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Most Foreign Tourists Visit Malaysia For Shopping
July 24, 2005 00:12 AM



PETALING JAYA, July 23 (Bernama) -- More than 85 per cent of foreign male tourists and 75 per cent of female tourists cited shopping as a reason for visiting Malaysia, according to a recent survey by MasterCard International, said Tourism Minister Datuk Dr Leo Michael Toyad.

The survey also showed that Kuala Lumpur's attraction as a shopping destination was because it provided value for money, he said.

He said the ministry's statistics in 2003 showed that spending by tourists on shopping comprised 22 per cent of their total expenditure with lodging taking up 35 per cent.

"Therefore, operators of shopping complexes and retailers should be more active in finding ways to attract tourists to this country," he said when launching the Mega Sale Carnival 2005 here Saturday night.

Last year, Malaysia hosted 15.7 million tourists compared to 10.6 million the year before, up 48.5 per cent, and the tourists in 2004 contributed RM29.7 billion to the economy.

Dr Toyad said the ministry was monitoring closely the preferences and tastes of international shoppers in order to plan the positioning of Malaysia, especially Kuala Lumpur, against other more established shopping destinations like Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai.

It was also working together with state governments, government agencies, shopping outlets, tour agencies and hotels to ensure adequate infrastructure for the tourists.

Activities during the one-month Mega Sale Carnival, during which shopping complexes in the Klang Valley will be allowed to stay open until 2am, will include Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week, Mega Sale Street Carnival, Textile Carnival and Handicraft Carnival.

The main shopping complexes such as Suria KLCC, IKANO Power Centre, The Curve, Sunway Pyramid, Berjaya Times Square, Low Yat Plaza and Alamanda Putrajaya will also organise their individual activities.

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Adopting a business look at a roadside
By K.W. MAK
Monday August 1, 2005



BUNGALOWS along Jalan SS2/24 have slowly been converted to showrooms and shop houses that provide a personalised service to customers.

Once vehemently objected by residents for fear that such businesses bring increased traffic to their neighbourhood, the change has now been widely accepted for the convenience the showrooms provide.






Because of the traffic near them,
the showrooms are advertisements in themselves.





The stretch was rezoned from a housing area to a limited commercial zone in 2002, along with several other parts of Petaling Jaya. It was a result of the original owners who found it difficult to live beside the main roads due to excessive noise pollution from heavy traffic. So, they applied for a change in the status.







Ng … 'ample free parking for customers'





A compromise was reached between residents and the Petaling Jaya Municipal Council and MPPJ approved the rezoning with several guidelines for the businesses operating at the converted homes.

The businesses must be suitable for a neighbourhood environment and cannot be one that attracts high traffic volume. They must also not cause excessive noise levels and the premises must remain clean.

The basic size and height of the houses are also barred from change, although the business owners could change the surrounding façades to give the premises a professional look.

Even with such stringent rules, businessmen eyed the properties with interest.

“It isn’t so much for selling the bikes at the premises than the exposure we get as there is a lot of traffic passing through the road,” said Motonation manager John Tan.








Yap … 'customers find the premises
a refreshing change'






The distributor for Dutch KTM motorbikes, which opened for business at one of the showrooms in SS2 in May, found the premises perfect for showcasing its bikes.

Like the businesses around them, Motonation adheres to the council's restrictions by not turning the showroom into a service centre like its other outlets.

The convenience and personalised service that its personnel can offer to customers in a more relaxed environment persuaded Victoria Wedding Collection to set up shop along the road last year.

Shop manager Steven Yap said customers found the venue's environment a refreshing change and ideal as they shopped for wedding apparels and accessories.

“The different shops in the row also help attract business for one another because we don’t really compete with each other as everyone is doing different things,” he said.

Dextrous Lockshop opened two years ago because the place was advantageous for its owners to showcase its products, while allowing the staff to conduct consultation services in a relaxed environment.

For Dextrous Enterprise director Andy Ng, who has operated the shop from a shopping centre previously, the differences were numerous with their own unique brand of benefits and drawbacks.

“This place gives us good access to customers and there is ample free parking for customers, some of whom can spend half a day choosing the right product for their homes without worrying about expensive parking fees,” said Ng.

“However, there are drawbacks too, as there is the risk that the town board can say you can’t operate anymore as we have to renew our licences yearly.”







Motonation showroom in SS2 is a delight
of potential customers as it is to the owners.





Ng added that operating in a standalone premise too meant there were security risks and bad weather can ruin business for the day.

Beautiful Gate, an NGO that champions the cause of the wheelchair-bound individuals, is also located along the road.

The presence of the organisation there prompted the council to install disable friendly facilities around the area like pathways and traffic lights that allowed wheelchair bound folk to travel from the house to the SS2 business centre safely.

Other businesses that have set up shop along the stretch are Vogue Collection (wedding apparels), Akitek OHM (office), Image Lighting, Felione Collection Furniture and Wonderful World of Pets (pet products).

There are still several homes that remain residential along the road, but change is creeping in. It is inevitable.
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Zahid: Quality goods draw tourists to shop in Malaysia
July 24, 2005 00:12 AM



FOUR main reasons why tourists like to shop in Malaysia are quality, accessibility, price and variety of choice, said Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at the launch of a ‘Travel Mart’ session last Wednesday.

He noted that most tourists did not mind paying a little extra for first-rate merchandise.

“Products sold in Malaysia are of fine quality, that’s why people choose to shop here,” he said.

The ‘Travel Mart’, held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, was attended by 160 representatives from selected hotels, travel agencies and tourism product operators from various parts of the country.

The session was to promote networking with 200 buyers from travel agencies, hotels, tour operators and large corporations from Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya.

Ahmad Zahid said tourism contributed RM30bil to the country last year, with domestic tourists bringing in RM4.3bil.

He added that 50% of Malaysians vacation within the country, and he hoped the number would increase with the recently implemented five-day week.

In line with Domestic Sales Mission 2005 to encourage Malaysians to vacation within the country, a three-day tourism fair was held from Friday until yesterday at One Utama Shopping Centre.

The fair featured 160 booths which offered various domestic tour packages.
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Tranquil forest at the edge of KL
Wednesday August 10, 2005



THE Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (Frim) in Kepong is a paradise for nature lovers.

Just 16km north of Kuala Lumpur, it is only a half-hour drive from the city centre.







Even the road leading towards Frim is canopied and bordered by
greenery, promising nature lovers of better things to come.






Established in 1929, Frim was initially set up as a forest reserve meant for research.

However, through the years its many attractions have drawn visitors from all over the world into its green and tranquil domain.

One of its popular attractions is the Canopy Walkway, which is often termed “A Magical Walk in the Tree Tops”.







The 1,528ha forest reserve is criss-crossed with nature trails
that have been given names such as the Keruing Trail.






The 500-metre trail leading up to this walk is an educational one. As you begin your journey, you will notice markers identifying the various species of flora in the area such as the Saga tree, rubber tree, rattan, betelnut palm and a few durian trees.

The 1,528ha forest reserve is crisscrossed with nature trails that have been given names such as the Keruing Trail, Engkabang Trail and the famous Salleh Nature Trail – named after Frim’s first director-general Datuk Dr Salleh Mohd Nor, who retired in October 1995.

There are also indoor attractions like the Frim Museum, where visitors can discover the longest rattan in the world which is about 65 metres long.

Then there’s a fruit arboretum which is most alive during durian season. Other sights around Frim are the 120-year-old Terengganu House and the Sg Kroh waterfall which has a wading pool that is safe for children.








The Sg Kroh waterfall inside Frim’s grounds is open to the
public for picnics. Keruing Trail.








The Frim campsite is also popular with companies and schools. It can accommodate a maximum of 80 people and is equipped with basic facilities like toilet, an outdoor hall, kitchen, campfire and an activity area. For details, call 03-6279 7524.
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Dance troupe takes in sights of KL
Thursday August 11, 2005



THE Shanghai Oriental City Dance Troupe ended its successful week-long Wild Zebra tour in Malaysia with a tour of the country's capital and Genting Highlands.

The 70-member troupe and crew members visited Kuala Lumpur’s famous tourist attractions such as Petaling Street (Chinatown), Suria KLCC and Petronas Twin Towers, and had a fun time on the roller-coaster rides and at the theme parks in Genting Highlands.

During their Chinatown visit on Thursday, they found some good bargains and sampled the Malaysian version of gui ling gao (herbal jelly) at an outlet.

Later, they tucked into bah kut teh, a Chinese dish of pork cooked with herbs, for lunch at a restaurant in Jalan Imbi.








Zhu Gebei being tossed into the air
during the troupe’s visit to KLCC.







When they reached KLCC, the group had their cameras clicking away, trying to get the best shots of the famous landmark.

Dancer Zhu Gebei was thrown into the air by his troupe members when they were taking a group photograph.

“Whenever they want to do something like this, they will always choose me because I am the lightest person.

“I have been with the troupe for three years and we are like a family,” he said.

During their dinner in Damansara Uptown, The Star threw Shanghai Theatre Academy troupe leader Ge Lang a surprise birthday party.

Moved by the gesture, Ge said: “Back in Shanghai, I never had a birthday party for myself. I only threw a birthday party for my parents because they sacrificed a lot to raise me.








Ge (left) toasting to the success of the troupe
with some of the dancers during his birthday party.








“I am touched that The Star found out my date of birth and celebrated my birthday.”

He also made no secret of his birthday wish and announced that the dance company would try to return to Malaysia next year with its latest work, Shangri-La.

The troupe left for Shanghai over the weekend.

The troupe performed Wild Zebra, a dance drama about the forbidden love between two zebras, to packed audiences at Istana Budaya from July 29 to Aug 3.

Written, directed and choreographed by Zhang Jigang, Wild Zebra combines ballet with modern and folk dance movements set to an original score by composer Zhang Qianyi.

Presented by The Star and Artistry by Amway, the Wild Zebra tour was supported by the Arts, Culture and Heritage Ministry.
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Patience pays off for lensmen at Bird Park
By CHIN MUI YOON
Friday August 12, 2005




A trio of graceful pink Flamingoes was the winning image for the professional category of the KL Bird Park Bird Photography Competition 2005.

Omar Ariff Kamarul Ariffin’s lovely picture won him RM2,000.

“I had spent many hours capturing the beautiful birds and suddenly I saw the perfect picture of these three flamingoes poised as if for my camera, so I clicked it!” said Omar Ariff.








Omar Ariff’s image of pink flamingoes which
won him the first prize in the professional category.








The Bird Photography Competition was held in July. Participants were required to photograph any bird found in the park.

The competition’s objectives were to promote the park and create public awareness towards the wonders and beauty of nature and wildlife besides offering an opportunity to photographers to showcase their skills.

In second place was Choong Yoon Choy who won RM1,000 while third place winner Alex Liew Yeng Seong took home RM750.

The amateur category was won by Sum Sai Fook who received RM1,000. Second and third prize winners were Ong Boon Tat who got RM750 and Azizul Halmi (RM500) respectively.

Tourism Ministry deputy secretary-general Patimah Zohro Hasan presented the prizes at the KL Bird Park’s Hornbill Restaurant and Café on Saturday.

The judges for the competition were Penang painter and photographer Choo Beng Keong and Click magazine publications director Ho Teon Han.

The competition was sponsored by Click magazine, Hewlett-Packard (M) Sdn Bhd and Creative Enterprise Sdn Bhd.

The winning entries will be exhibited at the park till Sept 18.

KL Bird Park is open daily including weekends and public holidays from 9am to 7pm.

For more information call 03-2272 1010 or visit www.birdpark.com.my
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RM1bn venture to build condos
Updated : 12-08-2005
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LANDMARKS Bhd and Tan & Tan Developments Bhd will jointly build RM1 billion worth of condominiums and villas in Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur.

The 53ha project is part of Landmarks RM2.5 billion development masterplan for Wangsa Maju.

We plan to launch our project with Tan & Tan by early 2006. Also within Landmarks plan for Wangsa Maju is the construction of shop and office lots, Landmarks managing director Mohamad Abdul Halim Ahmad said at the launch of Landmarks Land¡'s Safe City initiative in Wangsa Maju yesterday.

Landmarks recently indicated that it is focusing on the upmarket residential and commercial property segments.

Under the Wangsa Maju masterplan, Landmarks has also entered into a joint venture with another developer, IJM Properties Sdn Bhd.

The Landmarks-IJM joint venture will build the RM300 million Riana Green East condominium beginning year-end and is expected to be completed within three years.

Landmarks 70 per cent-owned Landmarks Land & Properties Sdn Bhd has already developed RM1 billion worth of property in Wangsa Maju. The total gross development value for Wangsa Maju is estimated at RM3.5 billion.

Landmarks, which owns the Kuala Lumpur-based Sungei Wang Plaza shopping complex, has an existing landbank of 100ha, an area of potential development expected to last for the next six to 10 years.

The group recently said it plans to sell the RM540 million retail centre to a real estate investment trust (REIT) to raise funds and cut debt.

It was also reported that the company is confident of reducing its borrowings by 20 per cent by the end of the year from the funds raised via the REIT and asset sales.

Based on the group¡¦s filings to Bursa Malaysia Bhd, as at March 31 2005, the groups debt stood at RM652.2 million, an 0.8 per cent decrease from the RM657.2 million registered on December 31 2004.
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KL Chinatown traders see sales dip
By CHIN MUI YOON
Saturday August 13, 2005



IT IS business as usual at Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur, but at a much slower pace. Traders say sales have dropped by half since the haze began to worsen. Especially affected are traders who sell freshly cooked food, such as roast duck, and those into fruits and confectionery.

“We are dependent on foreign tourists to boost our sales, but even so, we have to take home cartons of unsold food every evening,” said Ah Wong who sold roast meat.

Tang Kwok Wang, 66, who sells mochi candy, said many of the locals do not eat out now as they did on other days.








The number of visitors to Petaling Street has dropped
by about 50% since the haze began to worsen in the Klang Valley.







Soy bean seller Wong How Fook agreed. For the past week he has had to discard up to three containers of the drink each night.

“The haze is really affecting us,” he said. “The problem is compounded by illegal traders, especially those dealing in pirated VCDs and DVDs, who crowd the roads and block the legitimate stalls.’’

Even the popular Koong Woh Tong Chinese herbal tea shop at a corner of Jalan Sultan was unusually quiet during lunch hour yesterday.

Only Rosli Majid, who works in the area, was spotted sipping his bowl of bitter tea with a mask still on his face.

“I normally take this about once a week,’’ he said. “But, with such badly-polluted air these days, I’ve increased my intake of the healthy drink.”
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An end to traffic woes in sight
By K. ANURADHA
Saturday August 13, 2005



THE New Pantai Expressway's Kewajipan Link will likely be operational early next month. This will be the first package in a series of projects involving five interchanges aimed at alleviating traffic jams along the New Pantai Expressway vicinity.

The completion of this stretch will help solve part of the traffic woes of USJ road users who have to contend with jams lasting up to 45 minutes during peak hours at the Kewajipan roundabout.

Executive vice-chairman of the Road Builders Holdings Bhd Tan Sri Chua Hock Chin is hoping for smoother traffic when all stretches that are currently under construction are completed. Road Builder is the parent company of New Pantai Expressway Sdn Bhd.









This high ramp serves as a flyover that will help ease congestion by
providing a direct link between Jalan Kewajipan and Bandar Sunway.







“For us, connectivity is important, that is why we embarked on this project,” said Chua.

He also mentioned the other four projects going on at Jengka Triangle, Tujuan Interchange, a flyover near the PJ Old Town Interchange and the Kuchai Lama Link that would all contribute to better traffic flow for motorists.

All these projects are already under way except for the Kuchai Link, which is delayed by land acquisition issues, which New Pantai Expressway Sdn Bhd general manager Neoh Soon Hiong said was being sorted out by Kuala Lumpur City Hall.

This particular project will eventually see seamless travel because it links NPE and the Besraya Highway, which is also a Road Builder project, he said.

The Jengka flyover for KL-bound traffic will open in October and Subang-bound traffic would open in November.

In the case of the Tujuan Interchange, the directional ramp bound for the Federal Highway will open this year, while the whole interchange including the underpass will be fully operational by April 2006.

Chua said the completion of these “links” was aimed at reducing traffic crawls and time spent on the on road by motorists.

“We realise this (traffic congestion) is not healthy because of the costs to the consumers and to health.

“Fuel costs are going up and on top of that we have this haze, which makes it even more unhealthy to be on the road for long periods,” he said.

Work on the five interchanges will cost NPE Sdn Bhd RM140mil.

Subang Jaya assemblyman Datuk Lee Hwa Beng said he was pleased that the Kewajipan ramp would be operational in less than a month.

He said USJ motorists have had to endure the Kewajipan crawl for a long time and was confident the completion of the project would alleviate traffic woes to a certain extent.

He said he also hoped the two other stretches currently under construction – the Tujuan and Jengka interchanges – would be completed soon.
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Bolton launches final phase of Tijani project
Updated : 13-08-2005
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PROPERTY developer Bolton Bhd has launched the Tijani II North, the third and final phase of the company's Tijani high-end residential project in Bukit Tunku, Kuala Lumpur to further enhance the area's luxury-living profile.

Undertaken by Bolton's subsidiary Tijani (Bukit Tunku) Sdn Bhd, Tijani, with a gross development value (GDV) of some RM650 million sits on 17ha.

Tijani II North, with a GDV of about RM350 million will contain 70 low-rise duplexes, two 15-storey condominiums comprising 112 residential units, and a club house.

"Upon completion in three years, the project will transform the entire perspective of Bukit Tunku into a very modern and contemporary residential suburb, and raise Bukit Tunku's capital value," Bolton senior executive director for property division Lim Yen Haat said in a statement.

Tijani II North is an extension of Tijani 1 and Tijani II South which were launched in 2000 and 2004 respectively. Tijani I involves the construction of 32 freehold bungalows, while Tijani II South comprises 10 bungalows and 44 semi-detached units

Main board-listed Bolton's other residential assignments include the Taman Tasik Prima in Puchong, Selangor, and Johor Baru-based Pelita Indah, among others.
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Merdeka contest for new villages
Friday August 19, 2005




Residents of new villages stand the chance of winning RM30,000 for their village in a beautification competition organised in conjunction with Malaysia's 48th National Day.

The competition requires the village to be decked out in national flags, hibiscus replicas or other patriotic themes and is open to all new villages in the country.

As a start, each village will receive a RM2,000 grant to spruce up its neighbourhood.

Chairmen from the 42 new villages in Selangor received the grant from Selangor Executive Councillor for Environment Datuk Ch’ng Toh Eng on Monday at Sungai Chua Community Hall, Kajang.

Ch'ng said the federal government was allocating RM2.5mil for the project.

Jalur Gemilang, banners and badges were also distributed to the village chairmen at the function attended by Balakong assemblyman Datuk Hoh Hee Lee, MPKj councillor T.C.Choong, Chen See Lin, Dr Lai Kong Choy and other local leaders.

Ch'ng said this was the first time the government had allocated funds for such a purpose.
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Crawford wows shoppers in KL
Friday August 19, 2005




KUALA LUMPUR: “Mummy, hurry up and pass me the camera. She is here in town,” shouted an excited Asher Gannon. The five-year-old, perched on her father's shoulders, had been eagerly awaiting her first glimpse of Cindy Crawford.

“My daughter and I are very excited. It's a fantastic experience to see Cindy in person here in Malaysia,” said her father Kevin.

The Gannons, from Seattle and here on vacation, certainly did not expect to see the American supermodel when they went shopping at Starhill Gallery yesterday.








Crawford is in the Malaysian capital to launch
a new jewellery line by Omega.






Crawford, who has appeared on the cover of more than 600 magazines worldwide, is here to launch the Bijoux collection, a new jewellery line by watchmaker Omega.

“The Omega Bijoux collection comprises distinctive pieces, with each one a true masterpiece of craftsmanship and style,” said the Omega ambassador during a press conference at Westin Kuala Lumpur Hotel yesterday.


Crawford made her first public appearance in Malaysia at Cortina Watch Espace in Starhill Gallery, accompanied by Omega president Stephen Urquhart and Omega vice-president for South-East Asia David Ponzo.

“I'm confident of the Malaysian market. Kuala Lumpur is becoming a shopping capital. Consumers here are knowledgeable and appreciate quality,” Urquhart added.

In conjunction with Crawford's visit, Omega organised a charity auction featuring an Omegamania watch in partnership with Cortina Watch Sdn Bhd.
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The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur named among the five best butler hotels in the world
Kuala Lumpur, 17 August 2005
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The award-winning butler team at The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur,
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The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur has been named one of the “Five Best Hotels with Butlers” by The Independent, United Kingdom. Independent News & Media PLC is a leading international media and communications group based in the United Kingdom, and publishes the quality award winning Independent from London.

Highlighting the hotel’s location, “The Golden Triangle - Kuala Lumpur's answer to Knightsbridge” The Independent reviews the legendary services provided by The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur’s butlers, including “morning tea and coffee, or a ‘Cleopatra bath’ - milk and lavender oil with slices of cucumber for jet-lagged eyes.” The article continues, “Each butler can be contacted via a mobile phone, so if you need your bags packed in a hurry, they will be waiting when you're ready to leave.” From laundry and pressing services, to last-minute dining reservations, the butlers at The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur offer guests a level of personalised attention and pampering unmatched in the city.

“At The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur, our All-Butler concept provides our guests with a unique and genuinely personalised service experience. To now be named among the five best butler hotels in the world is a tremendous honour for our Ladies and Gentlemen,” said General Manager Stephen Cokkinias.

Now featuring a 30,000 square-foot conference centre, a tropical Spa Village patterned after the award-winning Spa Village at Pangkor Laut Resort, an opulent 110-unit Residences Tower, and an enclosed sky bridge connecting the property to upscale Starhill Gallery, The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur is at the centre of the premier lifestyle district in Malaysia.
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BASF sets up regional service centre in Malaysia
Updated : 23-08-2005
Media : Reuters



FRANKFURT, Aug 23 (Reuters) - BASF , the world's top chemical company by sales, has set up a centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to provide a range of services to subsidiaries and affiliates in the region, it said on Tuesday.

BASF said in a statement that it would invest over 21 million euros ($26 million) in the unit, which will provide support services in finance, information technology and human resources.

The centre will be fully operational by 2007, employing about 400 staff.

BASF has 30 wholly owned subsidiaries and 23 joint ventures in the Asia Pacific region with over 9,000 employees. Last year, it generated sales of 5.3 billion euros in Asia Pacific, with local production accounting for 57 percent of sales.
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Asia Foundation Reopens Office In KL
Updated : 23-08-2005
Media : Bernama



Asia Foundation, a premier non- profit organisation devoted to Asia's development since 1954, reopened its Malaysia office in Kuala Lumpur Tuesday after a nine-year absence.

Its President Douglas Bereuter said this was the right time to re-establish on-the-ground presence in Malaysia.

"Malaysia is a very important Asian country. We are thrilled to reinstate our Kuala Lumpur office. Based on our strong track record, we look forward to working with Malaysian partners to support the country's continued development and to help build constructive and mutually beneficial United States-Malaysia relations," he said in a statement today.

Bereuter said Andy Andrews, the foundation's former country representative in Malaysia and longtime Asia expert, has been relocated from Pakistan to serve again as the foundation's Malaysia representative.

Asia Foundation, which supports programmes in Asia that helps improve governance and law, economic reform and development, women's empowerment and international relations, had an office in Malaysia from 1957 to 1996.
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Vacheron Constantin Boutique Launch In KL
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YTL’s latest residences open at Bintang Walk
Friday, September 02, 2005



YTL Corp Bhd's latest addition to luxury living and fine life at Bintang Walk – The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton – was formally opened yesterday by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail.

The Residences, which is adjoined by Starhill Gallery, houses a tropical spa complex as well as a major conference centre.

''With just four units to a floor, these 110 residences offer space, luxury and privacy for the discerning traveller who wishes to have the flexibility of an address that is at once within the heart of the happenings at Bintang Walk, and yet completely private for the quieter aspects of living,'' a company statement said yesterday.
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No more squatters in Seri Kembangan
Monday September 5, 2005
By DHARMENDER SINGH




SEPT 11 marks an end to squatters' relocation in the Seri Kembangan constituency when keys to Anggerik Flats in Taman Suria are given out to the last batch of families.

Seri Kembangan assemblyman Datuk Liew Yuen Keong said there were about 1,200 squatter houses in Kampung Aman, Kampung Setia, Seri Kembangan police station reserve and the Sungai Kuyoh reserve when the squatter relocation programme began.

``We have relocated them all,'' he said. “And, we have done it within the deadline set by the Selangor Government in its attempt to go for Zero Squatter before the year is out.''

Liew was speaking during a visit to the flats last week. With him were Hiliran Juara Sdn Bhd (the developer) project manager Teo Guan Kiang, Subang Jaya Municipal Council's (MPSJ) councillor Lee Tak San and representatives for the squatters, Chee Chong Weng and T. Rajagopal.







Liew (left) and Chee looking at the view from a room
of one of the homes in Anggerik Flats in Taman Suria.





Liew commended Hiliran Juara for completing its construction fast. Two hundred and sixty homes on a single 12-storey block were built in 14 months.

Teo said Hiliran Juara had received the Certificates of Fitness (CF) for the flats from MPSJ and would apply for the strata titles in the next two weeks.

He said if all things went well, the strata titles ought to be out in the next year and the residents could then take over the management of their flats.

He said Hiliran Juara would hold an awareness campaign on how to live in high-rise residential homes during the key-handing ceremony.

“We will advise them on the need to set up a residents association that will take over the maintenance of the area when the titles have been issues,'' said Teo.

Liew urged buyers, who had yet to settle payments such as the advance on maintenance fees, assessment and quit rent, to do so as soon as possible.

He said he had asked Hiliran Juara if it could reduce the monthly maintenance sum from RM61 to RM50.

“Most of the buyers have expressed concern that the current fee was high.''
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HP may expand KL contact centre
Updated : 06-09-2005
Media : The Edge
Story By : Jeeva Arulampalam



Hewlett-Packard (HP) may expand its Kuala Lumpur Contact Centre (KLCC), which provides support services to business partners and customers in eight countries in the Asia Pacific, if business continues to grow.

The HP KLCC was set up at a cost of RM7.6 million in 2002 with estimated investments to eventually reach RM38 million over a span of 10 years. It is one of the five key regional hubs of contact centres between HP and its partners, suppliers and customers.

Speaking at a media briefing at the HP KLCC in Kuala Lumpur on Sept 6, Patricia Liu, director of the Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) Volume Direct Teleweb Operations, said the company might look into increasing the investment for HP KLCC.

He said the facility can currently house 190 staff, of which 135 are sales staff and 55 are ancillary and support staff.

Handling over 100,000 phone interactions per month in six different languages, HP KLCC provides pre-sales support for business partners and customers in eight countries, which include Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand.

When asked the additional amount to be invested, APJ Volume Sales and Direct Business vice president Boey Chern Yue said he was unable to provide the figures.

However, he was quick to add that if the business grows, the investment would also increase.

'Our APJ Volume Direct Business grew more than 50% year-on-year (y-o-y), of which 20% of the direct business came from Malaysia,” Boey said.

HP KLCC recently won four awards at the 5th Annual Customer Relationship Management and Contact Centre Association of Malaysia (CCAM) Awards held on Aug 19 in Kuala Lumpur.

HP KLCC took home gold awards for Best In-house Contact Centre, Best Contact Centre Champion, Best Contact Centre Team Leader and Best Contact Centre Professional.
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SAP's new support centre in KL to be regional hub
Updated : 12-09-2005
Media : Business Times



SAP today announced its latest investment in Malaysia with the opening of its Global Support Centre (GSC) in Kuala Lumpur.

This million-dollar centre complements SAP's GSC in Austria, Spain, Ireland, India and China as a result of the strong business growth in Asia Pacific and will provide ongoing support from SAP to customers worldwide.

This timely move is in line with the Government's initiative and call to global conglomerates to educate and transfer information technology (IT) knowledge to the local workforce, and, at the same time creating job opportunities.

The new GSC, located at SAP Malaysia's office, has more than 50 skilled consultants, trained to support the whole suite of SAP products and solutions of customers in Malaysia and Asia Pacific, with plans to double the number over the next two years.

With an investment of more than RM20 million to staff and complete the infrastructure over a period of three years, the centre has the capacity for workforce expansion as the number of serviced customers increases.

The GSC Malaysia will become one of the primary hubs for delivering services and support to the more than 5,400 SAP customers in Asia Pacific from all industries throughout the region who will benefit from a highly-skilled local workforce.

'The GSC Malaysia underlines SAP's continuing global outreach and commitment to Malaysia. We have been conducting business here for more than 12 years and we have built a strong team to drive development and localisation of SAP software for this market,' said Eric MacDonald, managing director of SAP Malaysia.

“Malaysia has a well-educated workforce with excellent English language skills. The country has an excellent infrastructure, enjoys competitive costs, and we have a deep understanding of the local business,' continued MacDonald.

'The decision to set up the GSC Malaysia is a significant step towards ensuring that SAP customers across the Asia-Pacific region are provided with direct support by highly-qualified staff, which will improve customer relations and provide customers with best services to enhance their IT solutions.

Asia Pacific has been the fastest-growing SAP region in the first half of 2005 and SAP continues to invest and increase market share in this strategic region. One key example is the increased headcount in Asia- Pacific to the current more than 5,500 employees,' he added.

Complementing existing GSCs in Austria, China, India, Ireland and Spain, the GSC Malaysia will serve as part of SAP's 24*7 proactive and reactive service and support network the SAP Active Global Support network, while ensuring an effective use of SAP resources.

SAP Active Global Support has more than 3000 employees supporting more than 28,000 customers in 40 countries worldwide.

GSC Malaysia will provide remote product support for all SAP products and solutions to help customers meet their challenges during planning, implementation, operations and upgrade; with continuous maintenance to help ensure the optimum performance of their SAPn solutions.

Once an SAP system is installed and running, support and maintenance will continue with helpdesk services, online monitoring and remote maintenance.

GSC Malaysia will also help customers detect bottlenecks in their system, plan resources, and support the upgrade to new releases and technologies.

SAP has more than 500 software installations and more than 200 customers in Malaysia, including some of the most prominent businesses such as DaimlerChrysler Malaysia, Bank Islam Malaysia, Nestle (Malaysia), Hitachi Electronic Products, Measat Broadcast Network Systems and Perbadanan Putrajaya.

With the setting up of the GSC, SAP customers will gain dedicated local support as SAP continues to benefit from Malaysia's well-educated workforce, an excellent business culture and sense of entrepreneurship.
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