IMWA timely recognition for state’s Indonesian workers

KUCHING: Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Haji Adenan Satem dubbed the inaugural Indonesian Migrant Workforce Award (IMWA) was timely in recognising the contributions of Indonesians working in the state.

By the end of 2015, many businesses in Sarawak slowed down due to the economic downturn, affecting the export market of the state significantly.

“One factor that has definitely sustained the state’s economy is the productivity of the workforce, thus any effort to motivate them to increase their output is very commendable,” said Adenan whose text speech was read by the Minister of Land Development, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr. James Jemut Masing during the IMWA ceremony held at Hilton Hotel on Sunday.

He continued by saying that excellent workers should be recognised so that their exemplary services could encourage other workers to perform well in their respective industry.

Adenan also addressed that one common problem faced by foreign workers and their employers was a mismatch of skills, thus both the state and Indonesian government have agreed to have better coordination via the Consulate General of the Republic in Malaysia in Kuching.

“Through this cooperation, we can also curb the problems of illegal workers in the state especially through the adaptation of the biometric system by the consulate.

“Also, with recognition ceremony such as the IMWA, illegal workers would be more inclined to legalise their working status in the state so that they might also partake in IMWA,” said Adenan.

The IMWA was awarded to three winners from three categories of industries, namely the Oil Palm industry, Timber or Wood-based industry and Construction & Manufacturing industry.

For the oil palm category, the first prize was awarded to Muhammad Irwan Saleng from Sarawak Oil Palm Berhad followed by Asman Sudirman from Sime Darby Plantation (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd and Syamsul Kamar Dadang from Woodman Group Tamar Plantation.

All three were awarded cash prizes of RM12,000, RM10,000 and RM7,000 respectively by their ranking.

Sumaryanto Suri Hartono from Samling Plywood (Miri) Sdn Bhd was the winner of the Timber or Woodbased industry followed by Romadon Mulyono from Subur Tiasa Plywood Sdn Bhd in second place and Junaidiansyah from Samling Plywood (Bintulu) Sdn Bhd in third place.

In the last category (Construc-tion & Manufacturing industry), Sumedi Reji Suwito from Central Cold Storage Kuching (CCK) Sdn Bhd was named the winner of the category while Didik Dwi Windarto from Press Metal Bintulu Sdn Bhd and Suligi from Press Metal Sarawak Sdn Bhd came in second and third respectively.

An additional cash prize of RM3,000 was also given to Sumaryanto Suri Hartono as he was named the best overall winner of IMWA while 13 other finalists received RM1,000 each.

Also in attendance were Minister of Infrastructure Development and Communi-cation, Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong, Director General of Management and Placement of Indonesian Workers, Bapak Herry Sudarmanto, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia to Malaysia, Bapak Herman Prayitno, Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Kuching, Jahar Gultom and many other distinguished guests.

  • TAN Sri Datuk Amar James Jemut Masing representing the Chief Minister in presenting the IMWA 2015 Best of the Best Award to Sumaryanto Sugi Hartono (third left), while being witnessed by from left Andre Suharto, Yap Fui Fook, Drs. Sulistiyo and Drs. Cornelis MH (right). PHOTO: RAMIDI subari