A TOTAL of 2,988 contractors in the state from an estimated 64,790 in the country had registered with the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) as of June this year.
CIDB chairman Tan Sri Datuk Jamilus Hussein said the majority of them were classified as lower class contractors.
“A total of 75% or 2,241 contractors in this class are in Grade G1 to G3 while 11% or 337 contractors are in the middle class which is Grade G4 and G5.
“A total of 14% or 410 contractors are in high class or Grade G6 and G7,” he said at the launch of the Regional Construction Week 2010 at CIDB Complex in Jalan Sultan Tengah, Kuching, yesterday.
To increase its capacity, he said that CIDB had organised programmes to improve their skills, especially of small-scale contractors.
“We aim to train 11,640 contractors this year in skills, industrialised building system, integrity and ISO,” he added.
He said that 155,550 construction workers would be roped in to participate in training programmes ranging from safety and health to skills, accreditation, supervisory and management.
Jamilus said that emphasis would be given to technology development and business handling, and approaches would be taken to increase quality, productivity, safety and business development.
“It will be done through economic information support, business opportunities, best business practices, smart partnerships and involvement of contractors in the global market,” he said.
Earlier, CIDB chief executive Datuk Hamzah Hasan said the compulsory accumulation of Continuous Contractor Development points for new contractor registration implemented this year was not meant to complicate the registration process.
“It is to encourage the contractors to attend relevant courses to acquire skills and knowledge to help them in the industry,” he said.
He said there was a need for a paradigm shift in the construction industry and contractors should not depend on cheap labour.
“In our complex economic surroundings, latest technology, sound management and quality workmanship must be of top priority,” he said.