River Diversion Project Kicks-Off With Ground Breaking Ceremony


Rawang, 7 December 2007


Lafarge Malayan Cement is steadfast in its commitment to improve the lives of the community in the vicinity of its Rawang plant.  This premier brand in the cement industry is staying on course with its project to widen and divert a section of Sungai Rawang.


The project was officially launched via a ground breaking ceremony held on-site on the bank of Sungai Rawang and was officiated by YB Dato' Tang See Hang, EXCO Member of the Selangor State Government and State Assemblyman for Rawang.


Spearheaded in 2004, Lafarge Malayan Cement embarked on this project with the full support of the Selangor State Government amidst concerns of the recurring flash floods that have been affecting the safety of schools, community and the cement manufacturer's workers working at their quarry located within the Kuala Garing vicinity.

Sungai Rawang runs along the eastern boundary of Lafarge Malayan Cement's quarry in Rawang and the former Kampung Kuala Garing squatters were located on its western bank.  The river diversion project will include diverting 2.05 km of the river westward away from Rawang Plant's quarry.


To facilitate the river diversion project, various initiatives were carried out in phases and in October 2006, Lafarge Malayan Cement announced that 124 squatter families from the affected area were relocated into proper new homes at Desa Kuala Garing, a new housing estate specially built for the squatter families. The relocation programme saw each squatter family being given ownership of an 800 square feet single storey terrace house complete with basic modern amenities.  Development of the new Desa Kuala Garing housing estate was a joint effort between Lafarge Malayan Cement and the Selangor State Government.


According to Bill McDonald, the Senior Plant Manager of the company's plant in Rawang, "This ground breaking ceremony signals the commencement of the next phase of this project and we are definitely on track with it.  At Lafarge Malayan Cement, everything we do reflects our commitment to foster safety and this project is a tangible example of us living up to this commitment.  On this score, we hope that with this river diversion project, frequent floods that have become the bane of those who live and work in this area will become a thing of the past." 


"This project would not have been possible without the backing that the Selangor State Government has provided us with and we look forward to working synergistically with the authorities to ensure the success of this project," he concluded.  


Commenting on the project, YB Dato' Tang See Hang, EXCO Member of the Selangor State Government and State Assemblyman for Rawang said, "We would like to commend Lafarge Malayan Cement on taking the lead in this mammoth yet admirable task.  Their contribution towards ensuring that the interest of the community in this area is safeguarded is indeed laudable and is an exemplary call to action to other entities to do their part towards sustainable nation building."    


The Sungai Rawang diversion and widening project is expected to complete at the end of 2008.


About Lafarge Malayan Cement Berhad
Lafarge Malayan Cement Berhad (LMCB) is the pioneer and leader of the Malaysian cement industry.  It was incorporated in 1950 with its first cement plant built in Malaysia in 1953. 


LMCB is today the parent of a group of companies in Malaysia and Singapore whose core businesses are in the manufacturing and sale of cement, ready-mixed concrete and other related building materials.


LMCB currently employs more than 1,500 people and operates a nationwide network of facilities, which include 3 integrated cement plants in Langkawi, Kanthan and Rawang, a grinding plant in Pasir Gudang and distribution channels by road, rail and sea.


LMCB is proud to serve Malaysia for the past 57 years and is committed to continue "Building Malaysia Together" in the coming years.


Additional information is available on the website at www.lafargemalayancement.com.


About Lafarge
Lafarge is the world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in all of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete and Gypsum.  With 71,000 employees in 70 countries, Lafarge posted sales of Euros 17 billions in 2006.


Lafarge has been committed to sustainable development for many years, pursuing a strategy that combines industrial know-how with performance, value creation, respect for employees and local cultures, environmental protection and the conservation of natural resources and energy. Lafarge is the only company in the construction materials sector to be listed in the 2007 ‘100 Global Most Sustainable Corporations in the World'. To make advances in building materials, Lafarge places the customer at the heart of its concerns. It offers the construction industry and the general public innovative solutions bringing greater safety, comfort and quality to their everyday surroundings.


Additional information is available on the web site at www.lafarge.com.


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Robitahani Zainal               Direct line: 03-7723 8223 Fax: 03-7722 4100
Vice President,                  e-mail: robitahani.zainal@my.lafarge.com


Lim Hui Ye                        Direct line: 03-7723 8458 Fax: 03-7722 4100
Senior Executive,              e-mail: hui-ye.lim@my.lafarge.com