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KUALA LUMPUR, 30 January – Adnan Mohammad, the 54-year old Managing Director of Faber Group Berhad (FGB) has opted for an early retirement from his contract which is scheduled to end on 31 March 2014 to pursue his own interests and opportunities. His departure is effective 31 January 2014. 

In the interim and effective 1 February 2014, the Board of FGB has re-designated Azmir Merican, the Group Chief Operating Officer, Business Units of UEM Group Berhad (UEM Group) as Executive Director where he will assume the full authority, duties and functions of the Managing Director of FGB. 

Before joining UEM Group in October 2012, 43-year old Azmir was the Group Chief Executive / Managing Director of AWC Berhad, a listed entity on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad and a provider of engineering services and solutions, and integrated facilities management in Malaysia, Singapore and the Middle East. 

Prior to AWC, he was attached at CIMB Investment Bank where Azmir was part of the team that established the bank’s private equity business. He was involved in fund structuring and fund raising, investment evaluation and structuring, monitoring and execution of divestment plans. 

Azmir started his career as an investment analyst and later worked as a manager in the financial advisory arm of PricewaterhouseCoopers. His corporate advisory experience includes dealings with corporations, multinationals and institutions involved in construction and engineering, real estate development, plantations, manufacturing, oil and gas, venture capital, fund management and stockbroking. 

PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) today introduced ‘PLUS Mobile Apps’, a smart application which enables the highway operator to disseminate latest highway traffic information directly to highway users with smartphones or tablets.
According to PLUS Managing Director, Dato’ Noorizah Hj Abd Hamid, “The smart application enables us to distribute real-time traffic information on all our highways directly to highway users’ smartphones or tablets. This is part of our initiatives to ensure highway users receive the latest traffic information faster, easier and accurately.”

The ‘PLUS Mobile Apps’ can be downloaded for free by highway users through their smartphones or tablets. The application enables highway users to receive latest traffic updates directly through their smartphones and tablets, and at the same time, help them to plan their journey on the highways.
“The application can be downloaded through the ‘App Store’ for iPhone/iPad users or ‘Google Play Store’ for users with Android gadgets,” Noorizah added.

The new application is an addition to the existing PLUS traffic communication channels which include electronic boards, the PLUSTrafik Twitter service, the 1800 88 0000 PLUSLine and radio stations.

In short, the ‘PLUS Mobile Apps’ is a one-stop application which notifies highway users of the latest traffic updates such as accidents, traffic congestions, road maintenance works and others directly to their mobile gadgets. It also offers highway users a toll fare calculator, current traffic images at selected highway stretches and rest areas, facilities, locations of service stations, ATMs and interactive highway maps.

The application also enables PLUSMiles cardholders to register their cards through the PLUSMiles portal and check for toll rebates and reward points.

“The PLUS Mobile application is an added value to the PLUS highway service,” said Noorizah. She was quoted at a media briefing on the PLUS Mobile application and the company’s preparations in view of the expected traffic increase during the Chinese New Year holidays at Persada PLUS, today.

PETALING JAYA, 27 January 2014 - PLUS urges the public to plan their balik kampongs travel for Chinese New Year holidays based on its’ Travel Time Advisory (TTA) which is proven to have contributed to smoother traffic flow during peak periods in the past.

“The TTA plays a crucial role in helping the public to plan their journey whereby PLUS expects the traffic on the North-South Expressway will increase by 25 percent to 1.5 million vehicles per day during the Chinese New Year holidays compared to 1.2 million vehicles on normal days,” said PLUS Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Noorizah Hj Abd Hamid.

The TTA consists of recommended staggered travel times for various destinations from the Klang Valley to major states and cities in Kedah, Perlis, Penang, Perak, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Johor and Singapore. It is aimed at distributing traffic and reducing congestion on the mainline, major toll plazas, rest areas and lay-bys during peak periods.

“We expect those in the Klang Valley to start leaving for their kampongs beginning from 29 January to 31 January (Wednesday-Friday). Meanwhile, we expect the journey back to the Klang Valley in staggered starting from 1 February to 9 February.” Noorizah elaborated.

Noorizah was quoted at a media briefing to highlight the TTA and other preparations that will be taken by PLUS in coping with the traffic increase at Persada PLUS today.

According to Noorizah, more that 50 percent of the total highway users during last Chinese New Year holidays followed the TTA and it has helped to reduce traffic congestion on the North-South Expressway.

“The high adoption rate of the TTA during the previous festive seasons helped to promote smoother and safer travel on the highways. As such, we hope that the public will continue to give their co-operation in following the TTA for their balik kampong as well as during their journey back to the Klang Valley,” Noorizah said.

”We also advise the public to plan their journey and call the toll free PLUSLine at 1800 88 0000 for the latest traffic update,” Noorizah added.

MUAR, 25 May 2014 - The Bukit Gambir Interchange, which was officially opened by the Deputy Prime  Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today, is expected to benefit 10,000 residents in the surrounding areas.

PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) Managing Director, Dato’ Noorizah Hj Abd Hamid said, “The opening of the new interchange at KM156.7 will not only benefit the residents, but will also spur the development of the Pagoh university hub through an alternative access to the North-South Expressway.”

The Bukit Gambir Interchange is located approximately 15 kilometres from the existing Pagoh Interchange and 12 kilometres from the Tangkak Interchange. The new interchange shortens the surrounding residents’ journey between 38 and 48 kilometres. It also saves them between 40 to 60 minutes of driving time.”

“The RM78 million interchange is equipped with an 8-lane toll plaza, prayer rooms, public restrooms, rest huts and parking area for the public,” Noorizah added.

PLUS will continue to upgrade and improve its highway facilities and help the public enjoy safer and more convenient travel on the highways.

“As such, we are currently expanding our highways between Shah Alam and Rawang as well as between Nilai Utara and Seremban to facilitate smoother travel,” Noorizah said.

According to Noorizah, PLUS is also currently constructing two other new interchanges at Alor Pongsu and Seremban.

KUCHING, 24 January 2014 – UEM Sunrise Berhad (“UEM Sunrise”), the master developer of Nusajaya and one of the leading property developers in Malaysia, is holding its third property road show, focusing exclusively on properties in Nusajaya, in Kuching this weekend on 25 - 26 January 2014. The road show will see UEM Sunrise exhibit new phases of popular Nusajaya projects: Grand Pool Villas Noble Park (Phase 4B), Ophiria @East Ledang (Phase 9), and East Ledang: Nusa Idaman (Phase 7D2) Twin Villas II and a new property project: Almãs @Puteri Harbour: Almãs Suites, an exclusive high-rise condominium located near Kota Iskandar. As Nusajaya continues to develop into its full potential with the launch of more catalytic attractions and inflow of foreign investments, properties in the city remain highly in demand.

UEM Sunrise is partnering with Kozin Real Estate for the weekend road show which will be held at the Executive Lounge of Four Points by Sheraton Kuching, from 9.00am to 6.00pm. A special package will be offered for investors and buyers who make their purchases during the event.

New Phases
Grand Pool Villas Noble Park (Phase 4B) is situated on 10.8 acres of free hold land in East Ledang and comprises of 28 Grand Pool Villas with sizes ranging between 5,223 sq ft to 5,408 sq ft. These exclusive Grand Pool Villas boast a modern design with spacious living rooms which open out to ‘al fresco’ outdoor terraces. All Noble Park villas are equipped with top of the range materials – high-end sanitary fittings, a fully- functional kitchen and quality marble and teak flooring finishes.

Each unit also comes complete with Fibre-To-The-House (“FTTH”) 20 mbps for high speed internet connectivity and convenience.

Noble Park is one of seven phases in the award-winning East Ledang mixed residential enclave which was recently crowned Asia-Pacific winner under the Best Architecture Multiple Residence category at the International Property Awards 2012-2013. This gated and guarded community provides 24-hour security for its residents and implements the East Ledang Security Intelligence System (“ELSiS”), one of the most advanced security management systems in the country, for comfort and peace of mind.

Ophiria @East Ledang (Phase 9), is an exclusive enclave of six low-rise condominium blocks spread over a total development area of 6.6 acres tucked away in a private area of East Ledang but with the distinction of being an exclusive and secured enclave with its dedicated entrance and exit. Ophiria @East Ledang is a gated and guarded residential development with the three-tiered security of a guarded entrance, 24-hour guard patrols and the state-of-the art ELSiS security system designed and configured especially for East Ledang.

The freehold units with built-up areas from 2,475 sq ft to 2,734 sq ft, comes with full facilities exclusive for residents which includes two swimming pools, a gym, saunas and environment deck. Ophiria Residences are the first townhouse with resort lifestyle in Nusajaya with low density with only 117 units. Each unit comes with 3+1 bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, gated and guarded precinct with 24-hour security within the East Ledang compound, Fiber-to-the-Home (“FTTH”) high-speed with 20Mbps internet access; and it is only 5 minutes away from Legoland and 10 minutes away from Singapore, via the Second Link.

Nusa Idaman’s (Phase 7D2) development known as Twin Villas II is located on a hillside suburb that spans 250 acres in East Ledang. Nusa Idaman is conveniently located amidst a 605-acre nature reserve and comprises eight individual precincts.

All precincts, including Twin Villas II come with individual parks and comprehensive security features where accessibility is limited to a single entry-exit point with guard post and perimeter fencing.

The low density environment provides open spaces as well as landscaped gardens including a large linear park, six acres lake with 4.8 km jogging trail with an integrated gardens back lanes. Nusa Idaman offers an eco-friendly lifestyle and the convenience of being situated amidst Nusajaya’s catalytic developments and ready infrastructure for easy accessibility and high-quality living where public amenities, facilities and shopping outlets are conveniently located just a drive away.

East Ledang is also within minutes of several catalyst developments including EduCity Iskandar Malaysia, Medini Iskandar Malaysia, Kota Iskandar, Southern Industrial and Logistics Clusters (“SiLC”), Puteri Harbour and Afiat Healthpark, all of which enhances the value of East Ledang and promises world-class living in an international community. Residents at East Ledang enjoy free memberships to both the Ledang Urban Retreat (“LURE”) & Horizon Hills Golf, and the Country Club. Together, they offer a wide selection of recreational pursuits as well as lifestyle and entertainment outlets suited for the whole family.

New project 
Almãs Suites stands majestic in a single 34-storey block. It includes a a five-storey security control car park, a double volume grand lobby; and a facility podium boasting a 1.1 acre eco-deck (“E-deck”) that is paved with lush landscape, pavilions, water features and equipped with a swimming pool, a wading pool, an outdoor and indoor gyms, a reflexology path, a wellness terrace, an indoor half basketball court and a multipurpose hall.

In addition, the block also comes with a beautiful sky garden on the 33rd level which overlooks the adjacent linear park, centre courtyard and Kota Iskandar.

Targeting single working professionals and newly married couples, Almãs Suites offers several types of unit options with an indicative average price of RM895 per sq ft – ranging from a size of 520 sq ft with one bedroom to slightly spacious 896 sq ft duplexes with 1+1 bedroom and more exclusive and spacious 2,221 sq ft penthouses with 3+1 bedrooms. The penthouses are suitable for high-flyers who prefer exclusivity as well as privacy.

Almãs Suites joins two other blocks of service residences located on the Almãs @ Puteri Harbour development. Together they form 64% of the overall Almãs development which is situated on approximately 12.22 acres of freehold land, nestled in the award-winning Puteri Harbour enclave and home to main attractions such as the Puteri Harbour Satellite Clubhouse, Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park and Traders Hotel. The remaining 36% of the development comprise commercial components inclusive of five storeys of retail, with 44 units of shop offices, and two 28-storey towers of business suites.

With a launched Gross Development Value (“GDV”) of approximately RM1.63 billion, Almãs is set to become Puteri Harbour’s next iconic landmark where business meets leisure.

Besides showcasing property projects, UEM Sunrise has also invited speakers to provide insightful investment talks to visitors on property investment tips. The talk will be conducted by Mr. Ho Chin Soon at 2.30pm on both days (Saturday and Sunday). For enquiries on the roadshow or the talk, please call Ms. Shirley Yeo at 012-889 6918 or Mr. Leon Voon at 013- 820 4820.

SUNGAI BUAYA, 10 January 2014 - Traffic congestion on local/federal road and direct access to the North-South Expressway (NSE) are no longer an issue for the rakyat in Sungai Buaya and its surrounding areas when the Sungai Buaya Interchange was officially opened by the Prime Minister, Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, today.

According to PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) Managing Director, Dato’ Noorizah Hj Abd Hamid, “The Sungai Buaya Interchange addresses the traffic congrestion problem along Route B27 near Rawang.”

The new interchange also provides the communities in Sungai Buaya, Sungai Choh, Serendah and Rawang north an easier access to the NSE, especially for daily commuters to the Klang Valley. Previously, the public in Sungai Buaya and Sungai Choh can only enter the NSE via the Rawang and Bukit Beruntung interchanges. With the opening of the Sungai Buaya Interchange, their travelling time can now be reduced by 40 and 60 minutes.

According to Noorizah, construction of the RM87 million interchange started in mid 2011 and was fully completed in October 2013.

The Sungai Buaya Interchange is located at KM434.7 on the NSE between the Rawang Interchange and Bukit Beruntung Interchange. The opening of the new interchange is part of the Government’s and PLUS’ strategies to develop the Hulu Selangor region and benefit the local community.

“The 1.5 kilometre interchange is equipped with facilities such as an 8-lane toll plaza (including electronic lanes), prayer rooms, rest huts, public restrooms, parking areas and others to provide more convenience for highway users,” Noorizah said.

She was quoted at the Official Opening Ceremony of the Sungai Buaya Interchange by the Prime Minister, today. Also present was the Minister of Works, YB Datuk Hj Hadilah Hj Yusof.

PLUS has also completed the construction of the Bukit Gambir Interchange in Johor. The interchange will be opened to public later this month.

Additionally, PLUS is also in the process of constructing two other new interchanges at Alor Pongsu and Seremban to provide more convenience to the public.

Petaling Jaya, 7 January 2014 - In line with the Government’s call to the public to switch from cash to electronic toll payment system which is faster and easier, all toll transactions at the Kempas Toll Plaza (on the North-South Expressway) and the Perling Toll Plaza (on Linkedua) will be conducted electronically beginning 11 January 2014.

According to PLUS’ Managing Director, Dato’ Noorizah Hj Abd Hamid, “The implementation of electronic toll transaction at both toll plazas is a continuation of the same initiative at Linkedua. It is also part of the company’s strategies to promote faster, easier and smoother transactions at toll plazas.”

As such, PLUS will offer a 10 percent toll rebate to Class 1 vehicle users who pay toll electronically via PLUSMiles, Touch ‘n Go cards or SmartTAG at the Kempas and Perling toll plazas for 3 months beginning 11 January until 10 April 2014.

Additionally, highway users will also be able to purchase preloaded RM5 PLUSMiles and Touch ‘n Go cards at a promotional rate of RM5 at both toll plazas beginning 1 January until 31 January 2014.

The cards (with a preloaded value of RM5)  can also be purchased a special rate of RM10 after 31 January 2014.

“As such, we advise the public utilizing the Kempas and Perling toll plazas to purchase these cards to enjoy the toll rebate and smoother toll transactions at both plazas,” Noorizah said.

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