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Frontline Technologies Opens Regional Development Center In Malaysia

SINGAPORE -- Singapore-headquartered Frontline Technologies Corporation has officially opened its Malaysian office in Kuala Lumpur, with the country's minister for Energy, Telecommunications and Multimedia Y.B. Datuk Amar Leo Moggie officiating.

The opening ceremony comes just 10 days after the Singapore Mainboard-listed IT services company announced its US$7.18 million investment in Logic Company Limited; it currently has a 30 percent stake in the Thai IT services firm.

The Singapore Mainboard-listed company now has a network of offices in Singapore, China (Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen), Thailand, and Malaysia.

According to Frontline president and chief executive officer Lim Chin Hu, Frontline Technologies Corporation (M) Sdn. Bhd. will serve as the Group's regional satellite hub, employing more than 40 staff in its 7,000 square-foot premises in Sapura@Mines, which is located in Malaysia's much-touted IT hot bed, the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC). Frontline Malaysia will also serve as a regional development center, housing part of the Group's software/toolkit R&D activities.

Company officials said Frontline Malaysia "is likely to be the country's first-of-its-kind, one-stop IT services company capable of delivering complete and powerful e-Business/IT solutions." It will provide enterprises with a full suite of IT services, such as business and technology consulting, IT infrastructure design, systems integration and IT outsourcing.

Its alliances with the big boys in the business - Sun Microsystems Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., Oracle Systems Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., Cisco Systems (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., iPlanet e-Commerce Solutions Sdn. Bhd., and Computer Associates (M) Sdn. Bhd. - are expected to boost its standing in the eyes of enterprise clients.

Headed by managing director Peter Goh, Frontline Malaysia's near-term target industries include education and telecommunications, as well as corporations in the public sector.

"We are going to make Frontline Malaysia a company to be reckoned with, and 'Frontline' a household name amongst the enterprises in the country. We have a promising business going, and we are absolutely confident that we will excel this year and in the many years that follow," Goh said.

Indeed, Goh's team is expected to contribute "approximately 12 - 14 percent to the top and bottom lines of the Frontline Group" for this financial year starting April 2001.

Barely four months into operation, Frontline Malaysia already has an order book of approximately RM 16 million (US$4.2 million), with multi-million Malaysian Ringgit contracts from a leading telecommunication services provider, reputable academic institutions, and a few large organizations, company officials stated.