Indonesian group invests in Malaysian healthcare tech startup

Chevy-Beh-hamamiSHAH ALAM: The Hamami Family, ranked as one of the richest in Indonesia by Forbes, has invested in BookDoc, a healthcare technology start-up which has its headquarters in Malaysia.

The Hamami Family owns Trakindo Utama, which had been one of the most successful heavy equipment dealers in Indonesia, in addition to business interests in mining, Carl’s Jr. burger restaurants franchise and Loka supermarkets.

BookDoc founder and chief executive officer Chevy Beh said BookDoc welcomes the Hamami Family as a strategic investor as well as a business partner in Indonesia and he hoped that this latest partnership will help it navigate through the unique business and consumer landscape with intricacies that are different from the existing markets of BookDoc, namely Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand.

Beh said the investment of the Hamami Family came after that of the investments made by the Stanley Ho family of Macau and Prince Abdul Qawi of Brunei over the past 18 months.

He however, did not disclose the latest investment amount but confirmed that it valued BookDoc at double-digit US million.

“We have been looking at the Indonesian market, and the entry of the Hamami family comes at an opportune time and is hugely strategic for us. The BookDoc’s solutions: search & book healthcare professionals and rewards for active lifestyle, offer much convenience and incentives to the general public.

“At the same time, we are implementing commercial applications for human resource, insurance and the retail space. While these are taking place, we are already planning the next step to bring such solutions into new markets, and Indonesia is one of them,” he added.

Beh said, since its inception in October 2015, BookDoc has established an integrated online ecosystem for local and overseas health travellers.

The ecosystem allows users to search and book healthcare professionals anytime and anywhere, and is integrated seamlessly with navigation (Google Map, Waze), transport (Grab, Uber, AirAsia), accommodation (Agoda, Airbnb), he said.