Key Personnel

Mr. Chong Soon Min (Jason) (Chief Executive Officer/Non-Independent Executive Director) was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director on 1 May 2017 and 21 May 2012 respectively. Prior to his current appointment, he was the Chief Investment Officer of the company. He was previously the Chief Investment Officer of  a local-foreign bank backed joint venture unit trust management company, and has been responsible for the management of Malaysian equity as well as regional equity and fixed income funds, totalling about RM5 billion (approx. US$1.6 billion). Before joining the fund management industry, he spent 14 years as an investment analyst covering both local and foreign equities. His last posting was as the Head of Research at Merrill Lynch Malaysia/Smith Zain Securities Sdn Bhd.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Finance (Honors) from the University of Southern New Hampshire, USA and a Capital Markets and Services Representative’s Licence in fund management.


Mr. Patrick Nge Koh Nguong, CFP, was appointed as the Chief Agency Officer of Manulife Asset Management Services Berhad on 1 September 2014. Prior to his current appointment, he was the Senior General Manager of MAAKL Mutual Bhd since 2004 and was subsequently promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer in 2011. He graduated from Bristol University, England, in Economics and Accounting and obtained his training in England and Malaysia with international accounting firms for about four years. Before joining MAAKL Mutual, he was the General Manager (Sales & Training) of Public Mutual (formerly known as KL Mutual). He joined KL Mutual as an agent in 1986 and was promoted to Group Agency Manager. He became the Branch Manager of Kota Kinabalu Branch in 1991. He was subsequently promoted to Regional Sales Manager for East Malaysia in 1993. He assumed the position of Senior Manager – Sales and Marketing in 1994, and later, as Senior Manager – Sales and Training before being promoted as General Manager in 1999. He was responsible for Public Mutual’s national sales operations and distribution, and agency force training and development programmes.


Mr. Ng Chze How, joined Manulife Asset Management Services Berhad in January 2019 as the Head of Retail Wealth Distribution. He is a graduate with Bachelor of Art from University of Strathclyde, UK. Mr. Ng currently holds the Capital Market Services Representative License, and his key functional area includes strategic business development with the agency force, financial advisors and partnership distribution.

Mr. Ng has more than 20 years of experience in the asset management, banking and life insurance industry in Malaysia. Prior to joining Manulife, he was the General Manager and Director of AIA Pension & Asset Management Sdn Bhd. He was subsequently appointed as Chief Agency Officer of Northern Region at AIA Bhd, and has also held several senior leadership roles with AmFund Bhd, Prudential Funds Bhd and Standard Chartered Bank.


Ms. Yooi Foong Hing LL.B (Hons) Malaya, is the Head of Compliance of the Manager. She is the designated person responsible for all compliance matters of the Manager. Ms. Yooi graduated from University of Malaya with a LL.B (Hons) Degree and started her career as a practising lawyer. She has more than 21 years of experience in legal, corporate and financial services industry. Prior to joining the Manager, she was the Head of Compliance of MAAKL Mutual Bhd. Before joining the unit trust industry, she was with a public-listed company involved in property development as a manager in the Legal and Secretarial Department.


Mr. Kenneth Kwong, FCCA, is Head of Finance with over 15 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry. Prior to joining the company, he had worked for the largest financial services group in Malaysia and has held key positions in finance and strategy, having served both in Malaysia as well as regionally. Kenneth is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and a Member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA).


Mr. Tan Soo Siong, is the Head of Operations of the Manager. Prior to joining the Manager, he has over 21 years of experience in the banking and finance services including 11 years in the investment management and unit trust industry, covering various areas in fund (including trustee operations), customers and distributor services, investor operations and information technology. He holds a Diploma in International Advertising from the World Secretariat, International Advertising Association Incorporated USA.  


Ms. Linda Wong Yuet Kheng is the Head of Marketing and Communications Department. She is responsible for the marketing, sales campaign, events, advertising, branding, social media and communications for the Manager. Prior to joining the Manager, she was the Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications Department of MAAKL Mutual Bhd and prior to that she was attached to Public Mutual Berhad for 8 years. She has over 18 years of experience in the unit trust industry. Having previously served in the electronic, chemicals and currently in the financial industry, she has accumulated vast sales and marketing experience in her career. Linda graduated from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), UK, and is also a Post Graduate Diploma holder in Business & Management from the University of Wales, UK. She subsequently pursued her MBA in Business & Management from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, UK.


Mr. Beh Chee Kheong is the Head of IT for the Manager. He graduated from the University of Southern Queensland, with a Degree in Bachelor of Information Technology, majoring in Computer Software Development. He is responsible for the transformation of IT technology, network infrastructure, system security, back end and front end software application and integration solution with business partners. He has more than 33 years of working experience in the financial industry. Besides managing the IT Department Operations, he is also involved in unit trust operations, processing and agency distribution systems.

Prior to joining the Manager, he was with Public Mutual Berhad from 1989 to 2005, as one of the key staff in the IT Department responsible for Unit Holder & Agency application and commission system.


Ms. Cheryl Law Chor Kun is the Head of Product Development of the Manager. She is responsible for the overall product development and management of the Manager's funds. She has over 14 years of experience in the banking and unit trust/ asset management industry, with 11 years in product development function in the unit trust/ asset management industry. Cheryl holds a Bachelor's Degree in Science from Universiti Putra Malaysia. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder.


Puan Wan Shuhaida Wan Zainal Shukri joined Manulife Asset Management Services Berhad in October 2018 as Assistant Vice President, Institutional & Pension Sales.

She has over 16 years of experience in the unit trust and asset management industry in Malaysia, with 12 years in sales, marketing and client servicing of unit trust and discretionary mandates for corporate and institutional clients.

Prior to joining the Manager, Puan Shuhaida was with BNP Paribas Berhad, marketing BNP Paribas securities services product solutions including global custody scope of services to institutional & corporate clients in Malaysia.


 

THE INVESTMENT TEAM

Ms. Tock Chin Hui (Head of Total Solutions & Equity Investments)
Ms. Tock heads the equity team of the Manager. She is also responsible for the asset allocation/ total solutions strategies of the Manager. She has more than 20 years of experience in the investment industry. Prior to joining the Manager, she was Deputy Head of Equities of UOB-OSK Asset Management Sdn Bhd, managing a range of equity and mixed asset funds. Ms. Tock holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) degree from Monash University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder. She is also a holder of the Capital Markets and Services Representative’s License in fund management.

She is the designated fund manager for Manulife Investment Growth Fund, Manulife Investment Al-Fauzan, Manulife Investment-ML Flexi Fund, Manulife Investment Progress Fund, Manulife Investment Balanced Fund, Manulife Investment Shariah Progress Plus Fund, Manulife Equity Plus Fund, Manulife Shariah - Dana Ekuiti and joint designated fund manager for Manulife Flexi Growth & Income Fund.


Ms. Tai Suah Fun (Senior Portfolio Manager of Equity)
Ms Tai manages the Manager’s third party equity strategies. She has more than 20 years of experience in the capital market industry. Prior to joining the Manager, Suah Fun was a Fund Manager with Alliance Investment Management Berhad and Mayban Investment Management Berhad managing various equity and balanced funds, i.e. insurance, provident and unit trust funds. Ms Tai holds a Master degree in Business Administration from The George Washington University. She is also a holder of the Capital Markets and Services Representative Licence in Fund Management.

She is the designated fund manager for Manulife Investment Dividend Fund, Manulife Investment Al-Faid, Manulife Investment Value Fund, Manulife Investment Regular Savings Fund, Manulife Investment-ML Shariah Flexi Fund and Manulife Investment Asia-Pacific ex Japan Fund (formerly known as Manulife Investment Pacific Fund).


Mr. Lee Pak Seng (Portfolio Manager of Equity)
Mr. Lee is the designated portfolio manager for the equity index and selective mixed asset strategies. He also provides research support to the equity team. He has over 9 years of experience in the financial industry. Prior to joining Manulife, he was in corporate strategy with a Malaysian banking group and investment advisory with HSBC in Hong Kong. Mr. Lee holds a BA in Social Sciences, specializing in Economics from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom.  He is also a holder of the Capital Markets and Services Representative Licence in Fund Management.

He is the designated fund manager for Manulife Investment Syariah Index Fund, Manulife Investment Equity Index Fund and Manulife Investment Al-Umran. 


Mr Goh Yin Foo (Portfolio Manager of Equity)
Mr. Goh manages the equity portion of the Manager’s insurance funds as well as third party equity strategies. He has more than 23 years of experience in the financial markets industry. Prior to joining the Manager, he was the Senior Analyst in HwangDBS Vickers Research Sdn Bhd, where he was involved in providing investment advisory services to the clients of the HwangDBS Investment Bank Group.

Mr. Goh holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is a holder of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) title and Chartered Market Technician (CMT) title. He also holds the Capital Markets and Services Representative’s License in Fund Management.

He is the designated fund manager for Manulife Investment Asia-Pacific REIT Fund, Manulife Investment Shariah Asia-Pacific Fund and Manulife Shariah Global REIT Fund.


Mr. Andy Luk Chee Vui (Head of Fixed Income)

Mr. Andy is the lead manager for the fixed income strategies of the Manager in Malaysia. Before joining the Manager, he was Head of Funding & Investment in Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad, where he managed ALM and fixed income portfolio of the Banking Group. Andy has a total of 25 years' experience in financial services industry with 21 years’ experience in banking industry, financial markets. He holds a professional qualification from The Institution Chartered of Secretaries and Administrators, ACIS, an associate member and is a qualified Certified Financial Planner (“CFP”). He is also a holder of the Capital Markets and Services Representative’s Licence in Fund Management in Malaysia and Pasaran Kewangan Malaysia Certificate (PKMC). He was a member for Bank Negara Malaysia Financial Market sub-committee and was nominated as one of the most astute investors in Asian Local Currency Bonds, highly commended in Malaysia by the Asset Benchmark Research in 2016 & 2018 and ranked no.7 in 2017 as the most astute investors in Malaysia Asian Local Currency Bonds.

He is the designated fund manager for Manulife Investment Bond Fund, Manulife Investment As-Saad, Manulife Bond Plus Fund and joint designated fund manager for Manulife Flexi Growth & Income Fund.


Ms. Elsie Tham Lai Ching (Senior Portfolio Manager of Fixed Income)

Ms. Elsie manages the fixed income portion of the Manager’s insurance funds as well as co-manages the firm’s third-party fixed income strategies. She has a total of 13 years’ experience in the investment industry. Before joining the Manager, she served as a senior credit analyst in RAM Rating Services Berhad, providing credit analysis coverage on issuers in the structured finance, as well as consumer products segments.

Ms. Elsie holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering with Environmental Protection degree from Loughborough University, UK. She is also a holder of the Capital Markets and Services Representative’s License in Fund Management.

She is the designated fund manager for Manulife Cash Management Fund.


Mr. Oscar Chong Lim Hon (Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income)
Mr. Oscar manages third party fixed income funds and money market funds as well as the fixed income portion of the Manager’s insurance funds. He is also part of the Manager’s credit research team. Oscar has 8 years of experience in Malaysia financial markets. Before joining the firm, Oscar was a fixed income, sukuk and FX trader, and money market dealer in few banking groups. He was also an audit trainee in KPMG. He is Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder, Certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM), Chartered Professional in Islamic Finance (CPIF) holder, Pasaran Kewangan Malaysia Certificate (PKMC) holder and holder of Capital Markets and Services Representative’s License in Fund Management in Malaysia. He also holds a Bachelor degree in Commerce (Hons) Accounting from UTAR. He was nominated as one of the most astute investors in Asian local currency bonds- highly commended in Malaysia by the Asset Benchmark Research in year 2015 and 2016.

He is the designated fund manager for Manulife Investment Money Market Fund and Manulife Investment Al-Ma’mun.


Ms. Lim Chwee Mee (Designated Portfolio Manager)
She has 16 years of experience in the fund management industry, where she was involved in fund management, portfolio analytics, quantitative strategies and product development. Ms. Lim holds a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Central Oklahoma. She also holds the Capital Markets and Services Representative Licence in fund management.

She is the designated fund manager for Manulife Investment-CM Flexi Fund, Manulife Investment-CM Shariah Flexi Fund, Manulife Investment-HW Flexi Fund, Manulife Investment Shariah Progress Fund, Manulife Investment-HW Shariah Flexi Fund, Manulife China Equity Fund, Manulife India Equity Fund, Manulife Asia Pacific Income and Growth Fund, Manulife Global Resources Fund, Manulife Investment U.S. Equity Fund, Manulife Investment Greater China Fund, Manulife Investment Indonesia Equity Fund and Manulife Asia Total Return Bond Fund.