Dato’ Abdul Hadi was born on 2 April 1948 in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. A graduate of The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst UK, The Royal Artillery School UK and The  Malaysian Armed Forces Staff College.

He holds a Masters Degree in Strategic and Security Studies from The Malaysian National University. He began his career as military officer in the Royal Artillery Regiment in  1970. He served the Malaysian Army holding various field commands and as staff officer at Ministry of Defence. Among his appointments were Commanding Officer 5 Royal Artillery Regiment, Commandant of Artillery School, Head of Artillery Project Team, Director of Strategic Planning Ministry of Defence and Senior Military Assistance to the Minister of Defence. He was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in 1999 commanding 3rd Artillery Division and appointed Chairman of Royal Artillery Regiment. He attended various military and non-military courses locally and abroad in United Kingdom, USA and Australia.

Brig Gen Dato’ Abdul Hadi retires from the Malaysian Army in April 2004 after serving the Army for almost 37 years. He has been appointed as Director to Advance Defence Systems Sdn Bhd, Satria Ajaib Sdn Bhd, Berjaya City Sdn Bhd (non-exec) and Petravest Sdn Bhd (non-exec) since his retirement from the Army. Brig Gen Dato’ Abdul Hadi (R) was conferred with ‘Datukship’ by HRH The Sultan of Kelantan (DPKK) and HRH The Sultan of Terengganu (DPMT).

He is married to Datin Pauziah bt Mohd Nor and they are blessed with 7 children, 5 boys and 2 girls.


He was appointed to the Board on 3rd April 2004. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant (England and Wales) in 1974, holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics (B.Sc. Econs) from the London School of Economics. Born on 21st March, 1947 he has his early education in the Primary and Secondary School of Pontian, Johor from where he continued his secondary education in the Royal Military College, Sungai Besi, Selangor (1963 – 1967).

Upon his return from the United Kingdom in 1974, he was employed by Messrs. Hanafiah Raslan and Mohammad (now part of Messrs. Ernst & Young) a firm of Public Accountants. Two years later, he joined Bank Bumiputera (now known as Bumiputera Commerce Bank) where he served for ten years covering the internal audit, credit processing and administration, leasing and corporate banking functions.

In 1987 he was made a partner in Messrs Arthur Young (now known as Ernst & Young) with the main responsibility for managing the information technology consultancy business of the firm. However, in 1990 he was invited to rejoin Bank Bumiputera as the Chief General Manager, a management position with responsibilities for Information Technology, Human Resources, Financial Controls and Credit Controls. After serving for eight years, he decided for and early retirement in 1998 to venture into private business.

In his private business, he has ventured into information and communication technology (ICT), real estate and financial consultancy with varying degree of success. With his vast working knowledge and experience, En Arsam has proven to be an asset to any organization he is associated with.

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