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Sarawak Timber Association warns of effects of raising minimum wages

17-01-2020
Sarawak Timber Association, minimum wage hike, government policy, rising costs, plywood, logs, exports, foreign labour, production, costs

Sarawak Timber Association (STA) expressed concerns over the Government’s latest decision to raise minimum wages (MW) to RM1,200 in 57 major cities and towns effective from 1 January 2020. In its press release, STA said that while the association continues to support the Government’s efforts and policies in spurring sustainable and …

Carbon credit trading from forests may become Sarawak’s new source of revenue

10-12-2019
Sarawak, carbon credit trading, new source, revenue, Sarawak Forest Department

Sarawak plans to take advantage of its mass forest area to diversify its revenue base by venturing into carbon credit trading, reported Borneo Post. Acknowledging the state’s forests as an overlooked and undervalued asset, Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg said that the state should now spread the revenue base from its forests, apart from …

Sarawak collaborating with Singapore to supply semi-finished furniture

22-11-2019
Sarawak Forest Department, restructuring, Singapore, semi-finished furniture, furniture park

Talks are underway with Singapore for Sarawak to produce semi-finished furniture for companies based in Singapore. “We are thinking of a dedicated furniture park for Singapore companies in Sarawak, so that you can get the raw materials that you need to produce good furniture. We can perhaps increase export of our furniture,” said …

Sarawak timber export value down 12% in 2019

18-10-2019
Sarawak, timber export, plywood

The export value of Sarawak’s timber products has decreased by 12 per cent in the first nine months of the year, as compared to the same period last year, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, reported Borneo Post. Speaking about the decrease, Awang Tengah who is also Minister of Urban Development and Resources (II), …

INCREASED EXPORTS OF PLANTATION LOGS FROM SARAWAK

13-09-2019
Sarawak, Malaysia, plantation, logs, acacia mangium, falcata, alternative raw material sources, gaharu, agarwood, bamboo

Logs from industrial plantations are fast becoming a major export for Sarawak as production from the natural forest has been reduced drastically. According to Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC), in the first half of 2019 Sarawak exported over 399,000 cu m of plantation logs, mainly acacia mangium, most of which was shipped to …

Sarawak government to sign MoU with Edge Global Norway

22-03-2019
MoU, Sarawak, Norway

The decision by the Sarawak government to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Edge Global Norway As. has caught everyone’s as well as the media's attention. Under the terms of the MoU, the parties will undertake ecosystem mapping, baseline emission studies, carbon stock assessments and soil condition analysis in order to determine …

Sarawak government to stop issuing new timber licenses

23-07-2018
Sarawak, timber licenses, illegal logging

The Sarawak government will continue not to issue new timber licences in their efforts to protect and retain the remaining indigenous virgin jungle in the state. Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg emphasised that once forests have already been logged, it was very difficult to restore them. “Worse still is the stripping of …

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