About Dato’ Sri Chong Ket Pen

Dato' Sri Chong Ket Pen, Group Managing Director, Protasco BerhadDato’ Sri Chong Ket Pen is presently the Executive Vice Chairman and Group Managing Director and Co-founder of Protasco Berhad, a listed company since 2003 on the Main Board of Bursa Malaysia. Protasco is a road maintenance, construction and engineering company with an expanding portfolio in property development, education, trading, manufacturing & consultancy services.

In 1979, Chong Ket Pen graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) degree from the University of Malaya and subsequently in 1990, obtained my Masters of Philosophy (Civil Engineering) from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. He joined the Institute of Engineers Malaysia (MIEM) in 1984 and went on to become a registered Professional Engineer with the Board of Engineers Malaysia and a member of the United Kingdom’s Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in 1985. In 1987, he became an official Chartered Engineer under the United Kingdom’s Engineering Council.

Before Protasco, Chong Ket Pen was a civil engineer specialising in the design, construction and maintenance of road pavements. He began his career as a Road Design Engineer cum Assistant Project Engineer with JKR Kelantan in 1979. He was later promoted to Project Engineer in 1982 and went on to become Senior Engineer in 1984 at the JKR Headquarters’ Design and Research Branch in Kuala Lumpur. In 1988, he was attached to JKR’s Institute of Training and Research (IKRAM) as the Senior Pavement Research Engineer, and afterwards the Senior Engineer, Pavement Evaluation and Research.

In the last 20 years, Chong Ket Pen led Protasco in the completion of more than RM2 billion worth of road construction and upgrading projects including 14,487km of federal and state roads. In 2014, Protasco charted a new milestone by crossing RM1 billion in turnover and subsequently RM1.31 billion in 2015.

Outside of Protasco, Chong Ket Pen is currently the Chairman of Malaysia Hopo Cultural Fund, Deputy President of the KL-Selangor Hopo Association, and the Vice President of the KL-Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall.


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