This year, with the theme of “Forests and Sustainable Cities”, Forest Department of Sarawak had successfully organized an International Day of Forests 2018 that was held at Sarikei, Sarawak for the state-level celebration. The ceremony officiated by YB Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, Deputy Chief Minister, Minister of Industrial and Entrepreneur Development, Sarawak and Second Minister of Urban Development and Natural Resources, were also attended by Assistant Minister of Urban Planning, Land Administration and Environment Datu Len Talif Salleh, Repok assemblyman Datuk Seri Huang Tiong Sii, Sarikei Resident Mohd Junaidi Mohidin, Forest Department deputy director-general Datuk Mohammad Ridza Awang, Forest Department Sarawak acting director Hamden Mohammad, and Urban Development and Natural Resources Ministry permanent secretary Dr Wan Liz Osman Wan Omar and other Heads of Government’s Departments.
Speech by YB Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan
According to YB Datuk Amar Awang Tengah in his speech, the state government is committed in managing its forests in holistic approach for the implementation and enforcement of various strategies such as Permanent Forest Estate (PFE), Totally Protect Area (TPA), curbing illegal logging activities, Sarawak Timber Legality Verification System (STLVS), and Sustainable forest Management (SFM) (Borneo Post 2018, April 1st). By 2020, he mentioned that the issuance of logging licences in Sarawak must go through auditing by a third party in order to obtain the STLVS whereby all logging licence holders in the state would be required to obtain forestry certification to prove that they practise sustainable forest management in their respective areas (Borneo Post 2018, April 1st).
Symbolic act of officiating the International Day of Forests 2018 at Sarikei.
A memento was presented by Acting Director of Forests Sarawak, Tuan Hamden Mohamed to YB Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan as a token of appreciation. This souvenir signifies the theme for International Day of Forests this year “Forests and Sustainable Cities”.
As part of a working committee involved in this event, Harwood Timber had participated in the exhibition together with other few agencies. Photo below shows Awang Tengah while signing the visitor book during his visit to Harwood’s exhibition booth.
As usual, pigeons release and tree planting activities were also held concurrently in commemorating the International Day of Forests 2018.
Last but not least, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Management of Harwood Timber Sdn Bhd and Harwood’s staff at Sarikei and Sibu for the support and assistance throughout the event held at Sarikei.