YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Soh Thian Lai

Tan Sri Dato’ Soh Thian Lai, PSM, DIMP

Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) – President
YKGI Holdings Berhad – Group Executive Deputy Chairman
Starshine Holdings Sdn Bhd – Executive Chairman
Asteel Resources Sdn Bhd – Director

Tan Sri Dato’ Soh TL is one of the major shareholders to YKGI Holdings Bhd (Listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad) specialising on roofing products & building materials with operations in West Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak.  Tan Sri Soh has 35 years of experience in corporate management and he is currently the Group Executive Deputy Chairman of YKGI Holdings Bhd.

Tan Sri Soh is currently the President of the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) and Vice President of the National Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Malaysia (NCCIM). He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), Ministry of International Trade and Industry and is the Chairman of the Audit Committee of MIDA. He is also a Board Member of the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

Tan Sri serves on several key national level councils namely the National Employment Council (NEC), National TVET Council (MTVET), National Science Council and the Malaysian Standard & Accreditation Council. He is also a member of the Malaysian         Steel Council (MSC) and founding member and former Director of    Malaysian Steel Institute (MSI). He is also a member of PEMUDAH (Special Task Force To Facilitate Business), Prime Minister’s Office.

He is the Protem Chairman of the ASEAN Manufacturing Network under ASEAN Business Advisory Council (BAC) and the former Chairman of the Technical Committee of the TVET Empowerment Cabinet Committee.

Tan Sri is the Immediate Past President of the Malaysian Iron &   Steel Industry Federation (MISIF).

Tan Sri Dato’ Soh graduated from the Tunku Abdul Rahman College with a Diploma in Technology (Materials Engineering) in 1985. He later obtained a Diploma in Management from Malaysian Institute of Management (MIM) in 1991 and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Bath, United Kingdom in 1994. He was upgraded as a Fellow Member of Malaysia Institute of Management (MIM) in 2010.



Day 2
October 21, 2021
8:45 am

Concurrent Session D: “Building the Factory and Supply Chain of the Future”

The pandemic caused disruptions in the supply chain as well as halted production across many sectors worldwide. Lockdowns necessitated closures of production facilities, while reduced demand resulted in over-capacity. At the same time, the pandemic revealed the vulnerability of global supply chains, with China temporarily closing down its economy and the rest of the world restricting flows of goods.

Malaysia’s manufacturing sector was badly hit in 2020 and though it is recovering in 2021,are there practices that can be implemented to enable it to better cope with supply and demand shocks? This session explores the challenges of the manufacturing sector and its supply chains, and the need to build resilience.