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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA30 OCTOBER 2020 – One of Malaysia’s leading property developers, UEM Sunrise Berhad (“UEM Sunrise” or the “Company”) announced settlement of the RM365.5 million (AU$125.0) million serviced apartment component at its Aurora Melbourne Central building with Scape Australia Management Pty Ltd (“Scape”).

Scape, Australia’s largest owner and operator of Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA), has purchased 252 serviced apartment units across ten floors, in addition to ground-floor retail area at Aurora Melbourne Central. The deal with Scape was exclusively brokered by Trent Hobart from Colliers International on behalf of UEM Sunrise.  

Scape has announced it is expecting to bring its ‘Aurora experience’ to the market in late January 2021. This offering will be targeted at young adults including students, graduates, travellers and professionals, providing a premium serviced apartment and urban living offering.

UEM Sunrise Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Anwar Syahrin Abdul Ajib, said: “Scape’s high-quality accommodation offering will enhance the existing vibrant community that has flourished at Aurora Melbourne Central.

“Aurora Melbourne Central’s connectivity and convenience will provide Scape’s customers with a gateway to business, education, lifestyle and innovation in the heart of the Melbourne CBD, and we’re looking forward to seeing its ‘Aurora experience’ come to life next year.

“This significant settlement in challenging market conditions due to the global COVID-19 pandemic is a testament to the quality and unparalleled location of our Aurora Melbourne Central development,” said Anwar.

Stephen Gaitanos, Scape’s CEO and Managing Director stated: “I am delighted to be working with UEM Sunrise, the developer of Aurora Melbourne Central. This acquisition is a key part of Scape’s premium PBSA strategy, whilst enhancing further opportunity to introduce Scape’s offering to a wider community.”

Aurora Melbourne Central is the Melbourne CBD’s tallest and most significant mixed-use tower, located in the heart of the city at 228 La Trobe Street. Across 88-storeys, it comprises 959 residential apartments, 252 serviced apartments, office suites and signature retail with a total Gross Development Value (“GDV”) of approximately AU$800.0 million.

The development was completed in early 2020, and the residential apartment component of Aurora Melbourne Central is close to reaching a 100 per cent settlement rate.

Pengendali lebuhraya terbesar negara, PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) melaungkan komitmennya untuk terus memastikan tahap keselamatan di Lebuhraya Baru Lembah Klang (NKVE) yang merangkumi laluan Jalan Duta – Bukit Raja serta semua lebuhraya kendaliannya berada pada tahap terbaik menerusi pendekataan 3E dalam usaha menjaga pelanggan lebuhraya sepanjang perjalanan mereka.

Setiap hari (sebelum Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan Bersyarat dilaksanakan di Selangor, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur & Putrajaya), kira-kira 500,000 kenderaan menggunakan NKVE daripada kira-kira 1.5 juta di seluruh rangkaian lebuhrayanya dan jumlah yang besar ini memerlukan PLUS untuk menggunakan satu pendekatan yang berkesan untuk menjaga pelanggan dengan baik sepanjang perjalanan mereka.

Berdasarkan rekod PLUS, jumlah kemalangan yang dicatatkan di laluan di antara KM0.6 hingga KM13.9 (laluan Bukit Raja – Subang) di NKVE sejak 2016 hingga Jun 2020 adalah sebanyak 1,838 kes. Jumlah tersebut adalah jauh lebih rendah berbanding 6,363 kes sepertimana yang dilaporkan sebelum ini. Data tersebut merangkumi kemalangan maut, kemalangan kecederaan parah, kemalangan kecederaan ringan dan kemalangan yang hanya menyebabkan kerosakan kenderaan. Ia juga tidak melibatkan insiden langgar lari.

Formula 3E yang dilaksanakan oleh PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) menjadi kunci utama kejayaannya diiktiraf sebagai pengendali lebuhraya sistem tertutup yang paling selamat di negara ini oleh Institut Penyelidikan Keselamatan Jalan Raya (MIROS) baru-baru ini. 3E yang merangkumi aspek kejuruteraan (Engineering), Penguatkuasaan (Enforcement) serta pendidikan (Education) yang digunapakai oleh PLUS turut menyaksikan penurunan jumlah kemalangan yang berlaku di lebuhraya kendaliannya secara konsisten sejak tahun 2017.

Kejuruteraan Untuk Tingkat Keselamatan Di Lokasi Kemalangan

 Pendekatan Kejuruteraan memfokus kepada penggunaan aplikasi teknologi terbaru untuk meningkatkan keselamatan seperti turapan jalan, penghadang jalan, peralatan keselamatan jalan raya dan mengaplikasikan teknologi video analitik.

Melalui inisiatif kejuruteraannya, PLUS telah memastikan ke semua lebuhraya kendaliannya mencapai 3-bintang dalam Standard Penilaian iRAP.

PLUS telah membuat pelbagai penambahbaikan di beberapa lokasi kritikal seperti membaik pulih turapan jalan dengan ‘anti-skid surface coating’, pemasangan lampu amaran, mengaplikasikan garisan penanda jalan jenis ‘Vibraline’, memasang pemantul cahaya, papantanda amaran dan sebagainya.

Sebagai contoh, di laluan Ipoh-Kuala Kangsar PLUS telah mengadakan penambahbaikan aspek kejuruteraan seperti pemasangan pengadang jalan konkrit, ‘rumble strips’ dan sebagainya untuk meningkatkan tahap keselamatan di laluan terbabit.

Pada masa yang sama, PLUS turut mengadakan kajian dan melaksanakan pemasangan lampu-lampu jalan LED di lokasi-lokasi yang kritikal seperti laluan Jelapang-Terowong Menora dan Changkat Jering-Hentian Sebelah Bukit Gantang bagi meningkatkan tahap keselamatan di laluan terbabit.

Penguatkuasaan oleh JPJ dan Polis Tingkat Keselamatan

Enforcement (Penguatkuasaan) pula merujuk kepada kolaborasi bersama pihak berkuasa seperti Polis DiRaja Malaysia (PDRM), Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ), Agensi Penguatkuasaan Awam Darat dan lain-lain agensi penguatkuasaan untuk meningkatkan pematuhan dan penguatkuasaan terhadap undang-undang keselamatan jalan raya.

Sepanjang tahun 2019, sebanyak 96 Ops Halangan telah dilaksanakan oleh PLUS dan agensi-agensi berkaitan dalam usaha mengesan kenderaan berat yang membawa muatan secara berbahaya di samping tahap keselamatan tayar yang digunakan. Operasi bersepadu ini turut dikendalikan sebagai langkah awal membendung kejadian muatan atau halangan yang terjatuh di lebuhraya yang mendatangkan bahaya kepada pengguna lebuhraya.

Selain daripada itu, PLUS juga telah menyediakan 3 buah stesen penguatkuasa JPJ di R&R Dengkil, Gunung Semanggol dan Pagoh bagi memudahkan pihak JPJ untuk mengendalikan operasi pencegahan dan penguatkuasaan di lebuhraya. Terbaru, PLUS turut menyediakan pejabat operasi Unit Penguatkuasa Lebuhraya (UPLR) JPJ di bekas tapak plaza tol Jelapang di Ipoh untuk memudahkan operasi penguatkuasaan dan meningkatkan tahap keselamatan di lebuhraya kendaliannya.

PLUS turut bekerjasama dengan pihak JPJ untuk memasang lebih banyak kamera AWAS di 4 lokasi terpilih yang baru di lebuhrayanya untuk mengurangkan kemalangan yang disebabkan oleh pemandu yang memandu melebihi had laju yang ditetapkan. 

PLUS turut berkolaborasi dengan pihak PDRM menerusi sumbangan kenderaan rondaan di lebuhraya serta menyediakan pejabat Unit Rondaan Lebuhraya (EMPV) di semua pejabat seksyen di sepanjang lebuhraya kendaliannya. Pada ketika ini, terdapat 20 pejabat EMPV di sepanjang lebuhraya.

Pendidikan untuk Kesedaran Keselamatan

Sementara itu, Education (Pendidikan) pula terdiri daripada penganjuran program-program meningkatkan kesedaran keselamatan jalan raya seperti memperkenalkan program Expressway Operation Safety Passport (EOSP). Sehingga pada hari ini, seramai 12,500 petugas dan kontraktor yang menjalankan tugas di lebuhraya telah menyertai program EOSP. Hasilnya, EOSP telah berjaya merekodkan pengurangan jumlah kematian melibatkan petugas di lebuhraya sebanyak 75%. PLUS amat bangga kerana Program EOSP yang telah diperkenalkan oleh PLUS pada tahun 2018 kini telah diperakui dan diperluaskan ke seluruh industri lebuhraya di negara ini 

PLUS juga secara berterusan mengadakan pelbagai program-program kesedaran keselamatan yang membabitkan komuniti di sekitar jajaran lebuhraya untuk sama-sama meningkatkan tahap keselamatan serta mengatasi isu-isu keselamatan yang unik di lokasi-lokasi yang berlainan di lebuhraya seperti vandalisme, lumba haram, haiwan ternakan dan sebagainya. Di antara tahun 2018 dan 2019, sebanyak 46 program keselamatan berteraskan komuniti telah dianjurkan oleh PLUS di sepanjang rangkaian lebuhrayanya. 

Selain itu, PLUS turut aktif mendidik orang ramai tentang keselamatan lebuhraya menerusi Facebook, Twitter dan sebagainya.

Statistik Buktikan Tahap Keselamatan di PLUS

Sejak tahun 2017, pendekatan-pendekatan yang digunapakai oleh PLUS telah berjaya menyaksikan penurunan jumlah insiden trafik (kemalangan) di lebuhraya kendaliannya.

Pada tahun 2016, sebanyak 521,466 insiden trafik direkodkan di seluruh negara di mana hanya 14,532 atau sebanyak 2.8 peratus berlaku di Lebuhraya PLUS. Peratusan tersebut telah menurun kepada 2.7 peratus pada tahun 2017 dan kemudiannya kepada hanya 2.4 peratus pada tahun 2018 dan 2019 walaupun terdapat peningkatan dalam jumlah insiden trafik di seluruh negara. Secara purata, di antara tahun 2013 hingga 2019, hanya 2.6 peratus insiden trafik yang berlaku di seluruh negara berlaku di lebuhraya PLUS. Ini membuktikan perjalanan menggunakan lebuhraya PLUS adalah lebih selamat berbanding laluan-laluan lain di negara ini.

Di laluan Jalan Duta-Bukit Raja (NKVE), pelbagai pendekatan telah diambil oleh PLUS untuk meningkatkan lagi tahap keselamatan dan keselesaan. Di antaranya adalah memasang lampu-lampu jalan di sepanjang laluan terbabit. Berdasarkan rekod PLUS, jumlah kemalangan di NKVE telah menyaksikan penurunan secara konsisten sejak tahun 2017.

Audit Keselamatan Jalan Raya

 Bagi memastikan tahap keselamatan lebuhraya sentiasa berada pada tahap yang optimum pada setiap masa, PLUS turut mengadakan audit keselamatan jalan raya dari masa ke masa. Kajian serta maklumat yang diperolehi menerusi audit yang dijalankan ini membolehkan PLUS untuk mengambil langkah-langkah penambaikan untuk memastikan lebuhraya sentiasa selamat untuk pelanggan.

Berdasarkan rekod, sesi audit yang terakhir telah diadakan pada 2019 dan ia mendapati PLUS berada pada tahap yang terbaik. 

Pengiktirafan Antarabangsa Keselamatan Jalan Raya

 PLUS juga merupakan syarikat pengendali lebuhraya di Asia yang pertama memenangi anugerah antarabangsa keselamatan jalan raya iaitu ‘Prince Michael International Road Safety Award’ berikutan kejayaan PLUS melaksanakan pelbagai inisiatif keselamatan jalan raya pada tahun 2019. Anugerah ini telah membuktikan bahawa PLUS diiktiraf sebagai lebuh raya bertaraf dunia yang mematuhi ciri-ciri keselamatan yang tinggi di peringkat antarabangsa. Ini mengesahkan bahawa PLUS ialah sebuah organisasi yang mengutamakan dan memberi penekanan terhadap aspek keselamatan. Pencapaian peringkat antarabangsa ini mengiktiraf komitment serta pelbagai pendekatan PLUS dalam usahanya meningkatkan tahap keselamatan di lebuhraya.

Di antara inisiatif yang telah diambil oleh PLUS adalah memperkenalkan penggunaan Safety Vehicle atau Kenderaan Keselamatan untuk mewujudkan zon selamat sementara untuk membolehkan kerja-kerja pengalihan objek atau halangan dilakukan oleh petugas lebuhraya dalam persekitaran yang lebih selamat dan sebagainya.

Di antara penerima anugerah utama Prince Michael Award sejak beberapa tahun lalu termasuklah Institut Pendidikan Lalu Lintas Jalan Raya (India), Program Penilaian Kereta Baru Global (Global NCAP), Yayasan Keselamatan Jalan Raya (UK), Royal Dutch Shell, Volvo, Schlumberger dan Kumpulan Nestle. 

Terbaru PLUS telah mendapat kedudukan pertama bagi lebuh raya sistem tertutup berprestasi terbaik dari segi keselamatan dan keselesaan oleh Institut Penyelidikan Keselamatan Jalan Raya Malaysia (MIROS). Kedudukan lebuh raya berprestasi terbaik adalah berdasarkan indeks kematian yang rendah serta reka bentuk persekitaran dan operasi trafik yang optimum dari aspek keselamatan jalan raya. Lebuh raya yang berada di kedudukan teratas mempunyai potensi yang lebih tinggi untuk mengurangkan kadar kemalangan maut dan kecederaan parah di lebuh raya.

PLUS juga telah berjaya memperolehi pengiktirafan antarabangsa ISO39001:2013 bagi Pengurusan Keselamatan Jalan Raya. Ia adalah langkahnya untuk mentransformasikan keselamatan jalan raya secara bersepadu dengan inovatif dan sistem pengurusan trafik yang direka untuk memenuhi piawaian yang diiktiraf di peringkat antarabangsa dan piawaian keselamatan global; ISO39001. ISO39001 memberi tumpuan khusus mengurangkan risiko insiden trafik yang membabitkan kematian dan kecederaan agar selaras dengan matlamat PLUS untuk menjadikan perjalanan lebuh raya lebih selamat dan lebih selesa kepada semua pengguna setiap masa 

Matlamat PLUS adalah untuk menjaga pelanggan dengan baik sepanjang perjalanan mereka. Menerusi pendekatan 3E, PLUS berupaya untuk menambahbaik aspek keselamatan dan keselesaan pelanggan bertepatan dengan pengiktirafan antarabangsa serta kajian dan penilaian badan keselamatan jalan raya di negara ini.

UEM Sunrise Berhad (“UEM Sunrise” or the “Company”), one of Malaysia’s leading property developers and makers of Mont’Kiara has unveiled their latest high-rise offering – a 294-unit condominium, Allevia.

Standing at the last remaining parcel of vacant land in the exclusive and dedicated access of Jalan Kiara 4 in Mont’Kiara, Allevia promises unparalleled privacy while surrounded by a vibrant international community that caters to expatriates and the affluent.

Allevia is a freehold residential development with walkable access to prime business and educational landmarks such as Plaza Mont’Kiara, 163 Retail Park, Arcoris Mont’Kiara, 1 Mont’Kiara, and Mont’Kiara International School and Garden International School respectively.

Standing on a generous 2.94-acre land, Allevia’s 43-storey cloud-piercing towers are thoughtfully designed to elevate its residents from the din of its bustling surroundings. Limited to four units per floor with built-ups ranging between 1,703 to 2,634 sqft, Allevia makes a peaceful place and great retreat for solace and privacy.

Conceptualised to preserve the luxury and privilege to privacy, residents will enjoy the smart design and luxurious space layouts from the distinctive living and dining areas, and dry kitchen in an open plan configuration, offering a breathtaking view of Mont’Kiara skyline with vibrant modernity and cosy living.

“Mont’Kiara is still very much a preferred address with its excellent amenities, high-net-worth community and proximity to the city centre. Developments with an expansive square footage and privileged privacy of just four units per floor will always be in demand as a prime investment. With homes being redefined with the prolonged Movement Control Order, the need for versatile and quiet spaces has never been more sought after,” said UEM Sunrise Chief Operations Officer (Central), Liong Kok Kit.

“We have reached out to potential customers and have recorded keen interest with many enquiries, even from our existing customer base as we preview this new and exclusive ‘Bungalow in the Sky’. In fact, we received 600 enquiries in just one week after we opened up for registration,” he continued.

Allevia Mont’Kiara comes with a Gross Development Value of RM545.9 million.

Consisting of two towers, Tower A and Tower B, Allevia welcomes residents and guests with an open-air drop-off at each building with a hotel-style grand lobby and exclusive residents’ waiting lounge embraced with high-end hospitality experience with pipe-in music and scents.

Allevia proudly claims to be the first condominium in Mont’Kiara to provide Touchless Button Lift System and to have a rooftop cycling studio, where it sits on the same level with the well-equipped gym and Private Lounge.

Curated to provide a holistic living experience, the rooftop facilities offer unobstructed and panoramic views of the Kuala Lumpur cityscape to elevate fitness, leisure and relaxation activities. Residents are also able to organise private dining events with families and friends in the lap of sheer luxury, perched high in the sky with picturesque views of the bright city lights or the azure skyline above.

Allevia also features a vast 0.9 acres open facilities deck equipped with lap pool, open lawn, wet and dry playground for children, BBQ area at the 7th-floor Podium for ultimate enjoyment and extravagance of living space.

Allevia complies with QLASSIC and GreenRE requirements, which assures that Allevia is built with quality workmanship, with an eye on sustainability through efficient use of resources such as energy and water in mind while reducing the carbon footprint. The completion date of the project is targeted for Q1 of 2025.

The public can call +603 2711 8008 for an appointment to view the show unit in UEM Sunrise Showcase, Mont’Kiara.

Kuala Lumpur, 19 October 2020 - The closing of borders around the world because of the Covid-19 pandemic has forced many companies in the service industry to focus on their domestic markets in the interim. In the face of competition, a number of them are cutting prices at the expense of margins.

However, instead of competing on price, UEM Edgenta Bhd is doubling down on technology to offer better products and services, says CEO Syahrunizam Samsudin, adding that this is also a way to address the group's rising cost structure.

“This (low-margin environment) is going to be with us, just like the pandemic is going to be with us for a while, [Rather than following the herd], we are doubling down on technology — we have to learn to deal with this now,” he tells The Edge in an exclusive interview.

As a large company, UEM Edgenta likely has more leeway to play with margins, but Syahrunizam does not think that will help the group moving forward when it comes to investing in technology. Moreover, he believes that as a government-linked company (GLC), it has an important role to play.

“I think, always in this country, we sacrifice innovation and technology because we want to maintain assets within a certain cost envelope, which I think is unfortunate. In this current state and where we are today, we have to focus on technology more aggressively, not just for SMEs (small and medium enterprises) and e-commerce for example, but generally across the board. We have to do it and I think, as a GLC, this is one of our roles in defining the market,” he says.

Syahrunizam joined the board of UEM Edgenta in July, coming from e-wallet provider Touch 'n Go Sdn Bhd and prior to that, Scomi Group Bhd and Petroliam Nasional Bhd. The 47-year-old is described as a technophile, having set up Petronas’ first IT outsourcing company, and his wealth of experience in technology deployment is being harnessed by UEM Edgenta.

So, how will he ensure more technology adoption so that the group is more competitive?

One of the technology deployments that UEM Edgenta is currently piloting in Malaysian hospitals is a digital application called UETrack — a service that has been deployed in several hospitals in Singapore and Taiwan. The app allows real-time tracking of the work progress of UEM Edgenta’s field crew and hence, enables the next task to be assigned to available crew with the right equipment at the right location and time.

“The idea is to relieve the frontline workers and nurses from having to do that sort of administrative support work. These are major improvements in the way hospitals are run in terms of their own efficiency. And for our own people, we would be able to multitask better,” says Syahrunizam.

UEM Edgenta will also leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) such as drones to collect data points of its assets that are currently being deployed on the highways that it manages, as well as to inventorise the street lights and maintenance assets managed by the group.

“The idea is that buildings and assets are remotely monitored through various mediums that collect this information and then we use IoT to transmit the information to headquarters. In essence, to collect more and more data so that our data scientists can provide insights to our frontliners,” says Syahrunizam. He believes that by boosting the technology offerings in the contracts that UEM Edgenta participates in, it will
allow the group to better price its products and services and enhance its margins.

Enhancing margins is important as the group’s gross profit margins are dwindling. In the six months ended June 30 (1HFY2020), gross profit margin fell to 11.9% from 19.2% in the same period a year ago.

The group registered a net loss of RM15.2 million for the period, compared with a net profit of RM68.1 million in 1HFY2019. However, the net loss came on the back of its recognition of RM50 million in impairments on unsold property inventories.

There are still more non-core assets to be impaired as its businesses are further rationalised, but Syahrunizam did not provide any details.

Without the impairment, UEM Edgenta would have reported a net profit of RM34.8 million and a meagre net profit margin of 3.66%, which is significantly lower than the previous corresponding period’s 6.13%. Syahrunizam says the group aims to lift the gross profit margin to between 16% and 17% and net profit margin to between 7% and 8%.

Even though margins are dwindling, he is unperturbed as UEM Edgenta has large contracts stretching over 10 years and an order book of RM12.2 billion. Year to date, it has secured RM900 million worth of hospital services contracts in Singapore and RM100 million in Taiwan.

Locally, it is exploring opportunities in the country’s rail development projects. Through its engineering and project management consultancy arm Opus, UEM Edgenta is participating in the Johor Baru-Singapore Rapid Transit System project.

Naturally, the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail is an infrastructure development it is keen to participate in as a project management consultant. Similarly, it is eyeing Sarawak’s Kuching Urban Transit System project.

Internationally, the group's focus will continue to be on Indonesia, India and the United Arab Emirates, apart from Singapore and Taiwan. It will use the UAE as a base to expand into the Middle East, especially Saudi Arabia, says Syahrunizam.

“We are building that plan now with my team in Dubai, but I don't think it will be a short-term plan. Certainly, a lot of things are being evaluated under the current circumstances, but at least when [borders are] open again, we will be ready,” he adds.

UEM Sunrise Berhad (“UEM Sunrise” or the “Company”) announces that the resignation of its Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO) Anwar Syahrin Abdul Ajib will take effect on 30 October 2020.

Anwar relinquished his membership in the board development; governance & risk; and tender committees with effect from 19 October 2020.

A chartered accountant by profession with a wealth of experience in various industries, Anwar joined the Company as MD/CEO on 1 September 2014.

On behalf of UEM Sunrise, its Chairman of the Board Dato’ Noorazman Abd Aziz expressed his gratitude to Anwar. “We thank Anwar for his leadership and contribution over the past six years. During this time, UEM Sunrise has seen tremendous growth and maintained its presence as a leader in the industry serving our customers and various stakeholders in Malaysia, Australia and South Africa. We wish him the very best in his future endeavours,” said Dato’ Noorazman.

The Board has commenced the formal process of identifying a candidate for the MD/CEO position. In the interim, a Board Executive Committee (Board EXCO) has been formed to provide general oversight and governance during the transition period. Dato Noorazman added that the Board of Directors has full faith in the management team in managing the day-to-day operations of the Company, ensuring no disruption to the product and service excellence for which the Company is known for.

In line with the Government’s implementation of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) closes all suraus located along its rest and service areas (R&Rs), lay-bys and toll plaza lay-bys in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya until the CMCO is lifted.

Among the suraus closed are those located at the Ulu Bernam R&R (Southbound), Rawang R&R (Northbound), Dengkil R&R(Both Bounds), Sungai Buloh & USJ Overhead Bridge Restaurants, Tanjung Malim Lay-by (Northbound) and Sungai Buloh Layb-by (Southbound) as well as Serdang Lay-by (Both Bounds) including all 29 suraus at toll plazas within the affected CMCO areas.

However, food stalls at the affected R&Rs are still open to the public from 6am until 10pm throughout the CMCO. The food court dine-in is limited to 2 pax per table and customers to observe the proper SOPs of temperature taking, registering MySejahtera, wearing of facemask before and after eating and maintaining physical distancing at every opportunity.

Public restroom facilities at these locations are still available 24-hours every day.

As the highway is a public place, everyone must comply to the MKN safety SOPs to help flatten the Covid-19 curve as #KitaJagaKita always.

PLUS employees comprising of 3,800 Customer Service Assistants (CSA), the PLUSRonda, Traffic Monitoring Centre personnel, executives and senior management came together amidst the Covid-19 pandemic and collected among themselves over RM128,000 which have been channelled to 7 hospitals along the highway fenceline to help combat Covid-19.

 

With the resurgence of the Covid-19 cases over the past week continues, the employees of PLUS are heartened to know that their small contribution will hopefully be of some relief to the 7 hospitals namely; Tuanku Jaafar Hospital in Seremban, Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Bahru, Enche’ Besar Hajjah Khalsom Hospital in Kluang, Melaka Hospital, Tuanku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang, Selayang Hospital and Serdang Hospital. 

“The contribution from the employees of PLUS reflects the PLUS’ corporate value of taking care of the communities along the highway fenceline. It was evident that the hospital front liners needed much help in terms of equipment and safety gear in combating Covid-19,” said PLUS Managing Director, Datuk Azman Ismail.

The Tabung Warga PLUS Prihatin (TWPP), set up during the Covid-19 pandemic, enabled staff to channel their own personal contribution, while the organisation assisted in identifying the cause to support. Seven hospitals were chosen due to their geographical location, which was within PLUS’ 30-kilometre radius fence line but mainly they were tireless fighting the coronavirus spread with little assistance. 

 

The 3-month long donation drive reached a collection of over RM128,000, during the hardest hit period of the MCO and was fully utilised to also purchase and provide medical supplies for the treatment of Covid-19 patients at the respective hospitals. 

“To every single employee who made their contribution, they should be proud of themselves as a little does go a long way, and they have helped to equip the medical front liners at those hospitals, yet they will never know the countless lives that their contribution has saved,” added Datuk Azman.

“We wish to express our utmost appreciation and gratefulness to PLUS and their employees for their concern in contributing to this hospital. This donation will be of great help to contain Covid-19 pandemic and as the medical frontliners, we really appreciate PLUS efforts and initiatives to help us”, according to Dr. Azura Abu Bakar, Director of Enche’ Besar Hajjah Khalsom Hospital. 

“The Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to PLUS for their donation for the treatment of Covid-19 patients. This donation will be a great help to medical staff in general in Negeri Sembilan in aiding and accommodating our battle towards the Covid-19 pandemic. We have not won yet, let us work together against Covid-19,” explained Dr. Zaleha Md Noor, Director of Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital.

While 2020 has been a truly challenging year for PLUS, what it has drawn out is the care that the employees have for everyone, regardless of whether they are a highway customer or a fenceline community member, as a Friend of The Nation (Rakan Negara), the people truly believe in looking out for one another in the true spirit of “Kita Jaga Kita”.

Previously in April, PLUS had also contributed RM1.2 million worth of medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) to two main Covid-19 hospitals, Kuala Lumpur Hospital and Sungai Buloh Hospital to help combat this global pandemic.

UEM Sunrise Berhad (“UEM Sunrise” or the “Company”), one of Malaysia’s leading property developers, entered into a Heads of Agreement with AME Elite Consortium Berhad (AME) for the sale and development of 72 freehold industrial plots in phase 3 of Southern Industrial & Logistic Cluster (SiLC), as part of the bigger Iskandar Puteri Development Masterplan.

The total acreage of the industrial plots measuresvapproximately 169.8 acres and valued at  RM434.3 million.

UEM Sunrise, via its wholly-owned subsidiary UEM Land Berhad and its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary Nusajaya Heights Sdn Bhd, entered into the Heads of Agreement with AME’s subsidiaries; Pentagon Land Sdn Bhd and Greenhill SILC Sdn Bhd.

The strategic collaboration is expected to generate positive synergies between UEM Sunrise, the landowner and master developer of Iskandar Puteri in Johor; and AME – a known specialist in the construction of customised large manufacturing plants and, design-and-build and development of industrial parks.

Among the catalytic developments under the Iskandar Puteri Development Masterplan is the development of integrated industrial parks, and SiLC forms an integral component of the masterplan. While SiLC’s phases 1 and 2 are sold out, the collaboration with AME for phase 3 to be developed into an integrated industrial park marks a strategic initiative from the Company’s standpoint as the collaboration allows the Company to leverage on AME’s extensive expertise and network.

UEM Sunrise Managing Director/Chief Executive Office Anwar Syahrin Abdul Ajib said, “We are pleased to have AME on board in developing phase 3 of SiLC, which has seen great success for phases 1 and 2. Our partnership with AME is one that has been carefully deliberated. Seeing their track record in developing industrial parks, we are confident that we will achieve tremendous results as we move forward with the Iskandar Puteri Development Masterplan.”

With the disposal, the Company will still hold more than 11,400 acres of land with an estimated Gross Development Value close to RM107 billion.

The Board of Directors of UEM Sunrise Berhad (“UEM Sunrise” or the “Company”) announces that Anwar Syahrin Abdul Ajib, its Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer has given notice of his resignation on 9 October 2020.

In a statement to Bursa Malaysia, UEM Sunrise indicated that the Board will deliberate on the effective date of Anwar’s resignation. In the meantime, a transition plan will be executed for smooth handover of his responsibilities to ensure continued management of UEM Sunrise's business and operations.

The Company will make the necessary announcement on the date of resignation in due course.

KUALA LUMPUR, 5 OCTOBER 2020 – UEM Group Berhad (UEM Group, a 100% subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional Berhad) had in the evening of 2 October 2020 submitted a letter to the respective Boards of UEM Sunrise Berhad (UEM Sunrise) and Eco World Development Group Berhad (Eco World) proposing for each entity to consider and deliberate on a potential merger between the two companies.

The proposed merger is expected to create one of Malaysia’s largest property companies, a best-in-class multi-product developer with strong capabilities in every segment of the industry to sustain long term value creation and growth.

Against a backdrop of subdued macro-economic conditions which has been further disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, there is a pressing need for local property developers to improve the robustness of their businesses by pooling resources and capabilities to strengthen their performance and long-term sustainability.

UEM Group explored the possibility of a merger between UEM Sunrise, in which it owns a 66.1% equity stake, and other property developers but believes the merits are stronger with Eco World. A merger with a suitable partner with the right capabilities will help enhance UEM Sunrise’s value through synergistic geographical and product mix improvements. The merger is also an opportunity for an existing Government-Linked Company to be in partnership with the private sector to create one of the largest property developers in Malaysia, with a projected Gross Development Value (GDV) of RM173.2 billion and a total landbank of more than 17,000 acres locally. UEM Group believes that industry consolidation will create value for all shareholders.

The Board of the two respective companies will independently consider the merits of the proposal and decide on whether to pursue further discussions. If all parties agree to the proposed merger:

▪ It will result in an enlarged UEM Sunrise. New shares and warrants will be issued in exchange for shares and warrants of Eco World. The enlarged UEM Sunrise will retain the listing status on Bursa Malaysia.

▪ UEM Group will remain the single largest shareholder of the enlarged UEM Sunrise with 43.0% equity stake, while the substantial shareholders of Eco World will hold a 24.2% equity stake. Government-Linked Investment Companies (including that of UEM Group) would hold a collective stake of more than 50.0%.

▪ The Board of Directors and senior management of the enlarged UEM Sunrise will be led by a Chairman who is an existing board member of UEM Sunrise. An Integration Committee will be set-up comprising representatives from both UEM Sunrise and Eco World and co-chaired by respective Chairmen, to discuss integration related matters, including composition of the Boards as well as key management team.

The proposed merger remains subject to deliberation by the Boards of the respective companies and until such time where they have indicated willingness to pursue further, there is no certainty that the proposed merger will result in any binding agreement or obligations among the two companies. Should they eventually agree to enter into any agreements, the eventual transaction would be subject to, amongst others, the approvals by shareholders and regulatory bodies.

PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) highway customers are reminded to strictly follow the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) set by the National Security Council (NSC) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) of wearing facemasks in public and adhere to the 1-meter physical distancing when congregating at the R&R’s, lay-by’s as well as interacting with PLUS Customer Service Assistants (CSA) at the toll lanes.

This reminder comes in light of the deeply concerning increase of Covid-19 cases in States where PLUS highway network operates. 

“We urge our highway customers to please follow the established SOPs set by the Government. In the spirit of “Kita Jaga Kita”, the onus is on us to take good care of each other every step of the way. Every single PLUS employee, from our CSA, PLUSRonda Officer to Toll supervisors are fully compliant to the SOP’s of facemasking in public and maintaining a safe 1-meter physical distance when interacting with you our customer, we ask the same of you. Please reciprocate by doing the same when we serve you on the highway,” implored Datuk Azman Ismail, Managing Director of PLUS. 

Under the new normal practise by many organisations that manages premises, which are open to public, customers are denied entry/transactions if face masks are not worn.  PLUS is also adopting the same. 

PLUS attests that it is extremely crucial comply to the SOPs in ensuring the safety of our customers, our front liners and everyone who enters the highway in line with the Government’s directive, in this pandemic to #KitaJagaKita.

Our customers are assured that in the event of a breakdown, every PLUSRonda personnel are required to wear face masks and practise 1-metre physical distancing when attending to highway emergencies. From compulsory body temperature checks at each R&R and contact tracing via MySejahtera, PLUS prioritises food hygiene as well as the cleanliness at all the R&R premises as well as Lay-bys and Toll Plazas via regular routine cleaning and periodical sanitisation. 

With 1.5 million vehicles plying the PLUS highways each day and it is more crucial today with the spike in Covid-19 cases to be more vigilant. PLUS will continuously monitor public places within the highway fence line ie. R&Rs and toll plazas for the safety and comfort of its employees, customers and business partners.

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