Dear Fellow Professional Foresters and Colleagues, 2017/2018

I take this opportunity to pen a few words with respect to the first issue of Buletin Rimbawan for the Year 2018. I wish to take this opportunity to convey my thanks to fellow IRIM Members for their confidence in electing me once again the President for the 3rd term to lead IRIM for the 2017/2018 session, during its recently concluded 35th Annual General Meeting which was held on the 2nd October, 2017 at the Dewan Damar Minyak, Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia. My sincere thanks to all those members who have worked diligently to ensure the success of this year’s AGM.

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome on board all newly elected IRIM office bearers namely, the Vice Presidents I and II, Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer and the six Council Members. Similarly, I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to the previous IRIM’s office bearers who have sacrifice both their time and efforts in carrying out the IRIM’s activities.

As the newly elected IRIM President, it is my sincerely hope that IRIM will continue to remain relevant in tempo with current digital and e-commerce era. To do this, IRIM members need to inculcate an analytical mind-set, acceptance of multi-dimensional system thinking, embracing technological changes, acceptance of consensus building, and multi-stakeholders participation in efforts to gain traction and establish IRIM’s footprint in the local and international scene. IRIM on its part will continue to provide a platform through dialogue and colloquium to enable its members to share knowledge and be exposed to such approaches in the new era of competitiveness with global standards. It is also timely to pool our efforts temper with our professional resources to achieve what IRIM was set up to do.

Dr. David Chin Tuck Yuan, President
Institut Rimbawan Malaysia (IRIM)
Session 2018

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President Message

IRIM is pursuing the long-awaited passing of the Foresters Bill. This issue is now my highest priority for IRIM.  Until we get the Bill through, IRIM remains restricted in its functions to uplift the forestry profession in this country.  One such example is to develop an oversight and field auditing mechanism as a way of assisting the government in ensuring high work performance in the field.  After all, the forests’ future rests heavily on what happens on the ground today.

First and foremost I would like take this opportunity to thank all members for entrusting me to lead IRIM as the President for the session of 2012 – 2013. As the Director General of Forestry, Peninsular Malaysia as well as the President of IRIM, I find it a great challenge to strike a balance in order to fulfill the aspirations of IRIM as a professional body in forestry.

I always believe when members work as one, great things can happen.  Together, we can attain government’s recognition of IRIM early enough through the enactment.  This is critical as IRIM needs the backing of the Foresters Act to be fully effective. But it is also important that IRIM has the strength. I call upon all members to do their part in the membership drive and help to keep the organization healthy financially.

Even under current situations, IRIM had already contributed usefully to forestry in several ways. IRIM can and should work towards projecting a positive image of forestry in this country.  It can help correct misperceptions by listening to the diverse concerns of the global civil society and where appropriate, make recommendations to the government for rectification. IRIM could also work towards initiating consultative processes among the Forestry Department, the timber industry, trade associations and environmental bodies to bring about greater understanding to minimize misplaced conceptions.  Forestry enhances its credibility when it is seen to be tackling problematic issues on the ground. Environmental and ecological problems are best handled in a transparent manner, where appropriate, with the cooperation of external parties. IRIM can play its part in identifying and analyzing those issues.  Efforts such as these will help to clear doubts and gain the public’s confidence.

I am confident IRIM can grow to be more visible as a professional body in this country than it is today. Let us build IRIM together, and work towards the interest of all members – all for the good of the nation’s forestry. 




Pengumuman Penting


Sukacita dimaklumkan bahawa IRIM telah menyiapkan deraf akhir cadangan ‘Forester Bill 2013’ untuk makluman dan perhatian Y. Bhg. Tan Sri/Dato’ Seri/Datuk/Dato’/Tuan/Puan. Sebagaimana maklum, cadangan Akta ini diadakan antara lain bertujuan untuk menubuhkan ‘Board of Foresters’ dan pendaftaran ‘foresters’. Sehingga kini tidak ada undang-undang atau peraturan untuk mendaftar, mengawal dan memantau aktiviti dan perlakuan badan atau individu yang menjalankan aktiviti-aktiviti perhutanan di negara ini. Penilaian dan laporan perhutanan pada masa sekarang boleh dibuat samada oleh foresters dan non-foresters’. Oleh itu sudah sampai masanya satu undang-undang diadakan untuk menyelaraskan semua aktiviti perhutanan yang dijalankan secara yang lebih terancang dan profesional. IRIM juga yakin dengan adanya Forester Bill ini, ianya sekali gus akan dapat membantu Jabatan Perhutanan Semenanjung Malaysia, Jabatan Perhutanan Sabah dan Jabatan Hutan Sarawak dalam meningkatkan keberkesanan dan pencapaian matlamat  pengurusan hutan secara berkekalan.

Sehubungan dengan itu, memandangkan keperluan mengadakan Akta ini merupakan satu keperluan yang agak mendesak dan telah lama berlarutan, pihak IRIM sangat berbesar hati dan berterima kasih supaya Y. Bhg. Tan Sri/Dato’ Seri/Datuk/Dato’/Tuan/Puan dapat memberikan ulasan dalam Majlis Konsultasi Dalaman Rang Undang-undang Rimbawan (Foresters Bill) yang akan diadakan seperti berikut:-

Program  : Majlis Konsultasi Dalaman, Rang Undang-undang Rimbawan, Institut Rimbawan Malaysia

Tarikh       : 28 November 2013 (Khamis)

Masa         : 8.30 pagi hingga 5.00 petang

Tempat   : Dewan Damar Minyak, Bangunan Damar Minyak, Ibu Pejabat Jab. Perhutanan Semenanjung Malaysia