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Old December 9th, 2011, 11:14 AM   #21
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RM69.3mil spent on education in Pahang
Friday December 9, 2011
http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.as...sec=southneast

KUANTAN: The Pahang Foundation, or Yayasan Pahang, spent RM69.3 million for programmes and incentives to help 154,960 students in the education sector this year.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said the expenditure this year rose 23% compared with RM56.4 million for 97,604 students last year.

“A total RM19.8 million was for loans, RM31.7 million for scholarships and RM17.8 million for programmes,” he told Datuk Pang Tsu Ming (BN-Semambu) at the State Assembly sitting here, yesterday.

He said numerous strategies were drawn up to boost the achievements of students such as the Answer for Success Programme, All Subjects ‘A’ Intervention Project and Puncak Jaya Programme.

He said the programmes were effective and had increased the quantity and quality of education to create a community with knowledge and higher skills.

“Yayasan Pahang also gives aid to students in Pahang who secured places in institutions of higher learning in the form of grants of RM500 each,” he said.

He said the grant, which was launched in 2000, had benefitted 98,858 students with a total expenditure of RM49.4 million to date.

In another matter, Pahang Health and Environment and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Hoh Khai Mun said two more 1Malaysia clinics would be built at Taman Anggerik in Bentong, and Mentakab.

He said this was in addition to the two operating in Kempadang Makmur and Padang Jaya, both in Kuantan, and one in Temerloh.

He said 77,384 people had gone to the clinics for treatment from January to September last year, or an average of between 50 to 60 people a day. — Bernama
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Lynas gets funds to complete plant construction
Published: 2012/01/25
http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_New...ynass/Article/

MELBOURNE: Lynas Corp has secured enough funds to complete construction and start-up of its delayed rare earth processing plant in Kuantan, Malaysia.

The company yesterday said it had signed binding documents for a US$225 million (RM697.5 million) unsecured convertible bonds issue.

The bonds were subscribed by funds managed by US-based investment firm Mount Kellett Capital Management.

Mount Kellett had approached Lynas with the proposal, a source close to the transaction said.

"We are delighted Lynas accepted our offer to become a significant investor and look forward to participating in the development of the world's first reliable, sustainable supply chain for rare earth elements outside of China," Mount Kellett co-founder Jason Maynard said in a statement.

The funds will be enough for Lynas to complete construction and commissioning of the first phase of its rare earths processing plant in Kuantan, which has been delayed due to environmental protests.

It has secured US$50 million (RM155 million) up front, with the remainder expected in February.

As a result it will retire a A$125 million (RM403.75 million) working capital facility from JPMorgan Chase and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp, untapped as it had been subject to Lynas winning a licence for its Malaysian plant.

The bond funding is cheaper with an interest rate of 2.75 per cent a year.

Executive chairman Nicholas Curtis said the bonds were more attractive than the working capital facility that had now been tired because they were over a longer-term and would cost less.

Delays in procurement, additional engineering completion requirements and the recent monsoon season were reasons the plant had been delayed, Lynas said in a statement yesterday.

Importantly, Malaysia's Atomic Energy Licensing Board will decide next week whether to approve a licence for the plant. Shares in Lynas were placed in a trading halt and were last priced at A$1.28 (RM4.13) per share.

Lynas said it now expects the plant to start production in the second quarter, up to five months later than it earlier hoped, assuming it wins a temporary operating licence.

It also said the forecast cost for the first phase of its rare earths project had increased by about seven per cent to A$640 million. (RM2.07 billion). Agencies
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Old February 8th, 2012, 06:20 AM   #23
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Respond to public feedback on Lynas, AELB urged
Wednesday February 8, 2012
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...771&sec=nation



Controversial site: A worker riding a bicycle at Lynas plant in Gebeng, Pahang.
Australian miner Lynas Corp has a preliminary licence to operate the plant
there to process rare earths imported from Australia. — AFP


KUANTAN: The Kuantan MCA division has urged the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) to respond to public feedback during the Lynas temporary operating licence application review period.

Its chairman Datuk Ti Lian Ker urged the regulator to restore public confidence by taking the public engagement seriously.

“Public engagement is one of the recommendations made by the International Atomic Energy Agency and we do not want it to be taken lightly,” he said.

“Perhaps five days was enough for the experts to go through the 1,123 feedback but the public did not think that it was long enough. We want to know how many of the suggestions were rejected or accepted and why?

“AELB must be seen to be discharging its duties in the interest of the people and correct that perception,” he said here yesterday.

Ti said the Lynas watchdog committee led by Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai would meet AELB soon to seek an explanation.

He urged the public to work together with the committee to monitor Lynas and make sure the Australian mining corporation adhered to the stringent conditions imposed by the AELB upon the approval of the temporary operating licence for its rare earth refinery in Gebeng.

“There is still hope that the plant will not operate because Lynas has yet to fulfil some conditions especially the location of its permanent disposal facility,” he said.

Teruntum assemblyman Chang Hong Seonge echoed Ti’s views, saying that he had also submitted his feedback during the review and would like some form of answer.

The Bar Council condemned the AELB’s decision to grant a TOL to Lynas.

Its president Lim Chee Wee called on the Government to revoke or suspend the decision pending the results of a Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report. He pointed out that the TOL was granted just four days after it received over 1,000 submissions by the public regarding their thoughts about the plant’s construction in Pahang.
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Pahang govt spends RM3.37m to upgrade Teluk Chempedak facilities
08 February 2012 | Last updated at 05:20PM
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KUANTAN: The Pahang government has spent RM3.37mil allocation from Tourism Ministry to repair and upgrade facilities at Teluk Chempedak beach here.

Chairman of State Tourism, Arts and Heritage, Family Development and Women's Affairs Committee, Datuk Shafik Fauzan Sharif said the allocation under Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP) and Tenth Malaysia Plan (10MP) was for ten projects.

"Several projects have been completed. Some are at final phase including the one kilometre pedestrian walk connecting Teluk Chempedak to Tanjong Tokong and eco-friendly public toilets which are at 20 percent construction.

"First phase construction of the boardwalk, which started in July last year was completed in November, while the second phase which started in December is due for completion this month," he said after inspecting the two projects in Teluk Chempedak today.

Shafik said upgrading of the pedestrian walk was to replace the rotting planks with fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) which can last up to ten years. Construction of the eco-friendly public toilets costing RM500,000 had been completed and can save 50 per cent of electricity and water.

He reminded visitors to popular Teluk Chempedak beach to be more responsible in mantaining the facilities and keeping the environment clean. - Bernama
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Nuke expert: Lynas plant is safe
By T.N. Alagesh 26 February 2012 | last updated at 01:52pm
http://www.nst.com.my/local/general/...s-safe-1.51982

KUANTAN: WHERE once people depended on simple electronic appliances and gadgets to complete their task, today, life has been made much easier with the presence of devices such as smart phones, which offer a variety of applications and services at your fingertips.

One no longer has to queue up to pay a bill or undertake a banking transaction. The touch of a button or the click of a mouse from the comfort of your home will ensure that your bills are paid.

Technology has even brought us flat screen high-definition television sets to replace the huge, bulky sets of old, saving both space and electricity.

All these smart and environment-friendly applications, which have made our lives much easier, contain rare earth.

The Lynas rare earth processing plant in Gebeng, Pahang, known as Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (Lamp), is not a nuclear reactor, but a chemical processing plant.

Irresponsible parties, however, have been painting a different picture about the project and manipulating the issue, including feeding Kuantan folk with misleading information for political mileage.


Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang had said while addressing delegates at the Pas Muktamar in June last year: "I like to bring your attention to the Lynas issue, which was raised by our delegates.

"The issue should be referred to our expert. We have a nuclear expert. Hulu Langat member of parliament Dr Che Rosli Che Mat holds a PhD in the nuclear field."

During an interview with a private television station recently, Che Rosli, who is a nuclear scientist said: "They are frightening the public by saying that Lynas is a nuclear plant when its function is only to process natural materials like rare earths from Mount Weld in Western Australia, which has less radiation compared with an ore mine.

"The issue was brought up by the PKR. I've kept quiet and even been given a warning by the Pas information bureau not to comment.

"I accepted it and have been silent. But this is unfair. They have been making comments in every issue of Harakah in a tone we are uncomfortable with."
When asked if Lynas is really a nuclear plant, Che Rosli said: "I am embarrassed. I am also a Pas member. So finally, I decided, as a nuclear expert, I should come forward to speak.

"Let people talk as they wish," said Che Rosli, who assured the people in Kuantan that they need not fear the presence of the plant.

On Friday, Che Rosli reiterated that the plant was safe and the project should proceed as long as the company adhered to strict safety standards and regulations to ensure that the health and safety of the residents were protected.

Che Rosli, an expert in nuclear science, graduated from a university in the United Kingdom.

The Malaysian government has attached strict conditions for Lynas to comply with to ensure the health and safety of the workers, the public and the environment.

The special conditions are: Lynas is required to submit to the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) details concerning the location, construction and management of a permanent disposal facility (PDF) that will accommodate the waste generated by the factory; the PDF proposed by Lynas shall be located in a remote area away from populated areas, and Lynas is required to give a Letter of Understanding to remove and relocate overseas all waste generated.
All the waste from the plant shall be fully treated, meeting stipulated standards prior to discharge. There will be zero discharge of untreated industrial waste water.

The gasses released from the Lynas plant shall be treated by Lynas according to international standards and monitored by the relevant authorities continuously to ensure they are safe to be released through the plant stacks.
Before the public is duped by the accusations from various people, which has been described by Che Rosli as "unscientific and not at all academic", they should heed the advice of Abdul Hadi during his speech at the Pas Muktamar.

He was quoted as saying: "You want to know about oil palm, do not ask the rubber expert."
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Eight ways to boost Pahang’s economy
Saturday March 3, 2012
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...648&sec=nation

KUANTAN: The two-day Pahang State Economy Convention ended on a high note with the state government agreeing to adopt proposals mooted by delegates.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob announced eight resolutions to boost the state's economy.

An advisory council will be set up to advise the Pahang government on state affairs.

Adnan said the council would ensure accountability, transparency and good governance within the state administration.

“There will be a sense of justice and fair play in the system with the setting up of this council.

“For example, the Pahang Foundation logging tender is awarded to the highest bidder but sometimes the contractor already has three blocks to log.

“So to be fair, we will award two blocks to the highest bidder and one block to the second highest bidder,” Adnan told reporters after delivering his winding-up speech on Thursday.

He said the search for potential council members would begin soon and they would comprise professionals, orang asli representatives and corporate chiefs.

Among the resolutions announced was the establishment of the Industrial Park Management Committee as part of a rebranding exercise of industrial zones.

Other resolutions included the review of the land conversion premium and approval period, the introduction of the Agro Excell project in Gambang, the setting up of a “Moderation Committee” to close the skills gap in the state and the transformation of Pahang into a National Food Security Hub.
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Pahang will continue being choice state among investors
Published: 2012/03/05
http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_New...#ixzz1oDuqR6tV

KUANTAN: Pahang is expected to continue being the choice state among investors as the conducive environment it offers is being complemented by a state government which is willing to listen to the stakeholders.

Businessmen who attended the two-day Pahang Economic Convention 2012 recently were amazed that they could mingle and share ideas with Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob and other state leaders without any barriers.

Known for his no-nonsense approach, Adnan was quick to respond and announced some of the new initiatives that will help address grouses raised by the stakeholders during the convention.

For a start, he said all the industrial estates will be rebranded as industrial parks. An Industrial Park Management Committe will be established in Kuantan, Temerloh, Bentong and Pekan to oversee their progress.

The IPMC will be headed by the municipal council president and each will receive RM500,000 and a matching grant from the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers to improve the infrastructure.

To boost the agriculture sector, Adnan said Pahang would be turned into the National Food Security Hub through the implementation of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) for all rice fields in the state. SRI, which will ensure high yield at a lower water usage, would enable the state to become the country's new rice bowl and export the commodity.

The state government will also develop the Agro Excel project in Gambang and set up a Moderation Committee to help close the skills gap in the relevant fields.

Adnan said the land premiums and conversion rates will be reviewed to benefit low-cost housing developers and green technology operators.

A 12ha site in each district will be provided for the construction of affordable homes under the "Rimbunan Kasih" project, which will be implemented by IRIS Corporation Bhd.

The state government will continue to get more input from the industry by inviting their representatives to join an advisory council made up professionals, captains of the industry, academicians and Orang Asli leaders.

So far this year, Pahang has secured some RM2.3 billion in investment.

Adnan attributed the new investment to investors' strong confidence in Pahang despite a very challenging global scenario.

"We have consistently attracted foreign and local investment with an average of between RM1.5 billion and RM2 billion annually. For last year alone, we secured RM6.63 billion worth of investment, the highest in 10 years," he said.

The menteri besar said tourism, manufacturing and automotive sectors had been the main focus among the investors who participated in the specific industrial clusters under the East Coast Economic Region.

For the first three months of this year, Encorp Bhd will invest RM1.3 billion to develop an integrated resort and international golf course in Cherating, while DRB-HICOM had committed to invest RM590 million for the setting up of the International University College of Automotive in Peramu, Pekan.

At the same time, Andaman Sea Foods Sdn Bhd will invest RM225 million in an aquaculture project in Rompin while Gelnas Sdn Bhd will spend RM130 million in a manufacturing activity in Gambang. Nilai Mahir Sdn Bhd will implement a RM90 million joint-venture project with Johnson Controls Automotive Holding Sdn Bhd in Pekan.


The state is looking at a gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 5.2 per cent this year, higher than last year, to be driven by among others, the tourism sector. Last year, it registered 4.9 per cent GDP growth, or some RM26 billion in value as compared with 4.5 per cent growth or RM24.8 billion in 2010.
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Malaysia offers China similar project in Kuantan
Monday April 2, 2012
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...&if_height=491



Maiden China project: (From left) SP Setia president and CEO Tan Sri Liew
Kee Sin and Rimbunan Hijau Group chairman and MD Tan Sri Tiong Hiew King
with the deputy mayor of Qinzhou Lee Xing. In the background are (from
right) Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
and and International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa
Mohamed at the signing of a joint-venture agreement to develop the China-
Malaysia Qinzhou Industrial Park. It is SP Setia’s maiden project in China
where it has been actively looking for development opportunities since 2009


NANNING: Malaysia has offered China a development project similar to the China-Malaysia Qinzhou Industrial Park.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said his offer to jointly build an industrial park at Gebeng town in Kuantan was received positively by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.

“The park will be developed in an area of 607.03ha and be almost the model of the Qinzhou Industrial Park. Premier Wen had agreed in principle on such a project in Kuantan and we will work out the details with the Pahang state government.

“As our special envoy to China, Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting will coordinate the project with the parties involved in Malaysia and China,” Najib told the Malaysian press after his one-day visit to China yesterday.

He said Kuantan was chosen for the project because it had a port that faced the South China Sea which is the most direct link to the deepwater Qinzhou port and others in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.

Wen said the Chinese government would support investments by Chinese companies in Malaysia and added that both the Chinese and Malaysian sides could explore building the park.

Najib and Wen met for bilateral talks in Nanning yesterday before launching the Qinzhou Industrial Park.

Najib returned to Malaysia later in the evening.

The Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (FCAM) made the proposal to Najib for the industrial park in Kuantan last year.

“The Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park can become the sister park of the one in Qinzhou. By working closely with the Qinzhou park, such a project in Kuantan will surely bring about industrial development in Pahang,” FCAM president Tan Sri Pheng Yin Huah said.

On another matter, Najib said the Malaysian and Chinese governments were considering opening up an air route between Malaysia and Nanning which would be operated by AirAsia.
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Operasi Lynas dijamin selamat
4 April 2012
http://www.kosmo.com.my/kosmo/conten...a&pg=ne_01.htm



NOYREZ menunjukkan kadar radiasi nadir bumi kilang Lynas di Kuantan iaitu
0.119 mikro-Sievert sejam yang lebih rendah berbanding kadar radiasi garam
masakan iaitu 0.700 mikro-Sievert sejam.


KUANTAN - Lynas Corporation Ltd. berhasrat memberi taklimat kepada anggota Jawatankuasa Pilihan Khas Parlimen (PSC) berhubung operasinya yang mematuhi semua peraturan tempatan dan piawaian antarabangsa.

Presiden dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Lynas Corporation Ltd., Eric Noyrez berkata, adalah penting syarikat itu memberi semua butiran kepada PSC bagi mengetepikan maklumat mengelirukan berhubung Loji Bahan-Bahan Maju Lynas (LAMP) yang akan siap dan sedia beroperasi dalam tempoh tiga minggu.

"Kami tidak mempunyai niat untuk membuang sisa kerana melihatnya mempunyai nilai dan telah membangunkan teknologi untuk menjadikan ia barang yang boleh dijual.

"Semua ini dilakukan pada skala percubaan dan makmal, menggunakan antara 100 dan 200 tan bahan mentah," katanya kepada wartawan pada sesi taklimat dan lawatan ke tapak LAMP di sini semalam.
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Dorper sheep project in Pekan to be biggest in Southeast Asia, says PM
Updated: Saturday April 21, 2012 MYT 7:13:26 PM
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...&if_height=657



The VIPs witnessing the auction of the Dorper sheep in Pekan

PEKAN: The Pekan Agropolitan Project will transform this district to be the biggest hub for breeding dorper sheep in Southeast Asia.

Apart from this, it will raise the income of the Orang Asli participants up to RM5,000 a month, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak.

The project was launched in August 2008 and to date has succeeded in generating fixed income for the Orang Asli community involved by between RM750 and RM1,200 a month.

"In five years time, the Pekan Agropolitan Project in Runchang and Batu 8 will be able to produce up to 25,000 heads of dorper sheep which will make Pekan the biggest hub for the livestock in Southeast Asia.

"Our hope is to see the income of the Orang Asli participants continue to rise and target in the near future they should be able to derive a monthly income that exceeds RM5,000," Najib said when officiating the "Pesisiran Warisan Pekan" project.

The Prime Minister also attended the Pekan Dorper Sheep Auction where 50 sheep bred by the participants of the project were auctioned off to corporate bidders who were specially invited for the occasion.

The 12 corporate bodies involved in the auction included the Kuantan Port Consortium Sdn Bhd, Ahamd Zaki Resources Sdn Bhd (AZRB) and Pembinaan SPK Sdn Bhd.

Kuantan Port Consortium Sdn Bhd emerged as the highest bidder, offering RM120,000 for 10 sheep.

Earlier, 350 sheep were sold at the public auction held separately in the morning. BERNAMA
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Waterfront project to develop Kuantan as tourism site
By SIMON KHOO Published: Sunday May 6, 2012 MYT 1:44:00 PM
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KUANTAN: Kuantan has the potential to be developed as an industrial and tourism site, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

"I have directed the East Coast Economic Region to develop a waterfront project in Kuantan to attract more tourists," he said at a meet-the-PM event here Sunday.

Meanwhile, a heavy morning downpour failed to deter thousands of people from all walks of life from turning up for a public feast with the Prime Minister in Taman Gelora here.

The programme, dubbed 'Santai Bersama PM', also saw the attendance of the Prime Minister's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, several Mentris Besar, Cabinet Ministers and other dignitaries.

Most of them had stayed overnight in Kuantan in conjunction with the wives of Barisan Nasional representatives annual programme to give moral support to their spouses, who took part in several friendly games to foster closer ties.

Najib and Muhyiddin went on their rounds Sunday to meet the people despite the unfavourable weather and muddy ground, clad in caps and jackets.

They also tried out various traditional dishes such as pulut rendang daging hitam and opor daging kerbau while Najib took time to play a game of Dam Aji assisted by Rosmah.

In his speech, Najib said it was a nostalgic moment for him as Taman Gelora was built during his tenure as Pahang Mentri Besar back in 1982.
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UMP to set up rare Earth Research Centre
Posted on May 15, 2012, Tuesday
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KUALA LUMPUR: The growing public interest in rare earth has prompted Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) to set up a Rare Earth Research Centre to enable more research to be done on rare earth unique elements.

UMP vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Daing Mohd Nasir Daing Ibrahim considered it to be an opportune time to enhance research on rare earth, especially with the current issues surrounding the Lynas rare earth processing plant in Gebeng, Kuantan.

He also expressed hope to expedite the process of setting up the centre and get into high quality research in rare earth as soon as possible through collaboration with UMP partners, especially Karlsruhr Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany, Peking University of China, as well as local universities and Nuclear Malaysia.

“Rare earth is a strategic industry. We are committed to develop human capital and knowledge in this field, so that Malaysia would be poised to be a serious player in the rare earth industry,” he told Bernama after a recent visit by leading foreign rare earth experts to UMP in Gambang, Kuantan.

Prior to that, the experts from Canada, United States, Germany and China, had also visited Lynas Advanced Material Plant in Gebeng and gave the thumbs up for a sprawling state-of-the-art facility.

Meanwhile, UMP deputy vice-chancellor (Academic and International) Prof Dr Badhrulhisham Abdul Aziz said UMP was planning, among
others, to carry out environmental baseline study in Gebeng, in collaboration with KIT, Standards and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM) and other local universities.

Such baseline monitoring, which include that of air emission, water discharge, noise level, have been done by UMP and other universities, but not as comprehensive as the one planned to be carried out, he said.

On the current rare earth programmes conducted in UMP, he said the university was concentrating on three areas:

a) Alternative processing of rare earth separation;

b) Application of rare earth in petrochemical refining, automotive and other sectors; and,

c) Environmental management, including environmental baseline study.

“You can see how rare earth has become a very strategic metal because of the technological advancement. You cannot run away from all those gadgets, computers, technology applications like battery for hybrid cars and wind turbines,” he added.

As for the proposed Rare Earth Research Centre, Badhrulhisham said the collaboration with KIT would be on radioactive monitoring and assessment while that with Peking University would be on processing aspect of rare earth separation processes.

Collaboration with Nuclear Malaysia, on the other hand, would involve the scale up study on extraction of uranium and thorium from naturally occurring radioactive materials or NORM waste, while that with Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) and other local universities would be on application of rare earth products. — Bernama
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UMP partners German firms
By Kamarul Yunus Published: 2012/09/06
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UNIVERSITI Malaysia Pahang (UMP) has roped in two German companies operating in Malaysia, namely Elektrisola Malaysia Sdn Bhd and Infineon Technologies Malaysia Sdn Bhd, to position the varsity as a technological university of choice by 2015.

The academia-industry partnership will benefit both sides: UMP students will be exposed to multinational industrial experience, while Elektrisola and Infineon will get skilled talent supply from UMP.

Yesterday, UMP signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) and letter of intent (LOI) with Elektrisola and Infineon respectively.

UMP vice chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Daing Nasir Ibrahim said the MoU with Elektrisola covers three areas, namely academic collaboration, research collaboration and human capital development.

The LOI with Infineon will enable both parties to cooperate in academic and research activities as well as provide opportunities for undergraduates to gain practical knowledge through intensive industrial training with the company.

German Ambassador to Malaysia Dr Gunter Georg Gruber concurred, saying that such collaboration between the two German companies and UMP will bring the Malaysian economy to the next level.

Elektrisola Malaysia managing director Thilo Westerhausen said the company's participation in the UMP programme would facilitate the company in seeking future skilled and talented workforce.

"There's a lot of potential behind this collaboration with UMP. It will feed our need for innovation as well as filling the pipeline for talent graduates," Infineon Technologies Malaysia president and chief executive officer Dr Matthias Ludwig said.
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Pahang targets RM30bil investments by 2020
Updated: Thursday September 13, 2012 MYT 10:12:38 PM
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KUANTAN: The Pahang government has set an ambitious target to draw RM30bil investments over the next eight years until 2020 in the industrial, petrochemical, green technology, agriculture and construction sectors.

Last year alone, the state wooed investments worth RM6bil, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said Thursday.

"I believe the RM30bil investment target is a realistic goal to achieve. Pahang has many pull factors such as vast tracts of land and coastal areas with potential for development to realise our ambitious target.

"In fact, these are the issues discussed at the first meeting of the State Economic Advisory Council whose members are experts in their respective fields.

"Their views and advice are sought to help the state government," he told reporters after chairing the council meeting. - Bernama
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Pahang targets RM30bil in investments by 2020, says Adnan
By SIMON KHOO Friday September 21, 2012
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State matters: Adnan (centre) chairing the first state economic advisory
council meeting held in Kuantan, Pahang.


KUANTAN: Pahang is targeting some RM30bil in investments by 2020 said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob.

He added that up to last year, the state had secured a total of RM6bil in investments.

“This is not impossible to achieve as we are an investor-friendly state with vast opportunities.

“Our target cluster sectors are industrial, construction, agriculture, green technology and petrochemical,” he said at the first state economic advisory council meeting at The Zenith Hotel here recently.

During the meeting, a host of issues were discussed with all council members giving their feedback on ways to boost economic growth for the state.

Adnan said priority would be given to aspects of implementation to ensure all earmarked projects took off in line with the country’s Economic Transformation Programme.

“The five cluster sectors would provide the much-needed push to boost the state economy and downstream activities.

“We would seek views and suggestions from all council members every three or four months,” he said.

Earlier, Adnan said Pahang was slightly below par in terms of Gross Domestic Product growth at 4.9% as compared to 5.1% at the national level.

The state’s per capita income stood at RM22,743 as compared to the national figure of RM27,113.

“However, we have seen a positive growth from year to year and are seeking to close the gap.

“In terms of inflation, we are doing slightly better than the national average with a rate of 3% as compared to 3.2%,” he said.

Pahang would shift its focus onto higher value economic activities and new emerging sectors such as biotechnology and renewable energy to accelerate socio-economic development by generating job opportunities and income.

Of the major infrastructure projects underway, he said a four-lane dual carriageway Central Spine Road would be built connecting Lipis, Raub and Bentong, while the Pekan-Nenasi-Endau Rompin would improve linkages between East Pahang and the North-South highway as well as Singapore.

“Recognising the need for a healthy economy to thrive in cyberspace, comprehensive high-speed broadband and cellular infrastructure upgrades across the state will be carried out under the Connected@Pahang programme.

“We are also working to improve quality of life for the people by ensuring availability of quality healthcare and public transport,” he said.

Construction of the integrated transport terminals, added Adnan, would accommodate some 6.35 million users per year in Indera Mahkota, Kuantan and 177,040 users in Bandar Tun Razak, Jengka.

Two more terminals were planned for construction in Temerloh and Bentong.


A rural transformation centre, added Adnan, would be set up in Jambu Rias, Bentong and an urban transformation centre in Indera Mahkota had been identified to generate further economic spin-off.
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Pahang to become next O&G hub: Najib
By Alang Bendahara | 30 October 2012 | last updated at 04:28PM
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PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today announced that Pahang is set to become the next oil and gas player in Malaysia with the discovery of 64 million barrels of oil reserve off the shore of Kuantan.

Najib said the discovery was made at the Bertam oil field at Block PM 307 under a 'Production Sharing Contract' between Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd and foreign oil and gas company Ludin Oil.

"The oil field is located about 160km outside the Peninsular Malaysia opposite the Pahang state at the depth of 76 metres. "This discovery proved there is oil and gas at the Southern region of the Malay Basin towards the Penyu Basin," said Najib to media at the Prime Minister's Department here.

Najib said the oil field is located on the continent shelf which is under the jurisdiction of the Federal government.

He said taking into account the "wang ehsan" or payment to other oil and gas producing states, the state of Pahang will receive a RM100 million payment once production starts at the oil field scheduled on the third quarter of year 2014.

Petronas's Petroleum Management (Exploration and Production Business) Vice President, Ramlan A Malek said this is the first discovery of oil in the Pahang state.
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Chinese agro firm plans RM1bil joint venture with Pahang state agency
By LIZ LEE Thursday November 22, 2012
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PETALING JAYA: An established China agro firm is planning at least a RM1bil investment to create the largest commercial agro development in Malaysia, through a collaboration with the Pahang government.

China Liaoning Wufeng Agricultural Pte Ltd will enter a joint venture with state agency, Pahang Technology Resources Sdn Bhd, to establish the agropolitan covering 10,000ha to plant padi and other crops like banana, and corn; breed chicken, duck and boer goat; as well as fisheries.

In an email, the local subsidiary Wufeng Agriculture Holdings Sdn Bhd said the company would sign a memorandum of understanding with Pahang Technology Resources tomorrow.

Business development director Cornelius Mah at the wholly-owned local outfit said it would be a pre-agreement signing to initiate pilot planting.

“The state will earmark a suitable area for us to start. Subsequently, the state government will allocate various locations for us throughout Pahang,” he told StarBiz.

On the investment, Mah said Wufeng would be undertaking the financing but “the specific details will be worked out later on.”

Mah said the crops would be planted for local and foreign consumption. The development would also encourage related downstream activities.

The collaboration is China Liaoning Wufeng Agricultural's first overseas venture after 30 years' experience in padi planting.

It has 24 rice mills throughout China and recently started one in Vietnam.

“We're looking at possible technology transfer from Wufeng in the rice milling operations as well,” Mah said.
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Pahang UTC opens on Saturday
18 March 2013| last updated at 12:58AM
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KUANTAN: Standing in long queues and finding a parking spot will be a thing of the past for people here once the Pahang Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) opens on March 23.

Designed to accommodate 48 federal and state departments, 12 statutory bodies and five financial institutions, Pahang UTC will make it easier for the people to get various services under one roof.

Refurbishment work is almost complete. The complex will be a new landmark here.

It will be opened by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on Saturday.

The Pahang UTC is the fourth such complex in the country. The other UTCs are located in Kuala Lumpur, Malacca and Ipoh. It is equipped with a gymnasium, an aerobic studio, an archery range, a 1Malaysia clinic and a library. Its operating hours are from 8.30am to 10pm.

Strategically located in the heart of town, the centre will have an open parking bay that can accommodate 150 vehicles.

Kuantan Municipal Council (MPK) president Datuk Zulkifli Yaacob said the opening of the UTC would allow the public to kill "two birds with one stone" as they could settle various matters involving both government and private agencies at the same premises.

"Since there is ample parking space, motorists will no longer need to walk a long distance. It will be convenient for the people, especially those who are busy working or travelling during the day."

Zulkifli said MPK planned to build a shopping complex in the area to attract more people to use the facilities at the Pahang UTC.

"The complex will cater to the entire family. Apart from settling their utility bills, they can also apply for passports and MyKad, and check on the status of their for bank loans."
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Pahang moving up in per capita income
By Roziana HamsawiPublished: 2013/04/22
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PAHANG expects to grow its economy by more than six per cent in 2015 as it targets some RM18 billion worth of investments to flow into the state in the next three years.

Last year, the state registered record investments of RM6.34 billion compared with RM2.88 billion in 2011, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob.

In an interview with Business Times recently, Adnan said by 2015, Pahang will see its per capita income rising to RM35,000 from RM27,000 in 2011 and a total workforce of 800,000 from 721,600 last year.

He hoped that by 2015, the state can achieve 0.5 per cent inflation rate and two per cent unemployment rate. Last year, the state recorded an inflation rate of 1.9 per cent and 2.8 per cent unemployment rate.

Adnan said recent investments had provided jobs for 12,000 people in Gebeng, one of the main industrial areas in the state.

New companies coming into the state, including those under the Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park platform, have attracted investment commitments of about RM10.5 billion.
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IJM to invest RM2b in Kuantan port expansion
Published: 2013/07/03
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IJM Corporation Bhd, the operator of Kuantan Port, will invest about RM2 billion to build a new deep water terminal for the berthing of vessels of up to 200,000 deadweight tonnage.

IJM chief executive officer and managing director, Datuk Teh Kean Ming said construction of the new terminal is expected to commence in the first quarter of next year, with a 24-month completion period.

Once ready, he said the new terminal will double the size of the
multipurpose port, in terms of capacity to handle 52 million freight tonnes of cargo, from the current 26 million.

"We are currently looking at the final design plan. Once our Chinese partner, Guangxi Beibu Gulf International Port Group Co Ltd, come on board in October this year, we can decide on further specifications.

"The proceeds from IJM's 40 per cent stake disposal in Kuantan Port to Guangxi, will be used to fund the construction, together with a portion of internal funding," Teh told Bernama.

The IJM-Guangxi sale and purchase deal of about US$102 million (about RM323.08 million), is expected to be finalised within the next three months.

Teh said the new terminal will be constructed with a water depth of 16 metres, with plans in place to dredge the waters to two more metres, in the second phase of development.

"We will construct the terminal under the first phase. The construction works will be mainly undertaken by IJM, as we have the expertise," he added.

The expansion of Kuantan Port is part of the Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park (MCKIP), in which Guangxi will invest more than RM7 billion directly or via joint ventures with Malaysian companies.

Kuantan Port is situated about 25 kilometres to the north of Kuantan city and faces the South China Sea on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

Previously run by the Kuantan Port Authority, it was privatised in 1998, and is now operated by Kuantan Port Consortium Sdn Bhd.-- Bernama


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