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A graduate of Auckland University, Francis is a successful businessman and property investor. He served as AMS President for up to 15 years. He is currently Vice President of NZMBA. NZ is his home for the last 30 years. Francis has strong connections with the Malaysian High Commission in Wellington, Tourism Malaysia, as well as other Malaysian societies in New Zealand.
Raymond Fung is the director of Mandarin Products (NZ) Limited, a well-established and popular retailer and wholesaler of dry seafood products. The company supplies seafood to New Zealand and exports to Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Australia, and the United States. Raymond has lived in New Zealand for 35 years and enjoys fishing and cooking.
Nathan Saminathan was born in Telok Sengat, Johore, Malaysia. Nathan grew up in Negri Sembilan, and he attended Tunku Besar Secondary School in Tampin. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in India in 1972. Nathan then studied MBA at Massey University in Palmerston North in 1979. After completing his studies, Nathan worked as a bank officer in Malaysia. Now he works as a Mortgage Broker and Certified Financial Planner (CFP) for his own company, Mortgage Masters Limited. Nathan has been a member of the Auckland Malaysian Society since 1991. Additionally, he is a member of the Rotary Club-New Market and Toastmasters International. The former president of the Muthtamil Sangam, a multi-cultural society. He believes that perseverance and hard work lead to success. He enjoys walking and travelling.
Originally from Kuala Lumpur, I moved to New Zealand in 1988. When my two boys came here they were 4 and 9, and now they are in their 40s and have a wife and three daughters. As a member, you will meet a lot of Malaysians. I have worked in NZ for as long as I have lived here and I am still working.
SYED FARIS HAKEM
I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids, playing competitive FIFA, playing football, and cooking. Currently, I work as a recovery coordinator for ACC. My favourite cuisine is Japanese.
Committee members for 2022/2023
Anne is a city girl from Kuala Lumpur who loves to travel and enjoys food, glorious food. Her favourite food is seafood, especially oysters, crabs, and lobster. She loves her friends and making new ones.
Raised in New Zealand since the age of four, Shaun was born in Kuala Lumpur. He is married with three daughters. He enjoys spending time with his family. He also enjoys outdoor activities such as fishing, badminton, soccer, and go karting. Shaun enjoys good food and good company.
Patricia is originally from Seremban. She enjoys travelling, hiking, reading, and volunteering. Patricia has been a member of the Auckland Malaysian Society's committee for quite some time, and she volunteers in many other community projects. She is not fussy about her food, just anything that meets her approval. Patricia loves New Zealand, its natural beauty and outdoor activities.
My name is Sean. I am originally from Ipoh, Perak. I attended Sam Tet school in both primary and secondary school. During primary school, I was very good at athletics, especially short putts. The "glorified trophies" are still stored at home in Malaysia. I really miss the authentic Ipoh street food. The list of my favorites includes Hai Nam Chicken Rice, Poh Piah, Li Chi Kang and too many others to mention. I have been a member of Malaysia Society for over a decade. I am well known in the organisation for my role as The God of Fortune at the Chinese New Year celebration and Santa Claus at the Christmas gathering. My hope is to have more Ipohians as members of our AMS. There is a lot of catching up with the comrades about "berita kampung".
23 years ago, David emigrated from Kucing to New Zealand. David is a graduate of Massey University with a Bachelor of Business degree. Now retired, he wishes to contribute his time to AMS's events. He enjoys walking.
Jason Moi hails from Kuala Lumpur. He is passionate about communication and loves to connect with people from all walks of life. In his free time, he actively seeks out good eats in his neighbourhood. Currently, he is searching for the best almond croissant in Auckland. He also enjoys travelling to different places and soaking up their cultures and traditions.
Glyn was born in Sarawak, the land of the Headhunters. Her career experiences span from politics to charities. She is actively involved in international organisations such as; the Junior Chamber International, the Lions Clubs International and the Businesswomen Association. She has 19 years of experience in Event Planning and Management and hosted the 2014 Asia Pacific Community Leaders Conference. She was a popular Motivational Speaker for numerous Youth Camps. She loves reading and exploring. She is a firm believer that we only live once, stay true to our hearts and shine bright in our own ways. She is proud to find another home in Auckland Malaysian Society, or as she jovially refers to as “the home away from home”. She’s geared up to contribute and support the AMS in every step of the way.