The Standards Development Group consists of key representatives from the three regions in Malaysia (Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia). The following individuals form Malaysia's FSC Standards Development Group:
Mr. Anthony Sebastian (FSC Member, Environmental South)
Anthony is co-founder of aonyx Consultancy, a Malaysian-based development consultancy focusing on environmental policy, planning and design across Asia. A wildlife ecologist by training, he specializes in conservation planning, especially in protected area systems and planning. He has worked in the forestry sector since the 1990s, and has been instrumental in the initial field-testing of HCVF toolkits in Indonesia. He is a past president of the Malaysian Nature Society, Malaysia’s oldest and largest membership-based nature society. He has been closely involved in the development of certification in Malaysia since 1999, and has served as a member of the board of trustees of the MTCC. Anthony is an individual member of FSC in the environmental south chamber.
“I firmly believe that delivering national FSC standards in Malaysia will pave the way for our eventual aim of having all production forests certified, thereby bringing true balanced benefits to our people, our wildlife and our country”
1. Mr. Chang Yii Tan
Chang Yii Tan has 30 years experience in researching sustainable development and the factors that promote, and inhibit its achievement in Malaysia. He founded PE Research, a company specialising in developing the methodologies and datasets required for sustainable development in biodiversity, economic and social sectors. This has included design of trust funds for biodiversity conservation and management for tourism and natural forest areas. He also specialises in economic evaluations for biodiversity conservation. He is an economist by training. He currently serves as President of the Malaysian Evaluation Society, and director of the Sustainable Development Initiatives.
“FSC is important for Malaysia because it sets the standards for sustainable development in an integrated sense: environmental, social and economic objectives are all balanced out.“
2. Ms. Kanitha Krishnasamy (FSC Member, Environmental South)
A current Board member of Forest Sustainability (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., the protem FSC-NI in Malaysia, Kanitha worked with the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) for seven years and was closely involved in national certification processes. She led MNS’ forest initiatives, including Malaysia’s own certification process for sustainable forest management (MTCC), field testings, certification assessment for FMU, including development of the FSC-NI for Malaysia since 2004. She was also involved in developing FSC-compatible standard operating procedures and processes in Malaysia, which has resulted in the legal establishment of FSM. Kanitha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Tropical Forest Management, and was the Policy coordinator on forests for the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) for seven years. She is now a Senior Programme Officer at TRAFFIC Southeast Asia, the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network. She is also a member of FSC under the Environmental South chamber.
3. Mr. Lim Si Siew (FSC Member, Social South)
Si Siew Lim is currently a partner of Grassroots, an ethical consulting and social enterprise with expertise and experience in sustainable agriculture (mainly palm oil), indigenous peoples, NGO, biodiversity and forestry issues. For the past two years, Grassroots has been actively documenting and reporting on the environmental and social impacts of the logging and palm oil industries on various indigenous groups and local communities in Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia. Previously, he coordinated projects for New York City’s Parks & Recreation Department (Natural Resources Group), WWF-Malaysia (Partners for Wetlands) and overseen the Criteria Working Group of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). He holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Earth & Environmental Engineering from Columbia University, USA.
“I feel this initiative is a very important step towards sustainable forest management in Malaysia and in the process, recognizing and respecting the orang asal and forest communities’ fundamental rights to livelihood.”
4. Mr. Thomas Jalong
Thomas has worked closely with and assisted indigenous communities adversely affected by commercial logging, forest destruction and plantation development since mid 1980s. He has been actively involved in representation, advocacy and campaigning at the local, state, national and international level on the various issues and problems associated with commercial logging and plantations development on the rights, interests and livelihoods of the indigenous communities. He has called for review of policies and logging licenses and moratorium of commercial logging in disputed areas. He has also initially participated in the MC & I standard development consultation process at regional and national levels, but withdrew due to differences among stakeholders on matters deemed fundamental and important to the indigenous and or forest-dependent communities. He belongs to one of the indigenous communities in Sarawak that is also affected by commercial logging. He holds a Bachelor in Management with Honours (majoring in Human Resource). He is currently the Director of Community Information and Communications Centre (CICOM) and President of Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS), 2011-2012.
5. Mr. Edmund Gan
Edmund started his forestry career in SFI in 1985 and is currently the Senior Manager for Research and Development. During the career period, he has been involved in forestry research, forest resource planning, harvesting and tree plantation management of acacias and eucalypts. He has also been involved in various forest certifications in SFI and has served in one of the standards review committees for the review of the Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for forest management certification. Edmund is a forester by training and holds a degree in forestry science from the University of Canterbury New Zealand. He is a member of the Institute of Foresters Malaysia and currently serves as a Governing Council member of the timber Association of Sabah (TAS).
“With the development of the FSC standards for Malaysia, it will be possible to certify our forests according to our local conditions, laws and regulations and hopefully, it will result in more forests being certified in the country.”
6. Mr. Tan Chin Tong (FSC Member, Economic South)
Tan was instrumental in Perak Integrated Timber Complex (PITC) becoming the first FSC-certified forest concession in Peninsular Malaysia, where he held the position of CEO until late 2005. Participated in MC&I standard development process and the SCS Forest Conservation Program adaptation for Forest Management Certification in Malaysia. Currently, he is Director of several companies in Malaysia, China and Switzerland. Since his retirement from the corporate world, he continued to pursue his love for nature and passion for the social environmental cause. Tan served on the Board of Trustees of Malaysian Timber Certification Council from 2007 to 2009, and serves as a Council member of Malaysian Nature Society since 2007. Tan is a Mechatronics Engineer by training.
“Tropical forest ecosystem is highly complex and equally complex to manage, what more developing a standard to manage it.”
The Support Group: Technical Experts
1. Andrew Ng
Expertise and experience in Standards development for forestry and palm oil industries, consultation and networking with indigenous and local communities, policy and law related to land rights.
2. Barney Chan
Experience and expertise in Malaysian timber industry, and long term engagement with the development of forest certification in Malaysia.
3. Wei Kwang Chong
Experience and expertise in standards development for the palm oil industry from the financial sector, and long term engagement the timber industry in sustainable forest management and certification. Direct expertise in developing lending policies.
4. Surin Suksuwan
Expertise innatural resource management and biodiversity conservation with an interest in protected area planning and management, forest landscape management and plant conservation, project management and evaluation, facilitation of multi-stakeholder processes, as well as providing technical support and capacity building for government agencies and the private sector.
5. Cynthia Chin
Expertise in community engagement, education and conservation programs, HCV assessments, wildlife conservation and management.
6. Glen MacNair
Expertise and experience in forestry, plantation development and management, community development, conservation and research and development.
7. K C Ling
Expertise and experience in forestry, sawmill management, logging operations and certification.
8. Robert Ong
Expertise in forest management planning, botanical research, entomology, soil science, forest ecology, plantation silviculture and environmental education.
9. Mooi See Tor
Expertise and experience in tropical forest management, forest policy and advocacy, sustainable forest management, supply chain management and auditing, forest certification, standards development, timber legality verification, Reduced Impact Logging (RIL), HCVF assessment and community forestry analysis. Qualified FSC Lead Auditor for Forest Management and Chain of Custody as well as RSPO Lead Auditor.
10. Engrit Liaw
Forest sector workers’rights and welfare, development and review of national and international forestcertification schemes. Part of standard review committee (MC&I ForestPlantation and Natural Forest) of the national scheme (Malaysia Timber CertificationCouncil) since 2014.
11. Son Kheong Yap
Expertise and experience in audits (forestry, palm oil and environmental management systems), Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs), environmental and ecological studies, HCV assessments.