics (Economic Development) and Bachelor of Accounting (Hon.) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

Dato’ Noorizah Abd Hamid


  • Whistleblower Committee – Chairman
  • Audit and Risk Committee – Member
  • Nomination and Remuneration Committee – Member

Dato’ Noorizah Abd Hamid, 61, was the former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of PLUS Malaysia Berhad.

While heading the company, she was involved in the negotiation and acquisition of several expressway projects such as the North-South Expressway Central Link (ELITE), Malaysia-Singapore Second Link (Linkedua) and the Butterworth-Kulim Expressway as well as highways in Indonesia and India.

She was also involved in the privatisation of PLUS Expressway Bhd, where she was involved in negotiations with the Government on revising the company’s concession agreement and also the raising of RM30.6 billion sukuk – the largest Islamic bond issue in the world – in the restructuring of the company.

She was also Faber Group Berhad Chief Operating Officer from 1999 to 2003, and Faber Group Berhad and Faber Hotels Holdings Berhad Managing Director from 2004 to 2007 where she oversaw the overall management of the company. During her tenure in Faber, a key task of hers was to undertake the financial restructuring of the ailing company.

Other senior positions held by her include Projek Lebuhraya Utara Selatan Berhad Senior General Manager Finance, Hatibudi Management Sdn Bhd Senior Manager Corporate Finance, Renong Berhad Manager of Corporate Finance, and Permodalan Nasional Berhad Senior Corporate Finance Officer.

She holds a Master in Business Administration (Finance and Management) from Central Michigan University, United States. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Finance) from the same university and a Diploma in Accountancy from MARA Institute of Technology.

Dato’ Noorizah is also a Director for Malaysia Rapid Transit System Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of MRT Corp which was set up to be the Malaysian infrastructure company (InfraCo) of the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System Link. She was appointed to the position on 21 June 2021.

Encik Mohd Khalid Haji Mohamed


  • Whistleblower Committee – Member
  • Audit and Risk Committee – Member

Encik Mohd Khalid Haji Mohamed, 66, is currently the Director of Dasar Wijaya Sdn Bhd, a construction firm that carries out housing development and civil construction related works.

Prior to that, he was involved in the East Klang Valley Expressway (EKVE) Project as a Senior General Manager with Ahmad Zaki Sdn Bhd, where he had led the negotiation of technical and commercial terms of the Concession Agreement with the Ministry of Works.

During his time there, he also assisted to secure sukuk financing of RM2 billion and collaborated in securing Government Support Loan of RM635 million.

Among other positions he has held were the General Manager of IJM Construction Sdn Bhd, where he was entrusted to set up and lead the concession company towards full operations of the Kajang Seremban Highway (LEKAS) Project as well as General Manager of Gamuda-Percon Joint Venture for the Shah Alam Expressway (KESAS) Project.

Encik Mohd Khalid was also the Head of Engineering for Projek Penyelenggaraan Lebuhraya Berhad (PROPEL) and involved in the construction of PLUS Expressway. He began his career with Jabatan Kerja Raya in 1979.

He obtained his Ordinary National Diploma in Engineering in 1975 from Southampton Technical College, United Kingdom before furthering his studies at the Loughborough University of Technology, United Kingdom where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in 1978.

He has also been a Non-Executive Director of Tabung Haji Heavy Engineering Berhad since August 2019.

Ar. Saifuddin Ahmad


  • Whistleblower Committee – Member
  • Audit and Risk Committee – Member

Ar. Saifuddin Ahmad, 61, is currently the Principal of Saifuddin Architect and Managing Director of SNO Architects Sdn Bhd.

He began his career as a technical assistant with JKR Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur in 1980. He furthered his studies in Australia and rejoined JKR Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur as an Architect in 1983. After becoming a registered architect in 1986, Saifuddin left the Government service and joined BBMB Properties Sdn Bhd as an in-house architect in 1988. He was a Partner of Kumpulan Perunding Kuala Lumpur from 1990 until 1993, when he was appointed as Director of Davenport Campbell Consultancy (M) Sdn Bhd. In 1996, he established Saifuddin Architect as Principal and a year later, established and became Director of SNO Architects Sdn Bhd.

Ar. Saifuddin completed his Diploma in Architecture at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur in 1980, and graduated with Bachelor of Architecture from Deakin University, Australia in 1983.

He was recently awarded by his alma mater, Deakin University, Australia, Alumni of Year 2020, the first Malaysian and non-Australian to be accorded with the award.

He is a fellow of Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia (PAM), Registered Asean Architect, APEC Architect and Honorary Member of Australian Institute of Architects, Association of Siamese Architects by Royal Patronage, Council Member (Alternate) Region IV the International Union of Architects (UIA) (2017-2021), Vice President Zone B Arcasia (2019-2021), Current Past President on Council of PAM and President (2011-2013). He was Lembaga Akitek Malaysia (LAM) Board Member (2007-2015), LAM representative on the Board of Town Planners (2008-2009), Board of Quantity Surveyors (2009-2017) and Exco member Balai Ikhtisas Malaysia (BIM) (2010-2011). He was also Chairman of Green Building Index Sdn Bhd (2012-2013).

Ar. Saifuddin is a member of the Board of Directors at Universiti Malaya since 2011. He is Chairman of Universiti Malaya Medical Centre and Universiti Malaya Specialist Centre; the first time that both hospitals have the same Chairman. He was responsible for organising Universiti Malaya masterplan idea competition in 2016 and currently Chairman of its masterplan Committee. He was Chairman of CIDB Initiative Working Group on Promotion IWG5-CITP Promotion and committee member of Construction Industry Transformation Programme – TWG1.

He was also involved in various Competition and Awards and was appointed as Chief Juror to judge PAM Gold Medal Awards, Juror for the CIDB 2015 and 2018 Malaysian Construction Industry Excellence Awards (MCIEA), Juror for DBKL competition awards “Pertandingan Peningkatan Imej Reka Bentuk Bandar”, Juror for Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) Architectural Design Award and Juror for ‘Architecture+Design and CERA Awards, India.

Ar. Saifuddin had the opportunity to successfully design, manage and complete the Low Energy Office (LEO) for the Ministry of Green Technology and Water in Putrajaya, Parcel E. This building was conferred the prestigious ASEAN Energy Award 2006 by the ASEAN ENERGY CENTRE and was accorded the first Green Building Index Silver rating for existing building. The LEO Building was also chosen to be on the Malaysian 50 sen commemorative stamp for the Energy Efficiency Building Series in 2009. SNO Architects Sdn Bhd has won the SME Corp Enterprise 50 for the years 2013, 2014 and 2016.

Puan Azian Kassim


Azian Binti Kassim, aged 55 was appointed to the Board of Directors of MRT Corp on 26 August 2021. She is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, United Kingdom and a Chartered Accountant registered with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. She has approximately 27 years of experience in the capital market and managing investment portfolios.

Azian Binti Kassim began her career as an auditor. In 1992, she joined BBMB Unit Trust Management Berhad as an Investment Officer/Analyst and in 1995, she joined Perwira Affin Merchant Bank Berhad as an Assistant Manager. Subsequently in 1996, she joined RHB Asset Management Sdn Bhd as a Manager and in 1999 and 2001, she was promoted to Senior Manager and Assistant General Manager respectively.

Azian Binti Kassim was then attached to Maybank Investment Management Sdn Bhd as the Chief Investment Officer from 2004 to 2007. She was responsible for the investments and strategy for the company.

In 2007, Azian Binti Kassim joined Syarikat Takaful Malaysia Berhad, which is now known as Syarikat Takaful Malaysia Keluarga Berhad, as Chief Investment Officer and she had spearheaded investment division and played a pivotal role in developing a strong portfolio management capability for the division.

She currently holds directorship position at the Perak Transit Berhad as an Independent Non-Executive Director, and is an investment panel member of Urusharta Jamaah Sdn Bhd.

Encik Mohd Azharuddin Mat Sah


Encik Mohd Azharuddin Mat Sah, 47, is currently the President and Group Chief Executive
Officer of Prasarana Malaysia Berhad.

Formerly the Group Chief Transformation Officer of Malaysia Airlines Berhad, Encik Azharuddin brings to MRT Corp a rich wealth of experience on the nation’s public transportation services; having served as Chief Executive Officer of the Land Public Transport Commission of Malaysia (SPAD) from 2015 to 2018. At SPAD, he successfully developed a policy framework to recognise and regulate tech companies, such as e-hailing, as well as oversaw an improved train and bus services which saw reliable and more punctual train and bus services in KL and in various state cities.

His career experience focuses on transformation and programme management in large-scale government initiatives, strategic planning, and implementation of best practices.

Encik Azharuddin held various positions in notable local organisations and multinational corporations namely; PEMANDU (Performance Management and Delivery Unit, Prime Minister’s Department), Microsoft, Khazanah Nasional and Royal Dutch Shell.

He obtained his Arts-Economics and Law degree from University of Kent at Canterbury, England.