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KUALA LUMPUR26 September 2023 – UEM Sunrise Berhad (“UEM Sunrise” or the “Company”), through its joint-venture subsidiary Mega Legacy (M) Sdn Bhd (“MLMSB”) with Melati Ehsan Group, has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) with Universiti Malaya’s (“UM”) Faculty of Science to assess the water quality and heavy metal contents of the lake in the Kepong Metropolitan Park, located next to the Company’s 72.74 acres (29.4 hectares) township of Kiara Bay in Kepong.  

Chairperson of MLMSB, Zaida Khalida Shaari and the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Universiti Malaya, Professor Dr. Zulqarnain Mohamed, signed the MoU in the presence of Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, Minister of Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change (NRECC), Dato’ Mohd Izani Ghani, Managing Director of UEM Group Berhad (UEM Group) and Sufian Abdullah, Chief Executive Officer of UEM Sunrise and Director of MLMSB. 

MLMSB initiated the signing of the MoU with the intention of evaluating the water quality of Kepong Metropolitan Park Lake. This evaluation is necessary to activate Kiara Bay's waterfront development within the integrated township, ensuring a safe and pleasant environment for the community's enjoyment and activation of various water activities. 

The MoU outlines two phases of the initiative, which is being financed via a grant provided by UEM Group, parent company of UEM Sunrise. In phase one, UM will test the water quality for the presence of heavy metals and sediments, as well as the lake’s microbiological contents. This will determine the necessary steps to be taken in the second phase, based on the findings and recommendations gathered, to restore the quality of the lake’s water.  

These findings will also determine Kiara Bay’s design development and future placemaking programmes. It is worth noting that the treatment of the lake will also be a stepping stone in preserving aquatic life and biodiversity, as maintaining the lake is crucial for the ecosystem.   

The Environment Quality Act 1974, under the purview of the Department of Environment, stipulates that control measures and continual monitoring programmes must be implemented to ensure the quality of water and the circulation of the lake system is enhanced to protect the environment. 

“It is heartening to see UEM Sunrise proactively working to ensure the environmental sustainability of its developments. The MoU demonstrates that much can be done in protecting as well as improving Malaysia’s environment through the common effort of all sectors of the nation, including the government, private sector and academia. 

The preservation, for the public, of the Kepong Metropolitan Park and its Lake is absolutely essential. Moving forward, we hope to see more such collaborations towards making Malaysia’s urban spaces more liveable and towards greater sustainability in the nation as a whole,” said NRECC Minister Nik Nazmi. 

“We at UEM Group, firmly believe that preserving the health of the lake serves a dual purpose – it safeguards our biodiversity and simultaneously paves the way for the sustainable development of Kiara Bay by UEM Sunrise. It underlines our commitment to Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) elements, reinforcing our ongoing efforts to build a better future for both our community and the wider environment,” said UEM Group Managing Director, Dato’ Mohd Izani Ghani.  

“As a conscientious developer, we have long recognised the need to balance contributions to the environment, society and economy in all our developments and townships that fulfil communities’ social, physical and spiritual needs. The Kepong Metropolitan Park serves as a communal recreational facility for the public to come together and engage in leisure activities,” said MLMSB Director Sufian Abdullah, who is also Chief Executive Officer of UEM Sunrise. 

Sufian added: “For this reason, we want to ensure that it is well-preserved and sustainable by being the first property developer to collaborate with Universiti Malaya on the water assessment exercise.”  

UM will compare the analysis results of the lake’s water against the National Lake Water Quality Criteria and Standards (“NLWQS”) by the National Hydraulic Research Institute of Malaysia (“NAHRIM”) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (“NRE”) (2015) and National Water Quality Standard (“NWQS”). 

MLMSB’s collaboration with UM also serves as a testament to UEM Sunrise’s Sustainability Blueprint 1.0, anchored by four core pillars: Liveability, Affordability, Sustainability and Resilience. This framework integrates sustainability considerations into every design and development decision the Company makes.  

Kepong Metropolitan Park is a 234.74-acre (95 hectares) park with a 140.85-acre (57 hectares) lake famously known for its recreational activities. The lake is significant not only to Kiara Bay, as it is UEM Sunrise’s flagship township in Klang Valley through MLMSB, but also to the broader Kepong community, as one of numerous leisure activities hubs. 

 

 

Front row, from left to right - Dean of the Faculty of Science, Universiti Malaya, Professor Dr. Zulqarnain Mohamed and Chairperson of MLMSB, Zaida Khalida Shaari, signed the MoU between inked an MoU with Universiti Malaya’s Faculty of Science to assess the water quality of the lake in the Kepong Metropolitan Park.

Back row, from left to right - Chief Executive Officer of UEM Sunrise and Director of MLMSB, Sufian Abdullah; Minister of Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad and Managing Director of UEM Group Berhad Dato’ Mohd Izani Ghani witnessed the signing of the MoU

 

 

From left to right - Sufian Abdullah, Professor Dr. Zulqarnain Mohamed, YB Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, Zaida Khalida Shaari, and Dato’ Mohd Izani Ghani posed for a group photo after signing the MoU.

 

 

Universiti Malaya showing a demonstration of how they will conduct the water assessment of the lake.

 

 

From left to right – UEM Sunrise Non-Independent Non-Executive Chairman, Datuk Hisham Hamdan; Dean of the Faculty of Science, Universiti Malaya, Professor Dr. Zulqarnain Mohamed; Managing Director of UEM Group Berhad Dato’ Mohd Izani Ghani; Minister of Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad; Chairperson of MLMSB, Zaida Khalida Shaari; Chief Executive Officer of UEM Sunrise and Director of MLMSB, Sufian Abdullah; Universiti Malaya Senior Lecturer, Ts. Dr. Wan Abd Al-Qadr Imad Bin Wan Mohtar; UEM Sunrise Independent Non-Executive Director, Poh Ying Loo; UEM Sunrise Non-Independent Non-Executive Director, Reagan Chan Chung Cheng posed for a group photo in front of the Kepong Metropolitan Park.

KUALA LUMPUR, 21 September – UEM Edgenta Berhad (“UEM Edgenta” or the “Company”), the region's leading Asset Management & Infrastructure Solutions company, continues to garner recognition for its exceptional contributions in the healthcare solutions sector. In yet another demonstration of excellence, the Company's subsidiary, Edgenta Healthtronics Sdn Bhd (“EHSB”), recently bagged the award for "FASTEST CONSTRUCTION OF FHyICU BUILDING DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC" by the Malaysia Book of Records (“MBOR”). The first of its kind in Malaysia, the state-of-the-art 150-bedded Field Hybrid Intensive Care Unit (“FHyICU”) built across selected government hospitals in Malaysia stands as a testament to UEM Edgenta's unwavering commitment to innovation and exceptional project execution in the face of challenging circumstances. 

The inception of FHyICU was mooted by the then Minister of Health and his Secretary-General as a response to the escalating COVID-19 infections in 2020. Driven by a determination to effectively address this crisis, the Ministry of Health (“MOH”) sought to embark on a strategic partnership with a competent private enterprise capable in elevating healthcare infrastructure and fortifying the nation's health capacity.

“As a homegrown enterprise, UEM Edgenta takes immense pride in its commitment to supporting the Government's COVID-19 recovery endeavors. Leveraging our specialized expertise, we successfully brought to life the Ministry of Health's innovative FHyICU concept – a mobile ICU unit equipped with its own self-sustaining power, oxygen, and water supply. This achievement underscores our company's capability to transcend challenges and provide crucial solutions precisely when they are needed the most,” said Syahrunizam Samsudin, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of UEM Edgenta.

"The successful completion of the 150-bed FHyICU facility stands as a testament to our unwavering commitment to meeting the nation's healthcare needs, especially during the critical phases of the COVID-19 pandemic. This recognition will further spur us to continue delivering top-tier services and solutions that contribute to the well-being of our community and the advancement of the country's healthcare infrastructure," he added.

Present at the event, Shaiful Subhan, Managing Director of Edgenta Mediserve Sdn Bhd and Head of Healthcare Solutions, UEM Edgenta, further shared, "The recognition by the Malaysia Book of Records is a moment of immense pride for UEM Edgenta and its dedicated team. We are honoured to join the ranks of record-holders in the country. The Company looks forward to continuing its mission of delivering innovative solutions and contributing to the advancement of Malaysia's healthcare landscape. This achievement is a testament to our unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation, even in the most challenging circumstances."

The construction of the FHyICU, a groundbreaking initiative aimed at enhancing critical care capabilities, was undertaken simultaneously at multiple locations across Malaysia during the challenging period of the COVID-19 pandemic. Totaling 14 different sites, this achievement underscores UEM Edgenta's commitment to healthcare excellence and its dedication to supporting the nation's healthcare infrastructure, particularly in times of crisis.

The FHyICU stands as a testament to the collaborative efforts of UEM Edgenta and its esteemed partners, who worked tirelessly to complete the project within a demanding timeframe. This accomplishment not only reinforces the Company's reputation as an industry leader but also highlights its unwavering commitment to serving the community and prioritising the well-being of the nation. Appointed by MOH, the UEM Edgenta, through EHSB, served as the main contractor for this ambitious project where it seamlessly collaborated with various partners, each playing a pivotal role in the successful completion of the FHyICU, namely Synar Setara Resources Sdn. Bhd., S&A Bintang Sdn. Bhd., and Perunding Al-Shura M&E Sdn. Bhd.

Held at the Company’s headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, the certification was presented by Edwin Yeoh Tiong Chin, Senior Record Consultant, MBOR, to Shaiful Subhan. Also present to witness the historic moment were Tuan Hj. Yahaya Saad, Director, Engineering Services Division together with representatives from MOH and Ir Mazlan Yusoff, Acting Chief Operating Officer, Healthcare Solutions, UEM Edgenta.

UEM Edgenta continues to embark on its remarkable journey of innovation, propelling growth while delivering technology and sustainability-enabled impact to all stakeholders. For more information log on to www.uemedgenta.com

Petaling Jaya, 18 September 2023:- PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS), Malaysia’s leading highway concessionaire, is proud to announce its remarkable achievement in winning the prestigious Energy Efficient Building Award in the Zero Energy Building category at the ASEAN Energy Efficiency and Conservation Best Practices Awards 2023.

The award serves as a recognition of PLUS' commendable efforts in implementing energysaving strategies at its Dengkil R&R (Northbound). The facility operates round the clock, which naturally results in substantial electricity consumption and maintenance expenses. In response to this sustainability challenge, PLUS undertook a series of innovative initiatives aimed at incorporating eco-friendly elements into the building design.

One of the notable measures taken was the integration of a Solar Photovoltaic (PV) System, which seamlessly complements the R&R’s passive design. These concerted efforts have effectively transformed the rest area into an energy efficient facility, demonstrating PLUS' commitment to reducing its environmental footprint while simultaneously providing continuous service to its patrons.

Furthermore, the attainment of zero energy building requirements hinged on three pivotal elements: passive design, active design, and renewable energy systems. It was the successful integration of these components that served as the cornerstone, ultimately leading to PLUS' well-deserved recognition and award win. The winning factors for Dengkil R&R (Northbound) include Building Energy Intensity (BEI) reduction of 99.5%, cost-effectiveness, integration of green elements in passive and active designs as well as availability of renewable energy system.

The ASEAN Energy Efficiency and Conservation Best Practices Awards 2023 not only acknowledges PLUS’ exceptional efforts but also highlights its significant contribution by executing various green initiatives that are sustainable and energy efficient to the ASEAN community overall. The recognition underscores PLUS’ pivotal role in shaping the region's future through innovative and eco-conscious practices.

Among the winners of the Zero Energy Building category were prominent organizations from across the ASEAN region, namely Sinar Mas Land (Indonesia), Spritzer ASRS Warehouse (Malaysia), Samwoh Corporation PTE, LTD (Singapore) and Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) (Thailand).

The award was presented to PLUS’ Chief Operating Officer, Datuk Zakaria Ahmad Zabidi, at a Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Centre in Bali, Indonesia in conjunction with the ASEAN Energy Business Forum, recently.

He further added, “This is PLUS’ third award at the ASEAN Energy Awards which cements its reputation as an innovative organisation in energy efficiency and conservation in the region. In the past, PLUS had also received the 1st Runner-up award in the Energy Efficiency category for Energy Management of Large Buildings in 2020 and for Retrofitted Building in 2021 at the ASEAN Energy Awards.”

KUALA LUMPUR12 September 2023 – UEM Sunrise Berhad (“UEM Sunrise” or the “Company”) will unveil that the second phase of Kiara Bay, a multi-generational themed residence designed to co-exist with its natural surroundings, called Residensi ZIG, which will launch on 16 September.

Located in UEM Sunrise’s flagship township of Kiara Bay, Kepong, the 1.38-hectare (3.4-acre) leasehold residence has a total of 1,126 units within three zones, zone A and C up to level 56 while zone B up to level 50. As for its layouts, the residence has five main built-up sizes to cater to different generational needs, from studio up to four-bedroom units, starting from a compact 42 m2 (450 ft2) to a spacious 111 m2 (1,198 ft2), consisting of a four-bed, three-bath layout equipped with a private garden and terrace. The units have a starting price of RM340,888 (RM575 per ft2).

Each floor comes with a total of 26 units with two sets of elevators, comprising a range of semi-D and bungalow units. The larger units are located in the premium zone and require a special keycard for entry, providing extra security and peace of mind for residents.

Certain walls are removable, demonstrating adaptive and flexible living to suit the residents’ diverse lifestyles, where selected units allow residents to design enclosable kitchens. In addition, some units also come with urban yards and balconies, allowing residents to fully utilise part of the balcony for laundry in an enclosable and neat way, as well as have breathtaking views of the Kepong neighbourhood and as the opportunity to catch a glimpse of Genting Highlands from afar.

UEM Sunrise Chief Marketing Officer Kenny Wong said, during the media launch: “We are excited to unveil the second phase of Kiara Bay, Residensi ZIG, a biophilic residence conceptualised to bring us back to our roots and demonstrate that nature can co-exist with our homes.

Wong shared: “As Residensi ZIG is our biophilic-themed residence, it focuses on creating an environment where the building occupants can reconnect and immerse themselves with nature to improve their physical and mental well-being.”

The development’s green areas are not just provided on the ground and podium level but also at the mid-level (levels 35 and 37) and up to the roof for the occupants to enjoy. Emulating the rainforest, the different layers from the ground to the top (emergent layer) provide shelter and livelihood for different living organisms.

Moreover, Residensi ZIG’s biophilic design revolves not only around adapting flora around the development. Natural sunlight and natural ventilation are part of nature as well. The tower is orientated to avoid direct sunlight while still providing indirect natural lighting into the units. A 'no air well' design approach enables and significantly improves natural ventilation for the common corridor and the units as well.

Residensi ZIG’s essential amenities are aplenty and tailored for the whole family and the community, including a 50m lap pool with a beach-inspired entry, an intergenerational playground, an indoor games area, and a central park with a designated picnic corner.

For those with an active lifestyle, the development comes with badminton courts, a trendy indoor gym, a wellness corner with yoga decks, exercise stations, a hammock corner, a Tranquil Garden with a meditative deck, a tea corner, a herbs garden for those who prefer to wind down after the daily grind.

Situated in the township of Kiara Bay, which is also within the mature neighbourhood of Kepong, Residensi ZIG is easily accessible via highways such as the Kuala Lumpur Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2), Duta-Ulu Kelang Expressway (DUKE), Selayang-Kepong highway and Damansara-Puchong Expressway (LDP).

Residensi ZIG falls under the RISE Series of UEM Sunrise’s Happy+ product series. Homes within this series are designed as flexible and agile spaces able to shape and shift to suit your lifestyle with more value built in. These attainable homes embody practical living with an environment of simplicity, recreation and convenience.

With an estimated gross development value (GDV) of RM 646.2 million, Residensi ZIG is scheduled to be completed sometime in Q4 2027.

Announced in 2019, Kiara Bay is UEM Sunrise’s flagship township in the mature and historic neighbourhood of Kepong. Spanning 29.4 hectares (72.74 acres), the current township plan has 15 developable plots, roads, green pathways, and open spaces. Considering the pandemic and market sentiments, UEM Sunrise, together with its joint-venture (JV) partner, Melati Ehsan Group, has plans to echo the “liveability” concept of Kiara Bay with a focus on connectivity, community, and sustainability.

The replanning of Kiara Bay will consist of 13 plots of developable land, among others and is currently under review by the authorities. UEM Sunrise will provide updates in the near future.

To find out more about Residensi ZIG, visit uemsunrise.com/ResidensiZIG or visit the Company’s sales gallery in Kiara Bay, Kepong.

 

Artist’s impression of Residensi ZIG façade.

 

Artist’s impression of Residensi ZIG’s overall facade view.

 

Artist’s impression of Residensi ZIG guard house.

 

Artist’s impression of Residensi ZIG type D.

 

Artist’s impression of Residensi ZIG beach-inspired pool.

 

(From left to right): Chief Development Officer Mardiana Rahayu Tukiran, UEM Sunrise Chief Marketing Officer Kenny Wong, and Chief Operations Officer (Central) Liong Kok Kit posed for a group photo next to the Residensi ZIG scale model at the Kiara Bay sales gallery in Kepong. 

KUALA LUMPUR, 12 September – UEM Edgenta Berhad (“UEM Edgenta” or the “Company”), the region’s leading Asset Management and Infrastructure Solutions company, today launched its groupwide Net Zero Targets and announced its commitment to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. Graced by YB Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, the Minister of Natural Resources, Environment, and Climate Change (NRECC), the launch is a long-term testament to combating climate change and advancing a greener future for Malaysia and beyond.

UEM Edgenta has set forth a goal to reduce its operational GHG emissions by 26% by 2030 in the medium term. In the long term, UEM Edgenta aims to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. These commitments align with the International Energy Agency's (IEA) Net Zero Emissions by 2050 Global Pathway (published in 2022). The targets are set against the company's 2022 groupwide global baseline GHG carbon footprint of 17,577 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e). UEM Edgenta’s decarbonisation strategy is based on a multifaceted approach, reliant on energy efficiency solutions, the generation of renewable energy sources, and the electrification of its fleet of vehicles.

In an era of heightened climate urgency, UEM Edgenta firmly supports Malaysia's commitment to sustainability in the economy, society, and the environment toward achieving net zero by 2050. We proudly align ourselves with the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) for 2021-2025, which prioritises sustainability in the economy, society, and the environment. Guided by the Finance Ministry's Economic 2023 Outlook Report, we embrace the National Policy on Climate Change and related policies, working towards a sustainable future. Our commitment includes exploring eco-friendly materials, adopting renewable energy models, and integrating sustainable asset management practices. We're dedicated to contributing to Malaysia's goal of achieving 20%- 23% energy efficiency savings by 2050 as outline in recently unveiled in the National Energy Transition Roadmap (NETR). Malaysia's target to reduce carbon intensity by 45% against 2005 levels by 2030 is commendable, and UEM Edgenta is proud to play a role as a responsible corporate citizen in advancing Malaysia's sustainable development goals.

In line with the 'Edgenta of the Future 2025' vision, UEM Edgenta is launching OPUS Consultants' Sustainable Solutions, a holistic approach to enhance asset performance and value through sustainability, technology, and data analytics. This solution supports our sustainability goals, backed by government support, and offers clients the benefits of expertise, a greener future, and cost savings.

Building on the success of the previous RM100 million allocations under the 'Sustainable Zero-Capex Programme' for Sarawak, UEM Edgenta is pleased to announce the extension of a similar initiative amounting to RM100 million in Peninsular Malaysia, in collaborating with NRECC focusing on sustainable asset life cycle management and built environment. This expansion encompasses various sectors, including healthcare, industrial, commercial, and residential. The transformative initiative is designed to empower building and asset owners to expedite their sustainability agendas with minimal to no upfront costs through a one-stop solutions provider. Serving as the one-stop solutions provider, OPUS offers a comprehensive range of end-to-end sustainability solutions. With OPUS at the helm, the commitment is to facilitate and advance sustainable practices across various industries in Malaysia. These end-to-end solutions encompass initial consultancy and baseline assessment of greenhouse gas emissions, as well as the conversion of buildings into environmentally certified structures either for new development or existing buildings. Additionally, these services include comprehensive operations and maintenance, and a real-time monitoring through centralised command and contact centre. Cutting-edge technologies, such as IoT (Internet of Things) and digital twin, are integrated into our solutions through our sister company, EdgentaNxt, and strategic partners.

In his keynote speech, YB Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad eloquently remarked, "The Net Zero Target initiative stands as a momentous stride toward a more environmentally conscious future. UEM Edgenta's unwavering commitment is not only commendable but serves as an inspiring example for the broader business community. I hold firm in my belief that this initiative will play a pivotal role in expediting Malaysia's transition to a low-carbon economy. It brings us immense pleasure to learn of UEM Edgenta's resolute dedication to achieving Net Zero Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2050, a commitment that extends beyond our borders to encompass their global operations. UEM Edgenta's remarkable endeavours in enhancing energy efficiency, exemplified by initiatives like the Green Building Certification (GBI) program for their clients, will undoubtedly cast a positive green hue over our national built environment."

"Through UEM Edgenta's Energy Efficiency solutions, clients were able to achieve more than a 50% reduction in energy consumption and more than a 10% reduction in water use. The Ministry also welcomes the fact that three (3) of UEM Edgenta's hospitals in the northern part of the country achieved prestigious LEED certification. Sultanah Maliha Hospital was the first hospital in the world to receive Gold LEED status in 2020. Recently, Slim River Hospital and Kepala Batas Hospital were accredited with Platinum LEED standards in 2022 and 2023, respectively. These achievements also helped the Ministry of Health (MOH) record savings of RM90.0 million in energy consumption between 2017 and 2022 at the 32 government hospitals in the Northern Region of Malaysia, translating into a carbon reduction of 165 million kg of CO2," he added.

The unveiling of UEM Edgenta’s Net Zero Targets initiative marks an important step in the company’s journey towards a more sustainable future. Syahrunizam Samsudin, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of UEM Edgenta, shared, “Our Property and Facilities Solutions (PFS) division partners with Edgenta NXT for data-driven facilities management, benefiting clients such as the Prime Minister’s Office and the Petronas Twin Towers. We are expanding to offer Emission Baselining and Carbon Roadmap services, aligning with our net-zero by 2050 goal. OPUS Consultants, a subsidiary of UEM Edgenta, will commercialize Sustainability Services, offering the Sustainable Zero-Capex Program and committing a total of RM200 million to support clients in achieving their net-zero ambitions. We are well-prepared to support the NETR with our expertise, collaborating with Khazanah and UEM Group to become a global sustainability services provider. We envision a National Adaptation Plan that bolsters our nation's resilience against climate change.”

The event featured the signing of three Memorandum of Business Exploration (MOBE) with partners Earth Finance Inc., Honeywell International Sdn. Bhd, and Yinson Green Technologies, aiming to strengthen strategic partnerships for sustainable solutions and green financing. These MOBEs will align UEM Edgenta with international standards and provide decarbonization solutions. Notable attendees included Garrett Kephart, President of Earth Finance; Sharad Yadav, Vice President & General Manager, Rest of APAC, together with Lim Yeong Chuan, Regional/Country General Manager from Honeywell International and Srinivas Tati, Senior Vice President of Yinson.

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