Daljit Dhesi

Recent and archived articles by Daljit Dhesi

18 Mar 2019 | 7:00 AM

More women joining ad industry

PETALING JAYA: Once regarded as a “reluctant” industry to begin a career with, the ad and media industry has since evolved dramatically and is attracting talents.

Gan: We appreciate fresh perspectives - which is why at Dentsu Aegis, we value diversity and inclusiveness.
11 Mar 2019 | 7:00 AM

More pressure on Malaysia's banking system

PETALING JAYA: The pressure on the banking sector is not expected to ease anytime soon, with more analysts lowering their core projected figures this year.

Analysts are projecting an earnings growth of between 4.5% and 6.3% and a loan growth of between 4% and 5.1% this year while maintaining a stable return on equity (ROE) forecast for the year. ROE is a measure of profitability to shareholders. Banking system's total loa growth in 2014 was 9.3%, in 2015 7.9%, in 2016 5.3%, 2017 4.1% and 2018 5.6%.
11 Mar 2019 | 7:00 AM

Etiqa aims to sustain growth

PETALING JAYA: Malayan Banking Bhd’s insurance unit Etiqa aims to stay ahead of the market in terms of growth amid a challenging economic and operating environment.

Etiqa Insurance and Takaful group CEO Kamaludin Ahmad (pic) told StarBiz that the insurance group on the whole grew by 17% in 2018 with new life/family business growing 19% and general business growing by 10%
4 Mar 2019 | 7:00 AM

Need for a balanced adspend mix

PETALING JAYA: While advertising on social media is gaining prominence, companies should exercise a balanced approach to ensure ad spends are not misused to the detriment of their brands.

Reprise Digital group managing director Darren Yuen(pic) said the agency has a defensive position while advertising on platforms where the content is user-generated to ensure that all safety measures are in place.
25 Feb 2019 | 7:00 AM

Ham concerned about ad industry

Advertising veteran warns sector not to be too fixated on millennials

Harmandar pointed out that quite a number of millennials are penniless, indifferent towards advertising, fickle and have a glaring absence of loyalty.
23 Feb 2019 | 7:00 AM

GFM on stronger footing after KPMD acquisition

With the recent acquisition of KP Mukah Development Sdn Bhd (KPMD), GFM Services Bhd is now on a stronger financial footing as the purchase of the university concessionaire is set to catalyse and ramp up the group’s future earnings.

GFM Services Bhd group managing director Ruslan Nordin
18 Feb 2019 | 7:00 AM

Guided by ESG factors

PETALING JAYA: Environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are high up on international bond investors’ radar as more local institutions gear up to enter the responsible investment space.

RAM Consultancy Services Sdn Bhd CEO Promod Dass(pic) told StarBiz that global bond and sukuk investors are increasingly considering ESG factors and sustainability as part of best practice in investment due diligence and capital allocation.
18 Feb 2019 | 7:00 AM

‘Technology is everyone’s business’

PETALING JAYA: “The future is exciting, and it is clear that technology is everyone’s business,” said one of the country’s top communications agency executives after attending the largest consumer electronics show held in Las Vegas last month.

IPG Mediabrands Malaysia CEO Bala Pomaleh(pic) told StarBiz that there is an urgent need to embrace technology in any business, including media and communications.
9 Feb 2019 | 7:00 AM

MyCC warns MyEG for not paying daily penalty

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) has issued a stern warning to e-government services provider MyEG Services Bhd for non-compliance with the decision of the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) to pay a daily penalty of RM7,500, now totalling RM9.46mil.

9 Feb 2019 | 7:00 AM

Paul Low appointed new CEO of Etiqa Life Insurance

KUALA LUMPUR: Etiqa Life Insurance Bhd has appointed Paul Low Hong Ceong as its new CEO, hence completing Etiqa’s search for high-calibre executives to helm its four organisations. He officially took office on Thursday.