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June

The Board of PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dato’ Mohamad Nasir Ab. Latif as the Chairman of PLUS Malaysia Berhad effective 27 June 2019.

Dato’ Mohamad Nasir succeeds Tan Sri Dato’ Mohd Sheriff Mohd Kassim who has opted to retire with effect from 27 June 2019, after almost 17 years of leading the PLUS Group.

Dato’ Mohamad Nasir, who serves on the Board of Director PLUS Malaysia Berhad since 31 December 2013, began his career with the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) in 1982 and has held several positions before being promoted to Employees Providen Fund’s (EPF) Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Investment).

He previously held positions as State Enforcement Officer (1990-1995), Senior Research Officer, Manager and Senior Manager in the Investment and Economics Research Department (1995-2003) and General Manager of the International Equity Investment Department (July 2009-2013).

He is currently a Board member of Sime Darby Plantation Berhad, Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad, Yinson Holdings Berhad, BBCC Development Sdn Bhd, Yarra Park City Pty Ltd., PNB-Kwasa International Holding Limited, PNB-Kwasa International 1 Limited and PNB-Kwasa International 2 Limited.

He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science (Economics) from Universiti Sains Malaysia and obtained a Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in 1996. He also holds a Master of Science in Investment Analysis from the University of Stirling, United Kingdom (1999).

The Board of PLUS wishes to extend its heartfelt gratitude to Tan Sri Dato’ Mohd Sheriff whose leadership for 17 years has led the Company to many achievements. Among them are PLUS Expressways Berhad’s public listing on the KLSE, introduction of PLUS new corporate logo, PLUS Digital Transformation, rest area new facelift project and many more throughout his tenure.

Malaysia’s largest expressway service provider, PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS), today announced a partnership with Microsoft (Malaysia) to integrate Microsoft’s Azure cloud system into its highway toll network to transform and modernize the Malaysian highway experience. The partnership would make PLUS the first in Malaysia to leverage future-ready technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data analytics and cloud computing to improve its highway network.

The framework provided by Azure platform unlocks a future of Big Data Analytics and AI-enhanced operations, contributing to improved congestion prediction, better journey planning and provide safer, more enjoyable experiences on PLUS’ highways. PLUS’ partnership with Microsoft also signifies the first step in the company’s digital transformation journey, as it aims to drive efficiency and lower costs on its highway network.

“We at PLUS firmly believe in taking care of our customers, every step of the way,” said Datuk Azman Ismail, Managing Director, PLUS Malaysia Berhad. “As our highway networks continue to expand across Malaysia, servicing an ever-growing number of road users, we acknowledge the need to not just digitally transform, but to also embrace a new organisation culture. By collaborating with industry leaders like Microsoft, we aim to bring our businesses to the frontier of innovation, locally and regionally, whilst addressing all the challenges brought forth by the 4th Industrial Revolution.”

Through this partnership, PLUS will adopt Microsoft Azure to tackle a number of complex challenges such as server capacity, flexibility and security. Using the Azure cloud-based platform, PLUS will be able to build and expand on-premise resources to improve internal performance and enhance the customer experience, without having to worry about server capacity. This also allows PLUS to save costs on building and expanding on-premise infrastructure, creating more room for the company to focus on improving its services instead.

PLUS will also be leveraging Azure Key Vault to safeguard data on the cloud through the use of cryptographic keys. As a result, PLUS will be able to reduce data discrepancy, enhance its operations and electronic toll collection reconciliation and ultimately improve efficiency by 40%, or 600 man-hours, each month.

UEM Sunrise Berhad (“UEM Sunrise”), one of Malaysia’s leading housing developers, unveiled their latest digital customer interactive experience, a mobile app called hUb at ‘The Future of Living by UEM Sunrise’ event in Publika today. The launch was officiated by Kenny Wong, Chief Marketing Officer of UEM Sunrise and Norhizam Abdul Kadir, Vice President, Growth Ecosystem Development of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) in conjunction with the Malaysia Tech Week 2019.

‘The Future of Living by UEM Sunrise’ builds on the strength of the Company’s EVE (Exciting, bringing Value and Easy to own) philosophy and is part of the Company’s endeavour to ‘Go Digital’ via various collaboration with external partners. UEM Sunrise seeks to anticipate the customers’ evolving needs and continue to improve the efficiency and quality of dealing with them. These are achieved through research, improvements in sales processes and investing in technology. Among the partners for this digital journey are ‘Grab Partners’, Virtareal, HOMEWORKS.MY, Salesforce, Loanplus, InneoNusa, Jom Parking and SOCAR.

Meanwhile, hUb, UEM Sunrise’s first ever app marks an important milestone in the Company’s digital transformation journey. The app was developed to cater to UEM Sunrise’s loyal customers, or “Trésorians” and future home buyers as part of the Company’s efforts to enhance its customers’ experience, by embracing innovation and ‘Go Digital’.

 

According to Kenny Wong Chief Marketing Officer of UEM Sunrise, “To stay relevant in the market, UEM Sunrise recognizes that our quest towards customer experience, operational excellence and building sustainable communities of the future hinges on our ability to adapt, innovate and integrate digital technologies into our business. This is why we have embraced and started implementing various digital and innovation initiatives internally and externally. Concurrently, we are actively looking for the right start-ups and newly emerged businesses to partner with, hoping to bring more value to UEM Sunrise.”

He added, “Here in UEM Sunrise, a workable base to push business operations towards digital is taking form. ‘Go Digital’ is set to become an important element in our expansion plans moving forward and our efforts can be broadly categorized into three areas: Digitisation, Partnership and New Business Model.”

 

Norhizam Abdul Kadir, Vice President, Growth Ecosystem Development of MDEC said, “It is really encouraging to see productive and rewarding partnerships between the start-ups, private sectors and government-linked companies in embracing technology. It is my hope that through such partnerships or collaborations the proptech ecosystem in Malaysia will be nurtured and flourish so that it will bring more new ideas, innovation and added value to the corporate players in the property sector.”

 

When buying a UEM Sunrise property, registered hUb users will have access to a more immersive and improved customer journey from the pre-searching stage until the move-in stage. With a swipe of a finger, hUb makes it easy and convenient for users to view UEM Sunrise’s upcoming properties, promotions, project launches and more before making their purchase decisions. In conjunction with the launch, UEM Sunrise is running #UEMShub, a week-long campaign from the 21-28 June 2019 by giving away complimentary movie tickets to 300 lucky users who download the hUb app, screenshot the home page and share in their Instagram.

Expressway users including motorists can expect a safer driving experience on Malaysia’s expressways following a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) that was signed today between Malaysian Highway Authority (“MHA”), Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia (“CIDB”) and UEM Edgenta Berhad (“UEM Edgenta”).
  The MoU, which was held today at UEM Edgenta Learning Centre in Petaling Jaya and witnessed by YB Tuan Baru Bian, Minister of Works Malaysia, is a step towards the Ministry’s vision of establishing new industry standards focusing on safer work conditions for expressway maintenance workers at the frontlines in this labour-intensive sector, as well as to protect the safety of road users.

“Elevating the level of road safety in Malaysia has always been one of the top priorities of the Ministry and with the increasing number of vehicles on the road, additional measures have to be taken to ensure no lives are lost due to either carelessness or even poor maintenance of the infrastructure. Ministry of Works will continue to support efforts to modernise Malaysia’s expressways through the adoption of innovative and safer solutions which will enable the maintenance operators to reduce its workers’ exposure to live traffic via the use of mechanised solutions and at the same time protect road users,” said YB Tuan Baru Bian.

Each of the MoU signatory will contribute to the partnership based on their respective expertise spanning operational, regulatory and training, and when combined will positively impact, as well as further advance highway safety standards.

The MoU will among others focus on the study and research on human capital competency gap in highway maintenance; to set standards and benchmarks on safety best practices for expressway maintenance that can be adopted by other players or companies involved in roads and highways maintenance works; and enhance road safety to protect both public and expressway maintenance workers.

The outcome will see the production of appropriate manual(s) relating to the objective of this MoU; not limited to best practices and necessary curriculum to address the competency gap in expressway maintenance. Moving forward, the public can expect the relevant workforce to be certified by the three parties and additionally the best practices will be shared with other expressway maintenance operators in the country.

Launch of New Mechanisation Vehicles for Expressway Maintenance

In line with the objectives of the MoU and as part of its commitment to a safer working environment for its expressway maintenance workers and the public at large, UEM Edgenta through its expressway and roads maintenance division, Edgenta Infrastructure Services, has launched a fleet of new mechanised expressway maintenance vehicles. A demonstration on the capabilities of these vehicles was organised for the Minister of Works this afternoon.

Among the vehicles launched was the mechanised grass cutter, mechanical road sweeper, Impact Protection Vehicle (IPV) and remote slope grass mower. The mechanised grass cutter is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia that is then paired with the IPV to provide added safety for expressway users and increase operational productivity by more than 15 times as compared to manual grass cutting. The mechanical road sweeper on the other hand is the first in Malaysia to be used for road sweeping. Coupled with this is the remote slope grass mower, in which the implementation of these new expressway maintenance vehicles is anticipated to result in reduced labour demands and most importantly provide added safety for its workers by minimising their exposure to live traffic when performing routine, maintenance works.

Dato’ Azmir Merican, Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer of UEM Edgenta said, “It is no longer the case for companies like Edgenta Infrastructure Services to maintain expressways the traditional way. As one of the main players in this sector, we continue to be driven by the advent of technology and introduce new mechanised and automated features in our operations for the convenience and safety of expressway users and our employees.”

“Our innovation transcends beyond what is visible on the expressways as we use big data to deliver insights which allows us remote monitoring capabilities, addressing routine and maintenance works strategically rather than based on a schedule. We will continue to challenge the conventional ways of performing our responsibilities and reduce exposure of our workers to the hazards at the frontlines,” he added.

As Edgenta Infrastructure Services’ main client, PLUS Malaysia Berhad is in support of the implementation of these new technology and mechanisation on the PLUS expressways, that will provide comfort and safety to its road users.

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