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Business 21 Jul 2009 | 12:00 AM

Small and medium oil palm planters’ wishlist

PRESSING 'old' issues hampering the progress of small and medium oil palm plantation operators must be taken seriously in the preparation of Budget 2010, set to be tabled in Parliament this October.

Business 11 Jul 2009 | 12:00 AM

Power demand tied to economy

AS in anywhere else in the world, the demand for electricity in Malaysia is closely tied to the country's economic growth.

Business 13 May 2009 | 12:00 AM

DNA decoding to increase CPO output by 100%

KUALA LUMPUR: Sime Darby Bhd has made a scientific breakthrough by successfully decoding the DNA of the oil palm tree which will result in a 100% boost to the group's crude palm oil (CPO) production in four to five years, the company said.

Business 09 May 2009 | 12:00 AM

More tapping retail bond market

LATE last year, as Japan's equity market was being hammered as its economy was feeling the heat from the US financial crisis, there remained one safe haven - its retail corporate bond market.

Business 09 May 2009 | 12:00 AM

Stirring the moribund corporate bond market

After a decade of robust growth, the corporate bond market seems to be cooling off. Unleashing the pent-up retail demand for bonds may be one way to go.

Business 01 May 2009 | 12:00 AM

Planters to urge Govt to repeal windfall levy

The Malaysian Palm Oil Association (MPOA), which represents the country's plantation industry, will appeal to the Government to consider repealing the Windfall Profit Levy Act 1998.

Business 20 Apr 2009 | 12:00 AM

Issuance of govt bonds expected to jump to RM90bil

IT looks like a bumper crop is coming into the bond market. The issuance of government bonds is expected to leapfrog by 80% this year to a gross amount of RM90bil.

Business 15 Apr 2009 | 12:00 AM

Windfall taxes again for oil palm companies?

Oil palm plantation companies in Peninsular Malaysia could start paying windfall taxes again in May and June should the average price of crude palm oil (CPO) touch RM2,500 per tonne this month.

Business 14 Mar 2009 | 12:00 AM

Loans or bonds amid the global recession?

CORPORATE loans are theoretically more expensive because the risk is taken up by only one counter-party. With bonds, the risk is spread among many lenders. The stronger the lender's cashflow, the more flexibility he has in being able to lend at a cheaper rate.

Nation 11 Mar 2009 | 12:00 AM

Planters welcome CPO price threshold revision on windfall levy

THE crude palm oil (CPO) threshold price of RM2,000 per tonne under the windfall profit levy imposed on oil palm plantation companies in July 2008 has been revised to RM2,500 for Peninsular Malaysia and RM3,000 for Sabah and Sarawak under the Government's mini budget announced yesterday.