Internationalisation will drive the Malaysian construction players to gain prominence as global players on the international platform as well as significantly elevate its position on the domestic front. Its highly skilled and professional workforce is envisaged to capture the growth beyond domestic market and adapts to the changing environment quickly to be able to compete in the world arena.

Case for Change

  1. Increasingly competitive domestic market, especially with the presence of foreign players
    • Enlarged presence by foreign players in the Malaysian construction industry as they obtain bigger market share from year to year
    • Lack of Malaysia firms that obtain specialized and highly technical projects across Malaysia
    • Intense competitive global landscape, especially due to the significant number of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), which reduces barriers to competition
    • Added pressure on local players to improve their competitive capabilities with emergence of new FTAs
    • Lack of familiarity by local players on international standards and specifications pertaining to building materials, quality, workmanship, safety and sustainability to compete effectively
  2. Limited access to enablers to support international expansion, including financing
    • Gaps in overseas financing from both private and government sector prove to be the main hindrance for Malaysian companies to win overseas projects and securing working capital overseas
    • Limited public sector funding as it is based on restrictions imposed on country and company, whereas large firms face challenges in obtaining project loans, especially if the target market is considered ‘high risk’
    • Difficulties by SMEs in meeting loan risk assessment criteria and accurately planning project finance requirements, leading to a higher risk of projects running into losses before completion and in turn impacting credibility
  3. Limited number of Malaysian players participate in construction projects abroad
    • Sparse market intelligence and lack of market access have led to difficulties for Malaysian firms to successfully win overseas projects
    • Lack of deeper understanding of overseas markets, building cross-border networks and gaining international experience in order to benefit from the thriving global construction market

2020 Aspirations

The CITP aims to nurture ‘Malaysian Champions’, i.e. companies with the potential to become construction industry leaders.

2020 Key Outcomes

  1. Lead the charge both locally and globally
  2. Raise the profile of the Malaysian construction industry in the global market


Initiative I1
Internationalise construction practices and standards
I1a: Introduce national specification for construction

I1b: Heighten enforcement of compliance to mandatory material standards
I1c: Enhance and expand adoption of MyCESMM
Initiative I2, I3
I2: Strengthen access to financing for Malaysian champions going abroad

I3: Support consortia formation and strengthen overseas market intelligence

Initiative I4
Intensify contractor’s capacity and capability building
Initiative I5
Elevate the use of Malaysian construction resources in local and overseas projects
This is a new-entry initiative. More information to follow.
23 May 2017