Board seeks image revamp


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 03 Aug 2003

By A. LETCHUMANAN

KUALA LUMPUR: The Construction Industry Development Board has formulated a master plan aimed at transforming the industry’s image from one that is “dirty, dangerous and demanding” to one that is professional, productive and progressive, Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said. 

The master plan included feedback from professional institutions and trade associations, he said. 

Samy Vellu said builders, architects and engineers must increase their level of professionalism and competency to achieve such objectives. 

“It is heartening to note that the CIDB is spearheading efforts to bring together industry players to formulate and strategise actions for the betterment of the construction industry,” he said at the Master Builders Association of Malaysia’s 46th anniversary dinner on Friday. 

The association conferred its Gold Award on Samy Vellu for his role in promoting the export of Malaysia’s expertise in construction infrastructure to other countries such as India through the board and other government agencies. 

The citation said Samy Vellu had brought about the construction of the 13.6km Penang Bridge and introduced the privatisation concept in highway construction and other fields. 

The award is the highest honour conferred by the association to an outstanding leader of national and international stature. 

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad had until now been the only recipient to be conferred the award in 1984. 

The association's president, Lau Mun Cheong, said builders had always been subjected to public scrutiny and in the past had often been branded irresponsible, unethical, and insensitive to social and environmental issues, and also perceived as the sole party responsible for the poor quality of construction works. 

“It is not difficult to notice that many successful builders were those who had been able to shake off such a stigma through the manifestation of professionalism in their organisations,” he said. 

Lau urged builders to form strategic alliances rather than compete among themselves. 

“Our builders will have to compete fiercely and deliver products and services that conform to international standards of quality and performance in order to survive.”  

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