iMEDIA ACQUIRES STAKES IN TOP ONLINE CHINESE MEDIA IN MALAYSIA

KUALA LUMPUR, 28 September 2020 – iMedia, one of Malaysia’s leading integrated digital media groups, today announced it has acquired a controlling stake in Goody25 (www.goody25.com), one of the leading Chinese Language websites in Malaysia. 

iMedia, recently announced its own plans to join Bursa Malaysia via its own 100% acquisition by Rev Asia Berhad, currently listed on Bursa Malaysia for approximately RM40m. Upon approval by regulators and shareholders, the Goody25 acquisition will be part of iMedia’s move to Bursa Malaysia. 

The acquisition of Goody25 (www.goody25.com) and GoodyMY (www.goodymy.com), is via Goody Technologies Sdn Bhd. iMedia is at present the exclusive sales representation partner for all brands under Goody Technologies and steps up as a major shareholder. As part of the deal, all technology assets from the company will be fully merged into iMedia’s ecosystem. 

Goody25’s Team

Goody25 is a leading Chinese language social news media and content portal that primarily focuses on the latest news and trendiest stories on lifestyle, fashion, art, entertainment, travel, and food. Launched in 2015, it has grown into a prominent brand and source for many visitors from Malaysia and across the region and has consistently placed in the Top 20 websites visited by Malaysian Internet users and the top Chinese language site based on Alexa rankings. Goody25 operates 5 different Facebook Pages, and together they have a strong social following with over 900k followers on Facebook and Instagram combined. According to Google Analytics, Goody25 recorded an average of 10.8 million page views and 2.65 million users per month in year 2020 (based on GA’s January to August data). GoodyMY, the English language social news portal, was launched in 2019 and is expected to record a visitor count of over 500k by the end of 2020. 

Aaron Lim, Managing Director of Goody Technologies, said: “A lot of hard work have been put on building the Goody25 brand. We have grown fast independently in the past 5 years and is now looking forward to expand the company further with iMedia. We take great recognition to have become the first Chinese media acquired by iMedia and we, at Goody Technologies, take this as a testament and acknowledgement to our team’s hard work and dedication. My partner, Alex Ooi and I, want to thank our users and clients for their support and we will continue to strive in providing top quality content and services. We are excited with the prospects of working with iMedia, who will serve as a solid partner in helping Goody Technologies grow further in the coming years”. 

CEO & Co-founder of iMedia, Voon Tze Khay

Voon Tze Khay, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of iMedia, said: “We are excited to welcome the Goody brands to our fast-growing content and social influencer network. Over the last few months since representing Goody25 and GoodyMY as part of our sales network, we have shown our strength and expertise in providing integrated digital solutions and influencer marketing campaigns in generating greater revenue for the group. We will continue to expand on our revenue streams by working closer and merging the KOLs under the Goody brands to be part of our larger influencer network. There is much more to come and we look forward to continue working with the Founders and their team”. 

iMedia’s Team

iMedia — Malaysia’s fast-growing integrated digital media company with a combined following of over 10 million visitors across its websites, social platforms and influencer network — has an extensive portfolio of popular online brands and influencer network which include OhMedia, Ittify, Newswav, Malaysia Gazette and Oriental Daily Online. 

Reference 

iMedia website: http://www.imediaasia.co
Oh! Media website: http://www.ohmedia.my
Oh! Media Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ohmedianetwork
Oh! Media Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/ohmedia/
Ittify website: http://www.ittify.com
Goody25 website: http://www.goody25.com
Goody25 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/goody25official/
GoodyMy website: http://www.goodymy.com
GoodyMy Facebook:http:// www.facebook.com/goodymy/
Newswav app: http://www.newswav.com

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For further information, kindly contact: 

iMedia Asia Sdn Bhd Voon Tze Khay – Co-Founder and CEO
Mobile: +6012 3076737
Email: [email protected] 

Goody Technologies Sdn Bhd Aaron Lim – Managing Director
Mobile: +6017 4171817
Email: [email protected] 

About iMedia Asia
iMedia is one of Malaysia’s leading integrated digital media groups operated by a team of digital media specialists. The company owns and provides digital advertising and marketing, customized content production and solutions for popular local language sites and social influencer platforms. In driving innovation in digital marketing, the company injects a layer of technology across its platforms to utilise data effectively in helping advertisers making decisions and analyzing results effectively. 

A Malaysia Day With Brand New Huawei P40 Phones

In conjunction with Malaysia Day, Newswav’s users had the chance to continue scrolling the news for relevant information, but this time, on a brand new smartphone.

In accordance to the standard operating procedure guidelines, Huawei x Newswav’s Challenge lucky draw event was conducted virtually in hopes of maintaining social distancing procedures.

Although in a global pandemic, 10 of our users were in for a surprise as they would be able to win a brand-new Huawei P40 phone!

Held on the morning of Malaysia Day, participants of all ages joined the lucky draw through a Zoom meeting and had the chance to meet Auntie Belle herself!

To all 55 participants, we thank you once again for pulling the time out of your schedule to join us on the morning of Malaysia Day. As more events as such is planned for the future, do stay tuned for any updates from Neswav as the next lucky draw just may be right around the corner.

As of the winners of our lucky draw, congratulations and we hope that you’ll continue to enjoy scrolling the news on Newswav, on your brand new Huawei P40!

Augustine Lee Siew Peng

Chin Yew Hung

Lim Boon Hui

Lok Fu Chung

Muhammad Hazman bin Mohd Hapandi

Tan Chun Chern

Tan Chun Giap

Tan Jia Qing

Tei Zhe Qin

Ting Chee Tiong

SYED SADDIQ ANNOUNCES MUDA SUDAH MULA

Syed Saddiq announces Muda dah Mula

Written by: Breakfast Grille

Kuala Lumpur 17 Sep 2020 – Syed Saddiq bin Syed Abdul Rahman, the former Minister of Youth and Sports, has announced that he will be registering Muda as a new political party today. At his interview with BFM 89.9, the business radio station, he said he will be going to Registrar of Societies immediately after his  interview with BFM  to register the new political party.

Saddiq said Muda will be a multi-racial party. To criticisms that this a multi-racial party will not appeal to the Malay voters, he said, “politics is not just about winning by pandering, it is also about working hard, despite it taking a longer time, to change the hearts and minds of people.”

Syed Saddiq also refuted BFM presenter Wong Shou Ning’s suggestion that the leadership of Muda was too urbane to appeal to rural voters. He pointed to, Shahrizal Denci who started a rural farm in Sabah, and Cikgu Ayu who started education for stateless children. Syed Saddiq also referred to his own background, where his mother was a teacher in Pulai, Johor, and and his father, an odd-jobs construction worker who commuted to Singapore every day to support the family.

“I mean seriously, just because I can speak good English and I’m successful academically, suddenly I’m urban? Well, know me, meet me, and not just me, the team.”

To  the question of whether he harbours  the ambition to be the Prime Minister eventually, Saddiq said that his ultimate goal as a politician is to champion the interests of the people, and not his own political position. 

The BFM interview with Syed Saddiq will be repeated later today at 1pm on BFM 89.9. The podcast of the full interview will be available for download on the BFM app at  2pm.

Esports Players League (ESPL), partners with leading Malaysian lifestyle brand Todak

ESPL and TODAK enters into strategic partnership

Kuala Lumpur (12 September 2020) – Esports Players League (ESPL), the global esports tournament network has recently entered into a partnership with leading Malaysian lifestyle brand, Todak. This partnership hopes to usher a new chapter into the Malaysian esports scene.

Todak is a Malaysian lifestyle brand, manufacturing well-designed and premium products inspired by their “Langgar”(hit) philosophy. The company is devoted to the slogan “Breaking the limits”, creating lifestyle products inspired by gaming and street fashion.

“Beyond tournaments, the growth of esports has evolved into a lifestyle. We are sure players will be as excited as we are about our partnership with Todak, and we look forward to bringing exciting events and coming collaborations for Todak fans as well.” – says Michael Broda, CEO of Esports Players League.

ESPL is a global esports tournament and platform provider that focuses on creating mobile and online ecosystems for amateur esports communities globally. ESPL has a presence across Southeast Asia, South America, and Europe. By facilitating grassroots participation in what is a rapidly expanding esports market, ESPL has direct access and exposure to a large, valuable, and often overlooked segment of the esports market.

The key alliance between these two brands make way for new and exciting opportunities to come for the esports and gaming lifestyle demographic. The first phase of this partnership will begin with a 10% discount for all ESPL registered users. If you’re not a registered user, don’t worry. You can head to their website at espl.gg and register for free.

About Todak

Todak is a provider of innovative interactive entertainment products marketed under its Todak Studios (game development), Todak Culture (merchandising), Todak Fusion (event management), Todak Gaming (gaming community), and Todak Motorsports (car enthusiast community) brands. Todak caters products to passionate gamers across multiple platforms including in-home gaming consoles, handheld gaming consoles, Windows PC and Mac computers, smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. Todak distributes its products mainly through its online store as well as distribution via many leading retailers.

With gaming as its niche, Todak strives to produce not only the Malaysian brands of streetwear and peripherals, but also to develop games of the same standard as any world-class triple A games. Besides, Todak is also one of the leading event organisers in the gaming scene in Malaysia with the aim of maximising the exposure of high-quality entertainment industry. Todak’s main strength is its followers, the community which is formed to contribute their skills to cater to the Malaysian market – a fundamental for going at the global scale.

About ESPL

The Esports Players League (ESPL) is a global esports tournament organization that is developing an amateur competition network via its online esports platform. ESPL is launching a global footprint across 16 countries in its initial phase, covering Asia, Europe, and the Americas. ESPL’s central focus is on mobile esports, with PC and console-based video games also featured on its diverse network of quality esports content. ESPL is managed by its headquarters in Singapore and regional offices in Cologne and Los Angeles. For more info, visit espl.co or email [email protected]

Press Contact

For ESPL:

Kin Wai, Lau

[email protected]

Mobile No. +60125023588

For Todak:

TM Faiz

[email protected]

Mobile No. +60174947567

You Can Now Search For Stores With Less Traffic!

Imagine this, you’re heading to the supermarket or hypermarket outlet to run your errands. Fruits for the grown-ups and milk for the kids. Traffic is bad as per usual, the line to go in and out of the store is way too long, and social distancing has retracted life to a slower than usual pace.

Not to mention, there is a deadly virus lurking in the air, and we can never be sure if we are ever safe from it. If that describes your situation, we’ve got news for you because Goodday Milk is collaborating with the widely popular navigation app, Waze, to help ensure a safer shopping experience!

Current standard operating procedure (SOP) guidelines require at least 2 meters between individuals, and it’ll be hard to do so especially when in crowded areas. Everyday activities such as grocery shopping have since been adjusted to fit the new norm. Traffic has also been through drastic changes as it has been back to usual with the happenings of the recovery movement control order (RMCO).

In its bid to help consumers adapt with the ever-changing situation, this campaign could not have come at a more perfect time as Goodday Milk is doing its part by implementing technology and digital initiatives into our new reality while championing its consumers’ safety and well-being at the same time.

Groceries. We need it for our elders, our kids and even for ourselves. So, how can we integrate safety with grocery shopping during a global pandemic? Simple, we use the Waze app! With the support of the largest community of drivers, Waze is able to showcase valuable insights for its consumers and brands; all while guaranteeing a smooth and efficient drive. It’s a perfect match for Goodday Milk, an essential product that is consumed daily, and Waze, an app that is used daily!

Drivers would just need to key in certain keywords into Waze’s search bar, such as groceries, hypermarket or supermarket, and Waze will utilize data intelligence to share suggestions for lower traffic options. That’s not it! When you’re traveling and are within the set proximity any low-traffic supermarket or hypermarket outlet – Waze will prompt you by suggesting the outlet in a takeover banner.

By utilizing Waze’s historical navigation data, users will be able to identify hypermarket and supermarket outlets that have lower traffic, a much-needed tool to minimize the risk of exposure during this ongoing pandemic.

Less car traffic means less foot traffic! And this all creates a more safer shopping experience with social distancing in the happenings. This campaign is another clear sign that Goodday Milk has always and will continue to strive for consumer safety and well-being with its various initiatives and campaigns all year round. 

Goodday Milk has constantly been championing safety during these trying times with various initiatives -including a Tamil at-home live concert, a virtual moreh session during Ramadan and the launch of a WebAR based initiative that brought celebrities to life in the homes of consumers during Hari Raya, advocating for consumers to stay safe. This is yet another initiative by Goodday Milk in encouraging safety to consumers to bring them good day.

The movement control order (MCO) period has been challenging, but Goodday Milk maintains its path for being an advocate, an advocate for its consumers to stay safe and also to make the best out of the situation given. 

Goodday Milk’s partnership with Waze will be activated from August onwards and currently has a coverage of only Klang Valley.

How This Malaysian Listed Company Is Set to Become the World’s Largest Bamboo Producer

Malaysian listed company Kanger International Berhad (KANGER, 0170) is on track to become the world’s largest producer of bamboo products. They have recently collaborated with the local government of Jingzhou, Hunan Province in China, and together, they have launched a new high-tech bamboo processing plant, as well as a new R&D centre.


What that means for Kanger?

The new bamboo processing plant and R&D centre built is thanks to a Public Private Partnership arrangement on a 70:30 basis with the local Jingzhou Government, this allows them to adopt the latest modern processing methods capable of processing raw bamboo into a wide variety of products. 

Kanger Executive Director, Mr. Kuah Choon Ching stated, “Armed with the support from our strategic partner, the local government of Jingzhou, we are in a strong position to significantly upscale our bamboo processing business to become one of the world’s largest integrated bamboo producers in the world with both upstream (plantation) and downstream (processing, manufacturing and distribution) capabilities.”

Furthermore, by relocating their main plant to Jingzhou, they now have access to the vast amounts of raw bamboo in the region. At an estimated 20,833 acres, the bamboo plantation would mean being less reliant on external supply sources and avoid price hikes in the future.

Under phase one, a surrounding area of approximately 6,000 acres of fully mature bamboo has been made available. The Group estimates that it will take up to three years to utilize all of the ready-to-harvest raw bamboo, which is then processed into bamboo flooring, furniture and building materials that could potentially generate a total revenue of CNY 800 million (RM486 million) over the three year period. As previously mentioned, reduced reliance on external supply sources means cost savings of more than CNY 300 million (RM182 million) for the equivalent amount of raw bamboo available.


What the Bamboo industry looks like?

Market research estimates that the value of the global bamboo market stood at USD 68.8 billion in 2018, which experts expect to continue growing in the coming years. Worldwide, bamboo is quickly building a reputation as a sustainable building material source and a “greener” substitute for wood-based products. 

In addition, bamboo can also be processed into bamboo fibre to be used in clothing materials as well as bamboo charcoal that can be added into food products to remove body toxins. Bamboo for medicinal purposes is gaining popularity as it offers many health benefits. Kanger will not only focus on manufacturing bamboo products but also processing of bamboo related foodstuff and bamboo eco-tourism, driving tourists to Jingzhou in the process.


Future plans in building a resilient business model

1. Import and sale of lamination flooring products from Germany

In 2018, the Group secured the exclusive distributorship in China for the “CLASSEN” brand of laminated hardwood flooring from Classen GmbH, Germany. Sales of “CLASSEN” products proved to be a good source of revenue to the Group whilst it scaled down its production of in-house bamboo products to make way for the relocation exercise of the bamboo plant. Coupled with the rising brand acceptance of “CLASSEN” in China, Kanger was recently presented with the Excellence Award for Best Supplier to the Chinese Bed & Breakfast Industry at the 2019 International B&B Industry Development Forum and the 2019-2020 “Illustrious Brand” award by the China Renovation & Construction Alliance. 

2. Large distribution network to support sale of in-house and third party products

To enhance the distribution network of the Group’s in-house as well as third party products, they signed distributorships with third party dealers across China. Currently, the Group has established a large distribution network which comprises of more than 100 dealer stores across China.

Kanger is also working towards implementing effective online-to-offline marketing and delivery channels, namely, via online platforms, including JD.com, Alibaba’s Taobao, and Wechat. Furthermore, Kanger will be opening new international showrooms throughout Asia, Middle East, Europe and North America, in order to grow the export market.

3. Secured long-term recurring lease rental income

The relocation of the bamboo processing and manufacturing operations from Ganzhou to Jingzhou freed up land for the Group to embark on commercial property development for long-term rental income. Kanger has constructed two commercial buildings on the land where the previous plant was located. The Group has signed 10-year agreements to lease these buildings for RM11.1 million a year.

One of the buildings is a purpose-built 6-storey “AutoCity”, an integrated complex, enabling customers to view and buy cars, accessories and automotive parts from major brands. The second building is a 19-storey hotel leased to Ganzhou Fuying Kaili Hotel Management Co. Ltd, the operator of Kyriad Marvelous Hotel, an international business hotel brand under the Louvre Hotel Group who has a total of 2,653 hotels across 54 countries worldwide. Making them one of the largest hotel groups in the world.

4. Plans to establish new revenue streams in Malaysia

Backed by a healthy operating cash flow generated by its China operations, the Group has set its sights on establishing new revenue streams in Malaysia. Kanger recently purchased a parcel of land measuring 5.5 acres in Kuala Selangor for RM6.8 million. They are actively looking out for strategic opportunities with attractive prospects for the Group to invest in.


Committed to delivering long-term shareholder value

Mr. Kuah Choon Ching (柯俊敬) concluded, “With the commencement of our new high-tech bamboo processing plant in the fourth quarter of 2020, our financial performance in the coming year will be significantly enhanced by the contributions from the production and sale of our in-house bamboo products.”

“Looking ahead, we are confident that demand for bamboo will see exponential growth driven by its increasing use as a sustainable material for construction and rising consumer awareness on the benefits of bamboo. In addition, the R&D centre at the new bamboo processing plant will be utilised to pursue opportunities with regards to modern bamboo products and uses.” 

Meet Kanger: On Track To Be The World’s Largest Bamboo Producer

Listed on the ACE Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad, Kanger International Berhad (KANGER, 0170) is on track to becoming the world’s largest producer of bamboo products. They have recently collaborated with the local government of Jingzhou, Hunan Province in China, and together, they have launched a new high-tech bamboo processing plant, as well as a new R&D centre. This has given the already experienced Kanger a huge boost, who has been involved in the bamboo processing business over the past 16 years.

Strengthening capabilities as an integrated upstream and downstream bamboo producer

Along with the relocation of their main bamboo processing plant, Kanger entered a Public Private Partnership arrangement on a 70:30 basis with the local Jingzhou Government to develop a new bamboo processing plant and R&D centre that adopts the latest modern processing methods capable of processing raw bamboo into a wide variety of products. The new plant was built at a total investment cost of CNY200 million (RM121 million).

Kanger Executive Director, Mr. Kuah Choon Ching stated, “Armed with the support from our strategic partner, the local government of Jingzhou, we are in a strong position to significantly upscale our bamboo processing business to become one of the world’s largest integrated bamboo producers in the world with both upstream (plantation) and downstream (processing, manufacturing and distribution) capabilities.”

Mr. Kuah also noted the major advantage of relocating their bamboo plant to Jingzhou would be the ready availability of raw bamboo in the region. The partnership would inject a bamboo plantation concession totalling an estimated 20,833 acres over three phases. By being less reliant on external supply sources in producing bamboo products, this would prevent them from facing problems such as supply shortages and sudden price hikes which could have material effects on the cost of raw material and profitability. 

Under phase one, a surrounding area of approximately 6,000 acres of fully mature bamboo has been made available. Under phase one alone, a surrounding area of approximately 6,000 acres of fully mature bamboo has been made available. The Group estimates that it will take up to three years to utilize all of the ready-to-harvest raw bamboo that is processed into bamboo flooring, furniture and building materials. It is expected to potentially generate a total revenue of CNY 800 million (RM486 million) over the three year period. This is based on the average selling price of bamboo flooring which typically ranges between CNY300 to CNY500 per square meter (m2).  In addition, as Kanger does not need to purchase raw bamboo from external sources, this translates to a cost savings of more than CNY 300 million (RM182 million) for the equivalent amount of raw bamboo available.

Attractive industry prospects

Market research estimates that the value of the global bamboo market stood at USD 68.8 billion in 2018, which experts expect to continue growing in the coming years. Worldwide, bamboo is quickly building a reputation as a sustainable building material source and a “greener” substitute for wood-based products.

In addition, bamboo can also be processed into bamboo fibre to be used in clothing materials as well as bamboo charcoal that can be added into food products to remove body toxins. Bamboo for medicinal purposes is gaining popularity as it offers health benefits that aid in digestion, spiritual healing, promote mental alertness, and can be used to treat depression and respiratory diseases, among others.

Moving forward, the Group will focus not only on manufacturing of bamboo products but also processing of bamboo related foodstuff and bamboo eco-tourism. This will attract more tourists to Jingzhou and encourage the setting up of more bamboo related businesses amongst the villagers.

Future plans to build a resilient business model

Import and sale of lamination flooring products from Germany

In 2018, the Group secured the exclusive distributorship in China for the “CLASSEN” brand of laminated hardwood flooring from Classen GmbH, Germany. Coupled with the rising brand acceptance of “CLASSEN” in China, Kanger was recently presented with the Excellence Award for Best Supplier to the Chinese Bed & Breakfast Industry at the 2019 International B&B Industry Development Forum and the 2019-2020 “Illustrious Brand” award by the China Renovation & Construction Alliance. Sales of “CLASSEN” products have proved to be a good source of revenue to the Group whilst it scaled down its production of in-house bamboo products to make way for the relocation exercise of the bamboo plant.

• Large distribution network to support sale of in-house and third party products

To enhance the distribution network of the Group’s in-house as well as third party products, they signed distributorships with third party dealers across China. Currently, the Group has established a large distribution network which comprises of more than 100 dealer stores across China.

The Group is also working closely with its dealers in implementing effective Online-to-Offline marketing and delivery channels, via a number of online platforms, including JD.com, Alibaba’s Taobao, and WeChat. To grow the export market, Kanger will be opening new international showrooms throughout Asia, Middle East, Europe and North America.

• Secured long-term recurring lease rental income

The relocation of the bamboo processing and manufacturing operations from Ganzhou to Jingzhou freed up land for the Group to embark on commercial property development for long-term rental income. The land where the previous plant was located, Kanger has constructed two commercial buildings with a total net lettable area of 683,777 sq. ft. The Group has signed 10-year agreements to lease these buildings for RM11.1 million a year.

One of the buildings is a purpose-built 6-storey “AutoCity”, it is an integrated complex, enabling customers to view and buy cars, accessories and automotive parts from major brands. Car buyers will also be able to enjoy comprehensive after-sales, financing, and auto insurance services there.

The second building is a 19-storey hotel leased to Ganzhou Fuying Kaili Hotel Management Co. Ltd, the operator of Kyriad Marvelous Hotel, an international business hotel brand under the Louvre Hotel Group. With a total of 2,653 hotels across 54 countries worldwide, Louvre Hotel Group is the second largest hotel group in Europe and fifth largest in the world.

• Plans to establish new revenue streams in Malaysia

Backed by a healthy operating cash flow generated by its China operations, the Group has set its sights on establishing new revenue streams in Malaysia. Kanger recently purchased a parcel of land measuring 5.5 acres in Kuala Selangor for RM6.8 million. They are actively looking out for strategic opportunities with attractive prospects for the Group to invest in.

Commitment in delivering long-term shareholder value

Mr. Kuah Choon Ching (柯俊敬) concluded, “With the commencement of our new high-tech bamboo processing plant in the fourth quarter of 2020, our financial performance in the coming year will be significantly enhanced by the contributions from the production and sale of our in-house bamboo products.”

“Looking ahead, we are confident that demand for bamboo will see exponential growth driven by its increasing use as a sustainable material for construction and rising consumer awareness on the benefits of bamboo. In addition, the R&D centre at the new bamboo processing plant will be utilised to pursue opportunities with regards to modern bamboo products and uses.”

“Meanwhile, our business is also enhanced by the lease income from our two commercial properties which will provide recurring income to the Group, thus enhancing our income visibility.”

Which Acronyms Should You Invest In?

MSN, FAANG or BAT? (No, MSN is not Messi, Suarez, Neymar). I heard a new catchy one today: ATM, as in the cash machine, courtesy of BFM 89.9 – The Business Station.

The A= Alibaba Group, T=Tencent, and M=Meituan-Dianping. Alibaba and Tencent’s potential is long well-known (and I have been an investor in them for some time), but I was intrigued by Meituan-Dianping.

Think Meituan-Dianping as a super app, that allows users to order food, travel services, and more. Like Grab or Gojek but without the ride-sharing part.

But unlike Grab/Gojek, it’s profitable. It also has a positive (and growing) operating cash flow.

Their stock price has almost quadrupled since the March lows, but I’ll be watching, and gnawing…

Meituan Dianping Stock Price
Can Meituan Dianping’s stock price grow even more?

#Chinatech #superapp #MalekPortfolio

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创始人质押股份是您的危险信号!

您是否应该投资业主/创始人质押股份以保证公司贷款的公司呢?云顶香港公司首席执行官, 丹斯里林国泰(Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay)也为他的邮轮业务做出这么一步。

除了游轮业务(或公开宣布暂停偿还债权人的公司)以外,创始人/多数业主质押股份以担保贷款的公司,都是危险的投资。如果公司的股价继续下跌,银行放贷人可能会强制出售已抵押的股票,从而引发一波抛售浪潮并导致股价突然爆跌。

我个人就在上市的马来西亚石油服务公司KNM Bhd体验过这种状况。从2006年到2008年,我最初享有超正常的股票价格回报,但随后股票突然开始下跌。后来我从经纪人那里发现,这是由于KNM的银行强行出售了创始人的质押股份。多希望我一早就已经了解这种质押安排会促使股价的突然下跌。值得庆幸的是,我最终能够在早期卖出股票获取可观的回报,但我损失了大约一年的升值率。

消息人士告诉我,My E.G Bhd也曾在2018年5月发生这样的状况,当时国阵的“灾难性”选举令MyEG的股价下跌,而银行强制出售创始人质押的股票。

身为企业家,我会拒绝质押我在公司中的股份以担保银行贷款。但有时侯,我们别无选择;为了从银行获得成长资本,我们会被要求抵押我们的股份获取贷款。假设一切都顺利进行,这么做就不会是个问题, 因为一旦还清贷款就能解除我们质押的股票。但是如果事与愿违,企业家就有可能失去对公司的控制权,而投资者承担很大的风险。因此,您应当远离创始人质押股份以担保公司贷款的上市公司。

马力克 ‧ 阿里 – BFM 89.9 马来西亚首家商业电台 (www.bfm.my) 以及Fi Life 马来西亚首家线上人寿保险运营商 (www.fi.life) 的创办人

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Standard operating procedure (SOP) guidelines from August 1st

As life slowly transitions to the recovery movement control order (RMCO), the list of guidelines is always being updated.

With the different kind settings having different guidelines, it is not a surprise that the public’s understanding of the guidelines can be shrouded in confusion.

We decided to help make things easier.

Here’s what we know that’s being updated to the SOP guidelines from August 1st onwards

Face masks are now mandatory in public spaces.

  • Those who do not comply with the new rule will face a fine of up to RM1,000 under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act

Public places where the use of face masks are required: 

  • Public transports: Bus, trains, LRT, taxis, e-hailing vehicles
  • Markets: Wet markets, wholesale markets, night markets and supermarkets
  • Cinemas
  • Tourist attraction spots 

You are NOT required to wear face masks when:

  • Doing physical activities: Sports such as jogging
  • In one’s own private vehicle
  • In one’s private home
  • At a place that has sufficient room for social distancing

Children under the age of two are not required to wear masks.

The Ministry of Health recommends that all organizations should take appropriate steps to ensure maximum protection of employees.

MOH also recommends social distancing guidelines as followed.

From August 14th onwards, the new maximum retail price of face masks is RM1 per unit.

It is important to acknowledge that this article will be updated according to any changes to the standard operating (SOP) guidelines.

– Restrictions on public activities under the recovery movement control order (RMCO) will be extended until the end of the year.

Action will still be taken under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 to make sure all parties comply with SOPs and heath protocols.