Published on: Sunday, January 23, 2011
Kota Kinabalu: Melilea International on Saturday launched its Sabah regional centre, which is also the fifth regional office in the country, at its premises in KK Times Square here.
Its Founder-Group Chairman, Datuk Dr Alan Wong, said the multinational corporation has invested RM5 million to set up the brand new centre in Sabah to provide support and services to health, beauty and organic living enthusiasts.
"The other four regional offices in Malaysia are in Kuala Lumpur as the main headquarters, Johor Baru, Penang and Kuching.
"This Melilea Sabah regional centre is a brand new six-storey centre that is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and full-fledged services, such as inner and outer beauty centre, spa and recreational centre, as well as business training and development facilities," he said after opening the centre.
Melilea, which was founded in Malaysia in 2002, spread its wings to Sabah in 2003.
Also present were Melilea Business Fellowship (MBF) Presidents - Chong Nyen San and Doris Tan Ah Eng, Melilea Business Associate (MBA) President Janice Wong Lee Thing, MBA Vice-President Johnny Ting Sing Jung and its Senior Business Development Manager, Ian Tau Tze Giam.
Dr Wong said he hoped the 36,000 Melilea members in Sabah would make full use of the facilities available in the centre here to explore their entrepreneurial potentials and capabilities.
He said the centre will provide business partners with comprehensive and professional support and also serve as a firm foundation for their businesses.
"I do hope the Melilea members in the State would think globally and not limit themselves because Malaysia and Sabah have talents and capabilities that can be polished to become successful entrepreneurs and business leaders.
"Be familiar with the rapid development of information technology like Internet and use this facility to do this business at home especially for career-minded and educated women who have to stop working to raise and care for their children.
"They can still generate income for themselves and families when engaging in our online purchasing of products and they do not have to worry about the delivery of the ordered products as such service is also available for them," he said.
Dr Wong said the multinational, which has about 300,000 members in the nation, generated a total sales volume of about RM100 million yearly and that the regional centre in Kota Kinabalu registered sales of about RM1 million per month.
In facing competition with existing health supplementary companies, Dr Wong said some of its competitors are selling products whose main source does not come from organic farming compared to Melilea.
"We have a range of functional organic products which are made from naturally pure and clean vegetables, fruits, grains and herbs and the raw materials are planted in our organic farm plantations in the United States.
"I assure you that our raw materials are cultivated on fertile soil and we do not use pesticides to grow our non-polluted crops.
That is why we do not plant our raw materials in Asia because the soil is contaminated by a common synthetic pesticide known as DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane)," he said.