Born on 8 September 1946, he received an honours bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Brighton Polytechnic (which, in 1992, became the University of Brighton) in the UK (United Kingdom) in 1972 and a master’s degree in management from the Asian Institute of Management in the Philippines in 1984. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in technology from the University of Brighton in 2002 and an honorary doctorate in engineering from Kolej Universiti Teknikal Kebangsaan, Malaysia, in 2005.
Datuk Annas dedicated his professional life to national and international standardization. He was named President of Standards Malaysia at the outset of its official launch on 28 August 1996. Previous to taking up that position, he had been the Special Advisor, International Business, for Genting Power Holding Ltd., and prior to that Chairman of the Energy Commission, the regulatory agency for electricity and gas supply in Malaysia.
He was instrumental in setting up the Energy Commission and played a key role in the administration of the Energy Commission Act 2001, in particular the privatization of the electricity supply and gas distribution.
Particularly concerned with energy efficiency, he advocated public awareness about household devices and labelling of consumer products. Starting with the refrigerator, he led a campaign to inform householders, manufacturers, dealers and retailers about the benefits of Malaysia’s five-star energy efficiency rating.
He was the Director-General of the Electricity and Gas Supply, Malaysia, and also worked with the National Electricity Board (presently known as Tenaga Nasional Berhad – the national electricity utility company) from 1972 to 1988. From 1988 to 1990, he was the Head of Energy Unit in the Ministry of Energy, Telecommunications and Posts, Malaysia, in charge of energy policies and development of electricity supply matters.
His burial took place at Tanah Perkuburan Islam (Muslim Burial Ground) Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 15 November 2010.