CLAB launches CLQ; workers enjoy quality accommodation

Yang Berhormat Dato Sri Haji Fadillah Bin Haji Yusof Menteri Kerja Raya (tiga dari kanan) bergambar bersama dif-dif kehormat, sempena perasmian Pusat Penempatan Pekerja (CLQ CLAB).


SHAH ALAM: In a move that will uplift the living conditions of construction workers, the Construction Labour Exchange Centre Berhad (CLAB) on Jan 18 launched its first Centralised Labour Quarters (CLQ) here.

This initiative is a part of the Construction Industry Transformation Programme’s (CITP) aim to improve the overall workplace safety and workers’ amenities in the industry.

The CLQ has six blocks consisting 144 rooms with the capacity to house up to 864 workers. It is a gated-and-guarded accommodation, complete with amenities and facilities for the workers’ safety and comfort. It includes a surau, cafeteria, kitchen, recreational areas and medical facilities

The facility was launched by Works Minister Dato’ Sri Fadillah Yusof. Also present were chairman of CLAB and Works Ministry secretary-general Dato’ Sri Zohari Akob, and chief executive of CLAB Abdul Rafik Abdul Rajis.

CLAB is a subsidiary of the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Malaysia.

Under the CITP target, eight CLQs for construction workers are to be operational by the fourth quarter of 2020, in collaboration with industry partners as part of an ongoing initiative to drive improvements in worker’s living conditions and amenities.

The CLQ in Shah Alam is owned by MRT Corporation which has permitted CLAB the use of the premises for a year as a pilot project after the completion of the Sungai Buloh–Kajang MRT.

CLAB is also in talks with the Penang Development Corporation and Putrajaya Corporation to construct and operate two new CLQ’s at Batu Kawan, Penang and in Putrajaya by 2018.

“As construction projects may differ in timeline, size and value, it is not necessarily feasible to build a CLQ for every project. Hence, renting a CLQ by CLAB for construction workers is the more practical and economical option,” said Fadillah during the launch.

“It is not only a clean and safe environment for workers, but employers also need not worry about the additional burden of operating the quarters, as it is wholly managed and operated by CLAB,” he added.

CLAB was established in 2003 by CIDB pursuant to the decision by the Cabinet Committee on Foreign Workers to bring in and redistribute foreign workers for companies in Malaysia.

In 2009, the government mandated CLAB to manage all requests from construction companies that require a maximum of 100 foreign construction workers for their projects. To date, CLAB has successfully managed 174,000 construction workers for placement in the industry through 34,800 applications from construction companies.

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[January 18, 2018]