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July

KUALA LUMPUR, 24 July 2014 – The Board of Directors of UEM Sunrise Berhad (“UEM Sunrise”) has named Anwar Syahrin Abdul Ajib as its new Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO), effective 1 September 2014. 

Anwar was formerly the Group Chief Financial Officer and Group Head, Ports & Logistics Division at MMC Corporation Berhad, a position he assumed in 2008. 

“At a time when UEM Sunrise is facing both challenges and opportunities, Anwar will provide a unique and different perspective to the Company’s operations as well as the energy to propel UEM Sunrise and its employees to future success. 

In his prior posts where he was involved in several industries, Anwar successfully mobilised people, assets, and technology to achieve change and growth. He has the qualities we were looking for in our MD/CEO search and is certainly qualified to lead UEM Sunrise,” said Dato’ Izzaddin Idris, Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of UEM Group Berhad who is also the Executive Director of UEM Sunrise. 

He went on to say that Anwar’s selection came after a comprehensive review and assessment of internal and external candidates led by a special committee set-up by the Board of UEM Sunrise. 

Dato’ Izzaddin, who will be redesignated as a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of UEM Sunrise come 1 September, added that he will in his capacity as Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of UEM Group continue to advise and support the management team of UEM Sunrise on key strategic matters. UEM Group currently holds approximately 66% equity in UEM Sunrise. 

41-year old Anwar holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London. He is also a qualified chartered accountant and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) as well as a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA). He also holds an MBA from University of Salford, United Kingdom. 

Anwar was previously employed with Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Manchester in the United Kingdom. He was formerly the CFO of Port of Tanjung Pelepas and a co-owner and Managing Director of Business Associates Consulting Sdn Bhd, a boutique strategy and management consulting firm based in Kuala Lumpur. Anwar started his career with Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd as a transport executive where he gained considerable experience in transport and logistics. 

  • Prestigious UK award in Design Construction and Operation of Marinas by The Yacht Harbour Association
  • One of a few select marinas in Southeast Asia to achieve 5 Gold Anchors, the highest rating in The Gold Anchor Award Scheme
  • Award demonstrates UEM Sunrise’s commitment to world-class excellence in its developments

  • Nusajaya, Johor, 23 July 2014 – The Puteri Harbour Marina, which is part of Puteri Harbour, one of the catalytic developments by UEM Sunrise Berhad (“UEM Sunrise”) in Nusajaya has recently been awarded a rating of 5 Gold Anchors by The Yacht Harbour Association (“TYHA”), a marina auditing agency based in the United Kingdom.

    Puteri Harbour, which is managed by Marina Management Sdn Bhd, is now the first marina in Malaysia to be given the award thus joining a fraternity of marinas in Southeast Asia, including the ONE°15 Marina Club in Singapore to be awarded with 5 Gold Anchors.

    Dato’ Izzaddin Idris, Executive Director of UEM Sunrise said: “As a customer-centric organisation which strives to constantly enhance its services, deliver the best customer experience and continuously work towards upholding its standards within the industry, we are extremely excited and proud that Puteri Harbour Marina has been awarded with this gold anchors award. This marks another milestone in our commitment to excellence. Now that it is the only marina in Malaysia to be awarded with 5 Gold Anchors, the top rating in this scheme, we believe that it will continue to draw visitors and yachtsmen from all over the world.”

    The assessment for the 5 Gold Anchors Award was conducted in February 2014 while the adjudication was concluded in June 2014 following a comprehensive auditing process conducted by UEM Sunrise to meet a list of recommendations set by TYHA.

    TYHA’s assessor Mr. YP Loke stated, “We are impressed by the motivation the team has shown in working conscientiously through our recommendations and they should be very proud of this achievement. The gold anchor award consists of a comprehensive set of criteria checked and surveyed by marina experts, customer service tests conducted by mystery shoppers, and customer service audits conducted on existing berth holders. We are honoured to declare that Puteri Harbour Marina has met all the requirements and achieved the 5 Gold Anchors deservedly.”

    The Gold Anchor Award Scheme, regulated by TYHA, has been operating for 26 years and is based on the TYHA Code of Practice for the designs, constructions and operations of marinas.

    It is a point of reference for all boaters and yacthers to gain the information needed to decide on where to berth. The participating marinas will undergo an assessment and the resident berth holders are surveyed for their feedback on an ongoing basis.

    Ratings range from one to five gold anchors. Any award is a sure sign of a credible and quality marina with the number of anchors demonstrating the facilities and standard of service available to berth holders as well as compliance with statutory regulations.

    About Puteri Harbour
    Puteri Harbour - The jewel of Nusajaya and premier waterfront destination in the region

    Puteri Harbour is nestled at the southern tip along The Straits of Johor separated just miles away from Singapore. It is part of Nusajaya, one of the five flagship zones in Iskandar Malaysia currently developed by UEM Sunrise, the master developer of Nusajaya, into the newest regional city in Southeast Asia. Puteri Harbour Marina is managed by Marina Management Sdn Bhd (“Marina Management”), a subsidiary of UEM Sunrise Berhad (“UEM Sunrise”).

    Puteri Harbour spans 1,133 acres with a 13.5km coastline. It is known for its luxurious integrated urban marina and waterfront development with a panoramic view of the Straits of Johor. The waterfront precinct is located adjacent to the Johor State’s New Administrative Centre and is envisioned to be the forefront destination for waterfront living in the region.

    Developments in Puteri Harbour include:

    The Puteri Harbour Marina is the southernmost marina in Asia’s mainland, making it a compulsory destination on the world’s sailing map. Nestled just across Singapore, at the narrowest divide along the Straits of Johor, known as the Puteri Narrows, lies the breath-taking Marinas of Public Harbour. Magnificent yachts that sail there offer a sight to behold for the cosmopolitan crowd visiting the lifestyle stores and food & beverage outlets located along the waterfront promenade. To date, the Satellite Clubhouse for the public marina with a gross floor area of 28,255 sq ft comprising office space, a café, charter office and other facilities has been operational since September 2008. Additionally, the construction of the 76-berth floating pontoon for the public marina was completed and operations had commenced in January 2009 with the first yacht sailed within the same month.

    Imperia @Puteri Harbour is the first residential tower to cast its gaze across the azure waters of the Marinas in Puteri Harbour. This 35-storey tower, with only 246 residential units boasts luxurious facilities and services including a recreational deck and a sky clubhouse on level 35. Imperia @Puteri Harbour comes with two towers consisting of residential and office spaces.

    Teega @Puteri Harbour is a development that is set to become the preferred contemporary waterfront living in Nusajaya. A modern holiday resort-like environment, it promises a premium experience with the view of the private marinas as well as the adjacent linear park.

    This exclusive development brings a mix of local and foreign residents, holiday makers and yacht club members enhanced by the liveable and tranquil nature of the Johor Straits.

    The exclusive condominium – Almãs @Puteri Harbour is the next trendsetting landmark where business meets leisure. This exclusive development won the “Best Integrated High Rise Development” at the Malaysian Reserve Property Press Award 2013. With the premium vista of the adjacent linear park, centre courtyard and Kota Iskandar, this mixed development is suitable for high-flyers who prefer exclusivity as well as privacy. Homeowners get to enjoy a refreshing view of the marina and those from the office towers, condominiums and retail podiums will appreciate views of gardens as well as the parks.

    Nearby Almas @Puteri Harbour is the Little Red Cube, an exciting lifestyle shopping and family entertainment destination fronting the marina. It sits on a 4.2-acre site and is part of a hotel, retail and entertainment complex located along the crescent shaped Puteri Promenade. With its unique setting, the Little Red Cube is home to Sanrio Hello Kitty Town, The Little Big Club and LAT’s Place, where the famous cartoon series by LAT is made available. Here, visitors will be entertained by a series of unique experiences and excitement through popular global children’s characters from internationally acclaimed family entertainment brands. Visitors can play and learn via rides, activities and shows, which provides an immersive learning and play experience for all.

    With the vast development of Iskandar Malaysia, international brands are also swiftly emerging within Nusajaya. These international brands range from food & beverage outlets like Starbucks, Kenny Rogers Roasters and Savaro Restaurant to international toy store Toys’R’Us. Other notable brands include Traders Hotel and Ledang Café.

    At Emerald Bay, Puteri Harbour, living takes on a new persona at the waterfront and hillside homes and those who seek exceptional waterfront living will not be disillusioned. Live to get away from it all and seek refuge at Emerald Bay with its nature-inspired sanctuary surrounded by open spaces, water, sea breezes and lush tropical green landscaping. Intricately master-planned to deliver premium waterfront living, choose from a delectable selection of stylish waterfront and hillside villas to picturesque high-rise homes; each created and inspired with its own unique and unfaltering architectural designs. A spectacular life surely awaits you at Emerald Bay, a joint venture project by UEM Sunrise and Bandar Raya Developments Berhad (“BRDB”).

    The Port of Puteri Harbour Ferry Terminal has commenced its ferry service routes from Nusajaya to Batam Island and Nusajaya to Tanjung Balai Karimun since May 2013.The ferry terminal is complete with facilities including an arrival hall, office spaces, shop lots, ticketing counters and Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and Port Clearance Points (“CIQP”). The terminal can accommodate four ferries berthed at any one time.

    For further information on Puteri Harbour visit www.puteriharbourmarina.com.

    KUALA LUMPUR, 23 July 2014 – The Board of Directors of Faber Group Berhad (“Faber”) has appointed Azmir Merican as the Company’s Managing Director, effective 1 August 2014.

    Following this appointment, Azmir will relinquish his position as Executive Director of Faber, a role he assumed on 1 February 2014, and as Group Chief Operating Officer, Business Units of UEM Group Berhad (UEM Group), the major shareholder of Faber.

    Azmir, who has a wealth of cross functional experience from his background in financial advisory and as a business operator, will continue to lead Faber and realise the Company’s intention to transform itself into a total Asset Development & Asset Management company with expertise and presence in the healthcare, infrastructure and commercial sectors. This will be achieved upon completion of the RM1.15 billion acquisition and merger of Projek Penyelenggaraan Lebuhraya Berhad or PROPEL and Opus Group Berhad (OGB) from UEM Group.

    Before joining UEM Group in October 2012, 43-year old Azmir was the Group Chief Executive / Managing Director of AWC Berhad, a listed entity of 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) will temporarily open up several stretches at the current 4th lane widening project areas to facilitate smoother traffic flow on the North-South Expressway (NSE) and the New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE) this coming Hari Raya holidays.

    The highway stretches, KM16.3 - KM14.7 (Southbound) between Damansara and Subang, KM13.3 - KM9.65 (Southbound) between Subang and Shah Alam, KM25.0 - KM28.5 (Southbound) between DBKL arch and the Segambut Bridge, KM445.26 – KM447.63 (Southbound) between Rawang Interchange and Rawang Selatan, KM282.2 – KM280.4 (Southbound) between Bandar Baru Nilai and the Recron factory and KM280.4 - KM268.6 (Southbound) between the Recron factory and the New Seremban Interchange.

    PLUS Managing Director, Dato’ Noorizah Hj Abd Hamid said, ”These critical stretches will be temporarily opened starting from 23 July. It is aimed at facilitating smoother traffic flow as well as distributing traffic during the holidays.”

    PLUS also anticipates the traffic on the NSE to increase by 25 percent to 1.5 million vehicles per day on peak days which are 25, 26 and 27 July and 1, 2 and 3 August as compared to 1.2 million vehicles every day on normal days.

    “As such, PLUS urges members of the public to plan their balik kampung travel for Hari Raya based on our Travel Time Advisory (TTA) which has proven to have contributed to smoother traffic flow during peak periods in the past,” Noorizah added. 

    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.

    Petaling Jaya, 9 July 2014 - As part of an initiative to facilitate smoother passage at the Batu Tiga and Sungai Rasau Toll Plazas, all toll transactions at both toll plazas will be conducted electronically via PLUSMiles cards, Touch ‘n Go cards or SmartTAGs starting from 1 September.

    According to PLUS Managing Director, Dato’ Noorizah Hj Abd Hamid, “This is part of our efforts to promote electronic toll collection system which is easier and more comfortable.”

    As such, PLUS urges cash paying daily commuters passing through both toll plazas on Federal Highway Route 2 (Subang-Klang) 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, PLUS will open up drive through reload and purchase counters at the Batu Tiga and Sungai Rasau Toll Plazas beginning 19 July,” Noorizah added.

    In addition, PLUS will also be offering a 30 percent toll rebate for Class 1 users paying toll electronically at off peak hours (between 10:00 am – 4:00 pm dan 10:00 pm – 6:00 am) at both toll plazas from 1 September until 31 December 2014.

    Additionally, highway users will also be able to purchase preloaded RM5 PLUSMiles Touch ‘n Go cards at a promotional rate of RM5 at both toll plazas beginning 18 August until 31 November 2014.

    Earlier, PLUS has successfully implemented electronic toll system at Perling on the Secondlink Highway and Kempas Toll Plazas on the North-South Expressway in Johor in January 2014. 

    First Collaboration of its Kind between a Service Provider and Master Developersto Provide Smart City Infrastructure and Services

    Kuala Lumpur, 1 July 2014 - Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Intelsec Sdn Bhd today signed an agreement with UEM Sunrise Berhad (“UEM Sunrise”), through its wholly-owned subsidiary UEM Land Berhad and Iskandar Innovations Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Iskandar Investment Berhad (“IIB”) for the establishment of a Joint Venture Company that will offer and operate smart services in Nusajaya.

    This joint venture is one of the areas that have been identified in the Collaboration Agreement between TM, UEM Sunrise and IIB which was previously signed in 2012 for the development and management of the Smart and Connected Nusajaya.

    The Joint Venture Company, in which TM will be the majority shareholder, will operate as a managed services company. The Company will design and build the smart city infrastructure as well as provide smart building and smart city services which will include security services, energy and facility management. The Company will also be playing a role towards nation-building by promoting a localised partnership ecosystem to encourage participation and capability development of local vendors. In addition, the Company will continuously explore opportunities to capture new development project in Nusajaya area for smart services.

    The agreement today was signed by Giorgio Migliarina, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, TM and Dr. Farid Mohamed Sani, Chief Strategy Officer, TM on behalf of TM while UEM Sunrise was represented by Azhar Othman, Chief Financial Officer and Siti Mariam Mohd Desa, Chief Marketing Officer; and IIB was represented by John Ng Yan Chuan, Executive Vice President, Strategic Marketing, IIB and Chin Su Yee, Head of Legal and Corporate Secretarial, IIB. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Tan Sri Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa, Group Chief Executive Officer, TM, Dato’ Izzaddin Idris, Executive Director, UEM Sunrise.

    Commenting on the latest collaboration, Tan Sri Zam said, “We are happy and excited to establish yet another collaboration with UEM Sunrise and IIB for the provision of smart services in Nusajaya. Today’s Joint Venture is testament of our support and commitment towards the development of the area, hence realising the Smart and Connected Nusajaya aspiration. We understand the need for state-of-the-art telecommunication infrastructure and most advanced ICT services as it will definitely be a pulling factor for direct investments. By leveraging on our extensive high speed converged network infrastructure whether in the last mile, national backhaul or global reach via our international links, expertise in unified communications coupled with proven ICT managed services capabilities and experiences, we are set to elevate Nusajaya into one of the attractive investment destinations in the region. We are committed to ensuring the success of this aspiration whilst fulfilling the increasingly sophisticated demand of MNCs and enterprise customers operating in Nusajaya.”

    “The signing today marks another milestone as this is the first collaboration of its kind between a service provider and master developers to provide Smart City infrastructure and services. This collaboration also further strengthens our position as Malaysia’s leading integrated telecommunication and ICT service provider and in line with our aspiration of becoming an Information Exchange,” added Tan Sri Zam.

    Dato’ Izzaddin Idris of UEM Sunrise said, “We are excited with this collaboration with TM and IIB. This signing paves way for a digital eco-system towards realising our vision of a Smart and Connected Nusajaya which is envisioned to be one of the leading modern living communities with world class telecommunications and ICT services. A Smart and Connected Nusajaya Master Plan has been established which aims to develop Nusajaya into one of the world’s leading interconnected smart communities, creating a seamless experience for residents, businesses, and visitors with ‘smart facilities’ such as homes and offices, hospitals, schools, roads and more. Leveraging on ICT, Nusajaya offers a USP of sustainable, safe, secure, urbanised and highly interactive progressive lifestyle. The proposition further enhances Nusajaya’s attractiveness to both investors as well as potential residents and business locaters”.

    “We are pleased that the vision to create a smart environment in Nusajaya is now taking shape through this collaboration between Iskandar Investment Bhd, TM & UEMS. This registers yet another historic milestone in the making of Iskandar Malaysia to be a livable city. The creation of the ecosystem for a smart environment will further unleash the value of Iskandar Malaysia as an attractive investment destination.” said Dato’ Syed Mohamed Syed Ibrahim, the President / Chief Executive Officer of Iskandar Investment Berhad.

    True to its leadership role, TM also continues to support the development of Nusajaya by providing state-of-the-art technology and services capitalising on its superior domestic network infrastructure connectivity and extensive global reach.

    With the enhanced communications services and infrastructure in the area, Nusajaya is set to become a smart and connected city. The services include TM’s High Speed Broadband – UniFi and TM WiFi which enable multi-national corporations (MNCs), businesses and even the communities residing in Nusajaya to enjoy advanced connectivity, in line with TM’s aspiration to bring an enhanced and integrated digital lifestyle to Malaysians.

    TM has made its HSBB service, UniFi available in Nusajaya, Iskandar Malaysia since July 2010 covering more than 2,200 premises passed. UniFi is currently available at 10 exchange areas in Johor covering close to 106,000 premises passed in Skudai, Tampoi, Gelang Patah in Nusajaya, Bandar Johor Bahru, Senai, Permas, Pelangi, Pandan, Pasir Gudang and Kulai Jaya. To date, there are over 46,000 UniFi customers in Johor.

    In addition, TM had successfully brought UniFi to four (4) of the five (5) flagship zones in Iskandar Malaysia – Johor Bahru city covering JB’s New Financial District and Central Business District, as well as the Danga Bay waterfront city; Nusajaya covering Kota Iskandar, EduCity and Medini; Eastern Gate Development covering Pasir Gudang and Tanjung Langsat Port; and Senai – Skudai airport city - yet another notable achievement for the service.

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