COVID–19 NEWS   N Korea's first COVID-19 cases traced to area bordering S Korea: State media | COVID: Rise in new infections, drop in death cases last week - Health DG | South Korea’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate inches closer to launch after experts' approval Recommendation | More than 16 million adults in Malaysia given the COVID -19 booster dose | Lebanon faces new wave of COVID-19: Ministry | 

News in brief: April 27, 2022

27/04/2022 12:26 PM

HONG LEONG ASSET MANAGEMENT BHD has launched its first environmental, social and governance (ESG) fund, the Hong Leong Global ESG Fund (HL Global ESG Fund) to provide investors with medium- to long-term capital growth by investing in a globally diversified portfolio of companies focusing on ESG criteria in the investment process.

Chief executive officer Hoo See Kheng, in a statement, said with the increasing demand for responsible and sustainable investments among investors, the company is committed to helping them achieve their financial objectives whilst meeting their ethical and sustainability goals.

 The HL Global ESG Fund is priced at RM1.00 per unit during the initial offer period until May 10 and the minimum initial investment is RM1,000 while the minimum additional investment amount is RM100.



SIME DARBY PROPERTY BHD (SD Property) is committed to become a property development industry’s leader in workplace safety and health.

Group managing director Datuk Azmir Merican said the company is now rolling out efforts to implement minimum Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) mandatory requirements across its business, focusing on SD Property’s construction activities to form the bedrock of its long-term HSSE implementation.

“To manage the HSSE risks effectively, we will collaborate with our contractors in the value chain to tackle their biggest risks, as well as provide the necessary resources and support to mitigate them.

“Our work sites will institute a low tolerance for basic HSSE violations as we aim to safeguard the well-being of our contractors’ workforce,” he said in a statement today.



VISTA EYE SPECIALIST (VISTA) has opened up its 12th outlet in Ipoh and planning to add three more branches next year to bring the total to 16, forming a growing specialist group with one of the most outlets in Malaysia, and one of the largest and leading eye specialist groups within the region.

Currently, the company has seven branches in the Klang Valley, three in Penang and one in Johor Bahru.

“While working to expand our business, we would also like to grow along with the communities we serve.

“As a prelude to achieve this impact, VISTA is also embarking on achieving a B Corporation Status -- a globally recognised certification of companies on their governance, social and environmental performance,” training and sustainability manager Bernard Chan said in a statement today.



ASTRO MALAYSIA HOLDINGS BHD has bagged the Analytics - Broadcasting award in the Analytical Capabilities for Personalising Digital Advertising and Content category at the Malaysia Technology Excellence Awards 2022.

Director, Data, Jaideep Matto said in its pursuit to enhance users’ experience, Astro seeks to understand and identify customers’ preferences leveraging technology and its first-party data to create a more relevant context for advertisers and personalised content for customers across Astro’s TV, radio and digital platforms.

 “We are honoured to receive the Analytics - Broadcasting award as it serves as a testimonial to our aspiration in serving customers leveraging data insights.

“We will continue to harness first-party data from multiple touchpoints across our TV, radio, streaming services, digital brands, and commerce to offer better user experience and personalised content to our customers,” he said in a statement.



CIMB BANK BHD and CIMB ISLAMIC BANK BHD have launched CIMB OctoTravel -- Malaysia’s first bank-linked travel site and mobile application that is specially curated for CIMB credit, debit and prepaid card customers to enjoy a one-stop experience for their travel needs.

CIMB Group chief executive officer of group consumer banking Samir Gupta said OctoTravel offers competitive flight and hotel fares for both domestic and international travel, providing customers superior value when purchasing tickets through the travel site.

He said bookings made using CIMB credit cards would also be eligible for "travel now, pay later" as OctoTravel offers zero per cent instalment plans of up to 12 months with a minimum spend of RM300, allowing customers the flexibility to manage their travelling expenses.

“We are excited to be the first bank in Malaysia to offer customers the convenience of a one-stop travel site paired with attractive travel deals that comes with a range of value-added benefits such as COVID-19 insurance coverage to ensure our customers can travel with confidence," he said in a statement.



Bernama is the trusted source of reliable real-time comprehensive and accurate news for both the public and media practitioners. Our news is published at ; BERNAMA TV on: Astro Channel 502, unifi TV Channel 631, MYTV Channel 121 IFLIX; and Bernama Radio broadcasting locally on FM93.9 in Klang Valley, Johor (FM107.5), Kota Kinabalu (FM107.9) and Kuching (FM100.9).

Follow us on social media :
Facebook : @bernamaofficial, @bernamatv, @bernamaradio
Twitter :, @BernamaTV, @bernamaradio
Instagram : @bernamaofficial, @bernamatvofficial, @bernamaradioofficial
TikTok : @bernamaofficial

© 2022 BERNAMA   • Disclaimer   • Privacy Policy   • Security Policy