• Bachelor of Science, Australian National University, Canberra
  • Master of Science, Cornell University, New York

Business and Occupation:

  • Company Director
  • Former Associate Professor, Universiti Putra Malaysia in 1981

Government Awards:

  • Conferred a Dato by Negeri Sembilan State Government
  • Conferred a Tan Sri by Federal Government

Government Positions Held:

  • Former Deputy Minister of National Unity and Social Development, 1982-87
  • Former Minister of Public Enterprise, 1987-90
  • Former Minister of National Unity and Social Development, 1990-1995
  • Former State Executive Councillor for Negeri Sembilan, 1996

Political Positions Held:

  • UMNO State Woman Leader for Negeri Sembilan up till 2004
  • Permanent Chairman of UMNO Wanita since 2004

NGO Positions:

  • Co-Founder cum Chairperson, Women’s Institute of Management since 1993
  • Former President, Federal Territory Girl Guides Association


  • Tokoh Wanita Negeri Sembilan, 2001
  • National Outstanding Educator Award (College category), 2015




Profession: Practising Chartered Accountant, heading her own firm, S. L. Tan & Co.

Qualifications: CA (M), CPA(M), FCPA (Aust), FCCS

Business: Managing Director of various Private Limited Companies dealing with properties and consultancy.

Awards and Appointments:

  • Appointed Justice of the Peace, Negeri Sembilan (1991)
  • Conferred a Dato by Negeri Sembilan State Government in 1993 and KMN by Federal
  • Hon. Doctor of Letters, Thompson Rivers University (Canada), 2004
  • Hon. Doctor of Business Administration, University of East London (UK), 2011
  • Most Outstanding Chinese Woman Leader by Malaysian Chinese Women Leaders Caucus, 2011
  • Recipient, The Brand Laureatte Icon Leadership Award, 2011
  • Adjunct Professor of the University of Malaya’s Institute of Educational Leadership, 2016

NGO Leadership Positions:

  • Member, National Advisory & Consultative Council for Women, Malaysia by appointment of YAB the Prime Minister of Malaysia for 2015 – 2017 term
  • Co-Founder, Deputy Chairperson and CEO (Honorary) Women’s Institute of Management, Kuala Lumpur
  • Former President, NSCMH Medical Centre, Seremban (Honorary) -2007-2014
  • Former State Chairman, Malaysian Red Crescent Society, N.S., and Current State Advisor
  • Former Finance Chairman and Exco Member, World YWCA, Geneva
  • Former Member of Board of Trustees, Women’s World Banking, New York.

International Speaking Engagements: Invited to present papers and speeches for conferences and events organized by World YWCA, Geneva, Women’s World Banking, New York, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Global Forum for Women, Washington, Asian-Australian Institute, Women’s Leadership Board of John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Boston, Asian Development Bank, Edith Cowan University, Judge Business School, Cambridge University, U.K., and Governments of Fiji and Western Australia.

Government Appointment: Member National Women’s Advisory and Consultative Council by YAB the Prime Minister on 24.8.2015

International Travel Experience: Travelled to 25 countries around the world