Construction Materials According to Act 520
The second thing that is emphasized in the amendment of Akta 520 Lembaga Pembangunan Industri Pembinaan Malaysia (CIDB) is compliance with the building material standards that have been set. One of the provisions in the amendment is that construction materials must comply with certain mandatory standards. The objective is to ensure compliance with Malaysian Standards and to avoid the use of substandard products. However, not all building materials fall under enforcement. This makes CIDB one of the government agencies that monitor and enforce construction materials on the market.
There are policies (circulars and directives) that industry players need to be aware of as well as guides, directories and publications that will help in planning their work implementation from planning to implementation.
Adherence to standards can also reduce the dumping of substandard construction materials in Malaysia. Without control through domestic laws, producing countries can dump their cheap and low-quality building materials in Malaysia. Although Malaysia has an anti-dumping law, there is no legal framework to control standards and monitor the quality of building materials.
Currently, the Royal Malaysian Customs through the Customs (Prohibition on Import) Order 1998 under the Customs Act 1967 has prohibited the import of construction materials that do not comply with the standards set by the CIDB. However, this provision does not apply to locally produced building materials. Due to these two different standards, this amendment is important to prevent Malaysia from violating the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreement by giving different treatment to imported and local goods.
All construction materials whose quality is regulated under the Akta 520 Lembaga Pembangunan Industri Pembinaan Malaysia (CIDB) are listed in the Fourth Schedule. Anyone found using building materials specified in the Fourth Schedule without quality certification from CIDB, upon conviction, may be fined not less than RM10,000 but not more than RM500,000.