Wednesday, June 2, 2021

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Donation campaign for school held at market

SIBU: The "one person, one ringgit" donation campaign to help raise funds for Citizen Middle School continued on Sunday (Dec 6) at Rejang Park Market. The funds are to help the school rebuild its hostel which was gutted by fire...

SMC to provide spaces to genuine traders

SIBU: Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) has assured that genuine traders will be provided with spaces to trade. Its chairman Clarence Ting said the council would award traders who show persistence in their undertakings. He gave the assurance when visiting Taman Indah...

Vaccinate your dogs

SIBU: Pet owners here are reminded to vaccinate their dogs to curb the spread of rabies. Chairman of Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) Clarence Ting said that rabies was still around  and more than 20 Sarawakians had died of rabies since...

Mathematics teacher shares exam techniques by online workshop

SIBU: Methodist Pilley Institute (MPI) and ACCA Malaysia jointly organised a SPM Mathematics Online Exam Technique Workshop on Nov 28 from 8am to 11am.  The workshop, approved by Ministry of Education (MoE) Malaysia and State Education Department (JPNS), was conducted...

All private childcare centres allowed to reopen, except in Kuching

SIBU: All private childcare centres and kindergartens in Sarawak, except those in Kuching, are allowed to reopen with immediate effect.  This was said by Chairman of Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) Clarence Ting yesterday (Nov 11). However, those in Kuching (red zone)...

Contest winners receive prizes

SIBU: Jason Ling Rong Wei was announced as the top winner of Covid-19 Sibu 2020 Competition here on Tuesday (Nov 10). First runner-up and second runner-up spots went to Tang Siew Lee and Hii Jia Shin respectively, while in fourth place...

2021 State Budget gets favourable response

SIBU: The 2021 State Budget tabled by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg on Monday (Nov 9) has received favourable response from several people New Sarawak Tribune spoke to here. Sebastian Conrad, private sector worker "The budget is good...

Longhouse chief backs SRDC deputy chairman for Dudong

SIBU: Sibu Rural District Council (SRDC) deputy chairman Wong Ching Yong visited Rumah (Rh) Martinus Nyuram, a longhouse situated on the scenic banks of Sungai Assan.  Longhouse chief Tuai Rumah (TR) Martinus Nyuram wanted the longhouse to be registered as...

One rule to fit all not applicable

SIBU: The closures of all schools throughout the country is not a well thought out action plan to deal with Covid-19 spread. It is reactionary and again using one rule to fit all, said Senator Robert Lau Hui Yew. "Since the...

Collecting donations for school hostel

SIBU: Deputy chairman of Sibu Rural District Council (SRDC) Wong Chin Yong managed to collect RM1,130 for Citizen Middle School at Grand Heights Market on Sunday (Nov 8). Wong, who is also Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP) Dudong branch chairman,...

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No truth to BMF’s allegations, says Samling

KUCHING: Samling Group has clarified that the allegations contained in a post published on the Bruno Manser Fonds (BMF) on May 20 are false and lack any shred of credibility or truth.  The post by BMF contained allegations made against Samling Group in relation to the Gerenai and Ravenscourt Forest Management Units (FMUs), calling into question the certification of the two FMUs by the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) and alleging ‘many discrepancies between the certification requirements and its implementation’. “The allegations have not only tarnished unfairly Samling’s image but have also brought into serious question the good reputations of both MTCC and of the certifying body, SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd.  “Additionally, the allegations belittle the value of forest management certification and the integrity of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC),” said Samling in a statement today (June 2).  It said the allegations made in the post by BMF and Borneo Project (BP) had been repeated despite due clarification published by MTCC itself on Aug 13 last year, whereby MTCC clarified that Samling had indeed satisfactorily fulfilled all the requisite certification requirements. The company also clarified that the certification process for the Gerenai and Ravenscourt FMUs was done in accordance with all requirements of the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme’s Malaysian Criteria & Indicators, which have been endorsed by the PEFC, and are therefore compliant with international certification standards. “Part of this certification process involves the submission of third-party Economic Impact Assessment (EIA) and Social Impact Assessment (SIA) reports – both of which were duly complied with by Samling.  “The scope the EIA report is under the purview of the Natural Resources and Environment Board (NREB) of Sarawak and not Samling. It is a requirement of NREB that part of the EIA report must be put up for public display in the FMUs’ offices,” said Samling. The findings of the SIA are communicated to the communities – usually by the consultant responsible for the assessment – either by a visit to an individual community or at a meeting held for a group of communities, it said. “Contrary to what was alleged in the BMF post, Samling has not received any formal request to share either the EIA report or the SIA report. Thus, to allege that Samling has refused to release these reports is totally untrue, and to say they were not made available to the communities is also incorrect.  “This practice of lobbing baseless accusation after baseless accusation without any regard for truth or fact is a practice that is unfortunate,” the company said.  It stressed that publishing groundless accusations based on false information does little good for the communities these non-governmental organisations (NGOs) purport to support, and can in fact cause damage to the processes that have been put in place by Samling for the upliftment of the communities involved. Samling said it valued constructive engagement with the communities and had carried out numerous community engagements on its own initiative, which have already been reported by the media. “Samling’s own internal standard operating procedures involve direct and comprehensive engagement between the Group’s liaison officers and the local communities to ensure there is full understanding and agreement of any proposed harvesting activity in areas that lie close to or overlap with community lands recognised under the law.  “This is done before the start of any harvesting operations and holds true also for the Gerenai and Ravenscourt FMUs.” Samling said it understood and respected the community’s dependence on forest produce and had neither denied the importance of the forest to their livelihood nor wilfully caused damage to forests that are used by the communities as food sources. “At the same time, Samling also believes in the empowerment of local communities so that they can discern for themselves their rights and the responsibilities of the Samling Group, and engage directly with Group instead of through NGOs who claim to speak for the communities,” it said.  To help achieve this, Samling has embarked on numerous community projects aimed not only at the economic uplifting of the communities but more importantly at the educational uplifting of their children and future generations. These projects include roads, bridges, schools, as well as medical assistance particularly Covid-19 related medical support, testing, and other equipment and facilities. The company has been present in rural Sarawak for many decades and has been a key partner of the state government in providing roads, education, and healthcare facilities to these areas. “Samling will always maintain its integrity as a responsible corporate citizen by adhering to all the relevant laws and regulations that have been imposed by the state and federal authorities.  “Samling accepts fair criticism and scrutiny as part and parcel of the corporate world but it will not accept baseless and false accusations hurled against the Group and will continue to speak up to defend its reputation and name,” the company said.
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