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Setting the Record Straight Once and For All “THERE IS NO CEMENT MONOPOLY IN SARAWAK”


Kuching (Sarawak), Friday, 13 July 2018 – In response to the erroneous and fictitious statements to the media and to the DUN Assembly by Pujut Assemblyman Ting Tiong Choon, CMS Cement Sdn Bhd said:

  1. The accusation that CMS has a cement monopoly in Sarawak has been raised countless times in the last few years and these accusations are as baseless now as they were previously.
  1. There is no cement monopoly in Sarawak, any industry players are free to trade / produce / manufacture at any time.
  1. Many cement industry players have conducted viability studies into opening their own facilities in Sarawak but have found that the cost to set-up the required facilities / production lines / staffing / State-wide haulage is not financially viable, given the size of the State and its challenging terrain.
  1. The decision of the cement industry players to not set-up operations in Sarawak has nothing to do with CMS Cement Sdn Bhd and nor does it have anything to do with them being unable to garner licenses.


Miri Marudi Road Rehabilitation Infographic for Q2 2018

Miri-Marudi Road Ahead Of Schedule despite Heavy Rains, Holiday Seasons and Election Days

Kuching (Sarawak), Thursday, 12 July 2018 – Despite the heavier than normal rains this season, the team at CMS has worked tirelessly to ensure that the Miri-Marudi road rehabilitation progress does not slip and remains ahead of schedule. With an average of over 370 mm of rain this quarter compared to an average of 270 mm last quarter, the challenge for the CMS team was monumental.

Rehabilitation of the 43.2km road connecting Miri to Marudi is progressing well ahead of its original 30-month schedule. By 25 June 2018, the road rehabilitation is already 61.60% complete. The project is scheduled for completion in Q2 2019.

Speaking about the update, Mr Goh Chii Bing, CMSB Group Chief Executive Officer – Operations, said, “I am extremely proud of the way the team intensified their efforts to beat conditions and stay ahead of schedule. This effort is even more impressive given that we had staff on leave for the holiday season and going back to their home constituencies to vote, yet we remained ahead of schedule. The other thing that has to be highlighted is also the team’s efforts to ensure that critical stretches of the road remained as smooth as possible for balik-kampung’ers during Gawai and Hari Raya. Without their round the clock efforts, there would have been a lot more unhappy travellers on the roads.”

The next phase will see the team moving the heavy machinery to the next area while also laying premix from KM16.550 to KM21.550. During this period, there may be some partial road closures from 9.00am to 5.00pm from the 4th of July to the 15th of July. However, CMS has planned to lay the premix one side of the road at a time thus alleviating congestion as much as possible.

Status updates for the project as at 25th June 2018:

  • Scheduled Physical Progress of Road Rehabilitation: 60.47%
  • Actual Physical Progress: 61.60%
  • Ahead of Schedule by 1.13%
  • Premix Surfacing Completed: 15.83km
  • Completed Sub-Base (up to 1st layer): 43.08km
  • Completed Road Base: 31.20km
  • Reinforced Concrete Pipe Culverts: 19 completed out of 21
  • Roadside Drains – Hilly area: 16.0km completed on both sides
  • JKR and Land & Survey Department are assisting with outstanding land matters. However, CMS Roads have been given permission by the land owners to proceed with the works on the affected sections of the road and works are progressing.

CMS Roads’ next planned update on this project is scheduled for Q4 2018.


CMS and IEM Sarawak Sign MoU to Establish Collaborative Relations in Developing Industry-Related Research in Sarawak

Kuching (Sarawak), Tuesday, 3 July 2018 – Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMS) had on 30 June 2018 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (Sarawak Branch) (IEM Sarawak) to establish collaborative relations between the two parties in developing a technical interchange through mutual assistance – with an impetus on industry-related research in Sarawak.

CMS Group Chief Executive Officer – Operations, Mr Goh Chii Bing, signed the MoU on behalf of CMS while IEM Sarawak was represented by its Chairman, Ir. Haidel Heli, witnessed by Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Infrastructure Development and Transportation, YB Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Anak Masing.

Signing of the MoU between CMS and IEM Sarawak is the first step in establishing the collaborative relationship, which includes research, training and exchange of information between the two parties.

According to IEM Sarawak Chairman, Ir. Haidel Heli: “We are happy to sign the MoU with the CMS and are optimistic that the MoU will create many opportunities in industry-related activities and programmes.”

Commenting on the MoU, CMS Group Chief Executive Officer – Operations, Mr Goh Chii Bing, said: “Since its inception, CMS has been at the forefront of developing new channels of industry and fostering new talent and technologies to deliver innovation tailored to the evolving needs of Sarawak. We are confident this collaboration will be of mutual benefit for both CMS and IEM Sarawak.”

Sarawak Museum Campus & Heritage Trail Project achieves Safety Milestone

Sarawak Museum Campus & Heritage Trail project achieves Safety Milestone – 1,000,000 Working Hours Without Injury

Kuching (Sarawak), Monday, 2 July 2018 – Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMS) today announced that the Sarawak Museum Campus & Heritage Trail project, constructed by its subsidiary PPES Works (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd (PPES Works), has recently completed more than 1,000,000 man hours without injury. The announcement was made at an event on Friday, 29 June at project site office, attended by key personnel involved in the Museum & Heritage Trail project from CMS, PPES Works, the Sarawak Museum, DOSH, and consultants involved in the project.

It was reported at the event that the project team has maintained a consistent and uncompromising commitment to a safe work culture by focusing on the company’s stringent safety rules, backed by a strong and visible leadership from line management. By setting an example by which others should follow, the line managers ensure everyone goes home, without harm, every day, safe in the knowledge that the same rigorous safety parameters is enforced every day. The relevant authorities continue to ensure that health and safety rules and regulations are not only met but exceeded and the project has achieved this injury-free milestone.

In his speech, CMS Group Chief Executive Officer – Operations, Mr Goh Chii Bing congratulated the project team on their achievement: “The one million incident free man hours is a real milestone and testament to your hard work and efforts to promote safety in the project and I urge the team to continue with this commitment until the completion of the project. This extremely important milestone follows many others, including the project’s Bronze Certification in the 2017 Chief Minister’s Environmental Award (CMEA), consistent with CMS’ philosophy to work sustainably with full consideration to the environment. I extend my sincere thanks to the whole team for their contribution in achieving this memorable milestone, which reflects one of our core principles of putting our people and the communities in which we operate first.”

In 2017, the site was visited by JKR Perak to understand the best practices being deployed at the Heritage Trail & Museum Project that could be replicated in Perak. The project site was also the most popular site in Kuching used by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for educational development – specifically for Site Safety Supervisor Students and Safety and Health Officer Students.

Today, the site is used by JKKP Sarawak/DOSH for Standard Certification (NIOSH ISO Audit) and is used by CIBD for Skilled Workers’ Accreditations.

The site has also been visited by the Minister of Tourism and the Sarawak State Secretary, in addition to joint ERP exercises conducted with BOMBA, police and the Sarawak General Hospital. Interest in the project has been incomparable, and expectations remain high for its completion, currently scheduled in 2020.

TPS set to stun audiences with Annie Jr production

TPS set to stun audiences with Annie Jr. production

Tunku Putra School (TPS) is set to present the musical Annie, Jr., running from 6th to 8th July, inclusively, with shows starting at 7.00pm. The globally-renowned and much-loved family production is directed by the school’s Head of Creative and Performing Arts, Angela Williams, and features the timeless story of the plights of Little Orphan Annie (permission of Musical Theatre International) book by Thomas Meehan, with music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Martin Charnin. The heart-warming musical bounds onto the stages of TPS for the first time with plucky and ever-positive Annie charming her way into everyone’s hearts. Fans are encouraged to join her fun-filled adventure as she finds a new home with billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his secretary Grace and loveable mutt, Sandy, with all the music you know and love, including “Tomorrow,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” and “Hard Knock Life.”

With notorious characters, such as the mean Miss Hannigan, played by Sharifah Afra Arijah (who played the formidable Miss Sherman in last year’s performance of Fame Jr!), alongside Alvira Amalia as Annie and Hanif Arip as the self-made billionaire Oliver Warbucks, the cast offers the audience a depth and breadth of both seasoned and upcoming talent. The participants range from eight to seventeen years of age, and for some this is their first-ever performance under the dazzling stage lights whereas for others, it will be their last production before leaving school to begin their November exams. The cast also includes Daniel Wee, playing devious Rooster alongside Keesha Lau as Lily St Regis. Audience members will also be treated to the lovely voice of Sharifah Nuralwiah Alsree, who is playing Warbuck’s secretary, Grace Farrell, who is the epitome of her name.

The performances will be held at TPS Multi-Purpose Hall on Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July, with performances starting at 7.00pm. Tickets can be purchased by calling Pei Sheng on 016-223 2108 and are priced at RM50 for general admission or RM100 for front row seats.