Cahya Mata Sarawak (CMS) recognises its responsibility to the local community and provides financial aid and assistance, which is supplemented by our employees’ commitment to ‘Doing Good, where employees volunteer as participants, and extend their time and talent to support community efforts. Through our community outreach efforts, we aim to enhance the quality of life in the communities where we work and live.

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St. Luangga Church gets spruced up

5 December 2020 – 57 volunteers from CMS Roads Sdn Bhd (RMU Tapah) and CMS Premix Sdn Bhd spent one Saturday sprucing up the new St. Luangga Church in Kampung Sungai Barie, Serian and helping the church fix its flooding issue. While some volunteers laid aggregates around the church compound to prevent small floods from occurring whenever it rained, others worked on getting the church in spic-and-span condition for its 350 congregators by trimming overgrown grass, sweeping, and clearing sites with heavy machinery.

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Getting church’s hostel back in shape

14 October 2020 – Sitting atop a quiet hill, embosomed by lush greenery as they overlook the small town of Kapit are the Church of Mary Immaculate Conception and its hostel. Home to some of the Catholic church’s congregation from rural areas, the wooden hostel also doubles as a place for guest visitors to stay in during church events. To keep the place well-maintained for those residing there, volunteers from CMS Roads Sdn Bhd (RMU Kapit) teamed up with JKR Kapit and the church community for some repair and maintenance work to get the decrepit hostel, built in 2004, back in shape.

With paintbrushes in hand, the volunteers painted the hostel walls a soft shade of pink, and upgraded the hostel ceilings and walls with insulation and plywood. Any termite-damaged wood was replaced with fresh, new ones while brand new mattresses, fans and exhaust fans were also donated to the church to help provide the hostel users a safe and comfortable environment to live in. CMS Roads Sdn Bhd contributed RM8,685 worth of items towards this rebuilding activity.

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Plogging around Kampung Nangka Sibu

20 September 2020 – If you too took a second glance at the word ‘plogging’ – you are not alone. The name of this quirky exercise through which trash is picked up while brisk walking or jogging is coined from two words: jogging, and ‘plocka upp’ which is Swedish for ‘pick up’. This innovative union of ecology and sport has been the talk of the town in environmentalist Scandinavian countries as it feeds two birds with one seed; not only will one burn 288 calories compared to the 235 calories burned from regular jogging, surrounding litter gets cleaned up too! Knowing this, 21 volunteers from CMS Cement Industries Sdn Bhd jumped in on this health-environmental bandwagon and joined JKKK Kampung Nangka, Pusat Khidmat Dun Nangka and the Sibu Municipal Council in a plogging and gotong-royong session at Kampung Nangka Sibu. Through this community initiative, we hope to raise the village folk’s awareness towards the importance of keeping the environment clean and maintaining a healthy lifestyle especially in the midst of this pandemic.

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Rekindling the gotong-royong spirit

13 September 2020 – The term ‘gotong-royong’ carries the meaning of mutual assistance or the sharing of burdens. It instills in us the value of caring for one another and an understanding that burden, like joy, is something better shared than solely shouldered by one. In the face of a global pandemic, CMS remembers its shared responsibility to care for the people of Sarawak and remains earnestly committed to carrying out its corporate philanthropy initiatives and employee volunteerism work for the betterment of the local community.

The multipurpose hall of Kampung Stampin Baru nestled in the tight corner of the village by a river had limited parking space and the local community had long planned for an extension of its ground area. Seeing this as an opportune chance to rekindle the gotong-royong spirit in our community after months of isolation and separation from each other during the RMCO, employee volunteers from CMS’ Construction Materials & Trading Division enthusiastically worked alongside local villagers to resurface the exterior grounds of the hall with the 150 metric tonnes of aggregates donated by CMS Quarries Sdn Bhd. Although our volunteers were fatigued from a long Sunday’s work, they left the village late in the afternoon with newfound friends and joy in their hearts knowing that they had done their part in alleviating the villagers’ burden.

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Recycle today for a better tomorrow

29 August, 18 & 25 September 2020 – Annie Leonard, an American advocate for all things sustainability once said, “There is no such thing as ‘away’. When you throw something away, it must go somewhere”. This sheds light on the mountainous waste piling up in landfills or in incinerators awaiting to be burned to ash – issues many tend to forget even on their journey to a more sustainable lifestyle. To raise CMS employees’ awareness on these environmental matters, CMS Cement Industries Sdn Bhd’s Sibu Bulk Terminal and Mambong team respectively held recycling campaigns to spur greater motivation among our employees to become zero-waste individuals by either reusing items and reducing their waste, or by recycling recyclable materials. After hours spent separating the recyclables, properly disinfecting them, and thoughtfully reorganising them during their recycling drive, our employee team from Sibu collected a total of 468.8 kg worth of recyclables sold for RM100.50 while the impressive 3,122.50 kg recyclables contributed by our Mambong team garnered proceeds of RM1,115.70, all of which will be donated to local charities.