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  • Matrade projects export of cosmetic products for men, women to grow faster +

    KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) projects the export of cosmetic products under the lifestyle industry for both men and women to grow faster on booming demand. Chief executive officer Dr Mohd Shahreen Zainooreen Madros said beauty and cosmetics products are no longer exclusively for women, with more men paying special interest in their personal appearance, thus expanding the target market. Last year, cosmetics was among the top five Malaysian exports under the lifestyle industry at RM1.25 billion. “Between 2011 and 2016 the total export value was RM12 billion,” he said after opening the Product Development Workshop, Read More
  • Proboscis Monkey Action Plan for Sabah +

    KOTA KINABALU: Local and international experts are collaborating to come up with a plan to protect the proboscis monkey in Sabah. Malaysian and international scientists, government agencies and industry players will congregate at the three-day Proboscis Monkey Workshop, which starts today, to draft a policy for the purpose. The workshop is organised by the Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC) and Sabah Wildlife Department. DGFC director Dr Benoit Goossens said several experts would propose recommendations at the event for the primate’s conservation based on findings from an extensive five-year research on the endangered species. A proboscis monkey action plan for Sabah Read More
  • (Shell FuelSave Diesel) Euro 5 now available at retail kiosks along West Coast +

    Shell Malaysia today announced the availability of its Shell FuelSave Diesel Euro 5 – a high quality, fuel-efficient diesel at 8 retail stations along the west coast of Sabah. Shell FuelSave Diesel Euro 5, formulated with Active Efficiency Ingredients, is a cleaner diesel fuel that improves engine efficiency and delivers better mileage. It ignites and burns more effectively to help improve fuel economy. Shell FuelSave Diesel Euro 5 also contains special detergents that helps protect against the build-up of injector deposits, amongst others. Shairan Huzani Husain, Managing Director of Shell Timur Sdn. Bhd., Au Tong Sing, National Sales Manager, Shell Malaysia Read More
  • Gas Generators to continue exploring for more business +

    KUCHING: Gas Generators (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Gastec), a wholly owned subsidiary of T7 Global Bhd (T7 Global), will continue to explore for more business opportunities to further augment the company’s market presence both locally and regionally. Gastec is principally involved in house designing, engineering, fabrication, testing and commissioning of industrial gas packages and plant for on-site production of nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen, packaging of air/ gas compression, filtration and other process packages for various industries since the mid-1990s. Since then, Gastec has been servicing various number of clients from many industries such as oil and gas, plantation, medical, and many other Read More
  • Petronas Chemicals 4Q16 earnings up 40 pct to RM987 mln +

    KUCHING: Petronas Chemicals Group Bhd (Petronas Chemicals) earnings for the fourth quarter of 2016 (4Q16) ended December 2016 jumped by 40 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) to RM987 million from RM704 million recorded in 4Q15. The company in its accounts notes filed to the stock exchange yesterday said earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) surged RM464 million or 46 per cent to RM1.5 billion on higher sales volumes, lower unit cost, favourable spreads and stronger US dollar. As a result, the group registered higher earnings in 4Q16. Petronas Chemicals’ revenue grew by RM498 million or 14 per cent to Read More
  • Malaysia's healthcare industry eyes RM5 bln in revenue contribution to 2017 GDP +

    KUALA LUMPUR— The healthcare industry is eyeing a revenue contribution of up to RM5 billion to Malaysia’s 2017 gross domestic product. This is on the back of an estimated one million healthcare travellers visiting the country this year. In 2016, the industry’s contribution to the GDP exceeded RM1 billion, said the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) in a statement here today. It said the prime market comprises travellers from Asean, but Malaysia’s healthcare segment has also seen steady growth with visitors from China and India. MHTC said Malaysia’s medical travel sector, already a much sought-after choice in Asia, added another Read More
  • Malaysian car parts companiese urged to grab opportunities in Indonesian mart +

    JAKARTA-- Malaysia External Trade Development Corp (Matrade) has urged Malaysian companies to continue pursue opportunities for increasing exports of car parts to Indonesia. Its Trade Commissioner to Indonesia, Naim Abdul Rahman, said this was because Indonesia has a big car industry, ranked second after Thailand in Association of South-East Asian Nations in terms of car production. Its annual car production is around one million units while its car parts imports alone were worth over US$3 billion (US$1 = RM4.45). "These figures constitute all kinds of car parts made for original equipment manufacturers or replacement parts for motor vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles," Read More
  • Proton eyes Indonesian mart with launch of Iriz +

    JAKARTA: Proton Holdings Bhd’s compact car, Proton Iriz, will compete with other small variants in the Indonesian market, said the national carmaker’s chief executive, Datuk Ahmad Fuad Kenali. He said the entry of the car was to test the market for compact cars after several models, like Waja and Persona, had been in the Indonesian market over the past year. “In an effort the recover the market for Proton cars in Indonesia, the national car company launches Proton Iriz first before other models like Saga and Persona,” he told Bernama after the launch of the model here yesterday. Proton Iriz Read More
  • Sabah has potential to become major maritime Transshipment Hub +

    KOTA KINABALU: Both the Sepan­gar Bay Container Port and Port Klang have been earmarked as the two harbours that will turn Malay­sia into a logistics hub in Asean, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. The Cabinet, said Liow, recently discussed making the country into a logistics hub for Asean, with Sepan­gar port playing a role in the growth area of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. “Sabah is uniquely and strategically positioned within the Asean sub-region of BIMP-EAGA (Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area). “The development of this location is highly dependent on the creation of inter-regional transport links Read More
  • Expansion to Myanmar a minimal boost for Oldtown’s earnings +

    KUCHING: Analysts see minimal improvements to OldTown Bhd (OldTown) following the announcement of its venture into Myanmar with direct license outlets in the city of Yangon. In a listing on bursa Malaysia last Friday, the food and beverage (F&B) giant announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Kopitiam Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd has executed a License Agreement with Nikmat Mujur Sdn Bhd (Nikmat Mujur) and Low See Nam for the operation of three direct license OldTown Café outlets for a 24-month period. In order for Nikmat Mujur to operate these outlets, thelicensee will obtain non-exclusive rights to use the OldTown trade name Read More
  • Rich Worldwide to build another 68 affordable houses +

    By JAMES LEONG SANDAKAN: Leading developer Rich Worldwide Sdn Bhd will construct another 68 units of affordable double storey terrace house under Phase Two of Taman Jati. The project is located close to Phase One of Taman Jati off Mile 7 Jalan Airport and is now open for registration. It is expected to be launched this April, Rich Worldwide Sdn Bhd managing director Datuk Victor Wong Chet Sing said here on Tuesday. The Phase Two terrace houses are more spacious and have a gross built up from 1,258 square feet and priced from RM316,350 to RM423,000 with five per cent Read More
  • ILTIZAM PDP to boost employability, produce industry-ready graduates +

    By MOHD IZHAM B. HASHIM KOTA KINABALU: Graduates looking to gain an edge in getting jobs can look no further than the Iltizam Professional Development Programme (ILTIZAM PDP) set to boost employability and produce industry-ready graduates. “Fresh graduates without work experience struggle to secure jobs and this is a vital issue Ekuiti Nasional Berhad’s (Ekuinas) aims to address by offering its Iltizam PDP which offers trainees with on-the-job training, boost career confidence, employability and develop their future professional careers,” said Ekuinas Director of Stakeholders’ Interest, Hizwani Hassan. Speaking at the media briefing yesterday, Hizwani highlighted this year’s PDP training course Read More
  • COSENI inks MoU to bring HARUMi brand into Sabah +

    KOTA KINABALU: Koperasi Penggiat Seni Sabah Berhad (COSENI) becomes the first to ink a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with DBE Gurney Resources Berhad to bring the latter's HARUMi brand into Sabah. Arnez (left) and Ding with the fully loaded solar-powered HARUMi Food Truck. The Jakarta Post quoted Bank Bukopin president director, Glen Glenardi, as saying COSENI chairman said the HARUMi venture is the coop's first initiative to safeguard the future and livelihood of its members as they continue on with their passion in the arts. "COSENI realizes that life in the arts only has a lifespan of about 20 to Read More
  • Sabah Forestry Dept signs MoU with Singapore National Parks Board +

    KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Forestry Department has inked an memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the National Parks Board (NParks) of Singapore. Sam and Frederick observing a tree, which is one of the largest trees that can be found along the nature trail at the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.The diameter of this Pulai tree is estimated at 200cm and a height exceeding 45m. The MoU was signed at the Singapore Botanic Gardens by the Chief Conservator of Forests, Datuk Sam Mannan with his counterpart Kenneth Er, Chief Executive Officer of NParks. Also present were Frederick Kugan, Deputy Chief Conservator of Forests (Forest Read More
  • Extra RM12mil for Sabah Rela +

    Kota Kinabalu: Members of the People's Volunteer Corps (Rela) in Sabah have more reasons to cheer as the uniformed voluntary movement turned 45 years old this year. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced a RM12 million additional allocation for the purchase of 40,000 new digital camouflage fatigues. "As an additional allocation, the State Government will provide RM3 million this year and another RM3 million next year for the purpose. "The Federal Government through the Home Ministry will match the allocation and provide RM6 million this year, making the total allocation of RM12 million. "This means around 40,000 Read More
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