Focus on quality and safety

Ahmad ‘Asri (second from right) explaining the highlights of ICW. With him are (from right) UBM Asean business development director Eliane Van Doorn, CIDB senior general manager Sariah Abdul Karib and Master Builders Association Malaysia president Foo Chek Lee.

ECOBUILD Southeast Asia opens today at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre as part of the ongoing 17th International Construction Week (ICW). 

The joint event, which ends on Friday, is hosted by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) and organised by UBM Malaysia.

The event features an exhibition showcasing the latest products, technologies and innovations in the industry, conferences and seminars.

Among the key conferences that will be held are International Construction Safety Leadership Conference and Round Table Discussion on Instilling Safety Culture in Construction.

“This is the fourth time we are hosting Ecobuild,” said CIDB chief executive Datuk Ahmad ‘Asri Abdul Hamid in a press conference.

“Other than the paid conferences, there are 46 free seminars under the Ecobuild Sea Seminar 2017,” said Ahmad ‘Asri, adding that they expected 15,000 local and overseas visitors, including delegates, for ICW.

Topics for the seminars include Quality and Safety in Project Management and Managing Energy in Electric Motor Systems.

“This year, our theme is ‘Towards enhancing quality and safety in construction’.

“We chose this as it is one of the strategic thrusts of the Malaysia Construction Industry Transformation Programme for 2020,” he said.

Ahmad ‘Asri added that the issue of construction safety was extremely important.

“We will always look into new initiatives to enhance safety in construction which is why we have speakers coming from abroad for this event.

“We want to get feedback on how to best address the issue of safety,” he said.

When asked about the impact of increased technology use, Ahmad ‘Asri said it would decrease the country’s dependence on foreign labour.

“At the moment, jobs are filled by foreign workers as the construction industry is labour intensive.

“If we use more technology, we will be able to train locals to become machine operators and command a higher salary,” he said.

Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof is expected to launch the event tomorrow.

There will also be a Construction Career Fair featuring job interviews, simulator experience and training opportunities.

Two competitions are being held in conjunction with the ICW, namely MSSA/CIDB Open Ideas Competition 2017 – Youth Dome in Steel (YouDo) Prize Award Ceremony and Chemical Research Paper Competition for Undergraduate and Postgraduate by The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia.

On-site registration for the conferences and seminars are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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