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Alitalia rescue hopes rise as Lufthansa looks set to step in

BERLIN, Oct 18 — Alitalia's rescue hopes received a boost yesterday with signs that Lufthansa could take a stake in the Italian carrier, while Rome agreed to a €350 million (RM1.62 billion) bridging loan to ease immediate cash worries….

‘Unicorns’ that wowed investors face hard road on Wall Street

NEW YORK, Sept 29 — The so-called “unicorns” that lured big investments and took Silicon Valley by storm are facing a chillier environment as they turn to Wall Street for fresh capital. The startups earned the unicorn moniker for quickly…

Petronas to announce succession plan soon as Mohd Anuar steps down

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 20 — Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) will announce a succession plan soon following the departure of its executive vice president and upstream business chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Anuar Taib. Chairman Datuk Ahmad Nizam…

Britain ‘turbo-charges’ no deal Brexit plans

LONDON, July 30 — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government holds the first of a series of daily meetings today designed to ramp up preparations to leave the European Union without a Brexit deal on October 31. Government departments and…

“I’m still D’Nonce chairman”, says Tengku Ahmad

PETALING JAYA: Tengku Ahmad Badli Shah Raja Hussin says he is still D’Nonce Technology Bhd chairman amid new largest shareholder Blackstream Investment Pte Ltd’s bid to remove all the board of directors.

Blackstream holds a 25.61% stake in D’Nonce.

Recall that Blackstream’s call for an EGM on June 12, called by Blackstream, hit a stumbling block after Tengku Ahmad announced the passing of the motion of adjournment.

However, Blackstream, in challenging the legality of the adjournment, proceeded with the EGM. It later claimed that all resolutions were passed, including the removals of Tengku Ahmad, Lim Teck Seng and Datuk Yeo Boon Leong as well as the appointments of Lim Siang Kai, Lam Kwong Fai (Lin Guang Hui) and Chong Kim Teck.

Interestingly, Ng Kok Wah resigned as D’Nonce director on the same day, citing personal reasons.

Tengku Ahmad told SunBiz that he was shocked with the latest developments despite the EGM adjournment. He also stressed that there was no walkout at the meeting as reported as it was officially adjourned.

“We are in the midst of finalising the official minutes of the meeting which is a true representation of the EGM and that any shareholders are able to refer to the matter,” he explained.

Last Friday, Blackstream and P’ng Chiew Keem filed an originating summons in the Kuala Lumpur High Court to, inter alias, declare the adjournment of the EGM to be null and void. It is fixed for hearing on June 24.

They also filed an application fixed for an injunction to, inter alias, restrain the company from proceeding with its AGM tomorrow. However, it was dismissed by the High Court.

Tengku Ahmad stressed that he is still the rightful chairman and that he will be attending tomorrow’s AGM held in Kota Baru, Kelantan to explain the matter to the shareholders.

Speaking of business operations, he believes that the company is on track to achieve greater heights with its future business plan.

“As the new management team, mandated since mid-January 2019, we have been actively ensuring all compliances and adherence to transparency and accountability are well preserved and emphasised.”

“Although this may be time consuming, and especially with what has transpired in the organisation, we are adamant about making that positive change and restoring the company into a strong organisation in the industry. We have constantly and clearly communicated with our shareholders of our timeline and initiatives in corporate roadmap and strategies,” he stressed.

Despite the interference from the third party, Tengku Ahmad said the most important thing is to ensure a sound future plan to lead the company to profitability.

D’Nonce is involved in the supply of packaging and other materials, integrated supply chain products and services and contract manufacturing.

It saw a net profit of RM2.8 million for the 16-month period ended Dec 31, 2018. For the first quarter ended March 31, 2019, it incurred a net loss of RM1.39 million.

In its latest annual report, the group said its future plan is to become a fully integrated global contract manufacturing company through expanding its reach in the local and overseas market.

Axiata, Telenor ASA to conduct due diligence on proposed merger

KUALA LUMPUR, May 29 — Axiata Group Bhd and Norwegian multinational telecommunications company, Telenor ASA, will be conducting a due diligence exercise for their proposed merger, also known as MergedCo. President and group chief executive officer…

Malaysia Airlines, JAL to pursue joint business agreement

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB) and Japan Airlines (JAL) have signed a memorandum of understanding to pursue a joint business agreement, to enhance in-flight service quality of both carriers for flights between Malaysia and Japan.

“MAB and JAL will also seek to cooperate in a wider scope, such as exchanging best practices, exploring collaboration in other operational areas such as cargo and developing jointly tourism in both Japanese and Malaysian markets,” said MAB in a press release today.

Currently, both parties have already filed an application with the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) and Japan`s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, seeking exemptions/immunity from antitrust laws.

If approved, MAB and JAL will strive to deliver convenient travel options to customers with a comprehensive network throughout Malaysia and Japan.

Previously in 2012, the collaboration between MAB and JAL started by offering codeshare flight operations between Malaysia and Japan, after the former joined the oneworld airline alliance.

According to MAB group CEO Izham Ismail, the two airlines have always had a strong commercial link.

“This partnership will provide better efficiencies and a more comprehensive network for our customers whilst also playing a key role in further strengthening trade ties between Malaysia and Japan, increasing tourism and promoting Kuala Lumpur International Airport as an air hub,” he said.

He also said that the collaboration would be an important milestone for its long term business plans as it looks to explore more strategic opportunities as well as deepen more partnerships.

Meanwhile, JAL president Yuji Akasaka said that the partnership can potentially increase passenger traffic between the two countries and open up commercial opportunities.

“Subject to the relevant approvals, MAB and JAL intend to start the joint business in 2020 to coincide with the Tokyo Olympics,” he added.

Nova Pharma inks agreement for JV

PETALING JAYA: Nova Pharma Solutions Bhd has entered into a shareholders agreement with Acara Juara Sdn Bhd for a joint venture in providing a total engineering solutions business focusing on turnkey or engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) services for advanced technology facilities.

According to the group’s stock exchange filing, the joint venture will be executed via a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to be incorporated later under the proposed name of Nova HiTech Solutions Sdn Bhd.

Under the proposed joint venture, the SPV will be a private company with limited liability by share with Nova Pharma owning a controlling stake of 51% while Acara Juara will hold the remaining 49% stake.

Under the proposed agreement, Nova Pharma’s contribution towards the SPV shall be promoting it as a turnkey or EPCC outfit in Taiwan and Southeast Asia.

It will also provide or identify an office space for its operation to support the accounting, management and administration services of the joint venture and to provide engineering support as and when needed.

Meanwhile, Acara Juara will lead the execution of EPCC or turnkey projects secured by the SPV, spearhead the project management areas and promote the SPV as a turnkey or EPCC outfit to provide total engineering solutions services for advanced technology facilities setup for industries including healthcare, pharmaceutical and biotechnology.

In addition, the company shall also prepare and table the annual business plan and budget to the board of directors for approval.

Nova Pharma said that the joint venture would enable it to further expand its existing business through undertaking of turnkey or EPCC projects.

“The proposed joint venture is expected to generate new income stream for Nova Pharma with each party contributing relevant expertise and skill set to the SPV, which will enhance Nova Pharma’s capabilities in advanced technology facilities setup,” it said.

The group said that the proposed joint venture is expected to contribute positively to the future earnings of the group.

Modi’s jobs deficit: J&J’s largest India plant idle three years after completion

NEW DELHI, May 19 — It was supposed to be Johnson & Johnson’s biggest manufacturing plant in India. It was to eventually employ at least 1,500 people and help bring development to a rural area near Hyderabad in southern India. Yet, three…

MSM starts break bulk shipping of refined sugar

PETALING JAYA: MSM Malaysia Holdings Bhd has commenced its first maiden break bulk shipping of refined sugar from MSM Johor to China, exporting 7,000 tonnes of refined sugar.

Fully commissioned in November 2018, MSM Johor provides an avenue for the group to support domestic demand and further ramp up its export sales at a competitive pricing due to its strategic location at Tanjung Langsat Port.

It is also anticipated to reduce cost across the value chain, with strategic port facilities that contribute towards cost-efficiency as well as reducing reliance on manpower through better technology and automation.

According to the company, break bulk shipping reduces its logistic costs as it requires cargoes to be transported in unitised forms such as crated, bundled or palletised to which its refined sugars are carried in a 1.5 tonnes jumbo bag that ease the process of loading.

Besides that, break bulk shipping also allow goods to directly enter minimally-developed ports as some of them cannot accommodate large container ships.

The break bulk operations through Tanjung Langsat Port’s jetty involves cooperation between MSM Johor and FGV Transport Services Sdn Bhd to synergise group resources effectively.

MSM aims to export more than 300,000 tonnes of refined sugar and other sugar related products potentially to Asia Pacific region under its Business Plan 2019-2021 that includes exporting to Asian markets as part of its priorities to maintain market leadership towards becoming one of the top 10 sugar players in the world by 2020.

However, MSM said it will continue to be selective on export markets with a focus on high premium markets due to the challenging prices as a result of a global sugar glut.

“The break bulk shipping is a part of our new business model which focuses on maintaining cost discipline and operational efficiency in our business activities, which include raw sugar procurement, external warehouse as well as cost for freight, refining and finance. The advantage of our strategic standalone refinery in Johor together with the break bulk shipping initiative will provide an opportunity for us to export our refined sugar at a very competitive price,” said MSM group CEO Datuk Khairil Anuar Aziz.

“With our Johor refinery in place, we have the capacity to fulfil domestic demand and expand our market share on the export front whilst exploring additional revenue stream,” he added.

Khairil, who has been with MSM since November 2017 as the executive director, is taking over the responsibility from Mohd Shaffie Said who assumed the role of acting CEO since January 2018. Mohd Shaffie has been re-designated as group COO effective immediately.

“It comes with a huge responsibility and challenging journey ahead as the sugar industry is forecasted to be more volatile in 2019, in view of the glut sugar situation internationally and locally,” said Khairil, who is also FGV Holdings Bhd COO for sugar sector.