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January

Kajang, Friday:- The application of Anti-Skid Pavement at several interchanges on the PLUS highways has reduced the number of accidents at the affected areas by 50 percent.

According to PLUS Chief Operating Officer, Mohammad Fuad Khusairi, “The technology, which was being used at critical areas such as slip roads at the Rawang, Bangi, Kajang, Bertam, Ayer Hitam, Yong Peng and several other interchanges, has helped to reduce accidents by 50 percent.”

According to Fuad, the Anti-Skid Pavement material increases friction between the pavement and tyre surface. Higher friction increases tyre grip and prevents vehicles from sliding at bends and corners during the rain.

Fuad was quoted at a media briefing at the Kajang Interchange, today.

“To date, PLUS has spent approximately RM5.5 million to apply the Anti-Skid Pavement initiative at various locations on the highway. Based on our study and record, we are confident that the German-based technology will continue to reduce the number of accidents at these selected locations,” Fuad added.

The Anti-Skid Pavement also consists of a layer of sealant coating which is used to ‘lock’ the anti-skid aggregate.

“Although the coating appears as if it is slippery and oily, it actually increases grip and prevents vehicles from skidding,” Fuad explained.

The Anti-Skid Pavement is also widely used in Germany, Japan, Korea, Australia, Switzerland and other countries. Apart from highways, it is also used for bridge surfaces and airport runways.

“Nevertheless, although the Anti-Skid Pavement brings positive impacts on highway safety, PLUS urges highway users to adhere to the speed limit at slip roads at all interchanges. PLUS also reminds drivers to ensure that their tyres are in good condition at all times,” ended Fuad.

Building Owners and Residents of Bandar Iskandar Puteri to Benefit

KUALA LUMPUR, 13 January – A new entity formed via a joint venture between UEM Sunrise Edgenta TMS Sdn Bhd (“UEMSET”) and Township Management Services Sdn Bhd (“TMS”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Medini Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd (“MIMSB”), is set to be Malaysia’s first holistic township management services operator.

The yet to be named joint venture company, which sees UEMSET holding a 70 percent stake and TMS with 30 percent shareholding, was established to offer integrated facilities management services specifically for building owners and residents of Medini and Iskandar Puteri (formerly known as Nusajaya) townships.

The shareholders of UEMSET is Edgenta Township Management Services Sdn Bhd, wholly owned subsidiary of UEM Edgenta Berhad (“UEM Edgenta”, formerly known as Faber Group Berhad) and UEM Sunrise Berhad, 70:30 percent respectively.

At a joint venture shareholders’ agreement signing ceremony held today, Azmir Merican, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of UEM Edgenta said, “The joint venture allows each party to not only focus on their respective core businesses but more importantly we are able to collaborate and share our resources in providing a holistic, end-to-end township management services.

In due time, the new JV company will be the first holistic service provider offering township management services in Malaysia comprising Integrated Facilities Management, Estate Management and Security Management.To ensure business owners and residents of both Medini and Iskandar Puteri receive only the best services, we will be capitalising on each of our expertise and track records as well as adopting some of the latest technology the industry has to offer.

”Datuk Ir Khairil Anwar Ahmad, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Medini Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd said, “As the master developer of Medini Iskandar Malaysia, we have progressed from master planning in 2009 to the completion in 2012 of all the infrastructure for the 2,230 acre-estate and now to becoming a developer ourselves, focusing on the development of office and commercial space. At the same time, we continuously strive to strengthen the Medini brand through various initiatives and our exciting partnership with UEMSET today will definitely contribute further to our vision and aspiration to enhance the livability and attractiveness of Medini.

”The services that will be introduced in phases include – Integrated Facilities Management at common areas and building assets comprising hard services, soft services (cleaning, pest control, landscape) and call centre.

Phase 2 will see it rolling out Estate Management such as road cleaning, landscaping drain maintenance, waste collection, street light maintenance and pond maintenance and Phase 3 will be Security Management where static security personnel will be managed by the new JV Company.

In addition, there are also plans to introduce other value added services, lifestyle services, property management services and community management services which will be developed and launched in due time.

On hand to witness the signing ceremony was Dato’ Izzaddin Idris, Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of UEM Group Berhad and Zaida Khalida Shaari, Director of MIMSB. Also present at the event was Anwar Syahrin Abdul Ajib, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of UEM Sunrise Berhad.

Completion of this JVA will take thirty days after the date of the JVA upon subscription and issuance of the new JV Company shares by both parties.

 

Education Continues To Be Company’s Corporate Responsibility Focus

KUALA LUMPUR, 8 JANUARY 2016 – 14,714 underprivileged primary and secondary students from across Malaysia entered the 2016 school term with brand new uniforms and other essential school supplies courtesy of UEM Group Berhad (UEM Group) and its Group of Companies.

With an investment totalling RM2.9 million, the 2015 “Back-to-School” programme is an annual initiative by the engineering-based infrastructure and services group. The number of recipients of this programme, made of up the community as well as the Company’s very own personnel, has expanded over the years. In 2014, 11,000 students benefited from the programme.

“It is important that we support our communities and our very own staff. We understand the pressure parents faced having to pay for uniforms and school bags, and our aim is to try as much as possible alleviate their annual financial burden. The smile and excitement we see on the faces of the children are not only rewarding but also tells us that they are able to attend school as comfortably as possible,” said Dato’ Izzaddin Idris, Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of UEM Group.

He went on to say that the “Back-to-School” programme is just one of many education-based Corporate Responsibility (CR) initiatives under UEM Group. The Company and its subsidiaries – PLUS Malaysia Berhad, UEM Sunrise Berhad, UEM Builders Berhad, Cement Industries of Malaysia Berhad or CIMA and UEM Edgenta Berhad – has other long-running education programmes such as tuition classes, scholarships to attend local and overseas universities, study grant for children of its employees, and partnerships with local universities.  

The Company has also adopted a total of 39 PINTAR schools, the largest commitment undertaken by any company with PINTAR Foundation. Under this programme, a total of 411 students from hardcore poor families not only received the back-to-school essentials but UEM Group also covers their school fees, provide them with meals, workbooks and activities books, and the required sports attires.

In addition, UEM Group supports Yayasan Amir’s two trust schools, both located in Johor Bahru as well as Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera for the foundation’s efforts in providing education to Bumiputera talents.

“I’ve always believed that education creates empowerment and is the catalyst for upward social mobility. With this in mind, we will continue to refine, expand our existing programmes as well as support other key education-based activities that would assist in developing Malaysia’s future human capital,” added Izzaddin. 

 


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