Making It More Sustainable and Safer for the Communities of Bario Highlands in Sarawak

Underscoring its commitment to corporate social responsibility in line with core values of safety, quality and environmental care, Volvo Trucks Malaysia scored another very important milestone when it comes to driving progress and setting the pace for a safer and sustainable future, by welcoming the year with a launch event on 18 January 2018 to mark its Seasonal Gift contribution for the Kelabit community living in the much-treasured Bario Highlands of Sarawak.

The project, which comprised of two aspects - the constructions of a fire-fighting system with a water tank and eight hose reels for the Bario Asal Lembaa longhouse, which is the oldest longhouse in Bario -  and five eco-shelters along the 25-kilometer distance Bario ancestral jungle trail – were carried out with the objective to help create prosperity through safety and preservation of people, tradition, heritage and environmental surroundings.

The Bario project commenced in mid-2017 and was completed in December 2017. The launch, which was signified by jetting water from the hose reel to douse a small makeshift fire, was officiated by Dag Juhlin-Dannfelt, Ambassador of Sweden to Malaysia, Mats Nilsson, Managing Director, Volvo Malaysia, Penghulu Robertson Bala, and Laju Balang @ Aren Lemulun, Headman of Bario Asal Lembaa longhouse. The event was also held to signify the handing over of the completed fire-fighting system and eco-shelters to the capable hands of the Kelabit community.