FAQ

Where can I find information on trends of machinery rental rate and equipments prices?

  • Information on material price trends for 7 building machinery and equipment groups is published as a Machinery & Equipment Cost Index, available on the CIDB website under the Construction Cost section 

Where can I find information on trends construction labour wage rates?

  • Information on labour wage rate price trends for 12 building labour groups is published as a Building Material Cost Index, available on the CIDB website under the Construction Cost section

Where can I find information on the volume/value of imports and exports of selected building Materials in Malaysia?

  • Information on the volume/value of imports and exports of selected building materials in Malaysia is available from the International Trade Division of the Department of Statistics Malaysia 
  • Use the HS code or SITC code - the Royal Customs Department's code used for imports and exports - of the selected building materials. 

Where can I find information on price trends of Mechanical & Electrical (M&E) components?

  • Information on M&E component price trends for selected components is published as an M&E Components Index under Special Release 3, available on the Department of Statistics Malaysia website

Where can I find information on price trends of fuels?

  • The price trends of fuels - such as diesel and petrol - is not available on this website.
  • However, price trends can be extrapolated using price data published by the Department of Statistics Malaysia website under the Special Release 1- For Civil Engineering Works.

Where can I find information on price trends of building materials?

  • Information on material price trends for 17 building material groups is published as a Building Material Cost Index, available on the CIDB website under the Construction Cost section

Where can I find information on material price trends of civil engineering works?

  •  The trends of materials prices for civil engineering works materials - including bitumen - is not available on this website.
  • However, price trends can be extrapolated using price data published by the Department of Statistics Malaysia website under the Special Release 1- For Civil Engineering Works

Where can I find information on current and/or historical prices of civil engineering works materials?

  • Information on current and/or historical prices of selected civil engineering works materials - including bitumen - is available at the Department of Statistics Malaysia website under the Special Release 1 - For Civil Engineering Works section

Where can I find current and/or historical information on the building labour cost index?

  • The Building Labour Cost Index is available on the CIDB website under the Construction Cost section

What is the CIDB Construction Personnel Card (green card)

  • The CIDB Green Card is a registration card issued by CIDB which is compulsory for all personnel who are involved in site construction activity, detailing the personnel's job and degree of expertise. Without the card, they are not allowed to enter the construction site. 

What is the Green Card Programme

  • The Green Card Programme is an integrated program that involves the registration and accreditation of Construction Personnel to enhance safety levels at Construction work sites.
  • It requires all construction personnel to undergo the one-day "Safety Induction Course and Health for Construction Personnel" training.
  • Participants will be registered with the CIDB, given a Green Card and a safety guidelines book. Additionally, they will be registered for Takaful Insurance for free.

What are the terms and conditions to apply the card?

  • Applicants must comply with the following conditions:

    • An individual who works in the site construction;
    • Possess valid documentations and identity card; and
    • Age is not less than 16 years.

How does an applicant get the card?

  • Applicants must fill-up the "UPP1" form, attach supporting documents and prepare the necessary payments.
  • The form is available from this website (click here), and must be submitted to the nearest CIDB office.
  • The Safety Induction and Health for Site Personnel Course will then be scheduled.

Are green card holder eligble to the benefit from the Takaful Insurance coverage

  • Yes. A CIDB Green Card holder aged between 16 to 65 will be covered under the Construction Worker Takaful Insurance Scheme, based on the concept of hibah ("gift"). The coverage is covered throughout the world at all times.

What is the scope and amount of the takaful coverage?

  • The scope and amount of coverage are:

    • Death (due to an accident) = RM21,000.00
    • Death (due to sickness) = RM3,000.00
    • Burial expenses = RM500.00
    • Permanent handicap (due to an accident) = a maximum of RM18,000.00
    • Permanent handicap whole body (due to sickness) = RM3,000.00
    • Hospitalisation Benefit (due to an accident) = RM25.00/day (30-day maximum)

How does a Green Card holder make a takaful claim

  • Complete the UPPT-1 takaful claim form, and attach with supporting documents. The form is available at CIDB offices or on this website. The claim form must reach the CIDB office not later than 60 days from the date of death/accident.

What are the reason for an insurance claim application being rejected?

  • Expiry of the Green Card
  • Age above 65 years old when the incident happen
  • Hospitalization due to sickness (and not accident)
  • A doctor's report stating that there is no percentage of permanent handicap
  • Involvement in an accident that did not require hospitalization
  • Accidents/death as a result of pursuing criminal activities
  • Death due to HIV/AIDS

What are the CIDB's authoritative powers in controlling the quality of imported products or materials?

  • Under the Customs Act 1967 (Act 235) Subsection 31(1) Customs Order (Prohibition of Imports) (Amendment 2012), all items listed in Schedule IV of the order are prohibited from being imported except with the express approval of an Agency that is duly recognized by the Royal Customs Department of Malaysia (KDRM).
  • CIDB has been appointed by SIRIM Bhd (formerly the Standards and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia) as the agency to enforce mandatory Malaysian Standards (MS) for construction materials and for metal/steel and aluminium products for industrial use.

What is meant by Product Certification in the PC Methodology?

  • Product Certification (PC) refers to certificates issued by a Certification Body (CB) and recognized by CIDB to certify compliance with Malaysian Standards (MS) within a valid period of time.
  • The certificate can be issued to either the importer or to the manufacturer.

Are MS standards a requirement that imported products and materials need to adhere to?

  • Yes. In cases where an MS standard is lacking, international standards (such as the ISO0 or local national standards must be adhered to.

What is a CB?

  • A Certification Body (CB) is a local Agency that has been accredited by Malaysian Standards, or a foreign Agency that has been accredited by an accreditation body in a manufacturing country.
  • The CB must be recognized and accorded by the PAC, IAF, MLA, APLAC, ILAC and MRA as a Certification Body.
  • The CB must be accredited by the Accreditation Board as per ISO/IEC Guide 65.

If the products or materials to be imported are not found in Schedule IV, what action must be taken?

  • Such products or materials will require a Certificate of Approval (CoA) from the CIDB, without which the Customs Department will not allow said products or materials to be imported into the country.
  • Importers need to follow either the Product Certification (PC) method, or the Full Type Test Report (FTTR) method.

What is meant by CoA?

  • The CoA is a Certificate of Approval issued by the CIDB to certify that the products or materials to be imported meet the necessary MS requirements.

How does an importer apply for a CoA?

  • An application for a CoA can be done online. The applicant must register with service provider Dagang Net Technologies beforehand (http://epermit.dagangnet.com) in order to gain access to the e-permit application.

How long does it take to get CoA approval from the CIDB?

  • Three (3) days from the date of authentication of products or building materials at the Malaysian points of entry.