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Top 10 Employers of Choice 2019 Cert

Cahya Mata Sarawak Admired By Sarawakian Workforce as Among the Top 4 Preferred Employers

Kuching (Sarawak), Thursday, 13 June 2019 – JobStreet recently conducted a survey of over 1,000 Sarawakian jobseekers to find out the desirable companies to work for in 2019. The survey highlighted that Sarawakian jobseekers are interested in career development, fair compensation, company reputation and values the most. These are the same key pillars that Cahya Mata Sarawak (CMS) strives for, in their journey towards being Sarawak’s most admired company.

One of the biggest selling points in recruitment is career pathing and this is clearly evident in CMS’ ‘Management Trainee Development Programme’ where candidates are given an opportunity to rotate in different departments to gain insight and appreciation of the various job functions within the company. The second thing candidates look out for is a company that cares for the community in which it operates, something that CMS has been doing for many years. Employees at CMS have contributed 363,926 hours in the last 12 years through their ‘Doing Good’ initiatives, lending a hand and improving the lives of communities throughout Sarawak. Recently, CMS launched its new community page where nominations for communities in need of help can be submitted to the ‘Doing Good’ team for consideration under their ‘Building Sustainable Communities’ initiative.

Talking about JobStreet’s ‘Top 10 Employers of Choice’ survey, CMSB’s Head of Corporate Reputation & Communications, Jason Lee said, “I’m delighted to hear we are in the top 4 on the survey. Having a 13-year long career in CMS myself, shows that I believe in the values that CMS upholds and the number of long service awards we give out is staggering. We are given career development opportunities while being in an environment that makes you feel like you are a part of a family. Such a feeling motivates everyone to bring out their personal best which is integral in the company’s growth so we can remain on track in helping Sarawak achieving a ‘Developed State’ status by 2030.”

Group photo of the CMS Tribal Run 5.0 committee

The Highly Anticipated ‘CMS Tribal Run’ Is Back For Its 5th Season

Kuching (Sarawak), Friday, 17 May 2019 – Speaking on season five of the ‘CMS Tribal Run’, CMS Group Chief Executive Officer – Corporate, Dato Isaac Lugun said, “When we first launched this run, we wanted to raise money for charities and the local communities, in a fun and unique way. The ‘CMS Tribal Run’ has seen thousands of people take part, helping raise money, while dressed in their traditional regalia. Truly showing off Sarawak’s beauty and diversity.”

“At CMS, we are very proud that the CMS Tribal Run is among the very few, if not the only run in Sarawak where 100% of the registration fees are given to charities and the local communities” added Dato Isaac.

This year, the ‘CMS Tribal Run’ will be expanded to cover two zones, to allow even more people to do their bit, raise money and at the same time have fun.

The first flag-off will take place at the Marina Park, Miri on Sunday, 7 July 2019. The Miri event is a 5 km fun run/walk and features many attractive prizes to be won by the top 5 men and women runners.

The second flag-off will be at Wisma Mahmud, Kuching on Sunday, 4 August 2019. For the Kuching event, there will be three categories – 3 km and 5 km fun run/walk and a 10 km competitive race. The top 10 men and women finishers for the 10 km race in Kuching will each receive a prize.

Entry fees for the 3 km, 5 km fun run/walk are RM40.00 and RM45.00 respectively, while for the 10 km competitive race is RM50.00. All categories come with a specially-designed t-shirt and a finisher’s medal.

True to the theme, participants are also encouraged to “Go Tribal”, dressing creatively to showcase the cultural diversity that forms the solidarity and community that is uniquely Sarawak. Prizes will be given to the top 10 most creatively-dressed men and women runners. Apart from race and best outfit prizes, there will also be many lucky draws for grabs.

Register now at To encourage more runners to participate in the CMS Tribal Run 5.0, the closing date has been extended to Sunday, 23 June 2019.

Endorsing this event, Dato Isaac Lugun further added, “In 2018, a total of 3,288 people participated in the CMS Tribal Run 4.0, resulting in a sum of RM136,000.00 being donated to 10 local charities. The encouraging participation from the first time we opened this run to the public five years ago display the community spirit that is prevalent amongst Sarawakians and we hope to be able to attract more runners this year.”

Financials_Integrated Cement Plant Aerial

Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad Reports Improved Earnings for 1Q 2019

Kuching (Sarawak), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 – Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMSB – 2852) is pleased to announce its financial performance for the first quarter ended 31 March 2019 (1Q 2019). The Group reported a total revenue of RM418.18 million and a pre-tax profit (PBT) of RM62.44 million for 1Q 2019. Both Revenue and PBT increased by 18% and 10%, respectively, in comparison to the preceding year’s corresponding quarter’s (1Q 2018) revenue of RM354.99 million and PBT of RM56.96 million.

Year-on-year, the Group’s profit after tax and non-controlling interests (PATNCI) of RM40.76 million for 1Q 2019 was 5% higher than RM38.98 million reported for 1Q 2018. Earnings per share (EPS) stood at 3.80 sen versus 3.63 sen from the corresponding three-month period of last year.

The improvement in the Group’s financial performance during this period was mainly due to the strong performance by its traditional core businesses, namely Cement Division, Construction Materials & Trading Division and Property Development Division.

The Group’s Cement Division reported a PBT of RM11 million for 1Q 2019, an improvement by 67% in comparison to 1Q 2018’s PBT of RM6.57 million. The improved performance was mainly due to higher revenue, as sales volume of both cement and concrete products increased by 9% and 70% respectively. During this period, the Division also sustained lower production cost for clinker due to its higher production volume as well as lower repair costs of its plant. In 1Q 2018, there was a major overhaul of the Division’s ageing clinker plant which has since improved the plant’s performance and reliability.

The Construction Materials & Trading Division also reported a strong PBT of RM20.98 million for 1Q 2019, 128% higher than the PBT of RM9.19 million for 1Q 2018. The higher PBT was attributable to 20% higher revenue, 2% higher gross profit margin and a reversal of a provision of RM9 million. Even without the reversal of provision, the Division’s PBT for 1Q 2019 of RM11.98 million would have been 30% stronger than the corresponding three-month period of last year.

The Construction & Road Maintenance Division reported a PBT of RM15.33 million in 1Q 2019, 15% lower than 1Q 2018’s PBT of RM18.13 million (excluding share of results of joint ventures), despite 17% higher revenue. This was mainly due to 4% lower overall gross profit margin as a result of cost revisions in project and higher road maintenance costs.

The Group’s Property Development Division reported a PBT of RM15.08 million in 1Q 2019 in comparison to 1Q 2018’s PBT of RM2.00 million, representing an increase by 654%. This was mainly attributable to a recognition of profit of RM10.90 million from a land sale, higher number of condominium units sold and higher rental income from unsold apartments.

For its share of profit from associates, the Group recorded a lower share of RM13.35 million for 1Q 2019 in comparison to 1Q 2018’s share of RM36.05 million. This was due to lower contribution by most of the Group’s associates.

Commenting on the results, CMSB’s Group Chief Executive Officer – Corporate, Dato Isaac Lugun, said: “The strong performance for the first quarter of this year is in line with our projections and expectations of a full rebound once businesses and other economic factors had normalised post GE14. Our traditional core businesses, particularly our Cement Division lead the charge. Going forward, we expect the rebound to continue and to be driven by the ongoing Pan Borneo Highway project and the State government’s increased spending on infrastructure. As seen in the State’s record budget for 2019, RM9.07 billion is spent on development which in part will fund the implementation of major infrastructure projects including the Coastal Road and Second Link Road, tenders for which have started being awarded, the Water Grid and Electricity projects and the State government’s push for rural development. This ensures that the State will be a pocket of increased construction activity in Malaysia for the next few years.”

“Going forward, we are also confident on our strategic investments and particularly OM Sarawak Sdn Bhd, the Group’s second largest PATNCI contributor in 2018, and SACOFA Sdn Bhd to continue to be significant contributors. Although OM Sarawak’s prospects in the immediate-term are challenging due to the trade war between China and the US and the expected slowdown of China’s economy, the Group remains confident on its longer-term prospects due to its strong underlying fundamentals. The Group also remains positive on SACOFA as it aims to capitalise on the State’s push to fully embrace the Digital Economy with an allocation of RM2 billion for telco-infrastructure. Both OM Sarawak and SACOFA, alongside our other strategic investments in Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad and KKB Engineering Berhad, are part of our growth strategy for our strategic investments to drive the next wave of growth. The aim of this growth strategy is for our traditional core businesses and our strategic investments to equally contribute to double the Group’s earnings in the next five years.”

“CMSB will continue to maintain its strong growth potential and will remain resilient in spite of certain headwinds we foresee and are ready for. With its healthy balance sheet and diverse portfolio of businesses, the Group is well positioned to benefit in all key economic drivers in Sarawak. We expect this to be through: OM Materials (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd in the Sarawak Corridor for Renewable Energy (SCORE) initiative, SACOFA Sdn Bhd in the State’s push to fully embrace the digital economy and Cement Division, PPES Works (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd and our other construction materials supply companies in the roll-out of the Pan Borneo Highway project and other major infrastructure projects recently announced by the State government.” added Dato Isaac Lugun.

“Continually posting good and strong profits while staying true to our business ethics, transparency and absolute dedication to compliance, Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad, is well on its way to becoming ‘Sarawak’s Most Admired Company’, the company you can trust,” concluded Dato Isaac Lugun.

CMS Roads Sdn Bhd – The Driving Force Behind Rejuvenation Of Kampung Murud Plaman

Accessibility to Education Is a Fundamental Key in ‘Building Sustainable Communities’

Kuching (Sarawak), Thursday, 25 April 2019 – Since Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMSB) launched its ‘Building Sustainable Communities’ initiative under their ‘Doing Good’ CSR banner in March 2019, the company has been continuously searching for communities where they can make a long-term difference in uplifting lives, enhancing lifestyles and creating growth opportunities for the communities they work with.

Recently, a team of 120 CMS Roads Sdn Bhd employees descended on Kampung Murud Plaman, completely renovating a dilapidated community hall which will soon be equipped with a childrens’ library, inclusive of lights and fans. But the company did not stop there. Their next project will see them undertake a school rehabilitation project at SK Engkabang in Saratok.

According to Jason Lee, Head of Corporate Reputation & Communications, “PPESW BPSB JV Sdn Bhd is majority owned by CMSB and under our ‘Building Sustainable Communities’ initiative, we fully support the massive investment by PPESW BPSB JV to completely transform SK Engkabang by enhancing the school’s facilities and to provide significantly more classrooms for children to receive the education they deserve. Education is the largest single pivot to ‘Building Sustainable Communities’.

“Over the course of the next one year, PPESW BPSB JV will be constructing seven new classrooms with attached lavatory facilities to accommodate an additional 245 pupils. In addition, there will be a hostel block for both male and female pupils which can accommodate 20 students respectively. Finally, a single storey teacher’s quarters will also be built. While the total cost is RM2.8 million and will take one year to complete, it is a worthwhile endeavor if we are to prove what we say when we are looking to ‘Build Sustainable Communities’.

The continued focus on ‘Doing Good’ and ‘Building Sustainable Communities’ is beginning to have a positive impact on the company, with people sitting-up and paying attention to CMSB’s efforts, bagging Gold at the 11th Global CSR Summit and Awards earlier this month, followed by a top ten placing in the JobStreet Survey of the most preferred employers in Sarawak. The Group’s reputation is fast growing and transforming them into the most admired company in Sarawak.

CMS Bags Gold At The 11th Global CSR Summit & Awards

Cahya Mata Bags Gold At The 11th Global CSR Summit & Awards

Kuching (Sarawak), Tuesday, 16 April 2019 – Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad’s (CMS) reputational stock continues to fly high these days and is clearly winning the ‘hearts and minds’ of the Sarawakian people, through their increased efforts in setting the bar as a true citizen of the community.

Speaking about CMS’ accomplishments of late, Jason Lee, Head of Reputation & Corporate Communications, CMS said; “While we have been an active CSR force in the community for nearly two decades through our ‘Doing Good’ CSR volunteerism, we have kept pretty low-key about what we do. Now however, other people have started to talk about our work, our efforts and our successes. Third party endorsement is something you just can’t beat. In its truest form, third party testimony is an absolute barometer for the reputation of CMS and the trust people have in CMS.”

“This CSR Leadership Award has been earned by everyone at CMS who have contributed 363,926 man-hours across 393 different projects since we started the initiative 17 years ago. With these kinds of figures, it is no wonder that people are sitting up and taking notice of Cahya Mata Sarawak as the force for positive, lasting change that we are making in the community. We recently launched a CSR Facebook page which has also received incredible positive feedback, garnering over 500 followers and well-wishers in less than 30 days.”

“We invite readers to ‘like’ our Facebook page at and nominate a community where you think CMS ‘Doing Good’ team under the ‘Building Sustainable Communities’ initiative can make positive, long lasting changes to elevate the standard and quality of life of Sarawakians.”

“Reputation and trust are not something that can be bought. We have to work every single day on our ethics, integrity, compliance and corporate citizenship in order to reach our goal of being one of Sarawak’s most admired companies.”