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Michael Yap, Director of Corporate Management at SatuJaya Sdn Bhd participated at the Captains of Industry Roundtable Discussion on Perspective Towards Stakeholders Responsibility and Safety Culture in the Construction Industry at the International Construction Week 2018.


Here are quick three questions posed to him:


1. What do you think about the ICW this year?

It’s grand this year with a lot of talks and seminars. There is good coverage on safety and health as well sharing from industry players. The big event at the CIDB Convention Centre on big machinery is interesting too.


There is also better knowledge and awareness among the public. IBS is highlighted well with a better push of on the advantages of IBS and educating the new generation of consultants, engineers and contractors on the positiveness of it.


I find the directory on IBS contractors as well as Standard of IBS useful as it will give the engineers confidence in using it as a guideline.


There is the roundtable discussion among the captains of industry, which allows them to share the challenges faced as contractors and developers in Malaysia. A few I can mention are immigration, green card issues and CIMS. The platform is suitable as the right people can hear the issues raised at the discussion.


Specifically on the green card, there are companies that charge for applying and getting the card anywhere from RM1,000 – RM2,000. In reality, it costs only RM50 to apply. CIDB needs to step in on this matter. We must take care of the people we bring in to Malaysia to work.


2. What elements of ICW 2018 did you like the most?

Actually, it’s the opportunity to meet the people of CIDB and those from the industry. We are able to share news and information.


3. What would you like to see in the next editions of ICW?

I would like to see participation of the industry consultants and engineers; new talks and new things in the industry; the current challenges that crop up. For instance, get DOSH and immigration involved in assisting contractors, and not just give them fines when going on site. Instead, work together, educate and work hand in hand with them - don’t create fear, create friendship.



[April 3, 2018]


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