“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.
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.
The Minimum Wage Order 2016 was gazetted on 29 April 2016 in accordance with Subsection 23 (1) of the National Wages Consultative Council Act 2011.
A minimum wage of RM1,000 a month or RM4.81 per hour has been set for private sector workers in Peninsular Malaysia and RM920 a month or RM4.42 per hour for workers in Sabah, Sarawak and Federal Territory of Labuan effective 1 July 2016.