Dialogue session shines light on registered draughtsmen

James Kon

A dialogue session for the Registered Building and Electrical Draughtsman (RBD) under the Board of Architects, Professional Engineers and Quantity Surveyors (BAPEQS) was held yesterday at Indera Pahlawan Hall, Ministry of Development (MoD).

The event was hosted by the ministry through the Department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) and the Authority for Building Control and Construction Industry (ABCi) in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy through the Department of Electrical Services (DES) and the MoD through the Public Works Department (JKR).

The session was a follow-up to an event held in August, which featured a briefing to recap the procedural process touched on the previous talk to facilitate the transition into a new process, including creating a platform for a two-way discussion to better understand the challenges faced by relevant parties, such as recommendations for the improvement in the processing of applications in the future.

Meanwhile, several talks were delivered by representatives from technical agencies such as the Department of Roads, Department of Drainage and Sewerage, Department of Water Services and the DES, with the aim of increasing the knowledge on RBD in ensuring high-quality submissions in accordance with the regulations and standards set by the stakeholders.

The ministry also shared information on the various development projects that could be carried out by RBDs – one unit of residential building not exceeding floor area of 300 square metres, and not exceeding two storeys, in line with Section 50G(4) on the Restrictions on Registered Building Draughtsman, APEQS (Amendment) Order 2018.

The MoD expressed hopes that through dialogues, the draughtsmen will be able to take advantage of the opportunity to refine the quality of development and services to the public, thus contributing to the Client’s Charter.

The draughtsmen were also urged to follow the latest developments of regulations and standards as well as cultivating openness and inquisitiveness in facing challenges.

The ministry reminded the public, especially land owners and developers, to be extra careful in identifying and appointing parties responsible for the provision of design drawings and subsequently managing applications for building development and earthworks to obtain permit until the completion of the development.

Representatives from technical agencies such as the Department of Roads, Department of Drainage and Sewerage, Department of Water Services and the Department of Electrical Services during the dialogue session. PHOTOS: MINISTRY OF DEVELOPMENT
Participants at the dialogue session