“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.
The Association has been informed by the Malaysian Employers Federation that the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia has published a media release on 20 January 2017 with regards to employers’ responsibility to submit “Form E” through e-filing for the 2016 tax returns.
The Minister of Human Resources has on 23 September 2016 vide the Minimum Retirement Age (Amendment of Schedule) Order 2016 [P.U.(A) 249], made an amendment to the Minimum retirement Age Act 2012 (MRAA) by adding a new subparagraph “ha” after the subparagraph “h” in the Schedule to the Act as follows:
….”(ha) a person who is employed on a fixed term contract of service, inclusive of any extension, of more than twenty four months but not more than sixty months with basic wages of twenty thousand ringgit per month and above; and”
Details of the Minimum Retirement Age (Amendment of Schedule) Order 2016 [P.U.(A) 249 can be obtained here.
Doctrine of Propotionality of Punishment Presentation by Tuan Peter Iruthayaraj D. Pappusamy of Malaysian Employers Federation
The Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) held a meeting at Dewan Usahawan Bumiputra Sarawak office on 19 October 2016 where Tuan Peter Iruthayaraj D. Pappusamy of MEF gave an update on the latest Industrial Court Award No. 1089 of 2016 in Intan Sofia Binti Zainuddin vs Toi Toi Services Sdn Bhd.
More details on the Court Award can be obtained 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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