Govt withdraws approval of indirect property acquisition by Tamaco

Govt withdraws approval of indirect property acquisition by Tamaco

KUALA LUMPUR,. The government has decided to withdraw the approval of indirect property acquisition by Tamaco Plantation Sdn Bhd from TH Plantations Bhd (THP) on Dec 4, for further scrutiny and other factors.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri disclosed this in a joint statement here today.

They maintained that the indirect property acquisition application by Tamaco through the subscription of 100 per cent shares from two THP subsidiaries – Bumi Suria Ventures Sdn Bhd and Maju Warisanmas Sdn Bhd was subject to property acquisition guidelines which have been in effect since March 1, 2014.

The guidelines stipulated that dilution of properties by Bumiputera interests via direct or indirect acquisition by non-Bumiputera interests is based on retention of at least 30 per cent equity ownership for the latter.

According to the statement, Tamaco in a letter of approval dated Nov 24, 2020, was required, based on the guidelines, to establish equity ownership of at least 30 per cent for Bumiputera interest within one year from the conditional approval.

The conditional approval was given on the justifications by THP that it was for continuous operation and financial stability of the company.

“We are determined to continue developing THP and Lembaga Tabung Haji more successfully to a prominent stage, in the country as well as internationally,” the ministers said.

— BERNAMA

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