CMS to commence cement manufacturing operations on May 15

Datuk Isaac Lugun

KUCHING, May 11: CMS Cement Industries Sdn Bhd has lined up three keys initiatives to focus on as it expects to restart operations on May 15, revealed Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMS) group managing director Datuk Isaac Lugun.

According to Isaac in a statement today, the three initiatives involve prioritising the safety of their workers and also customers, while preparing to restart the group’s cement manufacturing operations.

“The first initiative will see us adhering strictly to the comprehensive SOPs (standard operating procedures) outlined by the Sarawak state government and the Ministry of Health. Secondly, CMS Cement will carry out full sanitisation of all its facilities covering offices, production plants, packing and loading bays and weighbridges.

“Thirdly, CMS Cement will conduct medical screening for its staff to ensure only those who are pronounced Covid-19-free are allowed back to work. All these activities must be done properly and cannot be rushed, so a target commencement date of 18 May is feasible.” he said.

According to the statement, CMS Cement is activating business continuity plans to ensure the preservation of its cement manufacturing business once operations are up and running.

“The recommencement of CMS Cement’s operations will see its Sibu terminal becoming operational on 15 May 2020, while all its other cement-related operations across the state will come into full force on 18 May 2020.

“As the Sibu terminal is a key supplier to the Baleh Dam project, the commencement of its operations has been prioritised.”

On another matter, Issac also called for all Sarawakians to remains vigilant in the fight against Covid-19 under the “new norm”, although the rules are being relaxed under the CMCO.

“We urge all other public and private sector organisations within Sarawak to not let down their guard but take the necessary measures to keep their people safe.

“By working together, we will get through this crisis and emerge a stronger and more resilient state,” he added. — DayakDaily