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Encik Suhadi Sulaiman and Encik Noor Azirhan Sahat officially launches PLC

CMS Launches New Eco-Friendly Portland Limestone Cement

Kuching (Sarawak), Tuesday, 13 November 2018 –  Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMSB – 2852), the State’s leading infrastructure facilitator, is pleased to announce that its Cement Division, today achieved another major milestone with the official launch of its new eco-friendly product – the Portland Limestone Cement (PLC).

Officiating the launch was Head of CMS Cement Division, Encik Suhadi Sulaiman accompanied by other senior officials from UNIMAS, CIDB, JKR, SHEDA, consultants, associations, cement dealers and customers.

Encik Suhadi Sulaiman in his opening speech, said: “Today, we are proud to launch our Portland Limestone Cement (PLC). It has always been our intention to give our customers options by offering products that will meet their various requirements and budgets. While our flagship product, the Portland Cement 42.5N is an all-purpose product that can be used for all type of structures, the Portland Limestone Cement (PLC) with a strength class of 32.5N is targeted for low-rise concrete structures such as single storey residential, office and commercial buildings. Its high workability and plasticity, makes the PLC ideal for plastering, bricklaying and is less susceptible to cracks during its drying process. It can also be used for construction of drains and rural or kampong roads. We are also quite excited by its potential as a binder for soil stabilisation. As we all know, Sarawak has vast areas with soft soil conditions and this has always present a huge challenge for construction works. Early trials done with UNIMAS on soil stabilisation have indicated that the PLC have certain properties which makes it ideal for use in such conditions. The best part of all is that PLC is priced lower than the Portland Cement 42.5N and our hope is that in some small way the PLC will help to make construction in Sarawak more economical.”

The event also included speakers from UNIMAS, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor Dr Mohammad Ibrahim Safawi bin Mohd Zain who presented a topic on Lightweight Foam Concrete. He said, “UNIMAS has been undertaking extensive research on lightweight concrete with the main objective to use it for rural construction and hence the introduction of foam concrete to the local industries in Sarawak is timely, especially in addressing problems related to construction in peat or soft soil.”

The second speaker was Mr Yeo Shih Horng of Concrete Material Consultant (YSH Advanced Engineering & Structures) who spoke on ultra-high performance concrete, which is a class of concrete defined by its exceptionally high strength and durability.

Before the event came to a close, the guests were treated to a product demonstration by the CMS Cement Division’s Quality and R&D team on the application of PLC.

Taking almost two years to develop the PLC is an eco-friendly product, manufactured by grinding a special blend of clinker, gypsum and high-quality limestone under stringent quality control. It is ground to a higher fineness resulting in better water retention, cohesiveness and higher workability in mortar and concrete. This makes the PLC a highly versatile product that will give its users multiple benefits such as better workability, smoother finishing, improved cohesiveness, reduced bleeding, easy to mix, improved slump retention and good flowability. The PLC will be priced at RM10.00 – RM12.00 lower (subject to locations) than the Portland Cement 42.5N, thus allowing its users greater economies.

By offering more options in terms of product types, applications and prices, CMS Cement strives to continue its role since its establishment in 1974 as a strong and reliable supporter of the construction industry and development of Sarawak.

CMS has three cement plants, namely: The Pending Grinding Plant in Kuching, the Mambong Integrated Plant and Bintulu Grinding Plant. Both the Pending and Bintulu grinding plants have direct access to port facilities enabling CMS to export efficiently and economically both bagged and bulk cement to any location. Besides the three plants, CMS also has two bulk terminals at Sibu and Miri whereby bulk cement is shipped using dedicated all-weather bulk cement barges each fitted with a fully enclosed dust free pneumatic system and cargo holds fitted with aeration panels and a fluidised transport system. These investments are part and parcel of CMS’ commitment to ensure uninterrupted supply of cement to the construction industry in Sarawak.

To view/download PLC 32.5N Brochure: click here or http://cement.cmsb.com.my/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/PLC-32.5N-Brochure-8.11.2018.pdf

The fire victims sharing their experiences of that fateful day

CMS Comes To The Aid Of Four Fire Victims’ Families

Kuching (Sarawak), Friday, 2 November 2018 – Consistent with Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad’s support of the communities in which it operates, CMS and its wholly-owned subsidiary CMS Cement Industries Sdn Bhd have donated RM15,000 to four families whose houses were burned down, losing their much loved and sentimental possessions to the fire. Thankfully, there was no loss of life or serious injuries.

A ceremony was held at the site of the tragedy where Encik Suhadi bin Sulaiman, Head of CMS Cement Division presented the cheques to the family members gathered in a spirit of camaraderie and togetherness.

The fire broke out on 16th October 2018 at Kampung Bintawa Hilir, Kuching, where three houses were completely burnt whilst another house was partially burnt.

Speaking about the tragedy, Encik Suhadi, said: “At CMS, we’re doing what we can to help these families get back on their feet at what is a very difficult time. Anyone who has lost their property to fire or a natural disaster knows that they have lost more than just a house – they have a lost a home.”

“Despite losing so much, materially, we are humbled by their positive attitude during such a difficult time – they are an inspiration to us all.”

According to one of the family members affected, Encik Sabeli bin Bujang, said: “Speaking on behalf of both myself and my neighbours, I am grateful to CMS for coming to our aid. This contribution will go a long way to help us rebuild our lives.”

CMS is committed in being a driver of holistic Community Social Responsibility, not only through the change in the lives of individuals but also in the lives of the entire communities.

CMS Reports Vital Miri-Marudi Road Rehabilitation Is Ahead Of Schedule And On Track For Q2 2019 Completion

CMS Reports Vital Miri-Marudi Road Rehabilitation Is Ahead Of Schedule And On Track For Q2 2019 Completion

Kuching (Sarawak), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 – Confronting adverse weather conditions and braving rough terrain, the team at CMS is proud to report that works are ahead of schedule and they anticipate the project to be completed on-time by the second quarter of 2019.

As of 25th October 2018, rehabilitation of the 43.2km road connecting Miri to Marudi is almost 5% ahead of its original 30-month schedule with 87% of the road rehabilitation complete.

Speaking about the update, Mr Goh Chii Bing, CMSB Group Chief Executive Officer – Operations, said: “We are very conscious of the road’s importance in connecting the communities of Miri and Marudi, and, as the project nears its completion, we are more determined than ever to ensure deadlines are met and that the road rehabilitation is finished on spec and on time. Even with the rainy season now upon us, the team is determined to push on because the finish line is in sight”.

“Safety of road users is our primary concern hence we continue to urge the public to adhere to the many safety signages installed along the road, especially with regards to speed limits”, Mr Goh added.

Components of the upgrading process are already finished, with the road’s base works, cement stabilisation works and pipe culvert installations all complete. The focus now is to intensify premixing the road surface, which is about 60% completed.

CMS’ next quarterly update is forecast for Q1 2019.

Handover-of 18 units of Raintree Square  Commercial Shophouses at The Isthmus to UCSI

Raintree Square Set To Spearhead The Retail And Leisure Scene At The Isthmus

Kuching (Sarawak), Thursday, 11 October 2018 marked a special day in the transformation of The Isthmus as it pivots from a workplace and education point during the day, into a hub of activity at night. Today, UCSI Peterson Properties Sdn Bhd (UCSI) took possession of the keys for 18 units of commercial shophouses at ‘Raintree Square’ from CMS Land Sdn Bhd. It is envisioned that Raintree Square will be the centerpiece and catalyst for leisure and lifestyle in the area. In the last few years, The Isthmus has started to blossom, and this is the latest transformation of an area that will become an iconic venue in Kuching, boasting eateries, retail outlets and entertainment outlets, all set on the backdrop of the majestic Sarawak Riverfront.

Mr Vincent Kueh, Head of CMS Property Development Division handed over a symbolic key to UCSI’s Project Director Mr Goh Tze Meng at the central atrium of Raintree Square.

With the purchase of 18 units of two blocks strata titled 3-storey commercial shophouses at The Isthmus’ Raintree Square, UCSI is looking to expand their existing campus and to accommodate their growing number of curricular activities.

According to Mr Vincent, “The expansion of UCSI into Raintree Square will create fantastic opportunities for complementary businesses such as food & beverage and other attractive retail outlets. It also symbolises the growth of The Isthmus as Kuching’s newest central business district, reflecting the growing confidence of investors to invest in this area”.

The Isthmus is evolving into an exciting and dynamic development where one will see and experience an integrated development with a high-tech business centre, an education centre, a lifestyle food & beverage hub, a convention centre, international hotels, retail malls and shopping outlets.

To cater to the growth of The Isthmus, potential shop-owners/investors are welcome to purchase units at Raintree Square. Raintree Square 3-storey commercial shops are strata titled and ready with Occupational Permit.

Interested investors who want more information, can call 082-237 777, email at sales@cmsp.cmsb.com.my or access www.cmsproperty.com.my.

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The War Against Dengue To Be Taken To A Whole New Level

Kuching (Sarawak), Friday, 28 September 2018 – Whilst PPES Works (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd has for several months taken every preventative measure to eradicate Aedes mosquitoes at their Sarawak Museum Campus and Heritage Trail site, the recent news that six of their onsite staff and three people from surrounding areas had been exposed to dengue has driven the company to take their efforts to the next level.

Andy Lee Kuok Ping, Site Project Manager said, “Let me start by happily confirming that all who were admitted with dengue have now been treated and released from hospital and will make a full recovery. Our teams are visiting them to see how they are doing and bring along fruits as a small “get well soon” gesture. Since September 4th, 2018, we have fogged the area 14 times and have constantly cleared stagnant water, however with the volume and frequency of the rain, the primary drainage system becomes clogged causing new ponding areas which leads to more larvae. With this in mind, we are ramping-up our efforts to an almost military-like campaign to help protect everyone in the area to the best of our abilities.”

Fogging alone does not kill the larvae, it just chases away the mosquitoes. So, while PPES Works and CMSB have engaged a private contractor to conduct mosquito fogging now daily, they are also funding a greater counteroffensive in the war on dengue with new initiatives and weapons.

  1. Every personnel who enters the area must be properly attired, will receive mosquito patches and will be sprayed by a non-aerosol water-based mosquito repellent.
  2. Every morning, a team of 20 people comprising general site staff and safety officers will comb for hotspots, deploy anti-mosquito larvae chemicals and dispose of stagnant water.
  3. Every Saturday there will be a Gotong-Royong featuring 70 staff and subcontractor workers to search and destroy potential mosquito breeding ground.
  4. Hiring of additional water pumps to drain areas where post rain ponding occurs.

Speaking about the above and beyond aspect of the anti-dengue campaign, Jason Lee, Head of Corporate Reputation and Communications said, “We will be initiating talks with the Museum for long-term solutions such as the planting of massive amounts of Citronella and Marigold plants. These plants do not ward off mosquitoes, but they do mask the scent (carbon dioxide emissions of breath) of humans so that the mosquitoes cannot detect and infect humans. There are other options that can be deployed such as the introduction of guppies or ikan longkang to eat the larvae in the more permanent ponding areas. As a final measure, we will be hiring an external third-party health and safety inspector to join us on a weekly or fortnightly site visit to see how else we can wipe out dengue in this area.”

“CMSB wants to be a true corporate citizen that makes life changing differences to people’s lives. Just fogging and chasing away the mosquitoes on a temporary basis will not achieve our long-lasting and life-changing goals. For that reason, we want to do it properly. Hopefully, our actions will help educate people in the surrounding area and also raise the bar for other contractors and developers to follow. This long-lasting and life-changing goals concept forms the basis of our soon to be launched new, holistic CSR programme,’ concluded Jason.