Sarawak Timber Industry on Occupational Safety


In Bintulu, where…you add your stuff here man, I’m not from around here.

Today is the last day of the lecture for the Occupational Safety and Health Campaign in Sarawak Timber Industry jointly organized by Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC), Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), and Sarawak Timber Association (STA). The attendees are also recipient of a certificate of attendance which is also, get this – my only professional qualification certificate. Right? I’m sure a can present this and say that I’ve lived for at least 20 years and this proves that I’m a safe person. “Safety first, Sir!”


“Plus” Points for Sarawak in the Malaysia’s 2016 Budget

The Malaysian Borneo States were the highlights of the country’s 2016 budget. It seems that Sarawak’s Chief Minister, Adenan Satem had played the right cards all along; backing the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak during the turmoil of the MYR 2.6 billion “donation”, the focused wailing citizens of Peninsular Malaysia outraged by the news of this “donation”, the discrete but nevertheless bold retaliating remarks made by the then Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia (2009-2015), Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who in my opinion did not set the right tone for me, at least as the successor of my nation; the way that he only made his remark after the highly-influential Tun Dr Mahathir presented a piece of his mind on the “donation” issue. Another red alert for me was the fact that Muhyiddin’s remark was in the presence a certain group of a certain racial background; implying to me, a hint of racial preference (and a pint of cowardly act as well. And on that note, a too sensitive of a topic here, let’s get out right now!). Then again, this is racial preference we are talking about; we cannot escape growing up with it. I dream of a day when Malaysian politic would finally drift away (voluntarily) from the need to excite racial delineation.


Hold my beer. Define Sarawak for Sarawakian

The first major scientific attempt to test techniques for restoring open barren areas to their original, natural state, was initiated here in Bintulu, Sarawak. Mitsubishi Corporation was the first company endeavoring into the extraction of timber in the State. With them, Sarawak was among the world’s leading exporter of tropical timbers in the 90’s; created 60, 000 jobs in the then rural districts of the State. From Sarawak’s standpoint, as of 1996, the natural forests in the State could no longer sustain the required quantity for timber harvesting as one of the State’s major revenue.