| Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 17 May 2016 | Asia Samachar |
Recently retired senior civil servant Himmat Singh has been appointed as the chairman of the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC).
“Malaysia’s forest resources are a national treasure that requires responsible management if we want our future generation to continue enjoying its offerings,” he said in a statement released by MTCC today (17 May 2016).
“MTCC plays a very important role in encouraging more forest managers and timber industry players to implement sustainable forestry through a timber certification scheme. I look forward to being a part of this initiative.”
Himmat’s appointment marks another milestone for MTCC as it continues to advance and spearhead the sustainable forest management agenda in Malaysia and in the Southeast Asian region, the statement added.
He takes over from Dr. Freezailah Che Yeom who was appointed chairman in 1999.
Himmat began his career in the Malaysian civil service with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment in 1981.
Subsequently, he moved to the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) under the Prime Minister’s Department, and was the Director of Environment and Natural Resources, then of Social Services, followed by Infrastructure and Utilities, and finally as Deputy Director-General of EPU.
In 2011, Himmat was appointed as the Secretary General for the Ministry of Works until July 2014 – the top civil servant at the ministry level – when he assumed the post of the Secretary General of the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities.
He possesses a Master’s Degree in Park Recreation Resources from the Michigan State University in the United States of America (USA), and a Bachelor of Science in Ecology from University of Malaya.
Established in 1998, MTCC is an independent organisation tasked to develop and operate the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS).
As a voluntary national scheme, the MTCS provides for independent assessment of forest management practices and audit of timber product manufacturers or exporters to ascertain that the timber products manufactured or exported are sourced from sustainably managed forests. This is to ensure the sustainable management of Malaysia’s natural forest and forest plantations, as well as to meet the demand for certified timber products, it said in a statement.
The executive team is led by its chief executive officer Yong Teng Koon.
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