Tan Sri Dato’ Chen Kooi Chiew @ Cheng Ngi Chong (Tan Sri Alex Chen)

Non-Independent Non-Executive Chairman


Tan Sri Dato' Chen Kooi Chiew @ Cheng Ngi Chong, a Malaysian male aged 81, is our promoter, substantial shareholder and Non-Independent Non-Executive Chairman and was appointed to our Board on 19 November 2004.

Tan Sri Alex Chen is also currently the Group Executive Chairman of MKH Berhad. A summary of his qualification and working experience are set out below:

  • Secondary education at SMJK Yu Hua, Kajang
  • Higher secondary education at Han Chiang High School, Penang

  • Has over 45 years of experience in property development and construction related businesses and 31 years of experience in the oil palm plantation sector.
  • Began his career in 1962 manning his family business involved in fruits selling.
  • In 1970, ventured into oil palm plantation with the acquisition of a 300-acre oil palm estate in Malaysia, which he later sold in 1973.
  • Founded Srijang Bena Sdn Bhd (currently known as MKH Berhad) in 1979 and assumed the role as the Managing Director and spearheaded its listing in 1995.
  • In 2006, redesignated as Group Executive Chairman of MKH Berhad, a position he presently holds.
  • Under his leadership, MKH Berhad Group ventured into the oil palm business in Indonesia in 2008 via the acquisition of SJL Utama Pte Ltd which owned 95.0% equity interest in PT Maju Kalimantan Hadapan at that time.
  • In 2008, he assumed the role as the Executive Chairman, a position he held until March 2023. As the Executive Chairman, he spearheaded the development of the plantation from greenfield to brownfield.
  • In March 2023, he was re-designated as the Non-Independent Non-Executive Chairman, and he continues to play a vital role in the Group’s business and growth where he provides advice for the Group’s business operations focusing on strategic matters such as major investment or capital expenditure and financing decisions.

He is the brother of Tan Sri Eddy Chen and Datuk Chen Fook Wah, our Promoters, and the father of Chen Wei Chyong.