President Message January 2017

PRESIDENT MESSAGE – JANUARY

As we are coming to close out 2016 and as 2017 begins to dawn, I’d like to start by telling you how much I appreciate the MBAM council members, secretariat staff, members and affiliates for your support and commitment throughout this year. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the contributions made by each and every one of you.  Thank you! The efforts shown by everyone have not only help us to survived 2016 in a downturn economy, we also thrived.  I hope 2017 to be even more successful for the Association and for you.  It’s an incredible feeling to know that MBAM will be stepping into another year with a strong back up from our members.   

Looking ahead, we are focused on accelerating our Association’s growth while continuing to build a better relationship with our members. I am incredibly excited about this journey and strongly believe that the constructions industry will still be in a good shape for the next few years.

Thank you everyone and I hope you have a wonderful Holiday and Happy New Year!

 

5TH CAMBODIA CONSTRUCTORS ASSOCIATION SUMMIT AND CAMBODIA CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY EXPO 2015

MBAM Immediate Past President cum 1st Vice President of IFAWPCA, Datuk Matthew Tee delivered a speech on behalf of IFAWPCA President, Dr Park Jong-Woong

Datuk Matthew Tee with the other delegates

MBAM Immediate Past President, Datuk Matthew Tee and MBAM Vice President, Ir. Chuan Yeong Ming attended the Opening Ceremony of the 5th Cambodia Constructors Association Summit and Cambodia Construction Industry Expo 2016 held from 1st to 3rd December 2016 at the Diamond Island Exhibition and Convention Center.  MBAM member, Mr Patrick Strasser from Liebherr also joined the said event. 

The expo was hosted and organised by the Cambodia Constructors Association (CCA) as part of the Association’s Annual General Assembly.  The show was supported by many public institutions including the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training, the Ministry of Commerce, the Board of Engineers Cambodia, the Board of Architects of Cambodia, the ASEAN Constructors Federation (ACF) which represents constructors in ASEAN as well as the International Federation of Asian & Western Pacific Contractors’ Association (IFAWPCA).  

The main purpose of the exhibition was to showcase and promote construction materials, services and technologies which are available in the Cambodian market.  The expo features about 250 booths (with 150 exhibitors) and showcase a wide range of materials and services from the building materials and decoration to mechanical and electrical (M&E) equipment and technology to plumbing and water supply systems, machinery, and mechanical and steel forms, construction machineries, etc.   Supporting industry such as real estate agencies, banks, insurers and education have also participated in the said exhibition.  Overall, the exhibition has attracted professionals from the construction industry, government officials as well as overseas guests.   The expo has created an opportunity for investors and buyers to meet and establish new contacts with new customers. Overall, the visit to the 5th Cambodia Constructors Association Summit and Cambodia Construction Industry Expo 2016 was interesting and informational.

 

MBAM TABLE TENNIS COMPETITION 2016

During the competition

The winners of the MBAM Table Tennis Competition 2016

MBAM Publications & Outreach Committee have organized the MBAM Table Tennis Competition 2016 on 3rd December 2016, at Forum 19, Seksyen 19, Petaling Jaya. This year 16 pairs participated in the competition including 1 mixed pair of MBAM/Bina Puri staff. The event was kindly sponsored by Zhao Yang Geotechnic Sdn Bhd.

The winners that emerged were as follows:

  • Champion – Lim Tze Thean and Lee Soon Kwee from IJM Construction Sdn Bhd winning RM450.00 in cash prize and trophies,
  • 2nd place – William Seen and Billy Chiew from Geohan Sdn Bhd winning RM300.00 in cash prize and trophies,
  • Joint 3rd places – Yeo Chwee Beng and Ding Tai Wei from George Kent (M) Berhad as well as Liau Boon Huat and Liew Chee Khong from IJM Construction Sdn Bhd winning RM100.00 in cash prize and trophies each.

 

MBAM hopes that all participants have enjoyed the games in the spirit of sportsmanship and we look forward to organize more games for members in the future.

 

COURTESY VISIT BY MALAYSIA STEEL INSTITUTE (MSI)

Representatives of MSI

The 60th MBAM Coffee Table Book was presented as a token of appreciation

On 6th December 2016, the Malaysia Steel Institute (MSI) represented by Mr Jarrod Lim Keng Yow, CEO, Pn Sabilillah Sari Zamri, Manager, Industry Relations & Liaison Division and Pn Azizah Mohd Ibrahim, Senior Manager, HR Development paid a courtesy visit to MBAM to discuss on the current issues involving the steel products. During the meeting, MBAM pointed out the rising price tread of steel bars from the date of safeguard being imposed.  The price increase was around 30% and despite taking into consideration the rising exchange rate, increased price of raw materials such as iron ore and tin did not justify the 30% price increase. MSI reported the Government’s stand was to assist to restructure the local steel industry through merge and acquisition and in addition to invite foreign investment. 

The safeguard duty implemented on imported steel bars would be reviewed at the end of the safeguard period in February 2017 and a final determination would be made whether to remove, reduce, increase or extend the safeguard period to another 3 years. MBAM requested the government to look into the current prices of steel bars as we feared the repeat of the 2008 steel bar crisis.  MBAM had always supported local industry and only wanted a fair price and stability of supply to which MSI agreed to work on it.

 

TALK ON CIDB CERTIFICATE OF APPROVAL (COA) & CERTIFICATE OF LOCAL CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS AND MATERIAL (PPS – PERAKUAN PEMATUHAN STANDARD)

Among the participants that attended talk

Group photo of the speakers and participants

The Material Resources Committee and Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia (CIDB) jointly organized the Seminar On Certificate of Approval (CoA) & Perakuan Pematuhan Standard (PPS)” on 14th December 2016 at MBAM Training Centre, Taman Desa.  The seminar aims to create awareness and enhance members’ knowledge on the imported and local products on building material in compliance with COA and PPS.  The seminar was attended by 45 participants. The prominent speakers included Ms Rashimah Adenan, Manager, CIDB Malaysia, Ms Nor Hamiza Zahar, Manager, CIDB Malaysia, Ir. Sabrudin Bin Mohamad Suren, Senior Manager, Amsteel Mills, Mr Lim Wee Tien, General Manager – Regional Officer, Huatraco Scaffold Sdn Bhd and Mr Mohd Khairi Kamarulzaman, Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), Ministry of Human Resources.

Under the CIDB Act 520, it is a mandatory requirement for local products to register for PPS with CIDB. Meanwhile, imported products are required to apply for COA. PPS is a certificate issued by CIDB through CCPM system that confirms a product or building materials have met the standard requirements set. While, COA is a Certificate issued by CIDB which certifies that the product imported for construction meets the requirements of related MS. One of the highlight of the seminar was the special session for steel bar and scaffolding. Overall the feedbacks from the participants were that the seminar was educational and had enhanced their knowledge.

 

STUDY VISIT TO PANTAI 2 SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANTS

The participants were taken around the plant

A token of appreciation was presented to Mr Cui Shuangshuang, Deputy Plant Manager, BEWG (M) Sdn Bhd

MBAM organised a study visit to Pantai 2 Sewage Treatment Plant (P2STP) on 15th December 2016. A total of 15 participants joined the visit led by MBAM Treasurer-General cum Chairman of MBAM Mechanical & Electrical Committee, Mr Kenneth Liew. MBAM Mechanical & Electrical Committee Members, Mr. Tony Kok, Ir. Norman Wong and Mr. Chia Moh Cheang also attended the visit.  The main objective of the visit is to expose the participant on planning, operations and the M & E equipment and facilities.  MBAM envoy was welcomed by the Deputy Plant Manager, BEWG (M) Sdn Bhd, Mr Cui Shuangshuang together with his team members.

At the Auditorium, the program started with a project briefing by Mr Cui who proceeded to update the MBAM members on the scope of work, various advance treatment processes and progress of work status and followed by a lively Q&A session which touched on various technical issues. The P2STP is the country’s biggest sewage treatment plant as well as the largest in Asia Pacific.  The first underground facility and with above ground levels developed as a leisure park with sport facilities.  The P2STP features various green technologies including utilising the skylight concept for the underground plant, effluent reuse, rainwater harvesting and the use of biogas and solar panels to generate electricity.  The plant also uses energy-efficient equipment to reduce the amount of electricity consumed. The participants were then taken to visit the plant to have a closer look at underpass, maintenance floor, bio reactors, clarifier tank.  The BEWG’s team members explained and answered questions raised throughout the visit.

 

MBAM COCD 8TH INTAKE PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATE CEREMONY

The MBAM COCD 8th intake trainees

The MBAM COCD 8th intake trainees

MBAM has successfully conducted two intakes (7th & 8th Intake) of the Construction Occupational Competency Development (COCD) Programme for Trade Supervisor (Foreman) from August 2016 to October 2016 in MBAM Training Centre.  A total of 17 trade supervisors and 15 trade supervisors were trained for both 7th & 8th Intake making a total 136 trade supervisors being trained since 2013. The programme was fully funded by Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia (CIDB) with the primary objective to certify and register construction site personnel in particularly site supervisor, site agent and site foreman.  It is also MBAM’s intention that through this formalised construction competency training programme, the construction practitioners especially construction site personnel would have a better career development and advancement opportunity.   

 

The presentation of certificates for the 8th Intake was recently held on 15th December 2016 where 15 trade supervisors were presented a Competency Skill Certificate (Foreman) by En. Mohd Nazli Mahyadin, Senior General Manager, Personnel and Contractors Development Sector, CIDB Malaysia, witness by MBAM Vice President, Ir. Chuan Yeong Ming and MBAM Secretary-General, Mr Dennis Tan. MBAM will continue to run the programme in 2017 with the continued support from CIDB.  Please do look forward for our announcement on the schedule for 2017 soon.

MBAM TALK ON TAX RISKS IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR/LATEST TAX ISSUES FACED BY THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR

From left to right: MBAM Executive Director, Ms Loh Mei Ling, Associate Director, Tax, Crowe Horwath, Mr Chris Yee, Tax Executive Director, Crowe Horwath KL Tax Sdn Bhd, Ms Fennie Lim and MBAM Treasurer General, Mr Kenneth Liew

The participants that attended the talk

The finance committee organised the Talk on Tax Risks in the Construction Sector/ Latest Tax Issues on 15th December 2016 at MBAM Training Centre, Taman Desa. The event was attended by 30 participants. Mr Kenneth Liew, MBAM Treasurer-General delivered the welcome remarks and thanked Ms Fennie Lim, Tax Executive Director, Crowe Horwath KL Tax Sdn Bhd & Mr Chris Yee, Associate Director, Tax, Crowe Horwath for supporting this event and making it a success by sharing their knowledge on the subject matter.

Ms Fennie Lim highlighted some latest development on 2017 Budget changes, the importance of proper record keeping for tax audit purposes. Some example were given for improper & non-compliance of record keeping and also updates on tax issues raised by IRB during field audit & investigation for construction companies. In addition, there were highlights on the importance of IRB’s rules & regulations governing construction companies. Mr Chris Yee touch based on key GST implications for construction industry. Major points highlighted by him were the objective of Blue Ocean Strategy Operation, common misconceptions and supplies in relation to construction. Both of them demonstrated interesting presentation on the highlights which were followed by a Q and A session. It is with hope that more members will participate in such event to be more aware on the latest updates & issues.

 

INTERVIEW WITH MALAYSIA MOBILE CRANE ASSOCIATION 1987

During the interview session

A token of appreciation was presented

On 19th December 2016, I was interviewed by the representatives from Malaysia Mobile Crane Owners Association 1987 (MMCOA) on related industrial matters. In conjunction with their 30th Anniversary in 2017, they are publishing a magazine to commemorate their milestone in the industry.

 

WORKSHOP ON HAZARD IDENTIFICATION, RISK ASSESSMENT & RISK CONTROL (HIRARC) IN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

Among the safety personnel that attended the workshop on HIRARC

Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM) Safety and Health Committee organised a Workshop on Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment & Risk Control (HIRARC) In Construction Industry on 19th & 20th December 2016 at Puchong.

This Workshop, which is supported by Social Security Organisation (SOCSO), is aimed to drive the Construction Industry moving towards Risk Reduction Culture in line with the Construction Industry Transformation Plan (CITP) 2016-2020. Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Risk Control is a basic Risk Management tool common used to manage occupational risk at the place of work. Thorough HIRARC can reduce the level of risks at the place of work to a “tolerable” (ALARP) level. Comprehensive knowledge of the work place hazards and its most effective control measures available, best practices and other related information on hazard avoidance and risk reduction are essential.

We are honoured to have Encik Mazlan Ismail, Senior Consultants of KLIA College as our trainer. In total 27 participants attended this Workshop. This workshop is essential for personnel who are responsible for occupational safety and health at Construction Sites.

 

DIALOGUE SESSION ON SCAFFOLDING & TOWER CRANE

The dialogue session with representative from DOSH

Group photo with the key person of the dialogue session

Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM) organised a Dialogue Session with Department Of Occupational Safety And Health (DOSH), Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia (CIDB), manufacturers and members pertaining to the DOSH’s Special Order on Banning of Use of Frame Scaffold which is not compliance to the Standard and also on the Safe Use of Tower Crane 2016 in Construction Industry with effective from 1st January 2016 (proposed) on 20th December 2016 at MBAM Training Centre.

Under the Special Order (Perintah Khas), DOSH will not allow sub-standard A Frame Scaffold to be used at sites which will take effect from 1st January 2016. The possible impacts of this enforcement, contractors might face problem to dispose the frame scaffold for the existing on-going projects and face shortage supply and etc. On the Safe Use of Tower Crane, main contractors will also be responsible on the safe operation of tower cranes at sites.  Some of the issue raised to DOSH in term of the processing time to get inspected as well as PMA issuance. In this view, DOSH will hire third party to do the ground inspection followed by the DOSH Officer to do load test and finally to issue PMA. In addition to this issue, DOSH has stressed that the Tower Crane Operator (Skilled Worker) must be Malaysian and inform MBAM to voice up the issue to get foreign labour to become Tower Crane Operator to Ministry of Home Affairs or Ministry of Human Resources. DOSH is aware on the difficulties being faced by industry on the shortage of Tower Crane Operator and will follow whatever decision being made by ministry level without any doubt. Based on DOSH statistics, there were 1614 registered Competent Tower Crane Operator till December 2016. In conclusion, DOSH and CIDB are pleased with MBAM’s initiative for having these fruitful dialogues session to build closer relationship and mutual understanding between regulatory bodies and industry at large.  A further discussion on the scaffold material issue will be held between MBAM & CIDB in early 2017.

 

Foo chek Lee

President