PRESIDENT MESSAGE – APRIL 2019

PRESIDENT MESSAGE – APRIL 2019

At MBAM, we would like to thank the Government for the announcement of 121 projects worth almost RM14 billion for the construction industry. The projects are supposed to go on after renegotiation which saved the Government almost RM806 million. 

MBAM is very appreciative that the Government made the announcement at a critical time for the construction industry as we begin the second quarter of 2019. The announcement is definitely a great confidence booster for the construction industry as the general sentiments before the announcement was that there were not many projects on the ground in the first quarter of 2019. The announcement would not only help boost the construction economy but would also generate employment for those involved in the construction industry value chain.

MBAM is pleased and fully support the prompt action taken by the Government and hopes to continue to work closely with the Government to further develop the Malaysian construction industry.

Now, let’s take a look at some of the key highlights for the month of March:-

Early of last month on the 4th of March, MBAM had the opportunity to pay a courtesy visit to Minister of Finance Malaysia, YB Tuan Lim Guan Eng at his office in Putrajaya. I led the delegation with the attendance of few MBAM Council Members and Executive Director to discuss some of the issues currently faced by Malaysian construction industry.

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MBAM Delegation for the Courtesy Visit to Minister of Finance Malaysia, YB Tuan Lim Guan Eng

As the prime mover and recognised voice in the Malaysian construction industry, it is crucial for MBAM to discuss the important issues that are affecting the industry. Although some project tenders have been called off by the Government, MBAM is happy to note that to overcome the shortage of projects, the Government is committed to speed up the calling of tenders and implementation of other projects that were approved in the last budget. Likewise, for deferred projects, decisions will be made once the necessary detailed studies have been done by the Government.

As for the project payments, MBAM took the opportunity to thank the Government for its assistance in releasing some project payments. MBAM is glad that the Ministry of Finance is also prepared to assist those contractors who are yet to receive their payments once they receive the necessary documentation from the said contractors through MBAM. This will help provide a life line to the affected contractors.

To support the export of our construction services, the Government has indicated its intention to help facilitate the meeting between MBAM with various related financial institutions. Likewise, to encourage and speed up the adoption of Industry 4.0, YB Tuan Lim Guan Eng has encouraged the industry to obtain soft loans from Syarikat Jaminan Pembiayaan Perniagaan Berhad (SJPPB) in order to lighten the burden of the high initial costs of equipment and software. The Government is also ready to help facilitate this.

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MBAM Delegation during the Discussion with YB Tuan Lim

MBAM was also reassured that the Government would look into import duties on high capacity truck cranes from other non-trade preferential countries. This will help the industry to be safer, have better productivity, and in the long run, have cheaper maintenance costs. This is also in line with the requirements of the Industrialised Building System (IBS), which the Government advocates. To support local construction equipment suppliers, MBAM has also requested the Government to relook into the policy of importing second hand construction equipment and plants to avoid the dumping of foreign old plants and equipment in our country.

The meeting proved to be highly productive, with a firm, positive response from the Government, and assurances that the Government is currently looking into solving the issues raised. MBAM is thankful with the prompt action taken by the Government, and hopes to continue working closely with the Government for the betterment of the Malaysian construction industry.

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On behalf of MBAM, I presented a memento to YB Tuan Lim

Mid of last month on the 15th and 16th, MBAM also attended the 47th ASEAN Constructors Federation (ACF) Council Meeting in Siem Reap, Cambodia

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MBAM Delegation consisting of Council Members and Members attending the 47th ACF Council Meeting

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MBAM Secretary-General, Mr Eric Yong presenting Malaysia’s Country Report on behalf

On 18th March, I was given the privilege to be the Moderator for Session 2 – Zeroing on Death in Construction at the International Construction Transformation Conference (ICTC) in conjunction with International Construction Week (ICW) 2019 at MITEC Kuala Lumpur.

Technology and innovation are essential elements in construction. Innovation is key in achieving quality improvement, productivity, environmental sustainability and also global competitiveness. Many industries are taking full advantage of the Industry 4.0 in enhancing their efficiency and effectiveness – the construction industry cannot afford to be left behind. Construction projects are becoming increasingly complex, putting tremendous pressure and effort to deliver in time and on budget. With new materials being invented and innovated, new energy sources discovered, innovative design approaches and advancements in big data analytics, the construction industry need to re-look, re-think and re-strategise the way we build, beyond 2020. Therefore, the ICTC provided a great platform for industry players to come together for a discussion.

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Here I am moderating the Session 2 Q&A Session with Speakers – CEO of JBT Consult IVS from Denmark, Mr Jakob Thomasen and Managing Director and Head of Country of Lendlease (Malaysia), Mr Stuart Mendel

On 19th March, together with me were MBAM Council Members and Secretariat Staffs attended the Opening Ceremony of International Construction Week (ICW) 2019 and ASEAN Super 8 Show 2019 at MITEC Kuala Lumpur. The Opening Ceremony was graced and officiated by the Minister of Works Malaysia, YB Tuan Baru Bian. YB Tuan Baru also stopped by MBAM Booth at the EcoBuild South East Asia Exhibition.

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Group Photo with Chairman of CIDB Malaysia, Tan Sri Dr Ir Ahmad Tajuddin Ali

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YB Tuan Baru Bian visiting MBAM Booth

Continuing the momentum into second quarter of 2019, I am excited to share with you that MBAM is organising yet another MBAM SAFETY & HEALTH CONFERENCE which is scheduled on 23rd & 24thApril 2019 (Tuesday & Wednesday) at Sime Darby Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur.

The Conference will bring together an estimated 450 participants from the construction industry. The objectives are to provide a platform for Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) professionals, practitioners and industry experts to mutually exchange views and sharing of best practices while at the same time to gauge the progress and evolution of OSH Management System and practices currently adopted for the benefits of the industry.

This event is organised by MBAM in collaboration with the Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) to further enhance the standard of safety and health at construction work sites. The Conference is endorsed by the National Council of Occupational Safety & Health (NCOSH), approved by the Department of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH) as a CEP Programme and the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) as a Construction Continuous Development (CCD) Programme.

For registration and more information on the MBAM Safety & Health Conference, please contact MBAM Secretariat at 03-7984 8636. I hope to see many of MBAM Members there at the Conference venue.

While we are busy preparing for the Conference in April, we have also started to work on the planning and preparation of the 65th MBAM Anniversary Dinner scheduled on 16th August 2019 at Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa. On behalf of MBAM, I would like to take this opportunity to invite MBAM Members to support the fund raising for MBAM Building Fund by taking up one of the sponsorships at the Anniversary Dinner in the category of Platinum (RM30,000.00), Gold (RM20,000.00) or Emerald (RM10,000.00). Besides that, you can also make donation by taking up a table at the price of RM5,000.00 (Special Dinner Table) or RM4,000.00 (Ordinary Dinner Table). For enquiries, please contact MBAM Assistant General Manager, Ms Lee Siew Mei at 03-7984 8636 or email mbam05@mbam.org.my.

So, do come and join us to celebrate the 65th MBAM Anniversary alongside many industry players for a night to remember.

 

FOO CHEK LEE JMW
MBAM President