“Plantation: Friend or Foe from Sarawak Perspective”
– delivered by Dato Henry Lau, Honorary Secretary of Sarawak Timber Association during the 15th International Peat Congress 2016
The 15th International Peat Congress (IPC) was held at the Pullman Hotel in Kuching from 15 to 19 August 2016. The Congress was hosted by the Malaysian Peat Society (MPS) in partnership with the International Peatland Society (IPS) with the theme Peatlands in Harmony-Agriculture, Industry & Nature.
The Congress provides researchers, academics and practitioners an ideal platform to congregate, share information and discuss their scientific results and experiences with particular reference to peat and peatlands in the tropics.
Dato Henry Lau, the Honorary Secretary of Sarawak Timber Association (STA) in his presentation mentioned that Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) had been perceived to be fighting for environmental wellbeing and human rights while the timber industry and government had been given the guilty verdict by the public for damaging the environment, being corrupt and violating human rights without the due process of the law. Dato Lau challenged such a generalised perception through his paper entitled ‘Plantation: Friend or Foe, from Sarawak Perspective’ which can be downloaded here.
As part of Corporate Social Responsibility, Sarawak Timber Association through its subsidiary company, STA Mutual Sdn Bhd (STAM) has allocated a provisional sum of RM1.8 million for students who had excelled in their public examinations for the year 2015.
A total of 452 and 169 students who had sat the SPM and STPM examinations respectively in year 2015 had been selected to receive Cash Awards. These students will be receiving the Cash Awards in Presentation Ceremony organised by Sarawak Timber Association, which is to be held at 10 am on 8 September 2016 at Wisma STA, Kuching.
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As part of the Postgraduate programme offered jointly by STA and Lincoln University of New Zealand, the subject “Reduced Impact Logging Systems” will be delivered from 8 to 15 October 2016 at Deramakot, Sandakan.
The topics included in this subject are as follows:
- Certification systems
- reduced IReduced Impact Logging (RIL)
- Environmental auditing
- Assessment requirements and documentation
- Assessment of materials for field locations
- Managing a certified forest
Members of STA who wish to further their knowledge in this subject are welcome to attend it on a Continuing Education basis (i.e. single subject only). As this course will be conducted outside Kuching for a whole week, participation in this subject shall be limited on “first-come, first-served” basis. No fees will be charged for attending this subject but participant shall be responsible for travel to the venue of the course, accommodation and other travel-related expenses. Participant is also required to bring laptop for data analysis study and field attire for field work during the whole week of the course.
Those interested to attend this subject is kindly requested to contact the undersigned or Ms Suzie Adee at 082-332222 before or by 30 September 2016.
Implementation of Strategic Initiatives by Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad utilising the 30% consolidated Human Resources Development Fund
The Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) held a briefing session on the implementation of strategic initiatives by Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad (PSMB) utilising the 30% consolidated Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) at Hilton Hotel Kuching on 28 July 2016.
The objective of the briefing is to provide all registered employers an in-depth understanding of the five (5) strategic initiatives implemented by PSMB.
More details can be obtained here
The Labour Policy Division of the Ministry of Human Resources Malaysia has written to the Association to inform that Malaysia has recorded 196 cases of imported malaria among Malaysian workers returning home from malaria endemic countries for year 2015.The infected workers were working with Malaysian registered private companies in timber, construction and plantation sectors.
Thus, Malaysia companies are urged to ensure their workers received chemoprophylaxsis treatment before they depart to work in malaria endemic countries as well as when they return home to Malaysia.