Bursa Malaysia started the New Year on a weak note yesterday, bucking the regional trend, as investors locked in profits from a rally on the last trading day of 2011. It was the only market in the Asia Pacific that slumped yesterday, with profit-taking in banking stocks steering the key FBM KLCI index 17.19 points, or 1.12%, lower to 1,513.14. The overall market was mixed, with many second and third liners making gains. Gainers led losers by 446 to 325 while 278 counters were flat. Turnover surged to 1.604 billion shares worth RM1.406 billion compared with last Friday’s 1.329 billion shares worth RM1.527 billion.