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MSC Cyberport eyes expansion to China, Indonesia
Wednesday November 11, 2009
By ZAZALI MUSA



Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman (2nd from right) with MSC
Cyberport Sdn Bhd chief executive officer (2nd from left) signing the
agreement for the E-PBT system.


JOHOR BARU: MSC Cyberport Sdn Bhd is currently conducting a feasibility study to extend the e-Local Authority system (e-PBT) to local authorities in China and Indonesia.

Chief executive officer Ganesh Kumar Bangah said the study would take six more months to finish, following which the company would implement the system in the two countries.

He said China and Indonesia had shown interest in adopting the modules and applications that the company was developing for 16 local authorities in Johor.

“There is a big market for us out there; in China alone there are 1,000 local authorities but offhand, I don’t have the figure for Indonesia,’’ Ganesh said at an agreement signing ceremony between the Johor government, 15 local authorities in Johor and MSC Cyberport witnessed by Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman.

Under the agreement, the company would develop the e-system, comprising 18 modules, for 15 local authorities.

Among the modules are employee portal, collection module, e-assessment, e-license, e-rental, e-complaint, e-payment and project database tracking.

Ganesh said it would invest RM40mil to develop the E-PBT and would collect payment over a 10-year period to recoup its investment while the state government would allocate RM1mil yearly for the local authorities for 10 years.

“We will also extend the E-PBT system to Pahang, Perak and Sarawak which have shown interest in the system for their local authorities,’’ he said.

MSC Cyberport is a public-private partnership spearheaded by the Johor government to create a global information and communications technology business hub within Iskandar Malaysia.
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E-book reader to be exported
Wednesday November 11, 2009



Full concentration: Year Five pupil Wan Ikhmal Syahmi from Sekolah
Kebangsaan Gong Badak, Kuala Terengganu using the e-book.


KUALA TERENGGANU: The e-book reader introduced by Terengganu Government will be exported overseas, with 200 sample units already sent to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Indonesia, Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said said on Monday.

“The e-book reader we sent to the UAE uses Arabic while Indonesia will order 50,000 units as a start if they find it as practical,” he said when presenting the readers to 1,088 Year Five pupils from 12 schools in the Tepoh state constituency at the Gong Badak indoor stadium complex, here.

Ahmad said 50,000 e-book readers would be distributed to pupils in Year Three and Four in Terengganu with an allocation to be approved by the state assembly next month. — Bernama
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MOU signed between UTM and UK’s Salford University
Wednesday November 11, 2009 By MOHD FARHAAN SHAH



Mutually beneficial: Prof Mohd Tajuddin (right)
and Prof Hall exchanging the MOU.


JOHOR BARU: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with UK’s Salford University that would enable them to conduct joint research and development.

UTM deputy vice-chancellor (student affairs and alumni) Prof Dr Mohd Tajuddin Ninggal said the co-operation would be in information technology, communication, science and architecture.

“The signing of the MOU will also enable UTM to send students and staff to Salford University on a one-year exchange programme, and vice-versa.

“We will send about 10 people, whom we have identified, to the university for next semester,” he said, adding that the programme would provide UTM students and staff with valuable experience as Salford University is well known for its research and development programmes.

Prof Mohd Tajuddin said that both universities shared a focus on architecture, whereby UTM had established Iskandar Malaysia Research Centre (IMrec) that is parallel to the Salford Research and Innovation Centre.

“The first move towards co-operation between our two universities was the appointment of Prof Ghassan Aouad as a visiting professor at the Architecture Faculty for a year from May 2008,” he said.

Salford University vice-chancellor Prof Martin Hall, who witnessed the MOU-signing, said UTM and Salford had actually been co-operating in various areas the past 20 years.

“There are UTM lecturers and professors who are Salford University alumni and we are very proud of that.

“The MOU will certainly extend the relations between both universities,” he said, adding that the MOU would not only allow exchange of staff and students but also development of new academic programmes.

Since 2000, UTM has signed MOUs with leading universities in Europe, among which are Cardiff University, London Imperial College, Denmark Technical University and Bologna University in Italy.
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Malaysia And China Agree To Increase Bilateral Trade
November 11, 2009 11:17 AM



Najib with Chinese President Hu Jintao (right) at
the Prime Minister’s office in Putrajaya yesterday


PUTRAJAYA, Nov 11 (Bernama) -- Malaysia and China have agreed to increase bilateral trade and investment linkages especially in the area of palm oil and Malaysian timber, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak announced here Wednesday.

"Both nations agree that there is enormous hope for our bilateral relations and we are agree that we should work together to increase bilateral trade and investment.

"China has become one of Malaysia's largest trading partners and we hope that trade and investment will increase with China. China intends to increase trade in respect of palm oil and Malaysian timber," he told a joint press conference with Chinese President Hu Jintao, who is on a one-day visit to Malaysia, at the Prime Minister's office.

Earlier, the two leaders met for a delegation meeting which lasted for about an hour at the same venue.

This was Hu's second visit to the country, having visited Malaysia as vice-president in May 2002. His visit also commemorates the 35th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two nations.

-- BERNAMA
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Sarawak hosts dinner in honour of Bosnia and Herzegovina president
Thursday, November 12th, 2009



A MEMENTO FOR YOU: Dr Haris receives a memento from Taib (right) as
Dr Mahathir looks on before the State Banquet at the new Dewan
Undangan Negeri Complex in Petra Jaya.


KUCHING: The state government on Tuesday hosted a dinner in honour of the visiting President of Bosnia and Herzegovina Dr Haris Silajdzic.

The dinner held at the Banquet Hall of the new State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Building was attended by Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and his counterpart from Bosnia and Herzegovina Dr Selmo Cikotic also attended the dinner.

Deputy chief ministers Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan and Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu, Second Minister of Planning and Resource Management Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan were also present.

The guests were entertained to cultural performances from the Malay, Iban, Bidayuh, Chinese, Melanau and Orang Ulu communities.
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M’sia, China sign five MoUs
12th November, 2009

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Chinese president Hu Jintao yesterday witnessed the signing of five Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) between the two countries.

The signing ceremony of the MOUs was held at the Prime Minister’s office at Perdana Putra building here.

The first MoU was signed between Bank Negara Malaysia and the China Banking Regulatory Commission on banking supervision cooperation.

Malaysia was represented by Bank Negara governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz and China by the chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission, Liu Ming Kang.

The second MoU was signed by the Minister of Higher Education, Datuk Seri Mohammed Khaled Nordin and the China’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Liu Jian, for cooperation in the field of higher education.

The third MoU involved the Malaysian government and the Beijing Enterprise Water Group (BEWG) Ltd of China on cooperation in the sewerage services industry.

It was signed by the secretary-general of the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Datuk Dr Halim Man and the chairman and executive director of BEWG, Zhang Hong Hai.

Najib and Hu also witnessed the signing of supplementary agreements to the general loan agreement on the utilisation of the preferential buyers’ credit between the secretary-general of the Treasury, Tan Sri Dr Wan Abdul Aziz Wan Abdullah and the chairman and president of the Export Import Bank of China, Li Ruo Gu.

The final MoU was on the preferential buyers credit loan agreement on the Penang second bridge project.

It was signed by the chairman of Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd (JKSB) Tan Sri Dr Sulaiman Mahbob and Li Ruo Gu.

Earlier, in his opening remarks, Najib said Hu’s two-day visit to Malaysia symbolised the 35 years of bilateral ties between both countries.

He said when both countries established diplomatic ties 35 years ago, neither could have imagined two important things taking place in the future.

“Firstly, we would not have imagined how successful China would be one day,” he said, while crediting President Hu, for this.

Najib also noted that bilateral ties had blossomed ever since and progressed to become very important, strategic and comprehensive.

In a related matter, the prime minister said he wanted Hu’s visit not to be only ceremonial but become very substantial.

“I will seek to propel this bilateral relationship to a higher level,” he added.

Najib also disclosed that he would highlight to Hu, some new areas of collaboration between both countries.
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Malaysia Committed To Broadening Ties With EU, Says Najib
November 12, 2009 17:32 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 (Bernama) -- Malaysia is committed to broadening and deepening relations with the European Union (EU) community, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Thursday.

"Who could afford to ignore the EU, a powerful global actor on the world stage and one of the world's leading economic superpowers? Who can fail to recognise its international reach with the collective weight of 27 countries behind it.

"In addition to its economic impact, the EU is a highly successful model of regional integration and international diplomacy," he said when opening the Malaysia-Europe Forum.

Najib said he believed the EU would increasingly become more involved with the broader world order by playing its full role in the global economy and by demonstrating its leadership in the diverse areas of unity and integration, community and pluralism, governance and policymaking.

He said the EU's track record in integrating old and new European states into a dynamic community of nations with its single market concept is to be commended and admired.

He said despite the different histories, cultures and religious beliefs of the various people, the ethnic diversity, past wars and conflicts, European countries have come together inspired by one mission.

"In many ways, we are like the EU in Malaysia. We are also 50 years old and we enjoy ethnic diversity and pluralism here in our country. While we have had our own successes in ethnic integration and in building one community of Malaysians of various Asian and European origins.

"We are also now evolving and moving towards greater integration with our 1Malaysia concept where we should accept one another, learn from one another and come together with faith and trust to build a common future just as has happened in the EU," he said.

Asean too, Najib said, could learn from the EU, particularly from the stance of how it has achieved a single identity through disciplined efforts towards internal coherence of policies and maintenance of a consistent external image.

"Asean too has a colourful history and while we may not be at the level of EU integration today, Asean has much to offer the world going forward. Though just over 30 years old, the level of commitment to moving this organisation into the 21st century is very much shared by the members.

"Our Asean Vision 2020 seeks to create a stable, prosperous and highly competitive Asean economic region in which there is free flow of goods, services, investment and capital. Equitable economic development and reduction of poverty remain very much a priority," he said.

On concerns over human rights issue in Myanmar, Najib said the position Asean has taken is that there should not be any impediment to completion of the Asean-EU Free Trade Area negotiations as both parties stand to benefit under the theory that greater trade opens the door to political reform.

"Malaysia is fully committed to help get the issues to the table and I hope that there will be sufficient motivation from both the EU and Asean teams to resume discussions as soon as possible," he added.

-- BERNAMA
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HK, Malaysia seek to ease deposit protection
Published: 2009/11/12

Hong Kong seeks to work with Singapore and Malaysia to simultaneously withdraw 100 per cent protection of bank deposits to ensure investors don’t move their money to other Asian nations.

The governments plan to end full bank-deposit guarantees by the end of 2010, Hong Kong Financial Secretary John Tsang told reporters in Singapore after meeting officials from the two countries, according to a government transcript released late yesterday.

“If we were to do it together, we could enhance the certainty, the stability factor in the region,” Tsang said in the transcript.

In September 2008, Hong Kong guaranteed bank deposits up to HK$100,000 until the end of 2010, after the Bank of East Asia Ltd. was the target of the city’s first bank run in more than a decade. Singapore and Malaysia started guaranteeing deposits in October last year to shore up confidence in their financial institutions amid the deepening global credit crisis.

Hong Kong’s government in April increased the maximum amount insured to HK$500,000.

Taiwan extended its bank deposit guarantee program to the end of 2010, the island’s Premier Wu Den-yih said Sept. 18. -- Bloomberg
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Malaysia, France ink tax pact
Published: 2009/11/12

The protocol amending the agreement between the Malaysian and French governments for the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income was signed today.

The agreement was signed by Second Deputy Finance Minister Senator Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussin and the French Economy, Industry and Energy Use Minister, Christine Lagarde.

It was witnessed by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is also the Finance Minister, at his office at the Prime Minister's Department in Putrajaya.

The protocol is especially for including the article on the exchange of information in line with the standards required at the international level.

The agreement which enables the exchange of information to be efectively implemented also involves two other countries, the United Kingdom and Brunei apart from Malaysia and France. -- Bernama
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Malaysia looks to Obama for direction
Thursday November 12, 2009
By NELSON BENJAMIN



Pre-summit talks: Trade and Foreign ministers posing for a photograph
during the 21st Apec Ministerial Meeting in Singapore Wednesday. — AFP


SINGAPORE: Malaysia hopes that President Barack Obama’s address at the Apec CEO Summit on Saturday here will provide a direction on the country’s trade policies under his administration.

International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed said that this was important as talks on the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the US and Malaysia has been stalled since last year.

He pointed out that the US President’s attendance at the summit would also help set new directions in US and Asean relations as the country was an important trading partner to the region.

Mustapa was speaking to reporters at the 21st Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Ministerial Meeting here yesterday.

Asked whether Apec was still relevant after 21 years especially with the formation of many other regional economic groupings, Mustapa said it was important for Malaysia to have good relations with other countries to promote trade and investment.

“For Malaysia, Asean is an important grouping. But as a small nation in terms of people and big in terms of trade, it is important for us to have good relations with Apec members.

“Although many of Apec benefits are not immediate but in the long term, this grouping has been a good platform not just for heads of government but also for private sector leaders,” he added.

Mustapa said that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at the discussion panel would be able to promote the many initiatives taken by the Malaysian government to boost the economy since he took over the helm.

Najib is due to arrive here today and is expected to address the Apec Business Advisory Council meeting.
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France seeks Malaysia’s expertise
Friday November 13, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: France is seeking Malaysia’s expertise to develop its Islamic finance system, its Economy, Industry and Work Minister Christene Lagarde said yesterday.

“Malaysia is a big Islamic finance hub,” she told a press conference before a meeting with Bank Negara governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz.

“In Europe, London is currently the dominant centre of Islamic finance. And I am interested to explore how and what are the conditions and circumstances for France to develop Islamic finance capabilities,” she said.

Lagarde, now in the federal capital for the third time, said France had already modified its tax regime as well as some of it legal provisions concerning the availability of trust in the country’s financial institutions.

“I want to explore whether that is efficient and what else we should do and what is acceptable in our system,” she said, adding that France would seek Zeti’s advice in relation to Islamic finance which Malaysia excelled.

She said that France hoped to be able to develop such expertise. - Bernama
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Limkokwing supports global relationships
Friday, November 13th, 2009



SPECIAL VISITOR: Tiffanee (left) accompanies Dr Mahathir during a visit to
the Limkokwing booth at the Malaysia Business Forum – Bosnia.
Salihbasic is at right.


KUCHING: Limkokwing University showed its continuous support for global relationships with its participation in the Malaysia Global Business Forum - Bosnia, which was held at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) on Wednesday.

The forum served as a platform for enhancing global business cooperation with Malaysia and facilitated investment as well as penetration of the global market.

Bosnia Herzegovina, in particular, was featured as an example of a successful relationship fostered between Malaysia and a partner country.

Former Malaysian prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who was the chairman for the closed-door session meeting between Malaysia and Bosnia during the forum, greeted Bosnian student ambassadors led by Bosnian lecturers Nejira Salihbasic and Mirza Vejzagic who were present as Limkokwing University representatives.

They were a living testimony to the venture between Malaysia and Bosnia, which Dr Mahathir initiated during his tenure as Prime Minister, said a press release from Limkokwing University yesterday.

Special assistant to Limkokwing University president Tiffanee Marie Lim said the on-going relationship that Limkokwing University has with Bosnia Herzegovina first began when founder and president of the university Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Datuk Dr Lim Kok Wing initiated a worldwide awareness and fundraising campaign.

This movement involved the publication of two books - ‘Bosnia - Beyond Words, Beyond Tears’ and ‘Bosnia Today’, an exhibition and the Global Appeal website to raise funds to rebuild the country.

The efforts put forth by Lim and the Limkokwing University were not in vain as the suffering of the people, as well as their strength and resilience were highlighted and brought to world attention.

This went hand in hand with the intentions of Dr Mahathir, who wanted to play a more active humanitarian role in restoring the war-ravaged nation.

The people of Bosnia, particularly the students and staff of Limkokwing University today, did not forget this endeavour, as they shared their thoughts and feelings about the efforts made for their country.

“Mahathir is a true friend of Bosnia Herzegovina and a good supporter of our late President Alija Izetbegovic,” said Salihbasic.

“It is because of his undying support that we were given the opportunity to an education here in Malaysia,” she added.

To encourage students from Bosnia to study in Sarawak, Limkokwing will offer 10 partial scholarships for any of the diploma courses conducted here.

Limkokwing business student Tarik Resic also expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to come to Malaysia as a student.

“In Bosnia, Malaysian degrees are highly revered and to be a Malaysian graduate is seen to be extremely prestigious,” he said.

“Our experiences here in Malaysia and at Limkokwing University have really allowed us to grow, both academically and mentally. We are grateful for everything we have learnt in Malaysia and will return home with our knowledge and work towards developing our nation,” he added.
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S. Korean group floats plan for port on man-made island in Perlis
By Sharanpal Singh Randhawa Published: 2009/11/13

PERLIS is expected to receive more than RM20 billion investments from a South Korea-based consortium to build an international port on a man-made island, said to be the first in Malaysia.

The consortium of 10 large South Korean companies is said to have specific specialisations in oil and gas industries and building technology.

They will be led by Om Land Sdn Bhd.

Chairman of Om Land Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin said through this investment the consortium will start land reclaimation works along the shores of Kuala Sanglang and Sungai Baru.

"For a start, we will we will build a man-made island which involves 2,000ha of land, as far as 1.5km towards the ocean using the latest Korean technology.

"Today (yesterday) we have had a meeting with the state government regarding our plans. This is just the beginning. I am sure once this kicks off, we will have more foreign investors in Perlis.

"We have got a positive feedback of the state government, and if this plan goes as planned then we will forward our ideas and plans to the federal government to make sure it is a success," he told reporters yesterday.

Earlier, Zahidi who is also the Padang Besar Umno chief, headed a group of 15 Korean delegates which had discussions with the Perlis menteri besar Datuk Seri Md Isa Sabu regarding the project.

When asked about the benefits that the project will bring to Perlis, Zahidi said it would provide 20,000 job opportunities and at the same time will increase the economy status of the people.

"By having an international port, we (Perlis) wold not be left out in terms of business. This will be the start and not the end of big scale projects. Perlis would also be well known in the eyes of the world," he added.
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'Malaysia-S. Korea trade ties have room for expansion'
By Azlan Abu Bakar Published: 2009/11/13

TRADE and investment ties between Malaysia and South Korea have room for expansion, says Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong.

Over the last 10 years, trade between the two countries has expanded by an average of over 10 per cent annually, exceeding RM50 billion last year.

Based on the current growth trend, by 2015, trade between Malaysia and South Korea is poised to balloon to RM100 billion.

"The implementation of the Association of South East Asia Nations (Asean)-South Korea Free Trade Area, which will come into effect on January 1 2010, is expected to significantly help deepen the economic linkages," Lee told participants of the 4th Korea-Asean Cooperation Forum in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Also present at the forum were Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia chairman and chief executive Tan Sri Mohamad Jawhar Hassan, ISIS director-general Datuk Dr Mahani Zainal Abidin and Korea Foundation president Yim Sung-joon.

South Korea is Malaysia's sixth largest trading partner and eighth largest foreign investor.

It is learnt that strategic alliances between Malaysia and South Korea are beginning to diversify from manufacturing to more value-added technologically advanced sectors such as oil and gas, finance, tourism and ICT.

In light of the current economic challenges, Lee said Malaysia needs to maintain an extraordinary commitment to partnership.

He said the prospect of slower world economic growth as well as the result of global macroeconomic adjustments also make it imperative for East Asia as a whole to integrate as a market for one another's products.

Asean-South Korea trade volume will increase from US$90 billion (RM304 billion) last year to US$150 billon (RM507 billion) by 2015.
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UK health services firm may invest more in Malaysia
Published: 2009/11/13

BANGALORE: British health services firm Synergy Health Plc posted a higher first-half profit, aided by growing patient-safety requirements in hospitals and said it expected the trend to continue in the second half.

The company, whose services include sterilisation of medical equipment for hospitals, said it was comfortable with the market forecast for the year ending March 28 2010, helped by growth in China.

"We are slightly ahead of expectations in the first half and are comfortable with how the business is performing currently," chief executive Richard Steeves said.

Synergy said it would sell or shut down all non-core businesses that had become part of its portfolio through past acquisitions within the next three years.

Synergy might consider acquisitions in China, ramp up investments in Malaysia and Thailand and explore markets in Cambodia, South Korea and Vietnam, Steeves said.

"The fastest-growing market for us is Asia and specifically China," he said.

While contracts already secured in China will add STG1 million (RM5.61 million) in annual revenue, addition of more hospitals to the network could further boost revenue in fiscal 2011, he said.

The company also said finance director Ivan Jacques was planning to retire and that he had agreed to remain in his current role until June 2010.

Synergy was likely to look for Jacques's successor outside the company and had already begun the search, CEO Steeves said.

During the six months ended September 27, the company earned STG14.9 million before taxes, amortisation and non-recurring items, compared with STG12.4 million in the year-ago period.

Revenue grew 7.2 per cent to STG142.7 million.

Synergy, which had slowed down growth in the UK to deal with falling margins, said it recently began reinvesting in marketing facilities and forecast a slight improvement in organic growth in the region in fiscal 2011. Revenue growth in the UK was nearly flat in the first half of fiscal 2010. - Reuters
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Pristine Oil to develop storage terminal in Malacca
By Ooi Tee Ching Published: 2009/11/13



SOUTH Korean contractor Samjung TCN-MSK Corp Sdn Bhd has secured a RM700 million job from Pristine Oil Capital Sdn Bhd to build 36 petroleum storage tanks on 36.4ha at Pulau Besar, Malacca.

"We're developing Melaka Oil Storage Terminal with Siemens Malaysia and Samjung TCN-MSK Corp," said Pristine Oil group chief executive officer Capt Kamarulzaman Mohamad.

"Siemens will be putting up the 5MW power plant for US$50 million (RM169 million)," he told reporters after awarding the contract to the South Korean contractor in a signing ceremony in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Also present was Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Senator Datuk T Murugiah.

Kamarulzaman said Pristine Oil is seeking to secure a syndicated loan and investment totalling RM900 million from local banks and an investor to fund the venture.

He expects to finalise the loan terms by the first quarter of 2010. The 36-month job is scheduled to kick off in the second quarter and be completed by mid-2013.

A year ago, when Pristine Oil signed Siemens to build the 5MW power plant at Pulau Besar, it was estimated that the petroleum tank farm development will cost about RM700 million and be completed by mid-2010.

Since then, Kamarulzaman said Pristine Oil wanted to increase the storage facility to 36 tanks instead of just 25.

"We're serious about this development. We've paid RM400,000 in land premium and RM100,000 commitment fee to the Malacca state government. Also, there's RM60,000 in ex-gratia for the fishermen association there," he said.
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Malaysia To Table Quality Assurance Training Plans To OIC Members
November 14, 2009 01:06 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 14 (Bernama) -- Malaysia will present several quality assurance training plans for officers and evaluators which will be an important element in preparing the human capital development for the institutions of higher learning.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohammed Khaled Nordin said the plans would be tabled at the Roundtable Meeting of Quality Assurance Agencies of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) member countries which began Thursday.

He said Malaysia, among others, proposed a workshop to train quality assurance officers and evaluators from OIC member countries.

The training is suitable for OIC members, which are planning to set up quality assurance agencies such as the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), he told reporters after opening the Roundtable Meeting of Quality Assurance Agencies of OIC member countries here tonight.

Fourty-five delegates from 28 countries are attending the three-day meeting under the theme of "Information Sharing Towards Capacity Building Initiatives".

Mohamed Khaled said Malaysia also proposed the setting up of a quality assurance institute to train education officers and ensure that institutions of higher learning in OIC member countries meet the standard set.

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Asia Pacific Telecommunity Accepts Malaysia's Proposals - Rais
November 13, 2009 23:15 PM

NUSA DUA (Bali), Nov 13 (Bernama) - Three proposals from Malaysia have been accepted by the Asia Pacific Ministerial Meeting on Strengthening Regional Collaboration towards Broadband Economy.

Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said they were firstly, the content of all broadband and information communication technology (ICT) programmes should have the Asian outlook and Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) members should produce their own programmes.

"This will ensure that we will not lose the Asian identity," he told Bernama after attending the two-day meeting here on Friday.

He said secondly, APT members should forge cooperation to expand the Asian broadband infrastructure and assist Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Cook Islands, which were lagging behind in broadband development.

Thirdly, the APT, which comprised 34 member countries, should have concrete programmes on cultures, education and human rights in broadband development.

Rais said the meeting had set long-term activities for APT members, hence signifying collaboration in the transformation of the information technology (IT) and ICT in the Asia Pacific region.

"The programmes will be reviewed by an IPT technical committee every five years and the committee will hold its first meeting in Kuala Lumpur next year," he said.

He said Malaysia stressed that the broadband penetration should not constitute only household usage but also encompass the use of mobile phones, computers and fibre optic or cables.

If these factors are taken into account the broadband penetration in Malaysia is more than 30 per cent, he added.

Rais said Malaysia along with Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea had been asked to help other countries with their technical expertise.

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Malaysia's Lamtec Earns Good Reputation In Germany
November 14, 2009 13:38 PM
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BERLIN, Nov 14 (Bernama) -- Lamtec Malaysia, Malaysia's very own registered trademark for premium wooden laminated scantlings, has earned a good reputation in Germany with its product being used by window maker PADO Elementebau GmbH here.

The Braunschweig based PADO has been using between 50 and 60 per cent of Malaysian timber for its products besides local wood such as spruce.

Lamtec's window frame which has geomatrical panels and grooves is very sturdy and designed in such a way it enables the window to not only open but even tilt from the upside.

Besides Germanay, these frames have found their way to markets in Austria and as far as the United States.

Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Tan Sri Bernard Dompok who visited the factory was clearly impressed with the usage of a Malaysian product by a credible window maker, saying that people would pay a premium for quality.

Improvement in technology has also made the product durable, he said.

"The more sustainable the timber is, the more the market is restricted and people pay a premium for it," he added.

Dompok is leading a 20-member delegation on a working visit to Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.

The brand Lamtec is the brainchild of a collaboration between four established timber organisations, namely, the Malaysian Wood Industries Association (MWIA), Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB) and Malaysian Timber Council.

Formed in 2004, the alliance aims to raise the standards of product quality by enhancing production processes and quality control and to this end, only certain mills are specially selected to work closely with the alliance in meeting the stringent quality demands of the German and European markets.

With a defect-free and uniform wood colour, Lamtec has superior wood density and comes with a 10-year warranty.

The timber is also obtained from legal and sustainable resources.

According to Goh Chee Yew, the honorary assistant secretary general of MWIA, the Lamtec project has been funded by the levy funds from the exports of timber.

He said there is a huge demand for Lamtec but the supply is inadequate.

Currently about four mills have been involved in producing the product while another eight companies have applied to participate.

Goh said the product was only meant for export and they have a distributor in Europe. The types of timber used are the meranti, kasai, bintangor and gerutu.

Lamtec Malaysia was launched at a trade fair "Fernstenbau/Frontale" held in 2006 in Nuremberg.

To meet the expectation of window makers in Germany, the raw material used are subject to careful screenings, durability, workable and quality tests.

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Apec leaders take ‘firm’ stand to revive global economy, say Najib
Monday November 16 2009



Effort must be made to harmonise the roles of the various
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SINGAPORE, Nov 15 — The Asia-Pacific Economies Leaders’ Meeting (AELM) has taken a “firm and concrete” stand to revive the sluggish world economy, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today.

He said leaders of the 21 Apec-member economies strongly rejected any move towards trade protectionism and want the Doha Round trade negotiations to be concluded by end of next year.

Speaking at a press conference at the end of the two-day AELM, Najib said the leaders also agreed to coordinate their actions in efforts to develop the regional economy to be more sustainable, inclusive and balanced.

“The leaders want to see this region enjoying balanced and open development, having social safety net, progress in the growth of small and medium enterprises and physical development that can be enjoyed fairly and justly by the people in this region,” he said.

The AELM also deliberated on climate change as it is related to disasters that can happen at any time and to face them, all the economies agreed to help in disaster relief operations.

On initiatives to consolidate regional economies, Najib said Apec leaders agreed to pursue efforts to lead their economies towards that objective.

“Even now there are already initiatives by a new group called Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) which aspires to further expand the free trade area,” he said.

TPP, a collaborative initiative among Brunei, Singapore, Chile and New Zealand, has now gained the attention of the United States, Australia, Peru and Vietnam.

In this regard, Najib said as there were more and more groups such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), Asean+3, Asean+6 and now TPP, concerted efforts must be made to harmonise their roles towards one main objective — expand free trade area.

The two-day AELM, which began yesterday, was chaired by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. — Bernama
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