Tan Sri Datuk (Dr) Haji Mustapha Kamal bin Haji Abu Bakar started his career as a civil servant serving in the district offices in Selangor. He made his debut in the corporate sector as general manager of Shah Alam Properties Sdn Bhd (now SAP Holdings Berhad), a subsidiary of Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor Berhad (then the sole investment holding and management company for Selangor). As general manager, he was responsible for developing a 300-acre land consisting of housing and recreational facilities, including the development of a nine-hole golf course (Darul Ehsan Club) at Taman Tun Abdul Razak, Ampang Jaya, Selangor. He was soon promoted as Shah Alam Properties Sdn Bhd managing director.
Mustapha Kamal’s diligence and skill led to his appointment as Special Officer to then Selangor Chief Minister, YAB Dato’ Haji Hormat Rafei, while still being employed by Shah Alam Properties. He left Shah Alam Properties soon after to venture into entrepreneurship, setting up what became the EMKAY Group. Over the last 35 years, the EMKAY Group has developed projects with a total gross development value of over RM20 billion comprising over 50,000 units of residential, commercial, resort properties and office buildings.