Isabelle Lai

Recent and archived articles by Isabelle Lai

2 Mar 2015 | 7:00 AM

Malaysia can be Asian hub for easier access to funds by SMEs (Update)

PETALING JAYA: With the Securities Commission spearheading the move to regulate equity crowdfunding (ECF) platforms, Malaysia has the opportunity to become the micro investment financial centre in Asia by allowing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and startups better access to funds for growth.

28 Feb 2015 | 7:00 AM

Streamlining under CCMD

PHARMACEUTICAL manufacturer CCM Duopharma Biotech Bhd’s (CCMD) chief executive officer Leonard Ariff Abdul Shatar is a man on a mission as the group prepares to embark on an ambitious consolidation plan after it acquires six pharmaceutical units from its parent company.

Leonard: ‘We believe this deal will set the platform for CCMD going into 2018 onwards’.
26 Feb 2015 | 7:00 AM

RM57m profit for Boustead Plantations

PETALING JAYA: Boustead Plantations Bhd recorded a net loss of RM965,000 for its fourth quarter ended Dec 31, 2014 compared with a net profit of RM298.3mil a year ago.

25 Feb 2015 | 7:00 AM

Partnership with MAHB good, says AirAsia CEO

SEPANG: AirAsia Bhd and Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) have a good partnership in ensuring that operations at KLIA2 run as smoothly as can be, said the low-cost carrier’s chief executive officer and executive director Aireen Omar (pic).

18 Feb 2015 | 7:00 AM

IFCA MSC posts stronger earnings in Q4

PETALING JAYA: Business management solutions provider IFCA MSC Bhd posted a much stronger net profit of RM9.1mil for its fourth quarter ended Dec 31, 2014, up from RM92,000 a year earlier, representing a strong billing quarter for software implementation works.

18 Feb 2015 | 7:00 AM

Three CBRE senior execs to operate under Savills

PETALING JAYA: Property consultancy firm CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) Malaysia will see three of its senior executives, Christopher Boyd, Allan Soo and Paul Khong, trade under the Savills name in Malaysia from March 1.

Christopher Boyd, executive chairman of property consultancy, CB Richard Ellis Sdn Bhd
12 Feb 2015 | 7:00 AM

Record profit for Westports

PETALING JAYA: Westports Holdings Bhd’s net profit jumped 6.6% to RM139.8mil for its fourth quarter ended Dec 31, 2014, resulting in a record 12-month net profit of RM512.2mil for the port operator. It posted an 8% increase in operational revenue to RM385.9mil from RM357.3mil for the quarter under review, while container throughput increased 11.7% to 2.19 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) from 1.96 million.

Westports handled 8.4 million TEUs last year
11 Feb 2015 | 7:00 AM

New SC framework let issuers raise up to RM3m in 12 months

PETALING JAYA: Under the Securities Commission’s (SC) new framework for equity crowdfunding (ECF) platforms, eligible issuers can raise up to RM3mil within a 12-month period.

10 Feb 2015 | 7:00 AM

EPF pays highest dividend in 16 years with overseas boost

KUALA LUMPUR: Overseas equity investments were a major contributor to the Employees Provident Fund’s (EPF) stellar 2014 financial results, which saw the fund declaring its highest dividend rate since 1999 of 6.75%, amounting to a total payout of RM36.66bil.

EPF chief executive officer Datuk Shahril Ridza Ridzuan speak to the media during the Media briefing on investment performance and the 2014 Divident in Kuala Lumpur, yesterday.
29 Jan 2015 | 7:00 AM

Billionaire Ananda Krishnan in foundation to promote study of Mandarin and English

PETALING JAYA: Billionaire T Ananda Krishnan and the Usaha Tegas Group have launched the Yu Cai Foundation (YCF), which will principally focus on giving grants to educational institutions which promote the study of Mandarin and English.

Tycoon T. Ananda Krishnan (left) with Datuk Seri Mahamad Fathil Mamood, who sits on the board of trustees of the Yu Cai  Foundation, at the official launch of the foundation in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.