Stay updated with the latest developments in Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMS) through our series of press releases.

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CMS Tribal Run Becomes Anticipated Annual Event in the Sarawak Calendar

Kuching (Sarawak), 5 August 2019 – First organised in 2015 as a way for CMS employees to raise donations for community-based charities and also to promote healthier living, the CMS Tribal Run has grown in strength, year-on-year.

This year, the CMS Tribal Run exceeded our expectations with over 3,200 participants in just Kuching alone. In fact, this year’s edition of the CMS Tribal Run, was extended to Miri in addition to Kuching!

Runners turned up bright and early, energized and showing their jovial spirit with a great number dressed in their traditional regalia, adding even more vibrancy and colour to the fun-filled activity.

The CMS Tribal Run in Miri was flagged-off at the Marina Park earlier in July 2019, with a 5km Fun Run/Walk attracting some 500 eager and enthusiastic runners.

The second flag-off took place on 4 August 2019 at Wisma Mahmud, Kuching, which started with a 10km Competitive Race followed by a 5km Fun Run and last but not least the 3km Family Run/Walk. In addition to the race itself, there were also prizes for “Best Tribal Wear” which saw throngs of participants adorned in their stunning tribal regalia.

Staying true to the tagline “CMS Cares! 100% Goes to Charity”, all of the registration fees collected amounting to an astonishing RM154,800 was donated evenly among 12 charitable bodies; three of which are from Miri, i.e. Parents Association of The Special Children Miri (PIBAKIS), Malaysia Red Crescent Miri Chapter’s Dialysis Centre and The Ten Ringgit Club, whereas the remaining nine are from Kuching, ie. Persatuan Prihatin Ibu Tunggal Bahagian Kuching (CARE Kuching), Home of Peace, Mental Health Association of Sarawak, Dyslexia Association of Sarawak, Sarawak Turf & Equestrian Club (STEC) Kidney Foundation, Persatuan Dialisis Cahaya Kuching, Sarawak Children Cancer Society, Sarawak Society for the Deaf and the Sarawak Society for the Prevention of Cruelty (SSPCA).

Over and above that, Cahya Runners consisting of CMS top runners went the extra mile in its name and raised a whopping RM13,012 for the Society for Critically Sick Children (SOS Kids) and CMS matched that figure for Persatuan Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Terencat Akal, Sarawak (PERKATA).

Group CEO – Corporate, Dato Isaac Lugun, said; “I am delighted to see the growing number of people who participate in our CMS Tribal Run every year. As I said some time ago, CMS Tribal Run is among the few, if not the only run in Sarawak where its entire registration fees are donated to charities and local communities. Not only do we as a company, encourage a more proactive and healthier lifestyle among Sarawakians, we are also able to give financial assistance to charities who service our underprivileged communities.”

This year’s CMS Tribal Run received tremendous support from Satria Realty, Revive, Moma, Milo and Indocafe. We also saw the same enthusiasm among the participants from the likes of Titanium Project Management, JKR (Sarawak), K&N Kenanga Investment Bank Bhd, RHB Bank, Borneo Convention Centre Kuching, Ernst & Young, Kuching Toastmasters Club, Sarawak Economic Development Corp, Nova Fusion, KKB Engineering, Kuching Water Board, SACOFA, Sara Resorts, Satria Realty, SCIB Concrete Manufacturing, Yung Kong Co. Berhad, Sarawak Energy Bhd and Hock Seng Lee.

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Cahya Mata Sarawak launches Group Corporate Wellness Programme

Kuching (Sarawak), 12 July 2019 – Cahya Mata Sarawak (CMS) launched its in-house Health Surveillance Programme – Corporate Wellness Programme (CWP) on 1 July 2019. In collaboration with Rehab Concept, CMS CWP will be first rolled out to its 1,500 employees in the southern region, including Kuching, Kota Samarahan, Serian and Lundu before extending it to employees in the central and northern regions.

Speaking at the event, Mr Goh Chii Bing, Group Chief Executive Officer-Operations said, “At CMS, we take the health and well-being of our staff seriously. A large number of them are breadwinners and as a responsible employer, we have a part to play in ensuring that their health is well managed. One can never underestimate the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. When our staff are healthy, they and their families are happy and of course, our productivity goes up, which is a bonus for CMS!”

Being the first of its kind in Sarawak, CMS takes the lead in offering an in-house health management programme for the benefit of employees’ health and wellness. The programme includes scheduled health screening for employees, health survey, and an on-going education programme to promote a healthy lifestyle among the workforce. During the health screening, a few parameters such as blood pressure, body mass index (BMI) and body fat percentage will be monitored by the team from Rehab Concept. The team will be also look into health interventions where necessary, such as weight and stress management. CMS CWP programme will run from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020.

The CMS CWP is yet another testament to the quality of the company and its people first ethos, further proof as to why CMS deservedly picked up gold at CSR Asia and ranked in the top 10 Sarawakian companies to work for in the recent LinkedIn polls. CMS is a company you can truly admire.

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CMS Receives Silver and Bronze at 2019 Australasia Reporting Awards

Kuching (Sarawak), Friday, 28 June 2019 – Cahya Mata Sarawak (CMS) recently received silver for their distinguished achievement in Sustainability Reporting and bronze for Annual Reporting at the 2019 Annual Australasian Reporting Awards (ARA) held in Melbourne, Australia. These reports were benchmarked against ARA criteria which are based on world best practice.

Speaking about the awards, Dato Isaac Lugun, Group Chief Executive Officer – Corporate said, “We are delighted to know that the quality of both our sustainability and annual reports stand on par with world best practice.”

“We take great pride in our Annual and Sustainability Reports as we believe it is one of the best ways to communicate with our stakeholders.  The reports demonstrate our commitment to good governance, transparency, compliance and ethics. Recognition like these are what makes CMS an admired company.”

The ARA was first founded in the 1950s by a group of business leaders who were keen to establish awards for excellence in preparing annual reports, constantly improving the standards of financial reporting and communicating with stakeholders. These awards are now known as the ARA and the recipient criteria entails an open willing attitude, attention to detail and accuracy, a sensitivity and responsiveness to stakeholders, a willingness to put in the effort to communicate effectively and a commitment to achieving and improving upon standards.

These awards are in addition to other similar recognitions achieved by CMS in Malaysia. CMS is the only Sarawak public-listed company and one out of 56 companies in Malaysia to be made a constituent of the FTSE4Good Bursa Malaysia Index, a testament to its strong sustainability practice. For its good track record of corporate disclosure, the Group has also qualified for Bursa Malaysia’s Green Lane Policy.

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Cement Prices to Normalise Post Pen. Malaysia Cement Price Wars

Kuching (Sarawak), Sunday, 23 June 2019 – Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMSB – 2852) CMS Cement Industries Sdn Bhd (CMSCI), swiftly moved to welcome the request by YB Lim Guan Eng, Finance Minister of Malaysia to probe the difference in cement prices between East Malaysia and West Malaysia.

En. Suhadi Sulaiman, CEO of CMSCI said, “We welcome the enquiry for two reasons. Firstly, it will show that the disparity in prices is purely due to the recent aggressive price war which led to industry mergers and acquisitions in Pen. Malaysia. Secondly, an enquiry of this nature will also serve-to-show once and for all that Sarawak is not and never has been a cement monopoly. Other industry players are welcome to set-up-shop but choose not to venture into Sarawak because the initial start-up costs for development of infrastructure and haulage make it non-viable. CMSCI has been able to offset and spread these operations costs year-in-year-out by being in operation for over 40 years.”

“CMSCI will cooperate openly and transparently with any enquiry because any enquiry will show that we operate at the highest levels of business and retail integrity. The enquiry will also show that CMSCI has not raised our prices since January 2016.” We reaffirm as per our statement last week, CMSCI has no plans to increase our prices any time soon.”

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.”