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Mah Sing on aggressive land acquisition trail Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 October 2010 00:00

MAH Sing Group Bhd (8583), the country’s fifth largest property developer by revenue, is in talks with the government and private land owners to buy land in the Klang Valley, Penang and Johor.

Group managing director Tan Sri Leong Hoy Kum said the company is on an aggressive land acquisition trail.

For government land, Leong said Mah Sing is open to cooperation with relevant government-linked companies, but he declined to disclose the name of the company it is talking to.

“We are confident that we will lock in more land soon. We do not want to miss the chance to buy government land, more so with the mass rapid transit (MRT) project that is coming up.

“There are also many government projects being tendered out from now until the middle of next year … so we must get ourselves ready to capitalise on the opportunity,” Leong said.
The three-line MRT project, costing more than RM30 billion, is to improve public transport in the Klang Valley.

Mah Sing has RM300 million cash in hand, some of which will be used to buy land. By early next year, it expects to receive RM215 million from the sale of an eight-storey building to Koperasi Permodalan Felda Bhd.

“We have enough funds,” Leong said yesterday after the company’s extraordinary general meeting in Kuala Lumpur.

Mah Sing has 21 ongoing projects worth RM6.3 billion in the Klang Valley, Penang and Johor. It is planning 10 more projects, expected to be launched from year-end.

Among them are Kinrara Residence, a RM830 million medium- to high-end housing development in Puchong, featuring 836 bungalows as well as semi-detached and super-link homes.

Leong said he is confident the company’s sales this year will surpass the RM1.5 billion mark, due to strong numbers already locked in from its balanced and diversified property portfolio. Up to July this year, it had raked in RM1.02 billion.

Leong also said that he is bullish on the property market for the next one to two years.

“We should not worry too much about over-heating. We are promoting Malaysia ‘My Second Home’ scheme in China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Europe. Some 10 per cent of foreigners contribute to our sales and we expect more going forward,” he said.

Mah Sing also hopes the government will further open up its policies to encourage foreigners to buy properties in Malaysia, especially those in the high-end segment, he added.

- Malaysia Property News



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