Malaysia

LinkedIn reaches 300-million mark in registered users

Mountain View, US-based business-oriented social networking service LinkedIn already reached the 300-million mark in registered users worldwide, with half of that number coming from countries outside of its home country.

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Viddsee launches new site to promote Asian indie films on social network

Online video platform Viddsee launched its new site Viddsee BUZZ to promote independent films from Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, and the Philippines on social media and help them go viral.

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GrabTaxi closes Series A round to conquer Southeast Asia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-based taxi app GrabTaxi closed its Series A round with more than $1 million from Singaporean state-owned investment firm Vertex Ventures to conquer Southeast Asia.

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Thai e-book startup Ookbee lands $7M in Series B funding for Southeast Asian expansion

Bangkok, Thailand-based digital publication platform Ookbee landed $7 million in a Series B funding led by Japanese outsourcing firm Transcosmos to fuel its Southeast Asian expansion.

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Sime Darby picks up 70pct stake in Australian firm TFP Engineering in A$3.2M cash deal

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-based conglomerate Sime Darby Bhd, through its subsidiary Haynes Mechanical, picked up a 70% stake in Singleton, Australia-based mining machinery provider TFP Engineering for A$3.2 million (MYR9.5 million).

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Berjaya Philippines to buy half of London's RBW in PHP3.7M cash deal

Makati, Philippines-based holding firm Berjaya Philippines Inc will buy a 50% stake in London, UK-based property firm RBW Holdings Ltd in a cash deal valued at PHP3.7 million.

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China's Fosun Group invests $30.7M in Malaysian restaurant chain Secret Recipe

Chinese conglomerate Fosun Group invested CNY210.5 million ($30.7 million) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-based restaurant chain Secret Recipe, according to a report by Shanghai's China Business News.

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Bangalore startup Lumos builds solar powered backpacks that charge mobile devices

Bangalore, India-based startup Lumos Design Technology made unbreakable waterproof bags with a built-in battery than can charge mobile gadgets with the use of solar power.

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Canada's Aimia to purchase minority stake in AirAsia-Tune Group owner Think Big

Canada-based digital media firm Aimia Inc is purchasing a minority stake in Malaysia-based firm Think Big Digital Sdn Bhd, the owner and operator of AirAsia-Tune Group's loyalty program.

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American car booking firm Uber to invade Asia Pacific market -source

San Francisco, California-based online car booking service Uber planned to venture into the Asia Pacific market and start hiring staff members across 14 cities, according to an Uber representative.

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Malaysia to relax foreign auto restrictions to lure in investments

Malaysia will implement a new policy that will selectively allow foreign auto makers to manufacture small passenger cars, according to the chief executive officer of a trade ministry unit.

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Aquaint eyes distressed property assets in Australia -sources

Singapore-Malay asset manager and property investor Aquaint Capital is looking to raise fresh capital to acquire distressed property assets across Australia, according to sources familiar with the matter.

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Millennium Global takes controlling stake in Philippine seafood explorer Millennium Ocean

UK-based institutional currency investment manager Millennium Global Holdings Inc acquired a 51% stake in Philippine-based seafood exports business Millennium Ocean Star Corp in a deal valued at PHP137.91 million.

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Malaysia's Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd partners to build Southeast Asia's first integrated phosphate complex

Malaysian firm Cahya Mata Sarawak has agreed to work with various companies to build the first integrated phosphate facility Southeast Asia, the Daily Express reported.

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Axis-REIT sells Axis Plaza to Collective Developers for MYR34M

Axis Real Estate Investment Trust, through its trustee RHB Trustees Bhd, has entered into a sales and purchase agreement to divest its Axis Plaza. The five-storey building will be sold to Collective Developers Sdn Bhd for MYR34 million.

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