Thursday, July 16

CMS Clinker Sdn Bhd owns up on survey of land


KUCHING: CMS Clinker Sdn Bhd has confirmed it carried out land survey at the Simboh, Grumbing and Baa Mountains at Jalan Puncak Borneo here.

In a statement issued here, it said the survey is in full accordance with the processes of the Land and Survey Department, since it applied for and received the required permits to conduct surveys in the area to ascertain perimeters and boundaries.

“As a respectful and transparent member of the community, we have submitted and received all documentation to conduct the survey.

“If there is any commercial interest in the land for the extraction of shale or raw materials used in the production of cement, the next step in the process would be to engage with and negotiate with the communities to reach an amicable arrangement.

“All areas affected by the survey team will be restored or compensatory restitution provided to the community,” it explained.

The statement was issued in response to The Borneo Post’s report on Thursday that residents of several villages in Jalan Puncak Borneo want the authority to step in and investigate their claim that someone has encroached into their NCR land without their knowledge.

Folk of Kampung Sikog, Mambong, Bratan (Sibatuh), Bratan (Rabak Asah), Bratan and Punau (Tawang Baa) said their NCR land at Simboh/Grumbing/Baa Mountains had been encroached into and have approached aspiring PKR candidate Willie Mongin for assistance.

Willie said the villagers were never consulted nor was there any prior notice given to them while their headmen said they too had no clue about the surveying work being conducted in their midst.

“As a result, their fruit trees and their crops were destroyed when the surveying work was conducted in their communal forest, territorial domain and farm land. During a site visit recently, we also found that the villagers’ concerns were valid,” Willie had said.

CMS Clinker Sdn Bhd reiterated that all Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd companies operate at the highest levels of compliance, transparency and with the utmost respect for the communities in which they operate.

It said CMS looks to work in partnership with the community at all times. CMS’s portfolio spans over 30 companies involved in cement manufacturing, construction materials, trading, construction, road maintenance, property development, financial services, education and other services.