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Khee San Showing Sweet Signs To The Market Entering 2021

Khee San Berhad has continued to show positive signs of growth after Dato Dr. Ng Meng Kee became the single largest shareholder since August 2020. Khee San Group in its year end financial report has shown a 125% revenue increase from its 1st half of less than RM3 million monthly sales to almost RM7 million monthly as reported in the 1st Quarter result for FY 2021 .

The surge was partly due to our “active discussion with our distributors and realignment of our granular roadmap in terms of pricing integration” explained by Mr  Edward JP Tan who is currently the CEO of Khee San Berhad.

MR. EDWARD JP TAN (CEO, Khee San Berhad)

He further added that Dato Dr. Ng’s involvement in Khee San has greatly help to stabilised the company’s situation and allow the workforce to re-focus back on doing what they are good at, that is making good candies and selling them.

Khee San Group domestic sales contributes around 40% and remaining 60% revenue is from export market. Vietnam is currently the largest overseas buyer with its Chewy Candies leading the product list.

According to the Edward JP Tan, the ambition of Khee San goes beyond current notable sales traction as this represent the 1st steps of an iterative and continuous improving process . At the same time , the group is also undertaking a strategic priorities to restructure the on -going litigation case among all Creditors and would be proposing a viable Regularisation Plan in due course.

New Packaging for FRUIT PLUS CHEWY CANDY by Khee San
New Packaging for FRUIT PLUS CHEWY CANDY by Khee San

New Packaging for FRUIT PLUS CHEWY CANDY by Khee San

Heading for Extinction

Extinction happens when a species dies and disappear completely from the face of the earth either from human interference, evolutionary issues or natural disasters. Some argued that extinction is a natural phenomenon but nowadays many believe that humans are the main culprit. Incidentally,  it is also humans that are the only saviour that can save and protect these endangered species. If nothing drastic is done soon, it will be an unfortunate fact that future generations can only be reading about these beautiful species or visiting them stuffed in museums. Below are 8 remarkable species heading for extinction.

A Hawaiian monk seal swims in the French Frigate Shoals in the northwestern Hawaii. Monk seals have become critically endangered because of increased ocean pollution, coastal habitat loss, and fishing gear that entangles them.
©  Photograph by Bill Curtsinger
A black and white ruffed lemur climbs a tree in Madagascar’s Mantadia National Park. Their ability to thrive in captivity makes them ideal candidates for reintroduction into protected habitats.
©  Photograph by Kevin Schafer
A western lowland gorillas sits in Tchimpounga Reserve in the Republic of the Congo. The species has declined by 60 percent in the last 20-25 years, mainly due to commercial hunting and the Ebola virus.
©  Photograph by Michael Nichols
Joel Sartore photographed this bog turtle as part of the Photo Ark project, which aims to document all of the world’s 12,000 captive species. Bog turtles’ wetlands habitat is threatened by extreme weather connected to climate change.
© Photograph By Joel Sartore 
A wild Iberian lynx stands in Sierra de Andújar Natural Park in Andalusia, Spain. The decline in Spain’s rabbit population—the lynx’s main food source—and habitat loss threaten the lynx’s survival.
© Photograph by Wild Wonders of Europe
Indian white-backed vultures swarm a rhinoceros carcass in India. Vultures across Asia are declining as a result of feeding on livestock carcasses that contain the poisonous veterinary drug, diclofenac.
© Photograph by Steve Winter
A submerged Cuban crocodile raises its head above water. Interbreeding with native American crocodiles has resulted in hybridisation and the loss of the Cuban crocodile’s genetic identity.
© Photograph By Steve Winter
Rapunzel, a Sumatran rhino, was rescued and lived at the Bronx Zoo until her death in 2005. Largely due to poaching, Sumatran rhinos are now on the brink of extinction, with fewer than 200 remaining in the wild.
©  Photograph by Michael Nichols

A2 Milk – The Future of Dairy

By Dr. Lim Ban Keong, D.V.M (UPM)GM of Rhone Ma Holdings Bhd

The ruminant industry in Malaysia only started taking off over the last ten years with many participants being small farmers. To help them out, we plan to share our combined expertise and technological knowhows for dairy farming and milk production with other farmers and other interested parties,”  – said Dr. Lim Ban Keong


There’s nothing better than a splash of milk in your morning coffee for the important nutrients for our body. However, sometimes consuming milk and milk products might result in tummy problems. If that happens, it’s time to try A2 milk.

Tummy problems from milk may not necessarily be due to lactose intolerance or trouble digesting lactose sugar in milk. Recent research suggests that a less-known protein, A1, may be one of the culprits. A1 produces a protein fragment known as Beta-casomorphin-7 (BCM-7) during digestion which triggers tummy discomfort and symptoms similar to those with lactose intolerance.

There are 2 kinds of proteins in milk: A1 and A2. While most cows’ milk contains both, A2A2 cows produce only A2 protein, which results in A2 milk.

Rhone Ma Holdings Berhad, a homegrown end-to-end animal health solutions provider, introduces the A2 milk to the local market through its acquisition of 49% interests each in three livestock companies in February 2020. The Group has teamed up with One Lazuli Sdn. Bhd., Nor Lazuli Nutrition Sdn. Bhd. and Nor Livestock Farm Sdn. Bhd. in order to expand into the dairy farming business.

As a first step, the Group and its partners injected RM3 million capital in Nor Livestock Farm Sdn. Bhd. who operates a 6-acre dairy farm in Batang Kali, Selangor which currently house more than 160 A2A2 Holstein cattle. The Group expects to further expand the herd to 500 heads as they are expecting around 90 more female cows to be born in a few months’ time. In addition, they are also planning to import another batch of 100 impregnated cows in 2021. The farm’s milk production currently averages 12,000 litres/month and soon the farm is expected to produce approximately 65,000 litres/month. 

The Group’s shift into the ruminant sector is part and parcel of its responsibilities as a key industry player to further develop the local ruminant industry. Rhone Ma, a proponent of the Total Solutions Programme (TSP) which allows customers the flexibility to customise the animal health services and animal health products to form their desired animal health solution, has pledged to work together with local dairy farmers to support them and establish more dairy farms in the country in line with the government’s heed to stimulate the industry. 

“The ruminant industry in Malaysia only started taking off over the last ten years with many participants being small farmers. To help them out, we plan to share our combined expertise and technological knowhows for dairy farming and milk production with other farmers and other interested parties,” said Dr. Lim Ban Keong, Managing Director of Rhone Ma Holdings Berhad.

“This will also include advocating the use of Milk Boosta the premium cattle feed that was specially formulated to induce energy for maximum milk production for cattle in a tropical climate. The combination of Milk Boosta and Alfalfa Hay and some kind of supplements also helps to reduce heat stress,” added Qasem Alhasan, Managing Director of Nor Livestock Farm Sdn. Bhd.

With the establishment of more farms, the Group will not only be able to encourage their peers to thrive in the industry but also address the issue of fresh milk insufficiency in Malaysia head on. On top of that, as consumers become more health conscious and discerning in their food consumption, the Group and its partners envisage a big future for fresh A2 milk in the local market.

King Of Straits Chinese Porcelain

by CHT & Glen Chee


Famille rose kamchengs or covered jars are considered the ‘must have’ among Straits Chinese porcelain specialist collectors. There are two major types of kamchengs that are considered to be Straits Chinese between the period of mid 19th to early 20th century. The famille rose enamels are colourful and gaudy wares that are usually presented as gifts and used during ceremonial occasions to display the opulence and affluence of the Straits Chinese Peranakan families. The other category of kamchengs are the Kitchen Qing blue and whites that were mass produced and exported to South East Asia mainly for utilitarian usage. The word Kamcheng pronounced in Hokkien, a Chinese dialect from Fujian carries the connotations of love, affection and relationship. Among the Straits Chinese Peranakan community,  most have opined that these colourful kamchengs were used for storing cooked rice or as soup tureens and used during special and auspicious occasions. However, in recent years, the television series ‘Little Nyonya’ had dramatised the colourful kamcheng into an item that the bride would bring along to her new home after the wedding ceremony. Perhaps this dramatisation could be interpreted as the kamcheng signifies or seals the ‘kamcheng’ (relationship) between both families through the wedding ceremony. Hence, many collectors and enthusiasts have started to accept and preach this analogy. 

There is no doubt that these is food containers but there are no evidence suggesting that only the colourful ones were actually used for ready cooked food or as a momento for brides. In fact these porcelain pieces were mainly used as storage jars for dried food and herbs in China and other countries where the Chinese had migrated to. It is common to find traditional Chinese medicine halls using the blue and white kamchengs as herbal jars. It may well be that only the affluent families could afford having these famille rose porcelain to match their other table wares. Large kamchengs made during the mid 19th to early 20th century are hardly found in China but most extant pieces are found in Southeast Asia. Some rarely encountered leviathan kamchengs can comfortably hold a sitting baby! As for the mini or baby kamchengs, it is accepted that they were predominantly used for storing valuable daily health supplements or life saving medicinal pills.

The blue and white kamchengs are comparatively much cheaper than the colourful ones. Prices for the coloured pieces greatly depend on the ground colour, size, motif designs and markings. A big rare kamcheng may fetch more than RM100, 000 whereas a green ground baby kamcheng could be asking for RM5,000. Beginners  should be vigilant that there are a good number of fakes and a significant  amount of reproduction items in the markets asking for genuine antique prices. 

G.C Art & Heritage Art Collection
Blue and White Kamchengs 
Found in old Chinese medicine halls and pharmacies

reflections on healthcare here & beyond

Bryan Lin Boon Diann
Chief Executive Officer of Sunway Medical Centre


2020 has brought upon a new wave of change to people everywhere – from wearing a face mask in public areas, social distancing, practising good personal hygiene at all times to working and studying at home. 

Likewise, the hospital landscape has altered due to the unprecedented arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, patients can meet their doctors from the comforts of their homes through virtual clinics, evolving the way hospitals operate as digitisation becomes the norm. 

The pandemic has effectively changed the way businesses are run and for healthcare institutions like Sunway Medical Centre, we need to be innovative. We were the first tertiary hospital to establish the telemedicine service at the start of the pandemic, and this is one of the ways that has transformed the way we support care outside of our facility. 

We have made healthcare more accessible by extending services such as medicine delivery, nursing care, diabetes care, wound care, physiotherapy and phlebotomy to homes through our personalised, mobile healthcare services and home nursing under Sunway Home Healthcare (formerly known as SunMed@Home). 

We have also set up a Telemedicine Command Centre which facilitates referrals for patients with medical emergencies to the hospital. This will provide better patient experience journey and peace of mind during their times of need. This project is likely the first in the country and will be another game changer in the clinical landscape.

The ultimate goal is to improve patient value, and the only way the healthcare industry will achieve this is by digitalising healthcare, leveraging on artificial intelligence, telemedicine, Internet of Things (IoT) and other digital platforms to propel it to the next level. Robotics and automation will also be vital in improving overall service delivery and customer experience while enabling more personalised medical care. 

We need to demonstrate greater value in the healthcare system in this challenging time while continuing to care for patients requiring multispeciality and multidisciplinary care services and/or complex technologies. 

Setting up new and advanced quarternary service offerings like bone marrow transplant, renal transplant and paediatric cardiac surgery has also set Sunway Medical Centre apart in the market. The hospital is also focused on Women & Children Services and Acute Services to ensure that communities are well taken care of. 

As the industry grows, the requirement for highly-skilled, professional talent will also increase. 

Healthcare providers like us will need to continue developing a sustainable talent pipeline, while strengthening the existing talent pool with strategic hires, retention initiatives and continued employee training and development.

While diseases will never be completely eliminated, through science, data and technology, we will be able to identify it earlier, intervene proactively and better understand its progression to help consumers more effectively and actively sustain their wellbeing. 

Personalised medicine will progress and as researchers find out more about the particular genetic makeup of diseases, we will be able to give specific drugs to target it. And by 2030, healthcare will be centred on patients empowered to prevent diseases rather than seek treatment. They will receive personalised health solutions in ways that are integrated seamlessly into their daily lives. 

In short, healthcare providers need to change accordingly in order to forge ahead. As the rate of change in healthcare is accelerating, healthcare providers must harness the forces of driving transformation and use them to its advantage and in this case, growth, innovation and diversification. 

the FAT DUCK BRAY

The amount of thoughts that can go through my mind in five seconds can join the dots between thirty, forty or fifty things, which is brilliant, but when it doesn’t work it’s like a big bang without anything being formed together again.” – Heston Blumenthal

Housed in an unassuming cottage in the village of Bray, around an hour’s drive from London, Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck is anything but ordinary. Being awarded three Michelin stars since 2017 saw it join an elite group of the world’s best restaurants. Described as a dining experience rather than simply dining, the menu comprises of an itinerary with no details of the meal itself, adding to the mystery of the experience. 

Oak Moss
Just The Tonic
Walk in the woods centre piece  by Jose Luis Lopez de Zubiria

Mercedes Benz Vision avtr – where machine, human & nature combine

How cool would it be for a Mercedes-Benz to come alive? Inspired by the mega hit movie Avatar, an unprecedented global partnership between two great brands have conceptualized the Mercedes-Benz VISION AVTR created to combine human, machine and nature. All that is required is for the user to place their hand on the control unit to bring this vehicle to life. This immersive experience is made better with a wide selection of functionalities. Both interior and exterior designs are futuristic yet holistic which were inspired  by creatures in the Avatar movie. 

Besides the fact that this Mercedes-Benz Vision Avatar cannot fly, it has all the out of the world futuristic features that will make the experience of owning a automobile unforgettable. 

Mercedes-Benz VISION AVTR – inspired by “Avatar”: The name of the concept vehicle stands for ADVANCED VEHICLE TRANSFORMATION and embodies the vision of Mercedes-Benz designers, engineers and trend researchers for mobility in the distant future.
Inspired by Mother Nature: Nature serves as the main source of inspiration for the interior of the VISION AVTR: The entire structure is designed from one line and takes on organic shapes.

lady gaga did it again at vma 2020

Celebrate yourself, be kind, mask up.”
– Lady Gaga


The biggest winner at the 2020 Video Music Awards was none other than Lady Gaga. This music sensation was up for nine trophies, with seven for “Rain on Me”, Artist of the Year, and Best Quarantine Performance for “Smile”. For every acceptance speech, Lady Gaga rocked the stage with completely different looks that revolved around a futuristic theme. She also wore spectacular face masks and reminded the audience to stay safe. “Celebrate yourself, be kind, mask up,” she said while performing her medley. Lady Gaga never fails to amaze us all! 

Lady Gaga performs during the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, broadcast on Sunday, August 30th 2020. (Photo by Kevin Winter/MTV VMAs 2020/Getty Images for MTV)
Lady Gaga accepts the Best Collaboration award for “Rain on Me” with Ariana Grande onstage during the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, broadcast on Sunday, August 30th 2020. (Photo by Kevin Winter/MTV VMAs 2020/Getty Images for MTV)

CONNECT CHT WITH Rolls Royce

In the world of luxury automotive brands, it is almost impossible to find a competitor that can come close to the history and beauty of Rolls-Royce. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Kuala Lumpur with CHTNetwork invited 16 VIP guests for an exclusive dinner party at their company’s showroom which was transformed to provide a one-of-a-kind dinner experience. Among the VIPs were Tan Sri Richard Koh, Dato Seri Desmond To, Dato Seri David Yeat, Dato Seri Damien Chua, Dato Cher Chen Chiang, Dato Dr. Nick Ng, Tengku Abang Faisal Amir, James Tee with Dato Michael Ong, Koong Wai Seng, Anas Zawawi Khalid from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Kuala Lumpur and Chng Huck Theng from CHTNetwork. Guests had the opportunity to be up-close-and-personal with the prestigious Phantom and Cullinan before dinner was served. 

VANILLA CREPE IN THE MALAYSIA BOOK OF RECORDS

Vanilla Crepe is now officially declared the ‘Largest Mille Crepe Chain in Malaysia’ by the Malaysia Book of Records with a total number of 23 outlets nationwide. During the presentation ceremony at 360 Atmosphere, KL Tower, Vanilla Crepe CEO, Nelson Liew said that achieving this recognition was one of his primary objectives for the brand when he started Vanilla Crepe back in 2015 with an initial target of 20 outlets by 2020. “I am very proud as it was a lot of hardwork from all of us to have actually met and surpassed our goal today” said Nelson. CEO of Malaysia Book Of Records Dato Michael Tio presented the official documentation to Nelson and his partner Lum Peng Keong accompanied by Ezzlyyn Lum. 

Vanilla Crepe currently has 23 outlets, with the majority in Klang Valley and a handful in Johor, Melaka and Ipoh. Some outlets are located in prominent shopping malls like Midvalley Megamall and Pavilion KL while some are stand alone outlets in historical places like Jonker Street Melaka.