Op­por­tu­ni­ties in the oil palm in­dus­try

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - STAR PROPERTY FAIR -

MALAYSIA is one of the largest palm oil pro­duc­ers and ex­porters in the world, pro­duc­ing a strate­gic crop with ver­sa­tile uses in both food and non- food in­dus­tries.

And de­mand for palm oil will con­tinue to in­crease over time in tan­dem with the in­crease of the world’s pop­u­la­tion.

This cer­tainly makes in­vest­ing in the Malaysian oil palm in­dus­try both a wor­thy and re­ward­ing propo­si­tion.

Sabah is a lo­ca­tion of choice for oil palm plan­ta­tions due to its favourable agro­nomic fac­tors and weather con­di­tions. The soil, rain­fall and sun are near- per­fect for grow­ing the crop.

Crops have been highly prof­itable over the years, pro­vid­ing strong ev­i­dence that higher yields and oil ex­trac­tion rates are con­stantly achie­ve­able.

Be­sides this, the state is a con­sis­tent, top- tier fresh fruit bunches pro­ducer in Malaysia based on sta­tis­tics pub­lished by the Malaysian Palm Oil Board.

And to top it off, Sabah also has an es­tab­lished and strong plan­ta­tion cul­ture in terms of man­age­ment, labour and sup­port ser­vices that en­sure the suc­cess of this in­dus­try.

Great in­vest­ment op­por­tu­nity

East West One Group ( EWOG), founded by Datuk Dr Jessie Tang, is Malaysia’s lead­ing and largest oil palm plan­ta­tion based in­ter­est scheme op­er­a­tor.

Tang started her ca­reer as a med­i­cal doc­tor, but has since swapped her white coat for a power suit, tran­si­tion­ing into a suc­cess­ful en­tre­pre­neur in the oil palm in­dus­try and build­ing sig­nif­i­cant value for EWOG and its stake­hold­ers.

Her nat­u­ral in­cli­na­tion to­wards the plan­ta­tion in­dus­try stems from her child­hood ex­pe­ri­ences when she spent much time help­ing her grand­fa­ther with var­i­ous chores in his rubber es­tate.

Al­though EWOG started with oil palm cul­ti­va­tion and plan­ta­tion man­age­ment, Tang has since in­cluded new busi­nesses such as oil palm seedling dis­tri­bu­tion and set up fresh fruit bunches col­lec­tion cen­tres un­der the EWOG ban­ner.

The com­pany has ap­prox­i­mately 30,000 acres of land bank in Sabah.

They com­prise 11,670 acres un­der the East West Hori­zon Planter’s Scheme ( EWHPS) man­aged by East West Hori­zon Plan­ta­tion Bhd and 15,725 acres un­der the East West One Planter’s Scheme ( EWOPS) man­aged by East West One Con­sor­tium Bhd.

Planter’s blocks un­der the EWHPS is avail­able for pub­lic sub­scrip­tion while planter’s blocks un­der EWOPS have been fully sub­scribed.

Pros­per­ity on the hori­zon

EWHPS of­fers high fixed con­trac­tual re­turns of up to 88 per­cent over an in­vest­ment du­ra­tion of eight years.

The fixed an­nual con­trac­tual re­turns are paid quar­terly and the in­vested cap­i­tal is fully re­paid upon ma­tu­rity.

There are four in­vest­ment cat­e­gories, namely Di­a­mond ( cap­i­tal: RM180,000 per block, av­er­age an­nual re­turn: 11%), Emer­ald ( cap­i­tal: RM120,000 per block, av­er­age an­nual re­turn: 10.5%), Ruby ( cap­i­tal: RM60,000 per block, av­er­age an­nual re­turn: 10%) and Sap­phire ( cap­i­tal: RM20,000 per block, av­er­age an­nual re­turn: 9.5%).

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit East West One at booth S10 dur­ing the Star Prop­erty Fair 2016 at Sun­way Car­ni­val Mall.

Al­ter­na­tively, log on to www. east­we­st­one. com.

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