Kelesau Naan, a Penan leader died possibly murdered late in 2007. He was one of the four plaintiffs in a landright case that has been awaiting judgement since 1998. The state of Sarawak insists that because the Penan hunt rather than cultivate they have no claim over the land on which they live. Kelesau Naan was one of the signatories on a petition to the British timber company Jewson to stop buying wood from the Samling Group, one of Malaysia biggest logging companies. Jewson’s eventually stopped buying timber from the disputed area. It’s a reminder that parts of Indonesia and Malaysia are very much frontier societies. The Weekend Australian Jan 5-6 2008
The management of Samling is given below.
And here is a link to Samling's press release which makes interesting reading.
Samling Global Limited is incorporated in Bermuda with "limited liability" and has recently purchased Brewsters in Australia.
Yaw Chee Ming is the Chief Executive Officer and an Executive Director of our Company. He is the Managing Director of both Lingui Developments Berhad and Glenealy Plantations (Malaya) Berhad. He is also the Chief Executive Office and an Executive Director of Samling Strategic Corporation Sdn Bhd, one of our controlling shareholders. Mr. Yaw has over 20 years of extensive knowledge and experience in the timber industry. Under his leadership, the Group has established an international presence with highly integrated business operations. He spearheaded the commitment of the Group towards responsible forest management and has led the Group to various internationally recognized certifications for forest management and downstream operations. Mr. Yaw graduated from the University of Southern California in the United States with a Master of Business Administration degree.
Cheam Dow Toon is the Chief Finance Officer and an Executive Director of our Company. He is the Finance Director of both Lingui Developments Berhad and Glenealy Plantations (Malaya) Berhad. He has over 17 years of experience in the timber industry and over 10 years in the oil palm industry. He has been with our Group since 1987. Mr Cheam is an associate member of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and a graduate of The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in the United Kingdom, and a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. He completed the Wharton Advanced Management Programme at Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Chan Hua Eng is the Chairman of the Board and a Non-Executive Director of our Company. He is also the Chairman and an Independent Non-Executive Director of Lingui Development Berhad and Glenealy Plantations (Malaya) Berhad. Mr. Chan is also currently a director of other public listed companies in Malaysia. He is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation in the United Kingdom. Mr. Chan is also a barrister of the Middle Temple and was called to the Bar in the United Kingdom. He was admitted as a partner of Shearn Delamore & Co, Advocates & Solicitors in Malaysia in 1960 and retired as its senior partner in 1987. He is an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya. He graduated from the University of Bristol with a Bachelor of Law (Honors) degree.
Independent Non-Executive Directors
Fung Ka Pun (alias K. B. Fung) is the Deputy Chairman and an Independent Non-Executive Director of our Company. Mr. Fung is the Executive Co-chairman of E2-Capital (Holdings) Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited. He is also the founder and Chairman of Goodwill International (Holdings) Limited, a substantial shareholder (as defined in the Hong Kong Listing Rules) of E2-Capital (Holdings) Limited. Mr. Fung has over 30 years of experience in finance, securities and commodities trading and corporate finance. He is a member of the Association of International Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. Mr. Fung is also a director of a number of other listed companies in Hong Kong.
David William Oskin is an Independent Non-Executive Director of our Company. He is currently an Independent Director of Pacific Millennium Investment Company, an Independent Director of Goodman Global Inc., and an Independent Director of Big Earth Publishing. Mr. Oskin has more than 25 years of experience in the forest, wood, paper and packaging industries. From 1992 to 1996, he was the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Carter Holt Harvey Limited, a paper, packaging and forest products company listed on the New Zealand and the Australian Stock Exchanges. From 1996 to 2003, he served as the Executive Vice President of International Paper Company. Mr. Oskin graduated from the Widener University in the United States with a Bachelor of Arts. He also currently chairs the Board of Trustees of Widener University.
Tan Li Pin, Richard is an Independent Non-Executive Director of our Company. Mr. Tan is the founder and has been the Chief Executive Officer of various companies under the Pacific Millennium group since 1990. Mr. Tan also participates actively in public services. He graduated from the University of Southern California in the United States with a Master of Business Administration degree.