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June 2005

RHB Di Hati takes its tour to historical Melaka

Melaka, June 21, 2005: The historical city of Melaka took on a festive mood over the weekend as the RHB Di Hati nationwide roadshow kicked off its tour of the state.

Patrons and shoppers in the various supermarkets and shopping centres had a first hand look at what the RHB Group has to offer – from credit cards to Islamic financing instruments.

Investors and businessmen learned the vagaries of investing at the various seminars given by representatives of the various subsidiaries of the RHB Group as well as industry experts invited to give the talks.

The RHB Di Hati – Melaka roadshow is part of a nationwide tour that began in Kuala Terengganu in June last year. It completed its East Coast stint with Kota Baru in March before starting the West Coast leg of the tour in Seremban last month.

The highlight of the tour in Melaka – the official launching by Yang Di-Pertua Negeri Melaka Tun Datuk Seri Utama Mohd Khalil Yaakob – was held at the Renaissance Hotel Melaka this morning.

Also present were the Chief Minister of Melaka, Datuk Seri Haji Mohd Ali Mohd Rustam, members of the State Executive Council, State Government officials, state dignitaries and representatives of the media.

The Yang Di-Pertua Negeri, accompanied by host Dato Sri Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Taib, who is the Executive Chairman of RHB Capital Bhd (“RHB Capital”), launched the week-long RHB Group drive to enhance its presence in Malaysia’s most historic state.

Dato Sri Sulaiman said the RHB Group was proud to tap into a state with such a great potential like Melaka, given its history as a booming international trading post.

In conjunction with the event, Dato Sri Sulaiman presented books worth RM3,000 each to Stamford College, Multimedia University, Kolej Yayasan Melaka and Kolej Teknologi Islam Melaka.

The presentation of books was followed by the launching of the RHB Di Hati –Negeri Melaka by Tun Mohd Khalil. Dato Sri Sulaiman then took the guests on a tour of the exhibition area where a wide range of products and services from the RHB Group were on display.

Tun Mohd Khalil and Datuk Seri Mohd Ali were briefed on conventional and Islamic banking products and services offered by RHB Bank Bhd (“RHB Bank”) and RHB Islamic Bank Bhd (“RHB Islamic Bank”), merchant banking products offered by RHB Sakura Merchant Bankers Bhd (“RHB Sakura”) as well as insurance products from RHB Insurance Bhd (“RHB Insurance”).

They were also given an insight into securities trading, the unit trust business and asset management services by RHB Securities Sdn Bhd (“RHB Securities”), RHB Unit Trust Management Bhd (“RHB Unit Trust”) and RHB Asset Management Sdn Bhd (“RHB Asset Management”)

The RHB Di Hati – Negeri Melaka roadshow programmes began on Saturday, 18 June, 2005 with a seminar on Foreign Exchange & Treasury Products Updates, RHB Investment Strategy Workshop and RHB SMI Workshop.

RHB Research Institute presented a paper on Outlook for the Malaysian Economy and Stock Market. RHB Futures Sdn Bhd (“RHB Futures”) presented a paper entitled Introduction to Stock Index Futures & Technical Analysis.

Commercial Banking and SMIs Division of the Bank focused on SMEs Financing – The Way Forward For Your Business Expansion while Corporate Banking dwelt on Accessing Your Business Trade Needs.

Other papers were The Needs of Insurance In The SMI Industry presented by RHB Insurance Bhd (“RHB Insurance”), Equipment Financing – Industrial Hire Purchase / Leasing by RHB Delta Finance Bhd (“RHB Delta”), RHB Asset Management with its Professional Fund Management paper and RHB Sakura on Fund Raising on Malaysian Capital Market.

RHB Islamic Bank presented quite a few; Growing Your Business With Commercial Banking of RHB Islamic Bank, Investment Opportunities at RHB Islamic Bank and Payment Services at RHB Islamic Bank.

To make the workshops more interesting, the Group also invited some external speakers. Bursa Malaysia contributed with a paper on Introduction to Crude Palm Oil Futures, meanwhile, a Master Logan Phang spoke on Feng Shui Forecast on Financial Market in 2005.

Participants at the seminar, who included local businessmen, and representatives of various corporations, also had their chance to take home a prize in the Platinum and Gold Contests held in conjunction with the workshops.

Participants were asked to answer several questions and those with the most correct answers won. Prizes ranged from corporate gift items to electrical products.

The participants, as well as many RHB Group clients from Melaka also took the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the many products and services offered at the exhibition hall.

Meanwhile, the various subsidiaries within the RHB Group also launched their individual campaigns throughout Melaka town to woo new clients and to inform existing ones of the exciting new products that are now available.

Booths were set up in various shopping centres in town to promote the wide range of RHB Credit Cards, RHB My1 Home Loan, RHB Unit Trust funds as well as the many RHB Islamic Bank products.

An education seminar was held for a select group of students today. This half-day programme on banking covered topics such as Embarking on The Banking and Finance World, Internet Banking, Islamic Banking & You as well as a session on pursuing higher education overseas.

Dato Sri Sulaiman said the RHB Di Hati campaign, which had been successfully launched in three East Coast states and recently in Negeri Sembilan, had proven to be very effective in bringing the RHB Group’s products and services to the people.

“There is now a greater awareness of our products and services in the states we have already covered. We have, in short, greatly enhanced our presence in these states without even having to open new branches,” he said.

“We intend to keep up the momentum for the rest of the tour to cover the whole country, to continue bringing our products and services to the people. We would also like to thank our new and existing customers for their support. This will empower us to work harder and continuously serve o ur valued customers better,” he added.

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