Many contractors, industry players take shortcuts without considering environmental impact, says Baru Bian

  • Nation
  • Monday, 10 Feb 2020

KLANG: Many contractors and industry players are not aware of the importance of keeping the environment clean and green, says Works Minister Baru Bian.

“Many of our contractors and other players in the industry take shortcuts without considering the impact on the environment and I think this is very serious," he said after visiting the LRT3 construction site in Johan Setia near here Monday (Feb 10).

Given this, he added, it was timely to have a rating tool to ensure everyone was compliant with the provisions of the ministry’s Construction Industry Transformation Plan 2016-2020 (CITP).

In view of this need, the ministry’s Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) conceptualised a measuring tool dubbed Sustainable Infrastar, which was launched last March, to evaluate and assess the sustainability of infrastructure and construction projects.

So far, five companies, including LRT3 project contractor MRCB George Kent Sdn Bhd (MRCBGK), had volunteered to be evaluated under Infrastar.

Baru also awarded MRCBGK a five-star rating for environmental sustainability under Infrastar during the visit.

He said MRCBGK had achieved the highest rating under the Infrastar assessment tool.

Baru also said the government hoped that at least 50% of construction projects above RM100,000 will be certified under the Works Ministry’s Infrastar tool by the end of 2020.

MRCBGK and CIDB also signed a Memorandum of Understanding on various strategic collaborations at the event.

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