President Message May 2016


We have marched through the most hectic month in the Association’s calendar so far with back to back events from early of the month till the end. The month of May kicks off with the MBAM Safety & Health Conference that is scheduled to be held on 10th to 11th May 2016 followed by the 1st of the 4 Sessions of Practical Construction Contract Administration / Management training on 19th May 2016. For further information on the events, please do not hesitate to contact our secretariat staff at 03 7984 8636.

Next, we have the highlight event of the month which is the 62nd MBAM Anniversary Dinner on 27th May 2016. We also have the MBAM Affiliate Dialogue scheduled to be held on the same day before the dinner starts. As you can see, we are working very hard to provide the best service for the benefit of our members. Therefore, I wish for nothing but support from all of you towards the numerous events that we have planned for this month.

We are also pleased to inform that MBAM has purchased a piece of land measuring 43,572 sq.ft.  for over RM7million for our new MBAM Building in Persiaran Harmoni, Putra Heights.  As such, we wish to appeal and seek the support of all MBAM Members to contribute generously to the MBAM Building Fund as this will be the first step for MBAM in realizing our dream of owning a building that we can call our own. We assure you that your donation will be given due recognition when our building is completed. For donation related matters, please contact our Executive Director, Ms Loh Mei Ling or Executive Officer, Ms Abbie Ng at +603-7984 8636 or e-mail or



Briefing by MBAM Assistant Manager, Mr Mohd Farhan

In class session with Mr Mohd Ridza Bin Haji Illias

Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM) has organized a series of scaffolding training for our Members and industry players.

The class for the 14th intake of Level 1 (Basic) Scaffolding Course was successfully held on 4th – 13th April 2016 at KLIA College. The course, which was attended by 10 participants, was briefed by MBAM Assistant Manager, Mr Mohd Farhan Bin Mohammad Din.

This course is designed for any personnel involved in Heavy Industry and Construction and is especially relevant to personnel who are:

  • Hands on personnel
  • Safety & Health practitioners who are responsible for coordinating plan and implementing scaffolding work at work site


The structured approach of learning using the Training Modules and Methods of presentation, was designed to give a comprehensive overview of the work process so that it is in compliance with the scaffolding standard BS 1139 and the requirement of the legislations. After attending this session, participants were now able to compare and understand all the scaffolding systems and procedures between Frame, Tubular and Modular types.



During the discussion session

Group photo with the Director General of DOSH, YBhg. Dato’ Ir. Mohtar bin Musri

MBAM Deputy President and Chairman of Safety and Health Committee, Mr Foo Chek Lee led the courtesy visit to see YBhg. Dato’ Ir. Mohtar bin Musri, Director General of Department of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH) on 8th April 2016 at Department of Occupational Safety & Health, Putrajaya.

YBhg. Dato’ Ir. Mohtar thanked MBAM for taking the initiative to meet up with DOSH to strengthen the relationship between the department and the industry. He also hoped that more dialogues between both parties can be held so that we will have a better two-way communication on matters involving the industry.

Among the issues highlighted during the visit was the renewal of the Site Safety Supervisor Board of Examination (SSS BOE). DOSH is working on standardizing the BOE under one body instead of two that are currently in place. In addition, DOSH will form a working group on the migration of MBAM BOE to DOSH BOE which will be represented by all training providers across the states including MBAM. In the interim, MBAM will still continue with the training until further notice by DOSH to settle those re-sit participants before handing over to DOSH.

MBAM also extended invitation to DOSH to attend the MBAM Annual Safety & Health Conference scheduled on 10th – 11th May 2016 and personally invites DOSH Director General, YBhg. Ir Mohtar bin Musri to the 62nd MBAM Anniversary Dinner to be held on 27th May 2016.



Mr Sam Ghee during the in class session

The practical demonstration for the participants

The Safety & Health Committee of Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM) organized a Training on CPR & First Aid at Workplace on 8th to 9th April 2016 at MBAM Training Centre.  This Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid Training consisted of trainings for mouth-to-mouth respiration, chest compression and basic First Aid that were demonstrated to the participants. CPR is an emergency lifesaving procedure that is done when someone’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped. This may occur after an electric shock, heart attack, or drowning situation. Besides that, this CPR training also combined rescue breathing and chest compressions.

The training was conducted by Mr Ghee Wee Sim or better known as Sam Ghee, a Qualified CPR Trainer and First Aider that served with St. John Ambulance of Malaysia (SJAM) for 20 years. Furthermore, he is also a member of Emergency Medical Air Rescue Service from St. John Ambulance of Malaysia (SJAM) and Royal Air Force of Malaysia. A total of 14 participants attended this training.



The sponsors of the 7th MCS with the Guest of Honour

The speakers for the first session of the 7th MCS

During the Q&A session

The 7th Malaysian Construction Summit 2016 was successfully held on 11th April 2016 at Plenary Theatre, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The event, with the theme “Increasing Productivity Through Technology & Processes”, was graced by the presence of Minister of Works, Y. B. Dato’ Sri Haji Fadillah Bin Haji Yusof as the Guest of Honour, Deputy Minister of Works, Y.B. Datuk Rosnah Bte Abdul Rashid Shirlin, as well as Chief Executive, Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia, YBhg. Dato’ Ir. Ahmad ‘Asri Abdul Hamid. 

The Summit, which was well attended by 356 participants, was separated into two sessions, with three speakers each, with each session concluding in a moderated panel discussion. The internationally renowned speakers for the Summit were:

Paper 1 –  Leveraging On The Relevant Strategy To Improve Productivity In Construction Sector by Dr. Roslina Md Isa, Director of Productivity & Competitiveness, Development Division, Malaysia Productivity Corporation.

Paper 2 – Driving the Construction Productivity in Hong Kong:  Practices & Research by Ir. Julian Lee, Senior Manager, Research & Development, Construction Industry Council, Hong Kong/Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Hong Kong.

Paper 3 – Workforce Development Plan For Malaysian Construction Industry by Mr Toshihiko Makiuchi, General Manager, Taisei Corporation, Kuala Lumpur.

Moderator for Session 1:  Mr Kwan Foh Kwai, MBAM Immediate Past President.

Paper 4 – Increasing Construction Productivity through the Construction Green 5-S (CG5S) for Malaysia’s CITP by Prof. Sam Ho, Founder Chair, HK5SA, I5SO, ICIT & APBEST Academy

Paper 5 – Regulating Productivity Through Buildable Technologies & Constructible Processes by Prof. Dr. Low Sui Pheng, Director, Centre for Project Management & Construction Law, Department of Building, National University of Singapore.

Paper 6 – International Comparative Analysis Of Labour Cost/Productivity And Practices For Process/Technology-based Productivity Improvement by Dr. Wisung Yoo, Research Fellow, Construction & Economy Research Institute of Korea.

Moderator for Session 2: Ir. Chuan Yeong Ming, MBAM Vice President  

The Summit proved to be the ideal venue for discussion on the latest trends and achievements in the field of increasing productivity in the construction industry, and the sessions were well attended until the end with the closing remarks delivered by the Chairman of the Organising Committee, Mr Steven Aroki.



The winners for the Open Mixed Category

The winners for the Men Doubles combined age 90 years and below category

The winners for the Men Doubles combined age 91 years and above category

On 23rd April 2016, MBAM organised the MBAM Badminton Tournament 2016 at the Champion Badminton Court, Petaling Jaya. This is the 2nd outreach programme for this year after the MBAM Karaoke Competition back in March. Sponsored by Tencate Geosynthetics Asia Sdn Bhd, the Tournament managed to break the previous year’s record with a total of 90 pairs joining this year. There were 28 pairs for Open Mixed Doubles, 16 pairs for Men Doubles combined aged 91 years and above and 46 pairs for the Men Doubles Combined aged 90 years and below. The following were the winners for this year’s tournament:

MBAM Men’s Doubles Combined Ages of 90 Years and Below

1st Prize – RM800.00 and Trophy

  • Muhamad Ikmal bin Mahifal/ Muhammad Febriansyah (Bina Puri Holdings Berhad)

2nd Prize – RM300.00

  • Bernard Ong Su Leng/ Nazri Bin Ahmad (Industrial Concrete Products Sdn Bhd)

Joint 3rd Prize – RM200.00

  • Amri bin Gani/ Ivan Leong Jon Wei (Gamuda Berhad )
  • Mohd Jefri Bin Mohamed Jamal/ Mohamad Asraf Bin Mat Sadan (UEM Builders Berhad)


MBAM Men’s Doubles Combined Ages of 91 Years and Above

1st Prize – RM800.00 and Trophy

  • Wong Heng Wai / Yap Swee Kee (IJM Corporation Berhad)

2nd Prize – RM300.00

  • Gan Boon Ting/ Leong Yew Mun (UAC Berhad)

Joint 3rd Prize – RM200.00

  • Lee Ah Nam / Tan Yen Hong (IJM Corporation Berhad)
  • Verghese Thirumala / Madan Kumar Panwar (Maxitulin Sdn Bhd)


MBAM Open Mixed Doubles

1st Prize – RM800.00 and Trophy

  • Mohd Sofie Hassan / Hidayati Mohamad Yusoff (Sunway Construction Sdn Bhd)

2nd Prize – RM300.00

  • Samuel Nesan / Joann Sosama Joseph (Maxitulin Sdn Bhd)

Joint 3rd Prize – RM200.00

  • Matthew Tee/ Ng Mee Fen (Bina Puri Holdings Berhad)
  • Chandramohan / K Sunita a/p Vinayakadas (Maxitulin Sdn Bhd)

 Overall, the tournament was a success with minimum number of injuries recorded during the back to back games. I hope more new participants will come forward for next year’s tournament to compete for the cash prizes and trophies.



Group photo with the Guest of Honour, Encik Mohamad Nizam Bin Ali, Director, DOSH, Kelantan

Among the participants attending the seminar

Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM) Safety and Health Committee together with Persatuan Pembinaan Kelantan (Kin Cho Hong) jointly organised a Seminar on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in Construction Industry for contractors and safety personnel on 25th April 2016 in Kota Bharu, Kelantan.

The seminar was graced by Encik Mohamad Nizam Bin Ali, Director, Department of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH), Kelantan as the Guest-of-Honour. The seminar was also attended by MBAM Deputy President, Mr Foo Chek Lee, Encik Rahim Bin Jusoh, Assistant Director (Enforcement) of Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) Kelantan, Encik Jasmi Mohd Salleh, Director of Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia (CIDB), Kelantan, Tuan Hj. Abdul Razak, General Manager, Law Advisory Office (CIDB HQ) and Mr Steven Lee, President of Persatuan Pembinaan Kelantan (Kin Cho Hong). A total of 40 participants attended this Seminar.



Presentation of souvenir for Chief Executive of CIDB, YBhg. Dato’ Ir Ahmad ‘Asri Bin Abdul Hamid

Group Photo with the Representatives of MBAM and CIDB

On 25th April 2016, I led a few of MBAM Council Members and paid an official visit to the newly appointed Chief Executive of Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia (CIDB), YBhg. Dato’ Ir. Ahmad ‘Asri Bin Abdul Hamid.  In his welcome remark, YBhg. Dato’ Ir. Ahmad Asri thanked MBAM for the visit and the excellent work done for the recently concluded MBAM 7th Malaysian Construction Summit 2016.

Apart from that, we also discussed the following issues:-

  • Foreign manpower issue and the increase in levy
  • Issues arising from the implementation of GST
  • Appeal on high import duties imposed on heavy construction machineries
  • Industrialised Building System (IBS) fund
  • Accreditation and certification of construction personnel and etc.


Overall the visit was a success and we concluded the event with a group photo and exchanges of souvenirs.


Matthew Tee


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