三公开船:Emkay Group founder Mustapha Kamal passes away at 73
KUALA LUMPUR: Emkay Group founder Tan Sri Mustapha Kamal Abu Bakar has passed away at the age of 73.
According to news reports, the veteran of the property industry died at 7.45am at the National Heart Institute and will be laid to rest at the Bukit Kiara Muslim Cemetery today.
Born in Kg Changkat, Pusing, in Perak on March 8, 1949, Mustapha Kamal graduated from Universiti Malaya in 1970 and began his career as an assistant district officer in the Ulu Selangor District.
He then went on to serve as a deputy commissioner at the lands and mines department before leaving the civil service and becoming the managing director of Shah Alam Properties Sdn Bhd.
Mustapha Kamal founded Emkay in 1983, whereupon he embarked on his maiden project in Taman Meru Jaya as well as his first privatised property development project in Bandar Baru Sungai Buloh.
The group is also known for its developments in Cyberjaya, which are valued at more than RM2.5bil, via associate companies MK Land Holdings Bhd and Setia Haruman Sdn Bhd.,
MK Land, which made its debut on the Main Board of the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (now Bursa Malaysia) on Aug 27, 1999, became one of the largest capitalised property companies in Malaysia with a paid-up capital of about RM1.2bil following the injection of nine companies privately owned by Mustapha Kamal.
The main property developments of the company are Damansara Perdana and Damansara Damai in Petaling Jaya and Meru Perdana in Ipoh.
During his career, Mustapha Kamal was dubbed the "King of Affordable Housing" in recognition of his passion for building homes that people could afford, which came as a boon to the B40 income group and first-time home buyers.
In the run-up to the congress, they have differed over whether Pakatan Harapan (PH) should have a big tent to include other parties.While Anwar has kept an open-door policy, Rafizi has firmly refused to work with non-PH parties after Bersatu brought down the federal government in 2020 by withdrawing from the coalition.But while Rafizi’s direct and public criticism of the big tent proposal fuelled the speculation, the younger man was quick to point to their long relationship.He said he went all around the country to campaign for PH.“We knew that the only way to free Anwar was to win the elations. Not the rhetoric of breaking prison walls,” he said bluntly.Explaining his position, Rafizi confessed that he was blunt and direct in his criticism because he did not harbour any ambitions.“After a long time, I met Anwar last year and he asked if I would take a position in Putrajaya if there was a chance. I didn’t answer as I am not interested.“When Pakatan won in 2018, I also did not take up any position. I do not regret this as it is my choice.“If I criticise the party, I do it because we have a responsibility to the voters and the party. That’s my promise. I will always talk like this,” he added. – July 17, 2022.还写吗