Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Year of the Green Wooden Horse and Quotes

2014 chinese year of horse

2014 is the Chinese Year of the Green Wooden Horse. In Chinese Five Element theory, Horse is in the Fire group. Horse month is in the middle of summer. Horse is the strongest Fire animal in 12 zodiacs.
Chinese like Horses for many reasons. Horse can give people a ride to their destination and also a sign of speedy success.

Horses like to compete with others. They pursuit for their freedom, passion and leadership. Therefore, people will have busy schedule for their goal in the year of Horse. In Chinese Five Element Horoscope, Horse is connected to fire, red and heat. Horse is treated as a Romantic Star in Chinese Horoscope.
Horse is intelligent animal. Human can make Horse famous. Without human's guide, Horse just a wild animal.

Quotes About Horses

“Employers are like horses — they require management.”― P.G. Wodehouse, Carry on, Jeeves

“You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him participate in synchronized diving.”― Cuthbert Soup, Another Whole Nother Story

"Donkey's lips do not fit in with a horse's mouth." - Chinese Proverb

"Long roads test the horse, long dealings the friend." - Chinese Proverb

"Be on a horse when you go in search of a better one." - Chinese Proverb

"You cannot train a horse with shouts and expect it to obey a whisper." - Dagobert D. Runes

"Every time you ride, your either teaching or un-teaching your horse." - Gordon Wrigh

"One reason why birds and horses are happy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses." - Dale Carnegie, How To Win Friends and Influence People

"Life is like a wild horse. You ride it or it rides you." - Unknown

Saturday, January 25, 2014

503,000 oz of gold deposit in Kelantan - owned by Singaporeans !

CNMC Goldmine Holdings Ltd, which public listed company in Singapore, currently has a gold mine in Kelantan, Malaysia as well as an ore processing facility. Its mining rights to the area, which covers 10 square kilometres, expire on April 7, 2018. The company expects to produce 6,000 ounces of gold this year, with output rising to 31,500 ounces next year and 58,100 ounces by 2014.
Chris Lim, CNMC's CEO, said the firm's cost of production is estimated at $450-$550 per ounce, way below the current market price of spot gold which is around $1,650 an ounce.

The Minerals and Geoscience Department of Kelantan has approved the development of CNMC Goldmine Holdings’ heap leach gold recovery scheme at its flagship Sokor Gold Project in northern Malaysia. 1The green light means CNMC can begin an immediate trial run of its heap leach production operations using a stockpile of about 90,000 tonnes of gold-bearing ore. The heap leach scheme is the largest of CNMC’s three gold recovery sites at Sokor, with a monthly throughout capacity of 100,000 tonnes.


The company’s chief executive officer Chris Lim says, “This approval and the inauguration of our first mass gold recovery operation at Sokor marks another significant milestone in CNMC’s development. We have already identified the ore body from which gold will be recovered for this heap leach operation and look towards ramping up our gold production.”

The Sokor gold field project’s first gold pour was achieved in July 2010. The 10sqkm site hosts four identified gold deposits - Manson’s lode vein, New Discovery vein, Sg Ketubong target and Rixen target.

Sokor has a JORC compliant resource of 8.59 million tonnes @ 1.7 grams/tonne gold for 503,000 contained ounces of gold. It is considered to be the next most prospective but undeveloped hard rock gold mining area in Malaysia. Once developed, CNMC says it will be one of the country’s largest gold mines. 2012 has been a year of milestones for the company, with its maiden profit of US$480,000 reported in quarter 2 and gold production during the same quarter increasing by 65.3% to 1,314 ounces.


Friday, January 24, 2014

Serious Notes Before You Start Full Time Business

Serious Notes Before You Start Full Time Business

There are a lot of people who are not really clear on why they would want to start their own business. The main reason that most people want to start their own business is for the money. Over the long term you are probably going to make more money running your business than you will working for somebody else. Of course there are some people who choose to start their own business simply because they hate the idea of working for somebody else. One of the real attractions for a lot of people when starting a business is the fact that their time is their own.

Before get into full time business, here is serious notes to take:

1) Are you mentally ready? 

Are you prepare to work extra hard, accepting the challenge, take risks, to sacrifice time for yourself and family. If your business fails, you still have to put food on the table. 
Do you have to pay back the loan taken? 
Do you have a plan B?

The biggest sacrifice that you are going to have to make when you start your own business is going to be financial. It is recommended that individuals have enough available cash or a stream of alternative cash flow to live for at least one year, if not longer.

There are lots of people who really like the idea of running their own business. Unfortunately a lot of those people don't really think about what is involved in starting a business. It is important that you think about this before you rush into starting your own business.

2) For company partnerships – majority cannot last.

How well you know your partners is more important than how long. 
Before you start, do a detail profile of your partner or partners.
List down and study their integrity, strength, weakness, habits, personality or their spouses if they are influential or involve behind the scene. Give an overall score. If you can get 60% or more in favor, then go ahead. Do your homework.

3) Business Accounting

First, you have to do a Profit & Loss Account.
Revenue less Overhead Expenses = Profit or (Loss)
Overhead Expenses are generally fixed and that is easy to be accounted for.
The difficult part is the Revenue. You can only do a forecast.
Do not be naïve, there are too many factors which can affect your business.
In this case, you must know your competitors well. What are your “value added” against them?
If you cannot find many “value added” then you better think again.
a) Open a restaurant.
Do you have one or more specialties in your menu?
How tasty are your food? Is your pricing right for the targeted customers?
Your customers are the ones that determine your specialties, the right pricing and not you.
You have to do food testing and survey with a big group.
Do your homework.
b) Open a retail ICT Shop.
If you are only doing trading of ICT gadgets, likely you will not survive.
Models are changing too fast and margin too low. So what are your “value added”?
If you provide repair services and having a network of corporate clients, then you are different. 

4) Capital

All new companies take time to grow to be profitable. After paying the initial business set up,
how many months of operating cost can your capital sustain? 

Many first timers cannot get through this initial stage. One good example is the food business. 
It is sad to see so many new restaurants closed shop within 6 months. They cannot even recover the renovation cost.

5) Market research

Why do market research? Market research will allow you to make sure that there are actually people out there who are looking to buy your product. Far too many people start businesses without doing this and it rarely works out well for them, it is a step that you can't afford to neglect.
The easiest way to do market research to see if people are buying what you are offering is to to look and see if anybody is offering something similar. The vast majority of them simply offer a variation on something that is already available.
You also have to determine if your product solves a problem that they have or if it is merely something that they would like to have, this will affect your marketing strategy. As a general rule the more original your product the more market research you need to do.

There is a lot more to market research than finding out if people are interested in the product that you are selling. The far bigger challenge is finding out who those people are. It is also important that you know who else is selling products in your market so that you can create a plan to set your product apart. Good market research will save you from wasting a lot of time and money on a bad idea.

Are you ready for full time business?


Passive Income: How Our Phones Can be Transformed From a Liability to an Asset.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Your Basic Rights As Malaysian Taxpayer

LHDN Malaysia

Here are list of your basic rights you need to aware as Malaysian taxpayers:


If there are any refunds due, you have the right to make a claim for the refund under Section 111 of the Income Tax Act 1967 (ICTA). The claim must be made within six years after the year of assessment to which the claim for repayment relates. From 2012 interest at the rate of 2 % per annum will be paid if the tax refund is made 90 days from the due date for e-filing or 120 days in case the return is filed manually.


As the law stands you can appeal against an assessment within 30 days of the issue of the notice of assessment and if you wish to appeal beyond the 30 days, then you need to file a Form N together with the reasons for the application for an extension of time which will granted at the discretion of the Director General of Income Tax or special commissioners.

In a self-assessment system the tax return submitted by a taxpayer will be treated as the assessment issued on the day it is submitted. In a proposal in Budget 2014, which was expected to become law from Jan 1, 2014, the right of appeal to the special commissioners will be restricted to situations where the taxpayer has filed his/her tax return based on Inland Revenue Board(IRB)’s public ruling but does not with the views of the IRB, as expressed in the public ruling.


A taxpayer has the right to correct errors and mistakes within six years after the end of the year of assessment within which the assessment was made. Although the Budget 2014 proposal has restricted the right of the taxpayer to appeal against an assessment under the self-assessment system, the IRB has assured tax professionals that the error and mistake provisions in Section 131 can be used to rectify genuine errors and mistakes on a retrospective basis subject to the six-year time limit.


You have the right to be notified before your returns are audited and given adequate opportunity and time to provide answers to the queries raised by the IRB.


The taxpayer has the right to be represented by a tax agent or a lawyer: These professionals can represent the taxpayer when dealing with the IRB and be present in all meetings between the taxpayer and IRB and provide advice and guidance to the taxpayer throughout the period of the audit.


All information given to the IRB officers shall be dealt with in a confidential manner under Section 138 of the Act. Exceptions are where the cases are being investigated under the Anti-Money Laundering Act or where the court orders the IRB to release the information or where the Auditor General needs the information in the course of carrying out his duties.


The right to claim the reliefs, deductions and incentives provided for in the tax legislation is always available to taxpayers and in the event these claims have been missed out an error or mistake claim under Section 131 can be made within the six-year period.


The taxpayer has the right to be informed of the reasons for the imposition of any additional taxes or penalties by the IRB.


The taxpayer has the right to request payment of tax by installments.


Currently the IRB cannot raise assessments beyond five years unless there is fraud or negligence or willful default involved, for example, in 2014 the IRB can only raise assessments retrospectively up to 2009.
The above rights should be invoked by taxpayers whenever needed and the IRB has time and time again reminded taxpayers that it will respect their rights.

For more info contact:
Toll Free Number  1-800-88-5436 (LHDN)

Source: Excerpt from an article by S.M Thanneermalai, President of Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia and Senior Executive director of PwC in SUNBIZ section, TheSun newspaper on Monday, January 20,2014.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Teach For Malaysia: Explore Your Potential and End Education Inequity

Who Is Teach For Malaysia

Teach For Malaysia is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that is enlisting Malaysia’s most promising future leaders in our mission to end education inequity. Participants in the programme, known as Fellows, serve as full-time teachers for two years in high-need schools across Malaysia, and commit to transforming the education outcomes of less-privileged schoolchildren through significantly improving their achievements, affect and access. In the long term, Teach For Malaysia Alumni will form a different class of leaders, working in various sectors to expand education opportunity for all children in Malaysia. To date, Teach For Malaysia has recruited 174 Fellows across 3 cohorts with 44 Alumni having completed the Fellowship. They aim to grow this number aggressively given the scale and urgency of education inequity. 

Their Story

Early 2009

The idea of starting Teach For Malaysia came about from a conversation at a mamak stall between the two co-founders, Keeran Sivarajah and Dzameer Dzulkifli, both associates at PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

July 2009

Inspired by the successes of initiatives like Teach For America and Teach First in the UK, Keeran and Dzameer start developing the framework for Teach For Malaysia with help from Institut Aminuddin Baki and benchmark it against the recommendations and principles of the Teach For All network.

April 2010

With its proven model and strong framework, Teach For Malaysia gains strong buy-in and support from various individuals and departments within the Ministry of Education and Economic Planning Unit, who push for its implementation.

May 2010

Khazanah Nasional Berhad decide to fund Teach For Malaysia thanks to the efforts of now-Trustee Shahnaz Al-Sadat Abdul Mohsein, who advocates for the initiative in her capacity as Khazanah's then Executive Director of Strategic Human Capital Management.

September 2010

The next few months see Keeran and Dzameer working hard to build a dynamic,passionate team and secure funding and support from various sources, each of whom have been crucial to making the Teach For Malaysia vision a reality.

October 2010

Teach For Malaysia launches its first recruitment drive, and the search begins for Malaysia's most committed top graduates and young professionals, ready to join the battle against education inequity.

December 2010

Teach For Malaysia is recognised as a key human capital initiative in the 10th Malaysia Plan and is officially launched by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education YAB Tan Sri Dato' Haji Muhyiddin bin Mohd Yassin.

October 2011

Teach For Malaysia's first Institute takes place for the inaugural cohort, consisting of trainers and specialists from across the Teach For All network, as well as lecturers from Institut Aminuddin Baki.

January 2012

The 50 Fellows in Teach For Malaysia's first cohort begin teaching in high need secondary schools across Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan.

April 2012

Teach For Malaysia hosts its first annual TFM Week, where industry leaders and public figures come together to teach alongside Fellows for a day and shed light on the challenges teachers face each day in high need communities.

September 2012

As a follow-up to the highly successful TFM Week, Teach For Malaysia initiates TFM Week: Flipped, where industry leaders and public figures who had previously entered the classroom now work with Fellows to bring students out of school on a series of field trips that aim to inspire them to aspire to greater heights.

August 2013

The first Teach For Malaysia Summit is held at Sunway International School, bringing together all Fellows, staff, and partners and supporters for the first time in a collaborative approach to solving key educational problems at the classroom, school and systemic level.

How to get Involved

Here are some ways you can get involved

1. Donation

Make a donation and help make a difference in the lives of children who need it most.

2. Become a Campus Leader

Play a significant role in recruiting top talent by becoming a Teach For Malaysia representative on your university campus.

3. Apply for the Teach For Malaysia Fellowship

Apply here:

4. Refer a Friend 

Invite exceptional young leaders to apply to the life-changing Teach For Malaysia Fellowship

5. Join their Staff

If their mission and core values resonate with you and you thrive in an outcome-driven entrepreneurial environment, join them by sending your cover letter and resume to

6. Volunteer

Whether your capacity to volunteer is great or small, you can help to make meaningful change.

7. Become a Corporate Partner

Partner with them and make a positive impact on the Malaysian education landscape.

8. Join their events

How to Contact

 Level 27, Mercu UEM
 Jalan Stesen Sentral 5
 50470 Kuala Lumpur
 Telephone:   +603 2727 2050
 Fax:            +603 2727 2051

Thursday, January 9, 2014

How to Open Restaurant In Malaysia?

Restaurant In Malaysia

How to Open Restaurant In Malaysia?...ask Elly Suliana

Elly Suliana is a self-confessed Food Addict who  have been involved in opening, operating and managing few restaurants in Kuala Lumpur for the past 6 years.  Although her technical background is Accounting and Management (she have a Bachelor degree in Accountancy from San Diego States University – USA and an MBA from University of San Diego – USA), her passion for food drove her to be in the F&B industry.  She love food and everything associated with it.

She love the feeling of opening the restaurant door first thing in the morning, before the chefs, the waiters and the cleaners come.  It gives her a peaceful feeling of looking everything “undone” and a pure excitement when seeing the place transforms into a busy restaurant where receptionist greets customers, waiters take orders, chefs shout in the kitchen, food runners dash from the swing kitchen doors and cash register drawers open and close swallowing the cash.

Her first involvement in opening a restaurant gave her a nerve-wrecking experience. She raced with time to finish the renovation, to purchase the required equipment, to install the Point of Sales system, to get reliable suppliers and to hire staffs.  But the one that really gave her the test of patience was to obtain the necessary licenses.

She found out that having a registered company with a valid business license was not enough.  Only after the restaurant was opened, She found out that she couldn’t put up a signboard because she needed a signboard license.  She also found out that she was not allowed to play any music in the restaurant unless she have licenses from Recording Artists Association.  Then she also found out that she needed to apply for Liquor License. And the list went on and on…

She wish someone had told her about this earlier so she wouldn’t have wasted a lot of time going back and forth to DBKL (Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur) to obtain those licenses.

Then she found out that she had to increase the Paid Up Capital of the company if she want to hire foreign workers. Had she known that there is a minimum Paid Up Capital for hiring a foreigner, she would have registered the company with higher Paid Up Capital in the first place, thus saving her time and money to do commandments on the Company Article of Association.

After all the legal issues were settled, she found out that she had wasted money on buying some of the equipment and furniture because she could actually get those things for free.

After that first experience, opening the second, third and forth restaurant was a breeze.  She knew exactly what needs to be done first, second, third, forth, and so on.


To learn how to open restaurant in Malaysia from her experiences ...Click here

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

INVESTMENT: Major Potential IPOS (Initial Public Offering) To Consider In 2014

Definition of 'Initial Public Offering - IPO'

The first sale of stock by a private company to the public. IPOs are often issued by smaller, younger companies seeking the capital to expand, but can also be done by large privately owned companies looking to become publicly traded.

In an IPO, the issuer obtains the assistance of an underwriting firm, which helps it determine what type of security to issue (common or preferred), the best offering price and the time to bring it to market.

Also referred to as a "public offering."

Investopedia explains 'Initial Public Offering - IPO'

IPOs can be a risky investment. For the individual investor, it is tough to predict what the stock will do on its initial day of trading and in the near future because there is often little historical data with which to analyze the company. Also, most IPOs are of companies going through a transitory growth period, which are subject to additional uncertainty regarding their future values.

1. 1Malaysia Development Berhad

1Malaysia Development Berhad is a strategic development company, wholly owned by the Government of Malaysia. Wikipedia
Potential size: RM10 billion

2. Malakoff Corporation Berhad

Malakoff Corporation Berhad is a Malaysian power company that generates and sells power as an independent power producer to Tenaga Nasional for uploading onto the National Grid, Malaysia.
Potential size: RM3.3 billion

3. Medini Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Medini Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd operates as a real estate developer. The company constructs sewage treatment plants, water supply reservoir, suction tank, pump house, and retention pond. Medini Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd is a former name of Rim City Sdn Bhd and changed its name to Medini Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd in October, 2008. The company was incorporated in 2007 and is based in Malaysia. Medini Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd operates as a subsidiary of Iskandar Investment Berhad.
Potential size: RM2.5 billion

4. IOI Properties Group Sdn. Bhd.

IOI Properties Group Sdn. Bhd. operates as an investment holding company, with operations in property development and investment, leisure, and hospitality business in Malaysia and Singapore. The Company develops residential, commercial, and industrial properties and invests in shopping malls, office complexes, and other properties. Top 3 developer in Malaysia by market capitalization ; Top 10 developer in Malaysia for 6 consecutive years (2003-2008) (voted by the Edge)
Potential size: RM1.875 billion

5. MOL AccessPortal Sdn Berhad

MOL AccessPortal Sdn Berhad was incorporated in Malaysia under the Companies Act, 1965 on 9 February 2000 as a private limited company under the name of Superior World Sdn Bhd. It assumed its present name on 8 July 2000 and was converted into a public limited company on 29 April 2002. MOL was officially listed on the MESDAQ Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad under the Technology Sector on 22 December 2003. It was subsequently privatized by Tan Sri Vincent Tan, Chairman & CEO of Berjaya Corporation, one of the largest conglomerates in Malaysia with an annual turnover of USD3.8 billion in February 2008.

MOL is a MSC Malaysia Status Company that develops and operates payment systems. It leverages on a network of over 600,000 physical and virtual payment channels across more than 80 countries worldwide to operate its key payment products. MOL processes over 6,000,000 transactions per month with a volume of more than USD300 Million a year.

MOL is recognized as one of the Asia Pacific’s fastest growing technology companies in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific Awards for 2005 & 2006, has won a Merit Award for the Best of E-Commerce Applications in MSC Asia Pacific ICT Awards and is a Microsoft Certified Partner. In 2010, MOL ranked 23rd in the Deloitte Fast 500 Companies of Asia Pacific 2010 becoming South East Asia's fastest growing technology.

Potential size: RM1.8 billion

6. Axiata Group Berha's telecommunications tower assets

Axiata Group Berhad is the emerging leader in Asian mobile telecommunications. The Group, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the region, has extensive operations and businesses in ten countries in Asia, providing a comprehensive range of mobile communication services to over 176 million subscribers.

Axiata has controlling interests in mobile operators in Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Cambodia with significant strategic stakes in India and Singapore. Its mobile subsidiaries and affiliates operate under the brand names ‘Celcom’ in Malaysia, ‘XL’ in Indonesia, ‘Dialog’ in Sri Lanka, ‘Robi’ in Bangladesh, ‘Smart’ in Cambodia, ‘Idea’ in India and ‘M1’ in Singapore.

Potential size: RM1.7 billion
"PETALING JAYA: Axiata Group Bhd’s plan to raise at least US$500 million (RM1.64 billion) by listing its telecommunications tower assets across seven nations came as no surprise to analysts." - freemalaysiatoday - September 3, 2013

7. Iskandar Waterfront Holdings Sdn Bhd

Iskandar Waterfront Holdings Sdn Bhd (IWH) was founded upon thebusiness vision of Tan Sri Lim Kang Hoo,  a long-time veteran of the plantation and construction industry. Tan Sri Lim is also the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Ekovest Berhad and has been on its Board of Directors since 30 March 1988.

IWH is a government-linked company that was specifically incorporated to serve as the master developer of 4,000 acres of prime waterfront land in Johor Bahru. Under a dynamic development Master-plan, a new waterfront city, spreading over almost 2,000 acres, will be developed in phases over a period of 25 years with a GDV of RM60bil. Danga Bay, listed as part of Flagship A within Iskandar Malaysia, this will be one of the largest integrated waterfront urban development projects in Malaysia, with excellent road, air and sea connectivity, and direct Causeway access to Singapore.

Potential size: RM1 billion

8. Ranhill Energy and Resources Bhd.

Ranhill Energy and Resources Bhd. is a Malaysian utility firm involved in energy and water. The company provides engineering services for the onshore and offshore oil and gas, refinery and petrochemical industries as well as power stations in Sabah and a water firm in Johor. Ranhill Energy and Resources Bhd. was incorporated in 2012 and is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Potential size: RM1 billion
"To recap, Ranhill Energy was supposed to list on Bursa Malaysia on July 31, with about 70% of its RM753mil IPO proceeds to be utilised for the repayment of borrowings. The SC instructed Ranhill Energy to postpone its IPO indefinitely on July 25 in view of the non-disclosure issue. On July 26, Ranhill Energy announced that it had terminated its IPO." -

9.  Seven Convenience Bhd

Seven Convenience Bhd, a 7-Eleven convenience store chain operator in Malaysia.
7-Eleven Malaysia Sdn Bhd operates a chain of convenience stores. Its products and services include slurpee and gulp, fresh food and coffee, and private labels products; and in store services, such as sale of mobile phone reload cards, ink cartridge refills, photocopying, fax, automated teller machine, bulletin boards for neighborhood community notices, Internet games reloads, and IDD/STD reloads. The company sells its products through licensees, franchisees, and affiliates in Malaysia and internationally. 7-Eleven Malaysia Sdn Bhd was formerly known as Convenience Shopping Sdn Bhd and changed its name to 7-Eleven Malaysia Sdn Bhd in October 2007. The company was incorporated in 1984 and is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As of June 14, 2010, 7-Eleven Malaysia Sdn Bhd operates as a subsidiary of Berjaya Retail Sdn Bhd. - Newsweek

Potential size: RM750 million

"Securities Commission Malaysia has rejected the operator of Malaysia's largest convenience store chain 7-Eleven's RM700 initial pubic offering (IPO), according to the Edge Financial Daily." - The Malaysian Insider, November 25, 2013

10. Icon Offshore Berhad 

Icon Offshore Berhad (formerly known as Kota Bayu Ekuiti Berhad) combines the unique strengths and capabilities of two reputable offshore support vessel (OSV) companies in the country, Tanjung Kapal Services Sdn Bhd and Omni Petromaritime Sdn Bhd.

Potential size: RM450 million

"KUALA LUMPUR Offshore support vessel (OSV) provider Icon Offshore Bhd aims to raise about RM450mil from its initial public offering (IPO), targeted next year, to fund its fleet expansion programme for the next two years." - The Star, Monday October 14, 2013

11. Boustead Plantations Berhad

Boustead Plantations Berhad provides oil palm and rubber cultivation and processing services. In addition, it offers edible oil bulking, agricultural research, and advisory services. The company was formerly known as Kuala Sidim Berhad and changed its name to Boustead Plantations Berhad in April 2004. The company is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Boustead Plantations Berhad operates as a subsidiary of Boustead Holdings Bhd. Businessweeks

Potential size: Awating pricing

"PETALING JAYA: Boustead Holdings Bhd is planning to create another plantation giant by listing its plantation division next year. It is also eyeing to add more plantation land-bank to its portfolio." - The Star, December 6, 2013

Source: The Sun/MIDF Research, news reports

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

INVESTMENT: 5 ASEAN Stock To Consider In 2014

ASEAN is an organization of countries in southeast Asia set up to promote cultural, economic and political development in the region. ASEAN was officially formed in 1967 with the signing of the Bangkok Declaration.

The original five members included Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Since its formation, ASEAN has been growing slowly, and more countries in the region have gained membership. Through co-operation the goal of the organization is to increase the welfare of the people in the region, both economically and culturally.

Personal Money, magazine on managing your finances, in January 2014 issue have listed 5 ASEAN stock picks(Value Buy).

1. Semen Indonesia

Semen Indonesia, formerly known as Semen Gresik, is the largest cement producing company in Indonesia with an annual cement producing capacity of 29 million tonnes in 2012. Wikipedia

Cement company PT Semen Indonesia said it needed Rp 6 trillion (US$ 508.9 million) capital expenditure (capex) for expansion in 2014.

Its estimated dividend yield of 2013 is 3.2%.

The company’s president director Dwi Soetjipto said that it had between Rp 4 trillion and Rp 5 trillion.

“The available capex currently does not include expansion plans in Myanmar and Bangladesh. To do that, we need a total of Rp 6 trillion,” Dwi said as quoted by

He added that the company would seek external financing to meet its capex target in 2014. -

2. Charoen Pokphand Foods

Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited is Thailand's largest agribusiness firm. It is a publicly traded subsidiary of the Charoen Pokphand Group. Wikipedia

The company plans to invest 50 billion baht ($1.6 billion) during 2014-2016 to expand the capacity of its feed, farm and food businesses.

Its estimated dividend yield of 2013 is 1.2%.

3.  PTT Global Chemical

PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited is a Thailand-based integrated petrochemical and refining company with a total olefins and aromatics production capacity of 8.2 million tons per year and petroleum production capacity of 280,000 barrels per day. The Company is emerged from the amalgamation of PTT Chemical Public Company Limited and PTT Aromatics and Refining Public Company Limited. As of June 30, 2011, the Company had 13 subsidiaries including Bangkok Polyethylene Plc., Bio Creation Co., Ltd., TOC Glycol Co., Ltd., Thai Ethanolamines Co., Ltd., Thai Oleochemicals Co., Ltd., PTT Polyethylene Co., Ltd., NPC Safety and Environmental Service Co., Ltd., PTT Chemical International Pte. Ltd., Bio Spectrum Co., Ltd., PTT Maintenance and Engineering Co., Ltd., Thai Tank Terminal Limited, PTT Phenol Co., Ltd. and PTT Utility Co., Ltd. On May 31, 2012, the Company acquired 51% shares of Perstorp Holding France SAS and renamed it to VENCOREX Holding.

Its estimated dividend yield of 2013 is 4.3%.

4. Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp (OCBC)

The Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited (SGX: O39, OTC Pink: OVCHY) , is a publicly listed financial services organisation with its head office in Singapore. OCBC Bank has assets of more than 224 billion SGD. As of November 2010, the bank is the largest local bank in Singapore by market capitalisation. However, it is the smallest local bank in Singapore by global presence. Based on Bloomberg, in 2011 OCBC is the number one of World's 10 strongest $100 billion assets banks.

The bank's global network has grown to comprise more than 530 branches with representative offices in 15 countries and territories, including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and a few small branches in China, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Australia, UK and USA. The branches include the 411 branches and offices in Indonesia operated by its subsidiary, Bank OCBC NISP. wikipedia

Its estimated dividend yield of 2013 is 3.2%.

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp. (OCBC), Southeast Asia’s second-biggest lender, made a binding bid for Hong Kong’s family-run Wing Hang Bank Ltd. (302), two people with knowledge of the matter said.

Singapore-based OCBC conducted due diligence and offered less than the two times book value Wing Hang was seeking, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the information is private. The companies are discussing if they can bridge the valuation gap, the people said. The Hong Kong bank has a market value of $4.6 billion, which is 1.7 times its estimated 2013 book value, data compiled by Bloomberg show.
businessweek: Jan 03, 2014


Noble Group Limited manages a portfolio of global supply chains covering a range of agricultural and energy products, as well as metals, minerals and ores. Wikipedia

As of Dec 28, 2013, the consensus forecast amongst 24 polled investment analysts covering Noble Group Limited advises investors to hold their position in the company. This has been the consensus forecast since the sentiment of investment analysts deteriorated on May 15, 2013. The previous consensus forecast advised that Noble Group Limited would outperform the market.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Feature Films Released In 2014 ( My Watchlist )


1. Transformers: Age of Extinction

A mechanic and his daughter make a discovery that brings down Autobots and Decepticons - and a paranoid government official - on them.

Director:Michael Bay
Writer:Ehren Kruger (screenplay)
Stars:Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor
Expected Release Date:  27 June 2014 (USA)

2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

 A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.

Director: Matt Reeves
Writers: Mark Bomback (screenplay), Pierre Boulle (novel)
Stars: Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis
Expected Release Date:  11 July 2014 (USA)

3. The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Peter Parker runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of supervillains against him, impacting on his life.

Director: Marc Webb
Writers: Alex Kurtzman (screenplay), Roberto Orci (screenplay)
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx
Expected Release Date: 2 May 2014 (USA)

5.  X-Men: Days of Future Past

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

Director: Bryan Singer
Writers: Simon Kinberg (screenplay), Matthew Vaughn (story)
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen
Expected Release Date: 23 May 2014 (USA)

6. The Expendables 3 

The third installment of the action-adventure franchise that follows the exploits of Barney Ross, Lee Christmas, and their associates. 

Director: Patrick Hughes
Writers: Sylvester Stallone (screenplay), Creighton Rothenberger (screenplay)
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li
Expected Release Date:  15 August 2014 (USA) 

7. RoboCop

In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) - a loving husband, father and good cop - is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer.

Director: José Padilha
Writers: Joshua Zetumer (screenplay), Edward Neumeier
Stars: Joel Kinnaman, Douglas Urbanski, Abbie Cornish
Expected Release Date:  12 February 2014 (USA)

8. The Legend of Hercules

Having enduring his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.

Director: Brett Ratner
Writers: Ryan Condal (screenplay), Steve Moore (comic book)
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, Ian McShane
Expected Release Date:  25 July 2014 (USA)

9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier 

Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writers: Christopher Markus (screenplay), Stephen McFeely (screenplay)
Stars: Chris Evans, Frank Grillo, Sebastian Stan

Expected Release Date:  4 April 2014 (USA)

10. Dumb and Dumber 2(To)

20 years after the dimwits set out on their first adventure, they head out in search of one of their long lost children in the hope of gaining a new kidney. 

Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Writers: Sean Anders (screenplay), Mike Cerrone
Stars: Jim Carrey, Angela Kerecz, King

Expected Release Date: 14 November 2014 (USA)

11. The Hobbit: There and Back Again  

The Company of Thorin has reached Smaug's lair; but, can Bilbo and the Dwarves reclaim Erebor and the treasure? And, if so, can they hold on to it? 

Director: Peter Jackson
Writers: Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay)
Stars: Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Richard Armitage

Expected Release Date:  17 December 2014 (USA)

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

INVESTMENT: 10 Potential Stocks In Malaysia to Buy in 2014

Sun News paper in January 2014 issues, SUNBIZ section had published article with title "What to expect in local equity market this year". In that article three market researcher from RHB Research Institute Malaysia, BIMB Security and Maybank IB Resesearch have been asked what is their top picks stock for 2014. Here are 10 stocks that I choose from their top picks.

1. Tenaga National

Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) is engaged in the business of the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity. The Company operates through three divisions: Generation Division, Transmission Division and Distribution Division. The Company also manages and operates a transmission network-the National Grid. Spanning the peninsular, the grid links TNB power stations and IPPs to the distribution network. The grid is also interconnected to Thailand's transmission system in the North and Singapore's transmission system in the South. TNB is also involved in diversified activities linked to the power industry. Through its subsidiaries, the Company is in the manufacture of transformers, high voltage switchgears and cables; the provision of professional consultancy services; architectural, civil, electrical engineering works and services, repair and maintenance; as well as in research and development; property development, and management services.

Stock Info

Ticker: TENAGA
Board: Main Market
Sector: Trading/Services
Last Price At Jan 02, 2014: 11.18
Pick By: Maybank IB Research

2. Maybank

Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank) is principally engaged in all aspects of commercial banking and related financial services. The subsidiaries are principally engaged in the businesses of banking and finance, Islamic banking, investment banking including stock broking, underwriting of general and life insurance, general and family takaful, trustee and nominee services, asset management and venture capital. The Group's business segments comprise of Community Financial Services, Global Banking, International Banking, Insurance and Takaful, and Islamic Banking. Community Financial Services is the retail banking arm of the Bank, serving individual, Retail SME and Business Banking customers. The Global Banking segment includes Corporate Banking, Investment Banking, Transaction Banking (with four lines of business: Cash Management, Trade & Supply Chain Financing, Financial Institutions and Securities Services i.e. trustee and nominee services), Global Markets (providing treasury services including Foreign Exchange, Money Market, Fixed Income Markets, Derivatives and structured products) and Asset Management. International Banking includes commercial banking business operations in 19 countries including all 9 ASEAN countries outside Malaysia (Singapore and Indonesia being the largest markets) and the rest in strategic markets including Greater China, the Middle East, the United Kingdom and the United States. Insurance and Takaful segment provides all classes of general and life insurance, general takaful and family takaful, and offshore investment life insurance. Islamic Banking leverages on the Group’s infrastructure and network to offer end-to-end Shariah compliant financial solutions.

Stock Info

Board: Main Market
Sector: Finance
Last Price At Jan 02, 2014: 9.93
Pick By: RHB Research Institute

3. Cahya Mata Sarawak

Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad, an investment holding company, engages in the manufacture of clinker and cement; construction and quarry operations; and provision of financial services, and property development, trading, and services in Malaysia. It involves in the manufacture and sale of ordinary portland cement, masonry cement, and clicker; pre-formed concrete products, such as square piles, bridge beams, culverts, cement sand bricks, and kerbs; stone aggregates, including granite, microtonalite, and limestone; and asphaltic concrete and bitumen emulsion for the construction of highways, flyovers, and airport runways. The company also offers water management products, petroleum products, and construction materials and systems, as well as safety products, vehicle and equipment spare parts, road furniture, and green waste management products; manufactures organic soil conditioners; and owns and operates a school that provides kindergarten, primary, and secondary-level classes in Kuching. In addition, it undertakes civil engineering, building and utilities works, road construction and maintenance, and bridges and water-related projects; provides engineering services to the oil and gas industry; and involves in the software research and development, and provision of software and Internet related services, and trading of computer software, as well as develops technology solutions for the insurance and healthcare sectors. Further, the company provides property holding, property development, and project management; corporate financing; private equity investment management; and organic waste management and related consultancy services. Additionally, it manufactures and sells steel wires and wire mesh products; and provides green waste management and composting, site clearing and earthworks, electrical and telephone works, and environmental protection services. The company was founded in 1974.

Stock Info

Ticker: CMSB
Board: Main Market
Sector: Industrial Products
Last Price At Jan 02, 2014: 6.85
Pick By: RHB Research Institute and Maybank IB Research

4. Bumi Armada

Bumi Armada Berhad is a Malaysia-based international offshore oilfield services provider. The Company is engaged in the provision of marine transportation, floating production storage and offloading system (FPSO) operations, vessel construction, and engineering and maintenance services to offshore oil and gas (O&G) companies. It provides services through its ownership and operation of marine assets across the O&G value chain; from exploration through to field development and construction, production and operations and eventually, decommissioning. It serves clients in over 10 countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America. Bumi Armada provides these offshore services via four main business units and two support units. The main business units are FPSO, Offshore Support Vessels (OSV), Transport & Installation (T&I) and Oilfield Services (OFS). On October 4, 2011, the Company acquired Bumi Armada Russia Holdings Limited .

Stock Info

Ticker: ARMADA
Board: Main Market
Sector: Trading/Services
Last Price At Jan 02, 2014: 4.07
Pick By: RHB Research Institute and Maybank IB Research

5. Hong Leong Bank

Hong Leong Bank Berhad (HLB) is a Malaysia-based company. The Company is engaged in commercial banking business and in the provision of related services. The Company provides services in personal financial services, business banking and trade finance, treasury, branch and transaction banking, wealth management, investment banking, private banking and Islamic financial services. The Company's business segments include Group Consumer Banking, Group Business Banking, Global Markets, Investment Banking, Overseas Associate and Overseas Joint Controlled Entity. Group Consumer Banking focuses on servicing individual customers and small businesses. Group Business Banking focuses mainly on corporate customers. Global Markets refers to the Group's treasury and capital market operations. On 6 May 2011, the Company acquired EON Capital Berhad, and EON Bank Berhad and its subsidiaries, including EONCAP Islamic Bank Bhd and MIMB Investment Bank Bhd and its subsidiaries became part of the Company.

Stock Info

Ticker: HLBANK
Board: Main Market
Sector: Finance
Last Price At Jan 02, 2014: 14.30
Pick By: RHB Research Institute and Maybank IB Research

6. Dayang

Dayang Enterprise Holdings Bhd. is an investment holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the Company operates in four business segments: Investment holding, which is engaged in the provision of management and secretarial services; topside maintenance, which is engaged in the provision of offshore topside maintenance services, minor fabrication works and offshore hook-up and commissioning services for oil and gas industry; marine charter, which is engaged in chartering of marine vessels and provision of related support services, and equipment hire, which is engaged in the equipment hire operation. Its subsidiaries include Dayang Enterprise Sdn. Bhd., DESB Marine Services Sdn. Bhd. and Fortune Triumph Sdn. Bhd. On December 8, 2010, the Company entered into a conditional share sale agreement with AWH Equity Holdings Sdn Bhd for the disposal of its 40% equity interest in Syarikat Borcos Shipping Sdn Bhd. The proposed disposal had been completed on April 18, 2011.

Stock Info

Ticker: DAYANG
Board: Main Market
Sector: Trading/Services
Last Price At Jan 02, 2014: 5.75
Pick By: RHB Research Institute and BIMB Securities Bhd

7. TH Plantations

TH Plantations Berhad (THP) is an investment holding company. The Company has two segments: oil palm plantations and management services. Oil palm plantations includes in cultivation of oil palm, processing of fresh fruit bunches (FFB), marketing of crude palm oil (CPO), palm kernel (PK). Management services include provision of management services. The Management services segment also provides services to a related company in Indonesia. During the year ended December 31, 2010, the Company produced 463,949 metric tons of FFB. As of December 31, 2010, the Company had 37,484 hectares oil palm plantation area, of which 22,541 hectares were mature and 14,943 hectares were immature. The Company's subsidiaries include THP Ibok Sdn. Bhd., THP Gemas Sdn. Bhd., THP-YT Plantation Sdn. Bhd. and THP Sabaco Sdn. Bhd.

Stock Info

Board: Main Market
Sector: Plantations
Last Price At Jan 02, 2014: 1.87
Pick By: BIMB Securities Bhd


AMMB Holdings Berhad is an investment holding company. The Company's business segments include retail banking offers credit facilities; business banking operations provide trade services, cash management and transactional banking services; investment banking encompasses debt capital markets and equity capital markets services, equity derivatives, funds management and private banking; corporate and institutional banking offers commercial and investment banking products through the overseas business operations and providing real estate management services; insurance segment offers life and general insurance products; treasury and markets operations focuses on activities and services, which include foreign exchange, money market, derivatives and trading of capital market instruments, and group functions and others comprises activities, which complements and supports the operations of the main business units, and noncore operations. On February 28, 2011, it acquired AmIslamic Bank Berhad.

Stock Info

Ticker: AMBANK
Board: Main Market
Sector: Finance
Last Price At Jan 02, 2014: 7.32
Pick By: Maybank IB Research


Telekom Malaysia Bhd. is the leading integrated telecommunications company in Malaysia. It has been incorporated in Malaysia on 12 October 1984. It was listed in the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad on 7 November 1990. The principal activities of the company is the establishment, maintenance, and provision of telecommunications and related services under the license issued by the Ministry of Energy, Water and Communications (now known as the Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture).

Stock Info

Ticker: TM
Board: Main Market
Sector: Trading/Services
Last Price At Jan 02, 2014: 5.40
Pick By: BIMB Securities Bhd

10. Time dotCom

TIME dotcom Berhad (TIME) is an investment holding company. The Company is engaged in the provision of management and marketing/promotional services and retailing of telecommunications products. TIME is a fixed-line telecommunications network and solutions provider in Malaysia. Its business segment provides managed services, corporate/government solutions, wholesale and carrier services, fixed line services (voice), fixed line services (data), broadband and Internet. Its consumer segment offers fixed line services (voice), broadband and Internet. Within the consumer sector, TIME offers 100% fiber-based broadband services. The TIME business is built on its fiber optic network, the Cross Peninsular Cable System (CPCS). During the year ended December 31, 2010, the Company rolled out a broadband service in Malaysia: TIME Fibre Internet. TIME Fibre Internet is the Company's 100% fiber-based services with compelling packages, to 30,000 premises.

Stock Info

Board: Main Market
Sector: Infrastructure
Last Price At Jan 02, 2014: 3.61
Pick By: Maybank IB Research

Their Advice To Investor

"As the economy will likely experience a cyclical recovery in the period ahead, there are more values in high growth sectors, in our view. While more values could be found in the mid to smaller-cap stocks with sound fundamentals and accumulate them on weakness" - RHB Research Institute, Malaysia

"Buy on weakness" - BIMB Securities Bhd

"This will very much be a stock-picking year and we advice investors to focus on the value stocks in near term, and notice the big-caps on broader market dips" - Maybank IB Research