Cahya Mata Sarawak provides all-in-one expertise to satisfy SCORE expectations

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CMS started off as a cement manufacturer. However, they have expanded their services to such an extent, they could fulfil almost all of the infrastructural requirements of SCORE.

Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd (CMS) is a company whose name can be attached to any given project involving the improvement of Sarawak’s infrastructure or services. And with the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) programme in full swing, CMS is at the forefront.

Dato’ Richard Curtis, Group Managing Director and Executive Director of CMS, said the company is well equipped to deal with a number of SCORE projects that require their expertise.

“Most companies in Sarawak focus on one business but we have a portfolio of industries that cover the whole state,” Dato’ Richard said. “We maintain roads, we trade construction materials, build townships, have investments in pipe makers, steel fabricators and in investment banking, so we are pretty much involved.”

The company started out as a cement maker but gradually diversified and lists its official businesses as cement, construction materials, construction and road maintenance, property development, Samalaju development, services and financial services. CMS’s expansive portfolio means there are few projects that do not involve them. As a result, the company is in an ideal position to play an integral part in the success of SCORE.

“If our construction division does not get the job, we still invariably supply the cement, pipes, stones and many other materials” said Malaysian-born Dato’ Richard. “CMS has a close knit team of managers meeting all these various needs, which enables us to be in a dominant position to understand SCORE and to serve as a unique one stop gateway to the state.”

Cahya Mata Sarawak, which roughly translates to “the light of Sarawak’s eye” or “the child of Sarawak”, was formed in 1974 and, in 1989, became the first company from Sarawak to list on the main Bursa Malaysia exchange.

In 1994, the diversification process started and, two years later, the company changed its name to its current one from the original Cement Manufacturers Sarawak Sdn Bhd. Five years ago, CMS underwent major managerial changes in order to take the company forward.

“When new management came in in 2006, we developed a plan to focus our business on Sarawak. We diverted all our peninsular Malaysia and overseas investments to Sarawak. We have the funds, the management capability and the bandwidth to handle all projects,” said Dato’ Richard.

Although CMS is involved in a host of SCORE projects, two in particular have received much publicity. One is its partnership with global metal giant Rio Tinto Alcan to build an aluminium smelter at Samalaju Industrial Park (SIP) in Bintulu. The other is its partnership with Naim to develop an SIP township.

The aluminium smelter, worth US$2 billion, will be run under joint venture company SALCO and is expected to contribute up to RM2.4 billion annually to Malaysia’s GDP, in addition to generating 4,700 direct and indirect jobs.

CMS is the major partner in SALCO but Dato’ Richard said the involvement of a big name such as Rio Tinto shifts the investment spotlight firmly on Sarawak.

“Aluminium is the metal for the future and if you look at the level of use in the West we are far behind,” he said. “It is very appropriate that Sarawak goes into the energy industry. That is why it was important to have a joint venture with Rio Tinto because they set a certain standard. They uphold the conventions of the UN and so forth which are now observed by Sarawak.”

CMS, through its subsidiary Samalaju Industries Sdn Bhd, has also entered into an agreement with property developer Naim Cendera and the Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) to build a township and housing development at SIP. The joint venture seeks to develop and operate temporary camps and facilities for construction workers involved in the businesses locating to SIP, which is a key node of the SCORE programme. CMS will own 51 per cent, Naim 39 per cent and BDA 10 per cent.

“There are two components,” said Dato Richard. “One is building and operating work camps during construction. In Asia, they don’t take a lot of care of the workers and it creates a lot of social problems, especially in huge projects. Under our project, we feed them, house them and provide recreation.”

Dato’ Richard is among those who devote their time to community programmes. His leadership skills come from vast experience on a global scale, having worked in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia.

“I am multi-cultural,” said Dato’ Richard, who studied law in Bristol, England. “I have been very exposed to multi-cultural environments. So you draw inspiration from these different cultures and places to create a synthesis of what will work the way you are.

“I was brought up in Malaysia in a Malaysian setting. I try and marry the best of both East and West to optimise our business management. I am also accustomed to companies with multi-business units. Most people run businesses with just one focus. CMS is a focused conglomerate and our proven management team is adept at linking our different business units to provide a seamless one stop service to our customers in the state.”

 

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CMS started off as a cement manufacturer. However, they have expanded their services to such an extent, they could fulfil almost all of the infrastructural requirements of SCORE.

Reading Time: 3 minutes

CMS started off as a cement manufacturer. However, they have expanded their services to such an extent, they could fulfil almost all of the infrastructural requirements of SCORE.

Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd (CMS) is a company whose name can be attached to any given project involving the improvement of Sarawak’s infrastructure or services. And with the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) programme in full swing, CMS is at the forefront.

Dato’ Richard Curtis, Group Managing Director and Executive Director of CMS, said the company is well equipped to deal with a number of SCORE projects that require their expertise.

“Most companies in Sarawak focus on one business but we have a portfolio of industries that cover the whole state,” Dato’ Richard said. “We maintain roads, we trade construction materials, build townships, have investments in pipe makers, steel fabricators and in investment banking, so we are pretty much involved.”

The company started out as a cement maker but gradually diversified and lists its official businesses as cement, construction materials, construction and road maintenance, property development, Samalaju development, services and financial services. CMS’s expansive portfolio means there are few projects that do not involve them. As a result, the company is in an ideal position to play an integral part in the success of SCORE.

“If our construction division does not get the job, we still invariably supply the cement, pipes, stones and many other materials” said Malaysian-born Dato’ Richard. “CMS has a close knit team of managers meeting all these various needs, which enables us to be in a dominant position to understand SCORE and to serve as a unique one stop gateway to the state.”

Cahya Mata Sarawak, which roughly translates to “the light of Sarawak’s eye” or “the child of Sarawak”, was formed in 1974 and, in 1989, became the first company from Sarawak to list on the main Bursa Malaysia exchange.

In 1994, the diversification process started and, two years later, the company changed its name to its current one from the original Cement Manufacturers Sarawak Sdn Bhd. Five years ago, CMS underwent major managerial changes in order to take the company forward.

“When new management came in in 2006, we developed a plan to focus our business on Sarawak. We diverted all our peninsular Malaysia and overseas investments to Sarawak. We have the funds, the management capability and the bandwidth to handle all projects,” said Dato’ Richard.

Although CMS is involved in a host of SCORE projects, two in particular have received much publicity. One is its partnership with global metal giant Rio Tinto Alcan to build an aluminium smelter at Samalaju Industrial Park (SIP) in Bintulu. The other is its partnership with Naim to develop an SIP township.

The aluminium smelter, worth US$2 billion, will be run under joint venture company SALCO and is expected to contribute up to RM2.4 billion annually to Malaysia’s GDP, in addition to generating 4,700 direct and indirect jobs.

CMS is the major partner in SALCO but Dato’ Richard said the involvement of a big name such as Rio Tinto shifts the investment spotlight firmly on Sarawak.

“Aluminium is the metal for the future and if you look at the level of use in the West we are far behind,” he said. “It is very appropriate that Sarawak goes into the energy industry. That is why it was important to have a joint venture with Rio Tinto because they set a certain standard. They uphold the conventions of the UN and so forth which are now observed by Sarawak.”

CMS, through its subsidiary Samalaju Industries Sdn Bhd, has also entered into an agreement with property developer Naim Cendera and the Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) to build a township and housing development at SIP. The joint venture seeks to develop and operate temporary camps and facilities for construction workers involved in the businesses locating to SIP, which is a key node of the SCORE programme. CMS will own 51 per cent, Naim 39 per cent and BDA 10 per cent.

“There are two components,” said Dato Richard. “One is building and operating work camps during construction. In Asia, they don’t take a lot of care of the workers and it creates a lot of social problems, especially in huge projects. Under our project, we feed them, house them and provide recreation.”

Dato’ Richard is among those who devote their time to community programmes. His leadership skills come from vast experience on a global scale, having worked in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia.

“I am multi-cultural,” said Dato’ Richard, who studied law in Bristol, England. “I have been very exposed to multi-cultural environments. So you draw inspiration from these different cultures and places to create a synthesis of what will work the way you are.

“I was brought up in Malaysia in a Malaysian setting. I try and marry the best of both East and West to optimise our business management. I am also accustomed to companies with multi-business units. Most people run businesses with just one focus. CMS is a focused conglomerate and our proven management team is adept at linking our different business units to provide a seamless one stop service to our customers in the state.”

 

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