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.




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.




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.




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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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.



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. 

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”



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.