The CITP aims to transform the construction industry through four strategic thrusts: Quality, Safety and Professionalism, Environmental Sustainability, Productivity and Internationalisation.

The CITP’s goals include

  1. Creating and enforcing the highest standards of quality, safety and professionalism in the construction industry
  2. Instituting more environmentally sustainable practices throughout the industry
  3. Generating high-skilled jobs and opportunities for Malaysian youth and SMEs
  4. Reducing the reliance on low skilled foreign labour
  5. Increasing global competitiveness

The CITP, is Malaysia’s national agenda to transform the construction industry during 2016-2020. The CITP was spearheaded by the Ministry of Works in collaboration with its agencies, primarily the Construction Industry Development Board.

The CITP was developed to address pertinent issues plaguing the construction industry. Significant progress has been made in the construction sector through a series of initiatives and programmes implemented over the years. However, challenges such as below still need to be addressed:


  1. Lacks in building quality and workmanship
  2. Quality assessment tools such as QLASSIC are underutilised
  3. Safety not emphasised on construction sites
  4. Carbon emissions were too high
  5. Construction & demolition (C&D) waste over-contribute to landfills
  6. Buildings are inadequately resilient to natural disasters.

There are also issued related to low productivity of workers due to unskilled labour. This sets the industry behind other global players and contributes negatively to income growth.

The industry also tends to favour labour over modern technologies and methods of construction, which leads to low implementation of such technologies as Industrialised Building Systems.

As a result, Malaysian companies face increased competition both domestically and abroad who may be better equipped to provide construction services. Limitations remain in financing and market intelligence that hinders the targeting of overseas markets.

The government included the industry in the 11th Malaysia Plan under Chapter 8 and Focus Area D, as well as in the Services Sector Blueprint.

The CITP was developed to support the thrusts of the 11th Malaysia Plan and to accelerate the development of the Malaysian construction industry to prepare it to meet the future demands of the Malaysian economy.

The CITP is an ongoing process across government ministries and agencies, industry players, professional boards and associations, universities and research organisations will be needed if the CITP is to be successful.

Four strategic thrusts guide the transformation and continued development of the construction industry and to address the issues mentioned above:

  1. Quality, Safety and Professionalism
  2. Environmental Sustainability
  3. Productivity
  4. Internationalisation

The CITP is a collaborative process.

Over 150 stakeholder groups provided input to the CITP, including ministries, government agencies, industry players, professional boards and associations, universities and training institutes, industry experts and numerous other industry players including corporations.

The development of the CITP took place over three phases:

Phase 1: Baseline and plan development (March – June 2014)

Stress Test: (July – Dec 2014)

Phase 2: Developing detailed implementation plan (Jan – July 2015)

Phase 1: Baseline & Plan Development


  • Identify the issues holding back the construction sector by collaborating with more than 150 stakeholder groups.
  • The process included a series of one-on-one interviews, focus group discussions and lab interviews.

The outcome is as below:

  1. Identify key issues in the sector
  2. Identify gaps using benchmarks and best practices
  3. Identify strategic thrusts to drive industry transformation
  4. Commence planning for implementation

Draft plan produced.

Four global megatrends guided development of the CITP.

  • Urbanisation
  • Energy scarcity and sustainability
  • Globalisation and the rise of Rapidly Developing Economies
  • Productivity and innovation imperative

The preliminary CITP draft was also aligned with the relevant national agendas.

Stress Test


The CITP draft was stress-tested with 150 stakeholder groups. The outcomes for each thrust were defined and 18 initiatives were developed.


Phase 2: Developing Detailed Implementation Plan

The 18 initiatives were further refined and the relevant stakeholders were determined through a series of lab sessions and one-on-one engagements.

A detailed implementation plan was developed based on focus groups input. Each initiative detailed its key milestones, stakeholder involved, critical inter-dependencies, key performance indicators and resources required. These will be used for tracking and monitoring purposes during the CITP’s implementation phase.

  • The CITP was presented at the National Development Planning Committee on 11 March 2015 and at the Special Committee for the Services Sector on 16 March 2015.
  • The CITP was presented to the Cabinet Ministers at the Cabinet Away Day held on 21 May 2015, followed by the submission of a Cabinet Paper.

The official launch of the CITP took place on 10 September 2015.