Quality, safety and professionalism are primary prerequisites towards transforming our national construction into a responsible, developed industry. These fundamentals are to be ingrained into everyday practices, creating high quality products, safe and healthy environment at construction sites and ease of doing business for construction permits.
Case for Change
- Lack of adequate emphasis on quality assessment and assurance
- Lack in quality-rated building as clients and consumers may not demand for quality
- Limited number of standards for materials and structures that are in line with internationally recognised standards
- Low take up rate of a rating system for buildings called the Quality assessment System in Construction (QLASSIC) that assesses contractor workmanship and a broader quality assurance for construction of building
- Insufficient number of independent quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) assessment hinders consumers from fully discerning quality of construction and distinguishing industry players that offer higher quality standards
- Poor conditions on worksite, including workers’ amenities and safety and health standards
- Negative reputation due to poor safety and health practices in Malaysia construction
- Shortage of relevant safety officers contribute to the high numbers of fatalities and accidents
- Failure to meet minimum standards of workers’ living conditions, especially foreign workers
- Complex regulatory framework, processes and procedures, which lead to delays in permits and approvals
- Challenging ease of doing business with rigid regulatory framework and procedures, specifically pertaining to issuance of licenses and permits.
- Long red tape as Malaysia takes over 74 days to issue construction permits, compared to only 24 in Singapore.
- Room to enhance public perception of the industry and awareness of initiatives to improve the image of the industry
- Negative perceptions about safety, quality, environmental friendliness and adoption of technology deter many from making a career in construction.
Quality, safety and professionalism have to be ingrained in the culture of the construction industry.
2020 Key Outcomes
- More than 50% of public projects exceed acceptable QLASSIC score
- More than 50% reduction in worksite fatalities
- Achieve improvement by 5 percentage points in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business indicator for dealing with construction permits