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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Top bereavement care company scoffs at closure rumours

Published: Monday January 27, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM 
Updated: Monday January 27, 2014 MYT 3:23:01 PM

SIBU: NV Alliance Sdn Bhd is experiencing an upturn in its business, contrary to widespread speculation that it was winding up.

The bereavement care company’s Sibu and Kota Kinabalu senior general manager Stella Tang (pic) told The Star at its annual Chinese New Gathering for customers yesterday that the company was developing new markets to cover more areas in the country.

“Yes, I have heard of such talk, which is just rumours to us. We have branches in most parts of the country, which include Kuala Lumpur, Sabah, Penang, Butterworth and we are also currently exploring new markets. As you can see, our company is getting bigger with such development.”

Closer to home, she said its Sibu branch registered burial plot sales amounting to RM16mil last year compared to RM12mil in 2012.

The Sibu branch is the only one in the country with air-conditioned internal urn compartments for Christians.

Tang said NV Alliance was optimistic of another good showing this year.

“For 2014, our headquarters is still looking at how much sales to be achieved. Generally, it will be another smooth year for us.”

She expected people to seize the opportunity to buy burial plots before the implementation of the Goods and Sales Tax (GST) in April next year.

“Now is the best time to purchase burial plots before GST comes into effect.

“One can save substantially before the end of this year. As an example, for RM10,000, you will need to pay RM600 GST.”

The price of its burial plot starts from RM20,000 depending on one’s needs.

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