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Northport sets new monthly conventional cargo volume record in May
June 16, 2021 18:15 pm +08

KUALA LUMPUR (June 16): Northport (Malaysia) Bhd, an indirect subsidiary of MMC Group Bhd, recorded its highest ever monthly conventional cargo throughput in May, handling 1.02 million tonnes and beating previous record of 968,356 tonnes set in August 2013.

Northport chief executive officer Datuk Azman Shah Mohd Yusof attributed the achievement to a culmination of its transformation efforts in its conventional cargo operations.

"The efforts involved improving our operational efficiency at both our terminals, Northport and Southpoint, in Port Klang including optimisation of storage space and facilities, equipment rationalisation, renegotiation of contract with vendors, process improvement through system automation and digitalisation, data mining and analytics as well as promoting transformation through talent development and behavioural competencies among our employees," he said in a statement today.
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Greater KL well-placed to support high-value supply chain management
By Muhammad Azmi Zulkifli June 15, 2021 @ 11:26am
THE importance of a well-oiled supply chain is all the more apparent today as the global business landscape undergoes transformational shifts arising from macroeconomic pressures, challenges from the pandemic, as well as the ongoing geopolitical and trade tensions between the US and China.

As a well-established business location and one of the more well-connected cities within Asia's economic hub, Greater Kuala Lumpur (Greater KL) has been on the radar of many multinational corporations (MNC) over the years for its multitude of business advantages.

One of the key benefits that we offer MNCs looking to invest and set up their base here is the ability to link into the global supply chain, delivering greater efficiencies with lower costs and access to markets.

The city has taken on significant roles in high-value supply chain link, moving from a supply focus to a demand focus, for instance, through a shared services delivery model which considers innovation, knowledge leadership, digitalisation, design development and implementation, and delivery within an integrated system, among others.

Many MNCs have based their regional headquarters, procurement centres, global back-office operations, regional treasury management centres, commodities trading, and research and development hubs in Greater KL.

Companies like GRAB demonstrate this high-value link through its research and development centre and its regional centre of excellence based in Greater KL.

These centres fulfill the company's core business strategy and operational functions across the region, a move that targets creating high-value jobs and nurturing Malaysia's deep tech talents.

Facilitative innovation hubs driving next-generation supply chain

Anchoring our own efforts towards making Greater KL a high-value, high-impact hub for MNCs is the National Investment Aspirations framework.

This framework focuses on attracting high-quality investments in technology and innovation-based activities to catalyse Malaysia's move towards a highincome economy.

Very recently, Microsoft Corp announced a US$1 billion investment in Malaysia over the next five years that comprise setting up of a data centre region in Greater KL and offering cloud services to the Malaysian government.

This bodes well for upskilling and knowledge transfer for Malaysians with an estimated job creation of 19,000 jobs, including 4,000 IT-related jobs among its cloud users.

Many of the MNCs which have set up their base in Greater KL have adopted various business models that support supply chain capacity such as the distribution hubs, procurement hubs, R&D hubs and centres of excellence to serve the regional or global markets.

Malaysia's principal hub scheme, introduced in 2015, helps to facilitate companies that want to establish decision-making structures closer to their markets of interest. This is done by regionalising key functions and undertaking a more diverse scope of activities in the host country.

These essential functions include management of risks, decision making, strategic business activities, trading, finance, management and human resource.

Once a regional principal hub is established with its key strategic functions, companies would be better positioned for greater operational agility.

Building a connected supply chain advantage

In cases where the regular supply chain could be disrupted by unforeseen events such as natural disasters or political instability, a decentralised supply chain model has much to offer in terms of increased efficiency and flexibility.

In this regard, Greater KL has become a considered destination for MNCs looking to decentralise their supply chain and optimise their high-value, high-impact central operating models.

Facilities such as bonded warehouses play a significant role in global supply chain management, providing flexibility in an ever-changing import and export environment.

The Port Klang Free Trade Zone (PKFZ), a well-connected and strategic commercial area, provides such facilities for international cargo distribution and consolidation centres.

In 2019, Steinweg Group, one of the world's leading warehousing and logistics service providers, launched its integrated commodities hub and Malaysia's first European-standard chemical warehouse in Port Klang to meet the strong growth in chemical logistics needs in the Asia-Pacific region.

Besides warehousing and distribution, its customers can leverage one-stop value-add services such as repacking of chemicals and plastics, maximising and localising their supply chain to serve regional markets via Malaysia.

To strengthen supply chain management, the expansion of the Authorised Economic Operator platform is made available to logistics service providers and approved warehouse operators.

Obtaining this status means a business can enjoy the fast clearance of goods from customs control, deferred payment of import and export duties, and sales tax.

Committed to strengthening supply chain management for long-term aspiration

Keeping the competitiveness in global and high-value supply chains requires investment in people, skills and high-quality digital infrastructure. It is crucial that we continuously strengthen our global supply chain management capabilities which are vital towards our aspiration to be a business destination of choice for MNCs.

This includes ensuring that our knowledge infrastructure is forward-looking in equipping talents here with the relevant comprehension of global supply chain trends and movement.

The Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI), a collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), keeps a pulse on the ground to develop programmes that build talent pipelines to match the needs of supply chain changes and development.

Tax incentives have also been put in place under the national Budget 2021 which aims to position Malaysia at the forefront for high value-added investments.

These include tax incentives for investments in the selected services sector, including those adapting to digitalisation and Industrial Revolution 4.0 technology.

Extending support and connectivity

MNCs consider Greater KL because of the educated and skilled talent pool, an enabling environment for innovation, strong intellectual property rights protection, pro-business policies, attractive funding and tax breaks, and of course the city's status itself as one of Asia's most liveable cities.

These offerings complement Greater KL's competitive advantages as a global supply and value chain destination with its strategic connectivity within the Asian market.

Part of being a facilitative supply chain management also includes the hands-on roles investment agencies such as InvestKL play.

Although long-term MNCs in Greater KL such as General Electric Co (GE) has had a presence here for the last 45 years, they still invariably reach out to us in InvestKL for ongoing assistance and facilitation efforts, crediting InvestKL for the help extended to them in getting the Kuala Lumpur IT team up and running.

This is a validation of our commitment to support MNCs and their supply chain needs for high-value and high-impact industries on an on-going basis. Undeniably, Greater KL and Malaysia's position as an investor-friendly, business-ready destination with world-class facilities, as well as its resilience in its high-value supply chain management offers business decision-makers an attractive alternative as MNCs seek to relocate their global supply chains.

* The writer is the chief executive officer of InvestKL. It is focused at attracting large global multinationals such as Fortune 500 and Forbes 2000 companies, unicorns, fast growing and hidden champion type companies to establish their regional business, innovation and talent hubs in Greater KL.

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65 Universiti Malaya (UM) - Kuala Lumpur
143 Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) - Seri Kembangan (Subang Jaya)
144 Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) - Bangi (Kajang)

147 Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) - Gelugor, Penang
191 Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) - Skudai, Johor
332 Taylor's University - Subang Jaya
347 UCSI University - Kuala Lumpur

414 Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) - Seri Iskandar, Perak
511-520 Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) - Sintok, Kedah
601-650 Management and Science University - Shah Alam
651-700 International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) - Kuala Lumpur
651-700 Sunway University - Petaling Jaya
651-700 Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) - Shah Alam
751-800 Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) - Kajang
801-100 Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) - Kuala Lumpur

801-100 Universiti Malaysia Pahang - Kuantan, Pahang
801-100 Universiti Malaysia Perlis - Kangar, Perlis
801-100 Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) - Sungai Long (Kajang)
1001-1200 Multimedia University (MMU) - Cyberjaya (Sepang)
1001-1200 Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) - Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
1001-1200 Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) - Kuching, Sarawak
1001-1200 Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) - Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

Source: https://www.topuniversities.com/qs-w..._source=topnav
Record 22 Malaysian varsities among Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings 2022
By REBECCA RAJAENDRAM Wednesday, 09 Jun 2021 10:11 AM MYT

PETALING JAYA: A record 22 Malaysian universities made it into the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2022 with Universiti Malaya (UM) leading the pack once again.

Malaysia’s premier university continues to maintain its top-100 position for a fourth consecutive year, ranking 65th and achieving its second-best performance in the history of the rankings.

Despite falling six places over the last year, UM’s top-100 status is based on its outstanding recognition among the world’s academics and employers.

Its scores for QS’s reputational indicators – Academic Reputation (AR) and Employer Reputation (ER) - have trended upwards over the last year and has now achieved one of the world’s top 50 Employer Reputation scores of 91.7/100, placing it at 46th for the first time.

However, it was unable to improve its performance in any of the four further indicators used by QS, leading to the drop.
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Tenders for RM4b Rasau water treatment plant to close in Aug and Sept — Air Selangor
Sulhi Khalid & Izzul Ikram June 30, 2021 17:40 pm +08

KUALA LUMPUR (June 30): Tenders for three packages under the first phase of the Rasau water treatment plant valued at RM4 billion will close in August and September, said Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor).

Giving an update on the project at a media briefing today, Air Selangor head of operations Abas Abdullah said the company had issued three of the tender packages early last month.

“In early May, we issued three packages — Package 1 on the water treatment plant and Package 2 and 3 on the distribution of the system.

“They are now preparing for the closing of tenders in September for Package 1, and August for Package 2 and 3,” he said.

Abas did not reveal the names of the parties who have shown interest in the tenders so far.

The Edge reported in December last year that Air Selangor will be calling for the tenders for the first phase of the plant this year.

The first phase involves the construction of a 700 million litre a day (MLD) treatment plant, while the second phase, which doubles the capacity to 1,400 MLD, will cost an additional RM2 billion, and the work is estimated to be completed by 2024.

Among local public-listed companies with expertise in water treatment plants are Salcon Bhd, Taliworks Corp Bhd, and Selangor State government-controlled Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor Bhd.

According to Air Selangor’s website, the award for the packages in the Rasau plant will be announced in November this year and January next year.
Biggest off-river storage facility project in Malaysia

The Rasau Water Supply Scheme is considered to be the biggest Off-River Storage (ORS) facility project in the country.

The construction of the scheme would cut across several major highways namely the North-South Expressway Central Link (ELITE), Shah Alam Expressway (KESAS), West-Coast Expressway (WCE) and the South Klang Valley Expressway (SKVE).

Through the Rasau Water Supply Scheme, nine existing tin mining ponds of 489 hectares have been identified as a potential water source in the form of ORS.

These ponds of various sizes, where the biggest pond in the area is about 185 hectares, are located in the districts of Sepang and Petaling.

As the biggest ORS in the country, the development period would take about two and a half to three years to complete.

Should a river be polluted, the raw water pumping station has the option to stop abstracting water from the river whilst the operations of the water treatment plant will not be affected as the abstraction from water sources is now shifted to the ORS.

With significant improvement in Sungai Klang water quality, this river can be a viable potential water source. There is good potential for these ponds to store raw water received mainly from Sungai Klang and to a lesser extent, from Sungai Air Hitam and Sungai Rasau.

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Sunway Education Group’s new RM300 mil school campus to open in 2023
Cheryl Poo July 09, 2021 20:23 pm +08

KUALA LUMPUR (July 9): As the nation labours to move forward in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, Sunway Education Group announces exciting news for students with the opening of its Sunway International School’s new campus in January 2023.

The new seven-acre GreenRE Platinum-certified Sunway International School (SIS) Sunway City KL campus, which is worth RM300 million including land and development costs, will accommodate up to 3000 students.

In a virtual preview, Sunway Education Group chief executive officer Professor Elizabeth Lee said the new campus will be able to accommodate growing interest in the Canadian syllabus offered by SIS.
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Press Release: Singapore, 19 July 2021

DHL Express, the world’s leading express service provider will increase its workforce by 40% at its Asia Pacific Export Compliance Center (APECC) in Malaysia by the end of the year. The company, which moves over 480 million shipments a year globally, has strict measures in place to ensure shipments through its network comply with legal and regulatory frameworks in line with United Nations, European, the U.S., global and local regulations on sanctions or denied parties.

“We continue to invest in the APECC because it plays a pivotal role in ensuring that good corporate governance and stringent compliance to export regulations are fully integrated into our daily business and operations,” said Ken Lee, CEO of DHL Express Asia Pacific. “More than a million shipments pass through our global network daily. To remain the provider-of-choice, it’s critically important that we stay on top of regulatory changes across the 40 markets in the region so that we deliver the best service to our customers.”

Situated in Kuala Lumpur, the APECC was established in 2015 to ensure shipments through the network are compliant with evolving international shipping regulations. This includes understanding current rules and new sanctions from both origin and destination of the shipment, and helping customers understand the import and export process. Export compliance officers at the Center are globally certified by the International Compliance Association, the leading professional body for global regulatory and financial crime compliance. The teams also undergo regular training, especially when new sanctions emerge.

“Shipping across borders is a complex process involving regulations and requirements that are applied by different countries and agencies. This is made more complex where some countries have laws which apply extra-territorially. Being on top of this is key to ensuring that DHL continues to be the provider of choice and our global network is secure and compliant. Our customers look to us to set these standards to ensure uninterrupted trade,” said Raymond Yee, Vice President of Customs and Regulatory Affairs, DHL Express Asia Pacific.

Overseeing the thousands of outbound shipments from Asia Pacific, the APECC is tasked to ensure non-compliant shipments are not missed. With the surge in shipment volumes driven in part by the growth of e-commerce, the Center leverages Artificial Intelligence (AI) by comparing recent data and transactions of previous shipments and alerting employees when there are anomalies.

The Asia Pacific Export Compliance Center is one of the three centers globally, with one located in Europe and another in Central America.

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