Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tune Money's revamped portal goes live

29 December 2009

PETALING JAYA: As the company is in full swing towards a rebranding of its products and services scheduled for the first quarter of 2010, Tune Money Sdn Bhd has given a sneak preview of what's to come with the launch of its newly revamped and enhanced website portal, www.tunemoney.com.

The new portal was designed and developed to provide simple, user-friendly and reliable electronic access to users, customers and visitors.

Safety and security is an emphasis in terms of customers' data protection.

Tune Money CEO Joyce Lai said: "We have spent the past 12 months reassessing, remodelling and strategising our business and the enhanced portal is our first step in rebranding our products and services to the market. As an online-centric business, an interesting and user-friendly online interface is key in keeping our loyal existing customers and acquire new ones. With the economy heading towards full recovery, there is so much potential in the online financial services business that Tune Money is in, where we seek to capture the growing working class and middle-income group."

"We would like to encourage everyone to come and visit Tune Money's new portal at www.tunemoney.com to experience the enhanced new features. With easy navigation and browsing, visitors can also customize their preferred font size besides accessing the complete information on our products. Do check out or new loyalty and reward programmes too where you will find many interesting stuff," added Lai.

She said the portal will be Tune Money's main marketing, branding and communication tool to reach out to customers and everyone who is interested in its products and services, as well as partners and the public at large.

Tune Money is a one-stop financial services company which offers affordable prepaid cards under the Visa brand name and insurance products. Tune Money was set up in 2005 with the aim of eventually creating an online Tune consumer community together with its sister companies Tune Hotels.com and Tune Talk. In the long run, the plan is to integrate the Tune consumer community with that of AirAsia, the world's best low cost airline that shares the same co-owners and founders with the Tune Group in Dato' Sri Tony Fernandes and Dato' Kamarudin Meranun.

"We are continuously reviewing and improving the site so we welcome all comments and feedback.

We strive towards providing excellent service to our customers and ensuring that they have a pleasant and exciting experience online is our commitment," added Lai.

Daily Express

AirAsia’s Tony Fernandes rules out bid for West Ham

29 December 2009

LONDON— Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes has ruled out making a bid for his favourite football club West Ham, as he is busy running the Lotus Formula One team.

He had fuelled speculation that he could launch a bid to buy the east London-based English Premier League club, as he attended the match between the side and Portsmouth last week.

Fernandes, the founder of budget airline AirAsia, also met West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola after the match, reported The Telegraph.

The entrepreneur, however, ruled out making a bid for the club as he is busy running an F1 team — the 45-year-old is Lotus’ team principal for next season.

The paper also revealed that he held detailed discussions with West Ham chairman Andrew Bernhardt on a previous occasion, but apparently they did not bear fruit.

Fernandes’ decision to distance himself from any takeover talk has been a source of great regret at West Ham, as the innovative businessman is regarded by many as an exciting potential investor.

Still, he admitted that he might be tempted to make a move but did not indicate that it would be any time soon.

CB Holding, the company set up by the creditors of West Ham’s former owner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson, has appointed Rothschild bank to deal with potential investors.

Talks have taken place with a number of parties, including former Birmingham City co-owner David Sullivan, although his bid of around £46 million (RM253 million) falls short of the bank’s valuation of the club.

CB Holding insists it is under no pressure to sell and has a three-year plan to retain ownership of West Ham if it does not find the right investor. However, it is also aware that new funding would help create greater stability.

The Straits Times