CMS Cement to Recommence Sarawak Manufacturing Operations on 15 May 2020

Kuching (Sarawak), Monday, 11 May 2020 – In line with the recent announcement by the Sarawak State Government that most economic sectors will be allowed to operate amidst the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), CMS Cement Industries Sdn Bhd (CMS Cement or the Company) is currently readying its cement manufacturing operations  to serve the Sarawak market once again.

A wholly owned subsidiary of Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMS or the Group), the Company is preparing to recommence business by rigorously observing all standard operating procedures (SOPs) to ensure speed to market is addressed. At the same time, CMS Cement is activating business continuity plans to ensure the preservation of its cement manufacturing business once operations are up and running.

The recommencement of CMS Cement’s operations will see its Sibu terminal becoming operational on 15 May 2020, while all its other cement-related operations across the State will come into full force on 18 May 2020. As the Sibu terminal is a key supplier to the Baleh Dam Project, the commencement of its operations has been prioritised.

Commenting on CMS Cement’s preparations to recommence business, CMS’ Group Managing Director, Dato Isaac Lugun had this to say: “As we prepare to ramp up the Group’s cement manufacturing operations, we are prioritising the safety of our employees and customers by bringing three key initiatives into play.”

“The first initiative will see us adhering strictly to the comprehensive SOPs outlined by the Sarawak State Government and the Ministry of Health.  Secondly, CMS Cement will carry out full sanitization of all its facilities covering offices, production plants, packing and loading bays and weighbridges. Thirdly, CMS Cement will be conducting medical screening for its staff to ensure only those who are pronounced Covid-19-free are allowed back to work. All these activities must be done properly and cannot be rushed, so a target commencement date of 18 May is feasible.”

In addition to these key initiatives, CMS Cement is also taking measures to enhance its facilities by improving ventilation at its offices as well as installing more shower bays and rest areas. At the same time, basic controls such as personal hygiene and social distancing will be strictly adhered to. All these initiatives once fully implemented will not only safeguard the staff of CMS Cement, but also all others who frequent its facilities such as its customers, contractors and transporters.

“While the rules are being relaxed under the CMCO and people begin to get back to their daily activities under the ‘new normal’, we must remain vigilant in our fight against Covid-19.  We urge all other public and private sector organisations within Sarawak to not let down their guard but take the necessary measures to keep their people safe. By working together, we will get through this crisis and emerge a stronger and more resilient State,” added Dato Isaac Lugun.