CIDB works with Kelantan contractors to enhance IBS use

KOTA BHARU: Construction Industry Development Board, Malaysia (CIDB) has entered into a partnership with a leading contractors’ association in Kelantan to enhance the use of Industrialised Building Systems (IBS) in the state.

Specifically targeting the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the state, CIDB MyIBS Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of CIDB, inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Persatuan Kontraktor Perumahan Kelantan (PKPK) on February 25.

The main aim of the MoU is to enhance awareness and for the adoption of IBS in construction works by the SMEs in the state.

Deputy chairman of CIDB MyIBS Sdn. Bhd, Datuk Ir Elias Ismail signed the MoU on behalf of CIDB MyIBS while PKPK was represented by its president, Hasniro Abdullah.

Present to witness the MoU signing ceremony was Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of International Trade and Industry, who is also the chairman of the Federal Action Council of Kelantan (MTPNg); Dato’ Sri Zohari Akob, secretary-general, Ministry of Works; Chief Executive CIDB Malaysia, Dato’ Ir Ahmad ‘Asri Abdul Hamid and CIDB MyIBS CEO Rozaiman Hassan.

“The partnership between PKPK and CIDB MyIBS underscores the government’s commitment to engage and collaborate with various agencies and stakeholders to drive the adoption of latest technologies in the construction industry, such as IBS,” said Zohari after the ceremony.

“Moreover, technologies such as IBS are key towards the transformation of the entire construction value chain. The partnership we are establishing today will benefit the SMEs, which form the backbone of the economy,” he added.

As part of the partnership, CIDB myIBS will provide technical advice and capacity building programmes to PKPK members, to facilitate the adoption of modern construction technology.

By utilising technologies such as IBS, the level of productivity, quality and safety will be enhanced at construction sites, and enables construction industry players to achieve higher cost-effectiveness.

This MoU is in line with the government’s Bumiputera Economic Empowerment Agenda as it will benefit the local bumiputera contractors who make up the majority of PKPK’s membership.

The partnership will also facilitate the sharing of IBS knowledge and latest updates; create a platform for bumiputera construction players to expand their business network; and strengthen the position of bumiputera construction players in the face of modernisation.

CIDB has allocated RM500,000 for development programmes under this MoU.

To increase implementation of IBS in Malaysia, the National Council for Local Government or Majlis Negara Kerajaan Tempatan (MNKT) has mandated the use of IBS for all private sector projects with a minimum value of RM50 million and to attain a minimum IBS score of 50 by 2020.

Whereas for the public sector, the Ministry of Finance has directed that all public projects worth more than RM10 million must achieve a minimum IBS score of 70 since 2008.

The partnership between CIDB MyIBS and PKPK is part of CIDB’s nationwide efforts to increase IBS adoption. The strategy is outlined in the Construction Industry Transformation Programme 2016-2020 (CITP), which aims to more than double the productivity levels of the Malaysian Construction Industry, and it is also in line with the High-Income goal of the 11th Malaysia Plan.

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[February 25, 2018]