With production at normal levels, there should be no shortage of cement in the local market, refutes CMS Cement Sdn Bhd, Sarawak’s sole cement manufacturer, in response to claims made in the media recently by the Sibu-based Sarawak Building and Civil Engineering Contractors Association.
“We were surprised to read the media report which quotes a current shortage of cement. Both CMS cement’s plants in Kuching and Bintulu are running at normal production levels and are more than able to meet daily demands.
“CMS Cement’s current production capacity is approximately 1.3Mta which is still below our full capacity of 1.75Mta. There should be no shortage of cement in the local market,” CMS Cement’s Executive Director Haji Othman Abdul Rani said.
Further checks with the Sarawak Building and Civil Engineering Contractors Association revealed that members were seeking Extension of Time claims for construction projects delayed by building materials. On this matter, Haji Othman elaborated that it was unfair to blame the supply of cement for problems faced on the ground when other building materials were in short supply, specifically aggregate stones and bitumen.
According to him, it is important that the contractors’ association members act responsibly in being specific on the problems faced. He further explained that what they face was a shortage of concrete used in construction…Therefore, it is important to be specific in understanding and reporting the source of the shortage,” he explained.