President Message November 2012



The Construction Industry Payment and Adjudication Act (CIPAA) was gazetted on 22nd June 2012 and the Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM) wishes to thank the Government for the enactment of this statute. The CIPAA has been long awaited by the construction industry to address the pervasive prevailing payment problems. Towards this end, MBAM calls upon the Honorable Works Minister to announce the taking effect and enforcement of the CIPAA soonest possible, preferably in the beginning of 2013.

In line with the impending coming into force of the CIPAA, MBAM also calls upon the Government to establish the specialist construction court. At the recent briefing organized by the Construction Industry Development Board, Malaysia (CIDB), it is clear from the United Kingdom experience that the successful implementation of the CIPAA will be critically dependent on robust, efficient and expert court support. The proposal to establish the specialist construction court is the joint initiative of the CIDB and the Bar Council Malaysia. The Master Builders Association Malaysia fully supports this initiative for the betterment of the Malaysia construction industry as envisaged in the Construction Industry Master Plan (CIMP) to help the construction industry to move forward by achieving global standards. CIPAA provides for adjudication. CIPAA if supported by a specialist construction court will strengthen the administration of justice in a speedy and economical way.


MBAM and REHDA has sent a joint a memorandum to DBKL where we are proposing measures in the area of construction which we believe will reduce the complaints from the city dweller while allowing the developers and construction professionals for the installation of first class infrastructure and facilities in the shortest period possible. The memorandum stressed on a need for clearly laid down rules whose criteria are measurable and transparent for which there will be strict enforcement to help alleviate most of the problems currently faced by all parties including enforcing agencies, city dwellers and contractors.

Seminar on Budget 2013 – Tax Perspective & its Impact on Construction Industry

MBAM will be organizing a Seminar on Budget 2013-Tax Perspective briefing by MBAM Honorary Tax Advisor – Mr. Yee Wing Peng. There will be a presentation on Construction projects awarded in 2012 & prospect for 2013 by invited speaker from CIDB including a Panel Discussion by MBAM President – Mr. Matthew Tee Kai Woon, Vice President – Dato’ Ir. Tan Gim Foo, Honorary Tax Advisor – Mr. Yee Wing Peng and an Guest from REHDA on Monday 5th November 2012 in MBAM Training Centre (Opposite MBAM office), 6-2 (2nd Floor), Jalan 1/109E, Desa Business Park, Taman Desa, Off Jalan Klang Lama, 58100 Kuala Lumpur at 9.00am to 12.00 noon. Do contact MBAM Secretariat Ms Carmen Chan at 03-79848636 if you are interested.


The MBAM Product Talk No. 3/2012 and Fellowship No. 8/2012 will be sponsored by Ground Engineering Operations (GEO), United Kingdom.

MBAM Product Talk No. 3/2012 GEO Product-G3 System Application: Use of Polymer Based Slurries To Reduce Deep Foundations Projects Time Assuring High Quality Standards is scheduled to be held as follows:-

Date: 9th November 2012 (Friday)

Time: 3.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.

Venue: Tiara Rini Ballroom, The Royale Bintang Hotel, The Curve, Mutiara Damansara.

The product talk is free but early registration is required to ensure availability of seats as the product talk is limited to 200 pax. Registration will be based on first come first serve basis.

The Fellowship Gathering will be held in The Terrace, The Royale Bintang Hotel, The Curve, Mutiara Damansara from 6.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m.

A nominal fee of RM50.00 per participant shall be collected for MBAM Fellowship No. 8/2012 which will include free flow of beer and food on the house. You and your business associates are cordially invited to the gathering.

For enquiries, please contact Ms Loges (ext 112) or Mr. Leon Leong (ext 104) at ( +603-7984 8636 or e-mail to .


Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM) will be publishing its inaugural MBAM Notebook. It is targeted to be published by third week of January 2013.

MBAM Notebook will contain information related to the development of the construction industry and will be an effective tool to promote and source for the latest products, services, equipment, and technology, manpower and management technique. We aim to circulate the MBAM Notebook to all Government departments and agencies, Trade Commissioners of foreign embassies and all incoming and outgoing business delegations.

We are pleased to invite your company to advertise your products and services in our MBAM Notebook and to purchase the notebook as per booking link.

The mileage received is translated into increase in sales and products exposure, testified by repeat advertisers that have benefited from the publicity of MBAM Publication. For enquiries or further information on MBAM Notebook, please contact MBAM Secretariat for further information.


The 40th IFAWPCA Convention will be held on 5/1/2013-10/1/2013 (Saturday-Thursday) in Gokulam Park Hotel & Convention Centre, Kochi, India. Builders Association of India (BAI) will be hosting with the theme “Responsible Infrastructure”. BAI has prepared a comprehensive programme and social activities for delegates to update information on the building and construction industry as well as to meet up with friends and colleagues from the Asian and Western Pacific regions. MBAM intends to send a large delegation to Kochi, India to show our support. Do join us and contact MBAM Secretariat if you are available.


Yours faithfully,

Matthew Tee,

President, MBAM

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