Stay updated with the latest developments in Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMS) through our series of press releases.

CMS Holds 34th Annual General Meeting With Shareholders

Wednesday, 20 May 2009, Kuching – Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMS) held its 34th Annual General Meeting (AGM) with shareholders here earlier today. All nine resolutions put to shareholders were duly approved.

The AGM was chaired by CMS Group Chairman, YAM Tan Sri Syed Anwar Jamalullail. Also present were Deputy Group Chairman Dato Sri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib and members of the Board of Directors.

Prior to voting on the resolutions, the shareholders were given a presentation by CMS Group Managing Director Dato’ Richard Curtis on the Group’s performance in 2008 and plans going forward.

In preparing for a challenging year ahead in 2009 and 2010, Dato Richard said, “CMS stands today on a much firmer footing. Having re-aligned our businesses towards building CMS into a leading metals and construction materials producer, and having implemented more effective management processes and controls, we remain very focused on long-term sustainable and profitable growth.”

Approximately 150 shareholders and management staff attended the AGM.


Searching For New Talent Beyond Sarawak Shores

Monday, 18 May 2009, Kuala Lumpur – The search for new talent to join the CMS family took Group Human Resources beyond Sarawak shores this past weekend to participate in a career fair held in Kuala Lumpur.

For three days from 15 – 17 May 2009, the CMS booth at Karnival Kerjaya & Keusahawanan Graduan 2009 (National Graduate Career & Enterprenuership Carnival), held at PWTC in Kuala Lumpur, was flooded with interest from fresh graduates and undergraduates alike keen to submit their resumes for a suitable placement as a Management Trainee or for a host of job vacancies in CMS’ manufacturing operations.

With 600 organisations and small businesses participating, the event was billed as the largest career exhibition ever to be held in Malaysia. There was certainly much on offer for the thousands of students, graduates and job seekers who visited the exhibition throughout the weekend.

As one of a handful of companies from outside of KL to participate in the event, CMS’ booth saw a steady stream of job seekers eager to find out more about our Group’s diverse operations and the career opportunities available.

Current vacancies on offer within CMS Group include jobs in production, manufacturing and engineering, specifically in plant, instrument and control systems, raw mill, planning and in mining. There are also openings in safety & health, logistics, store management, laboratory work, and in finance-related roles.

In addition, CMS advertised opportunities for the recruitment of management trainees. This received much favourable response from those visiting the booth.


CMS Doing Good: Motivating Students to Succeed

Thursday, 7 May 2009, Kuching – “I am here to share with you my life experiences in getting to where I am at today. It begins with a focus to succeed”, said Dato’ Richard Curtis, CMS Group Managing Director, to a group of 60 students from St Thomas’ Secondary School in Kuching here today. The students from Forms 4, 5 and 6, aged from 15 – 17 years, were the first batch to attend a new ‘CMS Doing Good’ programme called the CMS School Circle talk series.

For over one hour, the students listened attentively to Dato’ Richard’s education and career experiences which began with him gaining a law degree despite having little interest in the subject at first. “But I saw the degree as an important stepping stone for me to getting a good job and eventually building a career for myself.”

Among Dato’ Richard’s many gems of advice for the students were core competencies which every working adult must have and tips for young employees. The latter included the importance of having a multi-cultural outlook, of standing out and the ability to communicate. He also stressed on the importance of managing time, of life-long learning, and finally, personal resilience.

Various questions were posed to Dato’ Richard. These included choice of career and what degree to take if indeed one was undecided about life’s goals and ambitions.

Reflecting on the talk, Dato’ Richard later said, “If I was able to convince just 5 young men and young ladies today on the importance of having a goal and to focus on succeeding by getting through school, getting a degree and a good first job, I believe I would have been effective.”

Judging by the level of interest shown by the students towards Dato’ Richard’s talk, there were very positive signs that the CMS School Circle programme had met its objective to ‘Do Good’ for another segment of the community around us – this time being young men and women who will enter the job market within the next 5 years.


SALCO Community Partnership Project Gives 400 Books to Nyalau

Thursday, 26 February 2009, Kuching – It began with a simple request – “Can SALCO help give our school library some English language story books?” What followed was a community partnership between SALCO and two primary schools at Nyalau, near Bintulu, which saw school children receive story books in return for creating a piece of artwork on their village or school.

In November last year SALCO ran an art competition for the students of Sk Kuala Nyalau and SK Kampung Nyalau, asking the children to draw a picture featuring ‘my village’ or ‘my school’. Every student who entered the competition received a book for themselves, and a book for their school library.

Out of the 220 entries received, 12 drawings were selected to feature in a 2009 SALCO calendar.

Earlier this month 400 story books and over 200 calendars were presented by the SALCO team to the two school principals at Kuala Nyalau and Kampung Nyalau. Calendars have also been given to government departments and groups working on the SALCO smelter project.

There were big smiles all round from the students and teaching staff alike – happy at receiving the books for themselves and for the school library.

Primary school SK Kuala Nyalau is a boarding school with 76 students whilst primary school SK Kampung Nyalau is a day school with 136 students. The medium of teaching is in the Malay language; however English language is taught as a subject and one which the students must obtain a minimum ‘Pass’ rate in the Primary 6 external examination. SALCO’s community project aims to contribute towards encouraging students to improve their reading and speaking skills.

According to SALCO Acting Chief Executive Officer, Greg Rashford, “We hope that by giving each child a book of their own, they will improve their interest in reading and broaden their general knowledge.”

Nyalau is located approximately 10 km from the proposed site of the SALCO aluminium smelter at Samalaju, 60 km from Bintulu.


Keeping Children Safe on the Road SALCO sponsors Tunku Putra School’s “BUCKLE UP” campaign

Thursday, 12 February 2009, Kuching — It is a fact – wearing seatbelts saves lives. This is why SALCO is supporting the “Buckle Up” community campaign for Tunku Putra School.

SALCO’s efforts to raise awareness of the importance of wearing rear seatbelts began in mid-2008.

SALCO’s support was welcomed by Tunku Putra students and teachers who since May 2008 have been energetically reminding its small community to “Buckle Up”, to drive carefully and to cross roads with caution at all times.

SALCO is happy to assist this community campaign which can help save young lives and educate children about safety. “Feedback tells us the campaign is effective and that word has spread about how important it is to use seatbelts”, said Greg Rashford SALCO’s Acting Chief Executive Officer.

Retractable seatbelt sets have been installed in two school buses used by Tunku Putra to ferry its students from school to external locations. The seatbelts are easy to use and prevent children from slipping out of their bus seats.

The benefit of wearing seatbelts on the school bus extends to building the good habit to ‘buckle up’ when traveling in any vehicle. In the longer term, it is hoped that all Sarawak buses will have seatbelts as a standard requirement.

The reminder to “Buckle Up” is also carried in colourful, larger-than-life posters and signboards made of recyclable material standing on the school grounds.

As an added bonus, SALCO has brought the “Buckle Up” message to the public. The rear ends of Tunku Putra school buses sport a shiny weather-proof sticker as a reminder to everyone to stay safe!

Tunku Putra School, located in Kuching, Sarawak, has approximately 525 students.