Kuala Lumpur, 8 March 2021 – The Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia (CIDB) presented the Construction Industry Transformation Programme (CITP) 2016-2020 report card to the Ministry of Works at the CITP Ministerial Committee meeting.
The report card revealed that the five-year programme had resulted in positive changes occurring in the industry with significant gains in productivity. Overall, the CITP report card revealed that the plan achieved a success rate of 90 per cent or more across in its numerous initiatives under its four strategic thrusts from January 2016 to December 2020, with details as follows:
- The quality, safety and professionalism strategic thrust achieved 90 per cent of its initiatives;
- The environmental sustainability strategic thrust achieved 90 per cent;
- The productivity strategic thrust achieved 93 per cent; and
- The internationalisation and competitiveness strategic thrust achieved 91 per cent.
Datuk Ir Ahmad ‘Asri Abdul Hamid, CEO of CIDB Malaysia, said, “The CITP is a detailed programme driven by the Ministry of Works through CIDB Malaysia. The ambitious five-year plan was introduced to transform the Malaysian construction industry into one that is highly productive, sustainable and world-class by 2020. Throughout the five-year plan, CIDB collaborated closely with all industry stakeholders in the private and public sectors to address the industry’s issues to approach transformation holistically.”
The total expenditure for implementing the CITP was RM760.6 million. CIDB contributed RM699 million or 92 per cent, and the economic planning unit (EPU) contributed RM61.6 million or 8 per cent. Of this, the majority was spent on efforts under the productivity strategic thrust of the CITP. At the end of the five-year CITP, the productivity level of general construction workers rose from RM27,000 per worker in 2014 to RM45,000 in 2020.
Several measures had been introduced in CITP to facilitate the industry’s transition from a labour-intensive to a technology-based sector. A key initiative is to promote and regulate the use of the industrialised building system (IBS), which allows for shorter project completion timelines and enhanced quality work. The use of IBS has risen from 24 per cent in public sector projects in 2014 to 87 per cent in 2020, and from 14 per cent in private sector projects in 2014 to 41 per cent in 2020.
Several measures have also been taken to facilitate the adoption of BIM in the industry. These include the setting up of CIDB’s myBIM Centre as a one-stop reference, support, services and capacity building centre. In 2015, approval of building plans took 7–14 days to process. Under the CITP, the National BIM e-submission (NBeS) has been established, which shortened to process to 24–48 hours in 2020.
– Construction+ Online