投資沉香木只需招會員 老鼠會啃千萬

(八打靈再也2日訊)到柬埔寨投資沉香木發達夢碎,逾千名投資者血本無歸,損失總額高達1500萬令吉!

據了解,此計劃雖說是投資沉香木園林,但基本上投資者的“回酬”都是來自介紹會員入會,並從新會員的投資金中抽佣。投資形式和最近出現爭議的“老鼠會”投資手法相近。

在這項計劃下,要成為代理員,首先需繳付100美元(約343令吉)入會費,然后開始招募工作,每招募一名代理員,即可獲一次20美元(約68令吉)的佣金;每找到一名投資者,則依照代理員的等級,在投資者所投資的數額中抽取佣金。

只要找到新會員投資,代理即可獲高達12%的紅利;每年的投資回酬也被指可達30%,令許多人為之瘋狂。此這計劃已活躍至少5年,相信投資者過千,投資金額保守估計高達1500萬令吉。

今年6月,一些投資者在合約屆滿后,不但拿不回成本,也拿不到回酬,甚至代理也拿不到佣金;到了8月,負責人關閉了投資網站,此投資泡狀正式宣告破碎,千人血本無歸。

逾10名投資者今日通過人民公正黨靈南區國會議員許來賢揭發此事,警惕大眾提防這個國際投資陷阱。

投資者及代理員,也向有關投資計劃的負責人提出4項訴求,包括要他現身並為此投資計劃負上全責。

這項名為“柬埔寨沉香木”的投資計劃(Uni-Agrow Series 0809),是一個“代理式”投資(Agency Plan),由代理員從事招募投資者在柬埔寨投資一個沉香木園林;投資人的資本據說獲園林和國際保本機構拉丁美洲私人基金會(LAPIF)作為抵押擔保, 合約為期3年。

柬上議員王室是合夥人

陳定添說,投資者對該計劃有信心,除了因為葉姓負責人的知名度,也因為該計劃有一名柬埔寨上議員和王室為合夥人。

他說,除了沉香木投資,有關負責人還在很多領域有投資,包括香港電影業、印度博彩業和中國屋業等,還接受過很多雜誌採訪。

“還有一名柬埔寨上議員和王室為合夥人,令我們更加有信心。”

陳定添指出,投資者曾應約到柬埔寨考察園林,也獲得該名上議員和王室招待。

“負責人在開齋節后就聯絡不上,我們要他出來交代清楚,如何處理投資款額?因為這些投資款額都用園地做擔保,投資者又是園地擁有者,理應有權利取回我們的資本。”

陳定添說,保守估計,個人最高損失的款額,約20萬美金,交易都以美金進行。

《中國報》聯絡葉姓負責人,卻聯絡不上,無法取得回應。

代理員分4等級

代理員分4個等級,等級最低為投資顧問,可抽取6%的投資佣金,升級到高級投資顧問可抽8%、投資經理10%,到最高的高級投資經理12%。

計劃最吸引人投資的是提供投資者每年30%回酬,平均每月2.5%,且在合約屆滿后,可以取回投資成本,最低的投資數額為購買一個單位,價格1000美元(約3430令吉)。

適逢今年6月,很多合約屆滿后,投資者都拿不回成本,也拿不到回酬,而負責招募業務的代理也拿不到佣金;到了8月,負責人還關閉了投資網站涉及1500萬令吉的交易。

每月至少獲1000回酬

投資者每月至少可以獲得1000令吉至2000令吉的回酬,最多甚至達數千元美金。

投資者發言人陳定添(56歲,商人)說,該計劃于2009年推出,他購買了10個單位,即1萬美元(約3萬4300令吉),2012年和2013時反應不錯。

“起初每月有1000令吉至2000令吉的回酬,慢慢越做越大,每月有數千元美金。”

他說,6月出現問題后,投資者設法與葉姓計劃負責人交涉但不果,更關閉投資者的戶頭,甚至關閉投資網站,躲起來不肯會見投資者,信息也不回。

“我們通過許來賢要求負責人在10月31日見面,對方沒有出現,還報警說不認識我們,沒有拿過我們的錢,也和計劃沒有關係。”

投資網站關閉資金變“零”

基于投資者是通過網站交易,包括記錄投資數額和紅利、佣金、投資者資料以及合約,代理資料也是通過網站將利益轉賬至銀行戶頭,關閉網站等同投資者所有資金都變成“零”。

根據合約內容,負責人必須維持這個網站至所有投資合約屆滿為止。

許來賢建議嚴管投資網站

許來賢說,他將在下次國會會議上,建議政府嚴厲管制投資網站,保障投資人的利益。

他說,負責人一聲不響關閉投資網站,造成投資者血本無歸,這些錢還是投資者的“棺材本”,令人同情。

“據悉這個投資公司的戶頭設在香港,總公司則設在巴拿馬。”

許來賢說,由于部分投資者已針對此事報案,希望警方採取行動,調查該公司是否合法註冊。

“我也希望公司負責人站出來向投資者作出交代,商討解決方案。”

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Click ” http://www.johorbahruinfo.com/hedge-fund/agarwood.pdf ” …. for further reading

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13 Viets held for stealing agarwood

11 July 2014,Butterworth, Malaysia : Thirteen Vietnamese have been arrested for illegally possessing 5kg of agarwood.

The Penang Forestry Department caught them during a raid on a house in Simpang Ampat in south Seberang Prai in an hour-long operation which ended at 1am yesterday.

Department director Rosli Jamaluddin said the raiding party found 5kg of agarwood and equipment believed to have been used to chop the wood in the house.

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Remand order: The 13 Vietnamese being taken to the magistrate’s court in Nibong Tebal.

He said the suspects, aged between 20 and 45, comprised six women and seven men.

He said the raid was conducted following a tip-off.

The suspects were later brought to the magistrate’s court here where a remand order was obtained to detain them for four days.

The case is being investigated under Section 68 of the National Forestry Act 1984 (amended 1993), which carries a maximum RM50,000 fine, a jail term of up to five years or both.

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Inoculated wood

The longer you leave the injected / inoculated wood, the better the quality. Ideally 2 years waiting time is commercially accepted, however one may let it be longer time for better resin formation of the man made inoculated wood.

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7 years injected

Someone forwarded a question what if the inoculated tree is left for 20 years? I have not seen the real sample yet, i don’t comment.

Someone told if the tree is strong enough, the healing process will eventually recover the injured part and overtime the resin formation will disappear through recovery process. This makes the agarwood (resinous heartwood) disappear if not harvested in a proper time.

The other saying which contradicts the above-mentioned statement…. Agarwood trees are stupid species, when they become injured or infected with mould, a dark resinous heartwood is form. Prior to infection, the heartwood is relatively light and pale coloured; however, as the infection progresses, the tree produces a dark aromatic resin in response to the attack, which results in a very dense, dark, resin embedded heartwood. As a result, the resinous heartwood formation blocks the nutrient passage in Xylem and Phloem. So, Agarwood trees are silly plant, blocking its own nutrient passages in the wound, commiting suicide. In this case, Agarwood will remain in the trees, eventhough the trees die naturally.

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Sustainable way in Cambodia

Watch this video … how to harvest the agarwood in sustainable way without chopping down the tree. This video was linked from Youtube and uploaded by Ensar. Credit to Ensar for his hardwork for sharing his video.

 

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Looking for Agarwood seeds

 

Agarwood seeds season in Thailand is coming … from end of April until end of June. Agarwood seeds have its harvesting season, in Thailand from May to June, or late by July.

Picture3The seeds will last only 7~10days from the day of collecting, any delay will affect the germination rate very much. Some people keep the seeds in controlled temperature environment to prolong the storage, maximum is 2 months. The seeds are not good. But, trader will not tell you this.

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‘Gaharu’ thefts in Perak, Malaysia

IPOH Feb 2014 : There has been an alarming increase in the number of foreigners encroaching on state forests and stealing precious wood, says the Perak Forestry Department yesterday.

Its director, Datuk Roslan Ariffin, said 10 foreigners and two locals were nabbed trying to smuggle gaharu from the Royal Belum State Park in three incidents recently.

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Vehicle loaded with agarwood grade B and C which was estimated worth RM500,000 wood stolen from forest Royal Belum.

“In the first arrest last Thursday, the Perak Anti-Smuggling Unit stopped four foreigners at Sungai Lebey Bandariang in Gerik and found gaharu on them.”

In the second arrest on Saturday, a foreigner driving a four-wheel-drive was caught in Jalan Timur Barat Gerik-Jeli at 4.30pm.

On the same day, seven men, including five foreigners, were arrested in Bersia, Gerik, at 8.30pm.

“All suspects are aged between 25 and 35, and the gaharu seized are worth RM2 million,” Roslan said, adding that the total amount of gaharu seized were 400kg.

Part of the 400kg of ‘ fragrance wood‘gaharu’gaharu’ worth RM2 million seized by the Perak Forestry Department.

Roslan urged villagers staying near the forest areas to be the department’s eyes and ears to keep such illegal activities in check.

My personal point of view, having judged on the photo, the wood will never ever bid for such high of price. These woods are of lower incense grade, or better still go into distillation pot. Most probably the confiscated woods could be open for public auction at much higher price…. but who wants them? or officers will be rewarded higher bonus end of the year for their hard work in protecting the natural resources.

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Agarwood in Sri Lanka

Sadaharitha Plantations to promote Agarwood cultivation in Ingiriya

Sri Lanka, Daily News 22 Jan 2014….
One of Sri Lanka’s leading commercial forestry companies Sadaharitha Plantations Limited, which is in the process of promoting Agarwood cultivation has set up the largest nursery in the world at Ingiriya that could accommodate one million plants.

“The company plan is to be one of the leading Agarwood exporters by 2022 in the world and the company has signed a forward selling agreement with a Western Australian company Wescorp, the largest producer of Sandalwood and Agarwood in the world,” its Chairman and Managing Director Sathis Nawarathna said.

He said that Saddhartha Plantations is now involved in research on the tree with government patronage.Therefore the Treasury has provided Rs 11.5 million through the National Research Council to conduct research on this tree for a three year period to promote this on a commercial basis.

The company is in the process of propagating Agar wood cultivation in Sri Lanka under an out-grower model, which was a very successful project to draw high levels of foreign exchange to the country, Nawarathna said.

He said that at present there are more than 20,000 investors registered with Sadaharitha Plantations and more than 2000 acres of land that has been cultivated with Teak, sandalwood, Rambutan and their latest plant is Agarwood.

The company’s main objective is to protect the environment by promoting commercial forestry. Therefore, they only select the barren lands for their projects, which consists Agar wood cultivation under the “Divi Neguma” scheme, he said.

Sadaharitha Plantation Limited has managed to maintain its market leadership position in this investment category for the past ten years by delivering their promise to the customers year on year in the form of benefits rewards and return in investments, he said.

Speaking on the company’s plans and performance its Chief Executive Director, H.K. Rohana said that their commercial plantations are managed international standards and feasible for the Sri Lankan environment.

“Investors for these plantation would be able to fetch a premium prices in the global market in the future.”

“Any prospective investor could invest for a ten perch to one acre and above land plots and the company will guarantee the return on investment for a tree for a minimum of Rs 25,000, after eight years of maturity. (for an Agarwood tree.)

“For Sandalwood tree it takes three to four years for maturity and for Teak tree it is seven years to mature. Both of them are guaranteed of high return on investments,” he added.

z_pv-Sadaharitha-04The company started in 12 years ago embarked on a project to promote a green economy in Sri Lanka by way of encouraging investments in commercial forestry. “Today all of our lands have obtained the ISO 14001 quality certification and it is the first and the only company in this category in Sri Lanka to receive this prestigious certification,” he added.

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