Kuching (Sarawak), Thursday, 31 January 2019 – Speaking about the recent CSR project in Kampung Murud Plaman, Jason Lee, Head of Group Corporate Reputation and Communications, said: “In late 2018, Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMS) heard that the residents of Kampung Murud Plaman did not have access to a stable water supply. We set out to remedy this situation and to meet our renewed CSR outlook, which is to not just be a benevolent benefactor to the communities, but to actually make real, tangible, long-lasting and positive changes to peoples’ lives through our new ethos of ‘Building Sustainable Communities’. After a site visit and several discussions, it turned out that Jabatan Air Luar Bandar was already taking action. So, we asked the Ketua Kampung, what else can we do for you that will enhance lives and enrich lives long-term. He told us the story of the new church and his vision for the old church.”
In the 1970’s, the community at Kampung Murud Plaman built a church that served them faithfully for five decades, but as the community grew, so did the need for a bigger church. Completed in 2012, the new church had the capacity to accommodate the needs of the community.
This left the old church to be utilised less and less over the years, eventually with a leaking roof and termite infestation in the beams, the old church had nearly seen the end of its days.
“While it was a pretty big challenge, we were delighted that our colleagues at CMS Roads Sdn Bhd (CMS Roads), led by Abdul Rahim Jamal, Senior Regional Manager, took up the baton and really drove this project forwards, generating support from other divisions and the local community members themselves.”
After two months of planning, on January 19th, 22nd and 26th over 120 people, led by CMS Roads, descended on Kampung Murud Plaman, changing the termite infested beams, replacing the entire roof and painted both the interior and exterior of the old church.
“We are all extremely proud of this project and the way it turned out. There are a few minor things to complete over the next few weeks but our colleagues at CMS Roads have shown that they are not just the best road builders in the State but also selfless community champions in the way they have driven this project, bringing in other CMS divisions and the community itself. Kampung Murud Plaman has turned out to be the perfect pilot for our new CSR focus of ‘BUILDING SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES’. It shows that CSR is more than just giving for the short term; it is delivering life-changing actions for the long term,” concluded Jason Lee.