Teo Guan Lee Corporation Berhad

Board Charter
 1. Introduction  

The Board of Directors ("the Board") is accountable and responsible for the performance and affairs of Teo Guan Lee Corporation Berhad ("the Company" or "TGL"), including practicing a high level of good governance. All Board members are responsible for the success of the Group by providing entrepreneurial leadership and direction as well as supervision of the Management.

This Board Charter sets out the role, functions, composition, operation and processes of the Board and is toensure that all Board members acting on behalf of the Company are aware of their duties and responsibilities as Board members.

The Board must at all times honestly, fairly and diligently in all respects in accordance to the Malaysian Code on Corporate Governance ("MCCG") 2017 and applicable law.The Board Charter will periodically be reviewed and updated in accordance with the needs of theCompany and any new regulations that may have an impact on the discharge of the Board' responsibilities.

2. Board structure
  2.1  Composition of the Board

The number of Directors shall not be less than two or more than eleven as set out in the Company's Articles of Association. At any one time, at least half of the Board members are Independent Directors in accordance with the Main Market Listing Requirements of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad.

The Directors, with their different backgrounds and specialisations, collectively bring with them a wide range of experience and expertise in areas such as finance, corporate affairs, legal,marketing and operations.

Independent Directors provide an unbiased and independent view, advice and judgement to the decision-making of the Board and provide an appropriate check and balance for the Executive Directors, thereby ensuring that no one individual or group dominates the Board's decision-making process. They also ensure strategies proposed by the Management are fully deliberated on and take into account the interests of minority shareholders, employees, customers and the communities in which the Group conducts its business. The tenure of an Independent Director shall not exceed a cumulative term of 9 years.

In the event an independent director reaches a cumulative term of 9 years, the independent director may continue to serve the Board upon re-designation as a Non-Independent Director.Should the Board intend to retain the Director as independent after the latter has served acumulative term of 9 years, the Board must first justify and seek annual shareholders' approval. If the Board continues to retain the Independent Director after the 12th years, annual shareholders approval must be sought through a two-tier voting process to retain the said Director as an Independent Director.

The Board shall appoint a Senior Independent Director who will also attend to any query or concern raised by shareholders and the public.

The composition and size of the Board are reviewed from time to time to ensure its appropriateness.

  2.2 Appointments and re-election

The appointment of a new Director is a matter for consideration and decision by the full Board,upon the recommendation from the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. The Company does not adopt any formal gender diversity policy in the selection of new candidates. In making these recommendations, the Committees will consider the required mix of skills, experience anddiversity, including gender, where appropriate, which the Director brings to the Board.

In accordance with the Company's Articles of Association, every newly appointed Director is subject to re-election at the next Annual General Meeting ("AGM") and one-third of the Directors, or, if their number is not a multiple of three (3), then the number nearest to one-third shall retire from office and be eligible for re-election at every AGM. All the Directors shall retire from office once at least in each three years and shall be eligible for re-election.

  2.3 Director’s assessment

The Board assesses the performance of the Directors annually by taking into consideration of their disclosed interests and having regard to the criteria for assessing the Directors under the annual Board Assessment.

A separate assessment for Independent Directors is also undertaken annually.

  2.4 New Directorship

All Board members shall notify the Chairman of the Board before accepting any new directorship.The notification shall include an indication of time that will be spent on the new appointment.

The Chairman shall also notify the Board if he has any new directorship or significant commitments outside the Company.

3. Roles of the Board
The Board assumes, amongst others, the following duties and responsibilities:-
  (a) Responsible for the overall corporate governance of the Group, including its strategic direction,establishing goals for Management and monitoring the achievement of these goals;
  (b) Decides on the overall Group strategy and direction, acquisition and divestment policy, approval of capital expenditure, consideration of significant financial matters and the review of financial and operating performance of the Group.
  (c) Monitor and evaluate the performance of the Management to ensure that the performance criteria remains dynamic;
  (d) Ensure the Group maintains an effective system of internal controls and is able to identify and manage principal risks resulting in efficiency in operations and a stable financial environment;
  (e) Monitor the compliance with all relevant statutory and legal obligations;
  (f) Regularly considers succession planning and the composition of the Board;
  (g) Clarify the roles and responsibilities of members of the Board and management to facilitate Board's and Management's accountability to the Company and its shareholders;

Establish such committees, policies and procedures to effectively discharge the Board's roles and responsibilities;


To ensure the Company has effective, transparent and regular communication with its stakeholders to enable them to make informal decisions with respect to the business of the Group,its policies on governance, the environment and social responsibilities.

4. Role of Chairman and Managing Director (MD)
The Chairman of the Board, Managing Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee are held by different individuals.

The roles of the Chairman and Managing Director are separated to ensure there is a balance of power and authority. The Chairman is responsible for the leadership, effectiveness, conduct and governance of the Board, while the MD has overall responsibility for the day-to-day management of the business and implementation of the Board's policies and decisions.

  4.1 The Chairman is responsible for:-
  (a) Lead the Board and ensure its effectiveness of all aspects of its role;
  (b) Ensure efficient organisation and conduct of the Board's function and meetings;
  (c) Ensure that the Board is well informed and effective; that Members, individually and as a group,have the opportunity to air differences, explore ideas and generate the collective views and wisdom necessary for the proper decision making of the Board.
  (d) Encourage all board members to engage in board and committee meetings by drawing on their skills, experience and knowledge where appropriate,
  (e) Ensure that General Meetings are conducted efficiently and ensure effective communication with shareholders and relevant stakeholders,

Promote constructive and respectful relations between Directors, and between the Board and Management.

  4.2 The Managing Director is responsible for:-
  (a) Develop and implement strategic business directions, plans and policies of the Group;
  (b) Supervise heads of divisions and departments who are responsible for all functions contributing to the success of the Group;
  (c) Ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the operations for the Group;
  (d) Assess business opportunities which are of potential benefit to the Group; and
  (e) Bring material and other relevant matters to the attention of the Board in an accurate and timely manner.
  (f) Ensure that the financial results are accurate and not misleading;
  (g) Ensure that the business of the Group are carried out in an ethical manner and in full compliance with the relevant laws and regulations;
  (h) Oversee and ensure that the internal control systems and the risk management processes are appropriate and effective;

Ensure succession planning is in place in the interest of human capital development.

5. Board committees
  The Board of the Company has established three Committees of the Board which operate within its own specific terms of reference. The Board Committees undertakes in-depth deliberation of the issues at hand before tabling its recommendations thereon to the Board. The three Board Committees are as follows:-
    Audit and Risk Management Committee;
Nomination Committee;
Remuneration Committee; and

The Chairman of the respective Committees reports to the Board on the outcome of the committee meetings.

6. Board Meetings

The Board shall conduct at least five (5) scheduled meetings annually, with additional meetings to be convened as and when necessary. The quorum of Board meeting is 2 members, present in persons.

All Directors will be provided with the performance and progress reports on a timely basis prior to the scheduled Board meetings. A full agenda of the meeting and all Board papers including financial reports,would be distributed 5 working days in advance to ensure Directors are well informed and have the opportunity to seek additional information, and are able to obtain further clarification from the Company Secretary, should such a need arise.

The Board may invite the management or external parties such as auditors (both internal and/or external auditors), solicitors or consultants as and when the need arises. Such invited parties may attend part or all of the Board meeting at the discretion of the Board.

7. Financial reporting

The Board ensures that the financial statements is prepared in accordance with the Companies Act and applicable approved accounting reporting standards, so as to give true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Group and the Company.

8. Directors’ Remuneration

The performance of Directors is measured by the Directors' contribution and commitment to both the Board and the Company.

The Executive Directors' and senior management's remuneration will depend on the performance of the Group and the achievement of performance target set at the beginning of each financial year.

For Non-Executive Directors, the level of remuneration reflects the contribution and level of responsibilities undertaken by the particular Non-Executive Director.

No Key Performance Index set out but Directors are assessed based on performance of each company or subsidiary or department under his/her portfolio.

9. Directors’ Training

In addition to the Mandatory Accreditation Programme as required by the Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad ("Bursa Malaysia"), the Directors shall continue to undergo the continuous education program to enhance their skills and knowledge, where relevant.

The Board shall assess the training needs of the Directors from time to time and updated the Board members relating to new development laws, regulations and other business and management related subjects, risks control and management subjects that may affect the company's business and compliance requirements.

10. Company Secretary

The appointment and removal of the Company Secretary is a matter for the Board as a whole. The board recognised the fact that the Company Secretary must be suitably qualified and capable of carrying out the duties required.

The Company Secretary shall report directly to the Board.

11. The Board’s relationship with Shareholders

The Board will maintain an effective communications policy that enables both the Board and Management to communicate effectively with shareholders and the general public. The shareholders shall be informed of all material matters affecting the Company and Group.

Notices of Annual General Meeting (AGM) are required to be sent out 28 days before date of meeting.

The ways of communication to shareholders are as follows;-

  a. timely announcements and disclosures made to the Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad, which includes quarterly financial results, material contracts awarded, changes in the composition of the Group and any other material information that may affect investors' decision making;
  b. make available of the additional corporate information and/or disclosures of the Group for reference on the website;
  c. ensure that the General Meetings are conducted in an efficient manner, which includes supply of comprehensive and timely information and promote active participation of the shareholders at the general meetings. With effect from 1st July 2016 all resolutions set out in the notice of general meetings will be carried out by poll voting. The Board will make an announcement of the detailed results showing the number of votes cast for and against each resolution at general meetings to facilitate greater shareholder participation.
   d. The Board should ensure that the notice of the annual general meetings should be given to the shareholders at least 28 days prior to the meeting.