Ex-Speaker Art Harun appointed non-executive director of Johor property developer Country View

Malay Mail
Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 — Johor-based property developer Country View Bhd today named former Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Azhar Azizan Harun as an independent and non-executive director.

The announcement was made via its filing with Bursa Malaysia earlier.

Azhar, also known as Art, now practices law at his firm Messrs Azhar & Goh after ending his tenure in Parliament from 2020 until last year.

He was also the chairman of the Election Commission prior to that since 2018.

The filing said Azhar has “extensive experience as an advocate and solicitor and currently concentrates his practice in litigation matters involving shareholders’ rights and remedies, corporate liquidation and receivership; corporate debts restructuring and building and construction claims.”

Country View’s share price closed at 96 sen earlier today, remaining unmoved since the close of market on Friday last week. Its market capitalisation stands at RM96 million.

Financial paper The Edge reported that Country View’s net profit rose 37.55 per cent to RM1 million in the fourth quarter ended November 30, 2022 from RM727,000 in the same quarter in the previous year.

Its revenue in that quarter also increased by 178.76 per cent to RM24.67 million from RM8.85 million.

During the closing of the last Parliament sitting in October last year, Azhar said he believed himself to have acted independently and impartially after two years and four months presiding over the Lower House.

Despite complaints and criticism mainly from Pakatan Harapan, Azhar said he took the job in a good faith after being offered by the prime minister at the time, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Before his foray into EC and Dewan Rakyat, he was known as a lawyer with a significant following on social media as a law and human rights activist.

His eldest brother, Tan Sri Idrus Harun, was reappointed as attorney-general for another year in March last year, after his two-year term ended.