1. Purpose of the Board Charter
This Board Charter sets out the principles for the operation of the Board of Directors ("Board") of Malaysia Pacific Corporation Berhad (“MPCB” or “the Company”) and its subsidiaries ("the Group") and describes the functions of the Board and those functions delegated to Management of the Company.
The Board has primary responsibility to shareholders for the welfare of the Company. The Board is responsible for guiding and monitoring the business and the affairs of the Company. The Company recognises the important of the Board in providing a sound base for good corporate governance in the operations of the Company.
This Board Charter is established to promote high standards of corporate governance and is designed to provide guidance and clarity for Directors and management with regard to the role of the Board and its committees. This Board Charter does not overrule or pre-empt the statutory requirements and other relevant statutes. This Board Charter shall form an integral part of each Director’s fiduciary duties and responsibilities.
2. Composition of the Board
2.1. The Board shall be of a size and composition with the benefit of diversity in perspectives, competencies, extensive experience, knowledge and skills to deal with the current and emerging issues of the Company business. Thus, The Board acknowledges the importance to promote gender diversity and does not set a restriction on having female director(s) on the Board.
2.2. The Board shall comprise at least two (2) Directors or one-third (1/3), whichever is higher, of the Board of Directors who are Independent Directors. If the Chairman is not an Independent Director, the Board shall comprise a majority (more than half) of Independent Directors.
2.3. The appointment of a new member to the Board is only made after consultation with the Nominating and Remuneration Committee (“NRC”).
2.4. The Board recognises the importance of having a clearly accepted division of power and responsibilities at the head of the Company to ensure a balance of power and authority. It is the policy of the Board to keep the roles of the Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) separate.
2.5. A Director shall inform the Board’s Chairman before he/she accepts any new directorships.
2.6. Each Board member must not hold directorships at more than five (5) public listed companies.
2.7. The Board shall obtain time commitment from newly appointed Directors at the time of appointment
2.8. The Board shall appoint a Senior Independent Director who serves as the point of contact between the Independent Directors and the Chairman on sensitive issues, ensure all Independent Directors have an opportunity to provide input on the agenda and ensure the Independent Directors can perform their duties responsibly and with sufficient time for discussion of all agenda items.
2.9. The tenure of an independent Director shall not exceed a cumulative term of nine years. Upon completion of the 9 years, an independent director may continue to serve on the board subject to the director’s re-designation as a non-independent director.the Board may, in exceptional cases and subject to the assessment of the NC on an annual basis, recommend for an independent Director who has served a consecutive or cumulative term of nine years to remain as an independent Director subject to Shareholders’ approval.
2.10. In the event of any vacancy in the Board, resulting in non-compliance with paragraph 2.2 above, MPCB must fill the vacancy within 3 months (Paragraph 15.02(3) of the MMLR)
3. Role of the Board:
3.1. The principal responsibilities of the Board including those adopted from the new Malaysian Code of Corporate Governance 2012 (“the Code”) are:
In overseeing the conduct of the Group’s Business, the Board shall ensure that an appropriate financial planning, operating and reporting framework as well as an embedded risk management framework is established.
4. Role of the Chairman
4.1. leading the Board in the oversight of management;
4.2. representing the Board to shareholders and chairing general meeting of shareholders;
4.3. ensuring the integrity of the governance process and issues;
4.4. maintaining regular dialogue with the CEO over all operational matters and consulting with the remainder of the Board promptly over any matters that gives him/her cause for major concern;
4.5. functioning as a facilitator at meetings of the Board to ensure that no member dominates discussion, that appropriate discussions takes place and that relevant opinions among members is forthcoming;
4.6. ensuring that all Directors are enabled and encouraged to participate in its activities;
4.7. ensuring that executive Directors look beyond their executive function and accept their share of responsibilities in governance;
4.8. guiding and mediating Board actions with respect to organisational priorities and governance concerns;
4.9. undertaking the primary responsibility for organising information necessary for the Board to deal with items on the agenda and for providing this information to Directors on a timely basis; and
4.10. performing other responsibilities assigned by the Board from time to time.
5. Role of the CEO
5.1. The position of the CEO in essence is to ensure the effective implementation of the Group’s Business Plan and policies established by the Board as well as to manage the daily conduct of the business and affairs to ensure its smooth operation.
5.2. The CEO is responsible to the Board for the following:
In discharging the above responsibilities, the CEO can delegate appropriate functions to the senior management, who shall report to the CEO.
6. Role of Independent Directors
6.1.1. The Board shall meet regularly, at least on a quarterly basis. Special Board meetings shall be held in addition to the quarterly meetings as and when required. Prior notice of meetings will be given to all who are required to attend the meetings.
6.1.2. Board members are required to attend the Board meetings and attendance of each individual Director in the meetings held in a financial year is required to be disclosed in the Annual Report.
6.1.3. Other senior officers may be invited to attend for particular items within their responsibility. The Board may also invite external parties such as the auditors, solicitors and consultants as and when the need arises.
6.2.1. The notice of a Directors’ meeting shall be given in writing at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.
6.2.2. The agenda shall include, amongst others, matters specifically reserved for the Board’s decision. The Board shall record its deliberation, in terms of the issues discussed, and the conclusions thereof in discharging its duties and responsibilities
6.3. Meeting Papers
6.3.1. Board papers and agenda items are to be circulated at least three (3) days prior to the meeting.
6.3.2. The draft minutes shall be circulated together with the Board papers at the following Board meeting. If one or more Directors request their opinion to be noted, the Company Secretary shall comply with the request.
6.4. Access to Information and Independent Professional Advice
6.4.1. All Directors (executive and non-executive) have the same right of access to all information within the Group whether as a full board or in their individual capacity, in furtherance of their duties and responsibilities as Directors of the Company, subject to a formal written request to the Chairman furnishing satisfactory and explicit justification for such request
6.4.2. All Directors shall have access to the advice and services of the Company Secretary. The Board shall recognise that the Chairman is entitled to the strong and positive support of the Company Secretary in ensuring the effective functioning of the Board.
6.4.3. The full Board or in their individual capacity, in furtherance of their duties, shall be able to obtain an independent professional advice at the Company’s expenses.
7. Company Secretary
7.1. The Company Secretary shall be suitably qualified, competent and capable of carrying out the duties required of the post.
7.2. The key role of the Company Secretary shall include
8. Board Committees
8.1. The Board reserves the right to establish Committees from time to time in the discharge of its duties and responsibilities.
8.2. Where a Committee is formed, specific terms of reference of the committee would be established to serve as a guidance note which covers matters such as the purpose, composition and functions of the committee.
8.3. A number of standing committees with written terms of reference has been established namely the following:
9. The Board’s Relationship with Shareholders and Stakeholders
9.1. The Board shall maintain an effective communications policy that enables both the Board and Management to communicate effectively with its shareholders, stakeholders and the general public.
9.2. It is the role of the Board to ensure that the Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) and Extraordinary General Meeting (“EGM”) of the Company are conducted in an efficient manner and serves as a crucial mechanism in shareholder communications. Key ingredients behind this include the supply of comprehensive and timely information to shareholders and the encouragement of active participation at the AGM.
9.3. The Board will focus its efforts on the following best practices to enhance the effectiveness of the General Meeting:
9.4. The CEO shall take responsibility for addressing queries from Shareholders, stakeholders and analysts.
10. Induction Process
10.1. Induction of Directors may include, but not limited to, the following:
11. Representation of the Company
The Board appoints the CEO to speak on behalf of the Group and to manage the communication of information to investors, other stakeholders and the public in an orderly and effective manner while adhering, at all times, to relevant laws and regulatory requirements
12. Periodic Review
This Charter and all Board Committee Charters and Policies shall be reviewed annually by the Board.
This Charter is dated 30 August 2013.
13. Term of Reference
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