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KEMAMAN: Kerajaan diminta mengkaji semula harga gula yang dinaikkan sebanyak 20 sen bagi setiap kilogram berkuatkuasa 1 Januari lalu.

Pengumuman yang dibuat Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negeri, Koperasi dan Kepenggunaan (KPDNKK) itu, disambut dengan perasaan terkejut pengguna dan peniaga yang rata-ratanya menganggap langkah itu akan menimbulkan banyak kesan negatif.

Kebanyakan pengguna dan peniaga di negeri ini yang ditemui menganggap kadar kenaikan 20 sen itu adalah terlalu tinggi terutama bagi golongan berpendapatan rendah.

Bagi Zahari Awang, 39, seorang nelayan di Pantai Kemasik, di sini, kenaikan harga gula akan menambah lagi beban sedia ada dalam menyediakan keperluan harian kepada keluarga.

"Mungkin bagi sesetengah orang, jumlah 20 sen itu tak beri kesan apa-apa, tetapi dengan hanya bekerja sebagai nelayan, pendapatan saya tidak seberapa.

"Sebelum ini kalau kami anak beranak nak makan kuih, isteri saya terpaksa buat sendiri untuk jimatkan kos, kalau beli kuih di kedai, sekarang ini empat keping RM1, memang tak cukup untuk anak-anak yang seramai enam orang. Lepas ini tentu harga kuih pun naik lagi sebab harga gula sudah naik," katanya.

Justeru, beliau meminta kerajaan mengkaji semula keputusan berkenaan atau sekurang-kurangnya tidak menaikkan harga bahan asas itu sehingga 20 sen sekilogram.

Seorang peniaga kedai runcit di pekan Paka, Mohd Hanafi Yusof 45, pula menjangkakan harga barangan lain terutama makanan dan minuman yang berkait secara langsung dengan gula, akan turut naik.

"Kalau harga gula naik, semua barang lain juga akan naik. Kedai-kedai makan, warung juga akan naikkan harga pada bila-bila masa kerana kuih dan air naik kerana gula keperluan asas, itu yang berlaku sebelum ini," katanya.

Pengusaha restoran, Zuraidah Abdullah, 30, berkata beliau terkejut dengan kenaikan harga yang disifatkan mendadak dan terlalu tinggi.

"Biasanya harga untuk 24 kampit gula satu kilogram setiap sekampit hanya RM34 namun kini harganya sudah naik kepada RM39. Bagi saya harganya naik tinggi sangat," katanya.

Katanya, setakat ini, beliau tidak berhasrat untuk menaikkan harga makanan di restorannya namun langkah itu mungkin terpaksa diambil berikutan peningkatan kos yang terpaksa ditanggungnya.

Sementara itu, Naib Yang Dipertua Persatuan Pengguna Terengganu, Othman Abdullah, berkata kenaikan harga 20 sen sekilogram itu disifatkan agak tinggi.

"Kita tidak nafikan keperluan kerajaan untuk menaikkan harga bahan itu. Tetapi kalau boleh, kurangkan sedikit, jangan sampai 20 sen kerana dalam keadaan sekarang ia begitu tinggi," katanya dan menurutnya keadaan itu akan memberi kesan kepada orang ramai terutama penduduk miskin yang tinggal di kampung-kampung.

Kenaikan harga sebanyak 20 sen itu menjadikan harga bahan berkenaan naik kepada RM1.65 sekilogram di Semenanjung dan RM1.75 sekilogram di Sabah dan Sarawak.

KPDNKK bagaimanapun menegaskan kerajaan masih menanggung kos subsidi gula yang besar sebanyak RM1.008 bilion walaupun selepas harga gula dinaikkan sebanyak 20 sen.

Ketua Setiausaha KPDNKK, Datuk Mohd Zain Mohd Dom, ketika mengumumkan perkara itu berkata, kenaikan harga gula tidak dapat dielakkan berikutan kenaikan harga gula mentah dunia terutama sejak Ogos lalu. - Bernama
 
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sokong 100% :)paid :)paid :)paid
 

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dah tiba masanya projek yang untungkan orang kaya sahaja dihentikan

jenguk2 la orang bawah, jangan jadi cam indonesia dan india pulak

jurang terlalu jauh
 

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dah terlambat nak kaji dah
dah muktamad dah pun naik 20 sen... >:)


susah wo...rega naik dah gostan turun balik... :p
 

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klu kita kaji balik tiap2 tahun barang2 keperluan asas nih mesti naik..petrol jgn cakap r..beras pon macam tuh jgk..org kaya xper la..macam mana ngn org yg hidup pon pas2 tuk ujung bulan jer...zalim sezalim zalimnyer!!!!!!
 

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tak payah rayu2 lagi wahai saudara2 ku .. buat penat je.... next general election kasi turun je depa tu ..:D
 

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Felda Raja Gula Baru?

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Jika anda fikir Tan Sri Robert Kuok Hock Nien masih lagi raja gula di Malaysia, baik anda baca liputan The Star 4/11/09 bertajuk "The mystery of Sugar King Kuok exiting sugar business in Malaysia". Antara lain, akhbar itu melaporkan:

It is and probably will remain a mystery why Tan Sri Robert Kuok has exited the sugar business in Malaysia. It is likely though that the following reasons played a part: First, the Malaysian sugar business is small compared with Kuok’s vast businesses overseas, especially in China.

Second, Kuok got a decent price for his exit and third, the Kuok group was unhappy with developments taking place at Tradewinds (M) Bhd, where a proposed acquisition of Padiberas Nasional Bhd (Bernas) is likely to result in Tradewinds having an unreasonable amount of debt.
Lalu, siapa raja gula di Malaysia? The Edge 9/11/09 kata "Felda is Malaysia’s new sugar king".

Hari ini, Utusan Malaysia melaporkan berita bertajuk "Harga gula naik 20 sen mulai esok". Barangkali hadiah tahun baru Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak kepada orang-orang miskin.

Mungkin anda kata, biarlah harga gula naik. Banyak gula pun tak elok untuk kesihatan. Bila gula mahal, kurang sikit makan gula.

Masalahnya kesan berantai dari kenaikan harga gula itu. Mamak nak naikkan harga tea atau kopi O, tauke roti nak naikkan harga, orang jual kueh terpaksa naikkkan harga, banyak lagi yang naik harga. Dah jadi fesyen orang berniaga, naik harga satu barang, yang lain pun melambung melantun-lantun.

Bertambah sunyilah poket kami, orang miskin. Sunyi dari duit.

Tak kisahlah kot. Apa salahnya, biarlah Felda untung sikit. (baca posting Chegu Bard 21/12/09 "Najib dan Felda") Mungkin itu kata sesetengah orang. Barangkali tak pa lah, kalau benar begitu.

Tapi, peneroka Felda dapat apa? Peneroka Felda pun raja gula juga ka?

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Harga gula - silap mata CIMB (Sysop 01/01/10)
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The mystery of Sugar King Kuok exiting sugar business in M'sia

The Star (14/11/09): It is and probably will remain a mystery why Tan Sri Robert Kuok has exited the sugar business in Malaysia. It is likely though that the following reasons played a part: First, the Malaysian sugar business is small compared with Kuok’s vast businesses overseas, especially in China.

Second, Kuok got a decent price for his exit and third, the Kuok group was unhappy with developments taking place at Tradewinds (M) Bhd, where a proposed acquisition of Padiberas Nasional Bhd (Bernas) is likely to result in Tradewinds having an unreasonable amount of debt.

Kuok’s business empire in Asia needs little elaboration. Suffice to say, his net worth of US$10bil (RM34.3bil, based on Forbes magazine’s estimation) makes his Malaysian sugar business small by comparison.

The Kuok group’s Singapore-listed plantation giant, Wilmar International, has a market capitalisation of S$39.1bil or more than RM95bil.

To recap, Kuok’s vehicle, PPB Group Bhd, is getting RM1.25bil from the sale of its sugar refineries and land used for sugar cane cultivation to Federal Land Development Authority (Felda). Of this, the largest asset is the Prai-based Malayan Sugar Manufacturing Co Bhd (MSM) operations, that was sold for RM1.2bil.

PPB Group said its cost of investment in MSM was RM60mil (incurred from 1976 to 1999), thereby giving it a massive gain of RM1.17bil from the sale.

That amount is justified, given that the investment had been made a long time ago as well as the fact that the Kuok group had managed the business well.

Furthermore, the price of RM1.2bil represents a price-earnings multiple of 9.8 times MSM’s FY2008 earnings and a price-to-book ratio of 2.46 times. On both counts, the deal seems to have been reasonably priced.

PPB Group had also disposed of its 20% stake in Tradewinds to Felda for RM207.5mil or RM3.50 per share. This was done at about a 20% premium over Tradewinds’ three months’ weighted average market price. While some could argue that this was at too high a premium, it should also been seen in light of the fact that Tradewinds’ net assets per share stood at RM4.63 as at June 30.

Kuok’s exit from Tradewinds had been speculated in media reports, soon after the latter announced plans to buy into Bernas.

In 2002, Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary had surfaced in Tradewinds and become a partner with the Kuok group. Syed Mokhtar controls about 43% of Tradewinds, compared with Kuok’s 20%.

It had been speculated that the partnership had been uneasy, although that could not be verified. Still, the fact remains that Syed Mokhtar owes Tradewinds some RM200mil and there have been related party transactions involving Tradewinds and him.

For example, Syed Mokhtar is said to control about 22% of Bernas, the company that Tradewinds is planning to buy. That purchase will gear up Tradewinds to unreasonable levels. There is now also a proposal for Tradewinds Plantation Bhd, a 70% unit of Tradewinds, to buy rubber conglomerate Mardec Bhd for RM150mil.

Syed Mokhtar is believed to be linked to Semi Bayu Sdn Bhd, which owns Mardec. The price of RM150mil was arrived at based on a valuation done by Ernst & Young, which used such benchmarks as adjusted net assets, discounted cash flows and the dividend discount model.

However, the announcement by Tradewinds Plantation does not provide any more details on how Mardec stacked up on these valuation methods. There is also no information on Mardec’s earnings.

There has been at least one other related party transaction involving Tradewinds and assets controlled by Syed Mokhtar.

Back to Kuok. PPB Group’s sugar refining operations are undertaken by MSM and a joint venture with Felda – Kilang Gula Felda Perlis Sdn Bhd –- which is also being sold to Felda. The two produce over 700,000 tonnes of refined sugar yearly. Kuok’s exit from these business is bound to have repercussions.

“With Kuok’s exit, will the management remain the same and as efficient, going forward?” asked an industry observer.

To be sure, Felda is seeking to reinvent itself. The entity that is buying PPB Group’s businesses is Felda Global Ventures Sdn Bhd (FGV). FGV is the new commercial arm of Felda aiming to spend over RM6bil in the next five years to expand its overseas presence in its core plantations and related businesses.

With that kind of firepower, it is conceivable that FGV may not be content with its 20% shareholding in Tradewinds.

“It is possible that Felda could seek to take over the operations of Tradewinds, considering that the latter will have Bernas in its stable,” said an analyst. Bernas is the country’s sole rice importer, with a wide marketing and distribution network nationwide.

At what price will Syed Mokhtar be willing to cash out of Tradewinds is another matter.

As far as Kuok is concerned though, this “cashing out” of Malaysia is more clear-cut than what happened in December 2006, when PPB Oil Palms Bhd injected its palm oil operations into Singapore-listed Wilmar International Ltd.

The counter argument then was that the merger brought about economies of scale and Malaysian shareholders still benefited, as there was a share swap, with PPB Oil Palm shareholders receiving Wilmar shares.

Furthermore, PPB Group ended up owning close to 18% of Wilmar, so the argument that Kuok was exiting Malaysia did not hold up.

Indeed, Kuok still has other small businesses in Malaysia and Wilmar even recently paid RM46.2mil for a stake in little-known Three-A Resources Bhd to venture into China together.

But the value of these businesses is small compared with Kuok’s sugar business here. In all likelihood, Kuok is unlikely to be troubled by the recent sale of his sugar assets here.

OSK Research reckons that the PPB Group may use the sale proceeds to invest in Wilmar China, which is planning an initial public offering in Hong Kong.

And judging by the way Wilmar’s China businesses are growing, Kuok is likely to get more bang for his buck by putting his money there. And so too will shareholders of the PPB Group.
 

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Felda Raja Gula Baru?

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Jika anda fikir Tan Sri Robert Kuok Hock Nien masih lagi raja gula di Malaysia, baik anda baca liputan The Star 4/11/09 bertajuk "The mystery of Sugar King Kuok exiting sugar business in Malaysia". Antara lain, akhbar itu melaporkan:

It is and probably will remain a mystery why Tan Sri Robert Kuok has exited the sugar business in Malaysia. It is likely though that the following reasons played a part: First, the Malaysian sugar business is small compared with Kuok’s vast businesses overseas, especially in China.

Second, Kuok got a decent price for his exit and third, the Kuok group was unhappy with developments taking place at Tradewinds (M) Bhd, where a proposed acquisition of Padiberas Nasional Bhd (Bernas) is likely to result in Tradewinds having an unreasonable amount of debt.
Lalu, siapa raja gula di Malaysia? The Edge 9/11/09 kata "Felda is Malaysia’s new sugar king".

Hari ini, Utusan Malaysia melaporkan berita bertajuk "Harga gula naik 20 sen mulai esok". Barangkali hadiah tahun baru Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak kepada orang-orang miskin.

Mungkin anda kata, biarlah harga gula naik. Banyak gula pun tak elok untuk kesihatan. Bila gula mahal, kurang sikit makan gula.

Masalahnya kesan berantai dari kenaikan harga gula itu. Mamak nak naikkan harga tea atau kopi O, tauke roti nak naikkan harga, orang jual kueh terpaksa naikkkan harga, banyak lagi yang naik harga. Dah jadi fesyen orang berniaga, naik harga satu barang, yang lain pun melambung melantun-lantun.

Bertambah sunyilah poket kami, orang miskin. Sunyi dari duit.

Tak kisahlah kot. Apa salahnya, biarlah Felda untung sikit. (baca posting Chegu Bard 21/12/09 "Najib dan Felda") Mungkin itu kata sesetengah orang. Barangkali tak pa lah, kalau benar begitu.

Tapi, peneroka Felda dapat apa? Peneroka Felda pun raja gula juga ka?

Berkaitan:
Berkaitan:
Harga gula - silap mata CIMB (Sysop 01/01/10)
Gula & roti putih naik harga! (Hanief 01/01/10)
The mystery of Sugar King Kuok exiting sugar business in M'sia

The Star (14/11/09): It is and probably will remain a mystery why Tan Sri Robert Kuok has exited the sugar business in Malaysia. It is likely though that the following reasons played a part: First, the Malaysian sugar business is small compared with Kuok’s vast businesses overseas, especially in China.

Second, Kuok got a decent price for his exit and third, the Kuok group was unhappy with developments taking place at Tradewinds (M) Bhd, where a proposed acquisition of Padiberas Nasional Bhd (Bernas) is likely to result in Tradewinds having an unreasonable amount of debt.

Kuok’s business empire in Asia needs little elaboration. Suffice to say, his net worth of US$10bil (RM34.3bil, based on Forbes magazine’s estimation) makes his Malaysian sugar business small by comparison.

The Kuok group’s Singapore-listed plantation giant, Wilmar International, has a market capitalisation of S$39.1bil or more than RM95bil.

To recap, Kuok’s vehicle, PPB Group Bhd, is getting RM1.25bil from the sale of its sugar refineries and land used for sugar cane cultivation to Federal Land Development Authority (Felda). Of this, the largest asset is the Prai-based Malayan Sugar Manufacturing Co Bhd (MSM) operations, that was sold for RM1.2bil.

PPB Group said its cost of investment in MSM was RM60mil (incurred from 1976 to 1999), thereby giving it a massive gain of RM1.17bil from the sale.

That amount is justified, given that the investment had been made a long time ago as well as the fact that the Kuok group had managed the business well.

Furthermore, the price of RM1.2bil represents a price-earnings multiple of 9.8 times MSM’s FY2008 earnings and a price-to-book ratio of 2.46 times. On both counts, the deal seems to have been reasonably priced.

PPB Group had also disposed of its 20% stake in Tradewinds to Felda for RM207.5mil or RM3.50 per share. This was done at about a 20% premium over Tradewinds’ three months’ weighted average market price. While some could argue that this was at too high a premium, it should also been seen in light of the fact that Tradewinds’ net assets per share stood at RM4.63 as at June 30.

Kuok’s exit from Tradewinds had been speculated in media reports, soon after the latter announced plans to buy into Bernas.

In 2002, Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary had surfaced in Tradewinds and become a partner with the Kuok group. Syed Mokhtar controls about 43% of Tradewinds, compared with Kuok’s 20%.

It had been speculated that the partnership had been uneasy, although that could not be verified. Still, the fact remains that Syed Mokhtar owes Tradewinds some RM200mil and there have been related party transactions involving Tradewinds and him.

For example, Syed Mokhtar is said to control about 22% of Bernas, the company that Tradewinds is planning to buy. That purchase will gear up Tradewinds to unreasonable levels. There is now also a proposal for Tradewinds Plantation Bhd, a 70% unit of Tradewinds, to buy rubber conglomerate Mardec Bhd for RM150mil.

Syed Mokhtar is believed to be linked to Semi Bayu Sdn Bhd, which owns Mardec. The price of RM150mil was arrived at based on a valuation done by Ernst & Young, which used such benchmarks as adjusted net assets, discounted cash flows and the dividend discount model.

However, the announcement by Tradewinds Plantation does not provide any more details on how Mardec stacked up on these valuation methods. There is also no information on Mardec’s earnings.

There has been at least one other related party transaction involving Tradewinds and assets controlled by Syed Mokhtar.

Back to Kuok. PPB Group’s sugar refining operations are undertaken by MSM and a joint venture with Felda – Kilang Gula Felda Perlis Sdn Bhd –- which is also being sold to Felda. The two produce over 700,000 tonnes of refined sugar yearly. Kuok’s exit from these business is bound to have repercussions.

“With Kuok’s exit, will the management remain the same and as efficient, going forward?” asked an industry observer.

To be sure, Felda is seeking to reinvent itself. The entity that is buying PPB Group’s businesses is Felda Global Ventures Sdn Bhd (FGV). FGV is the new commercial arm of Felda aiming to spend over RM6bil in the next five years to expand its overseas presence in its core plantations and related businesses.

With that kind of firepower, it is conceivable that FGV may not be content with its 20% shareholding in Tradewinds.

“It is possible that Felda could seek to take over the operations of Tradewinds, considering that the latter will have Bernas in its stable,” said an analyst. Bernas is the country’s sole rice importer, with a wide marketing and distribution network nationwide.

At what price will Syed Mokhtar be willing to cash out of Tradewinds is another matter.

As far as Kuok is concerned though, this “cashing out” of Malaysia is more clear-cut than what happened in December 2006, when PPB Oil Palms Bhd injected its palm oil operations into Singapore-listed Wilmar International Ltd.

The counter argument then was that the merger brought about economies of scale and Malaysian shareholders still benefited, as there was a share swap, with PPB Oil Palm shareholders receiving Wilmar shares.

Furthermore, PPB Group ended up owning close to 18% of Wilmar, so the argument that Kuok was exiting Malaysia did not hold up.

Indeed, Kuok still has other small businesses in Malaysia and Wilmar even recently paid RM46.2mil for a stake in little-known Three-A Resources Bhd to venture into China together.

But the value of these businesses is small compared with Kuok’s sugar business here. In all likelihood, Kuok is unlikely to be troubled by the recent sale of his sugar assets here.

OSK Research reckons that the PPB Group may use the sale proceeds to invest in Wilmar China, which is planning an initial public offering in Hong Kong.

And judging by the way Wilmar’s China businesses are growing, Kuok is likely to get more bang for his buck by putting his money there. And so too will shareholders of the PPB Group.
thanks, baru jelas sikit tentang syed mokhtar, robert kuok dan felda punya cerita
 

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Kuih kat mana 4 keping seringgit tu..kat sini 3 ketui saja RM1:((
 

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Kuih kat mana 4 keping seringgit tu..kat sini 3 ketui saja RM1:((
boss.. kt pasir gudang 4 RM1..tp tgk org yg jual gak.. kadang kt bazar ramadhan pn 3 RM1..5 min lg buka puasa pn masih jual rate sama:))..
kat bandar ayam RM6/kilo.. kt FELDA ayam RM7.50..
so kesimpulannnya.. kt bandar masih murah berbanding kg.

hadiah KERAjaan utk rakyat.. inikah yg dinamakan "merasa nadi rakyat"?
 
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