Message From Our CEO

CRAUN Research Sdn. Bhd. is delighted to announce the birth of its formal corporate website “CRAUN Research”. The CRAUN Crop Research and Application Unit was established on 22nd July 1993 by the Sarawak State Government.

Upon the approval of the Sarawak State Government on April 1st, 1997, CRAUN was corporatised and known as CRAUN Research Sdn. Bhd. Sarawak sago industry enjoys a competitive edge because of continuous R&D programmes by CRAUN to chart new findings which will enhance its value.

CRAUN continues to provide information about sago and also on its other activities especially on vital research and development findings. We are now utilising the opportunities offered by the new electronic environment to reach millions of internet users, particularly sago producers, processors, customers and users around the world.

It gives me great pleasure to invite you to browse this CRAUN homepage, the information site on the Sarawak Sago industry.

CRAUN History

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CRAUN was established on 22nd July 1993 by the Sarawak State Government. Upon the approval of the Sarawak State Government on 1st April 1997, CRAUN was corporatised and known as CRAUN Research Sdn Bhd. CRAUN began its operations at the Food Technology Research Laboratories of the Malaysian Agriculture Research and Development Institute (MARDI), Sarawak Branch on 15th February 1994.

On 1st July 1994, the Farm Management & By-Product Utilisation Section of CRAUN began its operation at the 1st and 2nd floor, Lot 500, Block 68, Mukah New Township, Mukah and on 17th September 1994 Sungai Talau Research Station of the Agriculture Department Sarawak, was taken over by CRAUN. However, the overall operation of CRAUN Mukah Office has been sited to Sungai Talau Research Station since August 2011. CRAUN’s headquarters at Lot 3147, Block 14, Jalan Sultan Tengah, Kuching, occupying approximately seven acres, commenced construction on 17th November 1994 and began its operations on 11th September, 1995.

By virtue of the Sarawak Gazette Part II dated 22nd May 2017, CRAUN Research Sdn Bhd is an agency placed under the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Research and Biotechnological Council.

Vision and Mission

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Be at the Forefront on Crops & Products Research
and Innovation Focusing on Sago.

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Advance in Sago Industry through
Effective Research and Innovation.

R&D Thrust Areas

  • Crop improvement for high yield, good quality starch and maturity palms.
  • Mass propagation for production of high quality planting materials.
  • Understanding peat characteristics, reclamation and management
  • techniques for optimum sago growth.
  • Agronomic and cultural practices.
  • Field mechanisation and post-harvest handling.
  • Milling technology.
  • By-product utilisation.
  • Product development.
  • Market studies, innovation and commercialisation.


R&D programs in this Division :

  • Breeding and Propagation
  • Soil and Water Management
  • Agronomy
  • Crop Protection
  • Mechanisation and Post-Harvest Handling

R&D programs in this Division :

  • Analytical Studies
  • Milling Technology
  • By Product Utilisation
  • Crop Protection
  • Product Improvement and Development

This Division’s activities consist of :

  • Identify and explore the potential business and commercialize sago products and services.
  • Monitor and evaluate the development of entrepreneurs carrying CRAUN’s products.
  • Transferring technology of sago upstream and downstream research for commercialization.
  • Cooperate with local and foreign agencies on economic and market research for sago starch and related products.
  • Conduct the promotion for marketing of the developed products from sago research.

This Division’s activities consist of :

  • Administration
  • Finance
  • Human Resource
  • Information Resource

(+)-Calanolide A is a novel non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) with potent activity in-vitro against the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1). The compound was first isolated from a tropical tree (Callophyllum lanigerum) found in Sarawak.CRAUN is entrusted by the State and Federal Governments (MOSTI) to manage the further development of (+) Calanolide A (an FDA-registered Investigatory New Drug (IND)) through the many phases of drug development (Drug Development Process).The project is managed through collaborative work with internationally accredited and highly experienced contract research organizations (CROs) and consultants in many areas of specialization. These include drug manufacture, drug formulation, preclinical safety, clinical development, intellectual property etc. – all within the strict regulatory environment of a drug development programme.



Datu Kameri Haji Affandi,

Permanent Secretary.
Ministry of Education Innovation and Talent Development


Encik Yusup Sobeng,


Puan Dayang Ernie
Awang Hashim,


Pengarah Bahagian Belanjawan,
Pejabat Setiausaha Kewangan Negeri Sarawak

Organization Chart

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Management Team

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Upstream Technology

Dr. Bala ak. Jamel
Head of Division, UTD

Noraini Busri
Senior Research Officer

Roland Yong
Research officer

Nurazalia Mohd Ali
Research Officer

Evra Raunie Ibrahim
Research officer

Shamsyah Hamid
Research Officer

Peter Stanley Ak. Howell
Research officer

Maslini Japar Ali
Research officer

Hanisah Boh
Assistant Research officer

Lenis Iman
Assistant Research Officer

Mohd Tirmidzi Ngabdul Gani
Assistant Research Officer

Zulhakim Wahed
Assistant Research Officer

Downstream Technology

Dr Nurleyna Yunus
Head of Division,DTD

Noramina Hampden
Senior Research Officer

Awg Zulfikar Rizal Awg Seruji
Research Officer

Herman Hadafi Mohamad
Research Officer

Hanna Foozar
Research Officer

Daniel Chua Chun Haw
Research Officer

Siti Aminah Ibrahim
Research officer

Sal Hazreen Bugam
Research Officer

Rafiqqah Mohd Sabri
Assistant Research Officer

Mohd Razi Kodin
Assistant Research Officer

Peter Mittis
Assistant Research Officer

Annuar Taha Mohamed Trang
Assistant Research Officer

Efyza Hashim
Assistant Research Officer

Mas Fairidzuan Mas Rosli
Assistant Research Officer

Azlan Ab Rahman
AssistantResearch Officer


Azri Mohd Razali

Hasawardi Hazmi

Jonathan Barath Govindasamy

Ramli Abdullah

Shamsul Arsad

Syafik Khalik

Calanolide A Project

Datin Dr Zaliha Christine Abdullah
Project Leader

Sal Hazreen Bugam

Zahri Perhi
Head of Division, CSD


Zahri Perhi

Zahri Perhi
Head of Division, CSD

Rumaizah Pathi

Rumaizah Pathi
Admin Executive

Mohamad Yusuf Sajili

Mohamad Yusuf Sajili
IT Executive

Nurul Nafila Haji Ahmad

Nurul Nafila Haji Ahmad
IT Executive

Mohd Faris ISzuan Indra Gunawan

Mohd. Faris Iszuan Indra Gunawan
System Programmer

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Abdul Zulhafiz Jamil
Account Executive

Sh Nadzirah Wan Zaidi

Sharifah Nadzirah Wan Zaidi
Legal/HR Executive

Muhammad Ezzat Zaidan

Muhammad Ezzat Zaidan
Health and Safety Executive

Norma Abang

Norma Abang
Senior Assistant Accountant

Iswandi Jamil

Iswandi Jamil
Station Manager

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Hajijah Ossen
Assistant Admin Officer

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Abdul Latif Zaini
Assistant Admin. Officer

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Hajjah Megawati Hamdan
Assistant Admin. Officer