CITP to Address Challenges in Construction Industry

KUALA LUMPUR, 10 September 2015: The Construction Industry Transformation Programme (CITP), Malaysia’s last five-year plan for the construction industry before 2020, was launched today by the Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, during International Construction Week 2015.

The CITP, which will run from 2016 to 2020, jointly developed by the Ministry of Works and the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), addresses the existing challenges and issues in the construction industry while catalysing a transformation of the industry to the next level.

“As we head towards 2020, the CITP is the next phase where we want to drive the policies of government and get industry aligned to the goals of the country,” said Dato’ Sri Judin Abdul Karim, Chief Executive of CIDB. “The CITP contains four thrusts that are imperative for the next phase of the country and industry.”

These four thrusts are, in order: Quality, Safety and Professionalism; Sustainability; Productivity; and Internationalisation, with 18 initiatives spread over these four thrusts that address specific challenges in the construction industry.

These thrusts and their initiatives will work together to catalyze a transformation of the construction industry into one which will continue to be a key contributor to the economy while providing skilled jobs, with the aim of providing quality products through a safer, environmentally sustainable and more productive construction sector.

“The CITP is supported by the current 11th Malaysia Plan, which includes five major infrastructural developments that will benefit the people and provide economic opportunities to the construction sector,” said Dato’ Sri Judin.
“These five projects are the Pan Borneo Highway, Central Spine Road (CSR), Kota Bharu – Kuala Krai Highway, West Coast Highway, and the Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex road network.”

The construction industry is one of the key drivers of the Malaysian economy. Between 2011 and 2014, the construction sector grew at a rate of 8.0 per cent annually, or to about RM0.5 trillion in terms of value generated.

Although the construction sector’s contribution of 4.5% to the GDP is smaller than other industries, the overall value of the construction sector to the national economy is immense, as more than 120 types of businesses or industries rely on the sector.

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.

According to official statistics, 75 per cent of these are Malaysians, including professionals such as engineers, architects and surveyors.

The CITP was launched utilising Augmented Reality technology, which created virtual and accurate representation of Malaysian construction icons around the people on stage, plus a virtual tiger named Raja, representing Malaysia.
Presenting the icons together with host Raymond Goh were Dato’ Sri Judin, who presented the Kuala Lumpur International Airport; Tan Sri Dr Ahmad Tajuddin Ali, Chairman of CIDB, who presented the Twin Towers; Dato’ Sri Zohari Bin Haji Akob, who presented the Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Bridge, popularly called the Second Penang Bridge; and Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak, who presented the MRT and launched the CITP.

International Construction Week (ICW) is Malaysia’s premier event for the construction industry, covering the full spectrum of construction in Malaysia and Southeast Asia by bringing together construction industry players under one roof to showcase products and services, build partnerships, learn from one another and share innovative ideas.
Established in 2000, ICW 2015 is the 15th instalment of this long-running and anticipated event.