The Late Tan Sri Dato’ NAPSIAH OMAR



  • 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




Dato Dr. Nellie Tan-Wong is the Co-Founder, Deputy Chairperson  of the Board of Trustees and CEO (Honorary) of the Women’s Institute of Management (WIM), Malaysia.  She is also Editor  (Honorary) of the WIM’s Business Journal, an 80-page publication issued three times a  year.  WIM was incorporated as a tax exempt Non Profit  Women’s NGO  on 14 .5.1993 and owns a 6-storey  Building,  Wisma WIM, which is free of encumbrances.  Up till  31.1.2021, WIM has conducted 756 courses / events, benefitting 35,007  participants, mostly  marginalised women . WIM conducts a British MBA Degree Programme and does not receive any annual Government grant.

Other voluntary leadership positions held by her includes as Presidents of the Royal Sungei Ujong Club, NSCMH Medical Centre, YWCA of Malaysia and as National Vice Chairman of the Malaysian Red Crescent Society and Chairman, Malaysian Institute of  Accountants, N.S. and Malacca.

By occupation, she  is a practising Chartered Accountant,  heading her own  firm, S.L. Tan & Co.   She is also Managing Director of various Private Limited Companies.  In 1991 she was appointed a Justice of the Peace by the N.S. State Government.  In 1993 she was conferred a Datoship by His Royal  Highness, the Ruler of Negeri Sembilan.

International leadership positions held by Dato Nellie include as Finance Chairperson, World YWCA, Geneva and Member of the Board of Trustees, Women’s World Banking, New York. She has travelled to 26 countries, around the world and invited to speak at various  international conferences  such as those organised by the John F. Kennedy School of Government,  Harvard University, Boston, the Asia Development Bank, the Judge Business School, Cambridge University, UK, the Canadian  International Development  Agency (CIDA), Asia-Australia Institute, Edith Cowan  University and the Governments of Western Australia, Canada and Fiji.

She has been awarded Honorary  Doctor of Letters. by the Thompson  River University, BC, Canada and Honorary Doctor of Business Administration by the University of East London, UK. In 2011 she was awarded one of the Most Outstanding Chinese  Leaders by the  Malaysian Chinese  Leaders Caucus and the Brand  Laureate Icon Leadership Award.