Tan Sri Dato' Azman Bin Hashim Tan Sri Dato' Azman Bin Hashim


A Historical Narration on a Kuala Lumpur Personage

Tan Sri Dato' Azman Bin Hashim

   YBhg. Tan Sri Dato' Azman bin Hashim was born in Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur in July 1939 to a family of thirteen siblings as the third child in his family. His father worked as a technician while his mother was a teacher. He went to school at the Malay Boy's School, Setapak and then to Methodist Boy's School in Sentul and completed his schooling certificate in 1954 at the age of 15.

   In 1955, he went to Perth, Australia to further his studies in accounting. In Perth, he had the opportunity to work at Messrs O L Haines & Co. (Chartered Accountants) until 1960. Upon returning home, he was with Bank Negara Malaysia until May 1964. After four years in Bank Negara, he opened his own company by the name Azman & Co. in May 1964. Later known as Azman Wong Salleh & Co. (Chartered Accountants). He had left the company in May 1971 and joined Malayan Banking Berhad as the Executive Director (June 1971-Dec 1980). He was also a director at the same bank since 1966.

  He later left Malayan Banking to join Kwong Yik Bank Berhad from December 1980 until March 1982. The year 1982 was his lucky year when he managed to buy 40 percent of the Taiping Textiles, a listed company (later known as Arab-Malaysian Development Berhad or AMDB). In the concurrent year, he purchased the Arab-Malaysian Development Bank (later known as Arab Malaysian Merchant Bank or AMMB).
   He is now Group Chairman of the Arab-Malaysian Group of Companies. Among the group of where he was chairman are AMMB Holdings Berhad Group, Arab-Malaysian Corporation Berhad Group, Arab-Malaysian Finance Berhad, Arab-Malaysian Credit Berhad, Arab-Malaysian Property Trust Management Berhad, Arab-Malaysian Development Berhad Group and Redifussion Berhad Group. He is also the chairman of South Peninsular Industries Berhad, Pembangunan MasMelayu Berhad, Malaysian South Corporation Berhad and MIMOS Berhad.

   His involvement in the financial field, covering merchant banks, commercial banks, shares, life and general insurance, property trust and unit trust management, property development, including residential and resorts, manufacturing, tourism and leisure is exemplary. He was named as one of Asia's Banker of the Year (1985) by the Asian Finance, was awarded the ASEAN businessmen of the Year (1993) by the ASEAN Business Forum and Manager of the Year (1995) by Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Malaysia.

A Historical Narration on a Kuala Lumpur Personage
9 February 2000
Kuala Lumpur City Hall