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INVESTORS SEEK MORE DIRECT ACCESS TO PLCS.

BackNov 11, 2005

11 November 2005
INVESTORS SEEK MORE DIRECT ACCESS TO PLCS

Investors want more access to strongly-managed public-listed companies according to Bursa Malaysia Berhad Chief Executive Officer, Yusli Mohamed Yusoff. Speaking at the closing media briefing for the Bursa Malaysia-OSK Small Cap Roadshow, Yusli said feedback from public participants of the roadshow indicated that Malaysian investors are seeking more direct interface with public-listed companies to aid their individual investment decisions.

"Of the close to 2000 investors we reached through our roadshow, over 63% expressed satisfaction for our format which focused on showcasing the public-listed companies and their senior management. Companies need to realise that once they go public, they are beholden to explain their plans and actions to the public," he said.

Initial assessments indicate 52% of the 29 companies that participated in the roadshow outperformed the KLCI for the first two weeks after their presentations and most have since been in line with the KLCI.

Dato Nik Mohamad Din bin Datuk Nik Yusoff, Executive Chairman of OSK Holdings Berhad said, "The response to this Small Cap Roadshow has been very encouraging, both from the participating companies and retail investors. OSK has demonstrated its commitment to provide the investing public better access to information by publishing the Top Malaysian Small Cap Companies - 100 Hidden Jewels earlier this year. This roadshow has further established our enthusiasm to conduct more such events for the benefit of the local capital market".

Yusli also urged more brokers and remisiers to take a more proactive stance in promoting the capital market to retail investors. "Today, the investor has more asset class options. The bottom line is our intermediaries need to learn how to seize the day and mine the market for the jewels that could be of interest to customers."

The Bursa Malaysia-OSK Small Cap Roadshow commenced in July this year and spanned a total of ten cities. It concludes tomorrow in Kuala Lumpur.