CIDB eyes 400 industry players in first batch to sign CITP pledge

CIDB eyes 400 industry players in first batch to sign CITP pledge

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 26 — The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) is aiming for 400 construction industry players in the first batch to sign the Construction Industry Transformation Programme (CITP) pledge.

“We will be going to each state in the country for the signing, and hopefully by the end of the year, we will get as many as companies as we can to be involved in this,” CIDB Chairman Tan Sri Dr Ahmad Tajuddin Ali told reporters after the signing of the CITP pledge by 24 industry players here Monday.

Earlier, 56 industry players in Melaka inked their pledges under the four thrusts of the CITP, including Safety and Professionalism; Environmental Sustainability; and Internationalisation.

Stressing that all 24 entities were signing the pledge today on a voluntary basis, Ahmad Tajuddin said the move would be an effort to improve the industry together with all parties.

Meanwhile, CIDB Chief Executive Officer Datuk Seri Judin Abdul Karim said currently, 93 per cent of construction workers in Malaysia are low-skilled.

To raise productivity, the industry needs to use the Industrialised Building System (IBS) and mechanisation, as well as reduce its reliance on low-skilled foreign workers,” he said in his welcome address earlier.

He also pointed out that productivity in the construction sector lags far behind not only other countries but other sectors in Malaysia, at only RM24,000 per worker compared to RM76,000 in the wholesale and retail industry; RM106,000 for the logistics industry and RM170,000 in the information and communications technology industry.

The CIDB expects the implementation of the CITP to increase construction productivity by 2.5 times by 2020, equivalent to RM62,000 for each worker.

Today’s signing was witnessed by Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.

The CITP, launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Sept 10, aims to transform the industry into an internationally competitive, highly productive and sustainable industry.