IOIPG Wins Big at the Southeast Asia Property Awards (Malaysia) 2014
IOIPG Sponsors SuperMokh Musical
IOIPG Awards Customer Service Excellence
Appointment of Senior Management of IOIPG
Q4 Earnings for IOIC and IOIPG
Cadet Assistant (Trainee) Programme
IOIC’s Sustainability Measures in the
eyes of a Borneo Post Reporter
IOIPG Unveils its Latest
Venture in Bandar Puteri Bangi
IOIPG JB at Johor Property Investment
Launch of Exclusive Sierra 6 Superlink Homes with Private Gardens
Clio Launched to Rave Reviews
IOIPG in KL Rat Race
Cycling towards Strength & Unity
Strengthening Team Spirit in Sports Carnival 2014
2014 Workers’ Day Celebration
SRO Hari Raya Open House
Training to Improve Estate Operations, Efficiency and Safety
11 Enforcing Your Authentic Self towards Work Excellence
Installation of a New
Beading Plant at IOI Pan-Century
Getting to Know IOI Pan-Century’s
Building Self Confidence among School
Getting Ready for Emergencies
Two IOI Square, IOI Resort,
62502 Putrajaya, Malaysia.
Indrani Rama Chandran
AS 8, Jalan Hang Tuah 1,
Salak South Garden,
57100 Kuala Lumpur.
21 IOILC at the Euro Fed Lipid Congress
Keeping Fit at IOILC Europe
Innovation Drives IOILC Europe: Crossing
into the Future Together
Family Picnic Fun at IOILC Americas
IFT 2014 a Great Success for IOILC
Adeka Foods (Asia) Opens its Factory
Minister Visits IOILC and IOI Oleo
Dato’ Lee Visits IOILC China
Media Visits IOILC to Know Betapol Better
IOI Mall Puchong Welcomes
Nova and Bioshoppe
Betapol, one of IOI Loders Croklaan’s most groundbreaking innovations
that mimics the unique fat composition and structure of human milk fat,
may also have a positive physiological effect on brain function and physical
development versus standard vegetable oils used in infant formula. Learn
more about the latest scientific discoveries of the potential effects of Betapol
on infant brain and physical development in our Cover Feature.
After winning two international property awards recently, IOI Properties
Group Berhad (“IOIPG”) once again garnered four awards at the Southeast
Asia Property Award (Malaysia) 2014 for its property developments, namely
IOI City Mall, La Thea Residences, Puteri Hills and D’Zone Condominium.
These recognitions have notably elevated its profile as one of the leading
property developers in Malaysia.
Apart from that, IOIPG recently launched two new property development
projects, the Sierra 6 three-storey superlink home in 16 Sierra township and
the Clio Residences in IOI Resort City. It also had a preview of its latest
township development Bandar Puteri Bangi to members of the media. Bandar
Puteri Bangi is scheduled to be launched by the fourth quarter of 2014.
At The Edge Kuala Lumpur Rat Race this year, which saw IOIPG making
its maiden appearance joining 68 other participating companies, over
RM1.84 million was raised for 12 beneficiaries. On a separate note, IOIPG
partnered with the local council MPSJ and organised a Merdeka Fun Ride to
commemorate Independence Day and to promote healthy living among the
In the specialty oils and fats segment, IOI Loders Croklaan marked a new
milestone with the establishment of Adeka Foods (Asia) Sdn Bhd, a joint
venture with Japanese processed food and chemical maker Adeka Corp
to manufacture and sell premium margarine, shortenings, fat spreads and
other foods in Southeast Asia and other countries. Apart from that, the visit
of the Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister to our downstream
manufacturing facilities in Pasir Gudang, Johor, to gain an insight into the
value-added downstream activities of palm oil industry, is also covered in
Launch of Ops Selamat V 2014
Serving Up Bubur Lambuk for a
Lastly, let us welcome IOIPG’s COO (Property Investments) Mr Cheah Wing
Choong aboard and extend our congratulations to Mr Teh Chin Guan and
Ms Betty Lau on their recent promotions!
Mid-Autumn Festivity Lights Up
IOI Mall Puchong & Kulai
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Wafli Bin Ali
Debbie Eva Denis
Putrajaya Marriott Hotel
Siti Rahmani Okal
Putrajaya Marriott Launches
“The Wedding House & Sales Hub”
Fiesta Raya 2014
Buka Puasa with Children
Hari Raya Charity & Open House
Mohd Ezuddin bin Sami’an
Ling May Yuen
Siobhan Anne Netto
Low Vi Vien
Yee Yean Pink
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Palm Garden Hotel
NEW SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH REVEALS
BETAPOL SUPPORTS INFANT BRAIN AND
Betapol, one of IOI Loder Croklaan’s (“IOILC”) most groundbreaking
innovations, is a palm oil-derived nutritional additive which is used
to fortify infant milk powder globally, and is especially popular in the
People’s Republic of China (“PRC”). Research results have revealed
that Betapol mimics the unique fat composition and structure of
human milk fat, and is said to have a positive physiological effect
on brain function and physical development compared to standard
vegetable oils used in infant formulas.
New scientific discoveries related to OPO, the main component of
Betapol, were announced at the OPO Technical seminar organised
by IOILC on 21 August 2014 in Shanghai, PRC. This important
seminar attracted more than 80 participants from Danone, Wyeth,
Abbott, Mead Johnson and other well-known infant formula
companies in PRC.
Both Michael van Sallandt, Chief Operating Officer (“COO”) of
IOILC Asia, who gave the opening speech at the seminar, and Sander
Fredriks, General Manager of Sales & Marketing, who continued
with company and Betapol introduction reiterated the fact that
OPO structured lipids is the next trend in infant formula industry
and it is happening now.
Difference in fat composition
Vegetable Fat Blend
Professor Sebastiano Banni speaking at the seminar.
According to the latest discoveries of one of the keynote speakers
at the seminar, Professor Sebastiano Banni of the Department of
Biomedical Sciences of the University of Cagliari, Italy, the fatty
acid distribution within the fat molecules in infant nutrition may
influence the way neuronal activity is regulated and optimised in
the brain. His research indicates that the molecular structure of
OPO can positively influence infant’s energy metabolism, brain
function and physical development.
“We are glad to announce the positive outcomes of the research
at the seminar,” said Michael van Sallandt. “The research brings
additional evidence that Betapol is the scientifically substantiated
standard for high-quality infant formula and we are committed to
investing in OPO Research and Development (“R&D”) and OPO
OPO was invented by IOILC in 1986. With a 20-year safety record
in the European market, Betapol is believed to be able to help
overcome the problems associated with poor fatty acid absorption
and its negative consequences on energy supply, stool consistency
and bone development. In 2008, PRC’s Ministry of Health approved
the usage of OPO products based on Betapol.
According to a recent report by Mintel, a key factor mothers
consider when choosing baby food is the closeness of the formula
to natural breast milk. Currently, infant formula milk containing
OPO, the closest natural match to breast milk fat, is available in 14
countries including China, South Korea, the United States and Britain.
The Chinese market is especially experiencing rapid growth with
a surge of products becoming available for consumers. These latest
scientific discoveries were also presented at the annual exhibition
held by China Dairy Industry Association (“CDIA”) on 22 – 24
August 2014 in Shanghai, PRC where IOILC displayed its product
and process patents to the benefit of infant formula manufacturers
and Chinese consumers.
IOILC’s booth at the annual exhibition held by
China Dairy Industry Association.
Participants at the OPO Technical Seminar organised by IOILC.
THE ROLE OF DISTRIBUTORS IN
In order to ensure that the benefits of Betapol eventually reach endusers, distributors play an important role in the supply chain. Their
support is vital in keeping the lines between manufacturers and
users smooth. Their roles vary and include continuous customer
visits, project follow-up and risk management; and they are also
heavily relied on to bring real value-added customers. Establishing
a good relationship with the distributors develops sales continuity
and trust of supply. As such, regular meetings with distributors are
deemed as one of the key strategies to promote Betapol globally.
In view of their importance, a special distributors’ meeting was
organised for the first time on 20 August 2014 to show appreciation
and build closer rapport with distributors in PRC region.
At the meeting, Dr Yan You Chun, Senior Manager, Application
& Development, IOI Lipid Enzymtec shared useful technical
knowledge, while Zhang Bin, PRC Sales Manager, shared insights on
Betapol’s sales report for PRC region and global sales trends with
five distributors from all parts of PRC. A discussion also ensued on
Betapol’s future growth in PRC market.
CONSISTENT MARKET EXPOSURE
Being a product that is steadily gaining popularity in the infant
formula market, regular exposure to industry players is crucial
for Betapol’s growth and development. IOILC’s participation at
the 14th China Dairy Industry Show held on 22 − 24 August 2014
at Shanghai Everbright Convention & Exhibition Center reflects
IOILC’s recognition of the need for Betapol to constantly be in the
industry’s limelight. IOILC’s booth successfully attracted more than
a hundred visitors from PRC and overseas dairy industry players,
bringing further recognition to this highly beneficial product.
In line with PRC government’s efforts to improve the control over
infant formula industries, many changes on the rules and regulations
have been initiated and this has created many challenges as well as
opportunities for the industry. By capitalising on the opportunities
and overcoming the challenges, IOILC, as the inventor of OPO, will
continue to contribute to the growth of infant formula industries
both nationally and globally.
PROVEN BENEFITS OF
Extensive scientific research − including numerous clinical
studies – demonstrates that Betapol can play a beneficial role
in both preterm and full-term infants. Significant nutritional
benefits of infant formulas containing Betapol may include:
• Improved energy intake
• Reduced constipation
• Increased bone mineral density
SENIOR MANAGEMENT OF IOIPG
MR CHEAH WING CHOONG
MR TEH CHIN GUAN
MS BETTY LAU
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Properties Group Berhad (“IOIPG”) has appointed
Mr Cheah Wing Choong as Chief Operating Officer (“COO”)
(Property Investments) with effect from 22 September 2014.
He is a Charted Surveyor with approximately 33 years of experience
in property consultancy, property development, project and asset
management, valuation and property management for a wide
spectrum of commercial, residential and institutional properties.
Prior to joining IOIPG, he was the COO (Property Investments) of
Sunway Group, a position he has held since 2009.
Mr Cheah holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration
from University of Bath, England and a Bachelor’s Degree in Estate
Management from Heriot-Watt University, Scotland. He is a Fellow
of the Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (“FISM”), Member of Royal
Institution of Chartered Surveyors, UK and a registered valuer for
Board of Valuers, Appraisers and Estate Agents.
IOIPG has also appointed Mr Teh Chin Guan as COO (Property
Development) and Ms Betty Lau as the Chief Financial Officer
(“CFO”) of the Group, with effect from 1 October 2014.
Mr Teh is the Property Director of IOIPG and he oversees the daily
the operations of the Group’s property developments in the Klang
Valley. Mr Teh brings with him many years of experience from the
property and construction industry. He has held various senior
positions in Berjaya Land Bhd prior to joining the organisation in
2006. Mr Teh holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Honours)
from University Teknologi Malaysia and is a member of Harvard
Club of Malaysia.
Ms Lau is the General Manager (Finance) of IOIPG and she is
responsible for the full spectrum of financial management including
financial reporting function, and to drive the improvement of
financial operation process of the Group. She is a Fellow of the
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (“FCCA”), a member
of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (“MIA”) and a member of
the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (“ICSA”).
She has honed her financial management skills with companies
in various industries in Malaysia, Singapore, Britain, United States
and the People’s Republic of China. Prior to joining IOI Group in
2010, she was the Group Financial Controller of INTI International
University/Laureate Educational Group.
Q4 Earnings for IOIC
Corporation Berhad’s (“IOIC”) net profit of RM402.7
million for the fourth quarter ended 30 June 2014 (“FY2014”) is 44%
higher than the net profit of RM279.7 million a year ago. Revenue for
the current period, however, was lower by 3.6% at RM2.83 billion
compared to RM2.94 billion that was recorded in the fourth quarter
a year ago. The results were mainly due to the translation gain of
RM101.3 million on foreign currency denominated borrowings
and gain of RM52.4 million arising from the demerger of the
property business from the Group, offset by the cessation of profit
continuation from the property related business in fourth quarter
ended 30 June 2014 following the demerger.
The profit of IOIC’s plantation segment rose by 92% to RM318.6
million for the fourth quarter FY2014 compared to RM165.5 million
recorded in the previous year, triggered by factors such as higher
crude palm oil (CPO) prices, palm kernel prices and higher fresh
fruit bunch (FFB) production. The resource-based manufacturing
segment’s profit of RM103.7 million for the fourth quarter FY2014
was 22% lower than RM133.6 million reported in 2013, due to
lower sales volume and margin from the refinery sub-segment, but
this however was mitigated by better results from specialty oils and
Meanwhile, IOI Properties Group Bhd (“IOIPG”) posted a
net profit of RM413.05 million on the back of the revenue of
RM417.16 million in its fourth quarter ended 30 June 2014. The
Group’s revenue and operating profit from property development
contributed 85 per cent and 83 per cent respectively, to the group’s
year-to-date performance. Main contributors were development
projects in Klang Valley and Johor, complemented by the Group’s
development projects in Xiamen, the People’s Republic of China
which also contributed positively towards the results.
s part of the plan to build a team of future assistant managers
who are equipped at managing IOI Corporation Berhad’s (IOIC)
plantation estates, the second batch of Cadet Assistant (Trainee)
Programme for the year 2014 commenced on 17 September
2014 and is expected to end on 26 November 2014. This time
around, the trainees, who are 31 in total, gathered at Paya Lang
Club House in Johor all geared up for the 10-week structured
The GM, Mr Tay giving a
As part of the training, a detailed briefing entitled “Towards a
successful career as a Planter” was delivered by the General
Manager (“GM”) of Plantation Division (Peninsular), Mr Tay
The 10-week training programme will cover all aspects of
estate management which include three weeks of classroom
lectures on basic estate management, and seven weeks of
field attachment in IOIC’s estates in Peninsular Malaysia. The
plan is to equip trainees with hands-on experience in estate
management. At the end of the training period, each of the
trainee will be individually assessed, and if found suitable, will
be offered junior management positions.
HR Manager, Plantation Division,
Mr Lai Pui Leong during his
MEASURES IN THE EYES OF
A BORNEO POST REPORTER
The Borneo Post which joined the media expedition hosted by IOI Loders Croklaan Asia at its Pasir Gudang facility on
14 – 15 August 2014 (please turn to page 25 to read more about the media expedition), recently published a piece about
its reporter’s visit to the Pamol Estate in Kluang. The Pamol Estate forms one of IOI Corporation Berhad’s (“IOIC”) high
performance estates where high-yielding, fast growing oil palm clones are planted.
n the article entitled “Sustainability the way forward for palm
oil industry”, the reporter mainly touches on the sustainability
measures undertaken by IOIC in its palm oil estates, and writes
of how “for agro-based industries such as palm oil, sustainability
goes beyond crunching high numbers in growth and profits”.
It further quotes that IOIC, which has more than 91 oil palm
estates across Malaysia and Indonesia, and is a member of the
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, has “embedded sustainability
and corporate responsibility in its core values, policy statements
and work practices across its global operations”.
The article also reports Pamol Timur Estate Manager Mr Aplasami
G Paidiah, as saying that the estate’s annual productivity has
regularly surpassed the national average of about 19 tonnes of
fresh fruit bunches (“FFB”) and that this is largely attributable to
the high yielding clones that have been replanted in 60% of the
estate’s plantation area.
Mr Aplasami also talks about IOIC’s pest management measures
for its estates. He is quoted as saying, “Pamol Estate also adopts
integrated pest management via biological means such as the use
of barn owls and a natural sex hormone to control oil palm’s pests.”
The usage of barn owls helps IOIC minimise the use of poisons
and baits which may have repercussions on other harmless animal
species which co-exist in the estates. He also mentions of how
pheromone is used to attract rhinoceros beetles, mostly females,
into getting trapped. Once trapped, these beetles which feed and
breed inside the oil palm trunks will die and will serve as a natural
fertiliser to the oil palm trees.
The other environment-friendly practice at Pamol Estate that the
article features is the transporting of harvested FFBs using buffaloes.
Mr Aplasami is quoted as saying that the use of buffaloes helps the
estate to reduce consumption on fossil fuels and further improve its
carbon footprint performance.
These are only some of the many sustainable practices that IOIC
has adopted as part of its Sustainability Policy. IOIC is driven by
the belief that the sustainability of its business is interdependent
with the sustainability of the environment it operates amidst. Hence,
it strives to continuously improve on its sustainability measures to
ensure that the environment remains as enriched as IOIC is as a
IN SPORTS CARNIVAL 2014
Due to the positive feedback from participants, General Manager
Mr NB Sudhakaran, who is also the patron of LSRC, has committed
to holding this event regularly in the coming years.
n 11 February 2014, IOI Sandakan Region’s management and
staff were united in a sporting event hosted by the Ladang Sabah
Recreational Club (LSRC) in collaboration with representatives
from other Sandakan regional groups.
Sports Carnival 2014 made a comeback after a four-year hiatus to
encourage healthy competitive spirit and lifestyle among the staff.
Participants competed in soccer, netball, futsal, badminton, table
tennis, volleyball and sepak takraw competitions. The carnival
culminated in a closing ceremony and prize presentation on
21 March 2014 with Ladang Sabah Group emerging the Overall
Champion. They succeeded in wrestling back the coveted LSRC
Challenge Trophy from the defending champion, Pamol Group.
2014 WORKERS’ DAY CELEBRATION
he first of May is a day to celebrate and appreciate employees’
hard work and efforts. This year, the Ladang Sabah Recreational Club
(LSRC) organised a celebration on a large scale.
Everyone warmed up to an upbeat aerobic session and took part in
tele-matches. The participants were spurred on by their colleagues
cheering loudly. Children had a great time as well with colouring
competitions, pageants and best costume competition, magic shows
and dance performances lined up to entertain them.
Soccer, badminton, volleyball and table tennis competitions kicked
off on 25 March 2014 between participating estates as part of the
celebration. The results were added to the accumulated points from
tele-matches and the hut competition to determine the overall
champion, the title of which eventually went to Luangmanis Estate.
It was a memorable day for everyone at IOI Sandakan Region!
SRO Hari Raya OPEN HOUSE
adang Sabah Recreational Club (LSRC) organised a Hari Raya
open house for staff and families of IOI Sandakan Region on 18 August
2014. Festive goodwill and love for food brought them together to
celebrate Hari Raya.
At the open house, the guests feasted on rendang, ketupat, local dishes
and Hari Raya cookies. Dance performances, lucky draws and a singing
competition made the event merrier with Puan Nurjanah (Bimbingan
1 Estate) judged the best performance. Best Dressed titles went to
Abu Bakar Mohd Zain and Irmawati Amsir of Moynod Estate.
The children were overjoyed to receive duit raya from General
Manager Mr NB Sudhakaran, Mill Controller Mr Wong Kim Wai and
other Heads of Department.The event ended with a surprise fireworks
show which delighted everyone!
TRAINING TO IMPROVE
EFFICIENCY AND SAFETY
IOI Sandakan Region organised a series of training for its employees to better equip them
with skills and knowledge to improve estate operations, efficiency and safety practices.
n July 2014, the Tractor Operation and Maintenance training
was carried out by UMW East Malaysia Sdn Bhd (Massey Ferguson
Tractor) for IOI Sandakan Region’s Heads of Department, assistant
managers and mechanics, aimed at instilling awareness on the
proper handling of tractors and importance of constant inspection
on the tractor’s road-worthiness. The participants learned how to
perform daily checking procedures and to detect non-genuine parts
which may shorten the machine’s lifespan, among others.
managers and store clerks were briefed on diesel handling and
safety procedures. They were given first-hand information on
nozzle selection and maintenance of spraying equipment. Speakers
also shared their knowledge on the advantages and disadvantages
of the different spray pumps available in the market. This enabled
the participants to select suitable equipment for the various types
of weeding operations that they often engage in while ensuring
On 13 August, 46 participants consisting assistant managers, field
staff and trainee staff attended the Pocket Guide to Safety training
conducted by SRO Health & Safety Executive Ms Gurjit Kaur Sandhu.
The training was meant to serve as a reminder on the importance of
safety practices to avoid untoward incidents in estates.
This was followed by the Product Safety and Handling trainings
on 9 − 10 September by Petron and Jupiter (diesel transporter).
More than 120 staff comprising Heads of Department, assistant
HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
ENFORCING YOUR AUTHENTIC SELF
TOWARDS WORK EXCELLENCE
s a working professional, it is our responsibility to excel in our daily
tasks and perform to our best ability in our interaction with our employer
and customers. And to a certain extent, our family at home deserves our best
too. The “Authentic Self” programme was designed to create a sense of
empowerment and enhance personal drive.Trainer Mr Mohamed Mustak led
this training, which was organised by the Training Department at IOI HQ and
was attended by 20 staff from various departments on 11 September 2014.
The participants took a test at the start of the training to identify their
invisible barriers and learned how to overcome them. Using interactive
games and videos, the trainer presented valuable insights on core values
and how best these can be applied at work. He went on to explain that
our values influence our thoughts, feelings, behaviours, and ultimately, our
result(s). Values form our foundation which in turn, must be strong enough
to guide us. Participants were told that they must possess self-belief and selfconfidence – and with these two, anything is possible!
After the training, participants were able to:
i. Understand the forces that shape their thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
At the end of the training session, the participants crafted
a personalised action plan listing the steps needed to
improve their work performance.
OUR UNDERLYING ASSUMPTIONS
ARE OUR CORE BELIEF
“What I Believe”
OUR EVERYDAY LANGUAGE
ii. Create deep connection with success principles to shape their daily choices.
“What I Say”
iii. Identify invisible barriers that are roadblocks and learn proven techniques to overcome them.
OUR DAILY ACTION
iv. Create congruence between personal and organisational purpose and values to enhance commitment.
v. Craft personalised action plans using the “Traffic Light” action plan framework.
“What I Do”
HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
GETTING READY FOR
afety cannot be taken for granted, and it is important to equip every
employee with knowledge on safety precautions and first aid know-how.
A team of 24 IOI City Mall employees underwent a two-day training on
“Health, Safety, Security & Environment” to learn proper safety measures
such as intervention techniques to handle untoward incidents at food courts
and restaurants, lifts, escalators, travellators, washrooms, staircases, car parks
and construction areas.
The two trainings on First Aid and Emergency Response & Fire Fighting
organised by the Training Department were held on 19 and 21 August 2014
The first training on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) started with a
tutorial using the D.R.C.A.B. (Danger, Response, Chest compression, Airway,
Breathing) technique. Participants performed CPR on a dummy model
to familiarise themselves with this potentially life-saving method and also
learned basic theoretical and practical first aid techniques such as dressing
a wound, managing a choking incident, tying knots for bandages, and
making Arm Sling or Elevation Sling.The trainer Ms Luanne Lim also showed
participants on how to deal with fainting situations.
On the second day, participants were taught on occupational safety, public
safety and security, alertness to suspicious activities and behaviors, and
emergency response. They also went through a fire-fighting practice held in
the open-air car park in IOI Resort which gave them an opportunity to use
the ABC dry powder and carbon dioxide (CO2) fire extinguishers.
The second team of IOI City Mall staff will be attending a similar training in
October to get them ready just in time for the mall’s opening!
IOIPG WINS BIG AT
THE SOUTHEAST ASIA
The Group’s three other developments also received the Highly
Properties Group Berhad (“IOIPG”) emerged a big Commended awards; La Thea Residences @ 16 Sierra for Midwinner at the coveted Southeast Asia Property Awards (Malaysia) Range Condo Development (Central Malaysia), Puteri Hills @
2014 held at a major hotel in Kuala Lumpur recently.
Bandar Puteri Puchong for Luxury Condo Development (Central
Malaysia) and D’Zone Condominium @ Teluk Kumbar, Penang for
The Group’s much touted retail development, IOI City Mall, Mid-Range Condo Development (North Malaysia).
Putrajaya came out tops by winning the Best Commercial
Development (Malaysia). Judges were impressed by the variety The Southeast Asia Property Awards (Malaysia) 2014 is the Malaysian
of amenities and the long list of retailers that IOI City Mall boasts level of the Southeast Asia Property Awards 2014, a strand of the
of, which they believe will promise an exciting and holistic retail Asia Property Awards. The Asia Property Awards offers an unrivalled
experience for shoppers. Adding to that would be the fact that showcase of the region’s real estate industry; boosting awareness
IOI City Mall is part of a fully integrated commercial development and highlighting top quality developers, projects and services from
which also includes office towers and a five-star hotel.
Indonesia to the People’s Republic of China.
Dato’ Lee (in suit, fourth from right) with the token of appreciation given to sponsors of the show.
uperMokh, a musical based on the life of the late Malaysian
footballer, Mokhtar Dahari, one of Malaysia’s best-loved icons, was
first staged to a sold-out audience in November 2013. Recently, due
to popular demand, the musical was restaged from 8 − 21 September
2014 at Istana Budaya, with IOI Properties Group Berhad (“IOIPG”) as
one of its main sponsors.
As one of the main sponsors, IOIPG was given its own corporate
night which allowed IOIPG to invite 600 of its own guests. The
guest list included its valued purchasers; Residents’ Associations
and communities; IOI Corporation Berhad’s (IOIC) and IOIPG’s
staff; media and business partners; and the general public who
were invited through IOIPG’s Facebook page and email blasts.
The opening night, which was on 9 September, saw IOIPG Director
Dato’ Lee Yeow Chor attending the musical on behalf of IOIPG. Also
present at the opening night were DYMM Sultan Selangor, our Prime
Minister and the former Menteri Besar of Selangor. Also among the
audience were the other sponsors, former and current Selangor
football players, the late Mokhtar Dahari’s family members, VIP guests,
artistes, and members of the media.
Guests who turned up for the corporate night found the
musical enjoyable, and performances of artistes like Douglas
Lim hilarious, and many thanked IOIPG for giving them the
opportunity to learn more about Malaysia’s legendary footballer.
IOIPG AWARDS CUSTOMER
The Service Champions, Mr Lim Chin Hoe and En Mohd Ariff with their respective bosses,
Mr Loo Kin Yin (far left) and Mr Lee Fang Kim (far right).
Cik Siti and En Hanif posing with their awards with their
General Manager, Mr David Choo.
THE IOI COMMENT CARD/SERVICE CHAMPION
The IOI Comment Card/Service Champion Programme
that ran from April till June 2014 brought out seven “Service
Champions” among IOI Properties Group Berhad’s (IOIPG)
personnel. The winners represent the townships of Klang,
Puchong, 16 Sierra and IOI Resort. Under the programme, winners
are ascertained based on ratings given by customers through their
feedback provided via the comment cards. All winners received a
“Service Champion” memento each together with a cash reward.
By winning, these Service Champions have demonstrated excellent
service ownership which is in tandem with IOIPG’s consistent
efforts to deliver the IOI Branded Customer Service Experience
to all valued customers. A new round of the programme for the
period of September − November 2014 has since been launched,
hence, we look forward to more winners by the end of the year.
Mr Alex Eng (left) and Mr Vincent Tan (right) with their rewards received from
Ms Lee Yoke Har, Senior General Manager, Marketing & Business Development.
REWARD FOR GOOD SERVICE ALL YEAR ROUND
Still in line with promoting good service, IOIPG continues to
reward staff members all year round if they receive compliments
from customers for good service.
This time around, Cik Nurhaniza bt Mohd Arijal and Mr Sun Kian
Aik from Bandar Puteri Klang; together with Mr Alex Eng Yoong
Wei and Mr Vincent Tan Ming Ser from the Sales and Marketing
team based at IOI Resort; were each commended by customers
for the exceptional services provided to them. As a reward, each
received RM100 worth of F&B voucher from Putrajaya Marriott
Hotel or Palm Garden Hotel.
En Rabani bin Ibol and Ms Sharon Yee with their awards.
Congratulations to all our winners! Let us all continue to embrace
the IOI Service Ownership and provide winning services at all
IOIPG UNVEILS ITS
IN BANDAR PUTERI BANGI
IOIPG’s CEO Mr Lee Yeow Seng and Property Director,
Mr Teh Chin Guan posing for the media cameras with the “princesses”.
Properties Group Berhad’s (IOIPG) latest venture,
Bandar Puteri Bangi, which marks yet another milestone in
township development for the Group, was announced to the
media recently amidst great pomp. The event, officiated by
the CEO of IOIPG, Mr Lee Yeow Seng, saw models dressed as
princesses welcoming guests to catch a glimpse of the township
model which was unveiled to the media for the first time.
Bandar Puteri Bangi is a 370-acre FREEHOLD integrated mixed
development comprising gated and guarded terrace houses,
townhouses, serviced apartments and affordably priced
apartments, condominiums and shop-offices. Among the key
highlights of Bandar Puteri Bangi would be the dedicated
commercial hub that would encompass 148 acres of the
township, making it one of the largest business and economic
centres within the Southern Corridor of Klang Valley which
covers Putrajaya, Kajang, Bangi, Semenyih and Nilai.
Strategically located within the Southern Corridor of Klang Valley
with direct access to all major destinations in the Klang Valley via
the North-South Expressway, Bandar Puteri Bangi is close to a
range of amenities which include universities, hospitals, hotels
and popular recreational spots and the KTM Komuter station.
Mr Lee making his speech.
In his speech, Mr Lee spoke of the breakthrough design concept
of Bandar Puteri Bangi which features a fusion of contemporary
architecture, nature-inspired elements and artistic nuances. Positioned
to provide the ultimate township-living experience, Bandar Puteri
Bangi places great emphasis on sustainability and individuality. He
also mentioned that several distinct development components with
a wealth of unique features are also being planned for the township,
with the theme weaving around an eco-centred concept, similar to
what the Group has done for its 16 Sierra development in Puchong
IOIPG JB AT JOHOR PROPERTY
INVESTMENT XPO 2014
Properties Group Berhad, Johor Bahru (“IOIPG JB”) took
part in the Johor Property Investment Xpo 2014 (“JPIX 2014”)
recently with the objective of creating public awareness for IOIPG’s
property development projects in Johor. Held from 26 till 28 September
at Sutera Mall, Skudai, the exhibition saw IOIPG JB promoting properties
in Bandar Putra,Taman Kempas Utama, Lagenda Putra and The Platino.
LAUNCH OF EXCLUSIVE
SIERRA 6 SUPERLINK HOMES
WITH PRIVATE GARDENS
he launch of Sierra 6 three-storey superlink homes between
16 and 17 August 2014 at IOI Galleria @ 16 Sierra saw a large crowd
of discerning home purchasers seeking dream homes in a green
township. The launch was held amidst a garden party atmosphere
with exciting activities lined up for people of all ages. Huge crowds
were seen participating in the fun-filled activities such as giant
bubble, wall climbing, face painting and bungee trampoline.
Visitors to the launch were smitten by the spacious 27’ x 73’ lot
size units with a built-up area of 3,526 sq. ft. which come complete
with private gardens ideal for private relaxation or entertaining
guests. The living spaces of these superlink homes exude style and
luxury, and provide functional comfort and features suited for a
discerning lifestyle. So complete are the Sierra 6 superlink homes
that no extensive renovation is required.
Sierra 6’s lush streetscape with its Sculpture Walk is yet another
of its distinctive features, apart from the Tic-Tac-Toe Garden which
is specially designed to help enhance children’s coordination,
motor and visual skills. All in all, 16 Sierra offers 16 inter-connected
themed gardens, including the Central Park which comes with
The Tic-Tac-Toe Garden in 16 Sierra.
When it comes to location, accessibility from 16 Sierra to most parts
of the Klang Valley is a breeze, especially with the opening of the
South Klang Valley Expressway (“SKVE”) and the Seri Kembangan
interchange turn-off along the LDP.
CLIO LAUNCHED TO
irst impression counts, and the Clio condominium certainly made
a good impression in more ways than one when it was launched to
the public on 16 and 17 August 2014 at the Palm Garden Golf Club.
During the launch, Clio recorded a 70% take-up rate for the 234 units
put up for sale.
Located in IOI Resort City and only two minutes away from the
upcoming IOI City Mall and set on an elevated ground, Clio appealed
to the buyers with its host of features which include its freehold
status, lifestyle facilities, golf course views and energy-efficient
designs which enable better natural ventilation and lighting and
enhanced spaciousness. These include high ceiling height and large
windows for living and dining areas and large windows with wide
openings in all bathrooms.
The majority of house buyers also commended that the strategic
location of Clio helped them greatly in making their decisions right
away. Other than the IOI City Mall, other amenities in the vicinity
include the upcoming IOI City Towers and Le Meridien Putrajaya and
the already flourishing Putrajaya Marriott Hotel, seven international
schools and hospitals.
The excellent accessibility via major highways together with the
close proximity to Putrajaya, Cyberjaya and KLIA are also major
influences that would impact the long-term property value of the
The Clio comes with a choice of two-bedroom and three-bedroom
units ranging from 872 sq. ft. to 1,410 sq. ft. Each unit comes with
two car parking spaces and residents can enjoy clubhouse facilities
such as barbeque deck, library, gymnasium, infinity pool, wading
pool and multipurpose hall. Clio’s security features are also highly
attractive for it comes complete with a four-tier security system
that features a digital entrance lock, single entry and exit point
with intercom and card access system, car access at the lift lobby,
and CCTV in the lift and lift lobby. Indeed Clio is everyone’s dream
n conjunction with the 57th Merdeka celebration, IOI Properties
Group Berhad (“IOIPG”) joined forces with the local council, Majlis
Perbandaran Subang Jaya (“MPSJ”) and organised a community fun
cycle ride on 23 August 2014. Flagged-off at the IOI Sales Galleria at
The Cube in Bandar Puteri Puchong, this cycling event, which was
open to all residents and cycling clubs in Puchong, drew tremendous
response with over 1,000 registered participants.
Cyclists were segregated into two categories. One was the Fun
Ride category, for those aged 18 years and above; and other was the
Family Fun Ride category which included children. While the Fun
Ride group of cyclists had to cover a 15KM route, the family group
settled for a 6KM ride. Some cycling enthusiasts were seen riding
their bicycles into the registration area as early as 6.15 am; some,
with their little children in tow.
The flag off line up included the Yang Dipertua MPSJ, Dato’
Asmawi Bin Kasbi; Yang Berhormat (“YB”) Ng Sze Han, the state
assemblyman for Kinrara Puchong; Mr Teh Chin Guan, Property
Director of IOIPG, and the chairpersons of the various Puchong
Residents’ Associations. The CEO of IOIPG, Mr Lee Yeow Seng,
also came all geared up and joined in the fun ride.
The ride continued into mid-morning, and was complemented
with other side activities such as a demo warm-up session,
recycling booth, sand art and maths counters for children, a lucky
draw session and sale of cycling equipment among others. To
re-energise the cyclists, the famous Milo van was on hand, and
food packs were also provided. Participants were also given the
opportunity to purchase bicycles at a 50% discount which was
partly sponsored by IOIPG.
Indeed, it was truly a Merdeka fete riding in the spirit of healthy
living and togetherness.
IOIPG IN KL RAT RACE
s part of its corporate responsibility (“CR”) initiatives, year. IOIPG’s team enjoyed the experience of participating in
IOI Properties Group Berhad (“IOIPG”) sent two teams to participate the charity run, and all are looking forward to next year’s Rat
in The Edge Kuala Lumpur Rat Race 2014 held in Kuala Lumpur on Race!
23 September 2014. In conjunction with the event, IOIPG has pledged
RM32,000 to support The Edge Education Foundation (“TEEF”).
IOIPG’s maiden participation at the event was represented by 10 staff
from the Sales and Marketing, Property Accounts, Customer Relations
and Central Marketing. Out of the 10 participants from IOIPG, only
Azlan Munani has run the Rat Race before.
The IOIPG participants were dressed in their uniforms and had proper
running shoes on for the race, for a key rule of the run was that
participants must run in their office attire! The 4.2KM race had to be
completed within an hour, and funds raised were contributed to 12
selected charity homes. Approximately RM1.84 million was raised this
IOIPG’s participants for the Rat Race all
geared up for the run.
A NEW BEADING PLANT
AT IOI PAN-CENTURY
he need to expand IOI Pan-Century Oleochemicals Sdn Bhd’s
production capacity to meet the increasing market demand for
bead products; and at the same time, modernise existing beading
facilities; continue to be a demanding issue.
Hence, in order to meet market demand and customer quality
expectation; and to cut down the dependency on third party tolling
services; the management has sanctioned the construction of a new
beading facility of 120 TPD capacities.
Presently, the two existing beading plants are regularly used to
full capacity, and extra beading needs have to be outsourced
from an external party. Apart from paying tolling charges, close
supervision of packing and stuffing is also required at third party
tolling premises, and these are subject to capacity and availability
when our requirement surpasses the contracted quantity.
Initially, the locating and constructing of the plant in the already
cramped factory site posed a challenge to our project team.
However, they were able to overcome the challenges successfully.To
launch this RM13.5 million new facility, a ground breaking ceremony
was held on 14 September 2013. Construction was completed in
10 months’ time and the new plant was commissioned on 25 July
The existing two beading plants, Beader 1 and Beader 2 have been
in service for 20 and nine years respectively. With its inherent
manufacturing design, the bead size of products produced by
Beader 1 is in powdery form and is not favoured by multinational
tyre manufacturers such as Bridgestone, Goodyear/Yokohama and
Continental. The setting up of a new and modern beading plant
is one of the crucial considerations made by these manufacturers
in their evaluation of IOI Pan-Century Oleochemicals Sdn Bhd as
an approved supplier.
Three cheers to the project team, and to all those who were directly
or indirectly involved in ensuring the well-executed job!
GETTING TO KNOW
Pan-Century Oleochemicals Sdn Bhd recently saw
18 of its new recruits successfully completing their orientation
programme on 23 July 2014. This batch comprises those who
joined the company between 16 May and 16 July 2014. The
orientation programme covered a Corporate Video presentation;
areas of Human Resource, Safety, Quality Assurance, Marketing,
Production (Fatty Acid, Refinery and Soap Noodle); which were
complemented with fun activities and a plant tour; and ended
with a Q & A Session.
The objectives of the orientation programme are to inculcate
a sense of belonging and ownership; retain new competent
employees for long term employment with the organisation; set
a standard of conduct among all
employees of the company as
well as provide all employees
with a uniform, consistent and
structured process of retention
programme. All relevant
Heads of Department gave
their full support and
making the orientation
programme a success.
BUILDING SELF CONFIDENCE
AMONG SCHOOL CHILDREN
s a caring corporate citizen, IOI Oleochemicals take its
social obligations to its surrounding community seriously.
It was in line with its corporate responsibility (“CR”)
philosophy that the IOI Oleochemicals Prai Community
Services Committee recently organised a motivational talk
for a group of primary school students.
The talk was on building self-confidence and on 16 August
2014, a group of 70 students from Standards 5 and 6 of
Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil Perai excitedly gathered to
listen to what motivational speaker, Mr A Raghuniswaran had
to share. The speaker cleverly engaged the students with
his motivational stories and helped enrich their minds with
information on how to build self-confidence.
As part of the talk, students were also taken through
interesting games and stories which characterise the art of
building self confidence. A bond obviously began developing
between the speaker and the students during the talk, for all
the students were eager to participate and volunteer during
interactive sessions, and there was no sign of any shyness
IOILC AT THE EURO
FED LIPID CONGRESS
The IOILC team conducted a presentation on the crystallisation
behaviour of binary fat blends containing shea stearin as hard fat
for filling fats, supported by seven informative posters explaining
areas of processing, analytical chemistry and physical chemistry.
IOILC Product Development
Manager Mr Randolph Happe.
Loders Croklaan Europe participated in the 12th
Euro Fed Lipid Congress in Le Corum Conference Centre in
Montpellier, France which ran from 14 to 17 September 2014.
Themed “Oils, Fats and Lipids: From Lipidomics to Industrial
Innovation”, this congress served as an excellent avenue to discuss
and exchange ideas and new discoveries in relation to lipids, oils
and fats with delegates from Europe and worldwide.
The positive feedback garnered once again demonstrated IOILC’s
long term commitment to lipid science and innovation, and its
readiness to engage in fruitful discussions for future research and
The congress was attended by over 900 professionals and scientists
representing more than 50 countries, making this the biggest such
event in the history of the Euro Fed Lipid. The European Palm Oil
Alliance (EPOA), co-funded by IOILC Europe, was also at the event.
KEEPING FIT AT IOILC EUROPE
ith the aim of getting employees to lead a healthy lifestyle, IOI Loders
Croklaan Europe declared the third week of September 2014 as “Vitality
Week”. During the week, fitness-related activities and workshops on healthy
food, improving energy level, and quality sleep were organised to demonstrate
that feeling good inside out benefits both employees and the company.
Employees received healthy lifestyle tips in a brochure distributed to all, as
well as a bottle of water and a pedometer each. The bottle of water served
as a reminder on the importance of drinking sufficient water during the day
while the pedometer raised awareness on the amount of daily exercise every
person needs. Some also had a quick health scan done at the Fit&Fun touring
car provided by the company’s healthcare insurance provider.
Personeelsfolder van IOI
Loders Croklaan - septemb
vitaliteit (de (v.); vgl. iteit)
[‹1824› <Fr. vitalité]
1 levenskracht, energie
2 levendigheid, bezieling,
3 het bezit van levenskracht
vatbaarheid voor het leven
IOILC Europe encourages staff participation in sports events and sponsors
their application fees/costs. To further boost the participation rate, a Running
Coach was hired to guide beginners through their first few weeks of running.
They were taught proper running techniques to avoid risking injuries. The
10 sessions took place at a park in Wormerveer.
Fresh fruits were distributed to staff on a weekly
basis to support a healthy lifestyle. If pilot test is
successful, this initiative will continue.
Overall, the week concluded with positive feedback
from the employees.
INNOVATION DRIVES IOILC EUROPE:
CROSSING INTO THE FUTURE TOGETHER
By Renee Boerefijn, Director of Innovation
otterdam and Wormerveer, the two locations of IOI Loders
Croklaan Europe, a dam and a ferry: places to cross waterways. A
crossing has always been a place where a business starts to grow.
The Rotte river is only a small stream, while the dam was only the
beginning of a huge development that we know as the Port of
Rotterdam today. This is how I like to see innovation: the beginning
of a bigger development.
Innovation is not only done by the Innovation groups – Application
& Technical Support, Global IP, and R&D do not produce or sell the
products that earn our keep. Collaboration and communication,
within Innovation and with other disciplines, are conditions for
speed and success. Each group can contribute to the common goal:
Our excellent relationship with customers, large and small, gives
us a good insight to their needs, which often revolve around better
product quality, new functionality, and above all, simplification of
customer recipes to reduce cost. Every development must present
a clear value over and above existing solutions. Customers and
competitors thus determine the value of every innovation.
This was the topic at a workshop organised by IOILC Europe
“Sales and Innovation” on 26 August 2014. We must determine
what (monetary) value the function of our ingredients brings
to the customer applications. And that finally defines whether
innovation is sustainable. The challenge is to keep it simple and to
avoid obstacles. These too, are conditions for speed and success.
The technology required to achieve this is something we obtain
from our expertise and collaboration with third parties.
We will focus on projects and segments with a high value and
high probability of success, and make resources available for
proper innovation apart from/instead of me-too products.
Application development must provide proof of functionality
and transfer this to the Sales team and customers. Project
management is required to introduce innovation faster
and with greater success, by improving collaboration and
communication, so that all that are needed are available at
the right time. This way, we build dams and operate ferries
to cross into the future.
FAMILY PICNIC FUN
AT IOILC AMERICAS
n the sunny 9 August 2014, families of IOI Loders Croklaan
Americas staff gathered at the Community Park in Channahon for
some outdoor fun at the annual company picnic.
It was a barbeque affair with hamburgers, hotdogs, snow cones,
popcorn and ice cream which delighted the young and old. The
families were treated to a host of entertaining activities such as magic
tricks, face-painting, balloon caricatures, and games and prizes by a
local DJ. The Splash Pad also proved to be a hit with the children who
enjoyed cooling off under different types of sprinklers.
One of the highlights for this year’s picnic was the Noah’s Ark
Workshop where the children were able to pick out and stuff a toy
animal to bring home. The adults also joined in the fun by competing
in a friendly game of 16” softball with winners receiving a USD$25
gift card each. Raffle prizes of two iPad Minis, two iPad Air and ten
USD$50 gift cards were also given away. It was a fun day for all!
or this year’s Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual
Meeting and Food Expo, IOI Loders Croklaan focused on partially
hydrogenated oils (PHO)-free alternatives and highlighted its
benefits at its booth in one of the largest tradeshows for the food
industry in the United States. More than 16,000 of the world’s top
food scientists; research and development experts; professionals
dealing in product development, Quality Assurance/Quality Control
(QA/QC), executive management, marketing, procurement and
sales; convened in New Orleans on 21 − 24 June 2014 to gain
practical insights and establish professional contacts, and discover
innovative ideas to apply to their products.
The IOILC booth highlighted donut frying options by sampling
delicious donuts supplied by a local bakery using our SansTrans™
Donut Fry P-MB which the visitors obviously enjoyed. In addition,
the FuseRite™ Butter Replacement Challenge drove further traffic
to the IOILC booth where visitors sampled cookies made with
100% butter versus a 50/50 blend of butter and FuseRite™ 39. The
positive result of majority preferring cookies with FuseRite™ 39
blend affirmed IOILC’s confidence that there is an opportunity in
the butter replacement market.
Overall, IOILC’s presence at the tradeshow resulted in productive
discussions with over 80 customers and 55 new potential
customers. The IOILC Americas team is looking forward to the
next edition of IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo scheduled in its
backyard in Chicago, Illinois in 2015.
ADEKA FOODS (ASIA)
OPENS ITS FACTORY IN MALAYSIA
Loders Croklaan marked a new milestone in its over 120
years of history with the opening of Adeka Foods (Asia) Sdn Bhd, a
joint venture with Japanese processed food and chemical maker Adeka
Corp. IOI Corporation Berhad (IOIC) owns 40% of the establishment
and the remaining by Adeka Corp. The RM45 million joint venture aims
to manufacture and sell premium margarine, shortenings, fat spreads
and other foods in Southeast Asia and other countries.
The new facility measuring approximately 35,000 sq. m. is located at
the Tanjung Langsat Industrial Estate in Johor and upon completion,
was officially opened on 8 September 2014. Present at the opening
ceremony were Johor’s Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled
Nordin, IOIC CEO Dato’ Lee Yeow Chor and Adeka Corp President
Mr Akio Kohri together with more than 100 guests including local
authorities and business partners.
With this, IOILC and Adeka Corp are confident of bringing new flavours
to the Southeast Asian market of medium-grade and high-end oils and
fats of about 200,000 tons annually, and achieving an annual turnover
of RM150 million (four billion yen) in 2016.
“Itadakimasu*, Southeast Asia!”
*a Japanese term usually said before meals
Photo credit to Berita Harian, Utusan Malaysia and The Star.
IOILC AND IOI OLEO
lantation Industries and Commodities Minister YB Datuk Amar
Douglas Uggah Embas led a working visit to IOI Loders Croklaan
and IOI Oleochemicals’ processing plant in Pasir Gudang, Johor on
12 July 2014. Also present were the Ministry’s Secretary-General
Datuk Seri Nurmala Abdul Rahim. The delegates were hosted by
IOI Group Executive Chairman Tan Sri Dato’ Lee Shin Cheng and
IOI Corporation Berhad CEO Dato’ Lee Yeow Chor.
After a closed-door Betapol seminar, the delegates were guided
on a tour to Creative Studio, and viewed the production facilities
of IOILC and IOI Oleo. YB Datuk Amar Douglas said at the press
conference, “The local palm oil sector has been driven by the
upstream segment in the past decades. This is set to change its
course with increased contribution from the downstream segment
in the coming years as the future of the palm oil industry in the
country lies in downstream activities.”
Venturing into downstream activities is often capital intensive.
As such, the government, through National Key Economic Areas
(NKEA) for Palm Oil and Rubber, has provided capital expenditure
incentive grants to encourage further downstream investments
through entry point projects (EPP) such as EPP 6 (Developing
High Value Oleo Derivatives and Bio-based Chemicals) and EPP 8
(Expediting Growth in Food and Health-based Segment).
He said that the grants will help focus on producing high value
derivatives and on expanding food and health-based downstream
Tan Sri Dato’ Lee acknowledged the grant received by IOI Group
by saying, “We are humbled to share that IOI Esterchem is one of
the seven companies which received the EPP 6 grant and we are
thankful for the support received.”
YB Datuk Amar Douglas, Tan Sri Dato' Lee and Datuk Seri Nurmala sampling some confectionery at the Creative Studio.
“Malaysia is facing competition from other countries in the region
in the downstream segment but we are still ahead of them in terms
of higher value-added production of more refined oleochemical
products down the value chain,” he further added.
The visit ended on a successful note.
MEDIA VISITS IOILC TO KNOW
Loders Croklaan Asia hosted a group of Malaysian
media representatives from Kuala Lumpur and Sarawak at its Pasir
Gudang facility in Johor on 14 and 15 August 2014. The highlight
of the media visit was its star product, Betapol.
After a sumptuous welcome biryani buffet, the visitors began their
two-day expedition. The in-depth presentations on IOILC Asia and
Betapol shown proved to be informative to the reporters who
later interviewed the management during the press conference
chaired by IOI Lipid Enzymtec Sdn Bhd’s Chief Operating Officer
Mr Michael van Sallant, and Application & Development Senior
Manager Dr Yan You Chun. The duo handled the many questions
fielded by the media with ease and in a most professional manner.
On day two, the media delegates headed to the Pamol Estate in
Kluang, Johor to learn more about upstream plantation activities.
Upon arrival, they were warmly greeted by Pamol Timur Estate
Manager Mr Aplasami G Paidiah, Pamol Barat Estate Acting Manager
Mr Pang Tien Lung, Pamol Kluang Palm Oil Mill Assistant Mill
Manager In-Charge En Mohamad Hamdan bin Alias and the rest of
the Pamol team.
The first day ended with a factory tour led by Assistant General
Manager of Production Mr Chan Chong Cher and Production
Manager Mr Teo Kok Leong who brought the media delegates to
the facility where Betapol is produced. The TV crew then climbed
the tallest tank to capture breathtaking bird’s eye-view of the facility.
The media delegates were briefed on the estate and mill operations
and safety measures before they toured the approximately 4,600
hectares of Pamol Estate which covers plantation, nursery and mill.
Even an unexpected downpour did not hamper their enthusiasm
to gain as much first-hand experience as possible, and a reporter
gamely tried her hand at harvesting fresh fruit bunch (FFB).
IOI Group benefited from this initiative with wide news coverage
in the media such as News Straits Times, The Star, The Borneo Post,
NTV7,TV3 and TV8.
DATO’ LEE VISITS IOILC CHINA
n 16 September 2014, IOI Corporation
Berhad (IOIC) CEO Dato’ Lee Yeow Chor
visited IOILC China office after attending
the Palm Oil Trade Fair and Seminar (POTS)
China 2014. The staff and management
were delighted with Dato’ Lee’s visit which
came after almost seven years. For some, the
excitement was more because it was the first
time they were meeting Dato’ Lee personally.
Dato’ Lee was updated with latest business
environment of Specialty Oils and Betapol
sales in China. Besides that, the business plan
and the expectation for IOI (Xiamen) Edible
Oils Co. Ltd.’s plant were also shared.
IOI MALL PUCHONG WELCOMES
NOVA AND BIOSHOPPE
Mall Puchong added a new tenant to its list when Nova
Natural Supplement & Skincare opened a new outlet at the mall
offering a range of health and beauty products to shoppers.
The opening also marks the first retail presence of Bioshoppe,
which features primarily health and beauty products from Malaysian
Biotechnology Corporation’s (BiotechCorp) stable of BioNexus
Status Companies. Bioshoppe will be parked within the outlet at
the mall as part of the collaboration between BiotechCorp and
Photo credit to Nova Laboratories
This marks BiotechCorp’s initiatives to spur demand for local
biotech products. “BioShoppe is a key approach taken by
BiotechCorp to enhance market access for local biotech products,”
said BiotechCorp CEO Datuk Dr Mohd Nazlee Kamal at the launch
of the outlet on 17 July 2014.
The launch was officiated by the Minister of Science, Technology
and Innovation YB Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin.
LAUNCH OF OPS SELAMAT V 2014
ps Selamat V was launched at IOI Mall Puchong on
21 July 2014 in conjunction with the Hari Raya holidays. The
two-week campaign themed “Rumah Selamat, Selamat Sampai
Ke Destinasi” served as a timely reminder to the public to
be vigilant on the roads and take extra precautions to deter
home break-ins during the festive season. It was officiated by
the Selangor Chief Police Officer Datuk Abdul Samah Mat.
FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Mall Kulai once again raised funds for underprivileged children
by hosting the “Pertandingan Memasak Bubur Lambuk Antara Surau
dan Masjid” during the holy month of Ramadan.
Held for the eighth consecutive year on 19 July 2014, the charity event
was an opportunity for the local mosque and neighbouring communities
to come together and cook bubur lambuk, one of Malaysia’s favourite
Ramadan cuisines, using tried-and-tested recipes. This year’s prize for the
best bubur lambuk went to Surau Ar-Rahman Bukit Besar. The cooked
bubur lambuk was then packed into containers and distributed to the
public. Like the previous year, dodol was also prepared together with new
items such as ketupat and chicken rendang which were then packed and
sold to the public. Proceeds from the sale would be used for charitable
There was also an Azan competition which saw boys between the ages
of seven and 12 showcasing their talents. Mohamad Hakimi Azizi won the
First Prize of RM150 and hamper. Meanwhile, Nur Adriana Batrisyia Binti
Yusmanizam took home the First Prize for “Story Telling Kisah-Kisah Nabi
Competition” which was open to children aged four to six.
FESTIVITY LIGHTS UP
IOI MALL PUCHONG & KULAI
special mooncake promotion was held at IOI Mall Puchong
from 19 August to 7 September 2014 at its Sky Dome Atrium.
Shoppers enjoyed a delightful range of classic and unique
mooncake varieties under the event with the theme “Hearts Full
Under the Bright Moon Mid-Autumn Mooncake Festival
2014” organised by AEON.
Over at IOI Mall Kulai, shoppers thronged the Mid-Autumn
Festival Celebration which featured an exclusive performance
by Singapore MediaCorp artiste Pornsak Prajakwit, 24 Festive
Drums performance, Chinese yo-yo performance, facemask
changing performance, dragon dance and other exciting activities
held on 31 August 2014. The event was launched by Member
of Parliament for Kulai YB Ms Teo Nie Ching who released a
traditional sky lantern known as “Kong Ming” as part of the
opening gimmick. Prior to the event, a lantern-making contest was
held which attracted creative entries from the Kulai and Senai
vicinity. Winners received their prizes from YB Ms Teo and the
mall’s Complex Manager Mr Alex Gwee.
nnual Dinner is a tradition that every Palm Garden Hotel
associate looks forward to where the best is feted and achievements
On 15 September, its lively Arabian Night-themed Annual Dinner
2014 brought together the hotel associates in their best Arabic
garments in a ballroom decked with billowing drapes and scallops
befitting the grand evening. It was a surreal sight to see exotic belly
dancers and harem troupes, Egyptian princes to barbaric thieves
resembling characters from the “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves”
and a gold pendant. Putrajaya Marriott Hotel General Manager
Mr Simon Yong and Palm Garden Hotel Manager Pn Zarilla Bashir
also presented Long Service Awards to associates who have served
the hotel for five, 10 and 15 years.
One of the main highlights of the evening was the First Prize of the
Lucky Draw (Samsung 46” LED Smart Television) which was won by
Chef Marimin from the Banquet team. The F&B team was overjoyed
to win the inter-department performance competition, and so were
the winners of the Voice competition and inter-house sports and
games challenges who were all rewarded for their efforts.
As the guests tucked into the delicious International buffet spread
which featured specialties such as Nasi Arab with lamb and
chicken kabsyah, and prawn masala, the evening kicked off with
a performance by the Heads of Department and S.W.A.T (Social
Wellness Activities Team) led by Finance Manager Ms Koh Wee Lee,
who performed a belly dance number. The joyous mood ensued
with Director of Sales En Syed Ali Syed Othman portraying the
Prince of Thieves in a musical sketch.
Next, various departments vied for the inter-department
performance title with their spectacular performances. Meanwhile,
the Palm Garden Hotel’s Voice participants upped the ante by
belting several hit songs during the solo and duet sessions to further
jazz up the evening.
The event was made even more delightful for associates born
between June and September, who were celebrated with cakes,
singing and a whole lot of group selfies!
A special tribute was given to Pn Laila Joo Abdullah, who retired
after 18 years with Palm Garden Hotel. In appreciation of her
dedicated service, she received a BSN Savings Fund worth RM1,300
The crowd cheered for Best Dressed Male (En Khairi from
Maintenance dressed as Prince Ali Baba) and Female (Ms Kittya
from F&B in an alluring blue harem
costume) and the pair walked away with
The Annual Dinner 2014 came to an
end with the dance floor opened for
associates to boogie the night away!
Putrajaya Marriott Launches
“The Wedding House & Sales Hub”
n 28 August 2014, Putrajaya Marriot Hotel unveiled
“The Wedding House & Sales Hub”, a one-stop solutions
centre providing couples who are planning to get married
everything from bridal wear, wedding décor, right up to
entertainment and Rights of Marriage services. With so
much to do when planning a wedding, “The Wedding
House & Sales Hub” comes across as a much-welcomed
option for a hassle-free and time-efficient experience. It is
a value-added service designed for couples who choose
the hotel to hold their wedding banquets. And when they
do, they are also entitled to special discounts for services
offered by the hotel’s preferred vendors.
“The Wedding House & Sales Hub” was launched by Deputy
Chairman of Tourism Malaysia YB Datuk Maznah Mazlan
in a glittering ceremony attended by the who’s who in
the wedding industry. As symbolised by the Friendship
Tree displaying the names of those who came together
to ensure the event’s success, the vendors generously
contributed towards the cocktail event by sponsoring the
lovely decorations, wedding cake and desserts, furniture,
photo booth, entertainment and the elegant backdrop.
Beautifully set up tables were laid with delicious finger
foods, creating a refined yet relaxed atmosphere perfect
for the mingling of the industry’s associates among one
“The Wedding House & Sales Hub” is set to pave the way to
the future of weddings at Putrajaya Marriott Hotel.
FIESTA RAYA 2014
n line with the Marriott’s global vision of “Spirit to Serve our
Communities”, Putrajaya Marriott Hotel welcomed 100 children from
Persatuan Kebajikan Teratak Nur Insan Kuala Lumpur & Selangor, Rumah
Kesayangan Petaling Jaya and Agathians Shelter Petaling Jaya to a grand
Hari Raya celebration themed “Fiesta Raya 2014.”
The children were treated to a sumptuous Hari Raya Hi-Tea Buffet during
which they were entertained by live performances of local artistes Amir
Jauhari, Huda and Kumpulan Tiga. They also had their faces painted and
took home balloons, goodie bags and duit raya courtesy of the hotel.
The celebration ended on a sparkling high note with children playing
bunga api with hotel associates. A true fiesta indeed!
BUKA PUASA WITH CHILDREN
alm Garden Hotel invited 23 children and their caretakers from Teratak
Nur Barakah orphanage to buka puasa with hotel associates and guests in
conjunction with the holy month of Ramadan on 3 July 2014.
They were treated to a sumptuous buffet and were seen enjoying Raya
melodies by the hotel’s resident Seri Mahligai Ghazal Band. The children
were more delighted with the dessert selections than the main course
dishes! The ice cream station attracted many little ones with its wide array
of flavours and condiments.
After Maghrib prayer, the children performed two nasyid
songs which brought everyone to their feet in applause.
Hotel Manager Pn Zarilla Bashir and associates brought more
joy to the children as they distributed duit raya and gifts.
Throughout the night, the children’s smiles and adorable
antics infected everyone and made the occasion a memorable
one for all!
HARI RAYA CHARITY
& OPEN HOUSE
n 11 August 2014, a total of 65 children from Rumah Nur Hikmah Kajang and
Shepherds Home Dengkil were given a treat by Palm Garden Hotel during its Hari
Raya Aidilfitri Charity and Open House at the Perdana Ballroom. The hotel also
invited its valued business partners to the annual occasion in appreciation of their
support and to share festive joy with the less fortunate.
The hotel collaborated once again with TRAXX FM to organise the event, with the local
radio station’s DJs Otto and Mary joining a host of entertainers such as Seri Mahligai
Ghazal Band, singers Rizal and Amaris, and an adorable children group, Little Angels
who entertained the guests throughout the evening. Producer Lisham emceed the
event. The guests enjoyed traditional Hari Raya buffet with stalls featuring favourites
such as lemang and ketupat, mee bandung, roast lamb, nasi biryani and many more
Overall, the event was a success with the children having a great time playing fun
games with the hotel associates and taking home duit raya and goodie bags.