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August

Partnership Will Provide Clients with Technology Driven Solutions

KUALA LUMPUR, 27 August – Total Asset Solutions player, UEM Edgenta Berhad (“UEM Edgenta”) (formerly known as Faber Group Berhad) and Resource Data Management Asia Sdn Bhd (“RDM Asia”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Resource Data Management (“RDM”), the global controls and monitoring company, today announced the formation of Joint Venture (JV) company named, Edgenta Energy Services Sdn Bhd (“Edgenta Energy Services”) to offer the commercial market a more comprehensive energy management solution. 

Capitalising on both companies’ expertise and track records, Edgenta Energy Services provides an opportunity for UEM Edgenta to scale up its energy management business and leverage on RDM’s technical expertise and experience in this industry. This includes Energy Management Services, Remote Monitoring and Control Solutions.

Azmir Merican, UEM Edgenta’s Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer said, “UEM Edgenta and RDM share a common approach for this business segment –market leaders in our respective fields we believe that through this partnership and our advanced and innovative technology offerings, asset owners and operators in South East Asia can optimise building energy performance and lower their carbon footprint, translating into reduced asset management costs.”

The application of RDM devices and control systems has generated significant energy savings to organisations, saving one client over $8 million in energy costs alone. Together we will be able to build on our individual successes to offer asset owners cost savings with the scale and impact to make a real difference in reducing installation, energy and maintenance costs.”

“RDM has been focused on serving the rapidly expanding South East Asian market since 2009, for the distribution of electronic controls systems that provide world class energy management assurance and flexible building automation for a wide variety of industries. We are thrilled to partner with UEM Edgenta, and look forward to jointly pursuing new opportunities in energy management solutions,” said Andrew Chandler, Managing Director of the RDM group of companies.

He continued “As building owners consistently face rising energy costs coupled with the difficulty of optimising the various disparate systems within their building, I believe this partnership is timely as the market is ready to explore advanced technologies to tackle this problem.”

The joint venture also calls for the development of Active Facility Management and internet-of-things (“IoT”) capabilities for the commercial and the industrial buildings/facilities segment within South East Asia. Active Facility Management is a real-time data-driven, performance-based maintenance management methodology.

Azmir went on to explain about remote monitoring systems which leverages on real time monitoring software to capture building services data and translate them into useful actionable output for quick decision making.

“This unique and advanced system integrates flexible hardware options to deliver information a dmTouch, RDMs HD touchscreen control system front end, which then transmits data to the central station for real-time monitoring and analysis. The application of this system will enable us to detect and rectify any anomaly thus reducing the operational costs for clients and also optimising energy consumption,” he added.

The building and energy management sector is converging towards the IoT whereby the numerous systems within a building are successfully integrated online under one supervisory and control system. The Building IoT is changing the market dynamics for building management. It is providing unprecedented connectivity of assets to the owner with unlimited flow of information towards operational optimisation.

“With technology available today, an intelligent building can know when to lower the temperature, when it gets too hot, or when to dim the lights, when the sun is shining through the windows. This rather complex process is possible by fusing our technical capabilities with RDM which has the technology to maintain integration over systems which operate independently and communicate through different language protocols, so to speak,” explained Azmir.

The Largest Jalur Gemilang Featured To Date

KUALA LUMPUR, 23 August 2015  The spirit of Merdeka is alive and kicking as UEM Group Berhad (UEM Group), the engineering-based infrastructure and services group continues with its annual tradition of displaying Jalur Gemilang at its headquarters, Mercu UEM to commemorate Malaysia’s 58th National Day celebration and Malaysia Day 2015. 

This year’s flag, measuring a mammoth 180 feet (w) x 93 feet (h) is the largest Jalur Gemilang ever raised at Mercu UEM. The last time a single giant flag was raised in Mercu UEM was back in 2011 and it was approximately 10 feet smaller in both width and height.

The impressive sized flag covers six floors of Mercu UEM and symbolises UEM Group’s spirit of patriotism and pride, unity and love for the nation. It will be displayed until 20 September 2015 and can be seen as far as Jalan Travers, Bangsar and Brickfields.

SINGAPORE, 21 August 2015 – UEM Sunrise Berhad (“UEM Sunrise” or the “Company”), one of Malaysia’s top property developers, is launching Conservatory, a new residential development in the Melbourne Central Business District (“CBD”). It is the developer’s latest development in Melbourne, which has just been voted the World’s Most Livable city for the fifth year running by the Economist Intelligence Unit (“EIU”).

UEM Sunrise expects to see strong appetite from investors for its second property development in Melbourne, following the success of Aurora Melbourne Central, which received an overwhelming response with more than 95% of the total residential units snapped up within two weeks in November 2014.

Inspired by the classic ‘Victorian Wardian Case’, Conservatory is an exclusive residential development that features a 42-storey tower enveloped by floor-to-ceiling glass enclosure. Designed by the renowned Australian architectural firm, Cox Architecture, this project will set a benchmark for luxury park side living in Melbourne, with the tower strategically positioned to offer residential units excellent breathtaking panoramic views of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Carlton Gardens.  According to research consultant Urbis, only 24% of the apartments in the Melbourne CBD are located within a 150-metre walking distance from a garden, thus making Conservatory truly treasured.

Conservatory is located on 9-23 Mackenzie Street, at the ‘Paris-end’ of the Melbourne CBD, with all the conveniences at its doorstep. The development enjoys a prestigious location with excellent access to a wide range of attractions including the Melbourne Central Train Station, RMIT University, State Parliament of Victoria, St Vincent’s Private Hospital and the free Zone 1 tramline, enabling travel to other key attractions in just a matter of minutes. It is also a short walk to the CBD’s largest continuous retail precinct comprising of Melbourne Central Shopping Centre, Emporium, Myer, David Jones, GPO and the Bourke Street Mall. Within the 64-acre Carlton Gardens is the Royal Exhibition Building where various major events and exhibitions are held annually; the Melbourne Museum as well as an IMAX cinema featuring the world’s third largest screen.

Anwar Syahrin Abdul Ajib, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of UEM Sunrise said, “We are excited about our second residential development in Melbourne and look forward to adding another masterpiece in the World’s Most Livable City. Conservatory is truly a bespoke architectural marvel that offers magnificent views of the Carlton Gardens in an enviable CBD location. We are proud to have appointed CBRE and ERA as our marketing agents in Singapore and will be holding our exclusive preview events in Singapore’s Grand Hyatt on 29 and 30 August 2015.”
  
Melbourne continues to be highly attractive for property investors. With the growth of 1,800 new residents per week based on the Australian Bureau of Statistics data, and the population is set to double by 2051, driving up demand for residential property.

“Favourable foreign currency exchange, strong rental yields, low interest rates and an investment friendly environment also mean that properties in Australia are particularly attractive right now” added Anwar.

UEM Sunrise has also recently completed another prime acquisition of a land parcel in St Kilda Road, Melbourne. The intention of this acquisition is to develop an unprecedented ultra-luxurious residential development, potentially with a mix of ground floor retail and serviced apartment components.

Apart from Melbourne, UEM Sunrise is also actively pursuing development opportunities in other key cities in Australia such as Sydney as well as in London, United Kingdom. The Company currently also has a presence in Vancouver, Canada and retains a land bank in Durban, South Africa. It is also the appointed Project Manager (Marketing) for M+S Pte Ltd (a development company owned by Khazanah and Temasek) for its Marina One and DUO mixed-use developments in Singapore.

KUALA LUMPUR, 17 August 2015 – UEM Sunrise Berhad (“UEM Sunrise” or the “Company”) today announced its financial results for the sixth months ended 30 June 2015; whereby total revenue stood at RM789.8 million as compared to RM849.2 million recorded in the corresponding period of 2014. Although the total revenue achieved saw a decrease of 7% as compared to 2014, profit after tax and non-controlling interest (“PATANCI”) increased by 1% to RM137 million as compared to RM136 million recorded in the same period last year. 
 
Property development activities contributed almost 91% of the total revenue for the current period. The three major revenue contributors were Teega in Puteri Harbour, Nusajaya; Quintet in Vancouver, Canada and Arcoris Mont’Kiara, Kuala Lumpur in line with higher construction progress recorded for the projects.
 
Total property development sales for the period improved to RM600.4 million from RM438.9 million achieved in 2014 driven mainly by international sales from the Aurora Melbourne Central project in Melbourne, Australia which contributed sales of RM267.3 million for the current period. Locally, Residensi22 Mont’Kiara has also achieved overwhelming response recording over 90% sales to date.  Unrecognised revenue as at 30 June 2015 stood at RM3.8 billion as compared to RM3.0 billion recorded in 2014. 
 
For the year to date, UEM Sunrise has launched Residensi Sefina Mont’Kiara and Serene Heights, Bangi in the Central Region. Residensi Sefina Mont’Kiara is a cruise ship-themed development project situated on a 3.06-acre freehold footprint comprises 245 condominium units stacked on a 35-storey tower. This high rise marvel which was released in May commands an estimated gross development value (“GDV”) of RM307 million.
 
Additionally, a total of 274 units of Acacia and Begonia double storey terrace homes in Serene Heights, Bangi, a mid-market township development spread across 448 acres of freehold land was also launched in late June. 
 
In the Southern Region, the Company is on course to launch the final phase of industrial lots in Southern Industrial & Logistics Clusters later this year. 
 
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of UEM Sunrise, Anwar Syahrin Abdul Ajib commented, “Although the property market is very challenging at the moment amidst the current global market situation, we are optimistic that we will continue to have a strong presence in the industry bolstered by the strong sales of our new project launches such as Residensi Sefina
Mont’Kiara and Serene Heights in Bangi”.
 
“Internationally, we expect to leverage on Conservatory, our second development project in Melbourne, Australia scheduled to be launched by October 2015,” Anwar added. 
 
The Company, in its efforts to further strengthen its market presence in Australia recently purchased a 21-storey office tower in Melbourne for RM161 million and plans to convert it into an unprecedented ultra-luxurious residential development, potentially with a mix of ground floor retail and serviced apartment components. The office tower, which is located on the city fringe of St.
Kilda Road measures 16,000 sq m and is UEM Sunrise’s third property acquisition in the city.

KUALA LUMPUR, 13 August 2015 – Over 1,200 fresh graduates from local and foreign universities made their way to Mercu UEM at KL Sentral, the headquarters of UEM Group Berhad (UEM Group) on 12 August to apply for employment under the Company’s Skim Latihan 1Malaysia-Young Executive Scheme (SL1M-YES).

The open day which involved a walk-in interview had commenced at 9:00 am and ended at 8:00 pm. It was organised by UEM Group as a continuation of the recent GLC Open Day 2015 which saw the Company receiving overwhelming response and employment interest from the public. 

Dato’ Izzaddin Idris, Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of UEM Group said, “We shall continue to assist the Government to develop the level of employability amongst graduates by providing them hands-on work experience as well as soft skills training.

“Since the launch of UEM Group’s SL1M-YES in 2006, we have employed and trained some 1,300 graduates of which almost half were offered permanent employment opportunities across UEM Group of Companies. To showcase our commitment, we are increasing the number to 250 for 2015 alone and upon us securing other key iconic projects, we intend to recruit an additional 500,” added Dato’ Izzaddin.

SL1M-YES, a one-year programme under the Prime Minister's Department's Economic Planning Unit through collaboration with Government-Linked Companies and private sectors, is aimed at equipping fresh graduates with various training such interpersonal, communications, critical thinking and leadership skills. At the same time, the programme allow graduates to attain technical skills through on-the-job exposure. Under the programme, candidates will receive monthly allowance of RM1,800 and will also be accorded with medical benefits, personal insurance, and contribution to EPF as well as SOCSO.
 
Dato’ Izzaddin added that SL1M-YES is one of many initiatives undertaken by UEM Group to enhance the capacity and capabilities of Malaysia’s workforce that would ultimately create a sustainable talent pipeline.




UEM Group’s SL1M-YES Open Day Interview Attracted Over 1,200 Fresh Graduates



UEM Group To Employ 250 Fresh Graduates For 2015 Under The SL1M-YES Programme, An Increase From Previous Years



Some Of The 1,200 Fresh Graduates Waiting For Their Turn To Be Interviewed At UEM Group's SL1M-YES Open Day Interview

PETALING JAYA, 11 August 2015 - As part of an initiative to facilitate faster transaction at the Penang Bridge Toll Plaza, Jitra and Bukit Kayu Hitam Toll Plazas (on the North-South Expressway) and Lunas and Kubang Semang Toll Plazas (on the Butterworth-Kulim Expressway, BKE), all toll transactions at these toll plazas will be conducted electronically via PLUSMiles cards, Touch ‘n Go cards or SmartTAGs starting 9 September 2015.
 
According to PLUS Chief Operating Officer, Mohammad Fuad Khusairi, “This is part of our efforts to promote electronic toll collection system which is easier and faster.”
 
As such, PLUS urges cash paying commuters passing through these toll plazas to migrate to the electronic toll collection system as soon as possible.
 
“To facilitate easier purchase and reload of PLUSMiles and Touch ‘n Go cards, highway users will also be able to purchase preloaded RM5 PLUSMiles Touch ‘n Go cards at a promotional rate of RM5 (card is free) at these toll plazas beginning now until 31 December 2015”, Fuad added.
 
In addition, the public can also purchase SmartTAGs at a promotional rate of RM96 (inclusive of 6% GST) at these plazas until 30 September 2015 (while stock lasts).
 
Additionally, the public paying toll electronically at the Penang Bridge, Jitra, Bukit Kayu Hitam, Lunas and Kubang Semang Toll Plazas is able to save more by paying toll electronically from 1 September until 31 December.
“The savings are made through 20 per cent toll rebate which is being offered to Class 1 users paying toll via PLUSMiles card, Touch ‘n Go card and SmartTAG at these toll plazas,” Fuad explained. However, Penang Bridge users who enjoys the existing 20% toll discount will not be eligible for the 20% toll rebate.
 
For the record, the 100 percent electronic toll collection initiative was successfully implemented at the Sultan Iskandar Building (2008), Linkedua highway (in stages since 2009), Kempas toll plaza (2014), Batu Tiga and Sungai Rasau (November 2014) and Mambau and Lukut toll plazas on the Seremban-Port Dickson Highway (SPDH) in June.

ALOR SETAR, 5 August 2015 - All toll transactions at the Jitra and Bukit Kayu Hitam Toll Plazas on the North-South Expressway will be conducted electronically via PLUSMiles cards, Touch ‘n Go cards or SmartTAGs beginning 9 September 2015.

PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) Chief Operating Officer, Mohammad Fuad Khusairi was quoted at a full electronic toll collection implementation briefing to the Kubang Pasu District council members, heads of related agencies, consumer association and the media at the TH Hotel, today.
 
As such, PLUS is aggressively conducting various promotions to attract more users at both plazas to pay toll electronically.
 
“Among the initiatives are sales of RM5 PLUSMiles cards (with pre-loaded RM5 value) since July until 31 December and sales of SmartTAG units at RM96 per unit (inclusive of GST) at both toll plazas (as compared to the normal price of RM127.30 (inclusive of GST) elsewhere) until 30 September,” Fuad added.
 
The public paying toll electronically at the Jitra and Bukit Kayu Hitam toll plazas will also be able to enjoy 20 percent toll rebate for electronic toll transactions between 1 September and 31 December.
 
According to Fuad, currently 50 percent of the total number of users at the Jitra and Bukit Kayu Hitam toll plazas is paying toll electronically.
 
The full electronic toll collection initiative is aimed at facilitating smoother transactions at toll plazas.
 
Apart from Jitra and Bukit Kayu Hitam, the initiative will be implemented simultaneously on 9 September at 10 other toll plazas across the country which include the Penang Bridge Toll Plaza, the Lunas and Kubang Semang toll plazas on the Butterworth-Kulim Expressway (BKE), Dato’ Keramat toll plaza (AKLEH), Ayer Panas, Batu and Sentul Pasar toll plazas (DUKE highway) as well as Gombak and Bentong toll plazas on LPT1.
 
For the record, the 100 percent electronic toll collection initiative was successfully implemented at the Sultan Iskandar Building (2008), Linkedua highway (in stages since 2009), Kempas toll plaza (2014), Batu Tiga and Sungai Rasau (November 2014) and Mambau and Lukut toll plazas on the Seremban-Port Dickson Highway (SPDH) in June.

• The development is designed to symbolise a luxurious cruise getaway
• Features two exclusive facilities zones and beach-themed play areas

KUALA LUMPUR, 5 August 2015 – UEM Sunrise Berhad (“UEM Sunrise” or the “Company”) unveiled its latest condominium development in the Central Region called Residensi Sefina Mont’Kiara due to strong interest from the public after receiving 1,650 registrations for its residential units prior to its official launch.

Residensi Sefina Mont’Kiara offers buyers a refreshing cruise ship concept that promises unparalleled lifestyle and leisure facilities in the heart of Mont’Kiara. To gain interest for the project, the development was previewed twice before its maiden launch. The first preview was for its Tresor card members, a card-reward loyalty programme under UEM Sunrise that gives its loyal customers discounts while the second preview was intended for the registrants. 

Residensi Sefina Mont’Kiara has a gross development value of RM307 million and offers 245 residential units with built-ups between 1,333 sq ft and 1,771 sq ft spread across a 35-storey tower. It also has a man-made sandy island beach for volley ball activities. The condominium development will feature a unique Star Deck that resembles the deck of a cruise ship. The Star Deck includes a 50m lap pool, sauna, reading pavilion, yoga deck, multipurpose hall and gymnasium. Residents can also enjoy the spice garden, beach campfire site, therapeutic path, cabana, wellness garden, hammock garden and playground for children. 

“Residensi Sefina Mont’Kiara is a true urban sanctuary. It combines attractive and convenient city living with the sense of escaping a busy metropolitan life. This property is specially designed to cater to young professionals with families who want the best of both worlds. The high quality amenities will also appeal to the aspiration buyer looking for modern living with a touch of luxury” said Zadil Hanief Mohamad Zaidi, Acting Chief Marketing Officer of UEM Sunrise.

“As part of UEM Sunrise’s strategy to diversify its business with different products for various market segments, Residensi Sefina Mont’Kiara’s unparalleled range of facilities offer young professionals a unique lifestyle in the heart of one of the Klang Valley’s residential hot spots. This project is among the various exclusive developments we are developing in the Klang Valley and it complements well with our existing properties in the area.

“We are pleased with the strong support and vote of confidence from investors in UEM Sunrise’s properties. This is testament to our ongoing commitment to building high-quality and unique homes in the different markets we operate in,” Zadil Hanief added.      

Residensi Sefina is strategically located in Mont’Kiara, one of the most sought after addresses in the city which is only 10 minutes away from the Kuala Lumpur City Centre. It is well connected with access to reputable international schools, commercial centres, as well as entertainment and leisure facilities at its doorstep. 

Amenities available nearby includes the Publika Shopping Gallery, Solaris Dutamas, Solaris Mont’Kiara, 1 Mont’Kiara Mall, Plaza Mont’Kiara and Plaza Damas. Residents can also enjoy entertainment and leisure facilities such as the Bukit Kiara Equestrian Club, Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, MATRADE Exhibition & Convention Centre and National Science Centre.

The residential units are priced between RM1,057,800 and RM1,521,800. Interested parties can visit Residensi Sefina Mont’Kiara’s show unit at UEM Sunrise Showcase, No, 21, Jalan Kiara, Mont’Kiara or by calling UEM Sunrise Customer Care at 1-800-888-008. The development is expected to be completed in June 2019.

PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) continues its initiative in spreading road safety messages to the public through a mural contest for secondary schools.

The ‘Malaysians Unite For Road Safety’ (MUFORS) Inter-School Mural Competition offers shortlisted 50 secondary schools throughout the country to win cash prizes amounting to RM120,000 while at the same time, deliver road safety messages to students, parents and public.

This is the fourth time the mural contest being organized since 2009.

According to PLUS Chief Operating Officer, Mohammad Fuad Khusairi, “This mural competition is part of PLUS continuous initiative to educate and instill road safety awareness among students, parents and the public. Ultimately, it can contribute to safer travel on the highways.”

This year, PLUS introduced a new approach for the contest where it requires students to incorporate their safety messages into their mural project. This will in turn, act as the theme for these murals.

The contest gives the student a platform to voice out their views on road safety and at the same time, educate their friends, families and the public. Students are the ambassadors for road safety today and tomorrow.

“This year, 50 schools were shortlisted based on their essays on road safety. Each participating school will be given mural painting equipment worth RM2,000 from PLUS as well as paint worth RM600 from Nippon Paint Malaysia Sdn Bhd to start off their mural project,” he explained.

The first place winner will receive RM20,000 in cash and a trophy while the runner-up will win RM15,000. The third place winner will receive RM10,000. Fourth to 12th place winners will receive RM5,000 while 13th to 20th place winners will walk away with RM3,000 each. 

In addition the winner of the Best Mural Colour Category will also win voucher worth RM5,000 courtesy of Nippon Paint Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

The mural contest is part of the ‘Malaysians Unite For Road Safety’ (MUFORS) initiative headed by PLUS and is supported by the Ministry of Education.

The launch ceremony of the mural competition was officiated by Education Ministry’s Deputy Director of School Management Division, Dr Zaharian Zainuddin at Persada PLUS. Also present were students and teachers of the shortlisted schools.


KUALA LUMPUR, 3 August 2015 - UEM Sunrise Berhad (“UEM Sunrise” or the “Company”), one of Malaysia’s top property developers, has completed another prime acquisition in Melbourne, Australia.  The purchase of the 21-storey office tower on 412 St Kilda Road is the Company’s third property acquisition in the city, following its purchase of two CBD sites on LaTrobe Street and Mackenzie Street in October 2013.
 
The Company’s AUD$58 million acquisition (approximately RM161 million) for the 16,000 square metres office tower is located at a strategic corner site of St Kilda Road, one of the main routes into the Melbourne CBD.  It is currently occupied by the Victorian Police and will be vacated after mid-2016. The intention of this acquisition is to develop an unprecedented ultra-luxurious residential development, potentially with a mix of ground floor retail and serviced apartment components. The Company will continue to evaluate the market condition in order for the development to meet future market demands.
 
Located directly in front of a tram stop along the famed tree-lined St Kilda Road about 2km south east of CBD, the acquired property is a corner building offering triple street frontages with breathtaking panoramic views to the Melbourne CBD, Royal Botanic Gardens, Shrine of Remembrance, Albert Park and Port Phillip Bay. The property is an easy reach to the cosmopolitan lifestyle of the Melbourne CBD whilst simultaneously offers the tranquility of the surrounding parks.
 
Anwar Syahrin Abdul Ajib, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of UEM Sunrise said, “The decision to acquire the 412 St Kilda Road site is part of our strategy to ensure steady flow of overseas projects. The property is in a different location from the two core CBD sites we currently own. Being in the city fringe, it promises a different lifestyle and thus, will appeal to a different market segments. With the overwhelming sales of our maiden venture, Aurora Melbourne Central’s residential units last year, and the impending launch of our second project, Conservatory on Mackenzie Street in the upcoming months, this acquisition is timely and will strengthen the momentum of our pipeline projects in Melbourne.”
 
With the strong economic fundamentals of Australia and the steady population growth in Melbourne of 1,800 people per week based on the Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released in March 2015, translating easily into a housing demand of almost 900 units per week, the World’s Most Liveable City remains a key focus of the Company in strengthening its overseas portfolio. 
 
Apart from Melbourne, the Company is also actively pursuing development opportunities in other key cities in Australia such as Sydney as well as in London, United Kingdom. The Company currently also have presence in Vancouver, Canada and retains a land bank in Durban, South Africa. It is also the appointed Project Manager (Marketing) for M+S Pte Ltd (a development company owned by Khazanah and Temasek) for its Marina One and DUO mixed-use developments in Singapore.

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