Chairman, Sime Darby, Malaysia
Malaysia's Sime Darby has signed a US$800 million deal
securing a 63-year concession to 220,000 hectares in Liberia
that include the troubled Guthrie Rubber Plantations. Sime Darby,
a government-controlled plantation operator, is headed by Chairman
Musa Hitam, who has a master's degree in international
relations from Sussex University and is a member of the United
Malays National Organisation, the largest party in the ruling
Berhad Nasional coalition government. Previously, Musa
was Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Minister of Primary
Industries (1974-78) and Minister of Education (1978-1981).
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