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Kuala Lumpur, 23 July – OPUS Consultants (M) Sdn Bhd (“OPUS Consultants”), Malaysia’s leading engineering and asset management consultancy firm, a wholly-owned subsidiary of UEM Edgenta Berhad (“UEM Edgenta” or the “Company”) was recently conferred The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (“IEM”) Award 2022, for their contribution to the Engineering Industry in Malaysia within the Asset Management-Industries category. Through stringent ratings and judging on capabilities and its contribution to nation-building over three decades and its ability to deliver mega projects worth over billions namely, major highways and roads, airports, urban transit, built environment and Malaysia’s key infrastructure projects. This new accolade places OPUS Consultants a notch above market players in the Asset Management realm.

“I believe that this award is a testament to OPUS Consultants’ dedication in delivering and managing mega infrastructure projects over the years and its commitment to stay at the forefront of asset management infrastructure in contributing to the nation building agenda in Malaysia,” said Syahrunizam Samsudin, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of UEM Edgenta. 
“It is an honour to receive this esteemed conferment and together with my team at OPUS Consultants, we will continue to contribute to the advancement of Engineering in Malaysia as well as Internationally. Staying true to our tagline “Delivering with Distinction”, we have been veritable to our words by successfully delivering national infrastructures, both road and rail projects for the nation,” said Ir. Dr. Tony Chan, Managing Director of OPUS Consultants.

OPUS Consultants is reputed to have delivered projects which contributed to the infrastructure landscape change in Malaysia with its legacy imprinted on the North-South Expressway, PUTRA LRT2, Kelana Jaya and Ampang Line LRT Extension, KTMB Electrified Double Tracks which stretches from Rawang-Ipoh and Ipoh-Padang Besar, the Malaysia-Singapore Second Crossing, the Cyberjaya Development and the list goes on.
The market leader in engineering and asset management consultancy currently manages the lifecycle of more than 4,000 km (four thousand kilometres) of toll expressways, road construction and upgrading projects in Sabah and Sarawak. Their methodical approach and full suite of services are designed to enhance clients’ assets by facilitating clients in making better and more informed decisions by providing innovative yet practical solutions for large-scale infrastructure and transportation projects which positions them at the forefront of the Asset Consultancy industry.

KUALA LUMPUR, 7 JULY – UEM Edgenta Berhad (“UEM Edgenta” or “Company”) continues its commitment and support towards building a sustainable future for all through its Environment, Social & Governance (“ESG”) initiatives.

The Company, through its Corporate Responsibility programme, has recently deployed volunteers to Zoo Negara Malaysia (“Zoo Negara”) to participate in the ‘Glow the Zoo Negara’ initiative which is aimed to improve the landscape within Zoo Negara.

Over 60 volunteers from UEM Edgenta's various business units carried out a variety of activities throughout Zoo Negara, including painting the bridge area and road curb, cleaning animal enclosure areas, benches, drains, fences and light modification work. The purpose is to make Zoo Negara a conducive landmark for visitors.

“We believe that this is an important programme for us to participate in, and I am happy that this programme has received overwhelming support from Edgenta Stars across Malaysia as we strive to contribute to the communities where we operate in. I am delighted to see our volunteers enjoy the programme. We hope that our efforts would help create a sustainable ecosystem for future generation, and at the same time instill the spirit of volunteerism amongst Edgenta Stars,” said Syahrunizam Samsudin, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of UEM Edgenta.

As an important landmark in Malaysia, Zoo Negara provides an absolute experience to visitors with over 3,749 specimens from 254 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and fishes housed within its walls, including the UEM Edgenta’s adopted giraffes, Mas Kira and Mas Boy.

Previously, UEM Edgenta contributed ten units of visitor benches as well as renewed its sponsorship of Zoo Negara’s ‘Adopt an Animal’ programme with the giraffes.

PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) is taking proactive measures to provide a safe and comfortable journey for highway users along the PLUS-operated highways this Aidiladha.

“We anticipate about 1.9 million vehicles to use the highway every day throughout the Aidiladha festive period in comparison to the current 1.8 million vehicles plying our highway daily, especially on peak days of 8 July (Friday) and 11 July (Monday),” stated PLUS Chief Operating Officer, Datuk Zakaria Ahmad Zabidi.

“With this in mind, PLUS has made thorough preparations and is ready to manage the traffic surge through a set of initiatives, so we can provide safe and comfortable travels to our highway users,” he reassured.

PLUS will increase the number of PLUSRonda patrol teams who provide aid to distressed highway users. During the Aidiladha festive period, the number of PLUSRonda patrol teams will be increased to 265 teams for a higher patrolling frequency primarily at critical stretches along the highway.

“At critical stretches, PLUS will activate the Contra Flow and open-up emergency lanes as additional lanes with the assistance of the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM). Highway users are advised to abide by the instructions given through the signages placed at the contra flow and the opening of the emergency lane designated locations.

PLUS will also temporarility suspend all roadworks and lane closures on the highway from 8 July to 12 July to facilitate smoother traffic flow,” he added. 

PLUS will continue to collaborate with enforcement and emergency agencies such as PDRM, the Road Transport Department (JPJ), the Fire and Rescue Department (BOMBA), RELA and ambulances. While the Police and JPJ teams conduct patrols and law enforcement on the highways, emergency response teams such as BOMBA and ambulances will be on standby at strategic toll plazas, ready to be deployed to incident locations when required. 

Should highway users require assistance on the highway, call the toll-free PLUSLine at 1800-88-0000, or click the SOS button in the PLUS App. Regular Traffic updates are provided through the @PLUSTrafik Twitter service, the PLUS Application, PUTRI Chatbot, on electronic message boards (VMS) along the highway mainline, and also regular announcements via major radio stations. 

Public facilities such as suraus and toilets at rest and service areas (R&R) will be available to users 24 hours a day. Alternatively, suraus and public toilets are also available at the toll plazas.

Highway users are reminded to ensure that they have sufficient balance in their Touch ‘n Go cards or e-Wallets (for RFID users) to make payments at toll plazas using Touch ‘n Go cards, SmartTAG devices, or RFID Tags. Touch ‘n Go top-up kiosks are also available at selected toll plazas or petrol stations along the highways.

Customer Service Assistants (CSA) will also be available at toll plazas and at the toll lanes to provide assistance to users facing any difficulties with their toll transactions. Kindly ensure to enter and exit the highway using the same payment mode to avoid difficulties at the toll plazas.

With a built-in journey planner, live CCTV feeds of critical locations along the highway, and a toll fare calculator, the PLUS App is highly recommended to help highway users better plan out their journeys, and it can be downloaded for free on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Other applications like Waze and Google Maps are also helpful in journey-planning. 

Highway users are strongly advised to ensure that their vehicles are fit and safe for long-distance travel and have sufficient fuel. Drive safely by adhering to speed limits on the highway, maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle in front, and avoid driving when tired and allow time for breaks at R&Rs.

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