In 1967, he ventured into the private sector and helped set up Federal Flour Mills Berhad. His last position in Federal Flour Mills was as an Administrative Manager and Alternate Director. He was also the Chairman of Kuantan Flour Mills Bhd in 1984. His foray into the marine industry started in 1969 when he was appointed the first company secretary of Malaysian International Shipping Corporation. In 1977, he was nominated to lead Johor based Malaysian Shipyard and Engineering Bhd as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer which he later relinquished in 1988. He is the co-founder of Muhibbah Engineering (M) Bhd ("MEB"), the holding company and had been an Independent Non-Executive Director of MEB since its inception on 4 September 1972. He was later appointed as Chairman of MEB on 22 May 1973.
Tuan Haji was appointed as a Director of FFB on 15 September 1995. On 10 May 2004, he was appointed as the Independent Non-Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Audit Committee. He was appointed as Chairman of Remuneration Committee.