Malaysia’s Hibiscus To Spend $30 Mln To Develop UK Anasuria Cluster In FY19- MD

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KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 04) — Malaysian oil and gas company Hibiscus Petroleum plans to spend about $30 million to develop Anasuria cluster in UK in the fiscal year 2019 as the company aims to control production costs to shield against falling crude oil, its managing director said Tuesday.

Investment in Anasuria cluster hasn’t been sanctioned by the board yet, said Kenneth Pereira, managing director, in a press conference in Selangor. About 70 million ringgit ($16.86 million) has been sanctioned for North Sabah.

The company has deferred development of oil field in Australia due to high production cost, he said. It is exploring two funding options to raise between $50 million – $100 million to develop Australia oil field as the production cost is estimated to cost twice more than the company’s oilfields in the North Sea and North Sabah.

The company also aims to cap production cost at $15 and $20 per barrel for North Sabah and Anasuria Cluster in the UK, respectively, Pereira said.

“If the oil prices collapse below $40/barrel, I think we’ll have to be extremely careful but we’ll remain profitable,” said Pereira. “We don’t want to go there but we’ve been there before and survived.” 

– By Gan Pei Ling
– Edited by Sayantika Bhowal

Malaysia Aiming At Digital Identification System To Curb Fraud – Minister Deo

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KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 11) — Malaysia aims to introduce a national digital identification system to curb fraud, the federal Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said Thursday.

“The national digital ID would allow for trusted eCommerce transactions where both the seller and buyer are verified using a secure national digital ID system, eliminating elements of fraud and cheating,” Deo said at an e-commerce summit in Selangor.

The ministry is developing the system with the Communication and Multimedia Commission and Malaysia Digital Economy Corp.

Financial institutions and other stakeholders will be consulted soon, he added.

“I hope we can get something out by next year,” Deo said.

E-commerce contributed to 6.1% to Malaysia’s gross domestic product in 2016, according to official data. 

– By Gan Pei Ling
– Edited By Abhrajit Gangopadhyay