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KUALA LUMPUR, April 28 (Bernama) — The Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) has played a crucial role in attracting more investments, said International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

“We have done very well in investments, we surpassed our RM148 million per annum target,” he said after the launching of the Government Transformation Programme and Economic Transformation Programme 2014 Annual Report in Kuala Lumpur, Tuesday.

PEMANDU, which introduced the programmes, also monitors their progress.

“Compared to before, the situation is more orderly, systematic and efficient, through the transformation brought about by the programmes,” Mustapa said.

Among others, he said, the government has introduced a number of projects that have resulted in 1.5 million jobs being created, important to young people and enabling the country to achieve full employment.

Kuala Lumpur, 1 April 2015 - Chemical Company of Malaysia Berhad (CCM) was the sole and honoured recipient of the Halal Excellence Award 2015 presented by the Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) today. The award marks another meaningful acknowledgement for CCM’s continued commitment to Halal for more than 15 years.

The Minister of International Trade and Industry, YB Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed presented the award at the prestigious World Halal Conference Appreciation Dinner. The Halal Excellence Award is an esteemed award in the Halal industry introduced to honour and recognise both individuals and organisations that have demonstrated exceptional contributions and achievements for the development of the overall Halal industry.

CCM, one of Malaysia’s top 20 GLCs, takes its role in championing Halal seriously and has been actively involved in the development of the world’s first Halal pharmaceutical standards, and subsequently voluntarily coming forward to be tested for Halal compliance according to the stringent criteria within the standards.

At the award presentation ceremony, En Leonard Ariff Abdul Shatar, Group Managing Director, explained that CCM’s approach to Halal is taken as the company’s aspiration to perform the fardhkifayah (collective obligation/duty) by making available Halal products to everyone worldwide and also to champion the cause to uplift the Halal standards and awareness worldwide.

“We are humbled and greatly privileged to receive this highly prestigious award. This year marks our 16 years of commitment to Halal made possible by our staff’s support and dedication,” said said En Leonard upon receiving the award.

“This is more than just an award to us, it is a meaningful acknowledgement of our commitment and efforts to continuously uplift the awareness of Halal globally. We are thankful for the opportunity to have worked alongside various catalysts within the Halal industry, especially HDC, to champion such a meaningful cause,” he added.

The Halal Excellence Award 2015 is another feather in the cap for CCM as it continues its trailblazing path in the global Halal pharmaceutical sector. In early 2013, CCM was acknowledged by the Malaysia Book of Records as the first company in the world to have received Halal certification by the world’s first Halal Pharmaceutical Standards, MS2424. The company voluntarily took on the more exacting criteria within MS2424:2012 when it was launched, to demonstrate Halal compliance. CCM has also been awarded the MS User Awards from Standards Malaysia in 2014 and 2011, the Best Corporate Responsibility Project 2009 at World Halal Forum and Best Halal Product 2009 at Malaysian Halal Excellence Award.

CCM’s involvement in Halal started in 1999 when it became the first company to receive Halal certification for its range of health supplements under the brands CHAMPS, Flavettes, Proviton and Naturallebased on MS1500 Standard on Halal Food. Today, the company has set industry standards by having its own Halal Committee, and has received numerous awards from the global Halal industry. The company applies the inclusive concept of Halal Toyyibanto all aspects of its operations, in all its divisions, where Halal is built in, and not tested for. Its Chemicals Division became the first ISO 9002 certified chemical company that obtained the prestigious ‘Halal Malaysia’ certification for its manufactured Chlor-alkali & Coagulant products in South East Asia in 2004. Additionally, its subsidiary CCM Fertilizers Sdn Bhd was certified with the MS1900 Quality Management System from Islamic Perspective in 2014.

The Halal Excellence Award was presented at the World Halal Conference 2015, a global conference that merges the scholars, industry captains, and the best minds in the Halal industry to harness the full potential within the Halal industry within a globalised environment.

About Chemical Company of Malaysia Berhad (CCM)

CCM, Malaysia’s largest generic pharmaceutical and compound fertilizers manufacturer, is listed on the main market of Bursa Malaysia and is a key player in the fertilizers, chemicals and pharmaceuticals industries. CCM turned 50 in 2013, celebrating five decades of commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Malaysians. As CCM forges ahead, the Group will continue to strive for innovation and empower its employees in order to ensure product quality and customer satisfaction for years to come.

Kuala Lumpur, 1 April 2015 - Chemical Company of Malaysia Berhad (CCM) was the sole and honoured recipient of the Halal Excellence Award 2015 presented by the Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) today. The award marks another meaningful acknowledgement for CCM’s continued commitment to Halal for more than 15 years.

The Minister of International Trade and Industry, YB Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed presented the award at the prestigious World Halal Conference Appreciation Dinner. The Halal Excellence Award is an esteemed award in the Halal industry introduced to honour and recognise both individuals and organisations that have demonstrated exceptional contributions and achievements for the development of the overall Halal industry.

CCM, one of Malaysia’s top 20 GLCs, takes its role in championing Halal seriously and has been actively involved in the development of the world’s first Halal pharmaceutical standards, and subsequently voluntarily coming forward to be tested for Halal compliance according to the stringent criteria within the standards.

At the award presentation ceremony, En Leonard Ariff Abdul Shatar, Group Managing Director, explained that CCM’s approach to Halal is taken as the company’s aspiration to perform the fardhkifayah (collective obligation/duty) by making available Halal products to everyone worldwide and also to champion the cause to uplift the Halal standards and awareness worldwide.

“We are humbled and greatly privileged to receive this highly prestigious award. This year marks our 16 years of commitment to Halal made possible by our staff’s support and dedication,” said said En Leonard upon receiving the award.

“This is more than just an award to us, it is a meaningful acknowledgement of our commitment and efforts to continuously uplift the awareness of Halal globally. We are thankful for the opportunity to have worked alongside various catalysts within the Halal industry, especially HDC, to champion such a meaningful cause,” he added.

The Halal Excellence Award 2015 is another feather in the cap for CCM as it continues its trailblazing path in the global Halal pharmaceutical sector. In early 2013, CCM was acknowledged by the Malaysia Book of Records as the first company in the world to have received Halal certification by the world’s first Halal Pharmaceutical Standards, MS2424. The company voluntarily took on the more exacting criteria within MS2424:2012 when it was launched, to demonstrate Halal compliance. CCM has also been awarded the MS User Awards from Standards Malaysia in 2014 and 2011, the Best Corporate Responsibility Project 2009 at World Halal Forum and Best Halal Product 2009 at Malaysian Halal Excellence Award.

CCM’s involvement in Halal started in 1999 when it became the first company to receive Halal certification for its range of health supplements under the brands CHAMPS, Flavettes, Proviton and Naturallebased on MS1500 Standard on Halal Food. Today, the company has set industry standards by having its own Halal Committee, and has received numerous awards from the global Halal industry. The company applies the inclusive concept of Halal Toyyibanto all aspects of its operations, in all its divisions, where Halal is built in, and not tested for. Its Chemicals Division became the first ISO 9002 certified chemical company that obtained the prestigious ‘Halal Malaysia’ certification for its manufactured Chlor-alkali & Coagulant products in South East Asia in 2004. Additionally, its subsidiary CCM Fertilizers Sdn Bhd was certified with the MS1900 Quality Management System from Islamic Perspective in 2014.

The Halal Excellence Award was presented at the World Halal Conference 2015, a global conference that merges the scholars, industry captains, and the best minds in the Halal industry to harness the full potential within the Halal industry within a globalised environment.

About Chemical Company of Malaysia Berhad (CCM)

CCM, Malaysia’s largest generic pharmaceutical and compound fertilizers manufacturer, is listed on the main market of Bursa Malaysia and is a key player in the fertilizers, chemicals and pharmaceuticals industries. CCM turned 50 in 2013, celebrating five decades of commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Malaysians. As CCM forges ahead, the Group will continue to strive for innovation and empower its employees in order to ensure product quality and customer satisfaction for years to come.

MELAKA 9 April - Melaka diiktiraf sebagai negeri terbaik dalam menerima kadar kemasukan pelaburan asing (FDI) dan pelaburan langsung domestik (DDI) sepanjang tahun lalu.

IDRIS HARON

Ketua Menteri, Datuk Seri Idris Haron berkata, pencapaian itu diukur dari segi perkapita jumlah pelaburan yang diterima dengan jumlah penduduk di negeri ini.

Menurutnya, ia disokong sendiri oleh Kementerian Perdagangan An­tarabangsa dan Industri (MITI) hasil kemampuan negeri menerima pelaburan sejumlah RM4.44 bilion pada 2014.

“Pengiktirafan tersebut seterusnya menjadikan pelabur lebih yakin memilih Melaka sebagai tempat pelaburan sekali gus membantu melonjakkan ekonomi negeri.

“Pengiktirafan itu juga adalah hasil usaha semua pihak khususnya Lembaga Pembangunan Pelaburan Malaysia (MIDA) yang tidak putus membantu Melaka dalam bidang pelaburan,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian dalam sidang akhbar selepas mempe­nge­rusikan Mesyuarat Exco Kerajaan Negeri di Seri Negeri, Ayer Keroh, di sini semalam.

Terdahulu, Idris turut menerima kunjungan Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri (MITI), Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed sempena Program Turun Padang ke Melaka.

Jelas Idris, sejak 1980 hingga tahun lalu, Melaka telah merekodkan jumlah pelaburan sebanyak RM35.7 bilion bagi sektor pembuatannya selain mewujudkan lebih 100,000 peluang pekerjaan dalam 791 projek sektor berkenaan.

“Daripada jumlah tersebut, sebanyak RM23.5 bilion atau 66 peratus disumbangkan pelaburan luar negara manakala baki 34 peratus menerusi pelaburan domestik,” katanya.

- See more at: http://www.utusan.com.my/bisnes/ekonomi/melaka-diiktiraf-terima-pelaburan-tertinggi-1.79361#sthash.nZXV2HC3.dpuf

MELAKA 9 April - Melaka diiktiraf sebagai negeri terbaik dalam menerima kadar kemasukan pelaburan asing (FDI) dan pelaburan langsung domestik (DDI) sepanjang tahun lalu.

IDRIS HARON

Ketua Menteri, Datuk Seri Idris Haron berkata, pencapaian itu diukur dari segi perkapita jumlah pelaburan yang diterima dengan jumlah penduduk di negeri ini.

Menurutnya, ia disokong sendiri oleh Kementerian Perdagangan An­tarabangsa dan Industri (MITI) hasil kemampuan negeri menerima pelaburan sejumlah RM4.44 bilion pada 2014.

“Pengiktirafan tersebut seterusnya menjadikan pelabur lebih yakin memilih Melaka sebagai tempat pelaburan sekali gus membantu melonjakkan ekonomi negeri.

“Pengiktirafan itu juga adalah hasil usaha semua pihak khususnya Lembaga Pembangunan Pelaburan Malaysia (MIDA) yang tidak putus membantu Melaka dalam bidang pelaburan,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian dalam sidang akhbar selepas mempe­nge­rusikan Mesyuarat Exco Kerajaan Negeri di Seri Negeri, Ayer Keroh, di sini semalam.

Terdahulu, Idris turut menerima kunjungan Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri (MITI), Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed sempena Program Turun Padang ke Melaka.

Jelas Idris, sejak 1980 hingga tahun lalu, Melaka telah merekodkan jumlah pelaburan sebanyak RM35.7 bilion bagi sektor pembuatannya selain mewujudkan lebih 100,000 peluang pekerjaan dalam 791 projek sektor berkenaan.

“Daripada jumlah tersebut, sebanyak RM23.5 bilion atau 66 peratus disumbangkan pelaburan luar negara manakala baki 34 peratus menerusi pelaburan domestik,” katanya.

- See more at: http://www.utusan.com.my/bisnes/ekonomi/melaka-diiktiraf-terima-pelaburan-tertinggi-1.79361#sthash.nZXV2HC3.dpuf

MELAKA 9 April - Melaka diiktiraf sebagai negeri terbaik dalam menerima kadar kemasukan pelaburan asing (FDI) dan pelaburan langsung domestik (DDI) sepanjang tahun lalu.

IDRIS HARON

Ketua Menteri, Datuk Seri Idris Haron berkata, pencapaian itu diukur dari segi perkapita jumlah pelaburan yang diterima dengan jumlah penduduk di negeri ini.

Menurutnya, ia disokong sendiri oleh Kementerian Perdagangan An­tarabangsa dan Industri (MITI) hasil kemampuan negeri menerima pelaburan sejumlah RM4.44 bilion pada 2014.

“Pengiktirafan tersebut seterusnya menjadikan pelabur lebih yakin memilih Melaka sebagai tempat pelaburan sekali gus membantu melonjakkan ekonomi negeri.

“Pengiktirafan itu juga adalah hasil usaha semua pihak khususnya Lembaga Pembangunan Pelaburan Malaysia (MIDA) yang tidak putus membantu Melaka dalam bidang pelaburan,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian dalam sidang akhbar selepas mempe­nge­rusikan Mesyuarat Exco Kerajaan Negeri di Seri Negeri, Ayer Keroh, di sini semalam.

Terdahulu, Idris turut menerima kunjungan Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri (MITI), Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed sempena Program Turun Padang ke Melaka.

Jelas Idris, sejak 1980 hingga tahun lalu, Melaka telah merekodkan jumlah pelaburan sebanyak RM35.7 bilion bagi sektor pembuatannya selain mewujudkan lebih 100,000 peluang pekerjaan dalam 791 projek sektor berkenaan.

“Daripada jumlah tersebut, sebanyak RM23.5 bilion atau 66 peratus disumbangkan pelaburan luar negara manakala baki 34 peratus menerusi pelaburan domestik,” katanya.

- See more at: http://www.utusan.com.my/bisnes/ekonomi/melaka-diiktiraf-terima-pelaburan-tertinggi-1.79361#sthash.nZXV2HC3.dpuf

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is still an attractive investment destination amid slumping oil prices and volatility of the ringgit.

Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Miti) Secretary-General Datuk Dr Rebecca Sta Maria said foreign investors still viewed Malaysia as an investment destination of choice due to its conducive business environment.

She said when an investors decided to locate their business in Malaysia, it was not just about the oil prices or the ringgit value, but also the business environment.

“It is about how easy it is to do a business here, how is the bureaucracy.

If you can put that in place and make it easy (for them) to do business, it (falling oil prices and ringgit value) will not be an issue,” she told reporter after the opening of Shell Malaysia new office, Menara Shell, here yesterday.

Commenting on Miti’s briefing on investment in Melaka on Wednesday, she said many foreign investors had shown interest to expand their businesses in Malaysia due to the conducive business environment and ease of dong business.

“We have bodies like Pemudah (Special Task Force to Facilitate Business) working with the private sector to make it easier for them to do business here,” she added.

Meanwhile, Shell Malaysia chairman Iain Lo said the company’s decision to move its IT division to Bangalore from Cyberjaya had nothing to do with falling oil prices and ringgit devaluation, instead it was prompted by lower cost and the presence of a large pool of IT graduates in India.

He said as India provided lower cost, it would be more competitive for Shell to do a transactional type of business that it has around the globe.

Earlier in his speech, Lo said Shell Malaysia would shift its IT division from Cyberjaya to Bangalore over the next five years due the different cost efficiencies and competitiveness between the two places.

“Our service centre in Cyberjaya will continue to provide valuable human resources, finance, procurement and order processing support – not just for Shell Malaysia but also for our global business.

“We will continue to look for ways to migrate higher value-added work to Cyberjaya from our global operations. Indeed, Malaysia has the right people with higher value skills,” he said. — Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: Shell Refining Company (Federation of Malaya) Bhd will make a decision on its refinery in Port Dickson by end-June, said Shell Malaysia Ltd (SML) chairman Iain Lo.

Lo is also chairman of Shell Refining Co.

“The decision has not been made yet whether it is a sale or conversion, I believe we will try to make a decision and bring it to shareholders at the AGM at the end of June,” he told reporters at the officiating ceremony of Menara Shell yesterday.

Lo said the board of Shell Refining Co is proactively investigating long-term options including potential sale of the refinery assets and conversion of operations to a storage terminal.

“Shell Refining Co is a business that’s very, very challenging, we’ve had losses the last four years now. So the board has decided that something has to be done about it. Clearly, operating as a refinery, as a going concern, we see it as quite a challenge because the refining environment globally is very challenging. Refining margins are very, very thin and it is very difficult to make profits.

“One of the options is to convert it to a terminal so that we can continue to supply fuel to the Malaysian market. Of course in the same process, we will look to see if there are other people who feel that they can operate the refinery. So these two processes are going on in parallel,” he added.

In terms of exploration, Lo said Shell Malaysia made 10 discoveries in the last 18 months, making it the most successful country in the Shell group for exploration.

“Our gas operations in Sarawak supplies our own gas-to-liquid (GTL) plant where we produce the world’s cleanest high-grade waxes that are exported to more than 50 countries across the globe. Our Sarawak specialty wax range is a key component in adhesives to lipsticks and ink toners,” he said.

Shell Malaysia is the largest foreign oil producer in Malaysia with its Gumusut-Kakap deep water platform producing 150kbpd. It is also working on its second deep-water venture, the Malikai oil field, 100km offshore Sabah.

On its new offices in, Lo said Menara Shell in KL Sentral brings together 10 facilities across the Klang Valley into 17 floors with over 300,000 sq ft for 1,700 staff. The group also has a business services centre in Cyberjaya that houses its IT, human resource, finance, procurement and order processing support units.

On the relocation of its IT division to Bangalore over the next five years, Lo said the move is driven by the big talent pool and lower costs in Bangalore.

“So we need to look for additional work for Cyberjaya because we have the talent, we have the infrastructure and the sort of work we are looking at, when I say value-added, it means not just the transactional type of work…we’re looking for something more value-add for example in the lubricant supply chain, there is now a department in Cyberjaya that does all the coordination of lubricant supply in the country. It’s that kind of work that we are looking to bring more and more from our different downstream and upstream businesses to Cyberjaya,” he said.

Ministry of International Trade & Industry secretary general Datuk Dr Rebecca Sta Maria said the ministry has maintained its investment targets this year despite the challenging economic environment and the government is committed to maintaining a dynamic and progressive business environment to attract more potential investors.

“When an investor decides to locate in a country, it is not just about the oil prices or the value of the ringgit but really the business environment that we have created - how easy is it to do business, what is the bureaucracy like. So if you can put those in place, make it easy to do business and that’s exactly what we are doing, for me it is not an issue.

“In our interaction with companies, we were in Malacca yesterday meeting some of the companies, they are expanding. They are expanding because the environment here is conducive enough for them to want to put more money into this country and I think that’s what really should be the focus going forward,” she said.

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