In a proactive stance to address concerns about unsatisfactory residential interior design works, the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) has initiated a special programme. Works Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi announced this strategic move in response to growing complaints regarding subpar workmanship by contractors and issues related to unregistered contractors within the construction industry.
Nanta Linggi emphasised the importance of CIDB’s role in organising this program, bringing together various stakeholders, including contractors and industry representatives. He also highlighted that discussions involving the Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations (FOMCA) and other relevant parties have been initiated to address the grievances raised by consumers comprehensively.
In addition to addressing interior design concerns, the minister updated the MyJalan campaign, launched on August 24. He revealed that 2,201 road damage complaints were received, with 1,086 cases already reviewed. Among these, 288 complaints pertained to federal and state roads, with remedial actions underway for 166 cases and 122 already repaired. The remaining 798 complaints, under local government jurisdiction, are being referred to the relevant authorities for resolution.
Nanta Linggi also highlighted the significant progress made in evaluating construction projects using the Quality Assessment System for Building Construction Works (QLASSIC) between 2016 and 2022. Notably, 84 projects achieved impressive scores ranging from 85% to 100%. The minister pointed out that the average marks improved from 73% to 76% between 2021 and 2022. Furthermore, the highest score recorded up to 2022 reached 90%.
Underlining the importance of QLASSIC assessments, Nanta Linggi stated that they are now mandated for public and private housing projects as part of the National Housing Policy (DPN) and the National Affordable Housing Policy (DRMM) issued by the Ministry of Local Government Development. This proactive approach ensures higher quality standards in construction across the country.
Regarding the Safety and Health Assessment System in Construction (SHASSIC), the minister reported that evaluations have been conducted for 1,200 projects, encompassing 946 private projects and 254 government projects over the same period. These assessments contribute to enhanced safety and health standards within the construction industry.