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

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CMS Cement Masonry Cement Now More Affordable

14 June 2009, Kuching: Cemplast masonry cement, a better choice for wall plastering, is now more affordable with the recent lowering of its price by RM10 per tonne effective mid-May 2009.

The recently launched Cemplast masonry cement is gaining popularity as a better choice for wall plastering.

Specially formulated for masonry interior and exterior work, Cemplast’s excellent workability, strong bonding, and smoother finishing qualities also produce superior results in brick and block-laying, tile-laying and floor-topping.

To find out more about the superior qualities of Cemplast, visit the CMS Cement booth at SARBEX 2009 to be held on 19-21 June 2009 at Permata Carpark, Kuching.

According to CMS Cement, the price drop of Cemplast is an added incentive for masons, contractors and DIY enthusiasts alike to switch over to Cemplast for all plastering needs.

“We want more and more people to try Cemplast and feel the difference in surface smoothness and workability. Use Cemplast for wall plastering and you’ll realize it is certainly a better choice”, said Syeed Hassim Shah Syeed Idrus, Marketing & Distribution Manager, CMS Cement.

Also at SARBEX, CMS Group will be highlighting the innovative construction method Industrialised Builiding Systems (IBS), and a host of commercial and residential properties at Bandar Baru Samariang, Kuching’s newest riverine township at Petra Jaya.

AWC & CMS Ink MOU To Explore Integrated Facilities Management In Sarawak

Friday, 5 June 2009, Kuching – AW Facility Management Sdn Bhd (AWFM), a wholly-owned subsidiary of AWC Facility Solutions Berhad (AWC), today inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CMS Infra Trading Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMS), to explore providing integrated facilities management services for buildings in Sarawak and beyond.

Azmir Merican, Chief Executive Officer / Managing Director of AWC Group, signed the MoU for AWFM while CMS Infra Trading was represented by Dato’ Richard Curtis, CMS Group Managing Director.

The signing of the MoU between AWFM and CMS Infra Trading is the first step of a long term plan to set-up a joint-venture company that would undertake integrated facilities management services to existing and new buildings across Sarawak and beyond. AWC Group already has a foothold in Sarawak through the 23 buildings it currently manages. This list includes the Bintulu Port Authority building.

According to AWC Group CEO/Managing Director, Azmir Merican, “We are happy to sign the MoU with CMS as it creates an opportunity for AWC to expand our integrated facilities management services in Sarawak and to tap the vast and rapidly growing market there.”

“We are optimistic that the MoU between AWFM and CMS Infra Trading will lead to a win-win situation for both our companies, for building management companies and ultimately for clients across Sarawak”, added Azmir Merican.

Commenting on the MoU, CMS Group Managing Director, Dato’ Richard Curtis said, “CMS Group believes strongly that there is a large integrated facilities management market in Sarawak that has yet to be tapped. Building occupants everywhere, be they the private sector or Government departments, are demanding better quality facilities management that is also cost effective. We are hopeful that the MoU between CMS and AWC, an established company providing comprehensive facilities management, can lead to improved service to clients.”

AWFM, a part of AWC’s Integrated Facility Management (“IFM”) division, provides comprehensive facilities management services to leading corporations such as OCBC Bank, Telekom Malaysia, KWSP, KLCC, KL Tower and PPB Harta Bina, amongst others. The Group also provides similar services to key buildings within the public sector with clients such as the Ministry of Works, Public Works Department, the Prime Minister’s Office and Bank Negara Malaysia.

Incorporated in 1990, CMS Infra Trading is a leading supplier of infrastructure and building materials, water treatment chemicals, petroleum products and spare parts for heavy machinery and equipment. Recently, CMS Infra Trading announced an expansion of business activity into the agriculture sector and the renewable energy sector. The Company is 51% owned by CMS and 49% by Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC).

About AWC Facility Solutions Berhad:

AWC Facility Solutions Berhad (AWC), listed on the Second Board of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad, is involved in the business of integrated facilities management (IFM), mechanical and electrical (M&E) engineering and environmental services. The Group holds a Concession to provide comprehensive facility management services to public sector buildings within the Southern Zone and Sarawak. It also provides similar services to the private sector such as for commercial, educational and industrial buildings. AWC’s M&E Engineering Division provides various M&E Engineering and Consultancy Services, which complement the IFM Division. Among the services provided are Building Automation System (BAS), Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) Control, fire fighting services, plumbing and sanitary services, and lift systems. Its environment division designs, installs and maintains automated vacuum waste collection systems under the brand name “STREAM” for residential, commercial and industrial properties with businesses in South East Asia and the Middle East.

About CMS Group:

Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMS), listed on the Main Board of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad, is involved in construction materials (cement, clinker, concrete products, quarrying, premix, and wires), construction, property development, road maintenance, trading, financial services, technology and education. With most of its operations based in Sarawak, CMS is the largest private sector conglomerate in the State.

CMS Holds 34th Annual General Meeting With Shareholders

Wednesday, 20 May 2009, Kuching – Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMS) held its 34th Annual General Meeting (AGM) with shareholders here earlier today. All nine resolutions put to shareholders were duly approved.

The AGM was chaired by CMS Group Chairman, YAM Tan Sri Syed Anwar Jamalullail. Also present were Deputy Group Chairman Dato Sri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib and members of the Board of Directors.

Prior to voting on the resolutions, the shareholders were given a presentation by CMS Group Managing Director Dato’ Richard Curtis on the Group’s performance in 2008 and plans going forward.

In preparing for a challenging year ahead in 2009 and 2010, Dato Richard said, “CMS stands today on a much firmer footing. Having re-aligned our businesses towards building CMS into a leading metals and construction materials producer, and having implemented more effective management processes and controls, we remain very focused on long-term sustainable and profitable growth.”

Approximately 150 shareholders and management staff attended the AGM.


Searching For New Talent Beyond Sarawak Shores

Monday, 18 May 2009, Kuala Lumpur – The search for new talent to join the CMS family took Group Human Resources beyond Sarawak shores this past weekend to participate in a career fair held in Kuala Lumpur.

For three days from 15 – 17 May 2009, the CMS booth at Karnival Kerjaya & Keusahawanan Graduan 2009 (National Graduate Career & Enterprenuership Carnival), held at PWTC in Kuala Lumpur, was flooded with interest from fresh graduates and undergraduates alike keen to submit their resumes for a suitable placement as a Management Trainee or for a host of job vacancies in CMS’ manufacturing operations.

With 600 organisations and small businesses participating, the event was billed as the largest career exhibition ever to be held in Malaysia. There was certainly much on offer for the thousands of students, graduates and job seekers who visited the exhibition throughout the weekend.

As one of a handful of companies from outside of KL to participate in the event, CMS’ booth saw a steady stream of job seekers eager to find out more about our Group’s diverse operations and the career opportunities available.

Current vacancies on offer within CMS Group include jobs in production, manufacturing and engineering, specifically in plant, instrument and control systems, raw mill, planning and in mining. There are also openings in safety & health, logistics, store management, laboratory work, and in finance-related roles.

In addition, CMS advertised opportunities for the recruitment of management trainees. This received much favourable response from those visiting the booth.


CMS Doing Good: Motivating Students to Succeed

Thursday, 7 May 2009, Kuching – “I am here to share with you my life experiences in getting to where I am at today. It begins with a focus to succeed”, said Dato’ Richard Curtis, CMS Group Managing Director, to a group of 60 students from St Thomas’ Secondary School in Kuching here today. The students from Forms 4, 5 and 6, aged from 15 – 17 years, were the first batch to attend a new ‘CMS Doing Good’ programme called the CMS School Circle talk series.

For over one hour, the students listened attentively to Dato’ Richard’s education and career experiences which began with him gaining a law degree despite having little interest in the subject at first. “But I saw the degree as an important stepping stone for me to getting a good job and eventually building a career for myself.”

Among Dato’ Richard’s many gems of advice for the students were core competencies which every working adult must have and tips for young employees. The latter included the importance of having a multi-cultural outlook, of standing out and the ability to communicate. He also stressed on the importance of managing time, of life-long learning, and finally, personal resilience.

Various questions were posed to Dato’ Richard. These included choice of career and what degree to take if indeed one was undecided about life’s goals and ambitions.

Reflecting on the talk, Dato’ Richard later said, “If I was able to convince just 5 young men and young ladies today on the importance of having a goal and to focus on succeeding by getting through school, getting a degree and a good first job, I believe I would have been effective.”

Judging by the level of interest shown by the students towards Dato’ Richard’s talk, there were very positive signs that the CMS School Circle programme had met its objective to ‘Do Good’ for another segment of the community around us – this time being young men and women who will enter the job market within the next 5 years.