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Eugene Mahalingam

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Recent and archived articles by Eugene Mahalingam

24 Sep 2018 | 7:00 AM

A game-changer model for Proton

PETALING JAYA: Proton Holdings Bhd’s X70 sport-utility vehicle (SUV), which is set to be launched later this year, could just be the game-changer model that the struggling national car company has been waiting for to help turn it around. Response to the model has been promising, having received some 5,000 bookings within a week of being made available to the public – a good sign for a company.

Latest offering: The X70 Proton sports-utility vehicle could pave the way for future Proton models.
22 Sep 2018 | 7:00 AM

Hektar CEO: Understanding the market is the way to success

IN light of the sluggish property market currently, retail-focused Hektar Real Estate Investment Trust (Hektar REIT) is concentrating on improving the malls within its portfolio to adapt to the changes in the industry and remain competitive.

Golden win: Hisham (left) receiving the Gold Award under the ‘Retail REIT’ category at the Asia Pacific Best of The Breeds REITs Awards 2018.
19 Sep 2018 | 7:00 AM

WCT boosted by new RM1.77bil contract

PETALING JAYA: WCT Holdings Bhd shares closed higher on news that it had bagged a contract worth RM1.77bil for construction works relating to the proposed Pavilion Damansara Heights commercial development.

At 5pm yesterday, WCT, which is principally involved in engineering, construction, property development, saw its shares close seven sen up at 93 sen.  Analysts are positive on the contract win, given the cautious outlook on the construction sector as the government scales back on public projects.
18 Sep 2018 | 7:00 AM

Modest 5% to 6% growth likely in Malaysian retail sector

Market to be sustained by improved consumer spending and stability

Pavilion Kuala Lumpur marketing director Kung Suan Ai (second from left) receiving the Gold Award for Best Experiential Marketing from Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry deputy secretary-general Datuk Haslina Abdul Hamid (second from right). With them are (left) Tourism Malaysia advertising and digital division director Manohararan Periasamy and Malaysia Shopping Malls Association (PPK) advisor and past president Richard Chan (right). The mall won the award for its Dream Garden of Prosperity Chinese New Year celebration and first festive campaign in Visit Pavilion 2018. Organised by PPK, the PPK Malaysia Awards recognises Malaysia’s most innovative shopping centres for outstanding achievement in marketing. This is the second consecutive time that Pavilion Kuala Lumpur won this award, the first being ‘The Rise to Opulence’ in 2017.
14 Sep 2018 | 7:00 AM

Telcos urged to invest more to remain competitive

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian telcos are being urged to ramp up their investment initiatives to remain competitive, or risk losing out in an industry that is rapidly progressing at a breakneck pace.

“I think telcos are investing, but they need to invest more,” Shahril(pic) told reporters on the sidelines at the World Bank’s “Public Policy in a Digital World” conference yesterday.
12 Sep 2018 | 7:00 AM

More malls to enter the fray in the Klang Valley

PETALING JAYA: An estimated 6.58 million sq ft of net lettable space from more than 10 malls is expected to enter the Klang Valley retail market in the second half this year, raising concerns of added pressure on occupancy levels for both existing and incoming stock.

12 Sep 2018 | 7:00 AM

Pressure on office occupancy and rental in the Klang Valley

PETALING JAYA: The vast incoming supply of office space in the Klang Valley, amid the tight leasing market, is expected to increase pressure on occupancy and rental levels.

8 Sep 2018 | 7:00 AM

Market poised for more investment activity

A pick-up in property investments can be expected in the fourth quarter of this year, as investors start to have better visibility of the market following the changes undertaken by the new administration.

3 Sep 2018 | 7:00 AM

How retail SMEs can stay competitive

WHILE the high number of retail space within the Klang Valley means more choices for customers, it also means that businesses need to constantly do what they can to stay ahead of the competition.

Convenient: Online shopping has been gaining popularity.
3 Sep 2018 | 7:00 AM

Structuring dreams

WHEN business growth strategist and team alignment coach, Peter Lam, organises his coaching sessions, many of the participants admit to having dreams of setting up their own company someday.

Lam: Eighty percent of new businesses don’t make it past the first five years.

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