MTCC Work From Home Notice



In view of the spike in Covid-19 cases and the confirmation of three cases in Block C of Megan Avenue 2 where MTCC office is located, all MTCC staff will be required to work from home from the remainder of the CMCO period from 20 until 27 October.


All MTCC personnel remain contactable via mobile phones, email, or Whatsapp during this CMCO period.

Our normal working hours are from 8.00am – 5.00pm, Mondays to Fridays.
Your cooperation and understanding are much appreciated.

#KitaJagaKita




Timber Trade 2020: Malaysia and Germany – status, challenges, perspectives



The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted international timber trade and caused numerous challenges to both producing and importing countries.

Germany has been an important partner for Malaysia in tropical timber trade for many years. The Malaysian Timber Council (MTC) and Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) have established a close working relationship with the German Timber Trade Federation (GTTF) over the years to facilitate and promote the trade of Malaysian timber products to Germany.

You are cordially invited to join us for an online webinar on:

“Timber Trade 2020: Malaysia and Germany – status, challenges, perspectives”

on Tuesday, 27 October, 5 pm Malaysian Time/ 10 am German time

Kindly complete the Registration Form latest by 22 October 2020.

To register: http://tiny.cc/MTCCwebinar

You will receive an email notification with the login details from MTCC by 23 October 2020.

For further information on this event, please do not hesitate to contact Encik Muhammad Hasif Azizan via email: hasif@mtcc.com.my




MTCC’s Business Operations Continue As Usual During CMCO



Following the announcement by Senior Minister, Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob on 12 October, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya will be placed under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) from 14 October to 27 October in order to curb the chain of COVID-19 infection.

In compliance with the order, please be informed that the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) will operate as usual during the period. In adhering to the imposed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), all MTCC staff will work from office and remotely from home on a rotating basis. All MTCC personnel remain contactable via mobile phones, email, or Whatsapp during this CMCO period.

Our normal working hours are from 8.00am – 5.00pm, Mondays to Fridays.

Your cooperation and understanding are much appreciated.




UPDATE: Online Auditor Training Course on Forest Management Certification under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS)



In view of the latest developments of the Covid-19 pandemic in Malaysia, the Auditor Training Course on Forest Management Certification under the MTCS will now be conducted online. The date and time remain unchanged as follows:

Date:      13 – 15 October 2020
Time:     9.30 am – 5.00 pm
Venue:   Zoom

As the training will be done online, the participation fee is now revised to RM 2,000. Payment either by cheque/online bank transfer is to be made payable to ‘Malaysian Timber Certification Council’.

For those who are interested, please submit your completed registration form by 9 October 2020.

Please do not hesitate to contact MTCC (Mr. Melvin Ku melvin@mtcc.com.my or Mr. Haniff Salleh haniff@mtcc.com.my) at 03-2161 2298 should you require further information.




Invitation for Auditor Training Course on Forest Management Certification under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS)

MTCC will be organizing a three-day training for auditors on the requirements for forest management certification under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS).

The training which is opened to professionals with the relevant expertise and experience, aims to equip and train potential auditors so that they fulfil the competency requirements as stipulated in the ACB-FMC Competency Requirements for Bodies Operating Forest Management Certification issued by STANDARDS MALAYSIA to conduct forest management certification of natural forest and forest plantations under the MTCS.

The three-day training course will be held as follows:

Date:      13 – 15 October 2020
Time:     9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Venue:   Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur

The training will be conducted by MTCC’s in-house trainers as well as experienced MTCS auditors, covering the following topics:

  • Accreditation requirements
  • Requirements of MC&I SFM 1/2020 Sustainable Forest Management
  • Assessment processes
  • PEFC Trademarks Rules – Requirements for FMC certificate holders

A participation fee of RM 2,500 will be charged per participant to cover the cost of professional fees, lunch, tea breaks and training materials. The cost of travelling and accommodation will be borne by the participants. Payment either by cheque/bank transfer is to be made payable to ‘Malaysian Timber Certification Council’.

As spaces are limited, qualified individuals will be selected based on a “first-come-first served” basis. For those who are interested, please submit your completed registration form by 1 October 2020.

Please do not hesitate to contact MTCC (Mr. Melvin Ku melvin@mtcc.com.my or Mr. Haniff Salleh haniff@mtcc.com.my) at 03-2161 2298 should you require further information.

MTCC visits MTIB and MTC



KUALA LUMPUR, 8 September – MTCC Chairman, Kamaruzaman Mohamad led the MTCC management team to visit Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB) and Malaysian Timber Council at Menara PGRM in Cheras here today.

The visit was aimed at strengthening relationships between MTCC and MTIB and MTC, as well as discussing the potential for further collaborations amongst the three agencies towards advancing the forestry sustainability agenda and timber sector in Malaysia.

During the visit to MTIB, the MTCC management team was given a briefing on MTIB’s operations by its Director General, Mohd Kheiruddin Mohd Rani.

At MTC, Kamaruzaman and the MTCC team received a warm welcome by MTC Chairman, Mazli Zakuan Mohd Noor. The team was enlightened on the council’s roles and functions by its Acting Chief Executive Officer, Wong Kah Cane. The team also visited the MTC Timber Gallery during the trip.  

Present were MTCC Chief Executive Officer, Yong Teng Koon, Senior Manager (Forest Management), Siti Syaliza Mustapha, Manager (Product), Sabrina Mawasi and Senior Executive (Public Relations and Marketing), Muhammad Hasif Azizan.

MTCC adakan lawatan ke MTIB dan MTC

KUALA LUMPUR 8 September – Rombongan pengurusan atasan Majlis Pensijilan Kayu Malaysia (MTCC) yang diketuai Pengerusi, Kamaruzaman Mohamad telah mengadakan lawatan ke Lembaga Perindustrian Kayu Malaysia (MTIB) dan Majlis Perkayuan Malaysia (MTC) di Menara PGRM, Cheras, hari ini.

Lawatan ini bertujuan untuk mengeratkan lagi hubungan MTCC dengan MTIB dan MTC serta membincangkan potensi bagi mempertingkatkan lagi kerjasama di antara ketiga-tiga pihak dalam memajukan agenda kelestarian hutan dan sektor perkayuan di Malaysia.

Dalam pertemuan bersama MTIB, MTCC telah menerima penerangan berkenaan pengoperasian MTIB yang disampaikan Ketua Pengarah, Mohd Kheiruddin Mohd Rani.

Kunjungan Kamaruzaman dan rombongan MTC telah disambut oleh Pengerusinya, Mazli Zakuan Mohd Noor. MTCC telah diberi taklimat mengenai fungsi dan peranan organisasi itu oleh Pemangku Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif, Wong Kah Cane. Rombongan MTCC turut meluangkan masa melawat Galeri Perkayuan MTC semasa kunjungan tersebut.

Turut hadir adalah Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif MTCC, Yong Teng Koon, Pengurus Kanan (Pengurusan Hutan), Siti Syaliza Mustapha, Pengurus (Produk), Sabrina Mawasi dan Eksekutif Kanan (Perhubungan Awam & Pemasaran) Muhammad Hasif Azizan.




Chain of Custody Training Course for PEFC-Notified Certification Bodies Under the MTCS

We are pleased to inform you that MTCC will be organising the above training course for CoC auditors, reviewers, and certification decision makers of certification bodies under the MTCS. This training is conducted to fulfill the training requirement as stipulated in the PEFC ST 2003:2020 as follows:

–       para 6.1.2.1 – “The certification body shall ensure that qualified reviewers, certification decision makers and auditors, every two calendar years, have participated in a refresher training in chain of custody of forest and tree based products that is recognised by the PEFC Council.”

–      para 6.1.1.4.3 – “The certification body shall ensure that the reviewer and certification decision-maker have received initial training on the PEFC system and the Chain of Custody standard, that is recognised by the PEFC Council.”

The two-day training course will be held as follows:

Date :   14 – 15 October

Time:   9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Venue: Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur

A course fee of RM1,500.00 (Ringgit Malaysia: One Thousand Five Hundred Only) will be charged per participant to cover the cost of professional fees,  lunch, tea breaks and training materials.  Payment should be made payable to ‘Malaysian Timber Certification Council’ as per detail below:

Account No    :           514404800284           

Bank                :           MAYBANK BERHAD

Maluri Branch, No. 88, Jalan Mahkota, Taman Maluri, Cheras, 55100,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Swift Code      :           MBBEMYKL   

Note : Please ensure that your payment covers ALL bank charges (including those from your bank and the MTCC Bank)

We would appreciate if you could complete the Attendance Reply Form here no later than 25 September 2020. For further information on this training course, please do not hesitate to contact Encik Akmal Saarani via email at akmal@mtcc.com.my

PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON RE-ENDORSEMENT OF THE MALAYSIAN TIMBER CERTIFICATION SCHEME BY PEFC



As a scheme endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), MTCC is required to revise its certification standards and other relevant technical documents once every five years. The revision ensures that latest development in PEFC requirements, new scientific information, practical experience gained in the field, and expectations as well as aspirations of society towards sustainable forest management are considered by the national schemes and implemented as part of PEFC’s commitment to continuous improvement.

Following the approval by the 83rd Meeting of the Board of Trustees, MTCC has submitted its revised standards and other relevant MTCS documentation to PEFC for re-endorsement on 1 July 2020.

To ensure transparency and accountability in the endorsement process, PEFC is now seeking feedback from stakeholders on the revised MTCS. For more information regarding the PEFC assessment process and how to participate in the stakeholder consultation, please visit https://www.pefc.org/news/public-consultation-malaysian-timber-certification-scheme.




Mujong-Melinau FMU Awarded MTCS Certification



The Mujong-Melinau Forest Management Unit (Mujong-Melinau FMU) managed by Subur Tiasa Holdings Berhad has been awarded the Certificate for Forest Management (Natural Forest) on 24 August 2020. The certificate was issued by SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd following a successful certification audit conducted from 9 to 12 December 2019.  The certificate is valid for five years, subject to continued compliance based on yearly surveillance audits.

The Mujong-Melinau FMU, covering an area of 41,696 ha is located in the central region of Sarawak within the Kapit Division.




Briefing Session on Use of Revised PEFC International Chain of Custody Standard PEFC ST 2002:2020 – Chain of Custody of Forest and Tree Based Products – Requirements



MTCC has adopted the PEFC International chain of custody standard dated 14 February 2020, replacing PEFC ST 2002:2013 Chain of Custody of Forest Based Products- Requirements Second Edition dated 7 December 2015. An 18-month transition period has been granted for the application of the new standard and PEFC ST 2002: 2013 will be withdrawn on 14 February 2022.

In order to familiarize and provide CoC certificate holders with a better understanding of the PEFC ST 2002:2020 and the amendments/additions made in comparison with the current PEFC ST 2002:2013 standard, MTCC is pleased to inform you that an online briefing session will be held as follows:

Date:   10 September 2020  (Thursday)

Time:   9:00 am – 1:00 pm

MTCC would therefore like to invite personnel in charge of the implementation of the chain of custody system in your company to attend the Online Briefing Session. Kindly complete the Attendance Reply Form here. Alternatively, you may confirm your attendance via email to Cik Adibah Aris (adibah@mtcc.com.my) latest by 4 September 2020.




Contest Spreads the Love for Forests among Nature-Loving, Photography Buffs



Kuala Lumpur, 22 August 2020 – Sometimes it only takes a photograph to spark an interest or create a passion or deeper appreciation in a particular subject. A photograph triggers emotion and mood, narrates a story and most of all, inspires – All the elements which are inherent and stunningly reflected in the winning photographs and shorts videos from the recently concluded Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) Photography Contest 2020.

Themed “Experience Forest, Experience MTCS-PEFC”, the contest entered its third edition this year and was jointly organised by MTCC and PCP Publications, the publisher for photography magazines namely Photo Creator, Advanced Images, Fotografika, Travelmate and Travelution. The contest was aimed at raising public awareness on the beauty and benefits of Malaysia’s tropical forests while promoting the importance of valuing the nature and managing the green wonders through timber certification to benefit future generations.

The 49 winners of the contest were announced and received their prizes at a live-streamed ceremony held at the MTCC office today. Set to the tone of the new normal, the hybrid affair was part of the online Kuala Lumpur Photography Festival 2020 (KLPF 2020) organised by PCP Publications.

WINNING ENTRIES

In his welcoming remarks, MTCC Chairman, Kamaruzaman Mohamad said the contest was in line with MTCC’s new Vision and Mission which emphasise on the importance of sustainable forest management to be internalised and appreciated at the national level if global sustainability is ever to be achieved. 

“The contest is part of MTCC’s continued initiatives to reach out to the public through increased communication, education and public awareness efforts. It also jives well with the fifth thrust of the MTCC Strategy 2020-2025, a short-term plan formulated from the new Vision and Mission which focuses on ensuring that the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) continues to be relevant in sustainable forest management efforts locally and globally,” said Kamaruzaman who announced the grand prize winner.

Present were MTCC CEO, Yong Teng Koon and PCP Publications General Manager and Editor-In-Chief, Jessica Chan. Reputable photographer and guest judge of the contest, Azul Adnan joined the event virtually to announce the winners.

A total of 166 participants from throughout Malaysia took part in the contest, with 1,384 photographs and 19 short videos submitted to compete in five categories namely People & Forest, Forest & Forest Landscapes, Forest & Animals, Wonders & Sound of Nature (short video clips) and #fortheloveofnature (social media photograph category).

A shot capturing a picturesque view of a tree overlooking mountains at Cameron Highlands, Pahang earned Chuah Chai Hong the overall grand prize. The 43-year-old engineer walked away with RM2,000 in cash, a certificate and magazines courtesy of PCP Publications.

Virtually joining the ceremony, Chuah said the image, titled “Gigantic Bonsai Tree and Mountains”, reminds us on the importance of trees in our lives. “I spotted the view during a hiking trip from Gunung Siku leading towards Gunung Irau in Cameron Highlands in March 2019. I was resting under a tree and from my spot, the tree was like a giant bonsai overlooking the mountains. The view was simply magnificent so I quickly took out my camera and snapped it…Trees are precious. Trees help provide fresh air and nurture our lives,” said Chuah from Bukit Mertajam, Penang.  

Grand Prize Photo
“Gigantic Bonsai Tree and Mountains” by Chuah Chai Hong

First prize shot for the People & Forest category went to Tan Ee Long, a 42-year-old photographer from Muar, Johor. Tan’s winning picture titled “Charcoal-Making” captures the old-fashioned way of charcoal-making and its age-old charm in Kuala Sepetang, Taiping, Perak. Charcoal-production from mangrove logs is a traditional source of livelihood for villagers in that area.

Photographer Mohd Nazri Sulaiman, 46, from Batu Pahat, Johor, was chosen as the first prize winner in the Forest & Forest Landscape category. His entry, titled “Mystical Mossy Forest” shows a majestic and mystical view of Mossy Forest in Cameron Highlands, Pahang. 

Tuan Aufa Tuan Othman, a 32-year-old teacher from Tanah Merah, Kelantan, emerged the first prize winner in the Forest & Animals category. He won the judges’ heart with a beautiful image of the unique Blue-banded Pitta (one of the endemic birds of Borneo) captured in Lahad Datu, Sabah. The first prize winners received RM1,200 each.

VIDEO, SOCIAL MEDIA CATEGORIES

Mohamad Naqiuddin Zakaria clinched the top spot and won Best Video in the Wonders & Sound of Nature video category. Titled “Experience Forest”, his video features scenic flora and fauna landscapes in forests in Terengganu and Negeri Sembilan. Jesus Cede Prudente received Special Mention in the same category for his “Mass Flowering” video showing mass flowering in Danum Valley, Sabah – a scenic and unusual phenomenon where species in the lowland dipterocarp forest simultaneously flower and fruit. On another note, 10 winners were picked as winners in the #fortheloveofnature social media (photograph) category.  

HIGH STANDARD

The judging panel, comprising Yong, Chan and Azul met in two judging sessions on 31 July 5 August.  All entries were judged based on several criteria including creativity, relevancy to the theme, originality and overall impact.

Guest judge Azul said the three judges had a tough time to choose the winners as the quality of the entries received was very high. “There were a lot of good photographs and we as judges spent quite a while deliberating on them. The thing that we were keen on, especially me personally, were photographs of landscapes with a natural look and feel, and in natural colours.” 

Chan said an impactful image gave that extra edge for the judges to take a second look and considered it for winning elements. “We looked for images that we haven’t seen commonly, something unusual or something that came with originality.”

The top four photographs from the contest will compete for the 2020 PEFC Photographer of the Year Award.

All winning entries are now on a month-long virtual exhibition at KLPF 2020 via https://klpf.com.my/cpt_exhibition/mtcc-photography-contest-2020/ until 19 September.




3 Days to Go: MTCC Photography Contest 2020 Prize-Giving Ceremony Going Hybrid This Saturday


Kuala Lumpur, 19 August 2020 – The MTCC Photography Contest 2020 is set to be a momentous one as the prize-giving ceremony will be held as a hybrid affair on 22 August, in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting new normal in event-organising.

Themed “Experience Forest, Experience MTCS-PEFC” and conducted from 22 April to 3 July, the contest was a third-time collaboration between the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) and PCP Publications, the publisher for photography and travel magazines namely Photo Creator, Advanced Images, Fotografika, Travelmate and Travelution.

The third edition of the contest was aimed at raising public awareness on the beauty and benefits of Malaysia’s tropical forests while promoting the importance of valuing the nature and sustainable forest management through timber certification to benefit future generations.

This year’s contest categories comprised People & Forest, Forest & Forest Landscapes, Forest & Animals, Wonders & Sound of Nature (short video clips) and #fortheloveofnature, a new category for Instagrammers and Facebook users to show their bit in nature conservation.  

HIGH STANDARD

The contest saw a total of 166 participants submitting 1,384 photos and 17 short videos for the five categories. The judging was done by MTCC Chief Executive Officer, Yong Teng Koon, PCP Publications General Manager and Editor-in-Chief, Jessica Chan and reputable photographer, Azul Adnan at the MTCC office on 31 July and 5 August.  

Guest judge Azul said the three judges had a tough time to pick the winners as the quality of the entries received was very high. “There were a lot of good photos and we as judges spent quite a while deliberating on them. The thing that we were keen on, especially me personally, were photos of landscapes with a natural look and feel, and in natural colours.” 

“We also looked for images that we haven’t seen commonly, something unusual or something that came with originality,” added Jessica. She said an impactful image gave that extra edge for the judges to take a second look and considered it for winning elements.

Thanking all participants for their contributions, Yong said the contest was organised primarily to raise public awareness and their appreciation on socio-economic and environmental benefits of Malaysia’s precious tropical forests. He said MTCC also aimed to garner support among the public and highlight the need to manage these forest resources sustainably through certification under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS).  

LIVE ON FACEBOOK

The prize-giving ceremony and virtual gallery tour will be conducted via live streaming on StreamYard platform only on the MTCC Facebook Page and the Kuala Lumpur Photography Festival (KLPF) 2020 Facebook Page from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Winning pictures will be exhibited virtually at KLPF 2020 via https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibitions.

The Grand Prize and the First Prize Photos from the contest will compete for the 2020 PEFC Photographer of the Year Award.




Commentary: PROCESSES INVOLVED IN GRANTING CERTIFICATION UNDER THE MTCS



On 22 June 2020, a non-governmental organisation, SAVE Rivers, protested the granting of forest management certification under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) to Samling Plywood (Miri) Sdn Bhd – Gerenai Forest Management Unit (Gerenai FMU), alleging that the certification was issued without meeting the requirements as outlined in the MTCS. It also called for the cancellation of the certificate as it was allegedly granted during the movement control order (MCO) period. The articles that were published on online news portal DayakDaily and SAVE Rivers website were trailed by a number of articles repeating the similar statements, with some even stating that the right to harvest the forests had been granted by the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC), which was incorrect.

While no formal complaint had been lodged by the aggrieved parties, MTCC as the owner of the MTCS, viewed these claims very seriously and had immediately sought feedback from the certificate holder, the Gerenai FMU, as well as the certification body, SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd, particularly on the allegation that the certification process had violated the rights of the affected indigenous communities.

Based on information provided by SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd, the initial Stage 1 audit for the FMU was conducted on 16-18 October 2018 while the certification or Stage 2 audit was conducted from 22 to 27 July 2019. During the Stage 2 field inspection, consultations were conducted with 18 out of a total of 22 indigenous communities located within and adjacent to the FMU. To ensure that all communities had been consulted during the Stage 2 certification process, the FMU held a follow-up meeting with the relevant district authorities and Gerenai Community Representative Committee (CRC) on 4 September 2019. It was reported that the meeting was attended by 60 representatives from all 22 indigenous communities. Additionally, prior to the decision made by SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd to grant certification to Generai FMU on 12 April 2020, the audit report was subjected to a review by a panel of independent experts, termed as the peer review process, to confirm that the auditors had acted judiciously in the conduct of the audit and that the FMU has satisfactorily fulfilled the requirements of the certification standard. It should be noted that the certification process had been conducted well before the MCO, therefore it is incorrect to claim that certification was pushed through during the Covid-19 crisis.

Based on the statements and allegations made in the articles, MTCC realised that there is still a lack of understanding and misconception on certification as a process and tool for promoting sustainable forest management. MTCC therefore hopes that this article can help to clarify some of those misconceptions relating to the nature, institutional set-up and certification processes under the MTCS.

Voluntary scheme

The MTCS is a voluntary scheme operated by MTCC, a company that was set up with the objectives to promote the implementation of sustainable forest management and increase the market value of products from these forests by way of certification. As a non-profit organisation, MTCC does not have any authority to grant harvesting rights/licence to a logging operator or a concessionaire. As a scheme owner and to ensure good governance and independence, MTCC does not play any role in the decision-making process of a certification body to grant a forest management certificate to an applicant. It is important to point out that under the Malaysian Federal Constitution, natural resources including land, forest and water are under the jurisdiction of the respective State Governments in terms of ownership, management and utilisation. Hence, forest management certification under the MTCS is required to abide by the prevailing state and national laws that deals with matters involving fundamental issues such as the ownership or tenure of a forested land.

The core structure of the MTCS comprises (i) MTCC as the governing body that oversees all aspects of the scheme, including development and review of certification standards; (ii) STANDARDS MALAYSIA as the national accreditation organisation that accredits and monitors the competence of certification bodies in conducting certification processes in accordance with international standards; and (iii) accredited certification bodies such as SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd, the third-party organisation that conducts independent audits on an applicant against a certification standard and makes the decision to grant, suspend or withdraw a certificate based on the audit findings. The relationship between these independent entities within the MTCS framework is as indicated in Figure 1. Each of these independent organisations has its own dispute mechanism in place to resolve any complaint related to its role in the MTCS. For example, in the case of any complaint regarding the certification process, the complainant could address the matter to the certification body.

Figure 1: Institutional arrangement of MTCS

Ensuring robustness of certification standard

In addressing sustainability requirements, forest certification requires the FMU manager to take actions that may go beyond the mandate of the federal, state and laws, such as the need to undertake stakeholder consultations on matters relating to their legal or customary rights, application of their traditional knowledge as well as fair and equitable compensation for the use of this knowledge.

The development of the standards for forest management certification under the MTCS is led by a multistakeholder standard development/review committee, comprising representatives independently elected by the stakeholder groups such as civil society organisations and associations that represent a variety of concerns and interests namely environmental, economic, social and forest related government authorities for Peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak. The social interests comprise stakeholder groups that represent indigenous communities and workers. Amongst others, the committee is required to consider comments and feedback received from stakeholders through multiple public consultations held throughout the development/review process. 

MTCC plays the role as the facilitator in the development of certification standards to ensure that the process is conducted in conformance with its standard development procedures. This means the development is done  in accordance with internationally accepted best practices that guarantees a transparent, independent and inclusive process. In addition to the robust procedures, the standards must also take into account the expectations of international communities to ensure that the various concerns at the global level are also addressed. MTCC is committed to ensure that the international recognition which it has painstakingly obtained especially through the endorsement by the Geneva-based Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) since 2009 is maintained.

Certification process

As with any type of credible certification system, the processes to obtain certification can be long and demanding. Depending on the applicant readiness, the process for forest management certificationcould take from six to 12 months from submission of application to obtaining certification. Figure 2 below summarises the procedures involved to undertake certification under the MTCS:

Figure 2: Process flow for forest management certification

One key fact to emphasize is that all certificate holders are subjected to annual surveillance audit to ensure that the forest management practices within the designated FMU continue to comply with the requirements of the certification standard.

Commitment for sustainability

As a groundbreaker for tropical forest certification schemes in Asia, the MTCS has faced numerous challenges locally and internationally, ranging from pushback from stakeholders, to suspicion and scepticism on the intent and integrity of the system. MTCC’s confidence on the robustness of the system has been strengthened through the multiple and arduous assessments conducted and the subsequent recognition by a number of experts and authorities in the field, such as the Central Point of Expertise for Timber in the United Kingdom, the Dutch Timber Procurement Assessment Committee and the PEFC.

MTCC is committed to raise awareness on the importance of sustainability and the implementation of sustainable forest management on the ground. Currently, 5 million hectares of forests in the country have been certified under the MTCS. This means the management of these forests are subjected to continuous monitoring of sustainability aspects covering social, economic and environmental considerations as stipulated in the forest management certification standard. In this complex and challenging field, MTCC recognises that garnering the understanding, support, participation and commitment of all stakeholders are key to achieve its vision of shaping a nation that appreciates and internalises the full value and contribution of forest towards global sustainability.



Malaysian Timber Certification Council

13 August 2020




Danum FMU Awarded MTCS Certification

MTCC is pleased to announce that Danum Forest Management Unit (Danum FMU) managed by Shin Yang Sdn Bhd has been awarded the Certificate for Forest Management (Natural Forest) on 8 August 2020. The certificate is valid for five years, subject to continued compliance based on yearly surveillance audits. The Certification audit was conducted by SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd from 11 to 16 November 2019.

Covering an area of 200,383 ha within the Heart of Borneo (HOB), Danum FMU is located at the upper Sg. Murum area in Kapit district.

MTCC 21st Annual General Meeting



KUALA LUMPUR 28 JULY– The 21st Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the MTCC was held at its office premises today. The main aims of the AGM were twofold:

(i)   to receive and adopt MTCC Annual Report 2019; and

(ii)  to receive and adopt the Audited Financial Reports of MTCC for the financial year ended 31 December 2019 together with the Reports of the Trustees and Auditors.

In presenting the Annual Report, MTCC CEO Yong Teng Koon highlighted the various achievements of MTCC in 2019.  He singled out the successful conduct of the 20th anniversary celebration, and the adoption of the revised Vision and Mission, and the MTCC Strategy 2020-2025 as the key highlights for the year. According to Yong, the revised Vision encapsulates MTCC’s determination to see Malaysia as “A nation that appreciates and internalises the full value and contribution of forest towards global sustainability” and the MTCC Strategy 2020-2025 as shorter-term measures toward this endeavour.  

The Audited Financial Reports of MTCC for the financial year ended 31 December 2019 together with the Reports of the Trustees and Auditors was tabled by MTCC Chairman Kamaruzaman Mohamad.  The Chairman reported that the accounts have been properly drawn up in accordance with the Malaysian Financial Reporting Standards, International Financial Reporting Standards and the requirements of the Companies Act 2016 so as to give a true and fair view of the financial position of the Council as of 31 December 2019.

The Chairman was pleased to highlight the overall better financial state of the MTCC in 2019 with an increase of RM6,289,881 or 7.01% in the “Total Equity and Liabilities” as compared to 2018.

The Meeting was attended by six Members, namely Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB), Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), Malaysian Timber Council (MTC), Sabah Timber Industries Association (STIA), Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC) and Sarawak Timber Association (STA).  As a result of travel restriction imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, it was a first for the AGM to have members participating both physically and virtually. Also, in attendance were some members of the Board of Trustees, MTCC Company Secretary and representative from the external auditor firm, Messrs Mazars.





Gaat-Mengiong and Entulu Melatai FMU Awarded MTCS Certification



MTCC is pleased to announce that following successful certification audit conducted in 2019 by SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd, the Gaat-Mengiong Forest Management Unit (FMU) under Billion Venture Sdn Bhd and Entulu Melatai FMU under Interglobal Empire Sdn Bhd have been awarded the Certificate for Forest Management (Natural Forest) on 9 July 2020 and 23 July 2020, respectively. The certificates are valid for five years, subject to continued compliance based on yearly surveillance audits. 

Gaat-Mengiong FMU is located in Kapit district and covers an area of 66,190 ha while the Entulu-Melatai FMU is located at the upper reaches of Entulu and Entuloh river covering an area of 55,112 ha. Both FMUs are located within the Heart of Borneo (HOB).




MTCC Conducts Webinar on Revised Standard



MTCC conducted a webinar to introduce the Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management or in short, the MC&I SFM to its various stakeholders on July 21.  About 140 participants from government agencies, social and environmental interest groups, industry, certification bodies, academic institutions as well as students from the Peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak participated in this three-hour webinar.  

In his welcoming remarks, MTCC CEO, Yong Teng Koon said the MC&I SFM is the outcome of an extensive standard review process which took place from 2015 to 2019.

“The MC&I SFM is the revised certification standard that has incorporated the requirements for sustainable management of both natural forest and forest plantation under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS).  This 2-in-1 standard replaces the MC&I(Natural Forest) and MC&I Forest Plantation v.2 standards. As a scheme endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), the standard also incorporates relevant PEFC benchmarks for sustainable forest management,” he added.

Yong also took the opportunity to highlight the MTCC’s new vision and mission and MTCC Strategy 2020-2025 that were adopted in 2019 in conjunction with its 20th anniversary, and presented an update on the implementation of the MTCS.

“As of July 15, a total of 4.986 million ha of forests have been certified under the MTCS, comprising 20 Forest Management Units (FMUs) covering 4.881 million ha of natural forest and seven Forest Plantation Management Units (FPMUs) covering 105,364 ha of forest plantations. The number of companies issued with the PEFC CoC Certificate stands at 381,” he said.

In her presentation on the requirements of MC&I SFM, Senior Manager (Forest Management), Siti Syaliza Mustapha said the revised standard includes nine principles, 49 criteria, and 99 indicators for natural forest (NF) and 105 indicators for forest plantation (FP).

She highlighted the key changes to the standard and emphasised on the inclusion of new requirements related to the conversion of severely degraded forest to forest plantation, afforestation of ecological important non-forest ecosystem, interpretation for internal audit and management review, the need for continual improvement and interpretation on requirements for communicating claims from certified area.

The webinar recording and photos can be downloaded from the link below:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1401yk9m9CAtMmZDkaEcqIQp2RaGmjZGG?usp=sharing




Johor FMU and Sapulut FPMU Awarded MTCS Certification



MTCC is pleased to announce that the Johor Forest Management Unit (FMU) and Sapulut Forest Development Sdn Bhd Forest Plantation Management Unit (Sapulut FPMU) have been awarded the Certificate for Forest Management (Natural Forest) and the Certificate for Forest Management (Forest Plantation.v2) respectively on 3 July 2020. The Certificates were awarded by SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd following successful certification audit and are valid for five years, subject to continued compliance based on yearly surveillance audits. 

Johor FMU is located within the State of Johor Permanent Forest Reserve covering an area of 285,292.87 ha while the Sapulut FPMU is located in Tibow, Sabah and the certification covers an area of 12,486.42 ha.




Giving a voice to the people: How forest certification improves lives



Join us next Wednesday for our latest ‘In conversation with…’ webinar! We’ll be joined by Coen van der Veer from Building and Wood Worker’s International (BWI) to discuss how forest certification improves the lives of the people living and working in the forest.

The webinar is free to attend and takes place 15 July at 11:00-12:00 CEST. Register now!

Do you know how many people worldwide are directly affected by forests? The formal forestry sector employs around 13 million people globally, while forests contribute to the livelihoods of some 1.6 billion people worldwide. The figures are impressive.

But what is done to help protect these people? How do we know that their jobs are protected, safe and properly paid? Is everybody working in the forest able to organise themselves and have a voice, to ensure that they are suitably protected?

This is what we will be discussing with Coen van der Veer during our ‘In conversation with…’ webinar next week. Talking to Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International, they’ll take a deep dive into the key issues surrounding the people working in forests, what certification is doing to improve their lives, and what more can be done.

Register now!

Who should attend?

This webinar will be of interest to anyone representing a company that relies on forest-based products, from CSR to procurement to management – giving you a chance to find out more about the people at the beginning of your supply chain. 

It will also be valuable for anyone with an interest in the people that work in our forests. Whether your interest is professional or personal – everyone is welcome!

By the end of the webinar, you should have a better understanding of the issues around forestry work, what is being done to improve people’s lives, and how you can help.

Register now!

Get a taste of forestry work

To get ready for the webinar, watch José Daniel Cáceres’ Humans of the Forests story, and get a taste of what it is like to work in a forest. José Daniel has worked in forestry for 40 years, and he’s seen many changes over the years. Hear in his own words what the forestry work has meant to him:

Building and Wood Worker’s International (BWI)

BWI groups together 351 trade unions, representing 12 million members in 128 countries from the building, woodworking and forestry sectors and related industries. As global union federation, it promotes the development of free and independent trade unions and aims to enforce workers’ rights in the context of sustainable industries.

We have been working with BWI for ten years, and they have played an important role in helping to ensure that requirements regarding workers’ rights are included within our standards.


An announcement by PEFC: https://pefc.org/news/giving-a-voice-to-the-people-how-forest-certification-improves-lives




Introduction to MC&I Sustainable Forest Management Webinar



MTCC will be organising a webinar to introduce the new MC&I Sustainable Forest Management standard and its requirements on 21 July 2020 (Tuesday) from 9.00 am to 12.00 pm on Zoom.

The MC&I Sustainable Forest Management (MC&I SFM) which is the outcome of the review of MC&I(Natural Forest) incorporating requirements from MC&I Forest Plantation.v2  was approved on 5 March 2020. The standard, which will come into force on 1 January 2021, replaces both the MC&I(Natural Forest) and MC&I Forest Plantation.v2 standards, as the certification standard for sustainable forest management of natural forest and forest plantation under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS).

The webinar is free and interested Malaysian stakeholders are encouraged to participate. Kindly register at https://forms.gle/iuJ63AnS5rAmaXov7 by 17 July 2020.

More information is contained in the attached. Should you have any inquiries, please contact us at melvin@mtcc.com.my / haniff@mtcc.com.my or 03-2161 2298. Thank you.




Consideration and Decision on Feedback Received During the Public Consultation on the Enquiry Draft – Review of MC&I (Natural Forest)



The feedback, comments and proposals received from the Public Consultation On MC&I For Forest Management Certification (20 May – 19 July 2019) were consolidated and tabled for consideration of the Standards Review Committee (SRC) at its Fifth Meeting held in Penang from 9 to 11 December 2019. All the feedback received were thoroughly deliberated by the SRC and the outcome of the deliberations resulted in the revised standard, the Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable forest Management (MC&I SFM). The MC&I SFM that was approved by the MTCC Board of Trustees on 5 March 2020 was launched on 1 April 2020 and will come into force on 1 January 2021 replacing the MC&I (Natural Forest) and MC&I Forest Plantation.v2. The deliberation on the feedback received can be downloaded here.

As the Secretariat, MTCC would like to take this opportunity to thank all stakeholders for the commitment and efforts to participate in the standard review process. We look forward to continuous support and cooperation from all of our esteemed stakeholders to ensure that the sustainable forest management standard remains current, meaningful and acceptable.

Should you have any enquiry regarding the review process, please send an email to melvin@mtcc.com.my.




Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities visited MTCC




Kuala Lumpur, 30 June 2020 – Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, YB Tuan Willie Mongin today visited the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) to understand the functions of MTCC in sustainable forest management efforts in Malaysia.

Received by MTCC Chairman, Tuan Kamaruzaman Mohamad, the Deputy Minister and his entourage from the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) were given a briefing by MTCC Chief Executive Officer, Yong Teng Koon on the Council and its operations including the various challenges and issues faced.

Also present were Senior Under Secretary, Timber, Tobacco and Kenaf Development Division (KTK), MPIC, S. Letchumanan Shanmugam, Senior Principal Assistant, KTK Division, Eleine Juliana Malek, Senior Manager (Administration and Finance), Noor Eshah Yat, Senior Manager (Forest Management), Siti Syaliza Mustapha and Manager (Product), Sabrina Mawasi.



Timbalan Menteri Perusahaan Perladangan dan Komoditi kunjungi MTCC


Kuala Lumpur, 30 Jun 2020 – Timbalan Menteri Perusahaan Perladangan dan Komoditi YB Tuan Willie Mongin mengadakan lawatan ke Majlis Pensijilan Kayu Malaysia (MTCC) untuk memahami peranan MTCC dalam melaksanakan pengurusan hutan mampan di Malaysia.

Beliau dan pegawai pengiring disambut oleh Pengerusi MTCC, Tuan Kamaruzaman Mohamad dan telah menerima taklimat daripada Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif MTCC, Yong Teng Koon mengenai operasi MTCC termasuk isu dan cabaran yang dihadapi oleh majlis tersebut.

Turut hadir ialah Setiausaha Bahagian Kemajuan Industri Kayu-Kayan, Tembakau dan Kenaf (KTK), S. Letchumanan Shanmugam, Ketua Penolong Setiausaha Kanan KTK, Eleine Juliana Malek, Pengurus Kanan (Pentadbiran dan Kewangan) Noor Eshah Yat, Pengurus Kanan (Pengurusan Hutan) Siti Syaliza Mustapha dan Pengurus (Produk) Sabrina Mawasi.




Extension of Transition Period for Chain of Custody (ST 2002) and PEFC Trademarks (ST 2001)



Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PEFC Council has extended the transition period for both revised standards mentioned above. Please take note that the initial transition date of 14 August 2021 has been extended by six (6) months to 14 February 2022.

This extension gives an additional six months for CoC certificate holders to align their procedures with the requirements stipulated in the 2020 versions of these two vital standards. The aim of the extension is to provide more flexibility when certified entities convert to the 2020 standards, as we understand the current pandemic situation is very difficult for many companies around the world.

Thank you.

MTCC Pays Courtesy Visit to Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities



Putrajaya, 17 June – MTCC’s management team led by Chairman, Tuan Kamaruzaman Mohamad paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, YB Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali at his office in Putrajaya.

Despite his busy schedule, Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin graciously spent an hour with the team and was briefed by MTCC Chief Executive Officer, Yong Teng Koon on the role and functions of the Council, and the latest update on the implementation of the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS), including issues and challenges involved.

The visit was joined by Senior Manager (Finance and Administration), Noor Eshah Yat, Senior Manager (Forest Management), Siti Syaliza Mustapha, Manager (Product), Sabrina Mawasi and Senior Executive (Public Relations and Marketing), Muhammad Hasif Azizan.

The meeting also saw the Minister presenting the chairmanship appointment letter to Kamaruzaman who took office on May 11.



MTCC mengadakan kunjungan hormat bertemu Menteri Perusahaan Perladangan dan Komoditi

Putrajaya, 17 Jun – Rombongan pengurusan atasan Majlis Pensijilan Kayu Malaysia (MTCC) diketuai Pengerusi, Tuan Kamaruzaman Mohamad mengadakan kunjungan bertemu Menteri Perusahaan Perladangan dan Komoditi, YB Dato’ Dr. Mohd. Khairuddin Aman Razali di pejabatnya di Putrajaya.

Dalam pertemuan selama sejam itu, Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif MTCC, Yong Teng Koon menyampaikan taklimat kepada YB Menteri tentang peranan dan fungsi majlis tersebut, serta perkembangan terkini berkaitan pengoperasian Skim Pensijilan Kayu Malaysia (MTCS) termasuk cabaran dan isu berkaitan.   

Turut hadir dalam lawatan tersebut adalah Pengurus Kanan (Kewangan dan Pentadbiran), Noor Eshah Yat, Pengurus Kanan (Pengurusan Hutan), Siti Syaliza Mustapha, Pengurus (Produk), Sabrina Mawasi dan Eksekutif Kanan (Perhubungan Awam dan Pemasaran), Muhammad Hasif Azizan.

Pada masa yang sama, YB Menteri turut menyampaikan surat pelantikan kepada Kamaruzaman yang dilantik sebagai Pengerusi pada 11 Mei lalu.




Contest Calls for Social Media Butterflies to Submit Their Best Shots on Protecting the Environment



Kuala Lumpur, 15 June 2020 – Nature-loving social media butterflies are invited to test their photography skills and let their creative juices flow in the MTCC Photography Contest 2020 which runs until July 6.

Themed “Experience Forest, Experience MTCS-PEFC”, the contest is a third-time collaboration between the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) and PCP Publications, the publisher for photography and travel magazines namely Photo Creator, Advanced Images, Fotografika, Travelmate and Travelution. It is aimed at raising public awareness on the beauty and benefits of Malaysia’s tropical forests while promoting the importance of valuing the nature and sustainable forest management through timber certification to benefit future generations.

The contest consists of five categories including #fortheloveofnature, a new category for Instagrammers and Facebook users to show their bid in nature conservation through photography.

“Apart from inviting avid photographers to submit their best shots which capture the uniqueness of Malaysia’s forests, we look forward to see inspiring photos by Instagram and Facebook users showing how they protect the nature,” said MTCC Chief Executive Officer, Yong Teng Koon.

“As the old adage goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. By combining photography with the effectiveness of social media platform, we believe we can reach out to more people in spreading positive messages on nature conservation,” he added.  

On another note, reputable photographer Azul Adnan is filling up the spot as the guest judge for the competition once again (he was the guest judge in the 2018 contest). His works have been featured on National Geographic and BBC websites as well as in Digital Camera and Lonely Planet magazines. He is also a regular speaker at Malaysia’s biggest annual photography exhibition, Kuala Lumpur Photography Festival.

.Azul, who is known for his talent and skills in travel, street and documentary photography, will be judging alongside Yong and PCP Publications General Manager and Editor-in-Chief, Jessica Chan.  

Sharing some tips for participants, Azul said: “Apart from good composition, lighting and as such, the judges look for images which have the ‘wow factor’ – Photos which make us pause and gaze in wonderment and ask ourselves about the content. Essentially, a strong photo is not only beautiful but also has a compelling story or meaning behind it.

“And when taking pictures, photographers should respect their surroundings. They should avoid littering and disturbing the natural living habitats of the animals and plants, no matter how small they are. As the old saying goes, ‘take only photographs, leave only footprints’,” he added.

This year’s contest categories comprise People & Forest, Forest & Forest Landscapes, Forest & Fauna, Wonders & Sounds of Nature (short video clips) and #fortheloveofnature (social media).

For details and contest form, visit the following Facebook pages and website: MTCC.Malaysia, AdvancedImagesTravelution, majalahFotografika, PhotoCreatorTravelmate & www.mtcc.com.my 


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New MTCC Chairman’s Debut Visit to MTCC



KUALA LUMPUR, 29 May 2020 – The new chairman of the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC), Tuan Haji Kamaruzaman Mohamad visited the MTCC office here earlier today. The visit was the first since his appointment on May 11.

During the visit, Tuan Haji Kamaruzaman was briefed by MTCC Chief Executive Officer, Yong Teng Koon on the roles and functions of MTCC in sustainable forest management and the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) it operates. He expressed great interest in the work of the MTCC and spent almost three and a half hours at the MTCC office to understand better the role of the MTCC in implementing the MTCS.

Also present were Senior Manager (Finance and Administration), Noor Eshah Yat, Senior Manager (Forest Management), Siti Syaliza Mustapha, and Manager (Product), Sabrina Mawasi.    




YBrs Tuan Haji Kamaruzaman Mohamad Appointed as MTCC Chairman



KUALA LUMPUR, 19 May 2020 – The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) welcomes Ybrs Tuan Haji Kamaruzaman Mohamad as its new Chairman.  The appointment comes into effect on May 11, 2020.

Tuan Haji Kamaruzaman holds a Bachelor of Science in Education (Honours) (1997) and a Master of Science in Management Information System (2000) from Universiti Putra Malaysia. He began his career as an IT lecturer at a private college in 2000. He then moved on to join the IT industry for 3 years and other several service industries in the private sector, mainly takaful insurance, and among the positions he has held included Head of Web Integration Division and Head of Management Information System. He honed his skills and expertise in sales and services as well as people management when he managed a takaful and unit trust agency in 2007. Armed with his experience and a flair for entrepreneurship, he started running a business in the oil and gas industry in 2010 until present.       

Congratulating Tuan Haji Kamaruzaman on his appointment, MTCC CEO Yong Teng Koon said MTCC is very honoured to have Tuan Haji Kamaruzaman on board and looks forward to working closely with him in advancing Malaysia’s aspirations and goals for sustainable forest management and certification.

“With his knowledge and experience in services industry and people management, we have no doubt that Tuan Haji Kamaruzaman is poised to provide exemplary leadership to the MTCC Board of Trustees and management team. We also look forward to working closely with him as he would bring a fresh perspective in spearheading the sustainable forest management agenda through the implementation of the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme, run by MTCC,” he said. 



YBrs Tuan Haji Kamaruzaman Mohamad Dilantik Sebagai Pengerusi MTCC



KUALA LUMPUR, 19 MEI 2020 – Majlis Pensijilan Kayu Malaysia (MTCC) mengalu-alukan pelantikan Ybrs Tuan Haji Kamaruzaman Mohamad sebagai Pengerusi MTCC yang baharu, berkuatkuasa pada 11 Mei 2020.

Tuan Haji Kamaruzaman merupakan pemegang Ijazah Sarjana Muda Pendidikan Sains (Kepujian) (1997) dan Ijazah Sarjana Sains dalam Pengurusan Sistem Maklumat (2000) dari Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).

Beliau memulakan kariernya sebagai Pensyarah dalam bidang Teknologi Maklumat (IT) di sebuah kolej swasta pada tahun 2000 sebelum meneruskan kerjaya dalam industri perkhidmatan di sektor swasta khusus dalam bidang insurans takaful. Antara jawatan yang pernah disandang beliau adalah sebagai Ketua Bahagian Integrasi Web serta Ketua Bahagian Pengurusan Sistem Maklumat. Kamaruzaman mengasah kemahiran dan kepakarannya dalam bidang jualan, perkhidmatan dan pengurusan sumber manusia ketika berkhidmat di sebuah agensi takaful dan amanah saham pada tahun 2007. Berbekalkan pengalaman serta kebolehan dalam bidang keusahawanan, beliau memulakan perniagaan dalam industri minyak dan gas sejak tahun 2010 sehingga kini.

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif MTCC, Yong Teng Koon yang menyuarakan ucapan tahniah beliau atas pelantikan tersebut berkata pihak MTCC amat berbesar hati dengan kehadiran Tuan Haji Kamaruzaman bersama MTCC dan amat mengalu-alukan kerjasama untuk merealisasikan aspirasi dan matlamat Malaysia ke arah pengurusan hutan mampan dan pensijilan.

“Dengan pengalaman dan pengetahuan dalam industri perkhidmatan serta pengurusan sumber manusia yang dimiliki beliau, kami yakin Tuan Haji Kamaruzaman akan dapat memimpin Lembaga Pemegang Amanah serta Bahagian Pengurusan MTCC dengan baik. Kami berharap agar dapat bekerjasama dengan baik, serta mengalu-alukan perspektif baharu yang bakal dibawakannya dalam menerajui agenda pengurusan hutan mampan menerusi pelaksanaan Skim Pensijilan Kayu Malaysia yang digerakkan oleh MTCC,” katanya.




Updated PEFC Guidance for Forest Management Certification due to Outbreak of COVID-19



The PEFC Council has issued the second version of the guidance for Forest Management Certification (FMC) auditing activities by Certification Bodies (CBs) due to travel and medical restrictions caused by COVID-19.

The guidance provides methods to ease the consequences of travel restrictions and the implementation of remote audits, and where this is not sufficient, the extension of validity of certificates until travel and medical restrictions are lifted.

The full guidance can be downloaded here.

This guidance enters into force and can be applied by certification bodies from the day of its publication (11 May 2020) and is applicable until PEFC Council revokes the guidance.

Kindly contact Mr Melvin Ku at melvin@mtcc.com.my should you require more information regarding this matter.




Revised MTCS Technical Documents – 2020



MTCC wishes to inform all stakeholders that the MTCC Board of Trustees at its 83rd Meeting on 5 March 2020 has adopted the revised MTCS Technical Documents listed below:

  1. SSP 4/2020 – Standard Setting Procedures for Development of Forest Management Certification Standards
  2. GFMC 3/2020 – Group Forest Management Certification – Requirements
  3. NCB 7/2020 – Procedure for PEFC Notification of Certification Bodies Operating Forest Management System or Chain of Custody Certification
  4. LG 8/2020 – Procedure for Issuance of PEFC Trademarks by MTCC
  5. MTCS 10/2020 – The Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) and Its Implementation Arrangement

The above documents had been revised to ensure that they are updated in line with latest organisational, procedural and technical developments related to the MTCS. The amendments also took into account the revision made by PEFC on its corresponding standards and technical documents.

Please contact MTCC for further information and clarification.




Teo Seng Paper Products Offers First PEFC-certified Egg Trays In Support Of Sustainable Development Goals



KUALA LUMPUR, 30 April 2020 – Johor-based Teo Seng Paper Products Sdn Bhd (Teo Seng Paper Products) stamped a mark in the local paper industry when it recently became the first company to obtain the Chain of Custody (CoC) Certification under the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) for its eco-friendly egg trays. Teo Seng Paper Products is a subsidiary of Teo Seng Capital Bhd, an investment holding company in which its principal businesses include poultry farming and marketing of chicken eggs, manufacturing and marketing of animal feeds, paper egg trays and organic fermented fertiliser, as well as distribution of animal health products and solution provider

As a leading global alliance of national forest certification systems, the PEFC works with the whole forest supply chain to support and ensure that forest and tree-based products are ethically and sustainably produced while encouraging consumers to make informed decisions when it comes to buying such products. The PEFC CoC Certificate enables Teo Seng Paper Products to use the PEFC label on its egg trays as a mark of its compliance to the sustainability requirements of the PEFC CoC standard. The label would not only boost the company’s competitive edge but also reflects its commitment in supporting national sustainability agenda.

The certificate was presented by BureauVeritas Malaysia (an independent Certification Body) certification manager Cynthia S.L. Tan to Teo Seng Paper Products director Nam Hiok Yong at the company’s plant in Yong Peng on March 12. The presentation of the certificate was witnessed by MTCC chief executive officer Yong Teng Koon. 


Teo Seng Paper Products product development executive, Edan Na said the company has been producing sturdy egg trays made of recycled newspapers and corrugated cartons since 1995, in line with its vision to produce sustainable products for the industry. At present, the company uses 400 tonnes of recycled papers to produce 6.3 million units of egg tray every month mainly for local consumption.

He said the company sees the PEFC CoCCertification not only for the green cause but also as a good marketing tool to penetrate new markets and enhance their market presence.

“Currently, most of our egg trays are utilised for our in-house egg brand and sold to local farms. With the PEFC label, we’re gearing up our efforts to enhance our sales and tap into other potential markets.”

“The certification is an important milestone for us as it is one of the company’s targets in going green. And turning wasted papers into an eco-friendly product is our way to help reduce congestions at the already limited dumpsites in our country. It’s our little contribution for Malaysia,” he added.    

Congratulating the company, MTCC chief executive officer Yong Teng Koon said the effort by TeoSeng Paper Products to have its paper egg trays certified is commendable and in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12: Responsible Consumption and Production.  In utilising recycled materials, the company has shown its business leadership in mainstreaming its sustainability practices to ensure resource efficiency, reduce waste and that material consumption does not lead to over-extraction of resources and degradation of environmental resources.



MTCC Photography Contest returns this year with more prizes up for grabs



Calling all nature photography enthusiasts! The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC)’s Photography Contest returns this year and invites avid photographers to test their skills and submit their best shots which capture the uniqueness of Malaysia’s tropical forests.

The contest, themed “Experience Forest, Experience MTCS-PEFC” will run from 22 April to 6 July 2020 and includes five categories including one new category for social media butterflies to show their photography flair on Instagram/ Facebook.

MTCC Chief Executive Officer Yong Teng Koon says the contest, a third-time collaboration between MTCC and PCP Publications, is aimed at raising public awareness on the beauty and benefits of our tropical lush forests while promoting the importance of valuing the nature and sustainable forest management through timber certification to benefit future generations.

“The MTCC Photography Contest is one of MTCC’s initiatives to inculcate the love and appreciation for forests and nature among the public via visual arts – which we believe have more impact in conveying messages concerning environment conservation. We’d received high quality entries that captured the richness of our forests and the people responsible for their well-being when we organised the contests in 2017 and 2018.  We definitely look forward to see more inspiring shots by adding more prizes and categories this time around,” he says.

Besides four photography and videography categories, there will be a new category for Instagrammers who are passionate about caring and doing their bid for the environment, says Yong.

“The new category, #fortheloveofnature invites Instagrammers/ Facebook users to capture creative shots showing how they do their part to protect the environment. For example, cleaning up rubbish after having a picnic or camping in the forests. We hope they can inspire and spread positive messages to more people by sharing their entries on the social media,” he adds.       


CATEGORIES AND PRIZES

This year’s contest comprises the following categories:

  • Category 1 – Forests and People: This category seeks images of people involved in the field of forestry responsible for the well-being of Malaysia’s forest resources such as foresters, forest rangers, forest researchers, auditors and indigenous peoples. Images portraying people at work and the utilisation of modern technologies for managing and conserving Malaysia’s forest resources are encouraged.
  • Category 2 – Forests and Forest Landscapes: This category welcomes any shots showcasing the natural beauty, diversity and uniqueness of forests by capturing the geological, climatological features and natural environment of Malaysian forests.
  • Category 3 – Forests and Fauna: This category seeks amazing images of animals in the wild including mammals, birds, amphibians or reptiles.
  • Category 4 – Mobile Short Video: This category requires participants to record the wonders of Malaysian forests in a short video clip with a duration of not more than three minutes. Participants may use a variety of mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, drones, GoPros, or a combination of these mobile devices, to capture the sights and sounds of the natural environment.
  • Category 5#fortheloveofnature This category invites Instagrammers to take creative shots on how Malaysians do their bid to protect the environment and share them on the social media with the following hashtags: #mtccphotocontest2020  #fortheloveofnature

Besides the grand prize of RM2,000, the contest offers one first prize of RM1,200, two merit prizes of RM600 and 10 consolation prizes of RM200 per category for Category 1 – 3. The best two mobile video clips (Category 4) will receive a cash prize of RM500 each. The three best entries on Instagram (Category 5) will receive a cash prize of RM100 each and 7 consolation prizes of RM50 each will also be awarded. All winners will also receive a book/magazine courtesy of PCPPublications.

Participation is open to all Malaysians who have a passion for forests and photography. Participants may submit up to 10 images for each category and are required to upload their entries to a cloud storage system and email the link to mtcc@pcp2u.my.


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Gerenai FMU certified under MTCS


MTCC is pleased to announce that the Gerenai Forest Management Unit (FMU) has become the 18th FMU and the tenth in Sarawak to be awarded the Certificate for Forest Management (Natural Forest) on 12 April 2020.  The Certificate was issued following a successful certification audit conducted by SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd. The Certificate is valid for five years, subject to continued compliance based on yearly surveillance audits.

Located in the Miri Division of Sarawak, the FMU is managed by Samling Plywood (Miri) Sdn Bhd and covers an area of 148,305 ha, 48% of which lies within the Heart of Borneo (HoB) project area.

Link to Gerenai FMU: http://www.samling.com/uto_pubsummary.php



SURVEY: Impact of Movement Control Order (MCO) on Forest Management and Chain of Custody Certificate Holders


As a response to the novel coronavirus pandemic (Covid19) outbreak, the Government of Malaysia has imposed the Movement Control Order (MCO) effective on 18 March 2020 throughout the country in an attempt to curb the spread of infections through human interactions. This consequently has led to disruptions in the operations of various industries, including the forestry and timber sector.

To understand how the MCO has impacted the forest management and chain of custody certification activities under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) and the operations of the timber companies, MTCC is conducting a survey among all MTCS certificate holders, seeking their valuable feedback including any assistance needed, with the view to provide these impacts to the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) for their reference and consideration.  

We therefore hope that you would participate in this survey (please click on hyperlink below) latest by 20 April 2020 (Monday).  Please be assured that your feedback will be kept private and confidential. Thank you for your kind operation.




PEFC Guidance for Forest Management Certification due to Outbreak of COVID-19


The PEFC Council has issued a guidance for Forest Management Certification (FMC) auditing activities by Certification Bodies (CBs) due to travel and medical restrictions caused by COVID-19.

PEFC Guidance – FMC Auditing Guidance for Certification Bodies and Certified Companies (Click to download)

This guidance is based on IAF Informative Document on the Management of Extraordinary Events or Circumstances Affecting ABs, CABs and Certified Organizations (IAF ID 3: 2011 – Issue 1) and IAF Mandatory Document for the Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Auditing/Assessment Purposes (IAF MD 4:2018 – Issue 2).

The document provides general procedures for the application of this guidance, as well as specific rules for initial and re-certification audits, surveillance audits and internal monitoring programmes for group organisations.

This guidance enters into force and can be applied by certification bodies from the day of its publication (9 April 2020) and is applicable until PEFC Council revokes the guidance.

Please contact Mr Melvin Ku at melvin@mtcc.com.my should you require more information regarding this matter.



Pasin FMU awarded MTCS Certification


MTCC congratulates the Pasin Forest Management Unit (FMU) on being awarded the Certificate for Forest Management (Natural Forest) under the Malaysian Timber CertificationScheme (MTCS) on 16 March 2020. The certificate was awarded by SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd following successful certification audit and is valid for five years, subject to continued compliance based on yearly surveillance audits.

The Pasin FMU which covers an area of 132,151 ha is the third FMU under the Ta Ann Group to be certified under the MTCS and is located within the Heart of Borneo (HoB) in the Song district of Sarawak.



Revised PEFC ST 2003:2020 – Requirements for Certification Bodies operating Certification against the PEFC International Chain of Custody Standard and NCB 7/2020 – Procedure for PEFC Notification of Certification Bodies Operating Forest Management System or Chain of Custody Certification



The PEFC Council has adopted the revised standard PEFC ST 2003:2020 Requirements for Certification

Bodies operating Certification against the PEFC International Chain of Custody Standard, which enters into force on 14 February 2020.


Among others, the main changes in this revised standard are:

  1. Inclusion of three new definitions on audit, certification decision maker and technical expert.
  2. New requirement to become a qualified auditor: shall receive initial PEFC training on PEFC CoC and PEFC system, approved by PEFC Council (6.1.1.2.2). Same requirement also applies to certification decision maker, or if the decision maker consists of a committee or a group of people, at least one of the members shall comply (6.1.1.3.2).
  3. New format for certificate numbering (7.7.4).
  4. Determining client organisation’s turnover, and subsequently the collection of PEFC notification fee (Appendix I)

This standard replaces PEFC ST 2003: 2013 Requirements for Certification Bodies operating Certification against the PEFC International Chain of Custody Standard Second Edition dated 17 November 2014 which is the standard currently used under the MTCS. Please take note that an 18-month transition period has been granted for the application of the new standard and that the PEFC ST 2003:2013 will be withdrawn on 14 August 2021. 

Following the revision, a new Agreement (Appendix II of NCB 7/2020) will have to be signed between the CB and MTCC and the CB are required to submit the signed Agreement.

Thank you.

Use of Revised PEFC ST 2002:2020 Chain of Custody of Forest and Tree Based Products – Requirements



The PEFC Council has adopted the revised chain of custody standard PEFC ST 2002:2020 Chain of Custody of Forest and Tree Based Products – Requirements, which enters into force on 14 February 2020.

This revised standard replaces PEFC ST 2002:2013 Chain of Custody of Forest Based Products- Requirements Second Edition dated 7 December 2015 which is the current chain of custody standard used under the MTCS. Please take note that an 18-month transition period has been granted for the application of the new standard and that the PEFC ST 2002: 2013 will be withdrawn on 14 August 2021. However, during the transition period, i.e. from now until 13 August 2021, certificate holders are given the option of being audited to the current standard  (PEFC ST 2002:2013) or the revised standard (PEFC ST 2002:2020).

After 13 August 2021, all audits for chain of custody certification, whether first-time audits, surveillance or recertification audits shall only be carried out against the revised PEFC ST 2002:2020 document.


Among the main changes in the revised chain of custody standard are:

  1. Due to the extension of the scope of PEFC sustainable forest management standard to cover “trees outside forests” (e.g. “Agroforestry”), the scope of the chain of custody standard has also been extended to cover this aspect.
  2. The definition of “controversial sources” has been expanded to incorporate additional sustainability requirements, requiring companies along the entire timber value chain to help promote responsible forestry.
  3. An addition of Chapter 7: DDS, with the intent to highlight that for product groups where organisations are only using material that came with PEFC claims from PEFC certified suppliers, the DDS requirements can be easily conducted and without having to open the whole of Appendix 1.

MTCC will be organising a series of briefing sessions to provide certificate holders with a better understanding on the requirements and changes made in the revised PEFC ST 2002:2020 standard as compared to the PEFC ST 2002:2013 document. You will be advised in due course with regard to the dates and venues of the briefing sessions, taking into consideration of the current COVID 19 pandemic. We hope all certificate holders will take the necessary care to ensure good health and safety of both yourself and your employees during this unprecedented and stressful time.

Thank you.

MC&I SFM – New Standard for SFM Certification Published



Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) is pleased to announce the launch of the Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management (MC&I SFM) as the certification standard for sustainable management of natural forest and forest plantation under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS). The MC&I SFM replaces the MC&I (Natural Forest) and MC&I Forest Plantation.v2 standards and will come into force on 1 January 2021.

The MC&I SFM was formulated by a 15-member multi-stakeholder Standards Review Committee (SRC) through an extensive process held from 2015 to 2019 to review the MC&I(NaturalForest), incorporating requirements of the MC&I Forest Plantation.v2 as well as PEFC Benchmark Standard on Sustainable Forest Management. The SRC comprised equal number of members representing indigenous peoples, workers union, environmental and economic stakeholder groups, as well as relevant government agencies from Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia. A total of five SRC meetings, two public comments and three regional stakeholder consultations, one each in Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur were conducted.

What are the major changes?

While maintaining the overall structure of the current forest management standards, MC&I SFMcontains streamlined requirements of the MC&I(Natural Forest) and MC&I Forest Plantation.v2, with the requirements under Principle 10 of MC&I Forest Plantation.v2 incorporated into the relevant requirements in Principles 1 to 9. Additional requirements included in the MC&I SFM are as follow:.

  1. ‘conversion of severely degraded forest to forest plantation’ which contains provision for establishing forest plantation on severely degraded forest (Criterion 6.11);
  2. ‘afforestation of ecologically important non-forest ecosystems’ which prohibits the establishment of forest plantation on ecologically important non-forest ecosystems after 31 December 2010 (Criterion 6.12);
  3. clear communication of claims for products from certified area (Appendix B);
  4. inclusion of additional reference to international conventions and treaties i.e. ILONo. 169: Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention 1989 and ConventionConcerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage 1972 (Criterion1.3); and
  5. incorporation of an interpretation for requirements on implementing internal audit, management review and continual improvement (Appendix A).

While similar requirements have been streamlined, differentiations have been made in requirements that apply specifically to either natural forest or forest plantation. Therefore, applicants of MTCS forest management certification must clearly indicate the scope of certification of the forest management unit (FMU) whether it covers natural forest or forest plantation or both. Audit of the FMU will be conducted against the specific requirements covered by the scope of the FMU.

The MC&I SFM was approved by MTCC Board of Trustees at its 83rd Meeting held on 5 March 2020. During the nine-month transition period from the publication date of the standard on 1 April 2020 to the date of entry into force on 1 January 2021, MTCC will finalise the translation of the standard into Bahasa Melayu, conduct training for certification bodies and briefing sessions to relevant stakeholders on the requirements of the new standard.

Notwithstanding the above, the current situation related to Covid-19 outbreak is bound to cause disruptions in audit scheduling and affect relevant activities to be conducted by MTCC, including the application date of the standard set on 1 January 2021.  Further announcement on this matter will be made in June 2020.

The standard is available for download and request for a hardcopy can be made by contacting Mr Melvin Ku at melvin@mtcc.com.my.



MC&I SFM – Standard Baharu Pensijilan SFM

Majlis Pensijilan Kayu Malaysia (MTCC) dengan berbesar hati melancarkan Kriteria dan Petunjuk Malaysia untuk PengurusanHutan Lestari (MC&I SFM), sebagai standard pensijilan bagi pengurusan lestari hutan asli dan ladang hutan di bawah Skim Pensijilan Kayu Malaysia (MTCS). MC&I SFM akan berkuat kuasa pada 1 Januari 2021 menggantikan standard MC&I(Hutan Asli) dan MC&I Ladang Hutan.v2.

MC&I SFM telah dirumuskan oleh Jawatankuasa Semakan Semula Standard (SRC) yang dianggotai oleh 15 anggota daripada pelbagai kumpulan berkepentingan melalui proses semakan semula MC&I(Hutan Asli) yang terperinci dan menyeluruh dari tahun 2015 hingga 2019 serta turut menggabungkan keperluan MC&I LadangHutan.v2 dan PEFC Benchmark Standard on Sustainable Forest Management. Keanggotaan SRC terdiri daripada wakil pihak berkepentingan dalam jumlah yang sama daripada kumpulan orang asli, kesatuan pekerja, alam sekitar dan ekonomi, serta agensi-agensi kerajaan yang berkaitan dari Sabah, Sarawak dan Semenanjung Malaysia. Proses tersebut melibatkan lima sesi mesyuarat SRC, dua sesi komen awam dan tiga sesirundingan serantau bersama kumpulan pihak berkepentingan yang telah dijalankandi Kuching, Kota Kinabalu dan Kuala Lumpur.

Apakah perubahan utama dalam standard tersebut?

Struktur keseluruhan sedia ada standard pengurusan hutan dikekalkan. Namun begitu, MC&I SFM mengandungi keperluan-keperluan daripada MC&I(Hutan Asli) dan MC&I Ladang Hutan.v2 yang telah digabungkan, manakala keperluan di bawah Prinsip 10 dalam MC&I Ladang Hutan.v2 diselaraskan dalam Prinsip 1 hingga 9 yang berkaitan. Selain itu, beberapa keperluan tambahan dalam MC&I SFM adalah seperti berikut:      

  1. ‘Penukaran hutan sangat terosot kepada ladang hutan’ yang mengandungi peruntukan bagi menubuhkan ladang hutan dalam kawasan hutan yang sangat terosot  (Kriteria6.11);
  2. ‘Penghutanan ekosistem bukan hutan yang mengandungi kepentingan ekologi’ yang melarang penubuhan hutan dalam ekosistem bukan hutan yang penting dari segi ekologi selepas 31 Disember 2010 (Kriteria 6.12); 
  3. Komunikasi yang lebih jelas tentang tuntutan berkaitan produk dari kawasan pensijilan (Lampiran B);
  4. Penambahan rujukan berkaitan konvensyen dan perjanjian antarabangsa seperti ILO No. 169: Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention 1989 dan Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage 1972 (Kriteria1.3); dan
  5. Penambahan tafsiran bagi keperluan melaksanakan audit dalaman, penilaian pengurusan dan penambahbaikan secara berterusan (Lampiran A).

Meskipun keperluan yang sama bagi pensijilan hutan semula jadi dan ladang hutan telah diselaraskan, keperluan khusus bagi hutan asli atau ladang hutan masih dibezakan. Oleh yang demikian, pemohon bagi pensijilan pengurusan hutan MTCS perlu menyatakan dengan jelas skop pensijilan unit pengurusan hutan (FMU) mereka, sama ada ia merangkumi hutan asli, ladang hutan atau kedua-dua sekali. Audit FMU akan dilaksanakan terhadap keperluan-keperluan khusus yang termaktub di bawah skop FMU.      

MC&I SFM telah diluluskan oleh Lembaga Pemegang Amanah MTCC dalam mesyuarat ke-83 yang telah diadakan pada 5 Mac 2020. Dalam tempoh peralihan selama sembilan (9) bulan dari tarikh penerbitan pada 1 April 2020 sehingga tarikh dikuatkuasakan pada 1 Januari 2021, MTCC akan memuktamadkan terjemahan  standard ke Bahasa Melayu, menganjurkan latihan untuk badan-badan pensijilan serta menganjurkan sesi taklimat kepada kumpulan pihak berkepentingan yang berkaitan tentang keperluan yang ditetapkandi bawah standard baharu ini.

 Namun begitu, situasi semasa penularan wabak Covid-19 dijangkakan akan mengganggu penjadualan audit serta pelbagai aktiviti persediaan yang telah dirancang oleh MTCC termasuklah tarikh pelaksanaan standard yang telah ditetapkan pada 1 Januari 2021. Sehubungan dengan itu, maklumat lanjut berkenaan tarikh pelaksanaan standard akan diumumkan pada bulan Jun2020.

Standard tersebut tersedia untuk dimuat turun manakala permohonan untuk salinan cetakan boleh dibuat dengan menghubungi Encik Melvin Ku menerusi alamat emel melvin@mtcc.com.my.



UPDATED GUIDANCE ON AUDITING PEFC CERTIFIED COMPANIES DUE TO OUTBREAK OF COVID-19

PEFC Council has amended para 2(D) of its guidance on auditing PEFC certified companies affected by travel and medical restrictions due to the outbreak of COVID-19 where the provision for  extension of the validity of certificates has been increased from the original “…by a period of no more than three-months…” to “…no more than 12 months…” as follows:

2D. For recertification audits for which requirement 2 B of this document is not applicable, the validity of certificates may be extended by a period of no more than 12 months, which should then be reviewed as the 12 month period comes to an end, based on the current travel and medical advice. If the validity of the certificate is extended by more than three months (based on the original validity of the certificate), another surveillance audit needs to be carried out.

As soon as travel and medical restrictions are lifted, audits shall be conducted as per the applicable standard and any other applicable procedures. For any recertification audit which does not take place once the travel restrictions have been lifted, the certificate shall be suspended.

This guidance enters into force on 10 March 2020 and is applicable until PEFCCouncil revokes the guidance. The updated guidance document which contains detailed procedures for the application of this guidance, as well as specific rules for initial and re-certification audits, surveillance audits and verification of corrective actions is attached herewith for your reference.

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Please contact Mr. Akmal Saarani – Senior Executive (Product) at akmal@mtcc.com.my should you have any enquiries regarding this matter.



OFFICE CLOSED NOTICE


Following the announcement by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on 16 March 2020, the Movement Control Order will be imposed from 18 March to 28 April throughout the country to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. This control order is made under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and the Police Act 1967.

Among others, the Movement Control Order includes the closure of all Government and private premises except those involved in essential services (water, electricity, energy, telecommunications, postal, transportation, irrigation, oil, gas, fuel, lubricants, broadcasting, finance, banking, health, pharmacy, fire, prison, port, airport, safety, defence, cleaning, retail and food supply).

In compliance with the above Order, please be informed that the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) office will be closed and will be run remotely with the staff Working From Home (WFH) from 18 March to 28 April 2020. For important matters, we are reachable through phone, email or Whatsapp as follows:

UnitNameEmailPhone Number
CEOYong Teng Koonyongtk@mtcc.com.my+6012 974 0187
Admin & FinanceNoor Eshah Yatnoor@mtcc.com.my+6012 332 8332
Forest Management CertificationSiti Syaliza Mustaphasiti@mtcc.com.my+6019 218 7276
Chain of Custody CertificationSabrina Mawasisabrina.mawasi@mtcc.com.my+6017 702 2703
Public Relations & MarketingMuhd Hasif Azizanhasif@mtcc.com.my+6018 322 5742


We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Working Hours

Monday to Friday: 8.00 am – 5.00 pm

Saturday to Sunday: Close


Your cooperation and understanding are highly appreciated.



GUIDANCE ON AUDITING PEFC CERTIFIED COMPANIES DUE TO OUTBREAK OF COVID-19

PEFC Council has issued a guidance on auditing PEFC certified companies affected by travel and medical restrictions due to the outbreak of COVID-19. MTCC urges all certification bodies under the MTCS to follow the guidance if such restrictions are also imposed in Malaysia.


Please find attached herewith the guidance document for more detailed procedures for the application of this guidance, as well as specific rules for initial and re-certification audits, surveillance audits and verification of corrective actions. This guidance enters into force on 10 March 2020 and is applicable until PEFC Council revokes the guidance.

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Please contact Mr. Akmal Saarani – Senior Executive (Product) at akmal@mtcc.com.my should you have any enquiries regarding this matter.



MTCC RECOGNISES OUTSTANDING STUDENTS IN FORESTRY-RELATED STUDIES



KUALA LUMPUR, 29 February 2020 – Year 2020 sets the fourth edition of the Malaysian TimberCertification Council (MTCC) Academic Award on Sustainable Forest Management & Timber Certification (MTCC Academic Award) – a mark of recognition for academic excellence among students of forestry-based studies at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).

This year, MTCC presented the awards to two graduating students from the Faculty of Forestry for their overall academic performance and final year projects related to environmental aspect and the country’s furniture industry. Muhammad Iqbal Ishak received the award for his thesis titled “Soil Erosion on Deforested Land in Cameron Highlands”, while Tan Xu Chee was given the recognition for his research on “Labour Composition, Productivity and Skill Developments in the Malaysian Furniture Sector.” Each recipient received RM1,000 in cash and a certificate from MTCC.     

MTCC Chief Executive Officer Yong Teng Koon said the MTCC Academic Award is a joint effort between MTCC and UPM’s Faculty of Forestry since 2016.

“The objectives of the award are to motivate and inspire students at the university level to strive for excellence in their education as well as engage them to care for the forests and their sustainability. As we know, forestry education is very significant in helping to ensure the sustainability of our forests and shape a sustainable future.”

“The award is not only aimed at boosting academic excellence among university students from the forestry field. Most importantly, it is meant to engage and inspire these young generation to love and care for our forests and make them realise that they can make an impact from what they learn to build a sustainable future. We hope that with this award, we can instil an awareness in their eager minds that the future of our forests lies in their hands,” he added.



CEO’s NEW YEAR MESSAGE



An eventful year has passed and a new one has just arrived.

The year 2019 has been a memorable and significant one for MTCC as we celebrated our 20th anniversary themed “Pushing Boundaries Advancing Sustainability” on 24 September. The anniversary celebration saw MTCC organising a series of activities to publicise the event including the conduct of a one-day conference, and an anniversary dinner where the MTCC Sustainability Awards were presented.

The conference recapped 20 years of development and progress of timber certification in Malaysia, envisioned certification as a driver for disruptive innovations and forecasted the future of certification under the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4.0) and beyond 2030. The highlight of the celebration was the anniversary dinner which was graced by Minister of Primary Industries YB Puan Teresa Kok. At the dinner, MTCC also presented the MTCC Sustainability Awards to four certified organisations that have shown exemplary leadership and carried out inspirational initiatives in sustainability. The proud winners of the inaugural awards were:

  • Ulu Sungai Milian and Sapulut FMU managed by Bornion Timber Sdn. Bhd. (Social Sustainability and Empowerment category)
  • One-Tech (M) Sdn. Bhd (Product Innovation and Diversification category)
  • Anap Muput FMU managed by Zedtee Sdn. Bhd. (Biodiversity and Ecosystem category)
  • Segaliud Lokan FMU managed by KTS Plantation Sdn. Bhd. (Leadership in Sustainability category)

MTCC wishes to thank all our stakeholders for their support, inputs and cooperation in making this event a great success.

The annual Freezailah Forest Sustainability Award was presented to Damri Darman from the Faculty of Science and Natural Resources, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) for his research on the economic value of wildlife at the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, Sabah. The academic award is a joint effort between MTCC and UMS and reflects MTCC’s continued commitment in promoting academic excellence and instilling greater passion for the forests and their sustainability among the youth. 


UPDATE

On forest management and chain of custody certification, the MTCS-certified forest areas span a total of 4.25 million hectares of natural forests and 109,205 hectares of forest plantation as at 30 November 2019.  After 27 years of the Earth Summit, only a total of 512 million hectares or 12.8% of the world’s forests have been certified for sustainable forest management, inclusive of 34 million hectares or 6.5% from tropical forests. In this connection, we are pleased to note that 13.4% of the total tropical forests certified in the world is contributed by the MTCS. 

The number of chain of custody-certified timber companies is 374, or 10% of the total number of timber companies in Malaysia. The country’s annual export volume of MTCS-certified timber as of 31 October 2019 amounted to 203,798 cubic metres.  

Besides these developments, we would like to thank the Standards Review Committee (SRC) for their tremendous hard work in reviewing and finalising the MC&I standard at the 5th SRC meeting held on 7-9 December 2019.


MOVING FORWARD

Despite the above achievements, this is no time to rest on our laurels. We believe that we need to gear up our efforts to ensure that the MTCS maintains its position as the leading tropical forest scheme and stays relevant in championing and contributing towards sustainability endeavours locally and internationally.

With regards to that, we have come up with a new Vision and Mission as well as a short-term strategy to chart the future directions of MTCC. Our new Vision is “A nation that appreciates and internalises the full value and contribution of forest towards global sustainability.” And for that, “MTCC is committed to strengthen the MTCS to realise the full value and contribution of forest through sustainable forest management and chain of custody certification.”  

Guided by the Vision and the Mission, the short-term MTCC Strategy 2020-2025 takes into considerations the current state of MTCC and MTCS. And as a member of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), the strategy also takes cognizance of the PEFC Strategy 2018-2022. 

Under the strategy, we envisioned that by 2025, the following objectives can be achieved:

  1. Greater uptake of MTCS, which is to increase the number of certified forest management unit (FMU)  to 40, and the number of timber companies certified under the chain of custody certification to 600.   
  2. MTCS is mainstreamed and its position further enhanced in national policies related to sustainability.
  3. Expansion of scope of certification under the MTCS.
  4. Greater acceptance and recognition of MTCS-certified products both domestically and internationally.
  5. Closer collaboration with stakeholders and increase effort on communication, education and public awareness.
  6. Embracing innovation and technology advancement.
  7. MTCC is strengthened institutionally.

To make this happen, MTCC looks forward to the continued support and cooperation from our stakeholders which have been our pillars since day one. 

Wishing you good health, happiness and success in all your endeavours in 2020.

Yours sincerely,

Yong Teng Koon

CONGRATULATIONS TO YBHG TUAN RAVI MUTHAYAH ON HIS APPOINTMENT AS SECRETARY-GENERAL, MPI



The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) congratulates YBhg Tuan Ravi Muthayah on his appointment as the Secretary-General Ministry of Primary Industries, on 23 December 2019.

The Board of Trustees and management team of MTCC look forward to working closely with YB Tuan Ravi Muthayah to further strengthen the implementation of sustainable forest management through the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS).




Revised MTCS Document NCB 6/2019 Regarding Procedure for PEFC Notification of Certification Bodies Operating Forest Management System or Chain of Custody Certification replacing NCB 5/2014



MTCC wishes to inform all PEFC certificate holders and notified certification bodies that the MTCC Board of Trustees at its 82nd meeting on 31 October 2019 has adopted the revised document NCB 6/2019 Procedure for PEFC Notification of Certification Bodies Operating Forest Management System or Chain of Custody Certification under the MTCS.

Effective from 1 January 2020, the main change in NCB 6/2019 is on Appendix IV PEFC Notification Fee Schedule whereby the PEFC Notification Fee for Forest Management Certificate had been revised to RM 0.02 per hectare to take into account the increase in currency exchange rate. The revised document NCB 6/2019 dated 31 October 2019 replaces the NCB 5/2014 dated 20 May 2014.

Please contact MTCC for further information and clarification, if required.



Fifth Meeting of SRC



The Fifth Meeting of the SRC was held from 9 to 11 December 2019 in Pulau Pinang, and was attended by a total of 21 participants comprising Members, Alternate Members and Observers.

The Meeting considered the feedback and comments received from the Public Consultation on Enquiry Draft of MC&I for Forest Management Certification which was held from 20 May to 19 July 2019, and produced the Final Draft standard which included the preamble, introduction, and definition of key terms, apart from the requirements of the standard.

At the end of the three-day meeting, the SRC adopted the MC&I Sustainable Forest Management (MC&I SFM) by consensus to replace the MC&I(Natural Forest) and MC&I Forest Plantation.v2 as the standard for certification of natural forest and forest plantation management in Malaysia.




Melatai-Para FMU certified under MTCS


MTCC is pleased to announce that the Melatai-Para Forest Management Unit (FMU) has been awarded the Certificate for Forest Management (Natural Forest) on 27 November 2019 following a successful certification audit conducted by SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd. The Certificate is valid for five years, subject to continued compliance based on yearly surveillance audits.

Located in the upper reaches of Batang Baleh, central Sarawak, the FMU managed by Solid Hartabina Sdn Bhd covers an area of 49,524 ha and is entirely within the Heart of Borneo (HoB) project area.



A Study on Wildlife Economic Value Wins The 2019 Freezailah Forest Sustainability Award



KOTA KINABALU, 24 November 2019 – Year 2019 marks the fourth year of establishment of the Freezailah Forest Sustainability Award, a collaborative effort between the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) and the Faculty of Science and Natural Resources, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS).

Created in2016, the Freezailah Forest Sustainability Award is an academic award which is aimed to promote academic excellence by acknowledging students who have shown outstanding performance in forestry-related courses.

UMS student Damri Darman was the proud winner of the Freezailah Forest Sustainability Award 2019.  Damri received a cash prize of RM2,000 and a certificate of achievement from MTCC for his research titled “Penilaian Ekonomi Terhadap Pemuliharaan Hidupan Liar Di Pusat Pemulihan Orang Utan Sepilok, Sabah” (Economic Evaluation of Wildlife Conservation at the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, Sabah). The award was presented by MTCC Chief Executive Officer, Yong Teng Koon witnessed by Pro-Canselor of UMS, Ybhg. Tan Sri Azman Hashim and Vice-Chancellor, YBhg. Prof. Datuk Dr. Taufiq Yap Yun Hin at the award presentation ceremony held at the university here today.

Damri said the lack of specific studies on the economic impact of wildlife conservation at the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre has motivated him to embark on his research.

“I was motivated to take on the topic after finding out that previous studies pertaining to conservation efforts are mainly about the centre being a tourism spot and not specifically on the wildlife. In my thesis, I show the impact value of the conservation efforts in monetary terms – I show how much we’re losing if the rehabilitation centre and its functions are not retained or turned into other purpose. Therefore, I hope that my thesis could help to raise awareness among the public on the importance of conservation efforts, specifically on wildlife,” said Damri after receiving the award.

Yong commended Damri on his research on the economic value of wildlife at the rehabilitation centre.

“Damri’s findings on the economic value of wildlife at the rehabilitation centre and the willingness of the public to pay for orang utan conservation is interesting and insightful. Through the study, he was able to provide an estimate on the economic value of the centre at RM9,697,074 per year with an overall conservation value of RM96,970,749 in 2017,” he said.

He said Damri was chosen out of four award nominees and the judging was based on the overall academic achievement as well as final year projects relating to fields such as sustainable forest management, forest certification, natural resources management, environmental impact assessment and timber and non-timber forest products utilisation, among others.   


Yong said that through the award, MTCC hoped to increase awareness on the importance of sustaining forests and natural resources especially among the younger generation and inspire them to make a positive impact on the environment by working in the forestry related fields upon graduation.


ABOUT FREEZAILAH FOREST SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

TheFreezailah Forest Sustainability Award was created in 2016 to honour MTCC’sFounding Chairman, Dato’ Dr. Freezailah Che Yeom who over the span of 17-year has contributed significantly to the growth of MTCC and the development of the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) as a reputable and internationally recognised certification scheme. 

This academic award is a joint effort between MTCC and the Faculty of Science and Natural Resources, Universiti Malaysia Sabah to inspire a new generation of forestry talents and to promote academic excellence by acknowledging students who have shown outstanding performance in forestry-related courses. It is also aimed at creating greater awareness and inculcating greater passion and love for the forests and their sustainability among university students. 

Outcome of Public Consultation on MC&I for Forest Management Certification (20 May – 19 July 2019)

The Public Consultation on MC&I for Forest Management Certification had been conducted from 20 May 2019 to 19 July 2019 to solicit feedback on the Enquiry Draft in line with the Process and Timelines for the Review of MC&I(Natural Forest).

A total of 26 organisations have submitted feedback, as follows:

  1. Bar Council – Committee on Orang Asli Rights
  2. Federation of Orang Ulu Sarawak
  3. Forest Research Institute Malaysia
  4. Independent Consultant
  5. Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri Johor
  6. Jabatan Tenaga Kerja Sarawak
  7. Jabatan Perhutanan Semenanjung Malaysia
  8. Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri Terengganu
  9. Malaysian Environmental NGOs
  10. Malaysian Nature Society
  11. Malaysian Wood Industries Association
  12. Natural Resource and Environment Board Sarawak
  13. Sabah Forest Industries Sdn Bhd
  14. Sabah Forestry Department
  15. Sarawak Dayak Iban Association
  16. Sarawak Timber Association
  17. Samling Timber Sdn Bhd
  18. Sapulut Forest Development Sdn Bhd
  19. Shin Yang Forestry Sdn Bhd
  20. State Attorney General’s Chambers Sarawak
  21. Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia Malaysia
  22. Ta Ann Holding Berhad
  23. Universiti Putra Malaysia Kampus Bintulu
  24. WCS Malaysia Program
  25. WWF Malaysia
  26. Yayasan Hasanah
  27. Zedtee Sdn Bhd

You may view the feedback, comments and proposals submitted by clicking on the organisation.

The feedback received will be tabled at the Fifth Meeting of the Standards Review Committee (SRC) for deliberation scheduled to be held from 9 – 11 December 2019. The SRC is the main body responsible for the review of the MC&I(Natural Forest), comprising 15-member representatives from the environment, industry, indigenous people and worker groups and relevant government agencies from Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsula.

As the Secretariat, MTCC takes this opportunity to thank all the stakeholders for making the effort to study the Enquiry Draft and in submitting your comments and proposals for amendement.

Should you have any enquiries regarding the review process, please send an email to melvin@mtcc.com.my.

MTCC Celebrated Sustainability Efforts with Awards and Anniversary Dinner



KUALA LUMPUR, 25 September 2019 – In conjunction with its 20th Anniversary themed “Pushing Boundaries Advancing Sustainability”, the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) presented the MTCC SustainabilityAwards to recognise and celebrate the hard work and commitment undertaken by forest managers and timber enterprises in meeting the stringent demand of forest management and chain of custody certification under the Malaysian TimberCertification Scheme (MTCS – a national timber certification scheme for sustainability of forests developed and operated by the MTCC). 

The MTCC Sustainability Awards recognised certified organisations with exemplary leadership and had carried out inspirational initiatives in sustainability through the creation and implementation of procedures, plans, projects or initiatives that took into consideration the various aspects of sustainability.


The award categories were:

  1. Social Sustainability and Empowerment
  2. Product Innovation and Diversification
  3. Biodiversity and Ecosystem Protection
  4. Leadership in Sustainability

The judging was done by a five-member panel comprising representatives from environmental, social and economic interest groups and research institution. The winners were:

1. Social Sustainability and Empowerment – Ulu Sg Milian & Sapulut FMU managed by Bornion Timber Sdn. Bhd.

Ho Fung Shan on behalf of Ulu Sg Milian and Sapulut FMU receiving the Social Sustainability and Empowerment award from YB Teresa Kok

2. Product Innovation and Diversification – One-Tech (M) Sdn. Bhd.

Harith Ridzuan of One-Tech receiving the Product Innovation and Diversification award from YB Teresa Kok

3. Biodiversity and Ecosystem Protection – Anap Muput FMU managed by Zedtee Sdn. Bhd.

Tuai Rumah Jana Anak Kijun representing Anap Muput FMU receiving the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Protection award from YB Teresa Kok

4. Leadership in Sustainability – Segaliud Lokan FMU managed by KTS Plantation Sdn. Bhd.

Desmond Chieng representing Segaliud Lokan FMU receiving the grand award- Leadership in Sustainability, from YB Teresa Kok. The FMU was chosen as the winner for its holistic approach in forest management. The trophy is sponsored by Royal Selangor

Each winner was presented with a certificate and a special trophy by the Minister of Primary Industries YB Puan Teresa Kok at the MTCC 20th Anniversary Dinner held at Sunway Putra Hotel here yesterday. About 300 guests mainly timber and forest industry players attended the event which also included the launch of MTCC’s commemorative book titled “Twenty Years – Pushing Boundaries Advancing Sustainability.”

YB Teresa Kok signing a copy of MTCC’s commemorative book at the council’s 20th anniversary dinner

WINNER’S TROPHY – AN MTCC-ROYAL SELANGOR COLLABORATION

The chic-looking trophy for the MTCC Sustainability Awards was a collaborative effort between MTCC and Royal Selangor International Sdn. Bhd. Royal Selangor, an iconic Malaysian brand of the finest pewter products, was the first non-wood based product manufacturing company to obtain the MTCS Chain of Custody Certificate in 2017. Its wood-based pewter wares carry the MTCS/PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) label, signifying that the wood components are 100% sourced from certified forests in Malaysia. 


The trophy for the grand award category, Leadership in Sustainability, was sponsored by Royal Selangor.

MTCC Organises Conference to Bridge Present and Future Outlook for Certification Beyond 2030



KUALA LUMPUR, 24 September 2019 – The Malaysian Timber Certification Council(MTCC), an organisation tasked to implement the Malaysian Timber CertificationScheme (MTCS), organises a conference on timber certification at Sunway PutraHotel here today as part of the programme line-ups for its 20th Anniversary celebration.        The conference is organised in collaboration with the Institute for Environment and Development(LESTARI), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

Themed “Pushing Boundaries Advancing Sustainability”, the one-day conference is aimed at recapping 20 years of development and progress of timber certification in Malaysia as well as envisioning the future of certification beyond 2030. The conference is also positioned as a platform for industry players to discuss how the certification scheme and processes could capitalise on the digital economy to remain credible, effective and efficient.

In her keynote speech, YB Puan Teresa Kok says timber has been a traditional source of revenue and foreign income for Malaysia for decades. However, sustainably managing the forests and timber industry is not an easy task taking into account Malaysia’s rich biodiversity, complex tropical forest ecosystems as well as the presence of indigenous communities.

“When MTCC first started, many stakeholders viewed certification with concern, scepticism and uncertainty. Reflecting on MTCC’s efforts and achievements combined with the input and cooperation from forest managers, industry players and the relevant stakeholders, timber certification has indeed come a long way. It was therefore a real achievement when the MTCS was endorsed by the world’s largest forest certification scheme, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification(PEFC) in May 2009. The endorsement by the PEFC confirms the robustness and credibility of the MTCS in meeting international requirements and standards. Asa PEFC-endorsed scheme, the MTCS also gains international recognition and acceptance,” she says.


In 2018, the annual export of PFC-endorsed MTCS-certified timber products have increased tremendously to348,802 cubic metres, comprising a wider range of products including sawn timber, plywood, mouldings, doors, builders’ carpentry and joinery, furniture and furniture parts, finger-jointed timber, as well as veneer and flooring.

“Apart from these traditional timber products, other products such as paper and wood pellets and briquettes have also been certified, signalling that the industry is getting more innovative and the market for certified products is expanding. To date, the MTCS-certified timber and timber products have been shipped to 66 destinations across the globe,” she adds.  

Since the MTCS started operations in2001, the Minister is happy to note that as at 31 August 2019, theMTCS-certified forest areas spanning 4.2 million hectares of natural forests and 109,025 hectares of forest plantation. The number of chain of custody-certified timber companies has also increased to 366. 

MTCC Chairman Datuk K. Yogeesvaran presenting an exclusive MTCS/PEFC-certified pepper grinder as a token of appreciation to Primary Industries Minister YB Teresa Kok at the MTCC 20th Anniversary Conference. On her right is Primary Industries Ministry Secretary General Dato’ Dr. Tan Yew Chong and MTCC Chief Executive Officer Yong Teng Koon (far right)

“Twenty seven years after the Earth Summit in 1992, only a total of 495 million hectares or 12% of the world’s forests have been certified for sustainable forest management, inclusive of 44million hectares or 8.8% from tropical forests. It is therefore heartening for me to note that about 10% of the total tropical forests certified in the world is contributed by MTCS,” she says, and regards MTCC’s achievement as highly commendable given the difficult situation in the market when it started its operation in 1999.

Earlier in his welcoming remarks, MTCC Chairman Datuk K. Yogeesvaran says the idea for third-party forest certification was mooted after the Earth Summit in 1992 as one of the ways to address concerns on deforestation and forest degradation particularly in tropical forests. It eventually resulted in the development of two international forest certification schemes and many national schemes including the MTCS. Datuk Yogeesvaranalso announced the new MTCC’s Vision and Mission at the event. 


About the conference

The MTCC 20th AnniversaryConference features industry dialogues on certification as a driver for disruptive innovations and the future of certification in a digital economy and beyond 2030.

In the first session, Timothy Pan of Bornion Timber talks about the influence of forest certification in a holistic management, while Harith Ridzuan, who is known as ‘The Green Carpenter’ talks about buying into the circular economy. Adela Askandar of Studio/Kedai Bikin speaks on the trend and demand for green products, followed by Dr. Antonio Brunori, the Secretary General of PEFC Italy, who presents a topic on “Making sustainability fashionable: Promoting product innovation through certification.”

The second session features a panel of experts from the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia, SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd, Malaysian Timber Council, Forest Research Institute Malaysia and WildlifeConservation Society discussing the future outlook for certification and sustainability in the forest and timber industry beyond 2030.     

The conference is attended by 200 participants from here as well as Singapore and Indonesia. It will be followed by an Anniversary Dinner and the MTCC Sustainability Awards ceremony later in the evening. 


Click to download slides presentation:

Setting the scene- Recapping twenty years of development and progress of timber certification in Malaysia- Dato’ Dr. FreezailahChe Yeom, Founding Chairman of MTCC

Session 1: Business unusual- Making room for disruptors

Summation and closing remarks by Yong Teng Koon, CEO, MTCC


Fast facts

  • In 2018, the timber industry garnered 1.6% to the Gross Domestic Product and the export value of timber products recorded a 4.0% decline of RM22.29 bilion, compared to RM23.22 billion in 2017. (Source: The Malaysian Timber Industry Board)
  • The first shipment of 732 cubic metres of MTCS-certified sawn timber was exported to the Netherlands on July 16, 2002.
  • The revised Vision and Mission statements, reflecting MTCC’s commitment to take sustainability to the next level are as below:
  • The Vision: A nation that appreciates and internalises the full value and contribution of forest towards global sustainability.
  • The Mission: MTCC is committed to strengthen the MTCS to realise the full value and contribution of forest through sustainable forest management and chain of custody certification.

A New Vision and Mission for MTCC



KUALA LUMPUR, 24 September 2019 – The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) has come up with revised Vision and Mission statements, reflecting its commitment to take sustainability to the next level in conjunction with its 20th Anniversary this year. The new Vision and Mission are announced by MTCC Chairman, Datuk K.Yogeesvaran during his welcoming remarks at the MTCC 20th Anniversary Conference earlier today. 

“The 20th Anniversary provided an excellent opportunity for us at MTCC to rethink and realign our Vision and Mission to take our commitment towards sustainability to greater heights.  I am therefore pleased to announce the new Vision and Mission as follows:

‘Vision: A nation that appreciates and internalises the full value and contribution of forest towards global sustainability;’

and

Mission: MTCC is committed to strengthen the MTCS to realise the full value and contribution of forestthrough sustainable forest management and chain of custody certification,’” says Datuk Yogeesvaran.

MTCC’s original Vision had been achieved when the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) – the national timber certification scheme it operates – became the first tropical timber scheme in Asia Pacific endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of ForestCertification (PEFC), and when the PEFC-endorsed MTCS recognised under the public procurement policies and green building systems of many developed countries, especially in Europe.

The new Vision and Mission also serve as the basis for the MTCC Strategy 2020-2025, a short-term strategy formulated by the organisation to enhance its certification efforts in fulfilling global aspirations for sustainability.

MTCC’s 20th Anniversary celebration carries the tagline “Pushing Boundaries Advancing Sustainability”, which aptly encapsulates what the organisation has been doing over the past 20 years and sets the tone for its future endeavours. Apart from the Anniversary Conference, the programme line-ups include the launch of a commemorative book titled “TwentyYears: Pushing Boundaries Advancing Sustainability” and the presentation of MTCC Sustainability Awards which recognise certified organisations that have shown exemplary leadership and carried out inspirational initiatives in sustainability. Each winner will receive a special trophy designed by MTCC and Royal Selangor International Sdn. Bhd., an iconic Malaysian brand of the finest pewter products. The company is the first non-wood based product manufacturing company to obtain the MTCS Chain of Custody Certificate in 2007. 

MTCC 20TH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE

“Pushing Boundaries Advancing Sustainability”


“Necessity is the mother of invention.” Arising from the Earth Summit in 1992, the idea for third-party forest certification to promote the implementation of sustainable forest management to tackle the issues of deforestation and forest degradation was mooted. Consequently, forest certification schemes, both international and national were developed, including the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme(MTCS) operated by the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC).

MTCC began operations in 1999 with a specific mandate to promote the implementation of sustainable forest management and to meet the demand for sustainably produced timber products in the international market. In the past two decades through the implementation of the MTCS, the MTCC has disrupted the status quo in forest management practices and supply of timber products in the country.

Twenty years on, has timber certification been able to address the global concern and fulfill the needs of the increasing demand for sustainable timber products? Has certification become a new normal or will it be deemed irrelevant in the fourth industrial revolution?

In conjunction with MTCC’s 20th Anniversary Celebration bearing the tagline “Pushing Boundaries Advancing Sustainability,” MTCC is organising a one-day conference that seeks to acknowledge, appreciate and celebrate the tremendous hard work, improvements and innovative efforts undertaken by forest managers and timber enterprises, enriched by inputs from stakeholders, that have pushed the boundaries and made advancement in meeting the stringent demands of certification in forest management and chain of custody.

Speakers and moderators will comprise several experts from the whole spectrum of the industry around the globe. Get enlightened by listening to their discussions on the urgent needs for achieving sustainability targets and increasing the availability of certified timber products for consumers in the Malaysian and global markets. Be ready to see the forests beyond timber and keep abreast with the latest initiatives as they share their experience in the innovation of forest products and services towards ensuring a credible, effective and efficient certification in the future.   



REGIONAL CONSULTATION ON ENQUIRY DRAFT OF THE MALAYSIAN CRITERIA AND INDICATORS FOR FOREST MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION

Three Regional Consultations on Enquiry Draft of the MC&I Forest Management Certification were conducted in Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Kuala Lumpur on 2 July, 4 July and 9 July 2019 respectively. A total of 127 stakeholders from various interest groups i.e. indigenous people, worker, environmental and economic as well as relevant government agencies attended the consultations.

The Regional Consultations were held in order to update stakeholders on the process and progress of the review, introduce the Enquiry Draft of the MC&I Forest Management Certification, highlight the major updates from previous standards and provide further clarification on the changes that have been made. Presentations made during the sessions can be downloaded here (Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Kuala Lumpur). Written comments and proposals received from the stakeholders during the public consultation period which is ending on 19 July 2019 will be compiled and made publicly available. The compiled comments and proposals will be considered by the SRC at its Fifth Meeting scheduled to be held in October 2019.

The consultations also provided an avenue for valuable interactions and exchange of views with stakeholders on various other matters concerning forest certification and other forestry issues in general.

MTCC as the Secretariat for the SRC would like to thank all stakeholders who have attended and provided valuable comments and inputs during the Regional Consultations held in the three regions. Send us an e-mail at info@mtcc.com.my should you wish to be included in our mailing list and receive updates on the review process.

RAPLEX FMU CERTIFIED UNDER MTCS


MTCC is pleased to announce that Raplex FMU Forest Management Unit (FMU) has been awarded the Certificate for Forest Management (Natural Forest) under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) following successful certification audits conducted by SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd on 28 June 2019 for a period of 5 years.

Raplex FMU is the second FMU under the Ta Ann Group to be certified and it covers an area of 63,993 hectares in the central region of Sarawak within Kapit Division.




REGIONAL CONSULTATION ON ENQUIRY DRAFT OF THE MALAYSIAN CRITERIA AND INDICATORS FOR FOREST MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION


In reference to the on-going Public Consultation on the Enquiry Draft version of the Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Forest Management Certification or MC&I Forest Management Certification which is now underway from 20 May 2019 – 19 July 2019, the Secretariat of the Standards Review Committee is pleased to invite relevant and interested stakeholders to participate in the Regional Consultations which will be held as follows:

Sabah SarawakPeninsula

Date  : 2 July 2019
Time  : 8.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Venue  : Sky Hotel Kota Kinabalu,
Lorong Kemajuan, Karamunsing,
8800 Kota Kinabalu Sabah

– Programme
– Attendance Reply Form – Sabah

Date  : 4 July 2019
Time  : 8.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Venue: Imperial Hotel Kuching,
Jalan Datuk Tawi Sli,
93250 Kuching Sarawak

– Programme
– Attendance Reply Form – Sarawak
Date  : 9 July 2019
Time  : 8.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Venue  : Corus Hotel,
Jalan Ampang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur

– Programme
– Attendance Reply Form – Peninsula

All relevant and interested stakeholders at the respective regions are invited to participate in the above consultation which aims to provide further clarification on the changes that have been made to the Enquiry Draft and to solicit feedback and comments on the Enquiry Draft.

Kindly complete the Attendance Reply Form that corresponds to the respective regions, for confirmation of attendance and return it to the Secretariat (Fax: 03-2161 2293 or E-mail: melvin@mtcc.com.my) latest by 28 June 2019. Financial assistance will be provided to cover the costs of transportation and accommodation for outstation participants representing the smaller and disadvantaged NGOs. Please contact the Secretariat should such an assistance is needed.



MTCC SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS NOMINATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 30 JUNE 2019


In review of the feedback received from interested participants, we are pleased to announce that the deadline for nominations for MTCC Sustainability Awards has been extended to 30 June 2019.

This allows more time for stakeholders to send in nominations for any of the categories or make edits to your current nominations. 

Don’t wait, submit now for a chance to receive the award that you/ your partner deserve!

You can find more about the Awards here.


“Pushing Boundaries, Advancing Sustainability”



PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON DRAFT REVISED COC & TRADEMARK STANDARDS



MTCC is pleased to inform that PEFC International has announced that a 60 day public consultation on the draft revised PEFC Chain of Custody and Trademark standards has started. All stakeholders are invited to send in comments and proposals.

Comments and proposals on these two documents can be submitted on the PEFC Consultation website here until 9th July 2019. All comments and proposals submitted in this consultation will be considered by the PEFC Chain of Custody and Trademarks Working Group in the further development of these standards. 

PEFC also invites all stakeholders to register for a public webinar on the main changes proposed, their background and next steps in the standard revision/development by clicking here. This webinar will be offered on three separate dates:

  1. 29th May, 14.00
  2. 3rd June, 11.00
  3. 3rd July, 11.00

(Please take note that the above mentioned times are Central European Summer Time).

PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON MALAYSIAN CRITERIA AND INDICATORS FOR FOREST MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION – ENQUIRY DRAFT

 20 MAY 2019 – 19 JULY 2019



MTCC is pleased to announce that the  Enquiry Draft version  of the Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Forest Management Certification or MC&I Forest Management Certification is now open for a 60-day public consultation starting from 20 May 2019 – 19 July 2019

The Enquiry Draft, which is a revised and merged standard that combines the requirements of both the MC&I(Natural Forest) and MC&I Forest Plantation.v2 was finalised by the Standards Review Committee (SRC) at its Fourth Meeting held on 18-20 February 2019. The MC&I Forest Management Certification maintains the similar format as per the previous standards with updated requirements through deliberation on the feedback received from the first public consultation as well as the key requirements of the ISO 17021-1 Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems – Part 1: Requirements,and the PEFC benchmark standard on sustainable forest management. The major changes to the revised MC&I Forest Management Certification are as summarised below:

  1. Incorporation and streamlining of the requirements under Principle 10 of the MC&I Forest Plantation.v2 into the corresponding Principles 1-9 of the MC&I Forest Management to reduce redundancy. All the requirements in the standard apply to both natural forest and forest plantation, with requirements that apply only to natural forest or forest plantation clearly specified.
  2. Inclusion of requirement on conversion of degraded forest to forest plantation that is not subject to the cut-off date of 31 December 2010 for conversion of natural forest to other land uses.
  3. Stronger requirements on social aspects through the incorporation of all core ILO Conventions and the principle of gender equality.
  4. Incorporation of requirements that provide guidance for internal audit and management review and improvement.
  5. Improved clarity on the requirements for communicating claims from certified areas.


Stakeholders are invited to submit comments and/or proposals for amendments to the Enquiry Draft, providing justification for the proposals as well as the suggested wording for the proposed changes. 

To provide further clarification on the Enquiry Draft, particularly to the changes that have been made, MTCC will be organising a series of regional consultation as follows:

  • Kota Kinabalu, Sabah          :2 July 2019
  • Kuching, Sarawak                 :4 July 2019
  • Kuala Lumpur, Peninsula  : 9 July 2019

Details on the venue of these consultations will be provided in due time.


Kindly submit all comments using the  Public Comment Feedback Form either by e-mail to Ms Siti Syaliza (siti@mtcc.com.my) and Mr Melvin Ku (melvin@mtcc.com.my) or by facsimile to 03-2161 2293 or by post to the MTCC office latest by 19 July 2019 at the address below:

Chief Executive Officer

Malaysian Timber Certification Council

C-8-5, Block C, Megan Avenue 2

No. 12, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng

50450 Kuala Lumpur

WILAYAH PERSEKUTUAN


Your kind cooperation and support in this matter is highly appreciated. Thank you.


 PERUNDINGAN AWAM MENGENAI KRITERIA DAN PETUNJUK MALAYSIA UNTUK PENSIJILAN PENGURUSAN HUTAN – DRAF PERTANYAAN

 20 MEI 2019 – 19 JULAI 2019



MTCC dengan sukacitanya mengumumkan bahawa Draf Pertanyaan Kriteria dan Petunjuk Malaysia untuk Pensijilan Pengurusan Hutan atau MC&I Pensijilan Pengurusan Hutan kini dibuka untuk perundingan awam selama 60 hari bermula dari 20 Mei 2019 – 19 Julai 2019

Draf Pertanyaan adalah standard yang menggabungkan keperluan MC&I(Hutan Asli) dan MC&I Forest Plantation.v2 yang telah disemak semula dan dimuktamadkan oleh Jawatankuasa Semakan Semula Standard (SRC) pada Mesyuarat Keempat yang telah diadakan pada 18-20 Februari 2019. MC&I Pensijilan Pengurusan Hutan mengekalkan format yang sama seperti standard terdahulu dengan keperluan standard yang telah dikemaskini melalui pertimbangan maklumbalas yang diterima semasa komen umum yang pertama, keperluan utama di bawah ISO 17021-1 Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems – Part 1: Requirements serta standard piawaian pengurusan hutan mampan PEFC. Perubahan utama kepada MC&I Pensijilan Pengurusan Hutan yang telah dikemaskini adalah seperti berikut:

  1. Penggabungan dan penyelarasan keperluan Prinsip 10 dalam MC&I Forest Plantation.v2 dengan keperluan yang sepadan dalam Prinsip 1-9 MC&I Pengurusan Hutan untuk mengurangkan kelewahan. Semua keperluan dalam standard ini tergunapakai untuk kedua-dua jenis hutan asli dan ladang hutan dengan keperluan yang terpakai hanya untuk hutan asli atau ladang hutan dinyatakan secara spesifik. 
  2. Syarat tambahan untuk penukaran hutan terosot ke ladang hutan yang tidak tertakluk kepada tarikh penggalan pada 31 Disember 2010 bagi penukaran hutan asli kepada guna tanah yang lain.
  3. Keperluan yang lebih teguh terhadap aspek sosial melalui penggabungan semua Konvensyen Teras ILO serta prinsip kesaksamaan jantina.
  4. Tambahan  keperluan yang memberikan panduan bagi pelaksanaan audit dalaman serta semakan pengurusan dan penambahbaikan.
  5. Penambahbaikan standard dari segi keperluan bagi menyampaikan maklumat pensijilan dari kawasan yang tersijil.

Pihak berkepentingan dijemput untuk mengemukakan komen dan/atau cadangan untuk pindaan kepada Draf Pertanyaan, dengan memberikan sebab-sebab bagi cadangan serta cadangan perkataan/penyataan untuk pindaan yang dicadangkan.

Bagi memberikan penjelasan lanjut tentang keperluan dalam Draf Pertanyaan, terutamanya atas perubahan yang telah dibuat, MTCC akan menganjurkan satu siri perundingan serantau seperti berikut:

  • Kota Kinabalu, Sabah               :2 Julai 2019
  • Kuching, Sarawak                    :4 Julai 2019
  • Kuala Lumpur, Semenanjung   : 9 Julai 2019

Butiran lanjut mengenai perundingan ini akan dikemukakan dalam waktu terdekat.


Sila kemukakan semua komen menggunakan Borang Maklumbalas Komen Umum melalui e-mel kepada Cik Siti Syaliza (siti@mtcc.com.my) dan En Melvin Ku (melvin@mtcc.com.my) atau melalui faks ke 03-2161 2293 atau pos ke pejabat MTCC pada atau sebelum 19 Julai 2019kepada alamat berikut:

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif

Malaysian Timber Certification Council

C-8-5, Block C, Megan Avenue 2

No. 12, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng

50450 Kuala Lumpur

WILAYAH PERSEKUTUAN


Kerjasama dan sokongan anda dalam perkara ini amatlah dihargai. Sekian, terima kasih.




SUSPENSION OF FOREST MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATE FOR KEDAH STATE FMU



 Certificate for Forest Management issued to the Kedah State FMU (FMC 0003) against the requirements of MC&I(Natural Forest) have been suspended with effect from 8 May 2019 until further notice. SIRIM QAS International Sdn. Bhd. made this decision after the Kedah State FMU failed to close a major Corrective Action Request (CAR) following the second surveillance audit carried out by SIRIM QAS International Sdn. Bhd. It is required that any major non-conformity raised must be adequately addressed within the given time for the FMU to maintain its certification.

In light of the above development, all logs sourced from the Permanent Reserved Forests (PRFs) in the Kedah State FMU beginning 8 May 2019 (i.e. all logs accompanied by Removal Passes issued dated 8 May 2019 and onwards) will not be recognised as PEFC certified material under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS). Nevertheless, the logs originating from Kedah State FMU can be accepted as PEFC Controlled Sources, provided that a due diligence system has been implemented and does not involve sourcing of logs from conversion areas.

AEON MALL NILAI PHOTO FRAME WINNING PICTURES FROM MTCC PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST



Nilai, 2 May 2019 – Enter into the walk ways leading to the prayer rooms or the rest rooms of every floor of the newly established Aeon Mall Nilai, you enter into a unique environment of pristine forest rich in biodiversity as the walls are beautifully decorated with winning pictures from the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) “Experience Forest, Experience MTCS–PEFC” Photography Contests.

Elliot Erwitt, one of the leading figures in magazine, advertising, and commercial photography said, “Photography is an art of observation.  It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” To a great extent, the MTCC Photography Contests, conducted in 2017 & 2018, were organized to achieve this objective.

“MTCC hopes that through this platform and the lenses of nature enthusiasts, the winning photographs displayed at Aeon Mall Nilai will enable the general public to see the forests in a different way, to better appreciate the many roles and functions of forests, and a greater awareness that these forests could be sustainably managed, contributing to our national sustainability agenda,” said Yong Teng Koon, CEO of MTCC.

“We appreciate and are very pleased with the collaboration of Aeon Co. (M) Bhd to increase public awareness on the importance of maintaining the integrity of our precious ecosystems, the forests in particular.  Such awareness is important to provide support to our work in promoting sustainable forest management through the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS),” Yong added.

Yong was impressed by the elaborate effort made by Aeon Co. (M) Bhd to incorporate sustainability concept in the building and operations of the mall including the provisions of walking spaces and pit stops to encourage its clients to walk more, making the visit to the mall both a leisure and healthy experience.  

ENHANCEMENT COURSE ON FOREST CERTIFICATION UNDER THE MTCS

In collaboration with the Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia (FDPM), MTCC organised a three-day enhancement course to further enhance the understanding of forestry officers from the various state forestry departments on the implementation and requirements of forest management certification under the MTCS.

A total of 33 officers from FDPM headquarters and the state forestry departments of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Selangor and Terengganu participated in the course. The course also included a field segment which was conducted at the Sungai Durian Forest Reserve in Kelantan.

MTCC BOARD VISITS KOTA KINABALU WETLANDS

The MTCC Board took opportunity of its 79th meeting held in Kota Kinabalu on 18 March to visit the renowned Kota Kinabalu Wetlands – the first urban mangrove wetlands in the world to be given a Ramsar status, on 19 March 2019.

The visit which was organised by the Sabah Wetlands Conservation Society (SWCS) was indeed an eye opener for the trustees. The Kota Kinabalu Wetlands is located just two kilometers north-east of Kota Kinabalu and comprises of 60 acres of mainly replanted mangrove forest. 

Prior to the visit to the forest, the Board was received and welcomed by the President of SWCS Datuk Hj. Zainie Abdul Aucasa who is also a Trustee of the MTCC Board representing the environment interest. The Board was briefed on the management of the KK Wetlands and how it attained its Ramsar status in 2017. The Board also visited the KK Wetlands gallery museum before embarking on a 1.5km boardwalk into the mangrove forest to appreciate the mangrove ecosystem and the numerous species of fauna and flora found there.

MTCC Board of Trustees and Management From left: Dato’ Suki Mee, Mr Nor Azlan Yaacob, Ms Siti Syaliza Mustapha, Mr Low Ching Cheong, Dato’ Wan Mazlan bin Wan Mahmood, Datuk Haji Zainie Abdul Aucasa, Datuk K. Yogeesvaran, Dr Samsudin Musa, Dr Khamurudin Mohd Nor, Mr Wan Saifulikhmal Wan Abdul Rahman, Mr Yong Teng Koon, Ms Noor Eshah Yat

MTCC 20th ANNIVERSARY SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Nominations ends on 30 June 2019

In line with the MTCC 20thAnniversary Celebration’s tagline “Pushing Boundaries, Advancing Sustainability”, MTCC seeks to acknowledge, appreciate and celebrate the tremendous hard work, improvements and innovation undertaken by the certified organisations in meeting the stringent demands of forest management and chain of custody certification under the MTCS. Nominations are now open for certified organisations that have shown exemplary leadership and carried out inspirational initiatives in sustainability.

Malaysian Timber Certification Council, C-8-5, Block C, Megan Avenue 2, No. 12, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, 50450 Kuala Lumpur

Contact akmal@mtcc.com.myfor further information regarding the Awards. 


“Pushing Boundaries, Advancing Sustainability”



PEFC REPRESENTS SMALLHOLDERS AS A FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE GLOBAL PLATFORM FOR SUSTAINABLE NATURAL RUBBER AT INAUGURAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY



The inaugural General Assembly of the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR) was held in Singapore today with PEFC as one of its Founding Members. GPSNR aims to provide an independent platform that will lead to improvements in the socio-economic and environmental performance of the natural rubber value chain.Development of the GPSNR was initiated by the CEOs of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Tire Industry Project (TIP) in November 2017.

A wide range of members and stakeholders

Members of the platform include tire manufacturers, rubber suppliers and processors, vehicle makers and NGOs. Representatives from each of these stakeholder groups have contributed to the development of the Singapore-based platform and the wide-reaching set of priorities that will define GPSNR strategy and objectives.

Following a ceremonial launch in October 2018, interest in the GPSNR has seen membership grow to include civil society members. The GPSNR remains open to membership applications from natural rubber stakeholders.

The General Assembly saw the approval of the organisation’s Statutes and Code of Conduct, and the formation of an Executive Committee that has the mandate of overseeing the strategic and operational activities of the GPSNR.

As required by the Statutes, there is a multi-stakeholder committee. PEFC International Vice Chair, Genevieve Chua, attended as a voting member at the General Assembly. South East Asia Representative Richard Laity and Keterina Chong are in the Smallholder, and Strategy & objectives Working Group respectively.

Focusing on smallholders

Richard Laity drew the attention of the General Assembly to the importance of including direct representation on GPNSR of smallholders who make up to 75% of rubber producers in South East Asia. 

“We need to ensure GPNSR has positive impacts for smallholders and we need to fully appreciate these impacts, as well as measure the risks to this initiative if smallholders are not adequately represented,” Mr Laity noted.

He explained that it is in PEFC’s DNA to meet the needs of smallholders in the forestry sector, and as approximately 85% of rubber production globally comes from smallholders, it is essential that they are meaningfully represented in this new platform.

Without analyzing the data globally, a recent field survey indicated that 3,000 hectares of rubber plantation in Riau Province, Indonesia are already within PEFC certified areas. In addition, thousands of cubic meters of product are being sold with a PEFC Controlled Source verified, meeting emerging market requirements.

The work can begin

The formation of the GPNSR gives strong commitment to sustainability by key market players in the rubber production and supply chain globally.

GPSNR Director Stefano Savi told the meeting: “We know that the real hard work lies ahead, but today from Singapore we send a clear message – the GPSNR is open for business.”

Following proceedings from Geneva, Peter Bakker, WBCSD’s President and CEO said “Today, our members are joined by a growing and increasingly well-balanced GPSNR membership of rubber value chain and civil society members – the actors are in place, and the foundations for transformative action along the natural rubber value chain have been laid. Now the real work can begin.”

Source: https://www.pefc.org/news-a-media/general-sfm-news/2676-pefc-represents-smallholders-as-a-founding-member-of-the-global-platform-for-sustainable-natural-rubber-at-inaugural-general-assembly

FOURTH MEETING OF SRC

The Fourth Meeting of the SRC was held on 18-20 February 2019 in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah and was attended by a total of 19 participants comprising Members, Alternate Members and Observers.

During the Meeting, the SRC considered the incorporation of the requirements of Principle 10 of MC&I Forest Plantation.v2 into the relevant Criteria and Indicators of Principles 1 to 9 of the new streamlined standard. The Meeting also considered and agreed to incorporate new requirements of the PEFC ST 1003:2018 Sustainable Forest Management – Requirementsinto the draft standard to ensure conformance to the PEFC Sustainability Benchmark which had been revised and approved by the PEFC General Assembly on 14 November 2018. The Meeting also reached consensus on an Enquiry Draft which shall be circulated for Public Consultation in 2019 along with the revised process and timelines for the review of MC&I(Natural Forest).

Members of the SRC participated in a field visit to Bornion Timber Sdn Bhd, a certified FMU under the MTCS on 21 February 2019. Besides being briefed on the operation of the FMU, Members of the SRC also visited sites planted with Laran (Neolamarckia cadamba) species.


TIMBER PAVILION BAGS OUTSTANDING AWARDS

Partners and initiators of the Timber Pavilion namely Assink Wood, Scantimber / Hasslacher, PEFC quality mark, Trade Journal Houtwereld, IEB, Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC), Malaysian Timber Council (MTC) and through the support of 85 companies and organisations, bags the inaugural “Outstanding Award” at the 2019 Bouwbeurs Construction Fair.

The Timber Pavilion was judged to be the most attractive stand that brought the most visitors at the Construction Fair. The collaborative effort also matches the theme of the Fair: “Time to join forces”.

The Timber Pavilion which promotes the use of wood in construction was a huge success. The Third Edition of the Construction Fair was bigger this year with 200 square meters complete with a tower located at the entrance. The Fair attracted more than 75,000 visitors comprising largely contractors, directors and business owners.

The 2019 Bouwbeurs Construction Fair was held from 4 – 8 February 2019 at Utrecht, Netherlands.

MTCC SPEAKS AT MAYBANK INVESTMENT- BURSA MALAYSIA TIMBER DAY “INTO THE WOODS” PROGRAMME


23 January, Kuala Lumpur – Financial institutions have a key role to play in leading and supporting efforts to address issues relating to sustainability and climate change. It is not only about redirecting investments to renewable energy and low-carbon businesses, but also to bolster the resilience of forests as one of the major tools in mitigating the impacts of climate change.

Taking into consideration the growing need for certification to ensure sustainable timber production and trade, Maybank Investment Bank in collaboration with Bursa Malaysia recently organised a Timber Day “Into the Woods” programme in creating awareness on what this certification means for Malaysia’s timber industry and the sustainability of our forest heritage. 

The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) was delighted to be invited as one of the two speakers to speak at this event which was attended by some 50 participants representing investor, stockbroker and government-linked companies, as well as the media. 

MTCC CEO, Yong Teng Koon shared his perspective on the subject matter through a presentation entitled “Why Certification?: The case of the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS).”

“The establishment of MTCC in 1998 has a two-fold objective: to provide the check and balance in ensuring that Malaysia’s rich forest resources are managed sustainably, and to ensure the availability of sustainably produced timber and timber products to meet market and consumers’ demand for such products, especially in the developed countries. Through forest management and chain of custody (CoC) certification under the MTCS, every piece of certified timber products that is being sold could be traced back to the certified forest where the timber came from,” Yong explained.

Yong pointed out currently some 4.49 million hectares of natural forest and 120,100 hectares of forest plantations have been certified under the MTCS. Additionally, some 359 companies have been certified under CoC certification. And there is still much room for further growth and expansion for both forest management and CoC certification.  In this regard, the mandatory requirement by the Sarawak State Government for all long-term concessionaires to obtain certification by 2022 is certainly a step in the right direction. 

“Certified timber products have mainly been exported to the European market principally due to the more progressive procurement policies that have been instituted in these countries which demand for better accountability in environmental protection and conservation. Nonetheless, there are still markets or countries that do not require such strict import scrutiny which makes it challenging to encourage more companies to obtain certification,” Yong elaborated.

Yong concluded his presentation by stressing on the importance of stronger cross-sectoral collaboration and requested Bursa Malaysia to include the MTCS-PEFC reference in its Sustainability Reporting Guide & Toolkit under the environmental themes and responsible sourcing indicators.

He also implored the banking institutions to include MTCS-PEFC reference in their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Framework for the timber sector and promote the use of PEFC certified products in their collaterals and everyday office usage. 

From left : Nik Azhan Nik Abdul Aziz, Head, Institutional Sales, Malaysia, Maybank Investment Bank; Yong Teng Koon, MTCC CEO; Selvarany Rasiah, Chief Commercial Officer, Bursa Malaysia; Hjh Norchahaya Hashim, Deputy Director General, Malaysian Timber Industry Board and Dr. Tan Wei Lin, Director, Corporate Strategy, Bursa Malaysia

MTCC RECEIVED A VISIT FROM KYUNGPOOK NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF KOREA STUDENTS

Kuala Lumpur, 18 January – A group of international students majoring in Wood Science Technology from Kyungpook National University of Korea, visited the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) office to learn more about the process of timber certification in the country.

The two-hour visit was warmly received by MTCC CEO, Mr. Yong Teng Koon who also briefed the students on how the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) operated and its achievement by becoming the first tropical timber certification scheme in the region to be endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) – an accreditation body of the largest forest area in the world.

The students were also given the opportunity to discuss with MTCC management on how forest certification and the Chain of Custody (CoC) have becoming a vital role in championing the issue of sustainability.

MTCS is recognised by the Green Building Index (GBI) Malaysia under its Sustainable Timber criterion. As a PEFC-endorsed scheme, the scheme is also recognised by several green building schemes in Australia, Italy, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  

CEO’s NEW YEAR MESSAGE

As 2018 draws to a close, it is time to reflect on 2018 and welcome 2019.

The Year 2018 has been a rather refreshing year with new experience for Malaysia and MTCC.  The Year saw for the first time in 60 years the formation of a new Government and for MTCC, the appointment of YB Puan Teresa Kok as the new Minister of Primary Industries and YBhg Datuk K. Yogeesvaran as our new Chairman  

Besides the routine work of monitoring forest management and chain of custody certification, and conduct of activities to promote the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS), we have been actively engaged in the review of both the MTCS forest management standard, as well as the PEFC SFM and CoC standards in 2018.  We are pleased to note an overall increase in the number of certified forest management units (FMUs) from 16 to 21, and a slight increase from 357 to 359 timber companies certified under the chain of custody certification. The Year also saw the successful conduct of the Second MTCC Photography Contest that had attracted much publicity through the submission of a total of 990 photographs and 12 short videos, as well as the MTCC Strategic Planning Workshop to solicit feedback from stakeholders to chart the future directions of the MTCC.

Looking forward, I wish to take this opportunity to announce that MTCC turns 20 in 2019 – a significant milestone taking into consideration the many challenges faced in the growth and development of the MTCC since it started operation in 1999. The last 20 years have seen MTCC taking the arduous task of starting from ground zero, planning, creating awareness, and building of trust and confidence amongst the various stakeholders in implementing a credible Malaysian timber certification scheme. The efforts made were duly rewarded when the MTCS received international recognition in 2009 when it was endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), the world largest forest certification system. Today we are delighted that the PEFC-endorsed MTCS has been accepted under the public procurement policies and green building schemes of many developed countries notably in Europe.

In this context, 20 years is definitely a significant milestone for MTCC and worth celebrating. Hence I am also pleased to inform that a number of activities will be organised by MTCC throughout 2019 to commemorate its 20th anniversary. To begin with, a special 20th Anniversary Logo bearing the Tagline: Pushing Boundaries Advancing Sustainability, has been designed to promote and heighten awareness of this momentous milestone and celebration.  


The overall logo in circles exhibits a notion of continuity – signifies the establishment of MTCC and its continual operation for many more decades to come, which also embodies the goal for sustainability. A multiplicity of textures and elements of nature is depicted by freestyle strokes in different shades of green, be it patterns on a soil ground, rings of a tree trunk, shadow stripes of branches under the sun, or water flow in a stream. Whilst other small words are neatly legible, the dominant font of “20th” is imbued with components of growth through the shapes of a wavy leaf and twirling stems. The MTCC logo is incorporated and forms a fruit shape that signifies fruitfulness and the accomplishments of MTCC in various aspects to reach its 20th year and beyond.

The overall logo in circles exhibits a notion of continuity – signifies the establishment of MTCC and its continual operation for many more decades to come, which also embodies the goal for sustainability. A multiplicity of textures and elements of nature is depicted by freestyle strokes in different shades of green, be it patterns on a soil ground, rings of a tree trunk, shadow stripes of branches under the sun, or water flow in a stream. Whilst other small words are neatly legible, the dominant font of “20th” is imbued with components of growth through the shapes of a wavy leaf and twirling stems. The MTCC logo is incorporated and forms a fruit shape that signifies fruitfulness and the accomplishments of MTCC in various aspects to reach its 20th year and beyond.

The Tagline “Pushing Boundaries Advancing Sustainability” aptly encapsulates what MTCC has been doing over the past 20 years and will continue to do so to advance the cause of forest sustainability through the implementation of the MTCS.  Since its establishment, MTCC has been pushing boundaries to advance forest sustainability notably in the following fronts:

(i)      changing mindsets of all parties involved to realise the importance of implementing sustainable forest management through forest management and chain of custody certification;

(ii)     increasing stakeholders’ participation and engagement to garner better acceptance of the MTCS; 

(iii)    strengthening certification standards through multi-stakeholder consultation process to embrace the three pillars of sustainability covering social, environmental and social aspects;

(iv)    widening recognition and acceptance of the MTCS both locally and internationally; and

(v)     expanding the extent of forest areas and number of timber companies certified under the MTCS to cover all three regions in Malaysia.

You will be updated periodically on the MTCC’s 20th Anniversary Celebration which will culminate in the conduct of a MTCC Timber Certification Conference followed by an Anniversary Dinner scheduled to held in September 2019.

The achievements of the MTCC over the last two decades would not have been possible without the support and cooperation of our stakeholders representing the environmental and social interest groups, timber associations, government departments and agencies, research and academic institutions as well as the certification bodies which provided the independent third-party audit for both forest management and chain of custody certification.  MTCC greatly appreciates your contributions and looks forward to your continued support to chart the future of the MTCS to advance the implementation of sustainable forest management in Malaysia.

Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy and Productive 2019!

Yours sincerely,

Yong Teng Koon

BAHAU-KAHEI FMU ACHIEVES MTCS CERTIFICATION


Heartiest congratulations to Bahau-Kahei Forest Management Unit (FMU) on being awarded the Certificate for Forest Management (NaturalForest) under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) on 19 December 2018. Bahau-Kahei FMU is the fifth FMU in Sarawak to be awarded the certificate by SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd.

Managed by Jaya Tiasa Holdings Bhd, the FMU covers an area of about 45,035 ha in the Upper Kapit Division and is part of the Heart of Borneo (HoB) Initiative.




AUDITOR TRAINING COURSE ON PEFC CHAIN OF CUSTODY CERTIFICATION

MTCC organized a two-day Auditor Training Course on PEFC Chain of Custody Certification under the MTCS on 19 to 20 December 2018 in Kuala Lumpur. 

The course was conducted to train new CoC auditors so that they are familiar with and knowledgeable on the requirements of the PEFC ST 2002:2013 Chain of Custody of Forest Based Products -Requirements. The course was conducted to fulfill the training requirement for auditors as stipulated in para 6.1.1.2.2 of the PEFC ST 2003:2012 Requirements for Certification Bodies operating Certification against the PEFC International Chain of Custody Standard document. 

The training was conducted Ms. Sabrina Hj Mawasi, Manager (Product) of MTCC who is a PEFC qualified trainer and attended by six participants from three Certification Bodies and two participants from STANDARDS MALAYSIA. 

MTCC PROMOTES ACADEMIC & SCHOLASTIC EXCELLENCE

Kuala Lumpur, 4 December 2018 – Two graduating students from the Faculty of Forestry, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) received the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) Academic Awards for outstanding academic and scholastic achievements in their overall academic performance and final year project thesis.

MTCC CEO, Mr.Yong Teng Koon said that the annual awards were jointly determined with the Faculty of Forestry, UPM to recognise graduating students who have excelled in their studies and produced a quality final year thesis based on the prescribed fields of study.  It is also aimed to spur the undergraduate students to pursue academic excellence so that they could be the future award recipients.

This year, the two award recipients were: (i) Nurul Kamaliah Eddy Marman’s with her thesis titled, “Dead Wood Chracteristics Influencing Macrofungal Diversity in Fragmented Forest”, and (ii) Muhammad Khairulddin Fadzil’s with his thesis “Assessment on Soil Physico Chemical Properties of Secondary and Rehabilitated Forests in Universiti Putra Malaysia Bintulu, Sarawak”.  Each of them earned RM1,000 in cash and a Certificate of Achievement from MTCC.

“I would like to thank MTCC for this award. It is truly an honour for me to be one of the recipients. I am convinced of the importance of forests and agreed that we must all do our part to protect and care for our forest, both for my own sake and the sake of our future generation,” said Muhammad.

Beaming with excitement over receiving the award, Nurul shared, “The MTCC Academic Award has motivated me to work hard and I am so happy to be recognised and receive this award.  I hope to be able to contribute to our national sustainability agenda in ensuring the precious forest resources that we have will be sustainably managed.”

“The future of our forests lies in the hands of our future generations. The younger generation must be prepared and engaged to chart this future. Engaging them at the university level while they are young and eager to learn, motivating them to pursue academic excellence and raising their awareness of shared responsibility in this endeavour is definitely a significant step in the right direction,” Yong concluded.

First presented in 2016, the MTCC Academic Awards aim to recognise outstanding students from the forestry-related field of study who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating overall academic excellence and scholarship in their final year project thesis.

 

THESIS ON TREE DIVERSITY AND CARBON RELATIONSHIP WINS MTCC’S FREEZAILAH FOREST SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

The Freezailah Forest Sustainability Award recognizes outstanding students in the field of forestry. (Third from left) 2018 Award recipient, Hoo Pui Kiat, is presented a cash prize of RM2,000 by (second from left) Universiti Malaysia Sabah Vice Chancellor, Professor Dato’ Dr. D Kamaruddin D Mudin; and witnessed by Dean of Faculty of Science and Natural Resources, Professor Dr Baba Musta and MTCC CEO, Mr Yong Teng Koon.

 

Kota Kinabalu, 26 November 2018– In an effort to promote academic excellence and inculcate the love for forests amongst university students, the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) has been collaborating with the Faculty of Science and Natural Resources, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) in jointly determining the worthy recipient oftheFreezailah Forest Sustainability Award since 2016

 

“The Freezailah Forest Sustainability Award, named after MTCC’s founder Chairman Dato’ Dr Freezailah Che Yeom, aims to recognise the achievement of outstanding students and to spur other students to pursue academic excellence in their respective fields of study.  This award is given to the graduating student with the best academic achievement and a final year project thesis that meets the prescribed quality and scope of study,” explained MTCC CEO, Mr. Yong Teng Koon

 

Student Hoo Pui Kiat with a thesis entitled “Comparison of Tree Diversity & Species Composition Across a Multi-Land Use and Tree Diversity-Carbon Relationship in GOM-UNDP-GEF Project, Luasong, Sabah” was judged the winner for the Freezailah Forest Sustainability Award for 2018.  Hoo’s research indicated that human modified land use causes negative impacts to the forest and better land use management is crucial to avoid such irreversible impacts on tree diversity, changes in species composition and carbon stock.  He received RM2,000 in cash and a Certificate of Achievement from MTCC.

 

“I am very happy to be awarded the Freezailah Forest Sustainability Award.  It is a great honour and will definitely motivate me and strengthen my resolve to do my part to contribute and promote forest sustainability in Malaysia. I hope all Malaysians will do likewise as forests are so important and crucial to our lives and well-being,” said Hoo after receiving his award at the 20thUMS Convocation.

 

“The future of sustainability lies in the hands of our future generations.  In this regard, we must do our part in preparing and engaging our next generation so that they will be able to see and embrace our vision for full implementation of sustainable forest management in Malaysia.   Engaging them at the university level while they are young and eager to learn, promoting academic excellence and raising awareness of their shared responsibility in this endeavour is definitely a significant step in the right direction,” Yong concluded.

MTCC ENCOURAGES ARCHITECTS TO SPECIFY CERTIFIED TIMBER IN THEIR DESIGNS

 

The prevailing concern amongst the public on using wood stems mainly from the misconception that using wood would contribute to deforestation and causes adverse impacts on the environment. This is understandable given the increasing level of environmental consciousness, the negative perception associated with timber harvesting or logging, as well as the vital role of forests in mitigating climate change.

Amidst the increasing awareness on the impact of climate change due primarily to carbon emissions and the need for sustainable utilisation of nature’s resources to mitigate the impacts, sustainable management of forests and responsible use of wood products have become important mechanisms to provide solutions to address these concerns.

The general public needs to be informed that wood is our best environmental choice! In fact, wood is a carbon neutral material. Healthy forests are net producers of oxygen through photosynthesis. Growing trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The oxygen is released back into the atmosphere, while the carbon is used by the tree and stored in the wood for the life of the tree and the products made from it. Additionally, natural wood products are among the most energy-efficient to produce, while making products from steel, aluminum, glass, concrete, and brick can require up to 126 times more energy to manufacture. Hence, utilizing timber sourced from sustainably managed forests is the way forward for a sustainable future.

Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) took this up as a responsibility and sought opportunities to engage with key actors/influencers in promoting the use of wood as a carbon-neutral material and for such material to be produced sustainably.

Believing in the crucial role of architects in specifying the use of wood in designing and constructing building, MTCC in collaboration with a renowned architect, AR Azman Zainal had recently conducted a talk with members of the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) under their Continuing Professional Development programme on how the use of “good wood” inbuilt structures could provide benefits to well-being, society, and the environment.

 

At the talk that was attended by seventy-eight PAM members, MTCC’s Senior Manager (Forest Management), Siti Syaliza Mustapha shared information on the current status of forest cover in the country and described the practices of sustainable forest management (SFM) which were designed to ensure sustainable utilisation of forest resources, while taking into the account the need for community development, workers’ safety and wildlife and environmental protection, amongst others. She also introduced the roles and functions of MTCC and how the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) is operated to provide a credible assurance of scientific-based SFM practices through third-party verification. In emphasizing on the architects’ roles in contributing to SFM, Siti encouraged the architects to specify the use of certified wood in their projects and stressed that “wood is good, but certified wood is better.”

 

Following MTCC’s presentation, Ar Azman delivered his presentation titled “Wood For Wellbeing And Wellness” and shared his experience of applying timber in architecture as a structural material rather than a mere external application; explaining that timber makes a better material from a health perspective for personal well-being and wellness while exuding aesthetical beauty. To inject confidence in architects to use more timber, he addressed six challenges of using wood and familiarised the audience of architects with wood-related terms and explained the how-to of specifying timber. He concluded the presentation by showing examples of magnificent timber building structures from around the world, including his own magnificent wooden home situated in Port Dickson.

Application of the Amended Normative Document Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) and Its Implementation Agreement (MTCS 9/2018)

 

The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) as the National Governing Body of the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) undertakes periodic reviews of its standards and technical documents to ensure that they take into account the various developments concerning accreditation and certification requirements, amongst others.

 

The normative document titled Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) and Its Implementation Agreement (MTCS 8/2015) sets out the key components, requirements and implementation arrangement of the MTCS. At the recent 77thMeeting of the MTCC Board of Trustees held on 22 October 2018, the MTCC Board of Trustees has approved the amendment which allows for the maximum period of five (5) years for the recertification audit for forest management certification of natural and plantation forests, in line with the PEFC Normative document – Annex 6 on Certification and Accreditation Procedures and the ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015(E) Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems (Clause 9.1.3.2, Note 3). With the approval by the MTCC Board of Trustees, the MTCS 8/2015 is effectively cancelled and replaced with the MTCS 9/2018.

 

The MTCS 9/2018 which came into force on 22 October 2018 is applicable to all new certificates issued by Certification Bodies, while existing certificate holders will be granted the five (5) years maximum validity of certificate upon successful completion of the recertification audit.

 

Should you need any clarification regarding this document, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Siti Syaliza, Senior Manager (Forest Management) at siti@mtcc.com.my or 03-2161 2298.

MTCC SOWS SEED OF SUSTAINABILITY

 

MTCC engages young people to love and care for forests at KLESF 2018

Kuala Lumpur, 12November 2018 – Recognising that the future of sustainability lies in the hands of the future generation, the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) participated in the Kuala Lumpur Engineering Science Fair (KLESF) 2018 for the fourth year running with the main intention of engaging primary and secondary school children to inspire them to love and care for our valuable natural resource – the forests.

 

“With the tagline Sustainable Forest, Sustainable Future, MTCC believes that sustainably managing our forests is crucial in ensuring a sustainable livelihood, simply because our wellbeing is so intricately linked and dependent on the myriad of services provided by the forests.  When we talk of the future, it is imperative to include the younger generation as they would be the one to continue to uphold our vision for a sustainable Malaysia. MTCC’s participation at KLESF for the fourth time is aimed at connecting with the next generation who will be the future guardians of our forest resources. And we believe in engaging them young to instil in them the sense of responsibility and love to care for our forests for posterity,” said MTCC CEO, Yong Teng Koon.

This year, MTCC took the students on a journey to discover what sustainability of living and forests means through its attractive educational booth at KLESF. In addition to a 3D model depicting the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) certification process, students were shown a video on what sustainable forest management entails, and were taken on an interactive ‘forest’ journey through poster display, with information on the role of protection and production forests, sustainable harvesting of forest products, the role of MTCS in promoting forest sustainability. The students also learned about how they can contribute towards achieving sustainability, for example through making lifestyle choices that are based on the 3Rs principle of “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.”

 

 

To instil the sense of commitment, the students were asked to write their green pledge on leaf-shaped notes and have these pasted on a ‘Green Pledge Wall’ which finally formed the image of a tree in full bloom; signifying the need for teamwork in our sustainability endeavour. To better appreciate our forests, the booth also featured a magnificent tropical forest backdrop for the students to take photographs or selfies of themselves. A total of 480 students visited the MTCC Booth over the 3-day KLSEF.

        

“We must believe in and start preparing our younger generation to be the change agents who can ensure our vision for a sustainable Malaysia lives on. In this regard, the decision by the Government earlier this year to include environmental education in schools to inculcate a better understanding and appreciation of the environment is timely and I hope it would be implemented as soon as possible,” Yong concluded.

 

                

NATURE ENTHUSIASTS SHOWCASING ARTISTIC SKILL AT MTCC PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST 2018

 

Expressing Love for Forests Through the Lens

 

Kuala Lumpur, 31 October 2018– Nothing is more awe-inspiring and mesmerizing than a photograph that captures the wonder and beauty of nature. That was precisely what the 25 winning photographs and one short video from the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) Photography Contest 2018 have done in captivating the audience at Malaysia’s largest imaging event, the Kuala Lumpur Photography Festival (KLPF), from 26 to 28 October 2018.

 

Bearing the theme “Experience Forest, Experience MTCS–PEFC”, the Second Edition of the MTCC Photography Contest which ran from 1 June to 10 September 2018 garnered a total submission of 990 photographs and 12 short videos from 133 participants with a good mix of entries from Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia.

 

According to Elliot Erwitt, one of the leading figures in magazine, advertising, and commercial photography, “Photography is an art of observation.  It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”

 

“To a great extent, the MTCC Photography Contest was organized to achieve this objective.  MTCC hopes that through this platform and the lenses of nature enthusiasts, the photographs produced and displayed at KLPF will enable both the photographers and general public to see the forests in a different way, to better appreciate the many roles and functions of forests, and a greater awareness that these forests could be sustainably managed, contributing to our national sustainability agenda,” said MTCC CEO, Mr Yong Teng Koon.

 

Truly capturing the essence of forest sustainability was the Grand Prize photograph titled “Germination”, which bagged Mohd Samsi Sumairi a cash prize of RM2,000 and a photobook courtesy of PCP Publications. The photograph showcasing a ray of sunlight seeping through towering trees in the dense Kanching Forest Reserve, with a budding seedling at the forefront taking center stage, symbolizing continued growth and renewal, is a picture perfect of sustainability .

Sharing his joy and message behind his winning photograph, Sumairi said, “Forests are valuable natural treasures key to maintaining sustainability of life in the aspects of economy, social and environment. My photograph of the budding seedling symbolises two things – the ability of forests to regenerate, as well as sustainability and hope for the coming generations. I am grateful to MTCC for giving me this opportunity to explore and express my love for forests through this contest. I hope that more people will learn to care for and relish our wonderful nature in Malaysia.”

Grand Prize Photo- Germination by Mohd Samsi bin Sumairi

 

Besides the original three categories: (i) Forest and People, (ii) Forest and Forest Landscapes, and (iii) Forest and Animals, the MTCC Photography Contest 2018 also included a brand new short video category in recognition of the power of videography to spark human emotion and connection to forests. The First Prize winners for the three categories of photography are as follows:

  • Forest and People: Redzuan Bohari
  • Forest and Forest Landscapes: Teoh Wen Chong
  • Forest and Animals: Pang Siew Peng

 

 

First Prize (Forest & People Category)- Redzuan Bohari

First Prize (Forest & Forest Landscape Category)- Teoh Wen Chong

First Prize (Forest & Animal Category)- Pang Siew Peng

 

Bagging the RM500 cash prize for the video category was Lee Yen Phin whose short video showcased Sabah’s stunning tropical forest scenery coupled with beautiful sounds of nature.

The first prize winners in each category received RM1,000 each, while two merit prizes of RM500 and five consolation prizes of RM200 each per category were also awarded. All winners also received a photobook courtesy of PCP Publications. All winning photographs and the winning short video were exhibited at the MTCC’s booth for visitors’ viewing pleasure.

INCULCATING SUSTAINABILITY IN BUDDING ARCHITECTS

 

About 130 students from the Faculty of Design and Architecture, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)  participated in an educational talk titled “Designing The Future With Sustainable Timber” jointly organised by the Faculty and the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) on 8 October 2018.

 

The half-day education talk comprising two presentations was aimed at impressing the budding architects to appreciate wood and to embrace sustainability in their designs by prescribing the use of certified timber.  It was also aimed at inspiring the architectural students to do their bit for the environment by supporting the implementation of sustainable forest management through certification in Malaysia.

 

  

The first presentation by MTCC CEO, Mr Yong Teng Koon provided an update on the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS), the implementation of which has made available the supply of MTCS-certified timber and timber products, both for export and local use.

 

“Timber is a renewable, versatile and aesthetically appealing building material that architects should capitalise on to design creative sustainable living solutions. Currently wood has been used mainly as form works in construction.  Through this talk, we hope to spark the imagination of aspiring architects to use timber and in particular MTCS-certified timber beyond the form works stage, but as building material, be it for structure or interior decoration. In this age when the world is so concerned about the impact of climate change due to greenhouse gases (GHG) emission, the use of more wood in building would enable more carbon to be locked in the buildings throughout their life time.  This would also contribute to our national effort to reduce GHG emission in line with our commitment made at the Paris Agreement,” said Yong.

 

In the second presentation, Ar Azman Zainal Md Nor, an established home grown architect shared his experience in the use of wood in building construction. He is most qualified to give the talk as he has “walked the talk” having built his three-storey wooden house solely with recycled timber and without nails, as well as many other timber bungalows and renovations elsewhere. His immense love for wood was manifested throughout his presentation. According to Ar Azman, “Wood is the most environmentally friendly material.  It’s easy to use and shape than cement.  More importantly, it is also a healthier choice as wooden homes have been proven to contribute towards the wellness and wellbeing of people dwelling within.”

MTCC PROMOTES CERTIFIED TIMBER FOR GREEN ECONOMY AT IGEM 2018

 

MTCC Encourages Utilising MTCS-Certified Timber

To Support National Sustainability Agenda

 

Kuala Lumpur, 17 October 2018 – As the nation moves towards implementing green economy and becoming a centre for green technology, the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) operated by the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) is an important partner in this endeavour. The MTCS ensures that timber and timber products manufactured and traded from Malaysia are sourced from sustainably managed forests, covering social, environmental and economic aspects of forest management.
“This is the third time that MTCC is participating in the International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia (IGEM) 2018 which will be held from 17 to 20 October at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. We believe this is an ideal platform for us to reach out to more local and regional businesses, to raise awareness on the advantages of choosing certified timber as a raw material to grow the green economy,” said MTCC Chief Executive Officer, Yong Teng Koon.

According to MTCC, timber is and will remain as the most environment friendly material. It is renewable and consumes considerably less energy in its production compared to other raw materials.

 

“Businesses can support our national sustainability agenda as well as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030 by prescribing the use of certified timber. The MTCS certification allows organisations, from small-and-medium-sized enterprises to large companies, to exercise responsible sourcing throughout their supply chains. In so doing, they will be contributing towards protecting the environment, in particular our precious and biologically rich tropical forests,” Yong elaborated.

 

To increase the uptake of MTCS certification locally, MTCC also encourages consumers to make conscious choices to support products made using certified timber. “We are happy to witness more and more local household brands including Royal Selangor, Signature Kitchen, Setia-Wood Industries (subsidiary of SP Setia), and Dapo Kitchenware, embrace sustainability requirements in their businesses through the MTCS Chain of Custody certification,” added Yong.

 

Since its implementation in 2001, a total of 4.46 million ha of forest areas and 368 timber companies have been certified under the MTCS. Currently, MTCS-certified timber is exported to 65 destinations worldwide including key markets such as the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Belgium, France and Japan.

 

MTCC will be located at Booth 1275, Hall 2 of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

 

 

 

INVITATION TO PEER REVIEWER TRAINING ON THE MTCS, KUALA LUMPUR 8 NOVEMBER 2018

 

A one-day training will be held on 8 November 2018 at MTCC Board Room to familiarise potential peer reviewers on the requirements of MC&I(Natural Forest) and MC&I Forest Plantation.v2 standards. Peer reviewers are independent experts appointed to review forest management certification audit reports prepared by the Certification Body (CB) to ensure that the audit has been conducted professionally and in compliance with the requirements of the certification standard.

A nominal participation fee of RM30 will be charged for the training to cover the costs of the training, including lunch and tea breaks. The training is open to all professionals with the relevant expertise and experience as follows:

  • > 5 years’ experience in the fields of forestry, forest ecology, environmental sciences, biology, sociology, forest economics, zoology, and agriculture
  • Good understanding of the certification standards
  • Have experience in assessing adequacy of reports
  • Expertise or good knowledge in:
    • Forestry operations
    • Forestry laws & regulations
    • Social aspects of forestry
    • Sustainable forest management

If you are interested to become a peer reviewer, please fill up the form and return it to MTCC via email: haniff@mtcc.com.my or fax: 03-2161 2293 latest by 2 NOVEMBER 2018. Please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Haniff Salleh at 03-2161 2298 if you have any further enquiries.

 

SETIA-WOOD OBTAINS MTCS CERTIFICATION

Mr Kenny Looi from SGS (Malaysia), presenting the MTCS Chain of Custody to Mr Shanthan Suppiah, General Manager of Setia Wood Industries Sdn Bhd witness by Mr Yong Teng Koon, MTCC CEO

 

S P Setia Offers Forest-friendly Flooring Option

Through Chain of Custody Certification

 

Kuala Lumpur, 1 October 2018 – Setia-Wood Industries Sdn Bhd (Setia-Wood), a subsidiary of S P Setia Berhad (S P Setia), recently obtained the Chain of Custody (CoC) certification under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS), demonstrating its commitment to source sustainable materials.

 

With the MTCS certification, S P Setia effectively becomes the first property developer in Malaysia to showcase its support for sustainable forest management through such a certification. Setia-Wood aims to progressively increase the use of PEFC/MTCS-certified timber flooring for its residential projects. Hence, customers can make informed purchasing decisions when investing in their house that they are also contributing to the sustainable management of our forest.

 

“The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) applauds S P Setia’s efforts in championing green initiatives and embracing sustainability requirements in its development projects. The award of the MTCS CoC Certificate to Setia-Wood Industries Sdn Bhd further attests to S P Setia’s commitment to the cause of responsible forest management. We hope more developers in Malaysia will follow in the footsteps of S P Setia in obtaining certification and advocating the use of MTCS-certified timber in their projects,” said MTCC CEO, Mr Yong Teng Koon.

 

The MTCS is a national timber certification scheme operated by MTCC to promote sustainable forest management. A CoC certified company must be able to demonstrate that it has implemented and fulfilled the necessary quality standards required under the MTCS which ensures that forests from which the wood is sourced and managed sustainably. Since the implementation of the MTCS in 2001, and as of August 2018, a total of 4.45 million hectares of forest areas and 365 timber companies have been certified under the MTCS. In addition, MTCS has been endorsed by the largest forest certification scheme in the world namely the PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification)  providing further credibility to the scheme.

 

Commenting on the certification, Shanthan Suppiah, General Manager of Setia Woods said, “We are Malaysia’s leading developer in building green townships, and thus we strive to innovate and offer the latest eco-concepts while adhering to environmental sustainability requirements. The MTCS certification is another step towards our commitment to incorporate sustainability practices in S P Setia’s projects. People often forget that using renewable energy sources, reducing our carbon footprint, environmental protection, and achieving ecological health, are ways to drive sustainability without having to compromise our modern lifestyles. We want to continue leading the way in building homes embracing sustainability criteria for the public. Hence, we are pleased to join the MTCS family in its aspiration to contribute to good forest management practices”.

 

At S P Setia, we are always looking for more innovative ways to offer the best possible options to our customers and incorporating MTCS-certified products into our designs will definitely add value to our projects which are known for their high standard of quality”, he added.

 

 

The MTCS-certified flooring products will be used in S P Setia’s eco-friendly Viia Residences located within the KL Eco City development. S P Setia has embarked on building green townships as far back as 2005 with its first eco-themed concept development, Setia Eco Park, in Setia Alam, Selangor. The Group has since proceeded with bigger and bolder initiatives in embracing eco concepts and sustainability, as exemplified in the Setia Eco Glades, Setia Eco Templer and soon to be launched Setia Fontaines in Penang.

 

“MTCC is excited that Setia-Wood has achieved this milestone of offering forest-friendly flooring solutions to home buyers. Protecting our forests often comes in the form of making greener purchasing decisions, and Setia-Wood has made it possible for consumers to do their part for the environment through the MTCS certification. We hope that many more developers will also pursue timber certification for their wood-based products to help raise consumers’ awareness on sustainable forest management,” concluded Yong.

   

 

TALENTED PHOTOGRAPHER COMPLETES MTCC PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST 2018 JUDGING PANEL

 

Contest Seeks Stunning Images and Short Videos of Malaysian Forests

 

Kuala Lumpur, 3 September 2018– The MTCC Photography Contest 2018 has finalised its judging panel with Malaysian photographer, writer and educator, Azul Adnan, filling up a spot as guest judge. Azul’s passion and talent for photography has landed his captivating photos on the websites of National Geographic and the BBC, as well as in magazines, Digital Camera and Lonely Planet.

 

Besides Azul, the contest judging panel will consist of MTCC CEO, Yong Teng Koon and PCP Publications General Manager and Editor-in-chief, Jessica Chan.

 

“Photography is a beautiful form of art that captures sights and moments in its most authentic manner. It preserves the object at its best in small frame and allows you to view and appreciate them at leisure, anytime. Hence, MTCC is organising the MTCC Photography Contest once again after a successful inaugural run last year. We all know that a picture is worth a thousand words and can encapsulate many wonderful stories. Through the Photography Contest, we hope to instill a greater appreciation for Malaysia’s forest heritage. In this regard, we are most happy to have Azul as our guest judge to help in selecting the best photos and videos as he is a master in his own right having produced many wonderful images,” said Yong.

 

Azul is a regular speaker at Malaysia’s largest photography exhibition, the annual Kuala Lumpur Photography Festival.

 

Sharing about his passion for photography, Azul said, “Every image captured tells a unique story. My love for photography is simply an expression of my love for people and the environment. That is why I always try to engage with the scene or view in front of me in a unique way through photography. Similarly, the MTCC Photography Contest looks for photographs that can engage with the subject of the photo, be it forest landscapes, animals, or people contributing to the forestry industry. I believe a good photo has the ability to stir in others a sense of care or fascination for the subject at hand; and love for Malaysia’s irreplaceable forests.”

 

This year’s contest consists of three themes for its camera category and one video category:

Category 1Forests and People; seeks images of people involved in the field of forestry responsible for the well-being of Malaysia’s forest resources such as foresters, forest rangers, forest researchers, auditors and indigenous peoples.

Category 2Forests and Forest Landscapes; this category welcomes any shots showcasing the natural beauty, diversity and uniqueness of forests by capturing the geological, climatological features and natural environment of Malaysian forests.

Category 3Forests and Fauna; seeks amazing images of animals in the wild including mammals, birds, amphibians or reptiles.

Category 4Video category – Wonders and Sounds of Nature; which requires participants to record the wonders of Malaysian forests in a 30 seconds to three minutes short video clip. Participants may use a variety of mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, drones, GoPros, or a combination of these mobile devices

 

“Last year, we received many stunning images which showcased our local forests in many different ways. This time round, we hope to see more submissions that truly tell the story of nature through fresh eyes. We would also like to engage the skillful videographers out there who can use visual arts to capture the wonderful sights and sounds of Malaysian forests in captivating short videos,” said Yong.  

 

Creative photo submissions that meet contest criteria will be in the running to win a grand prize of RM2,000, a first prize of RM1,000 per category, two merit prizes of RM500 per category and five consolation prizes of RM200 per category. Meanwhile, the best three mobile phone video clips will receive a cash prize of RM500 each. In addition, all winners will also receive a photobook courtesy of PCP Publications. Participation is open to Malaysians who have a fervent passion for forests and photography. Participants may submit up to 10 images for each category and are required to upload their entries to a cloud storage system and email the link to mtcc@pcp2u.my.

 

The MTCC Photography Contest 2018 prize giving ceremony will be held at KLPF 2018 this October, while winning photos will be exhibited for the viewing pleasure of professional photographers, photography enthusiasts, and the general public.

 

For more information on the MTCC Photography Contest or to download the contest form, please visit http://pcp2u.my/participate/.

THIRD OF MEETING OF SRC

The Third Meeting of the SRC was held from 17-18 July 2018 in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan. The Meeting which was attended by a total of 21 participants comprising Members, Alternate Members and Observers continued deliberation on the working draft that contained a streamlined requirements of both the MC&I(Natural Forest) and MC&I Forest Plantation.v2. 

The Meeting also discussed the proposal to restructure the standard based on three possible options. The first option was to restructure the standard according to the ISO High Level Standard; the second was to maintain the existing structure with updated requirements; while the third option was to maintain the structure and incorporate Principle 10 of the MC&I Forest Plantation.v2 into the relevant Criteria and Indicators of Principle 1 to 9 of the streamlined standard. After a lengthy discussion, the Meeting agreed to maintain the existing structure while exploring the feasibility of incorporating the requirements of Principle 10 into the relevant Criteria and Indicators of Principles 1 to 9.

DATUK K. YOGEESVARAN APPOINTED AS MTCC CHAIRMAN

 

Kuala Lumpur, 2 August – The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) welcomes Datuk K. Yogeesvaran as its new Chairman.  The appointment comes into effect on 27 July 2018.

MTCC CEO Yong Teng Koon said, “We are very honoured to have Datuk Yogeesvaran as our new Chairman as he brings with him a great wealth of experience and expertise following a distinguished career with the civil service that spans over 37 years.  Datuk Yogeesvaran began his career at the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) as an administrative and diplomatic service (PTD) officer in 1981.  Among the positions he has held included Director, Knowledge Economy Division; Director, Industry Service Division; and Deputy Director-General (Macro) of the EPU before being promoted as the Secretary General for the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities in August 2017 until his retirement in May 2018.”

Datuk Yogeesvaran holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from University of Malaya (1980), LLB from University of London (1994) and M.A. Economics from Manchester University (1996).

“With such a distinguished personality, MTCC will definitely benefit from Datuk Yogeesvaran’s knowledge and experience to advance and spearhead the sustainable forest management agenda in the country through the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme,” added Yong.

On his appointment as the Chairman of MTCC, Datuk Yogeesvaran said, “I thank the Minister of Primary Industries for the trust given to lead the MTCC.  I count it a privilege to serve and will do my level best to contribute to our national sustainability agenda of ensuring that the precious forest resources that we have are being managed sustainably while at the same time continue to fulfil the growing market demands for green products.”

The new Chairman also recorded his sincere thanks and highest appreciation to the outgoing Chairman.  “We are truly grateful to Datuk Himmat Singh for his able leadership, wise counsel and invaluable contribution during his tenure as MTCC Chairman. We wish him a happy retirement,” said Datuk Yogeesvaran.

 

 

Datuk Yogeesvaran met with MTCC management and staff during his visit to MTCC office. He was briefed by MTCC CEO, Mr. Yong Teng Koon on the organisation and the certification scheme that it operates.

 

SAPULUT FOREST MANAGEMENT UNIT OBTAINS MTCS CERTIFICATION

Photo 1: Sapulut FMU 14 received its MTCS certification during Malam Hari Inovasi Jabatan Perhutanan Sabah 2018 – (Front row from left) SIRIM QAS Sdn Bhd Managing Director, Encik Mohd Azanuddin Salleh, presenting the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme Forest Management Certificate to Sapulut FMU Managing Director, Mr Norman Wong. Also present were (second row from left) MTCC CEO, Mr Yong Teng Koon; Sabah Forestry Department Chief Conservator of Forests, Datuk Sam Mannan; and Sabah Forestry Department Head of Forest Resource Management Division, Encik Mashor Mohd Jaini.

“Further uptake for Forest Management Certification In Line With State Government’s Pledge to Promote Sustainable Forestry”

 

Kuala Lumpur, 30 July 2018– The Sapulut Forest Management Unit (FMU),  managed by Sapulut Forest Development Sdn Bhd (Sapulut) became the third FMU in Sabah to be awarded the forest management certification under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS).

 

The MTCS Forest Management Certificate was presented to Mr. Norman Wong, the Managing Director of Sapulut Forest Development Sdn. Bhd.  on 20 July 2018 in conjuction with the “Majlis Malam Inovasi Jabatan Perhutanan Sabah” held in Sandakan. The Certificate was awarded by Mr. Mohd Azanuddin Salleh, Managing Director of SIRIM QAS International Sdn. Bhd., a MTCS-notified certification body and witnessed by Datuk Sam Mannan, the Chief Conservator of Forests, Sabah Forestry Department and Mr. Yong Teng Koon, CEO of the Malaysia Timber Certification Council (MTCC).

 

Commenting on the award, Mr. Norman Wong said, “We are very pleased to obtain the forest management certification under the MTCS. It has been our goal as a company to ensure that the forests within the 56,643 ha Sapulut FMU are being managed responsibly. Certification under the MTCS is a demonstration of our commitment to sustainably manage our forest resources so that they continue to play their vital economic, social and environmental roles.”

 

“MTCC would like to congratulate Sapulut Forest Development Sdn. Bhd. for this significant achievement. In undertaking this certification, Sapulut FMU has raised its own benchmark in forest management as MTCS certification mandates the FMU to continue comply with the stringent requirements of the Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Forest Management Certification (Natural Forest) through annual surveillance audit. MTCC would also like to appreciate the support of Datuk Sam Mannan in promoting the implementation of sustainable forest management through certification in Sabah,” said MTCC CEO, Mr. Yong Teng Koon.

 

In addition to Sapulut FMU in Sabah, three other FMUs in Sarawak have recently been certified under the MTCS, namely Ravenscourt FMU, Kapit FMU and Linau FMU. To date, a total of 4.35 million hectars of forest areas have been certified under MTCS.

 

The MTCS is the first tropical timber certification scheme in Asia Pacific to be endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), the world’s largest forest certification programme.

 

 

 

LINAU FMU AWARDED MTCS CERTIFICATION

 

Congratulations to Linau Forest Management Unit (Linau FMU) for being awarded the Certificate for Forest Management (Natural Forest) under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) by SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd on 16 July 2018. The certificate is valid for three years subject to the FMU’s continued compliance to the requirements of the certification standard [MC&I(Natural Forest)] based on yearly surveillance audit.

Managed by Shin Yang Sdn Bhd, the FMU bearing Forest Timber License (FTL) No. T/3228is located in Linau, Sarawak; about 200 km east of Kapit town and 120 km south east of Belaga town. This FMU is the third FMU located within the Heart of Borneo (HoB) in Sarawak to be certified under the MTCS.

 

To know more about Linau FMU, visit: https://www.shinyang.com.my/products-services/forest-management-unit.html

 

 

AUDITOR TRAINING COURSE ON FOREST MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION

 

Auditor Training Course on Forest Management Certification under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS), 9 – 12 July 2018, Kuantan, Pahang

 

MTCC in collaboration with the Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia (FDPM) organised an Auditor Training Course on Forest Management Certification under the MTCS on 9 to 12 July 2018 in Kuantan, Pahang.

The course was conducted to train prospective auditors so that they are familiar with and knowledgeable on the requirements of the Malaysian Criteria and Indicators (MC&I) to conduct forest management certification under the MTCS. The training course is mandatory for auditors to fulfil the competency requirements for accreditation of certification body by STANDARDS MALAYSIA.

A total of seven participants from two Certification Bodies and 12 participants from FDPM, Forest Department Sarawak and WWF-Malaysia attended the auditor training course. The course included a one-day mock field audit which was conducted at Lepar Forest Reserve (FR) Pahang FMU – a MTCS-certified FMU since 2001.

 

Trainees checking the Tree Tagging Record at the Lepar B Forest Checking Station

 

Briefing by Mr Wan Mohd Yassim Bin Wan Wahab, Assistant District Forest Officer, Kuantan/Pekan/Maran District Forest Office

EDUCATIONAL TALKS FOR ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS, TAR UC

 

MTCC CEO Yong and guest speaker Ar Ahmad Asmadi from Ahmad Asmadi Architecture addressed some 132 students from the Faculty of Built Environment, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) on 16 July 2018.  The education talk was organized by MTCC to raise the awareness of the architecture students on the importance of sustainable forest management and how they could contribute towards this cause in the future through specifying the use of PEFC/MTCS-certified timber in their building designs.

         

 

 

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO YB TERESA KOK ON HER APPOINTMENT AS MINISTER AND YB SHAMSUL ISKANDAR HJ MOHD AKIN AS DEPUTY MINISTER OF PRIMARY INDUSTRIES

 

The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) congratulates YB Teresa Kok on her appointment as the Minister of Primary Industries, and YB Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin as the Deputy Minister on 2 July 2018.

 

The Board of Trustees and management team of MTCC look forward to working closely with YB Teresa Kok and YB Shamsul Iskandar to further strengthen the implementation of sustainable forest management through the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS).

 

 

 

MTCC WELCOMES NEW PR AND MARKETING MANAGER

 

The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) announced the appointment of Mr Dzul Affandi Mat Noor as its new Public Relations and Marketing Manager with effect from 2 July, replacing Mr Rajan Samikannoo, Senior Manager for PR and Marketing, who retired on 30 June 2018.

 

Dzul holds a Bachelor Degree in Social Science (Communications) from Universiti Malaysia Sabah.  He brings to the organisation 10 years of relevant experience in the PR and Communications field after having served Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM), Intellectual Property Corporation Malaysia (MyIPO) and the European Union Delegation in Malaysia.

 

In this role, he will be responsible for managing MTCC’s PR programmes and marketing initiatives to raise awareness on the role of the PEFC-endorsed Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) in promoting sustainable forest management (SFM) and increase the market acceptance of the MTCS-certified timber products both in Malaysia and internationally.

 

MTCC also acknowledged the invaluable contribution of Mr Rajan during his two and a half years tenure at MTCC and wish him a happy retirement.

 

 

 

SAPULUT FMU 14 & KAPIT FMU AWARDED MTCS CERTIFICATION

 

MTCC is pleased to announce that Sapulut Forest Management Unit 14 (Sapulut FMU14) and Kapit FMU became the latest FMUs to be awarded the Certificate for Forest Management (Natural Forest) on 11 June 2018 following successful certification audits conducted by SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd. The Certificate is valid for three years, subject to continued compliance based on yearly surveillance audit.

Located in Tibow, Sabah, the Sapulut FMU14 managed by Sapulut Forest Development Sdn Bhd under a Sustainable Forest Management License Agreement (SFMLA) is the third FMU in Sabah to be certified under the MTCS.

Similarly the Kapit FMU, located in Kapit division and managed by Tanjong Manis Holdings Sdn Bhd under Forest Timber License (FTL) No. T/3491 is also the third FMU in Sarawak to be certified under the MTCS.

 

 

 

RAVENSCOURT FMU AWARDED MTCS CERTIFICATION

 

Located in Limbang Division of Sarawak, Ravenscourt Forest Management Unit (FMU) becomes the first Forest Reserve located in the Heart of Borneo (HoB) to be certified under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS).

The Certificate for Forest Management (Natural Forest) was awarded to Ravenscourt Sdn Bhd by SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd on 4 June 2018, with a validity of 3 years.

The effort by Ravenscourt Sdn Bhd is commendable and in line with the aspiration of the state government of Sarawak to implement forest management certification for all its long-term timber concession areas by 2022.

 

 

 

 

 

MTCC PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST IS BACK FOR 2018 WITH A NEW MOBILE SHORT VIDEO CATEGORY

The Forests and People category welcomes shots of people responsible for the well-being of Malaysia’s forest resources such as foresters, forest rangers, forest researchers and indigenous peoples.

 

MTCC LAUNCHES PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST TO PROMOTE

LOVE FOR NATURE AND FORESTS

 

Kuala Lumpur, 4 June 2018 – The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) is inviting all avid photographers to submit their best shots that capture the beauty and different faces of Malaysian tropical forests. Showcasing the picturesque landscape, beautiful fauna and flora, to people working in the forests, the contest aims to promote love for our nature and forests as well as raise awareness of the public on the benefits of sustainable forest management which helps to ensure the perpetuity of forests.

 

Returning after the successful inaugural contest last year, MTCC is once again collaborating with PCP Publications for the contest themed, “Experience Forest, Experience MTCS–PEFC”. The contest which is opened from 1 June to 10 September 2018 has included a new mobile category for submission of short videos.

 

“MTCC is proud to be organising the second edition of the contest after a successful   event in 2017. Last year, we received encouraging response with submission of 837 high quality photos creatively depicting the splendour of Malaysian forests. We hope to continue cultivating the love for nature and forests among Malaysians and in the process promoting the importance of sustainable forest management,” said MTCC CEO, Mr Yong Teng Koon.

 

“This time round, we are encouraging more photography and nature enthusiasts to participate in both the photography and videography categories as we believe that visual arts have the capability to send strong messages on care for the environment to its audience,” Yong explained.

 

This year’s contest will have three themes for its camera category and one for the mobile videography category:

Category 1Forests and People; seeks images of people involved in the field of forestry responsible for the well-being of Malaysia’s forest resources such as foresters, forest rangers, forest researchers and indigenous peoples.

Category 2Forests and Forest Landscapes; this category welcomes any shots showcasing the natural beauty, diversity and uniqueness of forests by capturing the geological, climatological features and natural environment of Malaysian forests.

Category 3Forests and Fauna; seeks amazing images of animals in the wild including mammals, birds, amphibians or reptiles.

Category 4Mobile Short Video; requires participants to record the wonders of Malaysian forests in a two to three minute short video clip. Participants may use a variety of mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, drones, GoPros, or a combination of these mobile devices, to capture the sights and sounds of the natural environment.

 

“This year we have included the mobile category as we understand the power of mobile devices to convey important messages particularly among the younger generation. It is our hope that individuals can use their mobile devices in the best manner, in this case, to share the stunning beauty of our tropical forests. It offers great opportunity to anyone passionate about videography and nature to pick up their mobile device and start shooting videos of the natural environment,” explained Yong.

 

Themed “Experience Forest, Experience MTCS-PEFC”, MTCC Photography Contest 2018 invites all photography enthusiasts to show their love for nature by submitting their best shots of Malaysian tropical forests.

 

Creative photo submissions that meet contest criteria will be in the running to win a grand prize of RM2,000, a first prize of RM1,000 per category, two merit prizes of RM500 per category and five consolation prizes of RM200 per category.  Meanwhile, the best three mobile video clips will receive a cash prize of RM500 each. In addition, all winners will also receive a photobook courtesy of PCP Publications. Participation is open to anyone of Malaysian nationality who has a passion for forests and photography. Participants may submit up to 10 images for each category and are required to upload their entries to a cloud storage system and email the link to mtcc@pcp2u.my.

 

The prize presentation ceremony will be held at KLPF in October 2018, where the winning photos will also be exhibited for the viewing pleasure of professional photographers, photography enthusiasts, and the general public.

 

 

 

 

GOING BEYOND FORESTS: PEFC TO OPEN CERTIFICATION TO FARMERS AND AGROFORESTRY- GIVE YOUR FEEDBACK NOW!

 

Our revised Sustainable Forest Management benchmark is now up for public consultation, and we are asking you to share your insights and knowledge to help us further improve this vital document.

Our Sustainable Forest Management benchmark is at the core of what we do. It provides the basis for the requirements that forest owners or managers must meet to achieve PEFC certification at local level. We therefore need to ensure that it continues to meet the demands and expectations – now and in the future.

From expanded social requirements to refined definitions within the forest, and even the opportunity to broaden the scope of sustainable forest management; together with our stakeholders we have moved this benchmark forward – and now we need to hear from you.

Give your feedback now! Deadline is 26 June 2018.

What has changed?

For many stakeholders, especially small-forest owners, the most significant change is the inclusion of Trees outside Forests (ToF).This will make PEFC certification accessible to the millions of farmers and smallholders that do not own or manage forests, but rather trees on agricultural or settlement land that are currently outside the scope of certification.

We have also expanded the social requirements, with greater inclusion of human rights, minimum standards for forest workers’ wages (both migrant and local) and the promotion of gender equality. Working conditions shall now be regularly monitored and adapted as necessary, and employment policies must include equal opportunities and non-discrimination.

The revised document also includes a refined definition of ecologically important forest areas, supports climate positive practices and forbids the reforestation or afforestation of ecologically important non-forest areas.

To find out more, take a look at the revision documentation.

Public consultations

PEFC invites all interested parties to give their comments on our revised Sustainable Forest Management benchmark – PEFC ST 1003:201X.

This public consultation is one in a series of upcoming consultations as the PEFC Standards Revision process moves into its next phase. Over the next months, enquiry draft versions for several of our key documents under revision will be ready for public consultations. Stay tuned!

This consultation is open from 27 April until 26 June 2018. Please submit your comments through our online consultation tool.

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Contact

If you have any question about the revision process, please get in touch with our contact point:

Christian Kämmer
Technical Officer, PEFC International
Email: technical@pefc.org

 

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FORMATION OF THE STANDARDS REVIEW COMMITTEE (SRC) – REVIEW OF MC&I(NATURAL FOREST)

MTCC as the Secretariat of the review process facilitated the formation of the multi-stakeholder Standards Review Committee (SRC). The SRC serves as the “Working Group/Committee” for standards development, and has the overall responsibility in the review of the MC&I(Natural Forest). The 15-member SRC comprises representatives from the economic, environmental and social (indigenous people and workers union) groups, and the relevant government agencies in equal numbers from Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia.

The formation of the SRC was initiated through a letter of invitation to the various stakeholders to nominate candidates to represent their respective interest group as member of the SRC was circulated by MTCC on 13 November 2015. Nominations received from a particular interest group were compiled and circulated to the stakeholders of the said interest group for voting in January 2016. 

As a result of the nomination and voting process, the elected Members and Alternate Members of the SRC for the various interest groups is as shown as in the table below: 

Elected Members and Alternate Members of the Standards Review Committee for Review of MC&I(Natural Forest)

REGIONSTAKEHOLDER GROUPMEMBERALTERNATE MEMBER
SabahIndigenous PeoplesNative Chief Saniban Bin Amphila
United Sabah Dusun Association
Sagoli Olid
Persatuan Suang Lotud Sabah (LOTUD)
WorkerEngrit Liaw Siau Fang
Sabah Timber Industry Employees Union
Apolinar Tolentino
Building and Wood Workers’ International
EnvironmentOmar Abdul Kadir
Sabah Wetlands Conservation Society (SWCS)
Vitalis J. Moduying
Environment Protection Department
IndustryRaymond Chiew Vui Leong
Timber Association of Sabah
Stephen Chaw Zie Shing
Sabah Timber Industries Association
Relevant Government AgenciesMusa Salleh
Sabah Forestry Department
Hamidah Bujing
Sabah Forestry Department
SarawakIndigenous PeoplesElbson Marajan Pengeran
Sarawak Dayak National Union
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ramy Bulan
Federation of Orang Ulu Associations of Sarawak, Malaysia
WorkerZaidi Buang
Union of Forestry Employees Sarawak
Lo Kian Nyan
Malaysian Trade Union Congress Sarawak
EnvironmentDr. Melvin Gumal
Wildlife Conservation Society (Malaysia Program)
Dr. Jason Hon
WWF-Malaysia (Sarawak Office)
Industry
Ling Kiang Cheng
Sarawak Timber Association
Ting Jack Hui
Sarawak Timber Association
Relevant Government AgenciesTessy Anak Nimos
Ministry of Resource Planning and Environment, Sarawak
Abang Ahmad bin Abang Morni
Forest Department Sarawak
Peninsular MalaysiaIndigenous PeoplesManolan Mohamad
Orang Asal Rights Activist
Suhaimi bin Mahmud
Jabatan Kemajuan Orang Asli (JAKOA)
WorkerMohd. Najid Shauqi b. Mohd. Sahar @ Ishak
Malay Forest Officers Union, West Malaysia
Abd. Halim b. Abu
Malay Forest Officers Union, West Malaysia
EnvironmentFrancis Cheong Fook Meng
Wildlife Conservation Society – Malaysia Program
Balu Perumal 
Malaysian Nature Society
IndustryGoh Chee Yew 
Malaysian Wood Industries Association
Dr. Eric Ng Kok Leong
Malaysian Timber Council
Relevant Government AgenciesMohd. Rahim bin Rani 
Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia Headquarters
Shashiah binti Abdul Karim 
Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia Headquarters

The review of the MC&I(Natural Forest) which commenced in October 2015 was placed on hold by the 71st Meeting of the Board held on 7 March 2017 to align it with the review of the PEFC Sustainability Benchmark. The review process was resumed following the decision of the 75th Meeting of the Board held on 6 March 2018.

Prior to reconvening the Third Meeting of the SRC, the Secretariat contacted all Members and Alternate Members to re-confirm their membership in the SRC. The updated list of Members and Alternate Members is shown in the table below:

Members and Alternate Members of the Standards Review Committee

Stakeholder GroupMemberAlternate Member
SABAH
Relevant Government AgencyMr. Musa Salleh
Sabah Forestry Department
Ms. Hamidah Bujing
Sabah Forestry Department
Indigenous PeopleNative Chief Saniban bin Amphila
United Sabah Dusun Association 
Mr. Sagoli Olid
Sabah Suang Lotud Association
WorkerMs. Engrit Liaw
Sabah Timber Industry Employees Union
Mr. Apolinar Tolentino
Building and Wood Workers International
EnvironmentAssoc. Prof. Dr. Berhaman bin Ahmad
Sabah Wetlands Conservation Society
Mr. Vitalis J. Moduying
Environment Protection Department
IndustryMr. Raymond Chiew
Timber Association Sabah
Mr. Stephen Chaw
Sabah Timber Industries Association
SARAWAK
Relevant Government AgencyMs. Tessy Anak Nimos
Ministry of Urban Development and Natural Resources, Sarawak
Mr. Abang Ahmad bin Abang Morni
Forest Department Sarawak
Indigenous PeopleMr. Elbson Marajan 
Sarawak Dayak National Union
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ramy Bulan
Kelabit Land Council
WorkerMr. Mohamad Ali bin Hj Yacob 
Union of Forestry Employees Sarawak
Mr. Andrew Lo
Malaysian Trade Union Congress (Sarawak Division)
EnvironmentDr. Melvin Gumal
WCS – Malaysia Program
Dr. Jason Hon
WWF-Malaysia (Sarawak)
IndustryMr. Ling Kiang Cheng
Sarawak Timber Association
Ms. Annie Ting
Sarawak Timber Association
PENINSULAR MALAYSIA
Relevant Government AgencyYBhg. Dato’ Lim Kee Leng
Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia
Mr. Othman bin Deris
Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia
Indigenous PeopleMr. Romani bin Mohamad
Malaysian Orang Asli Development Association
YBhg. Dato’ Ajis bin Sitin
Department of Orang Asli Development
WorkerMr. Mohd. Najid Shauqi b. Mohd. Sahar @ Ishak
Malay Forest Officers Union, West Malaysia
Mr. Samsul Kamal bin Buyong
Malay Forest Officers Union, West Malaysia
EnvironmentMr. Francis Cheong
WCS – Malaysia Program
Mr. Balu Perumal
Malaysian Nature Society
IndustryMr. Goh Chee Yew
Malaysian Wood Industries Association
Ms. Hamidah Abdullah
Malaysian Timber Council

CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FORESTS

Sustainable Forests and Sustainable Cities

MTCC joins the global communities in celebrating the United Nations -designated International Day of Forests on 21 March – a day dedicated to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and celebrate the manifold ways in which these forests sustain and protect us.

 

This global event aims to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and celebrate the manifold ways in which these forests sustain and protect mankind.

 

Themed “Forests and Sustainable Cities”, the 2018 celebration emphasises on “Let’s make our cities greener, healthier, happier places to live!” This tagline is most apt taking into account growing urbanisation and the fact that half of the world’s population today live in cities and the urban population is expected to surpass six billion by 2045.  Just weeks ago, 165 nations congregated in Malaysia to participate in the Ninth Session of the “World Urban Forum” – a forum that is committed to finding solutions to create sustainable cities by 2030.

 

How would one define a sustainable city?

According to Kennedy et al [1], a sustainable city can only be one for which the inflow of material and energy resources, and the disposal of wastes, do not exceed the capacity of the city’s surrounding environment. In other words, for achieving environmental sustainability urban consumption must match or be below what the natural environment — such as forests, soil and oceans — can provide, and the resulting pollutants must not overwhelm the environment’s ability to provide resources to humans and other members of the ecosystem.   Kennedy et al also highlighted the main challenge for today’s cities is to manage the heavy dependence on ecosystem services, which results in the depletion of natural resources and biodiversity and the efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change, while prioritising public health and quality of life.

 

In general, environmental sustainability in the urban setting focuses on the roles of urban forestry and green spaces as carbon sinks, filter for air and noise pollution, improve local climate and in certain instances the provision of renewable energy as well as habitats and refuge for plants and animals, and in the process, helps to maintain and increase biodiversity in the cities.

 

From the perspective of MTCC, an independent organisation which was established to promote the implementation of sustainable forest management in Malaysia, the theme for celebration in Malaysia could well be worded as “Sustainable Forests and Sustainable Cities.”  As reflected in tagline “Sustainable Forest, Sustainable Future”, MTCC holds the view that sustainable forest is all encompassing and key to Malaysia’s overall national sustainability agenda, including the sustainability of our cities.

 

One key aspect of the sustainability of city is inevitably the availability and affordability of clean water supply.  Take the city of Kuala Lumpur as an example – undeniably the landscape of Kuala Lumpur has changed tremendously over the years. The KL Twin Towers are no longer the only high-rise towers around, with sky scrapers be it commercial buildings or residential blocks mushrooming and rising higher and higher into the air.  Within each high-rise building, water pipes are laid and thousands of taps are fixed with expectation that water will flow from these taps upon the issuance of the certificate of fitness and keys to occupy the buildings or residential units.  With regard to this matter, MTCC often posed this question in our interaction with our stakeholders, “Where do you think the water will come from to meet the increasing demand?”  A very pertinent question that all concerned citizens should be interested in asking and knowing.

 

We need not elaborate the hardship of having no water supply and the woes it caused in our homes. The latest episode in early March where most of the areas in the Klang Valley were affected by a one-week water disruption is a case in point.  The fear of water shortage is also reflected in the concerns frequently raised by many parties over the impacts of logging in Ulu Muda Forest Reserve, a water catchment forest in Kedah. Any disruption in water supply would affect the livelihood of some 4 million people and the economic activities in the State of Kedah, Perlis and Penang.

 

We definitely do not want what happened in Cape Town, South Africa to happen here.  With dam levels predicted to decline to critically low levels, the city has announced plans for “Day Zero” in July 2018, when the Municipal water supply will largely be shut off, potentially making Cape Town the first major city to run out of water affecting some 4 million residents living within the city.

 

The benefits that forests provide to mankind have been too numerous to list. The provision of clean water is just one of them.  Besides being the treasure trove of biodiversity for both plant and animal species, forests are also an economic resource and provide sustainable livelihood, energy, medicine and more importantly valuable ecosystem services. Our forests have been performing vital roles as carbon sink, excellent air filters, removing harmful pollutants and particles in the air and homes for the indigenous peoples.

 

 

Hence, MTCC advocates the importance of sustainable forest management to ensure the varied functions of the forests are protected for posterity and the well-being of the nation.  In this context, MTCC is committed to promote the practice of sustainable forest management which includes the protection of water catchment forest through the implementation of the MTCS.

 

Sustainable forests. Sustainable Cities. Sustainable Future.

 

 

[1] Kennedy, C., Cuddihy, J. & Engel-Yan, J. (2007) The changing metabolism of cities [online]. Journal of Industrial Ecology. 11 (2), pp. 43–59. [Accessed 5 October 2014].
Cover photo by Tan Ee Long, MTCC Photography Contest 2017

 

 

MTCC SHOWCASES BENEFITS OF TIMBER CERTIFICATION AT EFE 2018

 

The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) recently participated in the 14th edition of Export Furniture Exhibition Malaysia (EFE) 2018, held from 9th to 12th March 2018 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, to further boost awareness for MTCS certification.

 

Responding to rising demands for products with strong social or environmental credentials, MTCC believes this is the right time for furniture manufacturers to source responsibly so they will be able to convey to customers that the wood they are using originates from sustainability managed forests.

 

Last year, the nation’s wooden furniture export amounted to RM1.8 billion representing 80 per cent of the total furniture export earnings.

 

The Export Furniture Exhibition has been regarded by the furniture industry experts as one of Asia’s premier sourcing platforms. The event was presented by the Malaysia Furniture Council and organised by its wholly-owned company, EFE Expo Sdn Bhd. This year, over 15,000 buyers, importers, exporters, traders and visitors from over 140 countries attended the exhibition.

Visitors at the MTCC booth

 

 

WORKSHOP TO IDENTIFY GAPS AND OPPORTUNITIES IN IMPLEMENTING FOREST MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION IN SARAWAK

JOINT PRESS RELEASE BY SARAWAK TIMBER ASSOCIATION (STA) AND MALAYSIAN TIMBER CERTIFICATION COUNCIL (MTCC)

 

The State Government of Sarawak has announced the commitment for all long term forest timber licences to be certified by 2022.

In response to this announcement, Sarawak Timber Association (STA) and Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) jointly organised a workshop to identify gaps and opportunities in implementing forest management certification (FMC) in Sarawak from 5 to 6 February 2018 at Wisma STA, Kuching. The conduct of this 2-day workshop is timely as it aims to identify (i) gaps faced by long term forest timber licence holders in Sarawak to obtain forest management certification under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS), and (ii) opportunities as well as resources that are necessary in closing the gaps.

 

Dr Peter Kho, General Manager of STA delivering the Welcoming Remarks

 

The workshop was attended by a total of 110 participants comprising STA members and officers from Ministry of Urban Development and Natural Resources (MUDNR), Forest Department Sarawak (FDS), Sarawak Forestry Corporation Sdn Bhd (SFCSB), Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC), Harwood Timber Sdn Bhd (HTSB), Natural Resources and Environment Board (NREB) and Department of Environment (DOE) Sarawak.

 

The Acting Director of Forests, Tuan Hamden Haji Mohammad in his speech acknowledged the tremendous challenges involved for Sarawak in achieving full FMC by 2022. He iterated that the State will assist and support the timber industry and urged other relevant agencies to work together through State Steering Committee and FMC Technical Committee (FMCTC) to achieve this agenda.

Tuan Hamden Hj Mohammad, Acting Director of Forests, FDS, delivering his speech

 

The main gaps identified are summarized as (i) lack of expertise and capacity to fulfill the requirements of FMC standards, (ii) conflicting interpretation of native customary rights relating to lands and use of resources within the forest management unit (FMU) by different stakeholders, and (iii) differing requirements covering similar aspects in guidelines formulated by different agencies.

 

The Workshop noted that the Certification Masterplan for Sarawak is being formulated and proposed to include consideration on the resources needed to achieve the certification agenda in accordance with the timeline set. With regard to the draft Forest Management Certification Licence Agreement (FMCLA), the Workshop hoped that the concerns raised by the timber industry would be taken into account.

 

This workshop has provided a good platform for the timber industry, forestry and other related agencies to collaborate in achieving the State Government’s aspiration towards full FMC in Sarawak by 2022.

 

Siti Syaliza Mustapha updating the Workshop on the Implementation of MTCS

 

Interactive group discussion to identify gaps, opportunities and key resources needed

GIVE YOUR FEEDBACK ON PEFC GROUP CERTIFICATION! PUBLIC CONSULTATION OPEN

PEFC invites all interested parties to give their comments on our revised Group Forest Management Certification standard – PEFC ST 1002:201X.

This standard defines the general requirements for national forest certification systems with group forest management certification.

This public consultation is one in a series of upcoming consultations as the PEFC Standards Revision process moves into its next phase. Over the next months, enquiry draft versions for several of the standards under revision will be ready for public consultations. Stay tuned!

This consultation is open from 19 December 2017 until 18 February 2018. Please submit your comments through our online consultation tool.

 

What is group certification?

Group certification is a mechanism through which groups of small-forest landholders can organize themselves, pool their resources and work together to achieve certification. This makes certification accessible for small-forest owners.

The key to successful group certification is to balance the need for robust implementation of our requirements with the need to be as resource efficient as possible.

What has changed?

Group certification works through a combination of internal and external auditing. As not every smallholder is audited, costs are substantially lower, helping make certification accessible. However, this means that internal auditing must work flawlessly.

The revised standard will provide an innovative framework for internal monitoring and auditing in certified groups with a chapter on ‘performance evaluation’. This will include improved requirements for internal auditing, such as risk based sampling groups and minimum sample size, as well as strengthening the management system of the group itself.

By strengthening the internal auditing process, we can be even more assured that all forest owners within a group are managing their forests in line with the requirements and small-forest owners can continue to benefit from affordable certification.

 

Contact

If you have any question about the revision process, please get in touch with our contact point:

Christian Kämmer
Technical Officer, PEFC International
Email: technical@pefc.org

 

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SIGNATURE MANUFACTURING ACHIEVES MTCS CERTIFICATION

 

Signature International Berhad Supports Sustainable Forest Practices

With MTCS Chain of Custody Certification

 

Kuala Lumpur, 26 December 2017 – Signature International Berhad, a Bursa-listed company, achieved a significant milestone with its subsidiary Signature Manufacturing Sdn Bhd becoming the first in the kitchen systems sector to obtain the Chain of Custody (CoC) Certification under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS).

 

Signature International Berhad designs, produces, markets and distributes kitchen systems under its flagship brand Signature Kitchen, the nation’s leading brand for kitchen cabinet and wardrobe.

Congratulating Signature Manufacturing Sdn Bhd on its achievement, MTCC CEO, Mr Yong Teng Koon said, “I am pleased to see a well-established brand like Signature Kitchen embracing sustainability requirements in the manufacture of its kitchen cabinets and wardrobes. The MTCS CoC certification is a demonstration of the company’s commitment to responsible sourcing and manufacturing, and its upholding of environmental integrity while meeting customers’ needs.  In this regard, I truly hope that the business leadership of Signature Manufacturing Sdn Bhd will spur more manufacturers to join us in our efforts to promote sustainable forest management to protect our environment and natural resources through certification under the MTCS.”

 

The MTCS is a national timber certification scheme developed and operated by the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) that promotes sustainable forest management practices.  Since its implementation in 2001, and as of 30 November 2017, a total of 4.12 million hectares of forest areas and 359 timber companies have been certified under the MTCS.

The MTCS Chain of Custody Certificate was presented to Signature Manufacturing Sdn Bhd  by Puan Nor’ Afiza Saim, Senior General Manager for Management System Certification, from SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd, a MTCS-notified certification body at the Signature Kitchen Lifestyle Gallery in Kota Damansara.

The CoC certification allows Signature Manufacturing Sdn Bhd to label its kitchen cabinets and wardrobes containing timber materials as MTCS-certified products, as a mark of its compliance to the sustainability requirements under the MTCS. The qualified use of the MTCS/PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) label on its timber products brings added value and builds the brand’s credibility as the MTCS is also endorsed by PEFC, the world’s largest forest certification programme.

 

“Signature Kitchen builds trust with our customers by providing reliable quality products, in this case delivering sustainable kitchen cabinets that take into consideration the impact of our business on the well-being of forests. We are delighted to be awarded the MTCS certification as a testament of our commitment to promoting sustainable forest management and ensuring our products have less undesirable effects on the environment,” said Signature International Berhad Group Managing Director, Mr Tan Kee Choong.

 

“We congratulate and welcome Signature Manufacturing Sdn Bhd to the MTCS family. As the manufacturer of an established brand and having direct contact with end consumers, Signature Manufacturing Sdn Bhd has enormous influence to raise awareness of the public on the importance of sustainable forest management and timber certification. All of us must do our bit for the environment.  It is therefore important that the awareness of consumers on this matter be heightened so that they will make conscious choices to purchase MTCS-certified timber products,” Yong concluded.

 

The Signature Group

Signature is built on a tradition of trusted and reliable product quality. Its humble beginnings in 1994 as a distributor and retailer of modular kitchen systems has enabled Signature to keep its perspective, while consistently striving for growth.

Signature’s portfolio thrives on maintaining a good balance between project and retail clients. Architects and designers from local and international developments appreciate the unparalleled versatility offered by Signature.

Signature International Bhd was incorporated and listed on Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad in 2008; today it consolidates its position as the largest retail network chain for living space solutions in Malaysia, bringing together a world of lifestyle inspirations and innovative kitchen and wardrobe ideas that offer value to homeowners. Signature Manufacturing Sdn Bhd and Signature Kitchen Sdn Bhd are wholly owned subsidiaries of Signature International Berhad.

www.signaturekitchen.com.my

WINNING IMAGES FROM MTCC PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST SPARKS LOVE FOR FORESTS

 

Contest Raised Awareness On Sustainable Management Of Malaysian Forests Among Photography Enthusiasts

Kuala Lumpur, 7 December 2017 – Albert Einstein once said, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Nature, or photos of it, inherently exudes a sense of peace and deep understanding found only in the presence of greenery, colourful wildlife, and blue oceans. While many of us tend to get caught up in the routine of city living, our instinct to draw close to nature in strenuous moments often seem to come almost naturally.

 

With the aim of inspiring people to appreciate mother nature and forest in particular, the Malaysian Timber Certification Council’s (MTCC) inaugural photography contest themed “Experience Forest, Experience MTCS–PEFC” mobilized participants to snap their best shots of the lush forests and its landscape, its wildlife and indigenous people as well as those contributing to preserving this heritage. The 21 winners of the Contest were announced and received their prizes at the Kuala Lumpur Photography Festival (KLPF) 2017 – the largest imaging event in Malaysia, on 25 November 2017.

 

“The MTCC Photography Contest provided a platform for photography enthusiasts to explore the beauty of nature through their camera lenses. In Malaysia, our tropical forests are especially precious because of its biodiversity and long-standing role as a support system for our society. As such, we wanted to give photographers an avenue to be in touch with nature and appreciate this precious resource through the hobby of capturing images,” said MTCC CEO Mr Yong Teng Koon.

 

“Most people are also unaware of the work done by forestry people to protect and care for our forests. We wanted the public to be informed of the efforts needed to manage our tropical forests and to appreciate the caretakers of this national heritage. Our collaboration with PCP Publications for the photography contest was fitting to communicate this message to the public, some of whom are already passionate about both nature and photography,” shared Yong.

 

A shot capturing a magnificent waterfall at the Royal Belum State Park in Perak as seen through a hollow log earned Abdul Hafiz bin Abdul Hamid the overall grand prize. The photo bagged him a cash prize of RM2,000.

Shot at Royal Belum State Park in Perak, grand prize winner Abdul Hafiz bin Abdul Hamid’s photo sends the message, “Appreciate And Respect Our Natural Wonders”. He shares: “The Kooi Waterfall was where I saw a hollow 2-ft long block of log. It was facing a beautiful small waterfall. I inserted the camera into it, used small stones as a tripod replacement for the camera, and applied the slow shutter technique effectively to capture the flowing crystal clear water.”

 

“I am very touched and proud to have my photo chosen as the Grand Prize photo of MTCC’s inaugural photography contest. My hope is that this photo will be a source of inspiration to other photographers to produce many more creative images of local forests and introduce Malaysia’s natural beauty to the world,” said Abdul Hafiz who is a technical officer by profession.

The MTCC Photography Contest provided a platform for photography buffs to explore the beauty of nature through their camera lenses. (Left) MTCC CEO, Mr Yong Teng Koon presents a cash prize of RM2,000 to proud winner Abdul Hafiz bin Abdul Hamid at MTCC’s booth at the Kuala Lumpur Photography Festival 2017.

 

First prize winners in each category received RM1,200 each.  Two merit prizes of RM600 per category, and five consolation prizes of RM200 each per category were also awarded. In addition, all winners received a photobook courtesy of PCP Publications.  The winning photos were displayed for viewing at the KLPF 2017; showcasing varying takes on Malaysia’s wonderful natural heritage.

First prize photo for the category ‘People and Forest’ shot by Abdul Hafiz bin Abdul Hamid captures two indigenous people of Malaysia steering a bamboo raft on a calm lake at Royal Belum State Park, Perak.

Tan Ee Long’s first prize photo for the ‘Forest and Forest Landscape’ category perfectly captures a dramatic view of Genting Highlands’ forest landscape on an overcast, misty day.First prize photo for the category ‘Forest and Forest Landscape’ shot by Tan Ee Long

Titled ‘Family Tree’, this beautiful photo of a troop of monkeys shot at Muar, Johor bagged Ivan Lim Yu Meng first prize in the ‘Forest and Animals’ category.

 

Entries were shortlisted and judged based on several criteria, namely creativity, relevancy to the theme, originality and overall impact. The judging panel for the contest were made up of PCP Publications editor-in-chief, Jessica Chan; MTCC CEO, Yong Teng Koon; and Founder and Director at Nusantara Photography, Ashraf Saharudin, who himself is a nature-loving person with more than 10 years of experience in the photography industry.

 

Commenting on the contest submissions, Yong said, “We were very impressed by the quality of the entries as they truly captured our Malaysian forests in their raw beauty. The winning photos were particularly successful in depicting the splendor of our forests and, in our opinion, were able to instill in its viewers a sense of gratitude toward Mother Nature.”

 

Organised in collaboration with PCP Publications, the contest which was held from 5 July to 15 October 2017 garnered a total submission of 837 photos from 95 photographers across three categories.

 

Category 1 (Forests and People) required participants to capture images of people involved in the field of forestry responsible for the sustainable management and well-being of Malaysia’s forest resources, including foresters, forest rangers, forest researchers, auditors and indigenous peoples. Category 2 (Forests and Forest Landscapes) sought for shots capturing a forest’s natural beauty, diversity and uniqueness in form and structure. They included the geological or climatological features and natural environment of the Malaysian forest. While Category 3 (Forests and Animals) invited participants to capture images of animals in the wild including mammals, birds, amphibians or reptiles.

MTCC PROMOTES MTCS-CERTIFIED TIMBER AT SMIDEX 2017

 

As the backbone of Malaysia’s economy, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play an immense role in helping to push the country’s socio-economy growth and development. Participating in the 20th SME Annual Showcase & Conference 2017 (SMIDEX), the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) joined other industry players and government agencies  to highlight  on new growth opportunities for SMEs.

 

During the event, representatives from MTCC shared insights on how timber certification could benefit SMEs operating in the timber and timber-related sector. Timber certification scheme such as the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) has been proven to be an effective tool to enable timber and timber-related Malaysian companies create competitive market position and brand image for their products as well as helping them meet national and international procurement policies.  SMEs can also showcase leadership on sustainability and communicate their commitments for good environmental practices to access markets which demand sustainable timber.

“SMIDEX 2017 has provided MTCC a platform  to exhibit and promote the use and trade of certified timber, and increase SMEs interest to include products made from such materials in their business. We also had the chance to spread awareness on the importance of SFM to everyone who visited SMIDEX 2017,” said MTCC CEO, Yong Teng Koon.

 

SMIDEX 2017, the largest established SME showcase, was held at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC), Kuala Lumpur from 15 to 17 November 2017. This year’s event was themed “Embracing Change, Enhancing Gain” and effectively featured showcases by SMEs, large companies and multinational corporations. SMIDEX 2017 attracted  316 local exhibitors and a total of 11,195 trade visitors.

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MTCC WELCOMES MOVE FOR MANDATORY FOREST CERTIFICATION IN SARAWAK

 

Kuala Lumpur, 28 November 2017 – Timber concessions in Sarawak will be required to obtain forest management certification under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) to demonstrate that they are responsibly managed. The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) applauds this commitment made by the Deputy Chief Minister of Sarawak, Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, at the State Assembly.

Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan

 

“Forest certification is an important instrument to promote and verify the implementation of sustainable forest management, thus safeguarding the environmental, social and economic benefits that forests provide,” explained Yong Teng Koon, Chief Executive Officer of MTCC.

“Furthermore, as the forestry and timber industries contribute significantly towards the socio-economic development of the country, it is imperative that Malaysia is able to demonstrate its forest sustainability credentials through certification,” added Yong.

Forest certification is gaining momentum as there is an increasing awareness and realisation among policy makers, businesses and consumers for the need to embed sustainability in procurement through responsible sourcing. This wave of green consumerism is expected to grow. Malaysian forest product manufacturers therefore must embrace sustainable practices and sourcing as an integral part of their business strategy and commitment.

Embracing forest certification will also assist Malaysia in achieving international commitments and national policies on environment, biodiversity, climate change and contribute towards its national sustainable development goals (SDGs).

“The announcement by the Deputy Chief Minister is therefore most encouraging and timely as it can act as a catalyst to ensure further uptake of forest certification in line with national sustainability agenda. We will work closely with stakeholders in Sarawak and provide the needed guidance on the requirements to obtain forest certification. Ultimately, it must be demonstrated that forest management practices are in compliance with the requirements outlined in the MTCS before certification can be granted,” concluded Yong.

The MTCS sets requirements for sustainable forest management certification in Malaysia, and has achieved PEFC endorsement in 2009. PEFC, Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, is the largest forest certification system in the world.

MTCC PRESENTS ACADEMIC AWARDS TO EXEMPLARY FORESTRY STUDENTS FROM UMS AND UPM

 

MTCC Recognises Outstanding Achievements Of UMS And UPM Graduates

 

Kuala Lumpur, 27 November 2017 – The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC), in an effort to promote academic excellence and inculcate a love for forests amongst university students, recently presented Academic Awards to three forestry undergraduates from two local universities.

 

The 2017 Awards were won by Norazlin Binti Rosli and Lim E Yee, both from the Faculty of Forest, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM); and Lim Mee Chingfrom the Faculty of Science and Natural Resources, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS). The award presented to UMS is named the Freezailah Forest Sustainability Award in honour of MTCC’s founding Chairman, Dato’ Dr Freezailah Che Yeom, who had led the organisation for 17 years.

First presented in 2016, the MTCC Academic Awards aim to recognise outstanding students from the forestry-related field of study who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating overall academic excellence and scholarship in their final year project thesis.

 

“This is the second year we are collaborating with UPM and UMS to recognise and reward young talents demonstrating outstanding academic achievement in forestry-related studies. Through the Awards, we hope to raise the awareness amongst students about the importance of sustainable forest management in Malaysia, and the role of the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) in championing this pursuit,” said MTCC CEO, Yong Teng Koon.

 

“Promoting sustainable forestry through the implementation of the MTCS is the core of MTCC’s work. MTCC accords great importance to collaborating with local universities to inspire more young people to embark on a career in forestry and forestry-related industries,” Yong elaborated.

 

The recipients of the MTCC Academic Awards were selected based on the undergraduate’s overall academic performance and the quality of their final year projects that focus on fields related to Sustainable Forest Management, Forest Certification, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Impact Assessment, Forest Plantation Management, Chain-of-Custody Certification, or Timber and Non-Timber Forest Products Utilization.

Commenting on the Award win, Lim Mee Ching from UMS said, “We cannot wait until our vital forest reserves are depleted to start conservation works. It has to begin now, and it is everyone’s duty to protect our forests. The MTCC Award serves as an encouragement for young people to play a more active role in promoting sustainable forestry. Additionally, it also influences my interest to consider a career in a forest-related industry.”

 

Excited and grateful to have won the award, UPM’s, Norazlin Binti Rosli, said, “This award helped me realize the important role of forestry education in safeguarding the future of our forests. Forestry education not only equips our youth with good basic knowledge and skills to sustainably manage our forest resources; the wider perspective of forestry education lies in its potential to change mind-sets and promote actions to ensure the long term well-being of our forests.”

 

“MTCC hopes that the Awards will inspire more students to take up forestry-related courses and spur them to take on greater responsibility in promoting sustainable forest management in Malaysia. Additionally, timber being Malaysia’s third largest export-oriented commodity, we hope that these students will be inspired to work in the forestry sector upon graduation and make  a positive impact on the environment and society,” Yong concluded.

 

UPM scholars, Norazlin Binti Rosli and Lim E Yee, received a Certificate of Achievement and RM1,000 cash prize each. Meanwhile, Lim Mee Ching from UMS walked away with a Certificate of Achievement and RM2,000 cash prize.

UMS FORESTRY SCHOLAR NAMED RECIPIENT OF FREEZAILAH FOREST SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

Kuala Lumpur, 19 November 2017 – The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC), in an effort to promote academic excellence and inculcate a love for forest,  presented the Freezailah Forest Sustainably Award to Lim Mee Ching, a final year student from the Faculty of Science and Natural Resources of University Malaysia Sabah (UMS).

 

The academic Award was presented to Lim Mee Ching by MTCC Chairman, Datuk Himmat Singh, at the UMS 19th Convocation ceremony. Lim received a Certificate of Achievement and RM2,000 cash prize.

First presented in 2016, the Freezailah Forest Sustainability Award aims to recognise outstanding students from the forestry-related field of study who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating overall academic excellence and scholarship in their final year project thesis. The Award was established in honour of MTCC’s founding Chairman, Dato’ Dr Freezailah Che Yeom, who had led the institution for 17 years.

 

MTCC CEO, Yong Teng Koon said, “This is the second year we are collaborating with UMS to recognise and reward young talent demonstrating outstanding academic achievement in forestry-related studies. Through this Award, we hope to raise the awareness of the students on the importance of sustainable forest management in Malaysia and the role of the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) in championing this pursuit.”

 

“Promoting sustainable forestry through the implementation of the MTCS is the core of MTCC’s work. MTCC accords great importance to collaborating with UMS to inspire more young people to embark on a career in forestry and forestry-related industries,” Yong elaborated.

The recipient of the  Freezailah Forest Sustainability Award  is selected based on the undergraduate’s overall academic performance as well as final year projects that focus on fields related to Sustainable Forest Management, Forest Certification, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Impact Assessment, Forest Plantation Management, Chain-of-Custody Certification, or Timber and Non-Timber Forest Products Utilization.

 

Commenting on the Award win, Lim said, “We cannot wait until our vital forest reserves are depleted to start conservation works. It has to begin now, and it is everyone’s duty to protect our forests. The MTCC Award serves as an encouragement for young people to play a more active role in promoting sustainable forestry. Additionally, it also influences my interest to consider a career in a forest-related industry.”

 

“MTCC hopes that the Award will inspire more students to take up forestry-related courses and spur them to take on greater responsibility in promoting sustainable forest management in Malaysia. Additionally,  timber being Malaysia’s third largest export-oriented commodity, we hope that these students will be inspired to work in the forestry sector upon graduation and make  a positive impact on the environment and society,” Yong concluded.

MTCC INSTILS AWARENESS ON SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY AMONG SCHOOL CHILDREN

Kuala Lumpur, 7 November 2017 – Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) took part in the Kuala Lumpur Engineering Science Fair (KLESF) 2017 in an effort to create greater awareness and inculcate passion and love for the forests and their sustainability among the primary and secondary students. Interactive activities on practices of sustainable forest management (SFM) were carried out to engage the students in pursuit of this aim.

 

“Conserving our forests is critical in ensuring the future supply of natural renewable resources, protection of biological diversity and ecosystem services, sustainable human livelihood and in mitigating the growing threat of climate change. Young people should be made aware of the need and importance of conserving our forests, as they will be the ‘change agents’ and future leaders of our country,” said MTCC CEO, Yong Teng Koon.

 

“The inquisitive nature of young minds definitely makes it easier to instil green values and an appreciation of implementing SFM in Malaysia. Through our participation at KLESF, we were able to engage and reach out to many enthusiastic youngsters. We sincerely hope that they have benefited from participating in MTCC’s activities and have gained a better understanding and appreciation of the important roles of our forests,” Yong elaborated.

With a display of colourful posters and a model depicting the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) certification process, the booth attracted 400 students who were keen to learn about the MTCS and its role in promoting sustainable forestry in Malaysia.  The word search on SFM in particular, generated good interest and active participation of the students.

 

MTCC believes that deeper knowledge and understanding of the values of forest management practices, taking into consideration their economic, social and environmental aspects can have positive impacts among these students on the need to safeguard our forest for the future.  The MTCS ensures that our forests are sustainably managed through independent assessment of forest management practices and periodic audits of MTCS-certified forests and forest plantations.

“We also want to create awareness among the students on the importance of using sustainable materials such as certified timber products. Educating them young in making such conscious choices would definitely be a step in the right direction to ensure a greener future for all Malaysians,” Yong concluded.


The KLESF 2017 was held at the Mines International Exhibition and Convention Centre from 3 to 5 November 2017. The event attracted primary and secondary school students across the nation, allowing them to share and learn from one another about the application of science and engineering in their environment. It also aims to raise awareness on the role of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in socio-economic wellbeing and sustainable development.

MTCC ADVOCATES SUSTAINABLE TIMBER TO BUILD GREENER CITIES AT IGEM 2017

MTCC Supports Malaysia’s Commitment to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

 

Kuala Lumpur, 10 October 2017 – The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which comprises a set of 17 global goals challenge us to find ways to improve the lives of people today and in the future.  Goal 11 of the SDGs focuses on ‘Sustainable Cities and Communities’, aiming to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

 

The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) will be present at the International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia (IGEM) 2017 to be held from 11 to 13 October at Booth 2805, Hall 2, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, to showcase how businesses and consumers can support the implementation of this goal through the use of sustainable and certified timber.

 

In line with the theme of IGEM 2017, “Powering Green Cities”, MTCC advocates the utilisation of certified timber under the MTCS as a strategic move to promote the building of greener cities in Malaysia.

 

“The call for greener cities is more than ever crucial with over half of the world’s population living in cities today. As we strive to transform our cities into modern, sustainable living spaces, we must ensure that the development process, among others, embraces the use of sustainable materials at its core. Green cities are about building and living in a sustainable manner, which includes the use of sustainable material in our everyday lives. MTCC empowers specifiers, companies and individuals to do their part in this endeavour by making available MTCS-certified timber products,” said MTCC CEO, Yong Teng Koon.

 

To further advance this pursuit, MTCC encourages businesses that use and sell timber products to obtain the supply chain certification under the MTCS. Besides leadership in sustainability, these businesses play an important role of ensuring adequate supply of MTCS-certified timber products in the domestic market.

 

MTCC also urges consumers to join in this endeavour by consciously choosing and demanding for certified timber products in their purchases. “Increasingly, consumers are becoming more aware and environmentally conscious and want to make ethical, environmental-friendly purchases.  Without a doubt, the demand by Malaysian consumers to purchase MTCS-certified products as their preferred choice would have a direct and positive impact on the management of our forests and the timber supply chain,” Yong concluded.

MTCC PROMOTES MTCS-CERTIFIED TIMBER PRODUCTS AT EUROPE’S LARGEST GARDEN EXPO IN GERMANY

 

The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) participated in SPOGA+Gafa, Europe’s largest garden expo, for the seventh consecutive year to promote timber and timber-related products sourced from sustainably managed Malaysian tropical forests.

 

In addition to building greater awareness and access for MTCS-PEFC certified timber and timber-based products, MTCC took the opportunity to educate delegates including legislators, manufacturers, garden furniture companies, and the timber trade community at-large, about sustainable forest management practices in Malaysia, and how the national timber certification scheme, the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS), promotes a sustainable timber sector.

 

“Timber certication has proven to be an effective tool in helping Malaysian timber and timber-based products secure better access and presence in markets which place greater emphasis on sustainability.  We very much appreciate this platform to further educate European Union buyers and consumers that choosing MTCS-PEFC certified timber and timber-based products is a positive choice for the environment,” said Yong Teng Koon, MTCC CEO.

 

According to MTCC, the German Federal Government is planning to develop a new guideline that will make sustainability certification a pre-condition for public procurements. As demand for sustainable material grows, timber certification like the MTCS will create positive market conditions for Malaysian timber and timber-based producers and exporters.

 

Over the years, tropical timber from Malaysia has enjoyed good reputation in the German market. It is often the choice of timber importers, traders and window manufacturers due to its sturdiness and resistance to damage from insects, fungus, and moisture decay.

Themed, ‘Come and Grow’, SPOGA+Gafa 2017 was held from 3 to 5 September 2017 in Cologne, Germany. This year, it attracted a total of 39,000 visitors from 113 countries. More than 2,131 exhibitors from 59 countries showcased their products related to Garden Living, Garden Creation and Care, Garden BBQ and Garden Unique.

 

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Briefing and consultation session for chain of custody certificate holders under the MTCS

MTCC in collaboration with MTIB will be organising a half-day briefing and consultation session for chain of custody certificate holders under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS).

The briefing and consultation session will be held as follows:-

            Date           : 19 September 2017 (Tuesday)

            Time          : 8.30 a.m – 1 p.m

            Venue       : Palm Garden Hotel, IOI Resort City, Putrajaya

 

MTCC would therefore like to invite your company to attend the above briefing and consultation session. You are welcome to send up to two representatives, one of whom should be your Management Representative (MR) (i.e. the person in charge of the implementation of the chain of custody system). We would be grateful if you could kindly complete the Attendance Reply Form and return it to MTCC (by fax or email) not later than 8 September 2017 (Friday)

 

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Royal Selangor Obtains MTCS Certification

Center: Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, awards the MTCS Chain of Custody certificate to (second from left) Royal Selangor International Executive Director, Mr Yong Yoon Li. Witnessing the event are (extreme left) Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Puan Zurinah Pawanteh; SGS Malaysia General Manager, Mr Kenny Looi; and (extreme right) MTCC Chairman, Datuk Himmat Singh.

 

Royal Selangor Supports Sustainable Forest Management With MTCS Chain of Custody Certification

 

Kuala Lumpur, 9 Aug 2017 – Royal Selangor, an established and iconic brand committed to producing the finest pewter products for over 130 years, is extending its leadership role  by embracing sustainability of the source of wood materials used for its pewter wares.  

 

The pursuit of sustainability culminated in Royal Selangor successfully obtaining the Chain of Custody (CoC) Certification under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS).  The MTCS is a national timber certification scheme for sustainability developed and operated by the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC). Since its implementation in 2001, and as of 30 June 2017, a total of 4.1 million hectares or 28% of total Permanent Reserved Forests and 355 timber companies have been certified under the MTCS.

 

This CoC certification enables Royal Selangor to label all its wood-based pewter wares attesting compliance of its wooden components to sustainability requirements under the MTCS.  The use of the MTCC/PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) label on its products will further strengthen Royal Selangor’s global presence since MTCS-certified materials are recognised by 38 member countries endorsed by the PEFC.  

 

The MTCS Chain of Custody Certificate was presented to Royal Selangor by the Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, at the Royal Selangor headquarters. 

 

Speaking at the Certificate Presentation Ceremony, Datuk Seri Mah said, “The timber sector contributed RM21.86 billion to the country’s export earnings in 2016 and continues to take Malaysia to the global level through its ranking as one of the world’s top exporters of tropical timber products.”

 

“I am very pleased to see an established and iconic brand such as Royal Selangor embracing sustainability of the source of material used for their products. It is my hope that more organisations will follow in the footsteps of Royal Selangor in obtaining timber certification and to have more products in Malaysia become certified and internationally recognised,” added Datuk Seri Mah.

 

“As a proud Malaysian company, it is our responsibility to preserve our country’s natural resources and heritage especially in today’s manufacturing environment by supporting conservation efforts of organisations such as the Malaysian Nature Society, MYCAT and WWF Malaysia. Towards this end, we are pleased to be working with MTCC to ensure all wood components for our products are 100% sourced from certified forests in Malaysia,” said Executive Director of Royal Selangor International, Mr Yong Yoon Li.

 

“With the MTCS-PEFC certification, it is our duty to make it clear to our customers with responsible labelling as customers have the right to know about the environmental impact of the products they purchase,” added Yong.

 

 “We are delighted to welcome Royal Selangor as the first non-wood based product manufacturing company to the MTCS family. This positive development would help encourage the use of certified timber beyond the traditional wood-based companies while contributing to the promotion of sustainable forest management,” expressed Datuk Himmat Singh, the Chairman of MTCC.

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Circa Collection- a PEFC Certified products by Royal Selangor

MTCC shares experience on timber certification with ASEAN senior forestry officials

Low ResYB Dato Sri visited the MTCC booth accompanied by Dato' Nor Akhirrudin Mahmud (Director General, Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia) and Dr Megat Sany, Undersecretary, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment

 

Kuala Lumpur, 7 Aug 2017 – The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) participated in an exhibition held in conjunction with the 20th ASEAN Senior Officials on Forestry (ASOF) Meeting in Putrajaya from 26-28 July 2017. The ASOF Meeting is an annual event which gathers senior forestry officials from ASEAN Member States (AMS) to formulate and implement regional cooperation projects and activities related to forestry, conservation and timber trade. The Meeting was attended by over 80 senior officials from all AMS except Singapore.

 

The exhibition is in support of ASOF’s aim of accomplishing sustainable forest management (SFM) and conservation of natural resources in the region, and to showcase MTCC’s experience on timber certification as an impactful tool in pursuing SFM in Malaysia. “Malaysia has been a leader in this region for timber certification when the MTCC was established in 1998. Through the Working Group on Pan ASEAN Timber Certification Initiative established under the ASOF platform, MTCC has been sharing its experiences and expertise in operationalizing our national scheme – the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) – with other AMS. We are proud to highlight that the MTCS is the first tropical timber certification scheme to be endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) in the Asia Pacific region in 2009,” said MTCC CEO Yong Teng Koon.

 

“Currently only Malaysia and Indonesia have an operational national timber certification scheme in ASEAN. The implementation of a national timber certification scheme is in line with the Strategic Plan of Action for ASEAN Co-operation in Forestry (2016-2025) where all AMS are required to implement the ASEAN Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Management of Tropical Forests”, added Yong. 

 

Besides the ASEAN delegates, MTCC was honoured to have YB Dato Sri Dr. Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment visited the MTCC stand at the exhibition.

MTCC Photography Contest 2017

The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) in collaboration with PCP Publications is organizing the inaugural MTCC Photography Contest as an initiative to raise awareness on the invaluable benefits of our tropical forest as well as to promote the importance of sustainable forest management through forest certification.

The photography contest consists of three (3) categories:-

A)          People & Forest

To capture images of people involved in the field of forestry responsible for the sustainable management and well-being of Malaysia’s forest resources. This category would include people at work such as foresters, forest rangers, forest researchers, and auditors. In addition it could also include the indigenous people who have been living in or at the vicinity of the forest and have a long tradition in caring for the forest. The image could also portray people at work utilizing modern technologies for managing and conserving Malaysia’s forest resources.

B)          Forest & Forest Landscape

To capture the beauty of the forest and forest landscape in Malaysia.  At the forest level, the images could include pictures of forest showcasing its natural beauty, diversity and uniqueness in form and structure. At the landscape level, images could include pictures on the geological or climatological features and natural environment of the Malaysian forest.

C)          Forest & Animals

Malaysian forests are home to a huge number of animal species. You are invited to submit  potraits and behaviour  of animals in the wild. The images obtained shall be under natural conditions and in an ethical manner that places the welfare of the wildlife above the photographer’s desire to obtain an image.

 

To participate, kindly download contest details from the links below :

a) Contest form

b) Rules and Regulations 

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Eighteenth Annual General Meeting of MTCC

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The Eighteenth Annual General Meeting was held on 22 June in Kuala Lumpur during which the Audited Accounts of the MTCC for the Financial Year ended 31 December 2016 together with the Reports of the Trustees and Auditors, and the Annual Report for the year 2016, were tabled and adopted.

Status Update on the Review of MC&I(Natural Forest)

This is to announce that the review of the MC&I(Natural Forest) will be put on hold in 2017 pending the completion of the review of the PEFC sustainability benchmark expected by the end of 2017.

The review of the MC&I(Natural Forest) that commenced in January 2016 has progressed well on schedule with the conduct of the first public comment on the standard, and two meetings of the Standards Review Committee (SRC). The Second Meeting of the SRC held on 21 – 23 September 2016 in Sibu has produced an Enquiry Draft 1 that has incorporated the requirements of the MC&I Forest Plantation.v2 into the MC&I(Natural Forest) as a merged standard. The decision to merge the two standards was based on the outcome of the MTCC Stakeholder Dialogue held in July 2015.

In order to ensure that the national standard revision process of all PEFC member countries take on board the revised PEFC sustainability benchmark, PEFC International has offered an extraordinary endorsement extension until 31 December 2019.

In this connection, the 71st meeting of the MTCC Board of Trustees has agreed that the review of the MC&I(Natural Forest) be put on hold and resumed in 2018 (the indicative timeline can be viewed here). All relevant stakeholders will be periodically informed of the progress of review of the PEFC sustainability benchmark and any lastest update on the review of MC&I(Natural Forest).

Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme fully accepted in The Netherlands

On 18 January 2017, following a parliamentary debate, the Government of The Netherlands announced the full acceptance of the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) under the Dutch Public Procurement Policy for Sustainable Timber.    

The Dutch Minister for the Environment, Sharon Dijksma of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment had earlier made the decision to fully accept the MTCS through a letter to the Dutch Parliament dated 22 December 2016, following the positive outcome of the fact-finding mission by senior government officials and members of the Timber Procurement Assessment Committee (TPAC) to Malaysia from 23-25 November 2016.

The decision is an important milestone for the MTCS and a significant endorsement of Malaysia’s commitment and ongoing efforts in promoting sustainable forestry and timber industry through certification. The Dutch market is the largest importer of certified timber products from Malaysia, accounting for about 30% of the total export of PEFC/MTCS-certified timber products. Additionally, the PEFC/MTCS-certified timber products constitute approximately 50% of the total certified tropical timber imported into the Dutch market. It is therefore envisaged that the acceptance of the MTCS will certainly contribute towards The Netherlands’ ambition of procuring at least 90% of its tropical timber imports from sustainable sources by 2020. With this acceptance, the Netherlands becomes the latest country to fully recognize the MTCS in its public procurement policy along with other countries who have previously recognized MTCS such as United Kingdom, Germany, France, Denmark, Belgium, Finland, Switzerland and Japan.  

Withdrawal of the Certificate for Forest Management of the Kelantan State FMU

The Certificate for Forest Management for the Kelantan State FMU has been withdrawn by SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd with effect from 23 November 2016. The withdrawal of the Certificate was due to the failure of Kelantan State Forestry Department in resolving satisfactorily the major non conformity raised in the surveillance audit.

With the withdrawal of the Certificate, the Kelantan State FMU is no longer a PEFC-certified FMU under the MTCS. In this connection, and as announced in our previous news item, all logs sourced from the Kelantan State FMU after 18 March (as indicated in the Removal Passes) will NOT be recognized as PEFC certified material.

However, logs originating from the Permanent Reserved Forest within the Kelantan State could qualify as PEFC Controlled Sources materials, provided that a risk based due diligence system has been implemented and the logs do not originate from forest areas cleared for conversion to other land uses.

MTCC PRESENTS ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARDS TO UNDERGRADUATES

UPM and UMS Students Receive Award from MTCC for Outstanding Academic Performance

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Kuala Lumpur, 28 November 2016 – Aimed at inspiring a new generation of forestry talents, the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) recently presented its inaugural MTCC Academic Award to three undergraduates from two local universities.  One was from the Faculty of Science and Natural Resources, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) and two from the Faculty of Forestry, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).

The MTCC Academic Award for UMS is named as the Freezailah Forest Sustainability Award, in honour of MTCC’s founding Chairman – Dato’ Dr Freezailah Che Yeom, who retired earlier this year after leading the organisation for 17 years.   

“MTCC is delighted to be collaborating and supporting local institutions of higher learning, particularly those institutions offering courses which feed young talent into the local forestry and related fields, as well as to strive for excellence in producing talents for these fields. Through the MTCC Academic Award, MTCC hopes to strengthen our link with the local universities to inspire more young people to embark on a career development in the field of forestry and its related industries,” said MTCC CEO, Yong Teng Koon.

“The MTCC Academic Award aims to recognize the achievements of students and serves to encourage them to continue to excel even after their graduation. Besides their overall academic performance, the award winners were also judged based on the quality of their final year thesis, submitted as partial fulfilment of their course structure,” Yong added.

Freezailah Forest Sustainability Award was won by Chaw Vi Vian, 23 years old, from the Faculty of Science and Natural Resources, UMS. She was presented with a certificate and RM2,000 cash prize. Meanwhile, Nur Atikah binti Abu Bakar, a Wood Science Technology student and Fatin Norliyana binti Mohamad Ismail, a Forest Science student, both from the Faculty of Forestry, UPM received a certificate and RM1,000 cash prize each.

Commenting on the award win, Chaw Vi Vian expressed. “I would like to thank my supervisor and friends for their help. Without them, it is impossible for me to produce a good thesis. As youths, we can help to conserve and protect our forest starting from ourselves. I hope that Malaysians will have a deeper awareness on the importance of conserving and protecting our environment. In my opinion, young Malaysians are able to encourage sustainable forestry by having the awareness of our environment and using more green products.”

“MTCC hopes that the award will inspire more students to take up forestry-related courses and spur them to play a greater role in promoting sustainable forestry in Malaysia. With the timber commodity being a key contributor to the nation’s dress economy, the forestry sector is still an attractive sector for graduates who are passionate about contributing towards a sustainable economy while making a positive impact on the environment and society,” Yong concluded.

The MTCC Academic Award will be an annual feature in MTCC’s activities for the next five years after which its impact and relevancy would be assessed. 

Consideration and Decision on Comments Received During the First Public Comment period for the Review of MC&I(Natural Forest)

Comments received during the First Public Comment period for the Review of MC&I(Natural Forest) conducted from 16 November 2015 to 15 January 2016, were tabled for the consideration and decision of the First Meeting of the Standards Review Committee (SRC) held from 12 – 14 April 2016 in Kuala Lumpur. The outcome of the deliberations can be viewed and downloaded here. The Secretariat had also circulated the outcome of the deliberations to those stakeholders who have submitted their comments.

The Secretariat would like to thank all stakeholders for their comments submitted during the First Public Comment period. Any outstanding comments will be deliberated at the second meeting of the SRC scheduled to be held on 21 – 23 September 2016. The Second Meeting of the SRC will prepare the Enquiry Draft 1 of the revised standard, which will take into consideration the proposed streamlining the MC&I(Natural Forest) and MC&I Forest Plantation.v2.

Should you have any enquiry regarding the review process, please send an email to melvin@mtcc.com.my.

MTCC FACILITATES WORKSHOP FOR UPM FORESTRY STUDENTS

 

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An MTCC representative shares the importance of sustainable forest management with participants of the University Putra Malaysia Forestry Students Camp.

Kuala Lumpur, 14 October 2016 – Over 120 students participating in the Forestry Students Camp organised by the University Putra Malaysia (UPM) had the opportunity to learn more about the importance of sustainable forest management of Malaysian forests through timber certification from the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC).

 

“Conserving our forests is critical to ensuring sustainable human livelihood and in mitigating the growing threat of climate change. MTCC believes young people should be trained to embrace this important role of forest of while they are being trained to serve the forestry and timber sector. So, MTCC is proud to collaborate with UPM, for the second consecutive year, to inspire young forestry students to take up this challenge and support the sustainable forest management (SFM) agenda through interesting educational activities,” said MTCC CEO, Yong Teng Koon.

 

“Today’s younger generation are a well-connected lot digitally, but they are less well-connected to the nature, as many of them grew up in the city environment. Hence the conduct of this forestry camp for the fresh forestry students is most apt in providing many of them with perhaps the first “connection” with nature. It is hoped that this experience and the subsequent 4-year course that they pursue will help them to become key ‘change agents’ to ensure future generations do not get their ‘forest experience’ by merely surfing website or through textbooks. It is also important that both education and timber industries should collaborate more to raise awareness about the importance and benefits of SFM. It is essential to ensure that all three pillars of forestry, covering the social, environmental and economic aspects, are adequately addressed to promote sustainable development,” Yong explained.

 

The annual Forestry Students Camp was held at the Sultan Idris Shah Forestry Education Centre (SISFEC) in the Ayer Hitam Forest Reserve, Puchong, and involved students who are currently pursuing a degree, majoring in forestry science, wood science and technology and parks and recreation science.

 

All participating students were given the opportunity to learn about the importance of sustainable forest management practices, as well as the important roles of various stakeholders in the MTCS stakeholder consultation process involving non-governmental organisations, forest managers, workers and the indigenous peoples.

 

Commenting on the programme hosted by MTCC, the lead co-ordinator for this year’s forestry camp, Dr Norzanalia Saadun said, “The University believes young people should be given the opportunity to learn and contribute towards sustainable forestry. Through this session, our students were exposed to the different stakeholders who are involved in sustainable forestry, and were also given opportunity to voice their views about SFM.”

 

“We value the inputs from MTCC’s guest speakers, sharing with us their experiences working with key stakeholders across the timber supply chain, from forest managers, auditors to manufacturers and exporters about SFM best practices. Our students now have a clearer idea how they could find new ways to lead the change in promoting sustainable forestry even before they graduate,” said Dr Norzanalia Saadun. 

SMART PARTNERSHIP BOOSTS FOREST MANAGEMENT

Published by Borneo Post Online

August 26, 2016, Friday

SANDAKAN: The 16th Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Forestry Camp was launched on Tuesday at KTS Plantation Sdn Bhd (KTS) in Segaliud Lokan Forest Reserve (SLFR) Forest Management Unit (FMU) 19B.

It marked another milestone for Sabah's forest industry with an innovative collaboration between the Sabah Forestry Department (SFD) , UMS and KTS.

The collaboration is the first to have three main industry players join forces to develop a comprehensive, long-term collaboration to promote and enhance the Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) agenda.

A Letter of Intent (LOI) – which prepares the parties for a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in strengthening and developing long-term research, training and academic partnerships in Sabah forestry – was signed by SFD director Datuk Sam Mannan, UMS' Prof Dr Sharil Yusof and KTS Holdings director Law Hui Kong.

The High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF) initiative was also launched with Nephentes ampularia and Toluh Waterfall declared as formal HCVF sites.

Segaliud Lokan Forest Reserve (SLFR, which is managed by KTS was selected as the site for the 16th Forestry Camp based on its reputation as a role model of SFM by a private company in Sabah over the past 15 years.

 

Well-managed forest management enterprise

The SLFR models owes its success to proper planning, concept development and implementation of the Forest Management Plan, which serves as a guiding principle to plan ahead and operationalize the annual work plan.

The objectives are to manage the forest in a way that mimics natural processes for production of low volume, high quality and high priced timber.

“KTS Plantation is considered a model for the rest of the industry players when it comes to SFM. Due to its relentless commitment, perseverance, adaptability to change, pragmatic flexibility and investing in good forest governance, KTS managed to emerge as the first private company in Malaysia to be certified with both the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) and MS ISO 14001 EMS,: Sam said in his speech.

KTS would therefore be an ideal model to represent forest management enterprises in Sabah as a case study for forestry students to better understand the implementation of SFM.

 

Forest operations

Sam explained that SLFR and much of the surrounding area were virgin forest until the 1950s, when the reserve was logged several times like much of the lowland dipterocarp forest in Sabah.

It constitutes a typical example of logged forests and is, consequently, an ideal site for developing into a model for improved forest management.

In 1993, KTS was granted the licence to manage SLFR and in 1998 KTS voluntarily entered into an agreement with SFD to manage the concession area based on SFM principles, marking the first FMU to implement the Reduced Impact Logging (RIL) concept in its Industrial Tree Planting (ITP) areas.

“Together with its neighbor, the Deramakot Forest Reserve, which for part of the FMU19, SLFR is a testimony of the tangible long-term benefits of a successful SFM implementation, which is only possible with serious commitment of the top management of KTS,” Sam said.

He commended KTS Group of Companies managing director Dato Henry Lau for embracing SFM voluntarily and becoming the pioneer among private enterprise in SFM implementation in Sabah.

KTS has actively carried out the forest rehabilitation programme since 2000.

To date, over one million seedlings of various fast growing high value timber species have been planted on a cumulative area of about 4,000ha.

Other forest silviculture treatment such as climber cutting has been carried out on more than 20,000ha.

 

Conservation of flora and fauna

SLFR is one of the few areas that has the highest diversity and concentration of Rare, Threatened and Endangered (RTE) species in Sabah.

It is home to at least 75 species of mammals including Borneo pygmy elephants, orangutan and tembadau, as well as over 220 species of birds.

Through its well-formulated FMP, a comprehensive conservative approach has been employed in its operation to mitigate the impact of management activities.

As planned in the FMP, approximately three-quarters of SLFR remain undisturbed or closed to forest management activities at any given time.

This means all forest management activities (silviculture, enrichment planting, and harvesting) are focused on a small portion (2,500 ha) of the SLFR staggered over a period of 10 years, which translates to a management cycle of about 20 years.

This is planned primarily to encourage plant succession without disturbance, and at the same time, the undisturbed areas act as a sanctuary for wildlife that thrive in SLFR.

Wildlife and their habitat contiguity are ensured in the reserve to ensure their sustainability.

The launching of the two HCVF sites also marked KTS’ concerted efforts to maintain HCVF values, which is also one of the central principles in Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) Malaysian Criteria and Indicators (MC&I) Natural Forest Certification.

Toluh Waterfall, one of the many waterfalls in the area, has demonstrated successful efforts in maintaining water quality through well-planned operations and watershed protection.

The launching of the HCVF also symbolizes KTS’ commitment to watershed protection in the area.

Nepenthes ampullaria is abundant in heath forest in the southern part of SLFR and its presence also indicates the unique soil type dominated by deep podzolic soil, which extends along the wide valley of Rawog River.

Due to the unique ecosystem and landscape, the whole compartment has been gazette a Protected Area.

In 2009, a final report on evaluation of HCVF in SLFR was produced, forming the basis for management prescription for each of the values identified and leading to the conservation area of more than 6,000ha or more than 10 per cent of its total concession area.

 

Forest certification

In his welcoming speech delivered by Law, Lau lauded Sam’s leadership in transforming forest industry practices from conventional to an innovative approach, of which KTS is living testimony.

He noted that KTSP is the first private company in Malaysia certified with both MC&I (Natural Forest) for Forest Management certification and MS ISO 14001 for Environment Management System certification.

“We will continue to strive towards excellence, using these two standards to measure the management performance of the three main pillars of the SFM, ie Economic, Environmental and Social aspects. The two yardsticks will also be used to promote on-going innovations and improvements of management practices,’ said Lau.

The company has also participated in the Prime Minister’s Hibiscus Award and been conferred for Notable Achievement in Environmental Performance for the year 2008/2009.

 

16th Forestry Camp

A total of 163 UMS students are taking part in the 12-day Forestry Camp at SLFR, which started on Monday.

The camp is compulsory for third year students majoring in forestry courses namely International Tropical Forestry, Forest Plantation and Agroforestry, Nature Parks and Recreation and the Wood Technology and Industry.

It emphasises theory and practice in forestry with topics including Forest Survival, Motivation, Survey On Forest Inventory, Dendrology, Forest Management and Silviculture.

Students also learn communications skills and leadership through presentations and group assignments.

 

Shahril said the activities involve physical and mental endurance in the forest, which are necessary for participants to be foresters.

“The expectations are, upon completion of the module, students can apply their basic forestry knowledge and skills into practise, analyzing theories, applying foresters’ values and enhance communication and leadership skills among students.

“The implementation of the forestry camp, this time, is unique and is in line with the current developments, which emphasise the close cooperation and involvement of industry and other stakeholders in students’ teaching and learning, in this case, particularly with KTS Sdn Bhd and the Sabah Forestry Department as the custodian of the forest,” he said.

The learning of forestry subjects within real FMU area is a bonus, as students can interact live with the environment of well-managed forests in accordance with the SFM concept.

“I was informed that there is a special programme during this camp that is known as the ‘Forest Mentoring’. It was introduced as a session of sharing of life experience and knowledge on the SFM implementation at the FMU level, from the experts among the KTS and the Sabah Forest Department personnel, and UMS lecturers,’ he added.

“I hope the slot will be fully utilized by the students because this is an opportunity of initial introduction where students can familiarise with various forestry management activities at the FMU level.”

Lau congratulated the collective effort of SFD, UMS and KTS in ensuring the smooth running of the Forestry Camp – one of the many initiatives under the LOI signed last November.

“I am grateful to UMS for choosing Segaliud Lokan Forest Reserve, which is currently managed by KTS Plantation as their 16th Forestry Camp site.

“It is indeed an honour for KTS to host this programme as KTS is committed to ensure that students will have their best experience of forest operation managed under the SFM principles.

“I was also made to understand that a new module called the Mentoring Program is tailor-made for this 16th Forestry Camp to ensure that the students get the best practical experience and knowledge through the participation of experienced mentors from the SFD and KTS Plantation Sdn Bhd,” Lau said.

He added that the forestry industry is foreseeably moving into a very challenging phase of development, which requires a new breed of potential foresters.

Meanwhile, commenting on the signing of LOI (extension) between SFD, UMS and KTS, Law said KTS Plantation believes this is an innovative strategy to tap into the potential of competitive impact from Industry- University research collaboration.

“As we continue to challenge ourselves to be role models for others in the forestry industry to meet common challenges ahead, through combining the strength of the three parties – scientific knowledge from UMS, principles of SFM from SFD and operational experience from KTS Plantation – would make the best recipe for a successful SFM.

“Having said that, however, we must not forget that the industry needs robust, knowledgeable and competent foresters to drive the industry towards the year 2020 and beyond to implement the SFM agenda,” Law said.

For student Anthanasius Juing, 21, joining the Forestry Camp was exciting.

“This is the first opportunity for me to learn directly from the industry the practical aspects of Operations Management, Forest Engineering, Forest Nursey Management, Ecotourism and Recreation, Wildlife Management and other activities related to the implementation of SFM practices,” he said.

On the role played by KTS and SFD, Shahril said the forestry learning outcomes is also one of the main products of the SFM concepts, which has been adopted well by the Sabah state government through the SFD and FMU holders.

In such a way, this concept could be extended to the next generation to carry on the noble efforts towards the preservation and management of forests, he said.

"Therefore, UMS would like to express its gratitude to KTS Sdn Bhd and the SFD for allowing UMS students to conduct the Forestry Camp within the Segaliu Lokan Forest Reserve,” he said.

Sam, who launched the camp, advised students to take the opportunity to learn as much as they could as the collaboration would benefit them through experiencing the real environment of SLFR’s protected area.

He explained that the road to success was long with tribulations of trial and error and the lack of experience in implementing SFM but KTS managed to emerge as the first private company in Malaysia certified with both MTCS and MS ISO 14001 EMS.

Therefore, SFD is committed and confident of achieving 2.2 million ha of total protected areas in Sabah.

SECOND MEETING OF SRC

The Second Meeting of the SRC held on 21-23 September 2016 at RH Hotel, Sibu, Sarawak and was attended by a total of 19 participants comprising Members, Alternate Members and Observers.

The SRC deliberated on the merging of MC&I(Natural Forest) and MC&I Forest Plantation.v2, where the wording of the Principle, Criteria, Indicator and Verifier of the two standards were considered before deciding on the wording for the merged standard. The Principle, Criteria, Indicator or Verifier which could not be streamlined were adopted separately for application for natural forest or forest plantation.

The outcome of the Second Meeting of the SRC was the preparation of the working draft of the MC&I(Natural Forest) incorporating the requirements of the MC&I Forest Plantation.v2 which will be considered by the next SRC meeting.

INAUGURAL MTCC ACADEMIC AWARD

INAUGURAL MTCC ACADEMIC AWARD 
ACKNOWLEDGING OUTSTANDING STUDENTS AND PROMOTING ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE


The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) launches its inaugural MTCC Academic Award in 2016 to recognise outstanding undergraduate students in forestry-related courses in Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS). 

“The MTCC Academic Award aims to promote academic excellence by acknowledging students who have shown outstanding performance in their specific field of study.  Through the MTCC Academic Award, we hope to strengthen our link with the two universities and besides promoting the work of the MTCC, the award will also  encourage many more students to take up forestry-related courses and spur them to pursue academic excellence,” said MTCC CEO, Yong Teng Koon.

The award recipients will be determined based on their final year projects that focus on fields related to Sustainable Forest Management, Forest Certification, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Impact Assessment, Forest Plantation Management, Chain-of-Custody Certification, or Timber and Non-Timber Forest Products Utilization. 

MTCC will be collaborating with the Faculty of Forestry, UPM and the Faculty of Science and Natural Resources, UMS for its inaugural Academic Award.  The award to be conferred by UMS will be known as the Freezailah Forest Sustainability Award, in honour of the founding Chairman of MTCC Dato’ Dr Freezailah Che Yeom, who recently retired after leading the organisation for 17 years.   

For more information on this matter, kindly contact Sabrina Wu at MTCC general line 03-21612298 or email to sabrina@mtcc.com.my.

MTCC PAYS TRIBUTE TO ITS FOUNDING CHAIRMAN OF 17 YEARS

Dato’ Dr Freezailah Che Yeom Inspires A Forest-Loving Society and Champions  Sustainable Forestry Agenda

It was a day of mixed emotions as Malaysia’s forestry and timber industry fraternity paid tribute to Malaysian Timber Certification Council’s (MTCC) founding Chairman, Dato’ Dr Freezailah Che Yeom. His illustrious career as MTCC Chairman spanning 17 years culminated in a farewell and appreciation dinner gathering held on 27 July 2016 in Kuala Lumpur.  The event was graced by YB Datuk Datu Nasrun bin Datu Mansur, the Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities. 

Dato’ Dr Freezailah was appointed as the Chairman of MTCC following its establishment in 1998 as an independent organisation to develop and operate the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS). 

A true blue forester at heart, Dato’ Dr Freezailah has been instrumental in inspiring a forest-loving society through his passion and involvement in championing the sustainable forestry agenda.  His track record as a prominent thought leader in forestry spans beyond national borders to the global community. This was demonstrated through Dato’ Dr Freezailah’s appointment as the founding Executive Director of the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO) from 1987 to 1999. As its Executive Director, Dato’ Dr Freezailah provided leadership and guided the growth and development of ITTO into a respected world organisation to promote the conservation, sustainable management and utilization of the world’s tropical forests.  Upon his retirement from ITTO, he pursued his passion for sustainable forest management (SFM) through his involvement as the founding Chairman of MTCC.  It was no surprise that Malaysia quickly became one of the region’s early adopters and promoters of sustainable forestry practices through the implementation of the MTCS. 

“I have enjoyed a fulfilling career in a long journey as a forester serving the Forestry Department, ITTO and the MTCC over a period which spans more than five decades. I must thank my colleagues, stakeholders and all the remarkable people who have done their utmost so that our incomparable biodiversity rich forests are sustainably managed for present and future generations. With its exemplary track record, I am confident that MTCC will continue to contribute to Malaysia’s sustainable forestry agenda,” said Dato’ Dr Freezailah.

“Dato’ Dr Freezailah’s focused approach in championing SFM is truly inspiring.  His tireless efforts have been crucial in advancing Malaysia’s sustainability initiatives in the fields of forestry and environment. Words cannot express our immense gratitude to him. His stellar legacy and exemplary passion is one that will continue to inspire the next generation of foresters,” commended the newly appointed MTCC Chairman, Datuk Himmat Singh.

“It has been a life time opportunity for me to have worked with a wise professional like Dato’ Dr Freezailah. His dynamic leadership over the past 17 years has raised MTCC and Malaysia’s profile as a recognisable force in driving responsible and sustainable forestry. As he embarks on the next phase of his life, we wish him only the best,” said MTCC CEO, Mr Yong Teng Koon.

The highlight of the celebration was the presentation of a special montage depicting a walk down memory lane of Dato’ Dr Freezailah’s journey at MTCC which was also captured in a special photobook prepared by the MTCC management. His role as MTCC Chairman concluded on a high note with the award from the Programme for the Endorsement for Forest Certification (PEFC) for the third highest increase in the number of certified companies through Chain of Custody (CoC) certification in 2015. The recognition underlined MTCC’s commitment in promoting responsible practices and the use of certified timber sourced from sustainably managed forest in Malaysia.

Dato’ Dr Freezailah earned a Bachelor of Science (Forestry) degree with First Class Honours and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom.  He is succeeded by Datuk Himmat Singh, former Secretary General of the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities.

Evening Prom Dresses

Celebrating Malaysia’s beloved forester. (From left) MTCC Founding Chairman, Dato’ Dr Freezailah Che Yeom receiving a special commemorative photobook from Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Datuk Datu Nasrun bin Datu Mansur; as MTCC’s recently appointed Chairman, Datuk Himmat Singh; Secretary-General of the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Datuk M. Nagarajan; and MTCC CEO, Mr Yong Teng Koon look on.

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Fond memories. (left) Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Datuk Datu Nasrun bin Datu Mansur, and MTCC Founding Chairman, Dato’ Dr Freezailah Che Yeom, looking through the commemorative photobook presented by MTCC as a memento to celebrate the Founding Chairman’s retirement after 17 years of service

PEFC endorses the MC&I Forest Plantation.v2

MTCC is pleased to announce that the Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Forest Plantation Management Certification or the MC&I Forest Plantation.v2 has been endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) with effect from 13 June 2016.

The endorsement of this second edition of the forest plantation standard signifies the commitment of the MTCS to continuous improvement and will enable all forest plantation management units certified against the MC&I Forest Plantation.v2 to enjoy international recognition and market acceptance.

PEFC International remains the only global forest certification system to limit endorsements of national systems to five years, requiring revision of the standards before a system can re-apply for endorsement. Endorsement is only granted after a comprehensive, independent third-party assessment of compliance with PEFC’s Sustainability Benchmarks.

Datuk Himmat Singh Appointed as MTCC Chairman

The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) welcomes Datuk Himmat Singh as its newly appointed Chairman.

 

Datuk Himmat’s appointment marks another milestone for MTCC as it continues to advance and spearhead the sustainable forest management agenda in Malaysia and in the Southeast Asian region.

 

“We are indeed honoured to have Datuk Himmat Singh lead MTCC as he brings with him a wealth of experience. His distinguished career in the civil service spans over 35 years which includes serving as the Secretary General of the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities covering forestry and timber trade before he retired in December 2015. We look forward to progressing to greater heights under his leadership as the Chairman of MTCC,” said MTCC CEO, Yong Teng Koon.

 

Datuk Himmat began his career in the civil service with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment in 1981. Subsequently, he moved to the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) under the Prime Minister’s Department, and was the Director of Environment and Natural Resources, then of Social Services, followed by Infrastructure and Utilities, and finally as Deputy Director-General of EPU.

 

In 2011, Datuk Himmat was appointed as the Secretary General for the Ministry of Works until July 2014, when he assumed the post of the Secretary General of the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities.

 

“Malaysia’s forest resources are a national treasure that requires responsible management if we want our future generation to continue enjoying its offerings. MTCC plays a very important role in encouraging more forest managers and timber industry players to implement sustainable forestry through a timber certification scheme. I look forward to being a part of this initiative,” said Datuk Himmat Singh.

 

Datuk Himmat possesses a Master’s Degree in Park Recreation Resources from the Michigan State University in the United States of America (USA), and a Bachelor of Science in Ecology from University of Malaya.

 

MTCC CEO, Yong Teng Koon, in paying tribute to the outgoing Chairman, said, “MTCC’s progress, thus far, is attributed to the astute leadership of MTCC’s outgoing Chairman, Dato’ Dr. Freezailah Che Yeom. We are truly grateful for his wise counsel and invaluable contribution during his 17-year tenure as a member of the MTCC Board of Trustees. We wish him a very happy retirement.”

 

Dato’ Dr Freezailah Che Yeom has been the Chairman of MTCC since 1999.

FIRST MEETING OF SRC

The First Meeting of the SRC was held on 12–14 April 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, attended by a total of 17 participants comprising Members, Alternate Members and Observers. 

Being the first meeting, the SRC was briefed on the standard review process and its development to-date, proposed processes and timelines, rules on standard setting process based on the SSP3/2014 as well as the Terms of Reference for the SRC. 

The Meeting discussed the approach for streamlining the MC&I(Natural Forest) and MC&I Forest Plantation.v2 and considered the comments received from the first public comment period that were general in nature, including a proposal for reorganisation of the various Principles of the MC&I(Natural Forest). The SRC noted the intent of the proposal and appreciated the efforts taken by the stakeholders in providing such a comprehensive comment. Nevertheless, the SRC was of the view that the existing structure of the MC&I(Natural Forest) is more comprehensive, with repetition of requirements needed for emphasis and therefore decided that the structure of the MC&I(Natural Forest) should be maintained. 

As a result of the First Meeting of the SRC, the Secretariat prepared a Working Draft 1 of the MC&I(Natural Forest) which incorporated comments received from the first public comment period and the inclusion of the MC&I Forest Plantation.v2 standard for the consideration of the second meeting of the SRC.

Suspension of Forest Management Certificate for Kelantan State FMU

The Certificate for Forest Management issued to the Kelantan State FMU (FMC 005) against the requirements of MC&I(Natural Forest) have been suspended with effect from 18 March 2016 until further notice. SIRIM QAS International Sdn. Bhd. made this decision after the Kelantan State FMU failed to close a major Corrective Action Request (CAR) following the second surveillance audit carried out by SIRIM QAS International Sdn. Bhd. It is required that any major non-conformity raised must be adequately addressed within the given time for the FMU to maintain its certification.

In light of the above development, all logs sourced from the Permanent Reserved Forests (PRFs) in the Kelantan State FMU beginning 18 March 2016 (i.e. all logs accompanied by Removal Passes issued dated 18 March 2016 and onwards) will not be recognised as PEFC certified material under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS). Nevertheless, the logs originating from Kelantan State FMU can be accepted as PEFC Controlled Sources, provided that a due diligence system has been implemented and does not involve sourcing of logs from conversion areas.

Summary of First Public Comment on Review of MC&I(Natural Forest)

In line with the Process and Timelines for the Review of the MC&I(Natural Forest), the first 60-day Public Comment on the MC&I(Natural Forest) had been conducted from 16 November 2015 to 15 January 2016.  

Sixteen organisations have submitted feedback, as follows:

  1. Forestry Department of Peninsular Malaysia (FDPM)
  2. Asiatic Organic Farm Sdn Bhd
  3. Zedtee Sdn Bhd
  4. Penang Institute
  5. Forever Sabah (LEAP)
  6. Nature, Ecology and People Consult Sdn Bhd (NEPCon)
  7. WCS – Malaysia Program
  8. WWF-Malaysia 
  9. Sabah Forestry Department
  10. Global Environment Centre (GEC)
  11. Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM)
  12. Department of Irrigation and Drainage Malaysia
  13. Timberwell Bhd
  14. Malaysian Timber Council (MTC)
  15. Jabatan Tenaga Kerja Sarawak
  16. TH Plantations Bhd

Please “click” on the organisation link to view the feedback, comments and proposals submitted.

The feedback received will be tabled at the First Meeting of the Standards Review Committee (SRC) for deliberation, tentatively scheduled to be held from 12 – 14 April 2016. The SRC is the main body responsible for the review of the MC&I(Natural Forest), comprised of 15-member representatives from the environment, industry, indigenous people, worker and relevant government agencies from Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia.  

As the Secretariat, MTCC takes this opportunity to thank all the stakeholders for making the effort to study the MC&I(Natural Forest) and in submitting your comments and proposals.

Should you have any enquiries regarding the review process, please send an email to melvin@mtcc.com.my.

Suspension of Forest Management Certificate for Johor State FMU

The Certificate for Forest Management issued to the Johor State Forest Management Unit (FMU) (SGS-MTCS/FM-0102) against the requirements of MC&I(Natural Forest) have been suspended with effect from 1 January 2016 until futher notice. SGS (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd made this decision after the Johor State FMU failed to close a major Corrective Action Request (CAR) following the re-certification audit carried out by SGS (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd. It is required that any major non-conformity raised must be adequately addressed and closed-out before the FMU can be re-certified.

In light of the above development, all logs sourced from the Permanent Reserved Forests (PRFs) in the Johor State FMU beginning 1 January 2016 (i.e. all logs accompanied by Removal Passes issued dated 1 January 2016 and onwards) will not be recognised as PEFC certified material under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS). This suspension applies until the Major CAR is closed-out and the FMU is awarded with a new Certificate for Forest Management.

PEFC Endorsement of MC&I(Forest Plantations) Extended to 30 June 2016

Following the adoption of the MC&I Forest Plantation.v2 on 19 December 2014, the standard became applicable on 1 July 2015. As announced in June 2015, the standard had been submitted for endorsement by PEFC International, while the endorsement of the MC&I(Forest Plantations) had been extended by PEFC International until 31 December 2015. In accordance with the transition plan as announced in February 2015, the application of MC&I Forest Plantation.v2 will become mandatory on 1 January 2016.

However, due to unforeseen delay in the endorsement process of the MC&I Forest Plantation.v2, MTCC is pleased to inform certificate holders and interested stakeholders that PEFC International has granted another extension on the endorsement of MC&I(Forest Plantations) until 30 June 2016, thus allowing existing forest plantation management units (FPMUs) holding MC&I(Forest Plantations) certificate and have undergone successful surveillance audits against the MC&I Forest Plantation.v2 to continue to hold valid PEFC endorsed certificate. The extension of endorsement also covers the certification of any new FPMU assessed against the MC&I Forest Plantation.v2.

We are confident that the MC&I Forest Plantation.v2 standard will be endorsed by the PEFC within the first half of 2016.

For further information, please contact Miss Siti Syaliza Mustapha at siti@mtcc.com.my or call +603-2161-2298.

Reminder: Review of MC&I(Natural Forest): First Public Comment (16 November 2015 – 15 January 2016)

REMINDER

Review of the Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Forest Management Certification (Natural Forest)
First Public Comment (16 November 2015 – 15 January 2016)

 

Further to our announcement dated 17 November 2015 regarding the above matter, we would like to gently remind all stakeholder groups that we are at the halfway-mark for the first public comment period for the review of the MC&I(Natural Forest) which has commenced on 16 November and will end on 15 January 2016.

Stakeholders are invited to submit their comments and/or proposals for amendment / deletion / addition on the current MC&I(Natural Forest) providing justification for your proposals, as well as your suggested wording for the proposed changes. Please submit your comments by utilising the First Public Comment Feedback Form either by e-mail to Mr Cheah Chi Ern (cheah@mtcc.com.my) or by fax to 03-2161 2293 or by post to MTCC latest by 15 January 2016.

For further information on the standard review process, please contact Miss Siti Syaliza Mustapha at siti@mtcc.com.my or call 03-2161 2298.

 


PERINGATAN

Semakan Semula Kriteria dan Petunjuk Malaysia untuk Pensijilan Pengurusan Hutan (Hutan Asli)
Komen Umum Peringkat Pertama (16 November 2015 – 15 Januari 2016)

 

Lanjutan dari penguguman bertarikh 17 November 2015 tentang perkara di atas, kami ingin mengingatkan semua pihak-pihak berkepentingan bahawa kami berada di tempoh pertengahan bagi komen umum peringkat pertama untuk proses semakan semula MC&I(Hutan Asli). Proses komen umum peringkat pertama ini bermula pada 16 November dan akan tamat pada 16 Januari 2016.

Pihak-pihak berkepentingan dijemput untuk mengemukakan komen dan/atau cadangan untuk pemindaan / pengguguran / penambahan kepada MC&I(Hutan Asli) dengan memberikan komen serta cadangan bagi pindaan tersebut. Sila berikan ulasan tuan/puan dengan menggunakan Borang Maklum Balas Komen Umum Kali Pertama dan mengemukakannya melalui email kepada En Cheah Chi Ern (cheah@mtcc.com.my) atau melalui faks kepada 03-2161 2293 atau melalui pos kepada MTCC sebelum 15 Januari 2016

Untuk maklumat lanjut mengenai proses semakan semula standard, sila hubungi Cik Siti Syaliza Mustapha di siti@mtcc.com.my atau telefon 03-2161 2298.

MTCS-Certified Timber Enhances Market Competitiveness

MTCC Showcases PEFC-Certified Tropical Timbers And Related Products At German Timber Day 2015 and SPOGA-Gafa 2015

Timber certification is an effective tool in helping Malaysian timber and timber-related companies create a competitive market position for their products as well as improves market access and brand image. This was confirmed through the positive feedback received from both trade visitors and large retailers during Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) participation in two major trade expos held in Germany recently.

MTCC Chief Executive Officer, Yong Teng Koon explained, “The Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) demonstrates not only that Malaysian tropical forests are managed sustainably, but that it also responds to the demand by international market for responsibly-sourced timber products.Certification will create better market conditions for Malaysia’s timber-based products such as plywood, pulp and paper, furniture and others. This ultimately will contribute to the economic growth of our country – while at the same time safeguarding the nation’s precious forest resources.”

According to MTCC, as a single market, the European Union is the largest consumer of timber in the world, and they are demanding environmentally and socially-responsible products such as certified tropical timber. As demand for sustainable timber grow, timber certification like the MTCS plays an instrumental role in enhancing the market competitiveness and acceptance of the MTCS-certified timber and timber products fulfilling the national government procurement policy for timber of a number of European countries.

“As the National Governing Body for the MTCS, MTCC is encouraged to learn that the government agencies, timber trade federations, businesses, and consumer groups from developed markets are confident that their selection of timber products carrying the PEFC label is a positive choice for the environment,” Yong added.

The MTCS is endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), the world’s largest forest certification system. Todate, MTCS is recognised by national government procurement policies in Denmark, United Kingdom, Germany, Finland, Belgium, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands and New Zealand as well as recognised under the Malaysia Green Building Index and other Green Building Systems in Singapore, Australia, Italy, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, United Arab Emirates and the United States of America.

As at September 2015, Malaysia has exported a cumulative total of over 1 million cubic meters of certified tropical timber to 47 destinations all over Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, South Africa, the United States (US) and Canada. Of this total, some 868,332 cubic metre or 82.93 per cent have been exported to Europe.

The German Timber Day was a bi-annual timber trade expo organized by the German Timber Trade Federation to showcase the latest developments and inventions related to the timber industry. Meanwhile, SPOGA+Gafa 2015 is Germany’s largest garden trade fair covering topics like gardening, recreation, green industry and leisure.

2015 marks the 7th time MTCC has participated in the German Timber Day exhibition to showcase and highlight the availability of Malaysian certified timber and timber-related products for Germany and the European market. Meanwhile, this was MTCC’s fifth involvement in the annual SPOGA+Gafa 2015 exhibition.

Forest Leaders Urge Governments to Take Firm Action on Climate Change

Geneva (Switzerland), 1 December 2015 – “We need a global agreement at COP 21 with clear actions and firm commitments, outlining effective pathways to address climate change,” said Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International ahead of the upcoming PEFC Forest Certification Week. “These commitments must recognize the multiple benefits of forests and encourage policies that promote sustainable forest management and the use of certified forest products. This will enable PEFC as the world’s leading forest certification system to further enhance its contribution to tackling climate change, safeguarding forest ecosystems and sustainable livelihoods.”

With the start of the 2015 Climate Conference (COP 21) in Paris, the contribution of forests to tackling climate change is high on the agenda of PEFC Forest Certification Week, the annual gathering of the world’s leading experts in sustainable forest management certification. Scheduled to coincide with COP 21, the meeting will bring together more than one hundred experts, including the heads of national forest certification systems of some forty countries.

Sustainable forest management, and the use of products certified to originate from sustainably managed forests, are considered key elements in mitigating climate change. Forests not only store carbon, but also supply wood, which itself stores carbon, and can be used as a substitute for fossil fuels and for non-renewable materials such as plastics, steel or concrete. Different from such alternative materials, wood products from sustainable forests are essentially carbon neutral: the carbon released at the end of their life cycle has previously been captured while the tree was growing.

Among the many contributions that forest certification can make to mitigating climate change, the experts will hone in on three key issues in more detail:

1. How can we further improve access to certification for the many small-, family- and community owned forests, thereby optimizing their impact whilst securing sustainable livelihoods?
2. How can we best fine-tune sustainable forest management requirements for future impacts of climate change?
3. How can we further encourage companies, governments and consumers to increase their use of certified forest products to take direct and immediate action on climate change?

“Companies, governments and consumers around the world already value the contribution that PEFC provides to protect forests and fight climate change. The recent PEFC/GfK Global Consumer Survey demonstrated that consumers want companies to label their products, and companies are increasingly adopting procurement policies that specify PEFC. Governments around the world recognize the credibility that the PEFC label provides, with most recently the UK government highlighting that PEFC has the highest level of compliance with its respective sustainability criteria,” said Mr. Gunneberg.

“In Paris, we now need firm commitments that clearly recognize the multiple benefits that sustainably managed forests provide. We need firm action that promotes the uptake of public policies promoting sustainable forest management, forest certification, and the use of certified forest products. We need to send strong signals to the private sector and consumers alike to act on their preference, to choose certified forest products over non-renewable materials, and to make a conscious choice for PEFC-certified products to ensure a more equitable sustainable future for our planet,” emphasized Mr. Gunneberg.

Review of MC&I(Natural Forest): First Public Comment (16 November 2015 – 15 January 2016)

Review of the Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Forest Management Certification (Natural Forest):
First Public Comment (16 November 2015 – 15 January 2016)

MTCC is pleased to inform you that the Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Forest Management Certification (Natural Forest)[MC&I(Natural Forest)] is now subjected to first public comment period starting from 16 November 2015 – 15 January 2016. Stakeholders are invited to submit theircommentsits and/or proposals for amendment / deletion / addition on the current MC&I(Natural Forest) providing justification for your proposals, as well as your suggested wording for the proposed changes. Please submit your comments by utilising the First Public Comment Feedback Form either by e-mail to Mr Cheah Chi Ern (cheah@mtcc.com.my) or by fax to 03-2161 2293 or by post to MTCC latest by 15 January 2016.

Your kind cooperation and support in this matter is greatly appreciated. Thank you.


Semakan Semula Kriteria dan Petunjuk Malaysia untuk Pensijilan Pengurusan Hutan (Hutan Asli):
Komen Umum Peringkat Pertama (16 November 2015 – 15 Januari 2016)

Adalah dimaklumkan bahawa Kriteria dan Petunjuk Malaysia untuk Pensijilan Pengurusan Hutan (Hutan Asli) [MC&I(Hutan Asli)] sekarang dibuka untuk komen umum peringkat pertama bermula daripada 16 November 2015 – 15 Januari 2016. Pihak-pihak berkepentingan dijemput untuk mengemukakan komen dan/atau cadangan untuk pemindaan / pengguguran / penambahan kepada MC&I(Hutan Asli) dengan memberikan komen serta cadangan bagi pindaan tersebut. Sila berikan ulasan tuan/puan dengan menggunakan Borang Maklum Balas Komen Umum Kali Pertama dan mengemukakannya melalui email kepada En Cheah Chi Ern (cheah@mtcc.com.my) atau melalui faks kepada 03-2161 2293 atau melalui pos kepada MTCC sebelum 15 Januari 2016

Kerjasama dan sokongan tuan/puan dalam perkara ini amat dihargai. Sekian, terima kasih.

 

Invitation for Peer Reviewer Training Course on the MC&I for Forest Management Certification

Invitation for Peer Reviewer Training Course on the
Malaysian Criteria and Indicators (MC&I) for Forest Management Certification

 

MTCC will be organising a one-day training for peer reviewers on the requirements of the MC&I(Natural Forest) as well as the new forest plantation management certification standard, MC&I Forest Plantation.v2. The training which is opened to professionals with the relevant expertise and experience will be held on 26 November 2015 at the MTCC Office.

Under the MTCS, it is required that the stage-2 audit or recertification audit reports prepared by a certification body (CB) be reviewed by independent experts. The aim of the peer review process is to obtain a second opinion on the level of compliance of the Forest Management Unit (FMU) or the Forest Plantation Management Unit (FPMU) under audit against the requirements of the certification standards. Two peer reviewers will be involved in the review of a particular report.

The potential Peer Reviewer must meet the following criteria:

i.                    have a minimum of ten (10) years work experience in forestry or expertise related to various aspects of sustainable forest management, such as ecology, environmental sciences, biology, sociology and forest economics;
ii.                  have the necessary training and work experience to assess the adequacy of the reports submitted by the auditors. In-depth knowledge on the applicable local regulations and condition of the forest areas audited, including the forest management system being implemented, would be an advantage;
iii.                have a good understanding of the certification standards for natural forest and forest plantation management;
iv.                have not provided any consultancy services including the preparation of the forest management plan, in the three (3) years prior to the audit. For this purpose, the reviewers shall submit a list of all forestry-related consultancy projects undertaken in the past three (3) years; and
v.                  have no financial, trade or business interest in the outcome of the certification decision made for the FMU/FPMU audited.

For those qualified and interested to become peer reviewers, please fill up the peer reviewer training application form and return it to us via email or fax by or before 23 November 2015.

For enquiries and further information, please contact:

Cheah Chi Ern
E-mail  : cheah@mtcc.com.my
Tel       : 03-2161 2298
Fax      : 03-2161 2293

 

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MyHIJAU Mark Product Registration for PEFC-Certified Products under MTCS

The acceptance of the MTCS under the MyHIJAU Mark Programme, enables all PEFC chain of custody (CoC) certificate holders to register their certified products for the MyHIJAU Mark.

The MyHIJAU Programme is a Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia) initiative which aims to encourage the adoption of more environmentally friendly practices in the country.

This Programme includes the MyHIJAU MARK which aims to promote the sourcing as well as purchasing of goods and services that are environmentally friendly. Certified products, equipment and systems, and approved service and system providers that have been verified by GreenTech Malaysia to meet local and international environmental and ecological standards are eligible to use the MyHijau Mark and will be listed in the MyHijau Directory.

A fee of RM 1,000 will be charged to the company for the registration of the MyHIJAU Mark products and the registration can be made directly at the MyHIJAU website at www.greendirectory.my

REVIEW OF STANDARD FOR FOREST MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION OF NATURAL FOREST [MC&I(Natural Forest)]

The Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Forest Management Certification (Natural Forest), or in short MC&I(Natural Forest) which is the standard used for forest management certification of the natural forest under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) since July 2012 is now due for a review

According to the MTCS technical document entitled Rules on Standard Setting Process for Development of Timber Certification Standards (SSP3/2014) under the MTCS, the forest management standard used is required to be reviewed at least every five years in order to ensure continuous improvement. The review of the MC&I(Natural Forest) is scheduled to commence in the last quarter of 2015 in order for the review process to be concluded in 2017. It is anticipated that the whole review process would take 22 months and would involve the conduct of public comments on enquiry drafts, meetings of Standard Review Committee (SRC) and regional consultations.

Based on the outcome of the MTCC Stakeholder Dialogue 2015 held on 28 July, the upcoming review of the MC&I(Natural Forest) will consider merging and incorporating the requirements of the MC&I Forest Plantation.v2 into a single document.

Please log on to the MTCC website at www.mtcc.com.my for further information on the following:

  1. Proposed process and timelines for the review and streamlining of the Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Forest Management Certification
  2. SSP3/2014 document on Rules on Standard Setting Process for Development of Timber Certification Standards
  3. List of relevant stakeholders in Malaysia (Stakeholder Map 2015)

Please be informed that this announcement has also been communicated in writing to all the relevant stakeholder groups in Malaysia.

MTCC Seminar on Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) and Timber Certification

MTCC has been stepping up efforts locally to raise awareness among the relevant stakeholders and members of the public on the importance of SFM and timber certification.

In collaboration with the Malaysia Green Building Confederation (MGBC), MTCC held a seminar on 11 April 2015 to brief members of the MGBC, as well as representatives from selective academic institutions, timber industry and financial sector on the practice of SFM and timber certification in Malaysia.

Participants were briefed on the implementation of SFM practices in Malaysia, the development and operation of the MTCS and the independent third party auditing processes for both forest management and chain of custody certification under the MTCS, which provide the assurance that wood used in a certified product, can be traced to sustainably managed forests.

In sharing his experience as a lead auditor for forest management certification, Dr. Yap Son Kheong commented: “Over the past decade, I have seen more forest managers gaining a better understanding and appreciation of sustainable processes and adapted the sustainable practices into their operations. The change has been gradual. It is my hope that more forest managers and operators are made aware of their responsibilities towards the forest and the environment including the workers and indigenous peoples.”

New Standard for Forest Plantation Management Certification

The revised standard for forest plantation management certification, the MC&I Forest Plantation.V2 has been published and is available for download from the MTCC website.

The MC&I Forest Plantation.v2 replaces the MC&I (Forest Plantations) as the standard for forest plantation management certification with an application date of 1 July 2015 and will become mandatory on 1 January 2016.

The formulation of MC&I Forest Plantation.v2 was led by a 15-member multi-stakeholder Standards Review Committee (SRC) comprising representatives from the social (indigenous peoples and workers’ union), environmental and economic stakeholder groups, as well as the relevant government agencies from Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia. The review process took two years to complete, which involved the conduct of a total of four meetings of the SRC, three public comments and three regional stakeholder consultations in Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur.

The MC&I Forest Plantation.v2 maintains the overall structure and content of the previous standard comprising 10 Principles, 55 Criteria and 108 Indicators.

Dutch Technical Ministerial Visits & Stakeholder Consultation on MTCS

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Second Meeting of the Malaysia – The Netehrlands Ministerial Joint Working Group Meeting (JWG) held in Kuala Lumpur

 

Following the acceptance of the MTCS under the Dutch Public Procurement Policy in June 2014 and the First Malaysia-The Netherlands Joint Working Group held in The Hague on 8 December 2014, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment (MI&E) and Ministry of Economic Affairs (MEA) conducted a Technical visit to Malaysia from 19 to 21 January 2015.

The aim of the technical visit was to familiarize the officials of the MI&E and MEA regarding forest management certification under the MTCS, and in particular to hold consultations with the various stakeholder groups, including the certification bodies (CBs) who are involved in various processes of the MTCS.

Through the technical visit, the Dutch delegation had a better appreciation of the operation of the MTCS, and noted that the forest management audits conducted under the MTCS are similar to other certification scheme operating in Malaysia. The delegation noted that issue regarding land rights of the indigenous peoples is beyond the competence and jurisdiction of MTCC. Consultation with the Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia also provided evidence that maps with detailed information on the boundaries of the Forest Management Units (FMUs) and Permanent Reserved Forests (PRFs) are available.

Subsequent to the Technical Visit, a ministerial visit was organised with another series of meetings with the various stakeholder groups including a field visit held from 6-7 July. These activities were held in conjunction with the Third Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) and the Second Meeting of the Malaysia – The Netherlands Ministerial Joint Working Group Meeting (JWG) held in Kuala Lumpur.

During the field visit on 6 July, the Dutch delegation led by Minister Sharon Dijksma witnessed first-hand forest management activities carried out in active and logged-over forest areas, located at the Temerloh Forest District of the Pahang Forest Management Unit (FMU).

Roundtable discussions with various stakeholder groups were also held as follows:

(i)     Indigenous peoples’ representatives from Persatuan Orang Asli Semenanjung Malaysia (POASM), Jaringan Orang             Asal Se-Malaysia (JOAS), Persatuan Orang Asli Perak (POAP) and Federation of Orang Ulu Associations, Sarawak,         Malaysia (FORUM); 

(ii)    Environmental NGOs (attended by WWF-Malaysia and Malaysian Nature Society);

(iii)   Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia (FDPM); and

(iv)   Auditors from SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd.

The roundtable discussions provided insights to the Dutch delegation on matters related to the rights of indigenous peoples, conversion of forest, the availability of detailed maps at the Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia and the implementation of free, prior and informed consent under the MTCS.

The Third SOM was held on 7 July, followed by the Second Meeting of the JWG which was jointly chaired by Minister Dijksma and YB Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.  Minister Dijksma expressed that the technical and Ministerial visits; and the consultations with the various stakeholder groups; and the field trip to the Pahang FMU had provided the Dutch Ministries with the necessary information needed to arrive at a favourable political decision on the MTCS under the Dutch Procurement Policy.

 

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Photo on left, consultation with the Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia; photo on right, consultation with the Indigenous peoples group

 

MTCC Stakeholder Dialogue and Appreciation Event 2015

MTCC hosted the MTCC Stakeholder Dialogue and Appreciation Event 2015 with the theme ‘Experiences Gained and the Way Forward for the MTCS’ on 28 July. The Dialogue aims to gather the perceptions, feedback and experiences of the Malaysian stakeholders regarding their involvement in the development and implementation of the MTCS; their recommendations for further improvement of the scheme; and their feedback on the proposal to streamline the MTCS standards for forest management certification. The Dialogue was concluded with an Appreciation Dinner to thank the Malaysian stakeholders for their contribution and continued support towards the work of the MTCC and the operation of the MTCS

More than 100 participants attended the Stakeholder Dialogue. They included representatives from the environmental and social interest groups; timber companies including certificate holders and timber associations; government agencies; as well as research and academic institutions.

The Dialogue was honoured to have Mr. Ben Gunneberg, PEFC Secretary General, to deliver a keynote address entitled “The Tipping Point for Asia”. Mr. Gunneberg commended MTCC’s leadership in promoting tropical timber certification, which has in turn inspired other countries in Asia such as China, Indonesia, Philippines, South Korea, Japan, Thailand and India to pursue sustainable forest management and PEFC certification. He emphasized that well-managed forest are vital for promoting and safe guarding rural livelihoods. Additionally, he highlighted that forest certification has proven to be an important tool in addressing issues relating to deforestation, illegal logging and ensuring good forest governance.

The Dialogue was divided into two sessions. Session 1 focused on “Feedback, experiences and recommendations of stakeholders on MTCS” and was conducted in the form of a panel discussion comprising 7 panelists:

  • Puan Shashiah bt Abdul Karim, FMU Manager, Peninsular Malaysia
  • Wong Ing Yung, FMU Manager, Sarawak
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ramy Bulan, Federation of Orang Ulu Association, Sarawak, Malaysia (FORUM)
  • Omar Abdul Kadir, MNS Sabah
  • Mohd. Khalid b. Atan, Timber Employees Union Peninsular Malaysia
  • Richard Anning, Carl Ronnow (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.
  • Dr. Yap Son Kheong, Lead Auditor, SIRIM QAS International Sdn. Bhd.

The session was moderated by Dr. Henry Chan from WWF Malaysia. Among the key feedback received based on the presentations, as well as from the participants during the Q&A session were as follows:

  • Forest management certification (FMC) did not result in a reasonable price premium for timber and timber products to commensurate with initiatives and activities undertaken to maintain certification
  • It is costly to produce skilled and trained manpower to implement FMC
  • The indigenous community felt that certification should have been implemented earlier and made mandatory to protect the indigenous peoples
  • One way to ensure the recognition of traditional rights of communities is to have the forest certified by independent auditors
  • There are challenges in the implementation of some social aspects related to interpretation of free prior and informed consent (FPIC) and worker rights under the ILO Conventions
  • MTCS is more suited to state-wide FMU
  • There is a need for information in the Removal Passes (RP) to be clearly presented

Among the key recommendations made were:

  • Give incentives to encourage Forest Management Units (FMUs) to maintain their FMC
  • Explore the possibility of implementing FMC at the operator level
  • Conduct outreach programmes to increase awareness of FMC and SFM
  • Be pragmatic and have a logical framework in developing MC&I
  • Have a stricter control for forest conversion to other land-uses e.g. Latex timber clone plantation
  • Have a more transparent process in determining the High Conservation Value (HCV) areas prior to demarcation                                                   
  • Train certification bodies and auditors on the requirements of ILO Conventions
  • Ensure the information contained in the removal passes are clear and precise
  • Provide dedicated personnel at FMU or MTCC to handle enquiries on information recorded on removal passes
  • Ensure FMU management have a better understanding of the requirements of the MC&I

Session 2 focused on “Streamlining Standards for Forest Management Certification under the MTCS.” It involved two presentations: i) ‘Proposed Process and Timelines for the Review of MC&I(Natural Forest)’ which highlights the key activities that would be conducted during the 2-year review process; and
ii) ‘Proposal for Merging the Natural Forest and Forest Plantation Standards’ which was presented by, the consultant, Mr. Chew Lye Teng. Mr. Chew was appointed to undertake the consultancy to explore the possibility of merging the two forest management certification standards currently used under the MTCS. He concluded that the two standards can be merged into a single document as approximately 85% of the Indicators have Verifiers which are common to both natural forest and forest plantation. The presentation also highlighted the benefits of merging the two standards particularly in terms of saving of time, human and financial resources of all parties involved in the standard review process. The dialogue concluded with the stakeholders in agreement that the two certification standards could be merged and streamlined into a single document in the upcoming review of the MC&I(Natural Forest) standard.

In conjunction with the Dialogue, an appreciation dinner was held to express our gratitude to all the Malaysian stakeholders for their significant contributions and continued support to the MTCS process. The Dinner was graced by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Y. Bhg. Datuk Himmat Singh. The highlight for the evening was a video presentation documenting the involvement and contribution of the Malaysian stakeholders in the development and operation of the MTCS, and the presentation of Certificate of Appreciation and mementos to Members of the Standards Review Committee (SRC) who were involved in the review of the MC&I(Forest Plantations).

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From top right, clockwise: Session 1 – Panel discussion; Session 2 – Q&A session; Y. Bhg. Dato’ Dr. Freezailah Che Yeom, Chairman of MTCC presenting a souvenir to Y. Bhg. Datuk Himmat Singh; Secretary General of the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities; Ben Gunneberg presenting his keynote address

Farewell to Mr Harnarinder Singh

MTCC announces the retirement of Mr Harnarinder Singh on 30 September 2015, after having served the organisation in a Senior Manager position for more than 15 years.

Mr Harnarinder joined MTCC on 1 September 2000 as Senior Manager (PR/Marketing) when the organisation was at its infancy stage.  Mr Harnarinder was responsible for planning and implementing MTCC’s promotional and publicity programmes up till 2008 when he was tasked to lead the Chain of Custody Unit as Senior Manager (Product).  It is without a doubt that Mr Harnarinder has contributed significantly to the growth and development of the MTCC as a respectable organisation, and the operation of the MTCS as an internationally recognised forest certification scheme.

On behalf of the MTCC Board and management, we would like to thank Mr Harnarinder for his tremendous contributions to MTCC.  Although we will greatly miss him, we are happy for him and wish him well in his new role as the Chief Executive Officer of the new Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council.  

Announcement: Review of the MC&I(Natural Forest)

Announcement on the Review of the Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Forest Management Certification (Natural Forest) [MC&I(Natural Forest)]

The Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Forest Management Certification (Natural Forest), or in short MC&I(Natural Forest) which is the standard used for forest management certification of the natural forest under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) since July 2012 is now due for a review.

According to the MTCS technical document entitled Rules on Standard Setting Process for Development of Timber Certification Standards (SSP3/2014), the forest management standard used is required to be reviewed at least every five years in order to ensure continuous improvement. It is anticipated that the entire review process would take 22 months and would involve the conduct of public comments on enquiry draft, meetings of Standards Review Committee (SRC) and regional consultations. The review of the MC&I(Natural Forest) is expected to be concluded in 2017.

Based on the outcome of the MTCC Stakeholder Dialogue 2015 held on 28 July, the upcoming review of the MC&I(Natural Forest) will consider merging and incorporating the requirements of the MC&I Forest Plantation.v2 into a single document.

Please find below the links to the letters sent out on 8 October 2015 to stakeholders by region as follows:

  1. Letter to Stakeholders in Sabah
  2. Letter to Stakeholders in Sarawak
  3. Letter to Stakeholders in Peninsular Malaysia

We would appreciate any comment and suggestion on the (i) Proposed Process and Timelines for Review of the MC&I and Streamlining of Forest Management Certification Standards and (ii) Identified Stakeholders by Interest Groups. Kindly provide your comments and suggestions by filling up the “Stakeholder Comment Form” and submit it to Mr. Cheah Chi Ern by email (cheah@mtcc.com.my) or by fax 03-2161 2293 by 8 November 2015. Please be informed that this announcement has been communicated by e-mail/and post to all the relevant stakeholder groups in Malaysia as per listed.

 


 

Pengumuman Semakan Semula Kriteria dan Petunjuk Malaysia bagi Pensijilan Pengurusan Hutan (Hutan Asli) [MC&I(Hutan Asli)]

Kriteria dan Petunjuk Malaysia bagi Pensijilan Pengurusan Hutan (Hutan Asli) atau secara ringkasnya MC&I(Hutan Asli), adalah merupakan standard yang digunakan untuk pensijilan pengurusan hutan asli di bawah Skim Pensijilan Kayu Malaysia (MTCS) sejak bulan  Julai 2012 dan kini perlu disemak semula.

Menurut Peraturan Proses Penetapan Standard untuk Membangunkan Standard Pensijilan Kayu (Rules on Standard Setting Process for Development of Timber Certification Standards) (SSP3/2014) di bawah MTCS, suatu standard pengurusan hutan perlu disemak semula dalam tempoh tidak melebihi 5 tahun untuk penambahbaikan yang berterusan. Proses ini dijangka mengambil masa 22 bulan untuk dimuktamadkan, dan akan melibatkan konsultasi umum pada draf pertanyaan, mesyuarat Jawatankuasa Semakan Semula Standard (SRC), dan rundingan peringkat serantau. Semakan semula MC&I(Hutan Asli) dijangka dimuktamadkan dalam tahun 2017.

Berdasarkan keputusan Dialog Pihak Berkepentingan MTCC (MTCC Stakeholder Dialogue) yang telah diadakan pada 28 Julai, semakan standard MC&I(Hutan Asli) ini akan turut memberi pertimbangan untuk  menggabungkan dan menyeragamkan keperluan MC&I(Ladang Hutan) sebagai satu dokumen.

Tertera di bawah adalah pautan kepada surat yang dihantar pada 8 Oktober 2015 kepada pihak berkepentingan mengikut rantau seperti berikut:

  1. Surat kepada Pihak Berkepentingan di Sabah
  2. Surat kepada Pihak Berkepentingan di Sarawak
  3. Surat kepada Pihak Berkepentingan di Semenanjung Malaysia

Kami sangat menghargai komen dan cadangan mengenai (i) Cadangan Proses dan Rangkawaktu bagi Semakan Semula MC&I(Hutan Asli) dan Penyelarasan Standard Pensijilan Pengurusan Hutan dan (ii) Pihak Berkepentingan yang Dikenalpasti mengikut Kumpulan Kepentingan. Sila berikan komen dan cadangan anda dengan mengisi “Borang Komen Pihak Berkepentingan” dan menyerahkan kepada En Cheah Chi Ern melalui e-mel (cheah@mtcc.com.my) atau melalui faks 03-2191 2293 sebelum 8 November 2015. Harap maklum bahawa pengumuman ini telah dihantar kepada semua pihak berkepentingan yang berkaitan di Malaysia seperti yang disenaraikan melalui e-mel dan pos.

Sustainable Forestry Vital For Malaysia’s Green Economy

Industries and consumers at large are increasingly aware of their role in opting for sustainable product alternatives in support of Malaysia’s green economy. The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) believes the nation’s green economy can benefit further from a two-pronged strategy which includes growing the demand for certified wood products locally and the export of certified tropical timber.

“The Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) is a country-driven initiative and a national commitment towards ensuring sustainable forest management (SFM). Due to the export-oriented nature of the timber industry, MTCS is also a market-driven scheme. We believe it is equally important to nurture the domestic market’s demand for sustainable timber in tandem with higher income levels and greater awareness of social and environmental issues,” explains MTCC CEO, Yong Teng Koon.

To ensure the sustainability of our forests, industries whose operations involve wood-based products such as property developers, furniture manufacturers, paper and pulp and packaging companies, are encouraged to consider sourcing materials from sustainably managed forests. This is where the MTCS plays a vital role in linking the upstream and the downstream sectors through forest management certification and chain of custody certification respectively.

Since its implementation in 2001, a total of 4.66 million ha of forest areas and 349 timber companies have been certified under the MTCS. The scheme ensures that timber products manufactured and sold by the certified companies are sourced from MTCS-certified forests. The MTCS achieved international recognition in 2009 when it was endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), which is the largest forest certification system in the world. The endorsement allows the MTCS-certified products to carry the PEFC logo in the international market.

“We are indeed pleased that the PEFC-endorsed MTCS has been recognised by procurement policies in Denmark, United Kingdom, Germany, Finland, Belgium, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands and New Zealand as well as recognised under the Malaysian Green Building Index and other Green Building Systems such as in Singapore, Australia and the United States”, commented Yong. “The PEFC-endorsement also serves as a unique selling point to attract increasingly discerning and environmentally conscious consumers with the certified companies enjoying greater market access for their timber products,” Yong added.

The timber industry is one of the major contributors to the nation's export earnings, accounting for 17.5 per cent of the total export earnings by the commodity sector and 2.7 per cent of the country's total export earnings. In 2014, exports of timber and timber products were the third most important commodity after palm oil and rubber. As at 1 April 2015, Malaysia has exported a cumulative total of over 1 million cubic meters of certified tropical timber to 47 destinations all over Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, South Africa, the United States (US) and Canada. 

MTCC will be participating in the International Greentech and Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia (IGEM 2015) which will be held from 9 to 12 September 2015 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, booth number 3015. IGEM is in its 6th series, and its goal is to position Malaysia as a Green Technology Hub for the ASEAN Region. Yong encouraged companies dealing in wood-based products to visit the MTCC booth at IGEM 2015 to learn more about the MTCS and its benefits.

MTCC Stakeholder Dialogue 2015 – MTCC Instrumental in Inspiring Forest Certification in Asia

The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) has been instrumental in inspiring forest certification development in Asia, said Ben Gunneberg, the CEO and Secretary General of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) at MTCC’s Stakeholder Dialogue 2015 which was held recently in Kuala Lumpur.

Gunneberg emphasised that well‐managed forests are vital for promoting and safeguarding rural livelihoods, and forest certification has proven to be an important tool in addressing issues related to deforestation, illegal logging and ensuring good forest governance.

Gunneberg further commended MTCC’s leadership in promoting tropical timber certification, which has in turn inspired other countries in the South East Asia region, such as China, Indonesia, Philippines, South Korea, Japan, Thailand and India to pursue sustainable forest management and PEFC certification.       

“MTCC has come a long way since 1999. We currently have 4.66 million hectares of forest areas certified for sustainability. We are proud that tropical timber products certified under the MTCS are exported to 45 countries globally, with an accumulative volume of more than one million cubic meters. We have made steady progress over the past 14 years since the scheme was launched in 2001,” said MTCC CEO, Yong Teng Koon.

Timber certification is one of the effective measures to ensure forests are managed in a way that is environmentally sound, socially acceptable and economically viable. Sustainable forest management also ensures that future generations can continue to enjoy and benefit from the rich forest resources that we have.

“The MTCS would not have materialised and progressed without the support and involvement of the stakeholders in the country. The milestones achieved over the years are a testament of the close cooperation and contributions of all the stakeholders in the development and implementation of the scheme,” Yong explained.

The Stakeholder Dialogue was attended by more than 100 stakeholder representing the environmental and social interest groups; timber companies including certificate holders and timber associations; government agencies; as well as research and academic institutions.

Themed ‘Experiences Gained and the Way Forward for the MTCS’, the dialogue provided an open forum for stakeholders to share their feedback and experiences regarding the implementation of the MTCS, including recommendations for further improvement of the scheme.

Following a presentation by MTCC on Experiences in the Implementation of the MTCS, the stakeholders engaged in a panel discussion with panellists representing the various interest groups who have earlier made presentations on their experiences regarding the MTCS. The dialogue concluded with the stakeholders deliberating on streamlining the two separate certification standards for forest management certification of natural forest and forest plantation.

In conjunction with the dialogue and to express gratitude for the stakeholders’ contributions and continued support, MTCC also hosted an appreciation dinner which was graced by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Datuk Himmat Singh.

Datuk Himmat Singh applauded MTCC and its diverse stakeholders for playing a significant role in implementing and promoting sustainable forestry in Malaysia. The Malaysian Government is committed to work with all stakeholders to ensure the country’s forests will be managed in a sustainable manner to take into account the environmental, social and economic benefits they provide.

 “MTCC greatly appreciates the invaluable support and contributions of all our partners. We are confident in continuing to forge a sustainable way forward in partnership with our stakeholders for the benefit of both the present and future generations,” said Yong.

MTCC Shareholders' Dialogue & Appreciation Dinner

Ben Gunneberg, Secretary General & CEO of PEFC (left), Yong Teng Koon, CEO of MTCC (centre), Y. Bhg, Dato Dr. Freezailah, Chairman of MTCC at the MTCC Stakeholder Dialogue 2015

Photo 1Y. Bhg. Dato’ Dr. Freezailah Che Yeom, Chairman of MTCC presenting a souvenir  to Y. Bhg. Datuk Himmat Singh,Secretary General of the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities while Mr. Yong Teng Koon, CEO of MTCC looks on at the MTCC Appreciation Dinner

More photographs of the MTCC Stakeholder Dialogue 2015 can be viewed HERE and the MTCC Appreciation Dinner HERE 

MTCC Stakeholder Dialogue 2015 & Appreciation Dinner

MTCC will be organising the MTCC Stakeholder Dialogue 2015 & Appreciation Dinner which will be held on 28 July 2015 (Tuesday) at the Renaissance Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

The MTCC Stakeholder Dialogue 2015 with the theme: Experiences Gained and the Way Forward for the MTCS, aims to encourage an open exchange to gather the feedback and experiences of the Malaysian stakeholders regarding the implementation of the MTCS, including their recommendations for further improvement of the scheme.

The one-day Dialogue event will feature a Keynote Address by the Secretary General of PEFC International, a presentation by MTCC to be followed by two interactive sessions. Session One (1) will be conducted in the form of a panel discussion with a line-up of seven panelists representing the various stakeholder interests under the MTCS. As for Session Two (2), there will be deliberation on the proposal by MTCC to streamline the standards for forest management certification under the MTCS.

The Dialogue is envisaged to bring together Malaysian stakeholders who are involved in the MTCS processes, encompassing stakeholders representing the environmental and social interest groups, timber companies including certificate holders and timber associations, government agencies and research & academic institutions.

In conjunction with the Dialogue, and to appreciate the contribution and continued support of the Malaysian Stakeholders, an Appreciation Dinner will be hosted at 07.00 p.m. on the same day.

Both events are free of charge. Anyone who is interested to join, kindly contact Ms. Sabrina (sabrina@mtcc.com.my  / mobile no. 016-2091979) or Mr. Ou Wei Wen (wen@mtcc.com.my  /mobile no. 017-5542052) to register.

Dialogue 1

Dialogue 2

Dinner 1

PEFC Endorsement of MC&I(Forest Plantations) Extended

PEFC has granted extension of the endorsement validity of the MC&I(Forest Plantations) until 31 December 2015. This is to allow for a smooth transition to the new standard MC&I Forest Plantation.v2, which application would become mandatory on 1 January 2016 for the certification of forest plantation management.

MTCC is currently in the process of obtaining PEFC endorsement of the MC&I Forest Plantation.v2. For further information on the MC&I Forest Plantation.v2 or the PEFC endorsement, please contact Ms Siti Syaliza Mustapha at siti@mtcc.com.my or call +603-2161-2298.

MTCC DISMISSES ‘CAT’ REPORT PUBLISHED BY WWF GLOBAL

Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) dismisses the results in the WWF’s Forest Certification Assessment Tool (CAT) report released on 18th May 2015 as part of a series of measures taken by WWF to promote its own founded Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) scheme, rather than responding to the wider societal interest of promoting sustainable forest management.

MTCC was approached by WWF to participate in the WWF CAT assessment in late 2013 and made to understand that the CAT is a set of guiding indicators developed by WWF to assess and evaluate the various and varying certification schemes and standards globally.

MTCC declined participation after noting that WWF would be assessing the PEFC International’s scheme. As a PEFC-endorsed scheme, MTCC chose to focus the limited resources that it has into efforts on implementing and improving the scheme.

Moreover, MTCC has reservation that the CAT which was developed based purely on WWF’s criteria and indicators (C&I) and ISEAL’s requirements, which in MTCC’s opinion has inbuilt flaws and biasness that would determine an outcome in favour of the FSC. The CAT, at the very outset discriminates against non-ISEAL members, such as the PEFC and the MTCS, which subscribe to the IAF accreditation processes. MTCC also questioned the motive behind the MTCS being the only national scheme to be assessed and Malaysia being singled out as the country in the study.

Notwithstanding the above, MTCC regrets that WWF proceeded to assess the MTCS and published the outcome of the study without any verification to support the assessment. MTCC questions the integrity of this report which was intentionally designed to favour the FSC scheme and discriminate against other schemes, and hence has failed to guarantee no biasness in the assessment process.

MTCC strongly believes that there is no ‘one-size fits all’ solution to global sustainability issues, especially on matters that are as complex and delicate relating to land and forest management, against the need for socio-economic development.

Following the publication of the WWF CAT Assessments on WWF’s website, MTCC has issued a press release in The Netherlands on MTCC’s position regarding the CAT assessment result. To read about the press release, please click here: Press Release – MTCC Publishes its View on CAT Report

MyHIJAU Mark Product Registration for PEFC-Certified Products under MTCS

The MTCS has recently been accepted under the MyHIJAU Mark Programme, which will enable all PEFC chain of custody (CoC) certificate holders under the MTCS to register their certified products for the MyHIJAU Mark. 

The MyHIJAU Programme is an initiative of the Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia) to promote the sourcing of green technology products and services in Malaysia. Its aim is to encourage the adoption of environmentally friendly practices in the country, while catalyzing the growth of Malaysia's green economy.

The MyHIJAU Programme consists of the MyHIJAU MARK which registers certified products, equipment and systems, and approved service and system providers that have been verified by GreenTech Malaysia to meet local and international environmental and ecological standards and which will be listed in the MyHIJAU Directory, accessible online from GreenTech Malaysia's website, www.greentechmalaysia.my.

A fee of RM 1,000 will be charged for the registration of the MyHIJAU Mark products and registration can be made directly via MyHIJAU website at www.greendirectory.my

New Standard for Forest Plantation Management Certification Published

Following the review process of the MC&I(Forest Plantations) that had taken two years to complete, it is with pleasure that the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) announces the publication of the MC&I Forest Plantation.v2 which will replace the MC&I(Forest Plantations) as the standard for forest plantation management certification. The revision of the standard was based on international requirements and the standard setting process for the development of certification standards under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS).

The formulation of MC&I Forest Plantation.v2 was led by a 15-member multi-stakeholder Standards Review Committee (SRC) comprising representatives from the indigenous peoples, workers union, environmental and economic stakeholder groups, as well as relevant government agencies from Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia. A total of four SRC meetings, three public comments and three regional stakeholder consultations one each in Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur had been conducted.

The revised standard, MC&I Forest Plantation.v2, maintains the overall structure and content of the previous version. The standard contains 10 Principles, 55 Criteria and 108 Indicators, with the inclusion of three additional Indicators. The standard can be downloaded here.

MTCC is currently in the process of obtaining PEFC endorsement of this standard. It is anticipated that PEFC endorsement could be received prior to the application date of the standard i.e. 1 July 2015. The transition plan for the application of the new standard can be downloaded here. For further information on the MC&I Forest Plantation.v2, please contact Ms Siti Syaliza Mustapha at siti@mtcc.com.my or call +603-2161 2298.

Announcement: Training Session on Use of PEFC CoC Standard

MTCC, in collaboration with PEFC International, will be organising a training session for Certification Bodies on the use of the PEFC ST 2002:2013. The training session will be held as follows:

Date                 : 27 – 28 January 2015 (Tuesday & Wednesday)

Venue              : Mahkota Hotel, Melaka

The training session will be conducted by Mr. Johan Vlieger (Technical Officer) from PEFC International. All auditors are encouraged to attend this two-day training session to acquire a better understanding of the revised PEFC CoC standard, while fulfill the training requirement as stipulated in the PEFC ST 2003:2012 Second Edition document (para 6.1.1.2.2) and become eligible to undertake audits against the PEFC ST 2002:2013 standard.

Please be informed that a training fee of RM1000.00 (Ringgit Malaysia: One Thousand Only) will be charged per participant to cover the cost of training materials, lunch and tea breaks. 

If interested, please email to Ms. Sabrina Mawasi at sabrina.mawasi@mtcc.com.my. Payment can be made either by cheque / money order / postal order ‘Malaysian Timber Certification Council’. For further information on this training session, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Summary of Third Public Comment on Enquiry Draft 3 of Review of MC&I(Forest Plantations)

The Review of Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Forest Management Certification (Forest Plantations) [MC&I(Forest Plantations)] that commenced in January 2013 has entered the final stage of the review process with the completion of the 60-day third public comment on Enquiry Draft 3, conducted from 25 July to 22 September 2014. Stakeholders had been invited to submit comments and inputs on the Enquiry Draft 3, which was the result of the Third Meeting of the Standards Review Committee (SRC) held from 7 – 9 July 2014 in Kota Kinabalu.

At the end of the comment period, comments and proposals were received from eight (8) organisations, as follows:

1.   Malaysian Wood Industries Association (MWIA)

2.   Department of Irrigation and Drainage, Sabah

3.   WWF-Malaysia

4.   Sarawak Forestry Corporation

5.   Sabah Forestry Department

6.   WCS-Malaysia Programme

7.   Forestry Department of Peninsular Malaysia

8.   United Sabah Dusun Association

 

The compilation of comments can be viewed here.

The comments and proposals received will be tabled for consideration at the Fourth Meeting of the SRC scheduled to be held from 29 – 31 October 2014. The fourth and final meeting of the SRC will finalise the revised standard for certification of forest plantation and conclude the revision process.

As the Secretariat of the SRC, MTCC takes this opportunity to thank all stakeholders for participating in the review process. Subsequent to the fourth meeting of the SRC, the revised standard will be tabled for adoption at the MTCC Board of Trustees Meeting in December 2014.

 

Reminder: Third Public Comment (60-day) on Enquiry Draft 3 – Review of MC&I(Forest Plantations)

ANNOUNCEMENT REMINDER

REVIEW OF THE MALAYSIAN CRITERIA AND INDICATORS FOR FOREST MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION (FOREST PLANTATIONS) [MC&I(FOREST PLANTATIONS)]

 

THIRD PUBLIC COMMENT (60-DAY)

(Comment Period: 25 July – 22 September 2014)

 

This is a gentle reminder that we are half-way through the third 60-day public comment period for the review of the MC&I(Forest Plantations) which commenced on 25 July and will end on 22 September 2014.

We look forward to receive any comments that you may have on the Enquiry Draft 3 and would appreciate if you could submit your comments to the Secretariat via e-mail at info@mtcc.com.my or facsimile at 03-2161 2293 or post to the following address by 22 September 2014:

Chief Executive Officer
Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC)
C-08-05, Block C, Megan Avenue 2
12, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng
50450 Kuala Lumpur

For further information on the standard review process, please contact Miss Siti Syaliza Mustapha at siti@mtcc.com.my or call 03-2161 2298.

 

Thank you.

Global Recognition of MTCS Continues

 

PRESS RELEASE

PEFC International has announced the re-endorsement of the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) for another period of 5 years.

The re-endorsement of MTCS means that the scheme has passed the most stringent test and continues to meet the PEFC strict international Sustainability Benchmarks. The re-endorsement is an attestation of the robustness of the MTCS. It further reaffirms and recognises the efforts taken by the stakeholders in Malaysia towards achieving sustainable forest management (SFM) and that the forests certified under the MTCS are being managed responsibly   in line with globally recognized best practice requirements.

PEFC International requires all national schemes to revise their certification standards every five years. The revision ensures that any latest developments in PEFC requirements, new scientific information, practical experience gained in the field as well as the expectations and aspirations of society towards SFM are considered and implemented as part of PEFC’s commitment to continuous improvement.

"We congratulate MTCC for successfully completing the rigorous third-party assessment of the MTCS by an independent assessor and for achieving the re-endorsement of the scheme", said Ben Gunneberg, PEFC Secretary General.

MTCC CEO Yong Teng Koon expressed great satisfaction that the tremendous work which MTCC had invested in the revision of the MTCS documentation has been duly rewarded. He said: "Compliance with the PEFC requirements is of utmost importance to us as it demonstrates that the MTCS continues to meet and comply with stringent international standards”. He attributed the achievement to the valuable contribution and active engagement by the relevant stakeholders, coupled by the dedication and support of the MTCC staff. He further added that “MTCC will continue to proactively seek dialogue with, and involvement from, all the interested parties to ensure that the certification standards meet the expectations of all and positively contribute to the sustainable development and implementation of the scheme."

For more information please log on to www.pefc.org  

END OF PRESS RELEASE

Guidelines for the Interpretation of Requirements in the Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Forest Management Certification (Natural Forest) [MC&I(Natural Forest)]

Being a PEFC-endorsed scheme, the MTCS that is operated by MTCC is required to undergo assessment for re-endorsement after a period of five years.  Hence, in early August 2013, MTCC submitted the MTCS documents to the PEFC Council for the purpose of assessment for the re-endorsement of the MTCS.

As a result of the assessment, the independent consultant appointed by the PEFC Council had raised minor non-conformities for the MC&I(Natural Forest) standard, whereby compliance could be achieved by developing and issuing an interpretation guidance without making any changes to the standard.

This interpretation guidance aims to provide added clarity to ensure consistency in the interpretation of the requirements of some of the Criteria and Indicators of the standard, covering aspects relating to:

(i)        Criterion 1.3 pertaining to all binding international agreements applicable to forest management;

(ii)       Criterion 6.6 pertaining to the prohibition in the use of chemical pesticides banned by international agreements;

(iii)      Criterion 6.10 pertaining to occurrence of forest conversion to plantations or non-forest land uses; and

(iv)       the rights of indigenous peoples with regard to the interpretation of “within the relevant federal, state and local laws” and the term “free, prior and informed consent” covering a number of Criteria and Indicators in the standard.

The guidance document GD-NF 2/2014 – Guidelines for the interpretation of requirements in MC&I(Natural Forest) was approved by the MTCC Board on 6 June 2014.  The Board is made up of members that represent the various stakeholder interest groups in Malaysia, including the environmental and social NGOs, workers unions, timber associations, government agencies, and research and academic institutions.

The GD-NF 2/2014, which forms an integral part of the MC&I(Natural Forest) standard has to be complied by the FMU manager undergoing forest management certification under the MTCS.

Click HERE to download the guideline.

Third Public Comment (60-day) on Enquiry Draft 3 – Review of MC&I(Forest Plantations)

ANNOUNCEMENT

REVIEW OF THE MALAYSIAN CRITERIA AND INDICATORS FOR FOREST MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION (FOREST PLANTATIONS) [MC&I(FOREST PLANTATIONS)]

 

THIRD PUBLIC COMMENT (60-DAY)

 

(Comment Period: 25 July – 22 September 2014)

 

Three Regional Stakeholder Consultations on Enquiry Draft 2 on the review of the MC&I(Forest Plantations) were conducted in Kuching (8 April), Kota Kinabalu (10 April) and Kuala Lumpur (15 April 2014).

Comments and feedback received from the stakeholders were considered by the Third Meeting of the Standards Review Committee (SRC) held in Kota Kinabalu on 7 – 9 July 2014, resulting in the formulation of Enquiry Draft 3 incorporating changes made at the meeting. The decisions of the SRC on the comments received from the three consultations are tabled in this document.

In accordance with the Process and Proposed Timelines for the Review of MC&I(Forest Plantations), the Enquiry Draft 3 will now be subjected to a third and final 60-day public comment period beginning from 25 July to 22 September 2014.

In this connection, the Secretariat would like to invite you to provide your comments and/or proposals on Enquiry Draft 3, as per the following proposed format:

 

Principle / Criterion / Indicator / Verifier

Proposal for amendment / deletion / addition

Reasons for proposed amendment / deletion / addition

Proposed wording for amendment / addition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments and feedback received on Enquiry Draft 3 will be considered by the Fourth Meeting of the SRC scheduled to be held in October 2014.

We would greatly appreciate if you could submit your comments to the Secretariat via e-mail at info@mtcc.com.my or facsimile at 603-2161 2293 or post to the following address before or by 22 September 2014:

Chief Executive Officer
Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC)
C-08-05, Block C, Megan Avenue 2
No. 12, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng
50450 Kuala Lumpur
(Attention: Ms Siti Syaliza Mustapha)

For further information on the standard review process, please contact Ms Siti Syaliza Mustapha at siti@mtcc.com.my or call +603-2161 2298.

Printed copies of the Enquiry Draft 3 will only be circulated to Stakeholders that have not provided us with an e-mail address/do not have access to e-mail facility. Nevertheless, please let us know should you require the printed copy of the document be mailed to you.

Compilation of Comments Received from Regional Stakeholder Consultations on Enquiry Draft 2 – Review of MC&I(Forest Plantations)

REGIONAL STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATION ON THE
REVIEW OF THE MALAYSIAN CRITERIA AND INDICATORS FOR FOREST MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION (FOREST PLANTATIONS) [MC&I(FOREST PLANTATIONS)]

 

Three Regional Stakeholder Consultations on Enquiry Draft 2 of the MC&I(Forest Plantations) were conducted in Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur on 8 April, 10 April and 15 April 2014 respectively. A total of 126 stakeholders representing the social (indigenous peoples and worker union), environmental and economic interest groups, and relevant government agencies attended the regional stakeholder consultations.

The Regional Stakeholder Consultations were held to obtain further comments and feedback from the stakeholders on the Enquiry Draft 2, as well as for the Secretariat and Members of the Standards Review Committee (SRC) of the respective region to provide updates and clarification on the standard review process.

As a result of the regional consultations, numerous recommendations and proposals were received on the Enquiry Draft 2, with the key proposal being to streamline the requirements of Principle 10 by incorporating them into the corresponding requirements of Principle 1 to 9 of the MC&I(Forest Plantations).

The Secretariat of the SRC would like to thank all stakeholders who have attended and provided their comments and inputs during the Regional Consultations held in the three regions. The comments and proposals received from the stakeholders have been compiled and will be considered by the SRC at its Third Meeting scheduled to be held from 7 – 9 July 2014 in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Send us an e-mail at info@mtcc.com.my should you wish to be included in our mailing list and receive updates on the review process.

 


 

PERUNDINGAN PERINGKAT SERANTAU

SEMAKAN SEMULA KRITERIA DAN PETUNJUK MALAYSIA BAGI PENSIJILAN PENGURUSAN HUTAN (LADANG HUTAN) [MC&I(LADANG HUTAN)]

 

Tiga Perundingan Peringkat Serantau ke atas Draf Pertanyaan 2 bagi MC&I(Ladang Hutan) telah diadakan di Kuching, Kota Kinabalu dan Kuala Lumpur masing-masing pada 8 April, 10 April dan 15 April 2014. Seramai 126 peserta yang mewakili pihak berkepentingan dari kumpulan sosial (orang asli dan kesatuan pekerja), alam sekitar dan ekonomi serta agensi-agensi kerajaan yang berkaitan telah menghadiri perundingan tersebut.

Perundingan tersebut telah diadakan untuk mendapatkan komen lanjut dan maklumbalas daripada pihak berkepentingan mengenai Draf Pertanyaan 2 serta memberi peluang kepada pihak berkepentingan untuk mendapatkan maklumat terkini dan penjelasan lebih lanjut berkenaan proses semakan semula standard daripada Sekretariat serta Ahli-ahli Jawatankuasa Semakan Semula Standard (SRC) dari kawasan masing-masing.

Hasil daripada perundingan serantau yang diadakan, beberapa cadangan telah diterima daripada pihak berkepentingan dengan cadangan utama ialah menggabungkan keperluan Prinsip 10 dengan keperluan-keperluan Prinsip 1 hingga 9 yang sepadan di dalam MC&I(Hutan Ladang).

Sekretariat SRC mengucapkan terima kasih kepada semua pihak berkepentingan yang telah menghadiri dan memberi komen serta cadangan semasa Perundingan Peringkat Serantau yang telah diadakan. Komen-komen dan cadangan yang diterima daripada pihak-pihak berkepentingan telah digabung dan akan dipertimbangkan oleh SRC pada Mesyuarat Ketiga yang akan diadakan pada 7 – 9 Julai 2014 di Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Sila e-mel kami di info@mtcc.com.my jika anda ingin menyertai senarai e-mel kami dan menerima maklumat terkini mengenai proses semakan semula standard.

Relief and Disbelief in Malaysia on MTCS-Acceptance

PRESS RELEASE

KUALA LUMPUR 23 June: The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) welcomes the long overdue acceptance of the already PEFC-endorsed Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) under the Dutch government’s public procurement policy for timber.   This decision allows the timber and construction industry in the Netherlands to use PEFC-certified timber under the MTCS for Dutch public procurement projects. There is however also disbelief that the acceptance by the Dutch government is only temporary, in spite of the intended full acceptance agreed upon three years ago.

Yong Teng Koon, CEO of MTCC: ‘We are relieved that the Malaysian efforts in the field of sustainable forest management opens the Dutch government market for MTCS certified timber. However, we are also concerned that our timber will be treated as less sustainable.” The Dutch Ministry for Infrastructure and the Environment classifies MTCS as ‘not fully meeting the TPAS criteria’, thereby continuing to show differential treatment for the MTCS. Yong: “As a valued member of PEFC International and as a scheme accepted by all five EU Member States with active sustainable procurement policies, MTCS has proved to meet internationally accepted and recognised sustainability requirements of PEFC International.’

MTCC considers the recent visit of the Dutch State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Her Excellency Mrs. Sharon Dijksma to Malaysia on 12 June 2014 as an important step towards the full and unconditional acceptance of the MTCS following a constructive bilateral meeting with her Malaysian counterpart His Excellency Minister Douglas Uggah Embas from the Malaysian Ministry for Plantation Industries and Commodities.  State Secretary Dijksma’s scheduled visit to a MTCS-certified forest on 13 June also provided her the opportunity to witness the implementation of sustainable forest management practices in Malaysia, including  the opportunity to study detailed maps of the MTCS certified forests. 

The Dutch Cabinet had specifically requested the Parliament to recognize the role and responsibility of the international umbrella organization PEFC International which is currently reassessing the MTCS under the new PEFC meta-standards. The outcome of the review is expected later this year. Malaysia expects the Dutch government to fully accept the MTCS under its procurement policy if this re-assessment concludes that the MTCS fully complies with PEFC International’s meta-standards, according to Yong Teng Koon.

With this decision PEFC-certified timber and timber products under the MTCS are now accepted under the timber procurement policy of the Dutch government.

END OF PRESS RELEASE

   

District Officer, Mr. Awang Shaffie briefing the delegation on the regeneration status of the logged over forest

  

Ms. Dijksma having a first-hand experience of walking in a regenerated tropical rainforest

Mr. Harnarinder Singh explaining to Ms. Dijksma regarding the FMU Map

 

 

Also see related news:

Efforts Towards Sustainable Forestry Management Undermined by SMK Decision, 20 October 2011

Basis of TPAC decision questioned by MTCC, 26 October 2010

MTCC Optimistic of Outlook for Endorsement of MTCS by Dutch Governemnt, 8 March 2010

PEFC Notification Fee under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS)

The PEFC Council has recently revised the guidance document PEFC GD 1006:2012, PEFC Notification of Certification Bodies by PEFC Council, which stipulates the revised structure and tariffs of fees charged for issued PEFC certificates for forest management and chain of custody (CoC), and PEFC Logo usage licenses.

The PEFC Council is now charging only Notification fee per issued certificate, without charging an additional logo usage fee to the certificate holder for the PEFC Logo usage license.  With the revised fee structure, a PEFC Logo usage license will be available for the certified entity (FMU or company) without any additional cost

PEFC is of the view that the revised approach has the following main advantages:

(i)       certificate holders need not pay an additional logo usage fee after having obtained certification; and.

(ii)     a higher number of PEFC logo usage license holders would translate into an increased logo use.

 

In relation to this, MTCC will now impose a PEFC Notification fee on all the certificate holders, and this fee will be collected annually by the certification bodies on behalf of MTCC as part of the total auditing cost.

The PEFC Notification fee that will be charged under the MTCS and the amount collected will be based on the following arrangement:

 

Notification Category Subsets

Annual Fee (RM)

 A.  Forest Management Certificates

 Natural Forest and Forest  Plantations

RM0.018 per ha of certified forest
 B.  CoC Certificates  Based on annual total turnover (RM):
 Up to 5 Million 300.00
 Over 5 Million and up to 20  Million 500.00
 Over 20 Million and up to 50  Million 750.00
 Over 50 Million and up to 100  Million 1,000.00
 Over 100 Million 2,000.00

 

Please take note that the Notification fee will be collected beginning 1 July 2014.

MTCC would like to thank all the certificate holders for the continuous support and full cooperation in this matter.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Sabrina Hj. Mawasi (sabrina.mawasi@mtcc.com.my) or Mr Akmal Saarani (akmal@mtcc.com.my).

Invitation to Participate in the Stakeholder Consultation of Anap Muput FMU Surveillance Audit

SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd (SIRIM QAS International) will be conducting the Surveillance Audit for forest management certification on Anap Muput Forest Management Unit (FMU) which is managed by Zedtee Sdn. Bhd., on 24-27 June 2014.

The audit will assess the forest management practices of the Anap Muput FMU against the requirements of the MC&I(Natural Forest) in relation to the economic, social and environmental aspects. 

As part of the audit process for forest management certification, SIRIM QAS International would like to invite all stakeholders to participate in the Stakeholder Consultation process to provide comments and feedback in the Surveillance Audit of the Anap Muput FMU forest management practices. For more information on the Stakeholder Consultation process, the invitation letter which has been issued and published in the SIRIM QAS website can be downloaded at: http://www.sirim-qas.com.my/index.php/en/news-events/public-noticesproduct-recall/300-invitation-to-participate-in-stakeholder-consultation-in-the-surveillance-audit-anap-muput-forest-management-unit-fmu-for-forest-management-certification.

Regional Consultation on Enquiry Draft 2 – Review of MC&I(Forest Plantations)

REGIONAL CONSULTATION ON ENQUIRY DRAFT 2

REVIEW OF THE MALAYSIAN CRITERIA AND INDICATORS FOR FOREST MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION (FOREST PLANTATIONS) [MC&I(FOREST PLANTATIONS)]

 

Enquiry Draft 1 from the Review of MC&I(Forest Plantations) was subjected to the Second Public Comment period from 1 – 31 December 2013. The comments received were deliberated by the Second Meeting of the Standards Review Committee (SRC) held on 12 – 13 February 2014, resulting in the formulation of the Enquiry Draft 2, which will be subjected to further consultation at the three regions as follows:  

 

Sarawak

Sabah

Peninsular Malaysia

Date :   8 April 2014
Time :   8.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Venue : Harbour View Hotel
            Lorong Temple
            93100 Kuching

 

Attendance Reply Form – Sarawak

Date :   10 April 2014
Time :   8.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Venue : Tang Dynasty Hotel             1-1, Lorong Plaza
            Wawasan,
            Coastal Highway
            88000 Kota Kinabalu

Attendance Reply Form – Sabah

Date :   15 April 2014
Time :   8.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Venue : Corus Hotel
            Jalan Ampang,
            50450 Kuala Lumpur

 

Attendance Reply Form – Peninsular Malaysia

 

All relevant and interested stakeholders at the respective region are invited to participate in the above consultation which aims to solicit further feedback and comments on Enquiry Draft 2.

Please complete and return to the Secretariat (Fax: 03-2161 2293 or E-mail: melvin@mtcc.com.my) the attendance reply form that corresponds to the respective regions, for confirmation of attendance latest by 28 March 2014. Limited financial assistance will be provided to cover the costs of transportation and accommodation for outstation participants representing smaller and disadvantaged NGOs in the respective regions. Please contact the Secretariat should such assistance is needed.

 


 

PERUNDINGAN PERINGKAT SERANTAU KE ATAS DERAF PERTANYAAN 2

SEMAKAN SEMULA KRITERIA DAN PETUNJUK MALAYSIA BAGI PENSIJILAN PENGURUSAN HUTAN (LADANG HUTAN) [MC&I(LADANG HUTAN)]

 

Deraf Pertanyaan 1 dari Semakan Semula MC&I(Ladang Hutan) telah dikemukakan untuk Komen Umum Kedua yang berlangsung dari 1 – 31 Disember 2013. Komen yang diterima telah dipertimbang oleh Jawatankuasa Penyemakan Semula Standard (SRC) pada Mesyuarat Kedua SRC yang diadakan dari 12 – 13 Februari 2014. Hasil dari mesyuarat tersebut iaitu Deraf Pertanyaan 2 kini dikemukakan untuk mendapat maklum balas selanjutnya melalui Rundingan Peringkat Serantau yang akan diadakan seperti berikut:

 

Sarawak

Sabah

Semenanjung Malaysia

Tarikh :   8 April 2014
Masa :    8.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Tempat : Harbour View Hotel
              Lorong Temple
              93100 Kuching

 

Borang Jawapan Kehadiran – Sarawak

Tarikh :   10 April 2014
Masa :    8.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Tempat : Tang Dynasty Hotel                     1-1, Lorong Plaza
              Wawasan,
              Coastal Highway
              88000 Kota Kinabalu

Borang Jawapan Kehadiran – Sabah

Tarikh :   15 April 2014
Masa :    8.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Tempat : Corus Hotel
              Jalan Ampang,
              50450 Kuala Lumpur

 

Borang Jawapan Kehadiran – Semenanjung Malaysia

 

Semua pihak berkepentingan yang berkaitan dan berminat adalah dipelawa untuk mengambil bahagian dalam rundingan di atas yang bertujuan untuk mendapatkan maklum balas dan komen lanjut mengenai Deraf Pertanyaan 2.

Sila lengkapkan dan kembalikan kepada Sekretariat (Fax: 03-2161 2293 atau E-mel: melvin@mtcc.com.my borang kehadiran bagi kawasan yang berkenaan untuk pengesahan kehadiran, selewat-lewatnya pada 28 Mac 2014. Bantuan kewangan yang terhad disediakan bagi menampung kos pengangkutan dan penginapan bagi wakil daripada NGO yang memerlukan bantuan kewangan bagi kawasan masing-masing untuk menghadiri rundingan tersebut. Sila hubungi Sekretariat sekiranya bantuan tersebut diperlukan.

ANNOUNCEMENT : Public Consultation on Enquiry Draft of PEFC GD 2001:201X, Chain of Custody of Forest-Based Products – Guidance for Use

ANNOUNCEMENT  : Public Consultation on Enquiry Draft of PEFC GD 2001:201X, Chain of Custody of Forest-Based Products – Guidance for Use

(One month consultation period : 7 Feb – 7 March 2014)

MTCC as the PEFC National Governing Body (NGB) in Malaysia is pleased to inform that the PEFC Council is currently taking steps to revise the  PEFC Chain of Custody Guidance Document PEFC GD 2001:2011, Chain of Custody of Forest Based Products – Guidance for Use.

The "PEFC Chain of Custody and Labelling Working Group" has developed the Enquiry Draft, which is now known as the PEFC Chain of Custody Guidance Document PEFC GD 2001:201X, Chain of Custody of Forest Based Products – Guidance for Use, (click here to download) and dated 7 February 2014.

PEFC has now invited interested parties to participate in the public consultation on the Enquiry Draft.

As an important stakeholder group in Malaysia, your organisation is cordially invited to submit any comments / feedback on this Enquiry Draft directly to PEFC by using the link provided below;

http://consultations.pefc.org/consult.ti/PEFC_CoC_Guidance

Please take note that the public consultation is for a period of one month and ends on 7 March 2014.

Summary of Second Public Comment on Review of MC&I(Forest Plantations)

The First Meeting of the Standards Review Committee (SRC) held from 26 – 28 August 2013 considered the comments received from the First Public Comment period and produced the Enquiry Draft 1 for the review of the MC&I(Forest Plantations). The Enquiry Draft 1 was subsequently subjected to the Second Public Comment period which was conducted from 1 – 31 December 2013. Stakeholders were invited to submit comments and inputs on the Enquiry Draft 1. At the end of the comment period, comments and proposals were received from four (4) organizations, as follows:

  1. Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia (PERHILITAN)
  2. Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia
  3. Sabah Forestry Department
  4. World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Malaysia

All the comments and proposals received will be considered by the Second Meeting of the SRC scheduled to be held from 12 – 13 February 2014 and an Enquiry Draft 2 of the standard will be produced.

As the Secretariat of the SRC, MTCC takes this opportunity to thank all the stakeholders for taking the time and making the effort to study the Enquiry Draft 1, and in submitting the comments and proposals. Stakeholders who wish to submit comments and proposals on the Enquiry Draft 2 may do so during the regional consultations scheduled to be held in Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur in April 2014.

Please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail (siti@mtcc.com.my) or telephone (+603-2161 2298) should you wish to seek clarification or receive further updates on the process.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Review of the MC&I(Forest Plantations) – Second Public Comment (1-31 December 2013)

ANNOUNCEMENT

 REVIEW OF THE MALAYSIAN CRITERIA AND INDICATORS FOR FOREST MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION (FOREST PLANTATIONS) [MC&I(FOREST PLANTATIONS)]

 SECOND (30-DAY) PUBLIC COMMENT

 (Comment Period: 1 – 31 December 2013)

The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) as the Secretariat for the Review of the MC&I(Forest Plantations) is hereby putting forward Enquiry Draft 1 of the revised standard for the second 30-day public comment period which will begin from 1 – 31 December 2013.

The Enquiry Draft 1 is the output of the First Meeting of the Standards Review Committee (SRC), held from 26 to 28 August 2013 which deliberated on the comments received from the First 60-day Public Comment period, held from 15 January to 16 March 2013. Detailed deliberations of the First Meeting of the SRC on the Working Draft resulting in Enquiry Draft 1 are as recorded in the Minutes of the said meeting. Please note that changes made to the MC&I(Forest Plantations) are indicated in blue font and underlined in Enquiry Draft 1.

According to the revised Process and Timelines for the Review of MC&I(Forest Plantations), it is anticipated that the full review of the MC&I(Forest Plantations) will be completed by December 2014.

In this connection, the Secretariat would like to invite you to provide your comments and/or proposals for amendment/deletion/addition to Enquiry Draft 1, the reasons for your proposals, as well as provide your suggested wording for the proposed changes, as per the following format.

We would greatly appreciate if you could submit your comments to the Secretariat via e-mail at info@mtcc.com.my or facsimile at 603-2161 2293 or post to the following address by 31 December 2013:

Chief Executive Officer
Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC)
C-08-05, Block C, Megan Avenue 2
No. 12, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng
50450 Kuala Lumpur
(Attention: Ms Siti Syaliza Mustapha)

For further information on the standard review process, please contact Ms Siti Syaliza Mustapha at siti@mtcc.com.my or call +603-2161 2298.

Minister Opens PEFC General Assembly; Highlights Importance of Certification

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“Malaysia is committed to manage its forests in a sustainable manner to take full benefits of the environmental, social and economic benefits they provide,” said YB Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, the Malaysian Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities during the Opening Ceremony of PEFC’s 18th General Assembly held on 13 November 2013 in Kuala Lumpur.

Recognizing that Asia holds the key to unlocking the production and trade of sustainable forest products, and in recognition of the growing importance of the region, PEFC, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification selected Malaysia to hold the 18th General Assembly.

“While lack of financial resources, institutional capacity and human resources often hampers the implementation of good practices in the forests, Malaysia already pledged to keep at least fifty percent of its land area under forest cover at the Earth Summit in 1992, and in 1998 established the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) to promote responsible forest management”, continued the Minister. “The Malaysian standard achieved a significant milestone by becoming the first Asian national forest certification system to achieve international recognition by PEFC, and today one third of the Permanent Reserved Forests in Malaysia is certified as sustainably managed.”

Responsible forestry is key to Malaysia’s future. The Malaysian timber industry is one of the major contributors of the country’s export earnings. In 2012, the timber sector generated almost 4.6 billion Euro of export earnings and contributed close to 2.9% of the country’s total merchandise exports. The long-term availability of timber from healthy forests is thus of strategic importance for Malaysia.

“With more than 300,000 people working in the timber industry in Malaysia, the social dimensions of sustainability are critically important to the rural development of Malaysia,” said William Street Jr., Chairman of PEFC International. “MTCC, as the first forest certification system globally that integrated social requirements in Chain of Custody certification, protecting worker’s rights along the entire supply chain, plays an important role in advancing the livelihoods of these people.”

“The Malaysian standard sets an example for appropriately balancing the different stakeholder needs and expectations in maintaining and advancing the forest resources, and serves as a model for other countries across Asia. We are looking forward to continuing our work with Malaysia, our members in China and Indonesia, and interested stakeholders in countries such as India, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam to develop and promote forest certification in their respective countries and advance the sustainable forest management agenda”, Mr. Street emphasized.

The PEFC General Assembly is part of the first-ever PEFC Forest Certification Week held on 11 – 15 November, which also features the PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue on “Advancing Sustainable Timber Supply Chains in Asia” and related side events. The overwhelming response brought together diverse stakeholders across the forest sector landscape to take stock and identify opportunities to catalyse uptake of sustainable practices within the Asian region.