Board of Governance

What is the Board of Governance?

Governance is concerned with leadership and direction. The Board of Governance’s mandate is to steer Amnesty International Malaysia’s strategic direction and overall safekeeping. Each board member brings to the board their unique talents and capabilities so that they contribute to their respective committees and projects in a timely manner furthering the growth and impact of Amnesty Malaysia.

The Board of Governance at Amnesty International Malaysia upholds a clear, shared vision of Amnesty’s mission by ensuring the effectiveness and accountability of the organisation. Hence, the Board is a body that takes decisions and operates collectively in the best interest of the organisation.

The Board has, but not limited to, the following responsibilities:

  1. To ensure good practice in governance at the sections and structures level,
  2. Alliance with the Core Standards and Global Assembly’s strategic goals,
  3. In compliance with Amnesty International’s International Statute,
  4. Prudent financial oversight,
  5. Forecasts and plans for the organisation’s future,
  6. Taking national decisions and contributing to international decision-making and planning,
  7. Appointing representatives to international decision-making processes,
  8. Developing and adapting the national membership and activist structure, and
  9. To provide accurate status reports on the implementation of strategic and operational plans.

The board consists of seven elected members (Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and 3 ordinary board members). The role of chair is to coordinate the Board’s overall work plan, encourage the learning, development, and growth of the Board as a team, ensure that the Board’s working practices and processes are collaborative and are delivered and to ensure Board meetings are facilitated efficiently.

Any Amnesty International Malaysia member can stand for election for the Board. In order to stand for election, members need to be registered and paid up members of AI Malaysia, and have carried a membership of at least one year prior to the date of the AGM. To avoid any potential conflict of interest, no office bearer or employee of a political party at the national or state level shall be members of the Board.

For further information, please get in touch with the Board:

Chair of Board of Governance

Too often human rights activists have been tagged with a stereotyped image as hard liners belonging to a certain class and mindset, as aggressive people that are circumscribed to foolishly wanting to ‘save the world’.

I pledge to use my background, both professionally and personally in challenging that notion and to facilitate life affirming dialogue, research, activism, thought provoking activities, and debate with and across all sections of society. From royals at fashion week to migrant workers constructing next door, human rights is every single person’s issue. If one is not part of the solution, quite often one is part of the problem, my personal belief is not to fight evil but strengthen the good.

Through Amnesty and Chairing the board of governance with like-minded people, formally I will have the structure to enable and model the principles of the inherent right to life and dignity every single moment of every day. I pledge to uphold the values with utmost sincerity, strength, and integrity.


In solidarity,

Dr. Anjhula Mya Singh Bais
Chair, Board of Governance Amnesty International Malaysia

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