Kuala Lumpur, 21 September 2021 – In anticipation of the announcement of the 2022 Budget, the Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM), in their statement released today, expects that mega infrastructure projects will be kick-started soon and tender process will be expedited.
MBAM believes that mega infrastructure projects such as roads, affordable housing, bridges, schools and hospitals could give optimum benefits the public. Therefore, they expect that these will be tendered immediately to contractors for the year 2022. Tendering is also expected to be more open to encourage fair and competitive bidding.
MBAM also hopes that there will be an extension of moratorium until 30 June 2022 and that the benefits of the moratorium be extended to cover limited companies, as well as leasing companies. To ease the cash flow, MBAM thinks that government should provide an interest subsidy or a guarantee for project loans to lower cost and ensure viability.
MBAM also urges the government departments to abolish time-consuming administrative procedures and increase business costs especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. New construction machinery and equipment with new technologies and safety features should be exempted from tax or given specific subsidies to promote the development of industrialisation and automation in the construction industry.
Finally, government is also expected to provide suitable land to set up workers’ accommodation to house more workers, as well as infrastructure and facilities such as electricity, water, communication and essential needs that support health and wellbeing.
– Construction+ Online