27 June 2009 Mr Tiong Kwing Hee, Group CEO, is named as one of the panelists for the “CEO Forum on riding out the current Global Economic Crisis” held on 27 June 2009 at the Exchange Square, Bursa Malaysia. Together with other panelists are Group CEO from Cuscapi Bhd, Group CEO from Khind Holdings Bhd, Director & Head of Research of Alliance Research Sdn Bhd and President of Help International Corporation Bhd.
25 April 2009 Group CEO, Mr Tiong has been interviewed by Star about EcoFirst eyeing projects worth over RM200mil. "The group hopes to raise about RM80mil to RM100mil through the issuance of sukuk bonds by year-end to finance the building of two high rise buildings on top of the mall as well as the mall’s refurbishment.Plan to invest about RM40mil to RM50mil to acquire two manufacturing companies by the middle of next year and have identified three potential candidates.Also currently negotiating for a long-term food ration supply contract. We anticipate an average additional income of RM3mil per annum from both divisions.”
22 April 2009 Group CEO, Mr Tiong has been interviewed by Star about EcoFirst rebrands education mall.“We aim to sell the property to real estate investment trusts once we achieve our targeted yield within seven years,” he told StarBiz.Currently, about 4,000 students are receiving higher education and vocational training offered by eight institutions at the five-storey mall in Seri Kembangan, Selangor.The group targets to increase the number of students at the mall to 6,000 by year-end and 10,000 by end of next year. “We still have about 70,000 sq ft reserved for educational tenants.”To enhance the value of its property, EcoFirst plans to build two blocks of 13 to 14-storey apartments which can house about 3,000 students on top of the mall to be leased to SEGi.With a gross development value of RM75mil to RM80mil, the serviced apartments were expected to be completed within 24 months after construction starts in the fourth quarter."
4 Nov 2008 Dato’ Clement Hii, Group Managing Director, was conferred the ASEAN CEO Award in recognition of his leadership qualities which have led SEG International Bhd (SEGi) to corporate success, at the ASEAN Awards for Leadership organised by Technology Business Review (TBR) recently. He was a winner in the Education Management sector. Dato’ Clement Hii is also Group Chief Exevutive Officer of SEGi, one of the investment interests of the EcoFirst Group.
18 Oct 2008 Group Managing Director, Dato’ Clement Hii, was named the Top Nominee for the Master Entrepreneur category of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 Malaysia award. This annual programme is organised by worldwide accounting firm Ernst & Young to celebrate entrepreneurs who have built and led successful and dynamic businesses in over 135 cities and 50 countries.
8 Aug 2008 A new F&B outlet called Marvelicious was set up at SEGi College Subang Jaya by the Food Services Division to capitalise on the student market at the college and to optimise the kitchen facilities at Hartz Summit.
11 Jan 2008 Ecofirst Construction Sdn Bhd was awarded a tender worth RM67 million by Aturan Prisma to upgrade Institute Kemahiran Belia Negara Peretak in Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor to accommodate double the number of students.
9 Aug 2007 Hartz EcoFirst Sdn Bhd had its soft launch at its outlet in The Summit Mall, Subang Jaya, Selangor.
15 Jul 2007 EcoFirst Products Sdn Bhd had its first Grand Entrepreneurs Opportunity Meeting, of which 800 people attended, at SEGi Malaysia campus in Kota Damansara.
18 May 2007 SEGi College, which EcoFirst has investment interests in, launched new programmes which would cater to human resource needs of EcoFirst’s fast food and property development businesses.
15 Apr 2007 EcoFirst Products Sdn Bhd launched the Ecobelle Hydromiracle Mask & Patch, the first ever skincare product made from sago and 100% natural ingredients
13 Apr 2007 A joint venture was signed between Johor Biotechnology and Biodiversity Corporation (J-Biotech) and EcoFirst Agro-Industries Sdn Bhd to set up a high-technology organic farm in Desaru, Johor.
15 Dec 2006 EcoFirst Laboratories Sdn. Bhd. granted R&D Company status by the Government of Malaysia through the sanctioning of an Investment Tax Allowance (ITA) to undertake research and development activities in agriculture.
Dec 2006 EcoFirst Agro-India ventures into patchouli planting.
11 Nov 2006 Soft Launch of EcoFirst Products Sdn. Bhd.
19 Oct 2006 EcoFirst Consolidated Bhd. secures 10,000 hectare of land for oil palm plantation in the State of Mizoram, India, via its wholly owned subsidiary, EcoFirst Agro India Private Limited.
14 Sep 2006 EcoFirst Consolidated Bhd. acquires exclusive rights to expand Hartz Chicken Buffet through licensing in Peninsular Malaysia, under wholly owned subsidiary EcoFirst Hartz Sdn. Bhd.
27 Apr 2006 EcoFirst Consolidated Bhd. forms strategic alliance with Hong Kong's leading construction technology company, Wai Shun System Formwork Co. Ltd.
18 Jan 2006 Change Of Name: Kumpulan Emas Berhad to Ecofirst Consolidated Bhd.
16 Feb 2000 Acquisition of 30.88% interest in the share capital of Systematic Education Group Berhad (SEG).
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