Bioalpha's expects zero-rated GST to boost product sales

KUALA LUMPUR, June 5 (Bernama) -- Bioalpha Holdings Bhd, a manufacturer of health supplements, expects the zero-rating of Goods and Services Tax (GST), effective June 1, to further boost the domestic demand for its products.

Managing Director William Hon said the domestic market was the company's main growth driver in 2017, with manufacturing and retail pharmacy divisions reporting higher sales.

"We expect this trend to continue in 2018, on the back of increased demand for original design manufacturing products from existing and new customers," he said in a statement today.

In addition, Hon said, Bioalpha would launch several new products in Malaysia, Indonesia and China this year to spur interest and keep the markets excited.

Regarding expansion plans, he said the company was positioning itself to cater for any incoming major orders from existing and new customers.

Land clearing and planting activities are underway at both herbal parks in Pasir Raja, Terengganu, and Desaru respectively.

"We expect to harvest 2,000 tonnes of fresh raw herbs from both herbal parks by 2020. This year, we plan to start harvesting coconuts with 3,000 trees already planted in Desaru Herbal Park.

"We are also adding high-demand crops such as Musang King durian at our Pasir Raja Herbal Park," he said.




UMSC's Interdisciplinary Approach To Easing Pain

By Ainul Huda Mohamed Saaid

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- For people suffering from chronic pain, even simple daily activities like taking a shower and getting dressed can be a torture. Anger, anxiety and even depression may ensue as a result of chronic pain, in view of the limitations they face and the debilitating nature of their condition.

In an exclusive interview with Bernama recently, experts from UM Specialist Centre (UMSC) shed light on pain management, a significant branch in medicine that utilises an interdisciplinary approach in easing the suffering and improving the quality of life of those living with pain.

Neurosurgery expert Dr Nor Faizal Ahmad Bahuri describes pain as an unpleasant sensation that can be felt whenever there is a tissue injury.



UMSC: Pain Management

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