Deputy Director-General of Local Government Department Mohammad Ridzwan Abidin addressing the room
PUTRAJAYA: Some 100 local council officers from across the nation attended a briefing and interaction session on the Construction Industry Development Programme (CITP) on September 28, 2017, to understand the significance of their
roles in achieving the nation’s construction aspirations by 2020.
Organised by the Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government (KPKT) and CIDB Malaysia, this first-of- its-kind session engaged representatives of local councils and municipalities to facilitate their knowledge and awareness on CITP and the many ways they can collaborate in making the programme a success.
Held at KPKT's auditorium here, the day-long session kicked off with Deputy Director-General of Local Government Department Mohammad Ridzwan Abidin stressing that local authorities are the strategic partners in implementing CITP as they are on the ground and in touch with businesses and the public.
Sr. Noridah Shafii, Director of CITP’s Project Management Office, introduced CITP, its initiatives, KPIs and current achievements to the participants, and this was followed by indepth briefing by relevant owners of programme on CITP’s strategic thrusts – Quality, Safety and Professionalism; Environment Sustainability; Productivity and Internationalisation
General Manager of the Sustainable Construction Excellence Centre (Mampan) Aminah Abd Rahman meanwhile highlighted that tools such as QLASSIC, SHASSIC, MyCREST, BIM and IBS were available and offered at a nominal fee to assist and guide the construction players in delivering a better quality and sustainable products.
In fact, she said, several of these tools were offered for free.
“Local governments do not need to reinvent the wheel and are welcome to learn to use the tools with CIDB’s assistance,” she said in her presentation.
Aminah, formerly from KPKT, also pinpointed that the success of CITP was a continuing process – from planning to demolition.
A participant, Lim Chooi Ping from the planning unit of Majlis Bandaraya PulauPinang (MBPP), said the session was very informative as she was under the impression that CIDB focused only on contractors. She realised that collaboration with CIDB was the way to go and made note of the many tools that can be readily utilised.
However, for Assistant Town Planner of Majlis Daerah Kota Tinggi Khairul Efi Ramli, the session would have been more relevant to his peers in the Building Department, He also spoke about the general lack of revenue for local councils to implement the CITP in their localities.
“While CITP and the many tools available in implementing the programme are good, local authorities lack funds to carry out the programmes,” he said.
Assistant Engineer Noor Hamiza Othman of Majlis Daerah Tangkak said that the awareness of CITP and its many tools were low in Tangkak, and acknowledged that the session was an eye-opener for her. She said CITP was an excellent programme and was looking forward to attend trainings offered by CIDB.
KPKT and CIDB plan to have similar sessions to engage more local authorities in the near future.[October 4, 2017]