Prior to his appointment as FELCRA Berhad’s Group Chief Executive Officer, YBhg. Dato’ Mat Roni shouldered the responsibility of Director of Participants’ Infrastructure & Government Projects (Infrastruktur Peserta dan Projek Kerajaan) beginning April 2021, one of the most important portfolios in safeguarding the well-being of Participants and ensuring that the Social Mandate entrusted upon FELCRA Berhad remains its’ main focus.
A BSc. Social Science graduate from Universiti Sains Malaysia, Dato’ Mat Roni began his career with FELCRA Berhad in 1983 as Assistant Plantation Manager. After gaining extensive experience in the plantation field, he was given the opportunity to develop his knowledge and abilities as Administrative Officer of FELCRA Berhad Perak in 1994, before being given the responsibility as Deputy Director of FELCRA Berhad Pahang in 2002. He returned to serve at FELCRA Berhad Headquarters as the Head of the Administration Division between 2006 and 2008, before being appointed as the Deputy General Manager of the Eastern Region and the Chief Administrator of FELCRA Kelantan between 2008 and 2010.
Based on his capabilities and strategic experience, YBhg. Dato’ Mat Roni was subsequently appointed as the Regional General Manager and Director of FELCRA Berhad Perak Region between 2010 to 2016. Between 2016 to 2018, he returned to FELCRA Berhad Headquarters as General Manager of the Plantation Group, overseeing more than 1,000 FELCRA Projects nationwide.
With the extensive experience gained in the field, his appointment as the Director of New Crops & Special Projects Division from 2018 until April 2021 is regarded as a strategic step in ensuring the success of ventures within New Crops and Special Projects.
Beginning April 2021, he was tasked with the responsibility of Director of Participants’ Infrastructure & Government Projects, one of the most important roles in ensuring that the Social Mandate and Rural Prosperity efforts can be continuously achieved despite constraints brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. His leadership role prioritises the infrastructure and facility needs of 112,479 Participants and their families throughout the country, and ensures that such amenities are maintained at best levels.
Throughout his career, YBhg. Dato’ Mat Roni has also been appointed as Board Member of several corporate entities. Between 2016 and 2018, he was appointed to the Board of FELCRA Ever Herald Sdn Bhd, FELCRA Agro Industry Sdn Bhd, and FELCRA Jaya Samarahan Sdn Bhd.
He was also invited to be a Board Member of Universiti Putra Malaysia based on his extensive experience between 2018 to 2019, where he was also appointed Chairman of UPM’s Risk Management Committee, as well as, Board Member of UPM Disciplinary Appeal Board, UPM Investment Committee and UPM Land and Asset Development Committee.
He was awarded the Darjah Ahli Mahkota Perak (AMP) in 2013 for his commitment in developing FELCRA projects in Perak, and the Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang (DIMP) in 2014 for his commitment in the development of FELCRA Berhad’s projects across the nation, especially for the state of Pahang.
YBhg. Dato’ Mat Roni bin Zakaria champions the spirit of FELCRA, in realizing the vision and mission of FELCRA Berhad as a corporate entity, in line with the aspirations and goals of further developing the socio-economy achievements of the Participants.