MoD strives to improve country’s construction sector quality

Izah Azahari

As the agency responsible for facilitating the growth of the construction industry and the management of government projects, the Ministry of Development (MoD) will always strive to improve the quality of the construction sector in the country.

This was said by Minister of Development Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Ir Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar during his motion of vote of thanks at the 16th Legislative Council (LegCo) session yesterday.

The minister also shared a number of initiatives under the MoD, such as the project officer or supervisor assigned to the project team towards ensuring that the quality of construction is maintained to meet the requirements of a supervisor as well as the quality of the construction material that meets the requirements of the contract specification using the Guidelines on Quality Supervision Manual provided by the Public Works Department as a reference, which the ministry will continue to improve on from time to time as time and circumstances change.

On building materials, the minister said all products that will be used in government projects are required to be registered with the MoD through a registered supplier.

The establishment of the Construction Materials, Product Construction Registration Committee under the MoD is responsible for registering building materials used in the construction industry as well as reviewing and evaluating test reports submitted by suppliers from time to time before obtaining permission for the product to be registered and used for government projects.

The minister added that the MoD together with relevant agencies will continue to further enhance efforts and initiatives in addressing government projects and will constantly carry out monitoring to avoid misconduct such as misuse of cheap or low quality materials.

Prior to ending his motion of thanks, the minister thanked LegCo members for their suggestions and thoughts to jointly improve existing initiatives.

Minister of Development Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Ir Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar at the 16th Legislative Council Session. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR