Tan Sri Datuk Hj Mustapha 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 SdnBhd (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 subsequently promoted as Shah Alam Properties SdnBhd Managing Director.

Tan Sri’s diligence and achievements led to his appointment as Special Officer to then Selangor Chief Minister, YAB Dato’Haji HormatRafei, while still being employed by Shah Alam Properties. He left Shah Alam Properties soon after to ventureinto entrepreneurship, setting up what became the EMKAY Group.