Kuala Lumpur, 9 March 2021 – Under the Construction Industry Transformation Programme (CITP) 2016-2020, Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) introduced several measurements for quality, safety and professionalism in construction, one of which is the Quality Assessment System in Construction or QLASSIC.
It assesses contractor workmanship, as well as provide broader quality assurance for construction of buildings. In the CITP Ministerial Committee meeting, CIDB reported to the Ministry of Works that the average QLASSIC score rose from 69 per cent in 2014 to 72 per cent in 2020 after the CITP, with the highest score being 90 per cent—the highest ever achieved since QLASSIC was introduced.
QLASSIC certification was also required in the construction of the National Affordable Housing Policy launched by the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, to complement the new regulations for construction waste and the soon-to-be-gazetted guidelines on Occupational Safety and Health in Construction Industry Management (OSHCIM).
Under CITP, CIDB also created numerous measures to further facilitate the industry players’ participation in the transformation process. These include databases, websites and other digital tools, courses and certifications, as well as industry transformation incubators such as CIDB’s myBIM Centre.
Other areas that CIDB will be focusing on is raising the productivity rate of construction industry, which still lags behind other industries in the nation. The adoption of industrialised building system (IBS) has been identified as a game-changer in this effort, as it is projected that this will be able to raise the productivity of the industry from 2.3 square feet per man-day with conventional methods to 10.4 square feet per man-day with IBS.
Datuk Ahmad ‘Asri, CEO of CIDB, said, “We are mindful of the recent socio-economic developments, including the impact from the COVID-19 pandemic. All these external challenges and new economic reality that are occurring in the construction industry around the world underscore the importance for us to step up our game, including embracing digital and new technologies. CIDB is committed to continue working closely with industry stakeholders to continue the transformation process and instil a future-proof culture in the Malaysian construction industry. Ultimately, our goal is to elevate the Malaysian construction industry into one that is more competitive, productive and resilient beyond 2020.”
– Construction+ Online