S’wak signs letter to improve reduced impact logging guidelines

A letter of agreement was signed between the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the government of Sarawak to assess the new reduced impact logging (RIL) guidelines for the state.

“The objective of the letter of agreement is to carry out a gap assessment of the newly harmonised RIL guidelines for Sarawak against international best practice and through multi-stakeholder consultation.

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Wealth Wins Political Favours For The Taibs In Canada…..

When reports emerged of a preliminary finding by the OECD (the international organisation which monitors good economic practice) that threatened to force the Taib family company in Canada to open its accounts to public scrutiny, SAKTO boss Hisham Murray appears to have picked up the phone to an influential friend in politics, according to a devastating article by the Canadian news site Ricochet.

Murray (known by his birth name Sean) is married to Sarawak Governor Taib Mahmud’s eldest daughter, Jamilah and they have managed this branch of the Taib family investments in Canada, the US and Europe since leaving college in Ottawa, where they met in the 1980s.

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PM: Malaysia should be more aggressive against palm oil discrimination

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia should be more aggressive in addressing the proposed restriction towards palm oil use in the EU, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Dr Mahathir said this in response to a question on whether Putrajaya agrees with the views of oil palm smallholders that the Government should use political and economic means to put a stop to the unfair treatment by EU nations towards the commodity.

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Understanding Sarawak’s sudden shift from timber to petroleum

Sarawak’s economic performance is satisfactory, to say the least. In 2017, the largest state in Malaysia with a population of over 2 million saw a 4.7 percent economic growth, spurred in large part by its agricultural sector.

The sector is responsible for approximately 13 percent of Sarawak’s economy with logging being the second largest agricultural activity. This comes as no surprise given that close to 80 percent of Sarawak is covered by rainforest thus making it the largest log producer in the country. The state contributes 49.1 percent of all log output throughout Malaysia.

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Sarawak govt under pressure to stop oil palm project on native land

KUCHING: An Orang Asli activist has urged the state government to look into the encroachment of a local oil palm company on native land near Mulu National Park.

Willy Kajan from Long Terawan village said Mulu assemblyman Gerawat Gala had earlier told the oil palm company to immediately cease operations on the native land, but said villagers still witness logging activities.

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Raiding Paradise – How The Taibs Continue To Cash In On Sarawak’s Public Wealth

As the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission continue to drag their feet on furthering investigations into abuse of power by Governor Taib Mahmud, Sarawak Report can illustrate how one of Kuching’s newest developments was a Taib family money-making venture from start to finish.

It’s called “Saradise” and located on prime land just five minutes from the Kuching airport. Saradise (a merger of the words Sarawak and paradise) is a 272 acre integrated township and its corporate video boasts of ‘green credentials‘ using crass images of hornbills and lush rainforest to promote the urban site.

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Sarawak to embark on reforestation-based commercial project

Sarawak plans to embark on a reforestation-based commercial project in collaboration with Edge Global Norway.

The state government signed a memorandum of understanding with the Norwegian company to discuss the broad terms and cooperation for the project, including on activities such as ecosystem mapping, baseline emission studies, carbon stock assessments and soil analysis.

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Experts, industry stakeholders to meet at clean energy conference in Sarawak

KUCHING: Clean energy experts and other stakeholders will meet to discuss ways to achieve sustainable and inclusive energy systems for Sarawak and Malaysia at an upcoming conference here.

Organised by a group of civil society organisations, the Clean Energy Collaboration on March 15-16 will bring together participants ranging from government officials, policy makers, industry representatives, academics and grassroots communities from Malaysia and abroad.

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As Primary Industries Minister Signals Oil Palm Halt, Sarawak Forestry Keeps Chopping Native Lands

Last week, residents from two Iban longhouses in Kanowit travelled to Kuching to present a signed petition to the Sarawak Forestry Department calling for an end to years of encroachment on their native lands at Bukit Spali in Sungai Ngemah.

In particular, they want the revocation of logging licences allegedly granted to two privately-owned companies – HTK Holdings and Smartgold Resources.

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Standardised fuel prices in Sarawak within this year

The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs is looking at standardising prices of petrol and diesel within this year in Sarawak, with the setting up of more petrol stations in the state to service those living in rural areas.

Deputy Minister Chong Chieng Jen said the ministry would work closely with oil companies, including Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) to ensure the standardised prices, by setting up mini petrol stations or a portable container system in rural areas.

“Sarawak is a big and sparsely populated state and, as such, rural people are having difficulty securing fuel, which is sold at different prices and above that in urban areas,” he told reporters after officially opening the new Sungai Maong Petronas station.

He said such incidents had been found to have occurred in rural towns such as Kapit and Song.

On the win-win situation of a possible collaboration with Petronas on the matter, he said the national oil company had agreed to look into the supply side of the fuel, and most importantly, ensure that rural folks have access to the same prices enjoyed in urban areas.

As connectivity within Sarawak grows, coupled with the development of the Pan Borneo Highway, the growth of new retail fuel stations would also help fullfill demand for fuel and support the state’s infrastructure and economic development, Chong added.

He said it was one of the key features of the government of the day in cooperating with the business sector and congratulated Petronas for the innovative and creative policies being adopted to deliver a seamless and frictionless customer experience through its huge investment in research and development.

Earlier, Petronas Dagangan Bhd (PDB) managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Syed Zainal Abidin said the Sungai Maong station was the first Petronas station in Sarawak to boast of a KFC drive-through facility, besides being its 91st to date.

Nationwide, PDB has a total network of 1,054 stations.

Source: The Sun Daily