Services to timber industry unaffected

Hashim Bojet

KUCHING: Despite the restrictions imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, services by the Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC) to the timber industry has not been affected.

STIDC general manager Hashim Bojet said it has moved its services online for the approval of import or export permit, avoiding delays in operations.

“The local timber industry has been impacted in the current situation where we have seen a decline in timber products in Sarawak.

“We have also seen a contraction in terms of export value by 17 percent; factories that are actively operating are reduced and a lot of factories have closed due to problems (in obtaining) raw materials as well as foreign workers,” he said during his opening remarks as the STIDC special assembly today.

Hashim said the development of the local timber industry is still being done under the supervision of STIDC and the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).

“We remind the industry players to continue to observe the standard operating procedures (SOPs) when producing value-added products.

“We also continue to hold discussions and collaborations virtually to increase production of value-added (timber) products,” he said.

He said among them was a recent Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with POLI.design based in Milan, Italy as well as a discussion with Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia for research and development of bamboo based products.

“This will allow us to continue the production of value added products for now and in the future,” he said.