1.1 This Policy set out the fit and proper criteria for the appointment and reappointment of Directors on the Boards of Harrisons Holdings (Malaysia) Berhad (“Harrisons”) and its subsidiaries.

1.2 To ensure that each of the Directors has the character, experience, integrity, competence and time to effectively discharge his/her role as a Director of Harrisons and its subsidiaries.

1.3 Serve as a guide to the Nomination Committee (“NC”) and the Board in their review and assessment of candidates that are to be appointed onto the Board as well as Directors who are seeking for election or re-election.

To establish whether a person is fit and proper to be a TWB Board, the NC and the Board shall regards to the person’s:-

  1. Character and Integrity;
  2. Experience and Competence; and
  3. Time and Commitment.

The assessment of the above criteria shall have regard to the considerations set out below in paragraphs 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3 of this Policy.

2.1 Character and Integrity
Probity, personal integrity and reputation are values that are demonstrated over time whilst financial integrity is demonstrated by a person who manages his own financial affairs properly and prudently. These attributes demand a disciplined and on-going commitment to high ethical standard.

In assessing a person’s character and level of integrity, the NC should consider matters including but not limited to the following:-

  1. Probity
    – is compliant with legal obligations, regulatory requirements and professional standards
    – has not been obstructive, misleading or untruthful in dealings with regulatory bodies or a court
  2. Personal integrity
    – has not perpetrated or participated in any business practices which are deceitful, oppressive, improper (whether unlawful or not), or which otherwise reflect discredit on his professional conduct.
    – service contract (i.e. in the capacity of management or Director) had not been terminated in the past due to concerns on personal integrity
    – has not abused other positions (i.e. political appointment) to facilitate government relations for the company in a manner that contravenes the principles of good governance
  3. Financial integrity
    – manages personal debts or financial affairs satisfactorily
    – demonstrates ability to fulfil personal financial obligations as and when they fall due.
  4. Reputation
    – is of good repute in the financial and business community
    – has not been the subject of civil or criminal proceedings or enforcement action, in managing or governing an entity for the past five (5) years
    – has not been substantially involved in the management of a business or company which has failed, where that failure has been occasioned in part by deficiencies in that management

2.2 Experience and Competence
Competence and capability are demonstrated by a person who possesses the relevant competence, experience and ability and ability to understand the technical requirements of the business, the inherent risks and the management process required to perform his role as a key responsible person in the relevant capacity effectively.

In assessing a person’s competence and capability, the NC should consider matters including, but not limited to the following:

  1. Qualifications, training and skills
    – possesses education qualification that is relevant to the skill set that the Director is earmarked to bring to bear onto the boardroom
    – has a considerable understanding on the business and workings of a corporation
    – possesses general management skills as well as understanding of corporate governance and sustainability issues
    – keeps knowledge current based on continuous professional development
    – possesses leadership capabilities and a high level of emotional intelligence
  2. Relevant experience and expertise
    – possesses relevant experience and expertise with due consideration given to past length of service, nature and size of business, responsibilities held and commitment to effectively fulfil the roles and responsibilities.
  3. Relevant past performance or track record
    – possesses commendable past performance record or expertise in a business of a similar nature

2.3 Time and commitment
In assessing a person’s time and commitment, the NC should consider matters including, but not limited to the following:

  1. Ability to discharge role having regard to other commitments
    – able to devote time as a board member, having factored other outside obligations including concurrent board positions held by the Director across listed issuers and non-listed entities (including not-forprofit organisations)
  2. Participation and contribution in the board or track record
    – demonstrates willingness to participate actively in board activities
    – demonstrates willingness to devote time and effort to understand the businesses and exemplifies readiness to participate in events outside the boardroom
    – manifests passion in the vocation of a Director
    – exhibits ability to articulate views independently, objectively and constructively
    – exhibits open mindedness to the views of others and ability to make considered judgment after hearing the views of others
  3. Number of Directorships
    – Shall not hold more than five (5) directorships in listed companies
3.1 The NC will assess each person for a new appointment or re-appointment of Directors based on the criteria set under item 2 before recommending to the Board for approval.

3.2 The fit and proper assessments must be supported by relevant information in relation to a director. Where significant reliance is placed on information that is obtained from the person being assessed, and that information is material to the determination of the person’s fitness and propriety, the NC is expected to take reasonable steps within permissible written laws to verify the information against independent sources.

3.3 The documentation of fit and proper assessments for each director are part of the Company’s internal documents and shall not be disclosed or provided to any other party.

3.4 Where the NC has assessed that a person:

  1. is not fit and proper for a position, the board shall not appoint the person to the said position; and
  2. is no longer fit and proper for a position, the board shall take reasonable steps to remove the person from such position as soon as practicable and in the interim, institute necessary measures to mitigate risks associated with the person continuing to hold the position.
4.1 The NC shall recommend any change to the Policy as the NC deems appropriate to the Board for approval. The terms of the Policy shall be assessed, reviewed and updated where necessary i.e. when there are changes to the Malaysian Code on Corporate Governance, Listing Requirements of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad or any other regulatory requirement.