UEM SUNRISE SUPPORTS 'MALAYSIA PRIHATIN' THROUGH ITS COMPANY-WIDE INITIATIVES FOR MERDEKA
UEM Sunrise Berhad (“UEM Sunrise” or the “Company”) - one of Malaysia’s leading property developers - presents “UEM Sunrise Cares”, an all-embracing campaign that promotes and inspires togetherness as the nation celebrates the 63rd Merdeka, and Malaysia Day amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The comprehensive campaign draws inspiration from ‘Malaysia Prihatin’, the official theme of the Merdeka celebrations this year which highlights the Government and rakyat’s aspirations that call on all Malaysians to work together in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic while in Recovery Movement Control Order.
UEM Sunrise will be collaborating with Projek57, an accredited social enterprise, to procure #CaringIsMyHappy reusable face masks to be distributed to the 16 schools under the Company’s PINTAR Adopted School Programme. This provides an avenue for UEM Sunrise to put the ‘Happy’ in school-level engagements this Merdeka month.
Designed with UEM Sunrise’s ‘Smiley’ symbol and Projek57’s signature Tunku Abdul Rahman emblem - an iconic symbol of patriotism - the three-ply reusable face mask is an ethically sourced and a fair trade product by Earth Heir.
“This underscores UEM Sunrise’s commitment to sustainability by pushing initiatives to reduce single-use waste from the daily usage of disposable face masks and at the same time, encourage everyone in combatting spread of Covid-19 by staying safe and protected. Face masks are now a staple part of our wardrobe, so why not inject some patriotic flair to it in time with our Merdeka celebrations,” said UEM Sunrise Managing Director/CEO Anwar Syahrin Abdul Ajib.
To encourage a healthy lifestyle and staying active during the Merdeka month, staff of UEM Sunrise have pledged to walk or run on their own a combined total of 630 km, in conjunction with the 63rd Merdeka. Their progress will be tracked through an activity tracker and social networking app Strava. For participating in the ‘#CaringIsMyHappy Unity Virtual Walk’, they will also receive the special edition face masks.
UEM Sunrise has also collaborated with popular local illustrator Ikhsan Ise, or widely known by his moniker “Artortoise”, to produce a special Merdeka-themed illustration to commemorate the momentous celebration. Together they have created a special “UEM Sunrise Cares” illustration and an exclusive UEM Sunrise WhatsApp Messenger’s Merdeka sticker pack.
The unique collaboration is a continuation from a series of illustrations developed by UEM Sunrise and Ikhsan during the Movement Control Order to spread hope and positivity to all Malaysians, while maintaining meaningful connections with the UEM Sunrise social media followers.
In addition, the loyal UEM Sunrise customers and residents called the “Trésorians”, will be encouraged to participate in several virtual engagement activities including a drawing competition to unleash their creativity in the spirit of the Merdeka and Malaysia Day celebrations.
To further reward the Trésorians, the Company has partnered with several home and professional service providers MyGroser, Maideasy and Bateriku to provide vouchers worth RM6.30 for bookings made through the hUb Home app, a new digital customer experience app available for all UEM Sunrise homeowners.
Publika Shopping Gallery, a creative retail space developed and managed by UEM Sunrise, presents ‘Muhibah Kita’ – a Merdeka campaign in celebration of Malaysian togetherness and all things that bind us together as a nation. The month-long campaign which started in Aug 14 showcases an exhibition in a kopitiam-inspired setup, bazaars featuring local food, fashion, accessories and home décor from the best of local and homegrown brands, and a special lucky draw for Publika shoppers who have spent at least RM250 with any of the retail tenants.
“Despite having to scale down our on-ground events with our customers and closest communities to celebrate the Merdeka and Malaysia Day, we still wanted for everyone to celebrate the special month and remember that we can overcome all adversity as long as we stay united,” said Anwar.
“As the nation recovers from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, we remember that it is challenges like these that will make us stronger as people and as a nation,” he added.
UEM EDGENTA TO CONTINUE FOCUS ON DELIVERING SERVICE EXCELLENCE TO SUPPORT NATIONAL POST-COVID-19 RECOVERY EFFORTS
Kuala Lumpur, 28 August 2020 – UEM Edgenta Berhad (“UEM Edgenta” or “Company”), the region’s leading Asset Management and Infrastructure Solutions company completed its 1H FY2020 with a normalised net profit of RM34.8 million, which excludes a one-off impairment of RM50 million on unsold property inventories, and on the back of RM950.3 million revenue.
The results were discussed in a briefing session at the Company’s headquarters in Bangsar South earlier today, led by the Company’s Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Syahrunizam Samsudin, who also shared UEM Edgenta’s growth outlook for second half of the year.
“Prudent cost management is a priority we have set for the remainder of the year, while diligently playing our role to deliver quality outcomes across our essential front line services in support of national recovery efforts. Our technology-driven platforms and solutions will form the backbone of our future offerings to the market, as we continue to remain agile and resilient in the post-COVID-19 era, to keep our fundamentals strong in embracing the new normal. Based on our first half results, we will not be giving an interim dividend as we remain prudent on cash flow management,” commented Syahrunizam.
1H FY2020 Business Performance UEM Edgenta’s Healthcare Support division recorded RM565.4 million in revenue and net profit of RM20.5 million for 1H FY2020, mainly due to commencement of new contracts in Singapore and Taiwan and ad-hoc projects including disinfection services in Malaysia and Singapore. The division is focused on protecting its market share, manage cost, whilst utilising technology to achieve efficiency in its operational excellence initiatives. The division is proactively pursuing new opportunities in Singapore and Taiwan with its recent win in the provision of hospital support services to Taiwan’s hospitals, including Cheng Hsin General Hospital and National Yang Ming University Hospital worth up to RM200.7 million on top of protecting existing contracts and securing renewals in the region.
The Property and Facility Solutions (“PFS”) division’s revenue registered at RM68.9 million with an increase of 22.6% year-on-year (“y-o-y”) in net profit to RM11.3 million, attributable to higher margins from the division’s current projects. In ensuring sustainable growth for its operations, PFS will be seeking new opportunities for its customer’s asset enhancement by offering differentiation of services via technology applications and platforms. The division is also actively exploring new market opportunities especially in high-value industrial and commercial buildings following an increase in demand for its sanitisation and disinfecting services.
The Infrastructure Services division posted revenue and net profit of RM268.2 million and RM23.7 million respectively for the period under review. Despite facing challenges in the operating environment which led to the deferment of key infrastructure projects, the division is committed to continue delivering existing work in hand, as well as undertake operational excellence initiatives to protect its profit margins. Meanwhile, performance of the Asset Consultancy division for 1H FY2020 showed an increase of 31.3% y-o-y in net profit to RM7.3 million from RM5.6 million with its revenue registered at RM47.0 million. The division will continue to focus on delivering existing key projects and work-in-hand, including the project management consultancy works for Coastal Road Network and Second Trunk Roads Phase 2 in East Malaysia.
UEM EDGENTA COLLABORATES WITH TAIPING MUNICIPAL COUNCIL IN SUSTAINABLE PAVEMENT SOLUTION PILOT PROGRAMME
Taiping, 27 August 2020 – Two subsidiaries of UEM Edgenta Berhad (“UEM Edgenta” or “the Company”) operating in the infrastructure services sector, namely Opus International (M) Berhad (“Opus Consultants”) and Edgenta Propel Berhad (“Edgenta Propel”), collaborated with the Taiping Municipal Council (“MPT”) in a trial programme to apply 100% Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (“RAP”) on Jalan Taming Sari, adjacent to the Perak Museum in Taiping.
This effort is in line with both the Company’s and MPT’s shared goals in sustainability through adopting a safer, environmentally-friendly and cost-efficient pavement solution, in which the 1-year trial programme will apply global-best practices in pavement rehabilitation works, utilising Cold Central Plant Recycling (“CCPR”) technology. The CCPR technology is a method to integrate existing removed pavement, termed as RAP, or commonly known as ‘old asphalt pavement material’ reclaimed from roads and parking lots, and through careful treatment, transform it as new CCPR pavement mix. This technique is safer to implement, can substantially reduce landfilling, conserve energy, promote zero-emission and ultimately, improve the physical properties of the existing pavement section.
“Using higher concentrations of RAP in the paving mix can be a challenge. Hence, we have chosen to use CCPR technology and partnered with Kamunting Premix Plant Sdn. Bhd. (“KPP”), to source the materials locally and complement our shared goals in promoting sustainability to support MPT,” said Ir. Dr. Tony Chan, Chief Operating Officer of Opus Consultants during the site visit with the YDP of MPT, Khairul Amir bin Mohamad Zubir.
This trial programme is in line with the development and environmental conservation efforts carried out by MPT, in which Taiping was recognised as one of the world’s “Best of Cities” award recipients from the 2019 Sustainable Top 100 Destination Awards at the International Tourismus-Börse (ITB) travel trade show in Berlin, Germany.
Throughout the trial, Opus Consultants’ pavement team will design and supervise pavement monitoring evaluation to validate the performance of the new pavement, while together with Edgenta Propel, will jointly oversee construction and traffic management for the works undertaken. Meanwhile, KPP will be carrying out the replacement of the existing pavement with recycled material and are responsible for the pavement quality.
The site chosen enabled Opus Consultants to lay other conventional materials nearby, which would offer a physical comparison of mixes in the same location that would allow Opus Consultants to monitor the performance of the pavement for a possible city-wide roll-out if proven successful.
UEM SUNRISE REBALANCES LAND PORTFOLIO WITH SALE OF 623-ACRE TAPAH LAND FOR RM29.9 MILLION TO IPOH – BASED DEVELOPER
Symphony Hills Sdn Bhd, UEM Sunrise Berhad’s ("UEM Sunrise" or "the Company") wholly-owned subsidiary, entered into a Sale and Purchase Agreement with DBE Development Sdn Bhd, Lagenda Properties Berhad’s (“Lagenda Properties”) wholly-owned subsidiary for the divestment of part of the Company’s non-strategic land in Tapah, Perak measuring approximately 623.07 acres for RM29.9 million. UEM Sunrise continues to own the balance 1,782-acre agriculture land. The divestment is expected to be completed in August 2021.
UEM Sunrise Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer Anwar Syahrin Abdul Ajib said, “Our strategy to geographically diversify and increase presence in the Klang Valley have always been our main focus. All the while, we have been divesting non-strategic pocket lands in Iskandar Puteri, utilising the proceeds received towards acquiring new lands in the Klang Valley. The divestment of the Tapah land is akin to what we have been doing in Iskandar Puteri and we plan to use the proceeds towards the funding of new land acquisitions in line with the Company's strategy to rebalance landbank portfolio. Despite the uncertainty in the current operating environment following the Covid-19 pandemic, we are open to opportunities that deliver strategic value and a quick turn-around for our stakeholders”.
Including the remaining 1,782 acres, the Company still holds approximately 11,600 acres with an estimated Gross Development Value close to RM107 billion. The entire Tapah land, including the land disposed to Lagenda Properties, represents 20% of UEM Sunrise’s total landbank.
UEM EDGENTA POSTS FIRST HALF REVENUE OF RM950.3 MILLION
Kuala Lumpur, 26 August 2020 – UEM Edgenta Berhad (“UEM Edgenta” or “Company”), the region’s leading Asset Management and Infrastructure Solutions company announced its unaudited financial results for the period ending 30 June 2020 (“1H FY2020”) here today.
The Company reported net loss of RM15.2 million in 1H FY2020 on the back of RM950.3 million revenue, as compared to net profit of RM68.1 million and RM1.1 billion respectively for the same period in FY2019. The normalised net profit stood at RM34.8 million in 1H FY2020, after excluding a one-off impairment of RM50 million on unsold property inventories. This was part of the Company’s ongoing restructuring efforts to rationalise the non-core businesses while re-positioning and prioritising resources in the healthcare and infrastructure sectors.
Comparing the second quarter of FY2020 (“Q2 FY2020”) with the immediate preceding quarter (“Q1 FY2020”), normalised net profit grew to RM22.7 million, an increase of 87.6% from RM12.1 million in Q1 FY2020, with revenue declining by 10.6% from RM501.9 million to RM448.5 million. Growth in normalised net profit for Q2 FY2020 compared to the previous quarter was proof of the Company’s prudent efforts in managing its operating costs and preserving margins on the back of the full COVID-19 pandemic impact during the quarter. As at 30 June 2020, UEM Edgenta’s balance sheet remains healthy with low gross gearing ratio at 0.3x times.
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Syahrunizam Samsudin commented, “UEM Edgenta will continue to play a leading role in supporting national economic recovery efforts and work with our clients to ensure our services are delivered at the highest level of quality throughout this challenging period. Our business fundamentals remain firm, as we focus on managing costs and maintaining prudent cashflow management to ensure business resiliency without sacrificing potential opportunities and investments for growth in selected businesses. We will also continue to establish and enhance our technology enabled solutions to deliver best in class services to our clients”.
UEM Edgenta’s commitment to operational excellence initiatives over the preceding years anchored the Company’s agility in providing uninterrupted healthcare support services at the front lines, at both public and private hospitals under its care throughout the region since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Apart from delivering essential services, UEM Edgenta continues to support the Malaysian Government’s efforts throughout the pandemic through corporate responsibility initiatives which benefited the Ministry of Health (“MoH”). This includes the contribution of 30 units of ventilators, 30 units of patient monitoring systems, as well as the development of an Epidemic Management System which provides MoH with real-time information from hospitals and quarantine centres nationwide. Additionally, the Company worked together with MoH’s Engineering Department to successfully construct a Field Hybrid Intensive Care Unit at the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang, Selangor, as an alternative solution to ICUs which are in high demand at government hospitals responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
UEM SUNRISE BERHAD ANNOUNCES SIX MONTHS FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR THE PERIOD ENDED 30 JUNE 2020
KUALA LUMPUR, 24 August 2020 – UEM Sunrise Berhad (“UEM Sunrise” or the “Company”) today announced its financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2020. The total revenue recorded for the period dropped to RM308 million from RM1.4 billion in the corresponding period last year mainly due to lower property sales, absence of major new property launches and slower project progress completion. This is a direct impact of the curtailment in business activities as a result of the Movement Control Order (“MCO”) imposed on 18 March 2020. The lower revenue in addition to the losses from foreign exchange and share of results of joint venture companies including impairment of inventories, resulted in a net loss after non-controlling interests of RM115 million for the period.
Property development activities contributed 79% towards the Company’s total revenue; 40% from Central led by Residensi Solaris Parq, Serene Heights Bangi and Kondominium Kiara Kasih, 31% from Southern mostly from Aspira ParkHomes, 68o Avenue and Aspira Lakehomes and balance of 29% from Australian developments; Conservatory and Aurora Melbourne Central. Investment properties contributed 17% of the total revenue while others contributed 4%.
Sales for the current period was RM151 million; 50% contributed by Central mainly Residensi Astrea, Residensi Solaris Parq and Residensi AVA, 45% from Southern mostly Aspira ParkHomes, Denai Nusantara and Estuari Gardens while the balance 5% was from Conservatory in Melbourne. To-date, the Company launched properties worth RM205 million while its unbilled sales as at 30 June 2020 stood at RM1.7 billion.
Commenting on the financial results, Anwar Syahrin Abdul Ajib, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of UEM Sunrise said, “The current market environment remains challenging and uncertain. Bank Negara Malaysia reported that our economy registered a contraction of 17.1% in the second quarter of this year; the worst since the financial crisis in 1998 while unemployment rate stood at 4.9% as at the end of June 2020. With the shutdown in business activities, our top line and bottom line were significantly affected. However, we remain focused in continuously strengthening our balance sheet and cash position. It has a cash balance of RM1.38 billion as at 30 June with a low net gearing of 0.40x, reflecting our ability to settle current loan obligations when required. In the interim, we continue to be on a lookout for strategic landbanks and pursue disposals of nonstrategic landbanks to raise additional cash”.
On Australia, “We secured a settlement rate of close to 100% for both Aurora Melbourne Central and Conservatory with 58 units valued at AUD55 million still pending settlement. The target is to achieve full settlement within the next six to nine months. In relation to the recently acquired 1.3-acre freehold land in Collingwood, we have shortlisted a few architects to submit their proposed designs for the project. The process is ongoing. We will also be appointing other main consultants to kickstart the project planning soon”.
On product launches and sales, “We plan to launch around RM650 million worth of properties in Central and RM350 million in Southern. In Central, we launched Frischia, a new phase of Serene Heights Bangi in June and plan to launch high-rise Residensi Allevia in Mont’Kiara towards the end of the third quarter of this year. In Iskandar Puteri, we launched Aspira ParkHomes’ latest phase plus a new residential development Senadi Hills and its commercial development Senadi Square in June and July. This new development is strategically located opposite Horizon Hills at the intersection of Lebuh Kota Iskandar and the Coastal Highway and we plan to launch more of it. We are confident that Senadi Hills will repeat the same success as Serimbun, a fully taken up residential development launched in March 2018 near Bukit Indah, which was completed and handed over in February this year”.
“We launched our marketing campaign called ‘The Happy Chase’ in conjunction with the 2020 Home Ownership Campaign (“HOC”). 22 of our projects in Central and Southern will be showcased in the campaign. In addition to the 2020 HOC incentives, buyers also get to benefit from our campaign which offers easy entry, waivers on legal fees, free home appliances as well as free kitchen cabinets for selected developments. These incentives together with current setting of low borrowing costs will drive our sales for the remaining year. As at to-date, we have secured total sales plus commitment of approximately RM500 million with Residensi AVA in Kiara Bay, Kuala Lumpur capturing the highest interest followed by Serene Heights Bangi and Senadi Hills”.
The Group remains cautious on the outlook and will exercise prudence in managing the challenging environment. It targets a GDV and sales (including land sales) of RM1 billion each for the remaining year.
UEM EDGENTA WINS 3 GOLD AWARDS AT MALAYSIA PRODUCTIVITY CORPORATION’S MTEX 2020
Kuala Lumpur, 14 August – UEM Edgenta Berhad (“UEM Edgenta” or “the Company”) continues to prove its capability in enhancing the productivity and efficiency of its clients’ assets and operations through LEAN methodologies, technology and highly skilled workforce by winning three Gold Awards at the recent Malaysia Productivity Corporation (“MPC”) Mini Convention on Team Excellence 2020 (“MTEx 2020”).
This was shared by Syahrunizam Samsudin, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (“MD/CEO”) of UEM Edgenta, at an event to celebrate the Company’s win, yesterday. True to UEM Edgenta’s belief in producing triple bottom line results, the three MTEx 2020 Gold Award winning projects answered the call for creative and innovative solutions to positively impact the Company’s operations in managing different asset types under its care, which include over 3,100 kilometres of highways and roads and more than 600 hospitals and buildings across the region.
“The awards are a testament to the skill, ingenuity and vision of our young workforce from the Healthcare Support, Property & Facility Solutions and Infrastructure Services divisions. I am impressed by the level of detailed execution to realise the results of their respective projects and this will serve as strong motivation for our employees to continue producing solutions to answer our clients’ greatest operational needs,” said Syahrunizam.
MPC MTEx is an annual event that serves as a platform for quality experts, practitioners and enthusiasts from all over the world to learn from the experiences and good practices of organisations and teams. Team Excellence applies various quality improvement tools and techniques in showcasing their various innovative projects during their presentation. Teams are assessed effectively and objectively by a panel of experienced judges.
UEM SUNRISE ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF A NEW CHAIRMAN
Kuala Lumpur, 13 August – UEM Sunrise Berhad (“UEM Sunrise” or “Company”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dato´ Noorazman Abd Aziz as its new Chairman of the Board of Directors (“the Board”) of the Company effective today.
His appointment follows the retirement from Tan Sri Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa in July, after holding the position since May 2017. No stranger to UEM Sunrise, Dato’ Noorazman has served the Board of the Company as Non-Independent Non-Executive Director since October 2018.
Commenting on the appointment, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer Anwar Syahrin Abdul Ajib said: “We are pleased to have Dato’ Noorazman as our Chairman at a time when the industry faces tremendous challenges and headwinds from numerous factors including global economic uncertainty and the Covid-19 pandemic.”
“I am confident that his wealth of experience will bring a steady hand and guidance as UEM Sunrise continues on its transformation journey in charting through these turbulent times, to maintain our commitment in building communities of the future with you and for you,” he added.
Profile of Dato’ Noorazman Abd Aziz
Dato’ Noorazman, aged 64, has over 37 years of experience in banking and finance, investments and capital markets after having served as Executive Director, Investments in Khazanah Nasional Berhad (Khazanah), Managing Director of Fajr Capital Ltd, a Khazanah investee company and held key positions in Citigroup, Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad, Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange and Labuan Offshore Financial Services Authority (LOFSA), to name a few.
He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Yayasan UEM, the philanthropic arm of UEM Group Berhad, and Chairman of Board of Trustees of International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF). His directorships in other public companies include the boards of UEM Edgenta Berhad, PLUS Malaysia Berhad, Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor Berhad and Hong Leong Financial Group Berhad.
He is also a member of the Investment Panel of Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (Diperbadankan) and sits on the Advisory Boards of Ancora Fund Management Co. in Indonesia and Creador Sdn Bhd.
MIROS RANKS PLUS AS NO.1, BEST PERFORMING CLOSED TOLL HIGHWAY - Double win for PLUS as ELITE is ranked No.2
PLUS Malaysia Bhd (PLUS) has been ranked as the No.1 top performing closed toll highway in terms of safety and comfort by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS).
The MyExpressway MIROS certification ceremony to the best performing highways was held in Bangi, today in conjunction with MIROS’ Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony with 13 strategic road safety partners to enhance the road safety standards in Malaysia, Indonesia and India. The Director General of Malaysian Highway Authority, Dato' Ir. Mohd Shuhaimi Hassan and the Chairman of MIROS, Datuk Suret Singh was on hand to witness the official certificate presentation by the Director General of MIROS, Ir. Dr. Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim to Managing Director of PLUS, Datuk Azman Ismail.
“I am thrilled for this win as it is indeed a testament to the sacrifices and hard work of the team at PLUS. The No.1 ranking is even made sweeter as we have been working tenaciously around the clock during the movement control order to ensure that our highways are safe for all and all times,” said Datuk Azman Ismail, Managing Director of PLUS.
“PLUS deserves this win, not because they are the longest and oldest highway stretch but because they have truly invested synergistically in man and machinery to deliver optimal comfort and safety for their highway customers,” explains Ir. Dr. Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim, Director General of MIROS.
“Our ranking is based on a low mortality index as well as optimal environmental design and traffic operations in terms of road safety aspects. The top performing highways are ranked highly because of its great potential to reduce the rate of fatal accidents and serious injuries,” add Ir. Dr Khairil.
The North-South Expressway (NSE) and the North-South Expressway Central Link (ELITE) under PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) ranked first and second place respectively as the best performing highways for the closed toll system category (toll rates based distance travelled and payment made only at exit toll plazas).
In December 2019, PLUS received the prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Award in recognition of the Company’s contribution toward its success in the implementation of multiple road safety initiatives such as the 3-star iRAP Rating Standard, creation of the Expressway Operations Safety Passport (EOSP) which increases the safety awareness of highway workers, and has been adopted as the highway industry standard as well continuous collaboration with key Government Ministries, the highway regulators and law enforcement agencies in improving the standards of safety on Malaysia’s highways
Other highways which were ranked by MIROS included the Kajang-Seremban Highway (LEKAS), the East-Coast 1 Highway (LPT1) and the South Klang Valley Expressway (SKVE) each respectively ranked at 3rd, 4th and 5th place in the category of best performing highways.
(PLUS) CLOSURE OF BANGI TO KAJANG ACCESS ROAD ON KAJANG INTERCHANGE FOR MAINTENANCE TO IMPROVE SAFETY
As part of PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) continuous efforts to improve safety at the Kajang Interchange on the North-South Expressway (NSE), the Bangi-Kajang Access Road will be temporarily closed to all vehicles from 10 August to 18 August 2020 beginning 10:00 pm to 5:00 am.
The closure is also to enable safer tree cutting maintenance works using the special machineries at the area.
As such, the highway users travelling from South/Bangi heading to Kajang are advised to utilize the alternative routes by exiting the highway via Bangi Toll Plaza or UPM Toll Plaza during the period.
As such, customers are strongly advised when passing through the stretch to plan their journey, utilizing alternative routes and instructions by PLUS personnel.
PLUS is grateful and appreciates the co-operation of all highway customers throughout the maintenance period and their support in ensuring that the traffic flow is as smooth as possible.
UP TO 10% RFID PENETRATION ON PLUS HIGHWAY NORTHERN REGION - UPWARD TREND SEEN AS MORE KEDAHANS & PENANGITES MIGRATE TO RFID
PLUS Malaysia Bhd (PLUS) implementation of its first RFID closed toll system public pilot on private passenger vehicles has been seeing an upward trend as Kedahans and Penangites migrate to this contactless and cashless payment system.
In line with the Government’s vision towards the MultiLane Free Flow (MLFF) for congestion free travel, this closed toll public pilot sanctioned by the Malaysia Highway Authority (MHA) has seen significant success as the penetration increased from 2.3% two weeks ago reaching up to 10% today.
“It is encouraging to see the positive take up of the RFID with a short period of 14 days. I am confident that this will increase as more will see the multiple benefits of this payment solution. The most compelling reason for RFID is that the technology itself propagates physical distancing as compared to the existing card. Once it is linked to your e-wallet, it reduces the probability of being stuck in the toll lane because of insufficient balance and need to physically reload and risk transmission of the coronavirus,” expound Datuk Azman Ismail, Managing Director of PLUS.
“We are grateful for MHA’s endorsement of this public pilot. The support by our highway regulator enabling PLUS to proceed with the first 9 designated closed toll plazas namely Hutan Kampung, Alor Setar Utara, Alor Setar Selatan, Pendang, Gurun, Sungai Petani Utara, Sungai Petani Selatan, Bertam and Sungai Dua, is a testament of the promise that the other remaining closed toll highways will be primed for RFID very soon,” affirms Datuk Azman
PLUS recognises that to embrace the RFID technology will require a level of mindset shift, however there are a number of easy steps for highway customers to adapt and adopt the changes that will support the lifestyle changes in the new normal.
Prior to fitting the RFID sticker onto their vehicle, highway customers are required to download and install the Touch ‘n Go eWallet App in their mobile phones via Google Play Store (for android phones) or Apple App Store (for iPhones).
Customers are to proceed to the nearest registered Fitment Centres to purchase and install their RFID tags. They can refer to https://mx.touchngo.com.my/fitment-centres for the list of nearest fitment centres. Those who have purchased their RFID tags online are advised to validate and test their RFID tags at the nearest fitment centres to prevent technical difficulties at the toll plazas.
Upon reaching the designated Fitment Centre, the trained RFID installer will conduct several tests to identify the most suitable position for the tag placement prior to fitting them onto the vehicle. Data from the RFID tag will then be linked to the Touch ‘n Go eWallet installed in the customers’ mobile phones. If the installed tag could not transact at the toll lanes, kindly return to the Fitment Centre for it to be relocated at alternative spot on the vehicle. The new spot will be provided with a free RFID tag replacement.
Upon updating the RFID data at all nationwide toll plazas, the customer will then receive a confirmation notification within 24-hours.
RFID tag comes with zero reload value. Customers are advised to top-up their Touch ‘n Go eWallet online via the Touch ‘n Go eWallet app. Automatic reloads in RM10, RM100 or other denominations can be set to reduce the chances of low and insufficient balance at the toll plazas.
Eligible Customers are also encouraged to apply for the PENJANA economic package offered by the Government where RM50 reloads will be transferred into successful applicants’ eWallets. This benefit does not apply to SmartTAG and Touch ‘n Go card.
Upon completion of all these initial steps, highway customers are then ready to enter and exit the highway via the RFID dedicated lanes.
PLUS highway RFID toll payment are implemented in stages, which began with the 10 open toll system on 1st January 2020 at the following Toll Plazas, Jitra and Kempas (North-South Expressway), Lunas and Kubang Semang (Butterworth-Kulim Expressway), the Penang Bridge, Mambau and Lukut (Seremban-Port Dickson Highway) as well as Perling, Lima Kedai and Tanjung Kupang (Linkedua).
Presently toll transactions via Touch ‘n Go cards and SmartTAGs are still accepted at all PLUS toll plazas. However, at smaller toll plazas with limited lanes, SmartTag lanes were replaced with dedicated RFID lanes, as the card can still be used at the Touch ‘n Go lanes. This will also apply with nationwide roll out of RFID soon.
Please note that for toll payment purposes, each RFID tag is to be fitted on the vehicles at the designated locations as advised by the RFID installer fitment centre. RFID tags not installed on the vehicles will be cancelled and disbarred.
(PLUS) CLOSURE OF EBOR TO SHAH ALAM ACCESS ROAD ON SHAH ALAM INTERCHANGE FOR PAVEMENT MAINTENANCE
As part of PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) continuous efforts to improve safety at the Shah Alam Interchange on the North-South Expressway Central Link (ELITE), the Ebor-Shah Alam Access Road at KM0 (Northbound) will be temporarily closed to all vehicles from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am, beginning 5 August 2020 to 9 August 2020.
This is to facilitate and enable safer pavement maintenance works at the area.
However, the highway users travelling from Ebor/ELITE heading to Shah Alam/Bukit Jelutong are advised to utilise the alternative route by exiting the highway via Setia Alam Toll Plaza. Highway customer has to re-enter the highway upon U-turn at the Setia Alam Toll Plaza and continue their journey to Shah Alam/Bukit Jelutong for smoother travel during the period.
As such, the highway customers are strongly advised to plan their journey and follow all traffic signages and instructions given by PLUS personnel when passing through the stretch.
PLUS is grateful and appreciates the co-operation of all highway customers throughout the maintenance period and their support in ensuring that the traffic flow is as smooth as possible.
UEM EDGENTA DENIES ALLEGATIONS ON MISTREATMENT OF HOSPITAL SUPPORT SERVICES EMPLOYEES
Kuala Lumpur, 3 August –UEM Edgenta Berhad (“UEM Edgenta” or “the Company”) wishes to deny the allegations made in an article published on Parti Sosialis Malaysia’s (“PSM”) website titled “Majikan curi OT (overtime) dan cuti umum pekerja pembersihan?”. The article highlights serious and misleading allegations by the National Union of Workers in Hospital Support and Allied Services (“union”) accusing UEM Edgenta’s wholly owned subsidiary, Edgenta UEMS Sdn. Bhd. (“Edgenta UEMS”) of mistreating its employees.
Edgenta UEMS has implemented a Unified Clocking System (“UCS”) at Taiping Hospital, Perak, as part of a pilot programme to replace the traditional punch card system currently in place. As a result of this new feature, the existing punch cards were retrieved from the employees to facilitate the change. Internal inquiries by the Company confirms that the alleged “snatching” of punch cards as claimed by the union did not occur at any hospital under its care. The Company is concerned by the serious and misleading allegations by the union and is committed to investigate any claims of non-compliant practices by its employees, including by supervisors and managers through imposing appropriate and responsive actions, in line with UEM Edgenta’s Code of Conduct.
UEM Edgenta is keen to engage with the union and properly explain the new UCS feature which will provide various benefits to enhance the Company’s service delivery to the Ministry of Health (“MoH”) Malaysia. The UCS is introduced to improve operational efficiency in managing the Company’s labour-intensive operations across multiple sites. It is able to track each employees’ daily routines and produce data analytics to enhance the Company’s current workforce management practices.
Additionally, the Company would like to reiterate that changes to employees’ working schedule shall be undertaken as and when required to ensure operations is optimised at all MoH hospitals under its care. The change of working hours and schedule is done in compliance with S60A (1) (d) of Employment Act 1955, Amendment 2012, which stipulates the following:
60A. (1) Except as hereinafter provided, an employee shall not be required under his contract of service to work -
more than five consecutive hours without a period of leisure of not less than thirty minutes duration;
more than eight hours in one day;
in excess of a spread over period of ten hours in one day;
more than forty-eight hours in one week.
Notice of the change was communicated to all impacted employees through an internal memo dated 11 February 2020.
UEM Edgenta is committed to the highest standards of professionalism, honesty, integrity, accountability and ethical behaviour in the conduct of its business and operations. We aspire to conduct our affairs in an ethical, responsible and transparent manner. The Company’s Whistleblowing Policy (“the Policy”) has been formulated to enable employees of UEM Edgenta and members of the public to report instances of unethical behaviour, improper conduct, actual or suspected fraud and / or abuse with the Company. The implementation of the Policy is also in line with the Whistleblower Protection Act 2010, Companies Act 2016, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009, Capital Markets and Services Act 2007, Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001, Personal Data Protection Act 2010 and all applicable laws and regulations in Malaysia. Disclosures can be made via the whistleblowing channel on the Company’s website (https://whistleblowing.uemedgenta.com/WhistleBlowerMain.aspx).
Any further updates related to this matter will be communicated through our website (www.uemedgenta.com).