Dato' Seri Talaat Husain had an illustrious career spanning 34 years in the Malaysian Administrative and Diplomatic Service. He joined in 1973 and served in many prominent positions at the state and federal levels. Amongst them: the State of Penang, the Prime Minister's Department, the National Institute of Public Administration, the National Palace and the Ministry of Education. He was appointed Mayor of Ipoh City in 1998 before becoming the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Youth and Sports in 2002. He was then promoted to serve as the Secretary-General of Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs in 2004 before retiring in 2007.
He received his early education at the Anglo-Chinese School, Sitiawan and later at the Malay College, Kuala Kangsar. He graduated from Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang in 1973 with Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) before pursuing his Masters of Professional Studies (International Planning) at Cornell University in the U.S. Whilst in the civil service, he had also attended the Senior Executive Programme at the London Business School and the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School.
He had also served as Chairman, Companies Commission of Malaysia, a Board Member of Sepang International Circuit, Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission, and Malaysian Intellectual Property Corporation. He currently sits on the Boards of Shell Refining Company (FoM) Bhd, Konsortium Logistik Bhd and Silverbird Group Bhd. He is also Chairman of several limited companies and a member of Outward Bound Trust of Malaysia.
FOUNDERS / DIRECTORS
Garth and Brett Mathews are the founders of Secure Parking and have pioneered the business in Sydney, Australia since 1979. Over the course of 25 years, the two brothers built Secure Parking into the largest Australian parking facility manager with operations in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
What started off as a suggestion that could potentially earned him some extra money selling monthly parking spaces door-to-door in office buildings in the late 1970s turned out to be a multi-million dollar business. And the best part was Garth was not even aware of the money-making opportunities in parking facility management at that time. The then aspiring actor was busy with other things. He was taking acting classes during the day and driving a cab at night and his role model was Mel Gibson. Garth rubbed shoulders with the Hollywood star as an extra on the set of Gibson's early film Tim. But that's another story.
The success that Secure Parking enjoys today, however, is derived from the complementary skills the two brothers bring to the business, Garth said. As he put it, his own sales, marketing and operational skills are bolstered by Brett's financial and administration skills. Brett has a master's degree in economics and was formerly the general manager of a large packaging company.
Edward Poh has been on the Malaysia parking scene since 1990. His years of industry experience was strategically capitalised to steer Secure Parking from just a new kid on the block in 1996 to be one of the market leaders today. He built the company from scratch and has successfully led the company to the path of profitability within a short space of time.
Prior to running Secure Parking Malaysia, he gained international car park management experience through a stint in Secure Parking Indonesia in 1995 where he assisted in the management of car parks with 5,000 bays or more. Under his watch, Secure Parking's business in Malaysia grew from zero to 89 car parks under management to date nationwide.
Winardi Pranatajaya is a very successful businessman in Indonesia. He is the President Director of PT. Bukitmega Masabadi since 1992. PT. Bukitmega Masabadi is the biggest plastic resin distributor in Indonesia.
He is also the Chairman of PT. Bumimulia Indah Lestari since 1996. PT. Bumimulia Indah Lestari is the biggest injection and blow moulding plastic manufacturer in Indonesia.
Winardi is also the Chairman of PT. Colorpak Indonesia Tbk since 2001. PT. Colorpak Indonesia Tbk. is the biggest printing ink manufacturer in Indonesia (public company).