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FMM Perak - Executive Summary Report of the Branch Committee Meeting on March 16, 2017

SIGNIFICANT ISSUES

State Bomba Departments’s Feedback on Replacement of Computerised Monitoring System (CMS)

Arising from the FMM Briefing on February 21, 2017 at Bomba Selangor, companies were informed that they would have to convert their current contract with MasterPyroserve on the Computerised Management System (CMS) to SPKA by this year. The contract with iSCADA Net Sdn Bhd for SPKA is for 5 years.

Report on Briefing cum Dialogue on Perak Coastal Charges on February 23, 2017

The Branch with the support of MITI, MIDA, Invest Perak and UPEN organised this Briefing cum Dialogue. About 90 participants from industries mainly from Lumut and Seri Manjung attended the briefing. 

Industries expressed their concern that the coastal charges would have cost implications and was not provided in their committed orders to their customers. They requested for a deferment of the implementation date so that the charges can be factored into their new orders. The industries also wanted to know the services and benefits that MP4 will provide to the terminals and shippers. In response, YBhg. Dato’ Aminuddin said that the money would be used to manage and develop the coastal areas as well as address the environmental issues. 

Report on Institut Darul Ridzuan (IDR) Brain Storming Session for Study and Action Plan on ‘Development Of The Strategic Clusters In Perak - Iron & Steel And Palm Oil’ on February 22, 2017

The Branch coordinated the Brain Storming Session jointly chaired by Prof. Dr. Rajah Rasiah, University Malay  Consultancy Unit and the Branch Chairman, YBhg. Dato’ Gan Tack Kong. About 20 representatives from the two sectors participated in this session. 

Highlights of this briefing were as follows:
  • Perak Foundry Engineering and Industries Association’s members are facing shortage of skilled labour and have not benefited from mega projects in Perak.
  • There is no synergy between the large iron & steel industries and foundries in Perak.
  • Foundries in Perak operate on projects and therefore automation is not viable unless there are opportunities for mass production.
  • Mechanism in harvesting the palm fruits is still very low which had contributed to wastages.
  • The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Certification (RSPO) is not active in implementing the standards.
  • MPOB has good policies but weak in implementation.
Foundries face challenges to compete with China which is able to produce cast iron products at a much lower cost. For instance, a small pulley made in China costs about 17 Renminbi as compared to locally produced at RM120 per unit.

REPORTS ON EXTERNAL MEETINGS

State PEMUDAH Committee Meeting on February 16, 2017

YBhg. Dato’ Gan impressed upon the State Government to come up with a strategic investment plan to complement the Natural Gas Kinta Project scheduled to be completed end 2018. UPEN will coordinate with the relevant government agencies together with FMM to discuss this plan.

Meeting between YB Minister MITI (II) with Telekom Malaysia on Broadband Issue in Perak on February 17, 2017

YB Dato’ Seri Ong Ka Chuan urged the State Government to come up with a holistic plan to implement the Digital E-trade. On his part he will try to secure the Federal grant to finance the infrastructure.

TM reported that through the TM/FMM Perak WhatsApp group a number of broadband and telephone interruptions faced by industries were resolved.

MIDA also informed that funds for park management are available for industrial estates. This is subject to the condition that the industrial estate is placed under a Park Management Committee.

Manjung IPMC Meeting on February 17, 2017

Lumut Maritime Terminal (LMT) will complete the public amenities within the Kg Acheh Industrial Park consisting of a bus station, car and lorry parking bays, hawkers centre and a Police beat by March 2017. JKR is also seeking allocation from its head office to install additional street lights and repair the road in this industrial estate.

Kuala Kangsar IPMC Meeting on March 6, 2017

Industries in the Kuala Kangsar Industrial Park complained over the weak internet connectivity. JKR will also construct an alternate road to this Industrial Park under the 11th Malaysia Plan. The new road which will pass through the Industrial Park is from Simpang Lawin to Lenggong Federal route to Kota Lama Kiri.

REPORTS ON WORKING COMMITTEE MEETINGS

SMIs Sub-Committee Meeting on March 7, 2017

En. Mok Tuck Meng was appointed as the Vice-Chairman. 

The Sub-Committee agreed to organise the following:
  • To educate industries on the incentives and grants provided by the government, a briefing by MIDA, SME Corp and MATRADE on April 27, 2017.
  • Collaborate with UTP on its Public Private Research Network (PPRN) workshop. UTP has been provided with government funding to conduct R & D for industries.
  • Visit SME members together with the Membership Services Sub-Committee to foster closer rapport and assist them in their issues and problems.
Human Resources Sub-Committee Meeting on March 13, 2017

Members were of the view that Employment Insurance Scheme (EIS) will have cost implications to industries and did not see the government’s rationale to introduce it since the Employment (Termination and Lay-Off Benefits) (ETLB) was already in place.

MEMBERSHIP RECRUITMENT

Newly admitted members were:

Ordinary - Indofood (M) Food Industries Sdn Bhd
Affiliate -  Megah Transport Sdn Bhd

OTHERS

Proposal to Set up An Dedicated Internet Line for Members at FMM Perak

The Committee agreed to install a dedicated internet line at the Branch Office for members’ benefit.

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