ABM executive director Chuah, passes away, aged 55

PETALING JAYA: The Association of Banks in Malaysia (ABM) executive director Chuah Mei Lin (pic) passed away yesterday.

Chuah, 55, has been holding the executive director’s post since Oct 6, 2008 and represents ABM on the board of directors of Financial Mediation Bureau.

Known for her cheerfulness, the Penang-born Chuah was a graduate from University of London and was a lawyer by training.

Chuah gained a wealth of experience in both the financial services and the securities industries.

Her foray into the corporate world after 10 years in legal practice began with a listed financial services group.

She was also legal adviser in many large and complex corporate exercises including management buyouts, reverse takeovers and flotation schemes.

Chuah has held, in succession, key senior positions in several conglomerates including the former Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (now Bursa Malaysia Securities Bhd), where she was the senior vice-president of legal advisory and membership service for Market Supervision Group from April 1998 to March 2002.

She served as senior vice-president of Group Legal and Internal Compliance at SCOMI GROUP BHD from April 2007 to October 2008 and was also the chief corporate strategist at Affin Bank Bhd from August 2005 to April 2007.

Apart from that, she was also company secretary for various listed companies here.

In Sept 4, 2015, Chuah was appointed as the independent non-executive director of Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd.

She was also an alternate director on the board and executive committee of Asean Finance Corp Ltd, Singapore.

According to OCBC Malaysia chief executive officer Ong Eng Bin, Chuah is extremely good at her work and has a personal touch in almost everything, and has the ability to work with people across all levels.

“Chuah’s passing is a real loss to the industry.

“Her job has been tremendously difficult at ABM since there were many initiatives in the last two to three years,” said Ong, who has known Chuah on a professional level for 10 years.

Ong described her as a diplomat and a bubbly person, a live wire at social events.

“She was also dedicated to her family and loved them very much and as a Penangite, held the island close to her heart,” he added.

Meanwhile, Lembaga Tabung Haji deputy CEO Datuk Badlisyah Abdul Ghani said Chuah would be deeply missed.

“Fondly known as Mei Lin, she was very likeable and the most bubbliest person one could ever meet.

“Mei Lin makes the person she is dealing with at any one time feel that he or she is the most important and is ever willing to help,” said Badlisyah, who got to know her at a global leadership programme several years ago.

The wake will be held at Room 22, Nirvana Memorial Centre in Sungai Besi from this evening for three days. The funeral will be next Tuesday.

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