KUCHING, 29 February 2016: Thirty-one industry leaders from Sarawak signed a pledge of commitment to the Construction Industry Transformation Programme (CITP) today.
It illustrates their commitment to undertake the four thrusts of CITP – quality, safety and professionalism, environmental sustainability and productivity – to transform the construction industry in the state.
Minister of Works Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof witnessed the signing ceremony at Waterfront Hotel here, which was held in conjunction with the Graduation ceremony of the Akademi Binaan Malaysia (ABM) Sarawak.
Launched by the prime minister last September, the CITP is a national agenda to transform the construction industry into a modern, highly productive and sustainable industry that is able to enjoy continued growth.
It also aims at enabling Malaysian companies to compete with international players domestically and abroad.
Prior to yesterday’s pledge signing, 80 organisations from Malacca and Kuala Lumpur pledged their commitment to the CITP last October.
At a press conference, Fadillah said quantity did not matter as the ministry would focus more on quality.
“Number is not important as we go for quality. We need to make sure that when they sign, they will deliver. But at the same time, we also hope that more industry players will pledge their commitment to the CITP as we need to meet our objectives.”
A graduation ceremony for Akademi Binaan Malaysia (ABM) was held before the pledge signing.
Some 100 graduates received their certificates from ABM – Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Malaysia’s training and accreditation agency responsible for producing trained and skilled workers for the industry.
Fadillah also handed out awards to seven excellent trainers; namely Mohd Amirul Farid Abedi, Law Hui Yew, Rahmat Sidek, Nicholas Munyau, Mohd Nor Azizie Musa, Freymio Olando Edmund James and Sylvester Juing.
According to a press statement, as many as 60 per cent of the 1.5 million jobs that will be created during the 11th Malaysia Plan will require relevant technical and vocational education and training (TVET) qualifications.
“The 100 graduates are in line with the government policy besides helping meet the needs of the current job market.”
The statement pointed out that the construction sector grew at eight per cent annually between 2011 and 2014, generating revenues worth about RM0.5 trillion.
“Construction also consumes about 15 per cent of the country’s manufacturing output and accounts for 9.5 per cent of the workforce with a total of 1.2 million registered workers.”
Quoting official statistics, it added that 75 per cent of the registered workers including professionals such as engineers, architects and surveyors are Malaysians.
For more information, please visit www.cidb.gov.my
The Construction Industry Development Board was established under the Construction Industry Development Act (Act 520) to develop the Capacity and Capability of the Construction Industry Through Enhancement of Quality and Productivity by Placing Great Emphasis on Professionalism, Innovation and Knowledge in the Endeavour to Improve the Quality of Life.