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  • STA ReviewSTA Review Volume 194 PPK 174/05/2010(024640) Monthly Magazine of the Sarawak Timber Association

    December 2009

    Satu mesyuarat dengan Datuk Dr. S. Subramaniam, Menteri Sumber Manusia telah diadakan pada 14 Disember 2009 untuk

    membincangkan isu-isu tenaga kerja termasuk

    pengambilan tenaga kerja asing. Dato Henry Lau, Setiausaha Kehormat merangkap Pengerusi

    Jawatankuasa Tenaga Kerja dan Perhubungan Industri

    mengetuai delegasi 8 orang dari STA.

    Melalui mesyuarat ini, kedua-dua pihak telah mencapai persefahaman mengenai

    kedudukan masing-masing dan kepentingan mencapai

    satu penyelesaian yang dipersetujui untuk

    membolehkan semua pihak terus maju ke hadapan.

    1

    Meeting with the Minister of Human Resources

    A meeting was held with Datuk Dr. S. Subramaniam, the Minister of Human Resources on 14 December 2009 to discuss labour issues including the recruitment of foreign general workers. Dato Henry Lau, the Honorary Secretary cum the Chairman of STA Labour & Industrial Relations Committee, led a delegation of eight from STA.

    Also present at the meeting were Dato' R. Segarajah, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Human Resources (MoHR); Dato Ismail

    Abdul Rahman, the Director-General of Labour Department Peninsular Malaysia; Encik Mohd. Sahar Darusman, the Deputy Secretary General of the Labour Policy Division, MoHR and Tuan Mohd. Zubir Mohd. Basri, the Director of Labour Department Sarawak.

    Through this meeting, a better understanding of each other's position was achieved. The importance of reaching a solution amicably in order for all parties to move forward was realised.

    STA Delegation with the Minister Left to Right: Dato Ismail Abdul Rahim, Mr. Augustine Ting Pang Tuang, Dato R. Segarajah, Mr. James Ho Yam Kuan, YB Datuk Dr. S. Subramaniam (Minister of Human Resources), Dato Henry

    Lau Lee Kong, Mr. Andrew Wee Chio Huat, Mr. Vincent Sia Chik Foo, Mr. Jerome Siew Choon Beng

  • STA Review December 2009

    2

    Meeting with the State Secretary of Sarawak

    On 16 December 2009, a S T A del ega t i on c om pr i s i ng representatives of the STAs Manpower Working Group and led by Mr. Andrew Wee Chio Huat, met with the State Secretary of Sarawak, Datuk Amar Haji Mohamad Morshidi bin Abdul Ghani, to discuss the challenges faced by timber employers in Sarawak pertaining to the recruitment of Indonesian general workers. Also present at the meeting were representatives from the Labour Department of Sarawak, the Immigration Department of Sarawak and the Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation.

    STA highlighted the background of the industry's reliance on foreign general workers, the rationale for employing foreign general workers, and the consequences of a reduction in number of foreign general workers.

    In view of the current situation, STA presented the following requests to Datuk Amar Haji Mohamad Morshidi for the Government to consider:

    To allow the recruitment of foreign workers according to the needs of the industry.

    To allow employers in the State to recruit general workers from other countries besides Indonesia.

    Government to conduct an independent study on the manpower requirement and the ability of the industry to reduce the number of foreign general workers currently employed.

    Datuk Amar Haji Mohamad Morshidi had taken note of STA's requests and agreed to take them up to the relevant authorities.

    One for the album Front (Left to Right): Ms. Annie Ting, Mr. Andrew Wee Chio Huat, YB Datuk Amar Haji Mohamad

    Morshidi bin Abdul Ghani (State Secretary of Sarawak), Mr. Oliver Kada Ak Ahon, Mr. Hendry Rongga Jidib

    Back (Left to Right): Mr. Augustine Ting Pang Tuang, Mr. Lawrence Wong, Mr. Wong Chiew Kee, Mr. Vincent Sia Chik Foo, Mr. Chiam Heng Han, Mr. Johari Zainudin, Ms. Tan Gake Hua, Ms.

    Dayang Hamdian Bt. Abang Hadari, Mr. Kho Chiong Pun

    Pada 16 Disember 2009, STA telah menghantar satu

    delegasi yang terdiri daripada Kumpulan Kerja

    Tenaga Kerja STA, diketuai oleh Encik Andrew Wee,

    untuk memberikan taklimat kepada Setiausaha Kerajaan

    Negeri Sarawak, Datuk Amar Haji Mohamad

    Morshidi bin Abdul Ghani tentang cabaran-cabaran

    yang dihadapi oleh majikan sektor perkayuan dalam pengambilan pekerja am

    Indonesia. Turut hadir dalam taklimat tersebut adalah wakil-wakil dari Jabatan Tenaga Kerja Sarawak,

    Jabatan Imigrasi Sarawak dan Perbadanan Kemajuan Perusahaan Kayu Sarawak.

    STA menjelaskan latar belakang keperluan industri mengambil pekerja-pekerja

    asing, rasionalnya dan akibat pengurangan

    pengambilan pekerja-pekerja asing.

  • STA Review December 2009

    3

    Seminar Perolehan Hijau dan Pelabelan Eco telah dianjurkan oleh Jabatan

    Standard Malaysia di Subang, Selangor pada 15

    Disember 2009. Encik Hussalmizzar Hussain, Penolong Pengarah Am

    Jabatan Standard Malaysia mewakili Ketua Pengarah

    merayu para peserta supaya membantu SIRIM Malaysia

    dalam membangun dan melaksanakan skim

    pelabelan eco. Beliau kemudian memperkenalkan aktiviti-aktiviti SIRIM Berhad

    Malaysia. Lapan kertas kerja

    dibentang dalam seminar tersebut antaranya meliputi definisi dan garis panduan

    untuk pelabelan eco berdasarkan ISO 14020 dan

    ISO 14024, jenis-jenis pelabelan eco,

    pembangunannya di Malaysia dan wilayah Asian,

    contoh-contoh pembelian hijau/ pelabelan eco oleh

    syarikat-syarikat di Malaysia serta usaha kerajaan dalam mempromosikan teknologi

    hijau di Malaysia.

    (MID)(SCCI)20091222

    Seminar on Green Procurement and Eco-labelling - What, Why and How The above Seminar was held

    in Holiday Villa Hotel & Suites, Subang, Selangor on 15 December 2009 and well attended by an estimated 160 participants. Mr. Hussalmizzar Hussain, Principal Assistant Director of the Department of Standards Malaysia spoke on behalf of the Director General and invited participants to help SIRIM Malaysia develop and implement more ef fective eco-labell ing schemes. He then briefly outlined the activities of SIRIM Berhad Malaysia.

    The eight papers presented in the Seminar covered the definition of and guiding principles for ecolabelling with reference to ISO 14020 and ISO 14024, types of ecolabelling, progress of ecolabelling in Malaysia and the Asean region, examples of efforts in green purchasing / ecolabelling by Companies in Malaysia as well as the Governments initiative in promoting the use of green technology in Malaysia. The papers presented were:

    i. ISO 14020 series of Standards on environmental labeling - The

    role of Standards in promoting eco-labeling by Mr. Abdul Aziz Long, Chairman of the Technical Committee on Environmental Labeling (TC3)/ Senior General Manager SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd

    ii. Government initiative to encourage green technology by Mr. Hishamudin Ibrahim, Programme Manager, Pusat Technology Hijau Malaysia, Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia (KeTTHA),

    iii. Toshiba's approach towards green procurement by Mr. R. Subramaniam, Senior Section Manager, Toshiba Electronics Malaysia Sdn Bhd / Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers

    iv. Ethics on green procurement by Dr. Loi Kheng Min, Deputy Convenor of MICCI Environmental Committee / Chairperson of MICCI Climate Change Subcommittee, Resources Malaysian

    (Continue on Page 4)

    Panel discussion in progress

  • STA Review December 2009

    4

    Kerajaan Negeri yang diwakili oleh Kementerian

    Pembangunan Perindustrian dan Dewan Usahawan

    Sarawak telah bersama-sama menganjurkan forum

    setengah hari bertajuk "Promosi dan Pelaburan

    Perniagaan - Kos Berniaga di Sarawak" pada 22 Disember

    2009 di Kuching. Forum ini bertujuan memperolehi dan

    membincangkan hasil penyelidikan selama 6 bulan

    oleh Universiti Teknologi Masa dan Swinburne

    University of Technology tentang kos perniagaan di

    Sarawak. Forum ini kemudiannya disusuli

    dengan sesi dialog antara Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr.

    George Chan dan para peserta.

    (Continued from Page 3)

    The State Government, represented by the Ministry of Industrial Development (MID), and the Sarawak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) jointly organised a half-day forum entitled "Business Promotion & Investment - The Cost of Doing Business in Sarawak" on 22 December 2009 in Kuching. This forum was officiated by Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr. George Chan Hong Nam, the Deputy Chief Minister cum the Minister of MID cum the Minister of Tourism & Heritage. About 150 participants from various industries in Sarawak attended the forum.

    The purpose of this forum was to receive and discuss the findings of a six-month study on the cost of doing business in Sarawak by the Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) and Swinburne University of Technology. The Associate Professor Annie Wong of UiTM presented the findings to the participants. She highlighted the different types of costs in doing b u s i n e s s , f o r e x a m p l e , transportation, utilities, land, energy

    and labour. The study also showed that the manufacturers in Sarawak have to bear much higher electricity cost. This is mainly due to higher capital contribution for electricity connection. She also pointed out that a stronger partnership between the public and private sectors is essential to lower the cost of doing business in order for us to remain relevant in a competitive global economy.

    A dialogue between Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr. Chan and the participants was held immediately after the presentation. Datuk Pat i nggi