Mah Sing Launches DC Hub@Southville City With Bridge Data Centres

Mah Sing Group Berhad (Mah Sing) maiden entry into the data centre sector sees the launch of Mah Sing DC Hub@Southville City, with its first partner Bridge Data Centres (BDC).

Bridge Data Centres (BDC) is primarily owned by Bain Capital.  

Mah Sing Group has earmarked 150acres of land bank at Southville City for further expansion into a leading Data Centre Hub with planned capacity of up to 500MW. While this is Mah Sing’s initial venture into the data centre sector, the collaboration with BDC on the initial 17.55 acres of land for a data centre with planned capacity of up to 100MW is just the beginning.

Mah Sing envisions Mah Sing DC Hub@ Southville City as a holistic digital infrastructure ecosystem, meticulously designed to accommodate the demands of AI, hyperscale, retail, and enterprise service providers.  This state-of-the-art facility specifically engineered to support cutting-edge applications like AI computation and large-scale data storage.

Consequently, Mah Sing DC Hub is poised to attract a diverse clientele, including leading technology corporations, telecommunication giants, and prominent financial institutions. This strategic move underscores Mah Sing’s commitment to enhancing Malaysia’s digital infrastructure, further driving technological innovation and economic growth in the region.

The collaboration agreement was signed by Benjamin Ong, Mah Sing’s Property Subsidiaries CEO and Eric Fan, President Bridge Data Centres, witnessed by Dato’ Sri Haji Fadillah Yusof, Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister cum Minister of Energy Transition and Water Transformation (PETRA), Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Leong Hoy Kum, Mah Sing’s Founder and Group Managing Director and Patrick Png, BDC’s VP of Solutions, APAC.

For this first partnership, Mah Sing will contribute and reserve 17.55 acres land for this data centre with planned capacity of up to 100MW. This partnership will design and develop the data centre facilities and infrastructure, including securing necessary approvals and planning permission. Strategically located just 19 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Southville City is a mature township with the essential infrastructure to support this major development.

Mah Sing DC Hub@Southville City is less than 50km from Telekom Malaysia’s (TM) upcoming new cable landing station in Morib, Selangor for the SEA-ME-WE-6 submarine cable system which will provide TM with one of the lowest latency routes connecting Malaysia with the rest of the world.  With this proximity, Mah Sing DC Hub@Southville City will be able to provide dark fiber network for the data centre hub.

Expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2025, TM’s Morib landing station will be a key landing site for Malaysia. Mah Sing DC Hub@Southville City’s locational advantage is compounded by the 20km proximity to the existing data centre hubs of both Cyberjaya and Bukit Jalil, creating a strategic triangle of data centre hubs.

Deputy Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Fadillah Yusof at the event said, “This joint venture initiative between Mah Sing and BDC aligns with Malaysia’s digital transformation agenda and economic growth, reinforcing the nation’s position as a prime location for data centre investment in the Asia Pacific region. It also reflects the strong confidence and trust that investors have in our strategic and supportive environment.

“The establishment of a cutting-edge data centre in Southville City will meet the growing demand for digital infrastructure, positioning Malaysia as the digital hub of ASEAN.  Our government’s proactive policies and incentives, such as the establishment of a smart grid and the push for renewable energy, further strengthen this initiative. By fostering innovation and creating substantial economic opportunities, this project will accelerate our progress towards becoming a high-income nation and solidify our standing as a leading digital economy in the region.”

Eric Fan, President of Bridge Data Centres expressed confidence in the collaboration, “With Southville City’s locational advantage for data centres, we are confident of end users’ interest. We can harness Malaysia’s superior infrastructure, skilled workforce, and prime geographic location to offer top-tier data centre services. This initiative not only boosts our operational capabilities but also highlights Malaysia’s increasing significance as a digital hub in the Asia Pacific region.”

Meanwhile, Tan Sri Leong Hoy Kum emphasising the strategic importance of the project said, “Southville City is an ideal location for a data centre hub, strategically positioned in a triangle with Bukit Jalil and Cyberjaya. This placement makes the region a central force in Malaysia’s digital transformation and technological advancement. This venture marks a strategic shift for Mah Sing, diversifying our revenue streams beyond property development which currently covers landed and high-rise residences, townships, offices, retail spaces and an increasing focus on industrial projects.

“Entering the data centre market allows the Group to establish recurring income, crucial for a more resilient financial foundation amidst market fluctuations. This emphasis on expanding recurring income aims to build a sustainable and recession-resistant business model, mitigating risks associated with property development cyclicality.  Beyond Southville City, Mah Sing’s other landbanks, such as MSS Business Park in Sepang, Selangor, which is also close to TM’s upcoming new cable landing station in Morib, present potential for similar data centre collaborations.”

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