Sunday, November 14, 2004

Project Failures - Samy Bares All

PMC puncanya, bukan JKR

"Dari tahun 1979 saya jadi menteri tidak pernah jadi macam ini"


Utusan Online, 14th November 2004.

Datuk Seri Samy Vellu finally had finally the guts to come out in the open to bare all the viruses and worms that had plague the projects and had infected and infiltrated the whole Kitchen Cabinet.

Who was responsible for all the fiascos of project failures?

According to Samy Vellu, it is none other than the KSU, the Secretary general of the Finance Ministry who is the most powerful person in regards to decisions on project award.

This is what Samy says:

Tetapi orang yang bertanggungjawab itu ialah Ketua Setiausaha kementeriannya. Ketua Setiausaha saja yang memberi arahan dan dia selalu tidak boleh menerima pandangan lain. Dalam satu-satu mesyuarat kalau ada para pegawai dari JKR untuk menjaga kepentingan teknikal, dia selalu malukan mereka. Dia kata, kalau tidak tahu tutup mulut."

"Beliau sedar bahawa semua masalah itu hanya muncul setelah perkhidmatan Perunding Pengurusan Projek (PMC) diperkenalkan oleh Kementerian Kewangan pada tahun 1990-an."


This is what Samy says:

"Ia ditubuhkan oleh Kementerian Kewangan pada tahun 1990-an. Peranannya ialah untuk memansuhkan projek-projek JKR. Ada kepercayaan bahawa sekiranya projek-projek itu diberikan kepada PMC ia boleh disiapkan dengan lebih awal, lebih cantik dan macam-macam lagi. Malah projek yang mereka siapkan itu sebenarnya lebih mahal."

According to Samy, In the early 1990s, Mahathir's Govt had decided to engage the service of a Project Management Consultant (PMC) which are a composite cartel with faces and looks that resemble a contractor, may look like consultant and had shown interest as property developers and that entity is registered with the Ministry of Finance. The set up of PMC was meant to hijack all JKR's mega projects. It was claimed by the PMC that they are more efficient, more cost effective and can do a better job than JKR. The results speaks of itself: - Computer lab projects, Matrade Building, Hospital Sultan Ismail di Pandan, Johor, Kangar Hospital, Cameron Hospital, Langkawi School projects, et al; all these projects are now reverted back to JKR for reorganization and restructuring - to mitigate the damages done, and the multi million loses incurred; all tax-payers money.

As revealed by Samy, the PMC is a private entity who had only 2 officers manning the company - a managing director and a deputy managing director, and NO others. The Government, via the Ministry of Finance had entrusted and delegated the power to this PMC to appoint and select any contractors, design engineers, consultants, and nominated sub-contractors for all projects parked within their jurisdiction or those within the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Finance.

Snip from the interview:

Q: "Sebenarnya apabila Kementerian Kewangan sudah memberikan sesuatu projek itu kepada sesebuah kontraktor, tanggungjawab saya sebagai menteri hanyalah mengarahkan JKR supaya melantik kontraktor itu. Saya memberikan kuasa kepada Ketua Pengarah JKR untuk melantik kontraktor itu untuk harga yang telah ditentukan. Itu saja.

Ini bermakna Kementerian Kewangan mempunyai kuasa yang lebih besar walaupun Kementerian Kerja Raya mempunyai pakar yang boleh memberikan nasihat?"


Q: Siapakah yang memeriksa PMC?

SAMY: TIADA SIAPA. (believe it? NObody manages or control or audit the PMC!!!)

Q: Kerajaan ada JKR tetapi kenapakah kerajaan memilih untuk memberi kepercayaan kepada badan swasta mengendalikan projek yang bernilai berjuta-juta ringgit? Apakah rasionalnya?

SAMY: Ada satu jawapan saja kepada soalan ini. Kata mereka, kerja-kerja itu boleh disiapkan dalam jangka masa yang cepat.

Q: Tanpa mempedulikan soal kos?

SAMY: Ya, tanpa mempedulikan kos. Apabila JKR membuka tawaran bagi setiap bilik darjah dengan harga RM55,000, ada juga pemaju yang bersedia menyiapkannya. Tetapi sebuah bilik darjah yang ditawarkan melalui PMC ada yang berharga RM95,000 dan ada juga yang mencecah sehingga RM120,000.

Kosnya sekarang sudah jadi berganda. Apabila kita tanya kenapa harganya jadi begitu tinggi mereka nanti akan beri berbagai-bagai penjelasan.

Sekolah-sekolah yang dibina dengan harga yang tinggi itu memang cantik-cantik. Tetapi siapa yang hilang wang? Kerajaan.

Q: Adakah pemaju-pemaju itu dapat menyiapkan projek-projek berkenaan dengan cepat seperti yang dijanjikan?

SAMY: Tidak juga. Ada sekali itu JKR telah diminta supaya mengeluarkan satu tawaran untuk pembinaan 500 buah sekolah dan kita sudah memilih lebih daripada 200 pemaju untuk melaksanakannya.

Tetapi apabila sampai masa kita hendak mengeluarkan surat niat, JKR telah diminta supaya menarik balik semua tawaran itu dan menyerahkannya kepada PMC. Semudah itu saja.

Q: Apa yang istimewanya tentang PMC ini?


Believe what you hear from Samy? PMC is stronger than Ministry of Works?

Is this the Government we had? That even the MINISTRY can be overruled by a PMC?

How is it that this can happen?
How is it that the Government had developed a dinosaur from a lizard within such a short span of a few years that is capable to destroy the Works Ministry and billions of dollars of project?
Who is behind the PMC?
Who's the GODFATHER behind it?
It cannot be the Jews?
Only UNMO can answer it; TRUST me!

Thursday, November 11, 2004

PWD: "You can Manage MATRADE Project NOW"



On problems affecting the Malaysian External Trade and development Authority building in Jalan Duta, Samy Vellu said the contract was not awarded by the PWD. The contract had been given to Syarikat Perangsang International Sdn Bhd and it had been refusing to allow PWD officials into the project since the first day.

Now, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has directed PWD to complete and handover the building within 21 months from the date of receiving the funds from the Government. Why? It took 10 years for the Ministry of Finance to get the project to its current state of affairs and PWD is only given 21 months to finished up the mess? I believe, it must had been a promised made by the Director-General of PWD Tan Sri Zaini who had requested RM32 million from the Treasury for PWD to complete the project. Is 21 months & RM32 million sufficient to get the project completed? I hope it does; if not, Zaini will have to burn his ass to answer for it.

During the meeting attended by PAC, the Board of Architects and the PWD represented by Tan Sri Zaini, PWD promised to take legal action against the errant contractor and recover some of the losses. What???? PWD to take legal action? Samy Vellu said the contract is not awarded by PWD; how then can they take legal action against the errant contractor? Is Samy Vellu and Zaini talking about the same subject and same contract? According to Samy, Matrade was not awarded by PWD; then how can PWD take legal contractual action? Are our Ministers and D-G going NUTs? or, are they misleading us??? Please clarify!!!!!! My God, Please sent Tan Sri Zaini back to law school!!!!!

Monday, November 8, 2004

More Regulatory Bodies Formed

WPISB Posted by Hello


In Malaysia, whenever the Government wants to improve it's administrative efficiency, instead of utilising existing collosal of human resources that were available, they always choose the easy way out - set up another regulatory body and get the industry players to pay for it.

CIDB was one of them. It was set up to improve the quality and standards of the construction industry and to provide the necessary integration of industry and governmental information, communication, knowledge, expertise, and statistics that the industry players will be difficult to achieve if they were to act alone. CIDB charges 0.25% of the project value for each and every projects that is valued above $500,000 in contract sum. Each year, the government spends more than $20 billions for projects and the private sectors also spends many billions on projects. Work out the arithmatic, and you will know how much CIDB had pocketed. But what had the industry players benefitted from CIDB? What is the major activity of CIDB? India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam - they are there!!!! What were they doing there? CIDB became just another contractor whose interest is to get turnkey projects in India and Sri Lanka and Vietnam. They collected billions of ringgit to fund their salaries and to invest in India.

Real Estate and Housing Developers Association (REHDA) has submitted a memorandum to the Government proposing the suspension of the 0.25% levy on contract value paid to CIDB as it has failed to fulfill its role in meeting the construction industry needs. In its memorandum, REHDA said suspending the levy would help ease the industry’s financial burden.

Betty Chew, the MP for Melaka and State Assemblywoman for Durian Daun made a public statement as follows:

"Apa gunanya menyumbangkan 0.25% nilai projek kepada CIDB bila pemaju tidak menerima faedah yang dijanjikan? Kerugian RM150 juta sebulan adalah jumlah wang yang besar. Oleh itu, adalah lebih baik wang RM400 juta yang disumbangkan oleh pemaju sendiri kepada CIDB dikembalikan oleh CIDB kepada pemaju sebagai satu bentuk bantuan kewangan. Ini akan membantu menggerakkan balik industri pembinaan dan juga membantu ekonomi negara."

Recently, the Selangor Government imposed new requirement to all developers requiring them to register with Lembaga Perumahan dan Hartanah Selangor (LPHS) and pay a registration fee of 0.1% of their gross development value. Developers are already registered with the Ministry of Housing and Local Govt and an additional layer is unnecessary. The new requirements also include regulations on Bumiputra lots to be predetermine by LPHS on the developer’s layout and building plans while another ruling requires the developers to deposit 40% of the overall development cost of a project in a bank before approval is given for land conversion.

New regulations and requirements slapped by Selangor’s authorities are costly, duplicative and bureaucratic, as builders already face enough Federal legislation, the Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association (REHDA) said.

“Malaysia’s housing industry is already one of the most regulated in the world,” said Datuk Jeffrey Ng Tiong Lip.

Now, it's Telcos turn!

The Federal territory Ministry has appointed Wilayah Persekutuan Infrastructure Sdn Bhd (WPISB) as a one-stop centre for development of telecommunications infrastructure in KL and Putrajaya.

WPISB has been authorized to coordinate all applications for the setting up of new base transceiver (BTS) and also to legalize existing ones.

WPISB is owned by Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan and Ingres Software Sdn Bhd (a shareholder of Konsortium Jaringan Selangor Sdn Bhd). WPISB is also expected to have a role in the advancement of the Government’s plan for telecommunication companies to share transmission infrastructure.

WPISB intends to charge a flat fee of $2,500 for processing each application for setting up a New Base Transceiver(BTS). Apart from the $2,500 application fee, telcos will also have to pay $2,000 for the setting up of each BTS and also charges for an annual audit fee of $2,000 per BTS for auditing the structural integrity and safety, mechanical and electrical, & radiation level of each BTS. There are 1,152 telco towers in Kl and Putrajaya.

Base on the fees, the telcos will have to pay WPISB about $2.3 million in audit annual fees, and multi-millions for processing and application fees annually.

The industry players are said to be unhappy with the fees charged since the company was not willing to take responsibility for the structural integrity of the telecommmunication towers.

“We are unhappy with the appointment because the WPISB intends to charge a flat fee of $2,500 for each application, but like all other Government-back intermediaries, they cannot guarantee if the applications will be approved by the authorities, namely KL City Hall and Putrajaya Corp,” a telco executive said. integrity of the towers.

So, the setting up of such a body is to collect money, do some paper works and send those papers to the authorities for approval. Other that these, WPISB do not provide any form of productive service.

Then, why is there a need to add another layer to the existing many layers of red-tape? Why can't the telcos be allowed to communicate and liaise directly with the relevant authorities? Is middleman management a necessity in Malaysian Culture or UMNO culture?

But the telcos prefer to deal directly with the local authorities rather than go through another company!

Whatever it is and what is going to happen, the additional costs incurred by the telcos will be passed on to the consumers, similar to the CIDB fiasco. Is it what the Government prefers? Looks like, that's only thing they know how to do - COMPETENCY in creating cost and expenditure!
That's the price we pay for electing the NUTs into office.

Malaysia Boleh lagi!

Thursday, November 4, 2004



The Simpang Pulai-Cameron Highlands stretch of the East-West Highway will be closed daily after sunset until further notice. The closure was ordered by the Cabinet today after engineers recently found that the stretch was too dangerous for motorists. It was earlier reported that water had seeped into the slopes along the highway and some movement had been detected, especially between Pos Slim and Kampung Raja. Samy Vellu had also said that there was some movement of between 0.3m and 0.45m.

On the 4th Feb 2004, The Star reported that the 282mil highway from Pos Slim to Kampung Raja in Cameron Highlands is completed but PWD has refused to issue a safety certification for the road. The PWD feels that it’s dangerous for use as km22.5 and 25.5 is too steep and prone to landslides. The slope gradient was not constructed in accordance to the PWD standard. The PWD is of the opinion that the construction has not met its requirement.

On 17th October 2004, The Star again reported a statement from the State Director of Perak PWD, Datuk Dorairaju. “We know the road was not really completed when we opened it in February. It was opened after pressure from the people in Cameron Highlands who were affected by a landslide near Ringlet,” commented Datuk Dorairajoo.

According to Samy Vellu, the Works Ministry was considering closing the highway in order to facilitate the construction of a proposed new tunnel which will be 1.5km long. The tunnel is expected to cost between $30-50million.

QUESTION: Why was the tunnel not designed and built by the earlier Turnkey Contractor? Is it a question of design omission, or a failure of the PMC & design consultants to take into consideration the fundamental requirements during the earlier contract? Is there a Failure of Duty of Care, Professional Negligence and can TORT actions be taken? Or, did the Turnkey contractor failed to comply to the requirements stipulated in the Need Statement of the contract? The project was a Design-Built-Lump Sum contract from point A to point B (as per the need statement from PWD). How could it be that we now say we will need a tunnel when the designers had not deemed necessary at the point of the contract been made? Was the designer over-ruled? Did the contractor short-change the Government? PWD and Works Ministry had to answer it point blank and not hide behind the maxim of Act-of-God again. Infact, ACA should be as pro-active as they had been with the Karak Highway investigation, by investigating this problem. Coincidently, both the problematic highway (Simpang Pulai- Kampung Raja and Karak Highway) were constructed TURNKEYED by MTD Capital.

The problem that have surfaced now and more to come in the future was predictable and known-knowns. It is just that our Ministers choose to side-step the issues that were raised before it happen (before the contract formation), and hope it doesn't happen (after the contract completion). JKR Perak knew of the problem. They couldn't talk out loud as they may lose their job and income.

Well, Murphy's Law again: If you think it can happen, It will happen! & The solution to a problem breeds new and more virulent problems. Problem begets problem. Inefficiency breeds inefficiency.

Datuk Seri Samy should admit his delinquency and work towards an effective solutions, even if it has to be painful to vindicate himself. He should not be shielding incompetencies and the incompetent contractors. He must wake up, and for once, solve those problems he had allowed to happen when he concurred on those decisions with his fello cabinet ministers, of which he shall have to accept responsibility and the consequences for the last 20 years of folly and political patronage.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Sultan Aminah Hospital - Fungi Infection



According to Samy Vellu, the fungus problem at the new $557.8 million Sultan Ismail Hospital in JB was caused by the failure of the hospital management to undertake routine maintenance but Health Minister thinks that the problem was due to structural defects.

The hospital was supposed to be completed on July 29, 2002, but 3-extensions were given due to various problems and was only completed on Nov 14, 2003 and handed over to the PWD on Feb 15, 2004. The Health Ministry took over from the PWD on March 2004 and appointed Pantai Medivest Sdn Bhd to oversee daily maintenance and monitoring of the building supervisory systems, reporting defects and damage to the main contractor. “There was no daily routine checks on the hospital due to lack of staff. The presence of the fungus on the 2nd and 3rd Level of the hospital was due to damage to the air-conditioner valve, which was not reported as there was no building supervisory system,” said Samy Vellu.

However, Dr. Chua said the fungus problem was due to structural defects and not due to delay in routine maintenance. In dismissing Samy Vellu’s report as “Defective” Dr Chua said the fungus was caused by the dampness in the hospital following leakage in its major roof and low human traffic.

“The roof was like a big retention pond,” said Dr Chua. “We (Health Ministry) received the hospital in good faith on March 15 this year but it was full of defects. Besides major leaking problems, there were also problems in the piping system which had affected gas flow and also problem in the sewerage. The problems were made known to the contractor, who had promised to rectify them but did not do so,” Dr Chua said yesterday.

So, who was right and who is wrong????

Actually, both Ministers are right!

Hospital management must make routine inspections and if the air-conditioning valve was damaged and unreported (as claimed by Samy), definitely, it will cause dampness and ultimately leads to fungi growth - SO, SAMY WAS RIGHT! Hurray Uncle Sam.... but.....

Well, at the same time, the roof was a retention pond, there were major leaking problems, piping problems, and sewerage system failures of which the promised restification was not done timely, as claimed by Chua Soi Lek - THEREFORE Dr Chua IS ALSO RIGHT! Yahooooo......but.......

THEN, who is WRONG? Who is the CULPRIT? Is it the CONTRACTOR (MH Project Sdn Bhd) or the HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT SERVICE PROVIDER (Pantai Medivest Sdn Bhd)?

Ironically, both Ministries would not look into the contractual aspects related to the problem. The question arises are:

1) If the health Ministry was not happy with the conditions of the facility of which it was alleged that the works are not conforming to the specifications and standards, then why did they willingly, take over the building? GOOoood FAITHhhhh? Now, it's bad BLOOooooD!

2) If the roof is like a retention pond, (as claimed by Dr Chua), and is leaking badly, it is amusing that PWD had issued a Certificate of Completion (CPC) to the contractor ....... that's professional negligence on the part of PWD engineers.

3) Since taking over the facility by the Health Ministry, how is it contractually managed with regard to Defects Management and the contractual communication related to the Defects Liability Period of the contractor? And how is it that the line of communication seemed to be that the Health Ministry was talking and liaising directly with the main contractor which is not what the contract stipulates - i.e, the contract requires the Superintendent Officer (S.O.) to issue instruction to the main contractor for defects rectification during the defects liability period and failure to respond timely by the contractor, the contract does provide the S.O. to engage others to carry out the work and the cost incurred shall be debited to the contractor. At such, the question that the contractor did not respond to the Health Ministry's Instruction did not arise as the contractor need not take instruction from the Ministry except from the S.O.

In conclusion, the allegation against the contractor is mala fide. The contractor may have done a bad job, but since the employer (i.e. JKR) had accepted the works and issued the CPC, the contractor's responsibility is presumed to have been fulfilled if they did not receive any instructions from the S.O. to make good any defects; and the contractor cannot be held responsible for the damages arising thereof. Morally and socially, the contractor maybe the cause or the contributor to the problem but contractually, he is absolved of the responsibility if the failure on the part of the S.O. to give the necessary instruction did not take place.

Since the Health Ministry had decided to be friendly, and .... have GOOoooD FAITHhhhhh, and had INFACT, contractually accepted to take over the facility, then, they had taken over the contractual responsibility to manage the building and it's associated services; and they must be held fully responsible - for their actions and their decisions. In that sense, when the service management contractor was appointed to manage the building, how could they claimed that it was not their fault that they did nothing except to wait for the main contractor to rectify the defects, which in reality, they should be taking proactive actions to ensure that the building and its services are functioning in accordance with the operation definition. Where is the "Duty of Care" & "Reasonableness" ?????

A Contract is a Contract; Nothing More, Nothing Less!

Every party to the contract must know their role and responsibilities as laid down in the terms and conditions of contract. Every party to a contract must understand their "Rights" and their "Obligations". Each party must also know of the associated risks they will face and the consequences of their decisions and actions that lead to the risk that had happen. Even among the Ministries, there is an unwritten contract of "Duty of Care" and a "Duty to the Rakyat" for spending $558 million on a facility that is malfunctioning and would not serve it's objectives.

The same goes to the Highway problems (MRR2), East-coast Karak Highway shambles, The Langkawi "White Elephants" Schools, and the Matrade Building Debacle. Infact, there are many more systemic failures in Government projects ... computer lab fiascos, PUAS fiascos, Simpang Pulai - Kampung Raja Sloppy slope design (awaiting failures), Gemas Army Barrack project & payment fiascos, Gua Musang- Lojing Highway Slope failing (awaiting failure), Broga landfill project fiascos, et al.

More of these bad news will surface soon and probably, Pak-Lah who had directed the Sports Ministry to form a Cabinet Committee for sports revitalization may also have to form another Cabinet Committee and Advisory Panel to manage the Government Project Management System. The Sports Committee headed by Azalina engaged Hallam Pereira to tell her what our sports officials had already told her predecessors; and so, the Government Project Management committee may also need a foreign consultant to tell them what we local professionals had already known and widely spoken and discussed within the project management community. Is that the Government's way of SOLUTION MANAGEMENT - i.e engage Foreign Consultant, pay through your nose and get a "BLUEPRINT" of our known problems and known solutions and then ARCHIVED the file. IMPLEMENTATION? NAY, NAY, NAY .....oh NO NO NOooooo!!!!!


Friday, July 16, 2004


The Government will do away with rural road project consultants and use the allocation set aside for consultant fees to build more roads, Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Aziz Samsuddin said. He said the decision to stop the appointment of consultants was made this year and the RM30mil in consultant fees saved would be used to build 320km of rural roads. “I don’t see the need to have consultants to build rural roads as the project is rather simple and straight forward, not like building highways or multi-tiered roads,” he said.

Aziz said the Public Works Department had taken over the jurisdiction of rural road construction from the district office. He said the ministry had proposed that fresh engineering graduates and diploma holders be appointed as project supervisors. “This will give our graduates the opportunity to be employed and gain experience. It is also more cost effective,” he added.
"Consultant, kena cari makanan lain, cara lain, hidup lain."
Don't worry about this news and don't get upset. You can be sure that politicians said one thing and do another. Remember what Pak Lah said earlier about the open tender for all projects? Well, months later, Second Finance Minister says, there will still be negotiated tenders. A clear sign we received recently is the Kuching airport project was just awarded to Ting Pek King few weeks ago. This is the Malaysia Boleh - the cakap bohong boleh! Cakap sia sia sahaja - untuk syok-syok sahaja.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004


CIDB Masterplan Posted by Hello


After 10 years of existence, we now hear something - A Masterplan. They don't have it before (I presumed). It is encouraging news to hear that CIDB is formulating a Masterplan for the development of the construction industry and it's sustainability towards 2020.

CIDB will be inviting the Presidents & CEOs of the companies involved in the industry to help lay down the final groundwork for the Masterplan at the one day meeting on the formulation of the masterplan.


“WE are addressing several issues on the development of the construction sector & its sustainability towards 2020,” says Datuk Hamzah Hasan, the CEO of CIDB.

“The Vision of the Masterplan is to make Malaysia among the best construction industry nations of the world,” he said.

Among the areas covered were sustainable flow of domestic projects, foreign markets and human resources.

Based on his statement and the one-day meeting with Industry captains, what do you figure will come good for the industry?

Before I could comment, lets look at CIDB reasons for existence.

CIDB's motto:
CIDB Malaysia-
Understand The Past,
Conquer The Present,
Shape The Future.

The enactment of the ACT 520 [Lembaga Pembangunan Industri Pembinaan Malaysia Act 1994] has paved the way for the empowerment of CIDB Malaysia to:

1) Create a climate for a more vigorous development in the Construction Industry
2) Carry out its functions as the enabling authority to help Construction Industry Players overcome bureaucratic obstacles
3) Play the role of facilitator by addressing the current and future needs of the Construction Industry.

Roles & Responsibility of CIDB:

1)Carrying out all activities in respect of the Construction Industry
2)Awarding certificates of proficiency
3)Establishing, expanding, promoting the establishment or expansion of companies, corporations or other bodies to carry out activities deemed requisite, advantageous or convenient for or in connection with the performance of its functions
4)Providing financial assistance in the form of loans or otherwise, to persons engaged in the Construction Industry for the purpose of promoting the Industry and providing any guarantees on their behalf
5)Imposing fees or any other charges as deemed fit for giving effect to any of its functions or powers
6)Receiving commission or payments in consideration of any services that may be rendered


Prior to the establishment of CIDB Malaysia, the Construction Industry was a very segmented and fragmented one where various players were implementing and carrying out their own programs and activities without proper direction and guidance.
This situation has resulted in challenging issues that involved the:

1) Significant decline in construction quality
2) Acute shortage of skilled and unskilled labour, leading to an over-dependency on foreign labor
3) Lack of pertinent statistics and information required for planning, monitoring and decision-making

It was at this juncture, that the Federal Government acknowledged the need to fill a ‘vacuum’ in the Industry, which paved the way for the establishment of CIDB Malaysia as a regulated body entrusted with the responsibility of:

1) Coordinating the needs and wants of the Industry
2) Planning the direction of the Industry
3) Addressing the pertinent issues and problems faced by the Industry
4) Making recommendations in the formulation of policies for the Industry

To fulfill our (CIDB) Vision, 3 key areas have been identified:

1) Setting the stage for Industry Players to embrace new technology
2) Undertaking development and accreditation programs designed to improve construction quality delivery as well as competitive edge
3) Functioning as a gateway for Construction Industry Players to get involved in the international construction marketplace, with the aim of enabling them to earn leadership positions in overseas ventures and maintaining an open exchange of information with construction leaders worldwide.

To achieve our (CIDB)Vision, the 3 key areas have been translated to involve 4 main initiatives:

1) The development of quality services in Construction as a basis for maintaining and improving competitive edge
2) The focus on Construction Technology Development along the lines of new opportunities for innovation and cost effectiveness
3) A “Going Global” initiative that serves to promote and encourage the export of services and products
4) Continuing efforts in terms of reviewing and revising existing rules and policies with the aim of facilitating the development of the Industry

With a far-reaching view of facilitating the Construction Industry towards enhancing Construction business growth potential, CIDB believes that, to trigger development, there is a compelling need to change the way things are being done.
To facilitate that ‘change’, it is imperative to formulate CIDB’s Mission in the light of improving the overall climate of the Construction Industry, thus leading to improvement in standards, skills, technology, manpower and the overall Construction market.

CIDB’s Mission Statement states…

”Together we develop the Malaysian Construction Industry towards Global Competitiveness.”


CIDB’s Value Proposition to the Construction Industry involves a 2-prong perspective –

The first revolves around our focus on relentless efforts on “Adding Value Where It Counts” and
The 2nd perspective encompasses the need to assist the Construction Industry to “Understand its Past, Conquer the Present and Shape the Future”.

CIDB’s objective is to

1) Develop the Construction Industry to be one of the major contributing sectors to the National Economy,
2) capable of producing and delivering high quality construction works,
3) value for money and being responsive to the Nation’s needs.

CIDB’s development framework is derived from the 11 functions:

1) to promote and stimulate the development, improvement and expansion of the construction industry
2) to advise and make recommendations to the Federal Government and the State Government on matters affecting or connected with the construction industry
3) to promote, stimulate and undertake research into any matter relating to the construction industry
4) to promote, stimulate and assist in the export of service relating to the construction industry
5) to provide consultancy and advisory services with respect to the construction industry
6) to promote quality assurance in the construction industry
7) to encourage the standardisation and improvement of construction techniques and materials
8) to initiate and maintain a construction industry information system
9) to provide, promote, review and coordinate training programmes organised by public and private construction training centres for skilled construction workers and construction site supervisors
10) to accredit and register contractors and to cancel, suspend or reinstate the registration of any registered contractor, and
11) to accredit and certify skilled construction workers and construction site supervisors.

These functions have been referenced as a basis for CIDB’s formulation of her corporate initiatives that in turn were translated into:

CIDB Helps The Construction Industry To Explore And Harnesss Overseas Opportunities


Has CIDB effort so far (for the last 9 years) be any near their Vision, Mission, Goals & Objectives that were spelt out within their system (as published in their web). CIDB’s contribution to the Construction Industry is demonstrated via…………????? other than the India projects for a selected few crony contractors at the expense of tens of thousands of contributing members? AND CIDB IS FOCUSED INTO THIS POINT OF CONTENTION - THAT IS - GO TO INDIA, SRI LANKA, SUDAN, ETC & GET JOBS FOR CONTRACTOR & EXTRACT MORE FEES FROM THEM (PLUS THEIR OWN POCKET)

ACT 520 was established by the government to paved the way for the empowerment of CIDB Malaysia to:

1) Create a climate for a more vigorous development in the Construction Industry

What is this that CIDB can claim that they have created an environment for a vigorous development in the construction industry? What are the deliverables to-date on the subject point and what have been measured so far, i.e. the key Performance Index?

2) Carry out its functions as the enabling authority to help Construction Industry Players overcome bureaucratic obstacles

3) Play the role of facilitator by addressing the current and future needs of the Construction Industry.

Did CIDB offered any helping hands to thousands of contractors who faced problems such as labor shortages, shortage of building materials such as steel bars, and the problems of labor shortage caused by the deportation of foreign workers by the Government in year 2000? What about the abandon projects and failed projects that affects the livelihood of those purchasers? CIDB collected hundreds of millions of ringgits from contractors of these property development projects and if the purchaser suffers, what has CIDB done to help them - did they talk to the bankers to help suspend the loans for a certain period, help cushion off that period of uncertainty, or initiate actions to restore the project and get it to completion? CIDB only collects money from these projects but contribute nothing to the projects and the stakeholders!!!!!


The challenging issues as stated, and as the very reason of the existence of CIDB are:

1) Significant decline in construction quality
2) Acute shortage of skilled and unskilled labour, leading to an over-dependency on foreign labor
3) Lack of pertinent statistics and information required for planning, monitoring and decision-making

Out of the 3 areas, what have we achieve thus far? Look into the construction projects and see who are the workers today - basically 99% foreigners consisting of mostly Indonesians, Bangladeshis, Thais and Myanmars. Do we hear of any strategic action by CIDB on how to overcome our dependency on foreign labors? NAYs! Have CIDB build up statistics and information required for planning, monitoring and decision-making necessary to help contractors in tendering and estimating? If it is, there must be available database in the website for contractors info, such as:

1) What is the price of plywood in Perak, Selangor, Johor, Trengganu and how many types and standards are available locally? What have CIDB done to help make plywood more competitively priced? Did they set up agencies to help reduce the price of plywood?
2) What about timber? Each state has different timber price and availability?
3) What about steel bars? Did CIDB talk to Datuk Abu Sahid of Perwaja and get him to commit to supply steel bars to contractors who faced difficulties in getting them, which delayed project completion.

In the SMART Tunnel project, Bakun, SMART School, Computer Lab projects, Did CIDB help contractors to have the opportunity to participate in those project and when the computer lab projects was in trouble, what was the contribution of CIDB?


Confucius says, "Till you admit that you know what don't not know, you will not achieve profound knowledge."

The Eleven functions set by CIDB that give rise to the formulation of her corporate initiatives which in turn were translated into: CIDB Helps The Construction Industry To Explore And Harnesss Overseas Opportunities - THAT WAS THE SOLE REASON WHICH DEFEAT THE VERY PURPOSE OF THE GOVERNMENT'S INTENTION FOR SETTING UP CIDB IN 1994.

The first question CIDB should consider before putting up the Masterplan is:

"How are the contractors which consists of Class A to Class F plus those in the private sectors (all of them contribute 0.25% of the contract value to CIDB) - How is CIDB going to serve them? What are their needs, what are their weaknesses and what are their lack of knowledge and competencies? What about their financial problems caused by late payment, particularly of Government projects; can CIDB provide them with some financial credit or guarantees to help them get construction materials and pay their labor wages?

There are many Class F, E and Class D contractors, particularly those Bumiputera companies that need assistance in terms of technical expertise and technical informations, including Engineering design knowledge - what can CIDB do for them?

The Mission Statement of CIDB - ”Together we develop the Malaysian Construction Industry towards Global Competitiveness.” is too far fetch; it's more a Vicious Statement than a Mission; The Mission will not be achieve as it is made in DREAMLAND. Does CIDB understand what is Global Competitiveness? Can we compete with Koreans, Japanese, Chinese, Thais? What can CIDB do to prepare the Malaysian contractors to have the competitive advantage over the other international players? What are the statistical datas that Malaysian contractors must know of their international counterparts? What is competitiveness - in terms of cost leadership, branding, uniqueness, product quality, service quality, efficiency, networking and relationship building, strategic partnership, etc? Do we have any measurement standards and benchmarks? Do we have CIDB to do research, regular and continuous research that keeps us inform? Does CIDB having collected Billions of ringgit have a full-time research team - what's the money for, what did they spent it on, where the money?

CIDB’s Value Proposition to the Construction Industry involves a 2-prong perspective – the first revolves around our focus on relentless efforts on “Adding Value Where It Counts” and the 2nd perspective encompasses the need to assist the Construction Industry to “Understand its Past, Conquer the Present and Shape the Future”.


UNDERSTAND OUR PAST (yea, we were weak contractors)
CONQUER THE PRESENT (yea, WE WERE CONQUERED BY CIDB'S GREED & PROFANITY! pay CIDB 0.25% and pay for the green card and training fees)
SHAPE THE FUTURE (Oh, no; got to pay for the Directors' trip overseas and their families and their pension; OH SHIT)

Monday, June 7, 2004



Every contractor, big or small has to contribute o.25% of their contract value to CIDB for each and every project they undertake.

Presumably, the contribution required is to finance the DEVELOPMENT & COMPETENCY PROGRAMMES to prepare the Malaysian contractors to achieve quality and efficiency in the field of project management and construction management and to nurture the contractors and the Malaysian construction industry players in general, such that they will be on par to international standards. CIDB was set up by the Mahathir's Government to lead the CHANGE & IMPROVEMENTS. At such, they are held responsible to lead and manage the construction industry in TOTAL.

All the last few years, CIDB had spent it's time and moneys (collected from all the contractors) to set their targets for projects in India, Sri Lanka, etc. This had benefitted some large international corporations such as IJM, Binapuri, Roadbuilders, MMC, Lankhorst, etc, etc. BUT what have all the other contractors benefitted from CIDB's international projects?????? The tens of thousands of paying Class 'F' contractors, Class - E, D, C, B, BX, and many Class 'A' contractors???? Each and everyone of the contractors are contributing to CIDB's coffers, paying for all the expenses incurred and the amount collected is in excess of billions of ringgits. WHAT HAVE CIDB DONE FOR THEM??????

Does Malaysia, particularly the construction sector needs the existence of CIDB? I have asked hundreds of contractors this questions and so far, everyone is affirmative that CIDB has developed into a parasite; a Hirudinea, a "Leech" and a "Pain-in-the ASS".

What has the Government done for the contractors, as far as CIDB is concerned? Why do they collect the hundreds of millions yearly so that they can go to INDIA & SRI LANKA? What has Datuk Hamzah done for CIDB and what has Tan Sri Wan Abdul Rahman (ex-JKR Director General, and now CIDB's Chairman) done to benefit the contractors in the industry, particularly the Class 'B' down to Class 'F' contractors? Some class 'A' contractors did benefit from CIDB (Indian & Sri Lanka projects) but many Class 'A' contractors are not getting anything from CIDB.



Wednesday, May 26, 2004

TELEKOM caused of Old Klang Road Project Delay

Jalan Kelang Lama Project Delayed Posted by Hello

26th. May 2004, The Star report

The roadwork project in Jalan Kelang Lama was reported to be delayed and the delay reason was attributed to the relocation of existing telecommunication services owned by Telekom Malaysia.

Lately, we have heard and read much about the restructuring of the Government Link Companies (GLCs, and the much talk about introduction of performance measurement tools such as KPI, Balance Scorecard, Six Sigma, etc to enhance efficiency and productivity; and it is well-known fact that Telekom Malaysia had over the years, been applying these "effective tools", (especially KPI) to measure their performance. Yet we wonder how effective the tools are, and how did the management measures performance while we often hear of construction project being delayed primarily due to the relocation of existing services and the culprits are Telekom, TNB, Waterworks Department (JBA), DBKL (for KL projects).

On an unrelated issue, I had a problem with my streamyx (not able to access the service, maybe due to my ADSL modem which is under warranty) and I made a report as usual. I was told by their service department that they will need at least one week to sent a technician to resolve my problem (reason is they are too many such problems to attend and limited resources). I begged for help saying that I'm a researcher and will have problem with my day-to-day activities without the service. Fortunately, the technician came the next day and my problem was resolved (Thanks to the good samaritan). Is it common for telekom to take one week to solve problem like this? Is this efficiency and customer service, customer-oriented, customer satisfaction?

The report today (roadworks delay) is not the only one we have heard all these years. If you have been involved with construction projects and JKR road projects, you will understand that these sort of problems have been plaguing the industry players for umpteen years and no improvement had been made so far (Talk to JKR Project Managers and they will verify this). Yet these GLCs still say they had an effective performance measurement system to monitor efficiency, effectiveness and productivity; and they can & want to be world class. I have been involved in construction projects for the last 20 odd years, and I testify to this inefficiencies by the GLCs.

What is efficiency and effectiveness? What is Performance Measurement?; what is Key Performance Index?; What is Balance Scorecard and Six Sigma? Top Management in GLCS talk a lot about it (often made public statement about it - read the News), but do they understand it and do they have a strategic plan to achieve it? CAKAP TAK SERUPA BIKIN! For many Malaysian Contractors, they have learn to live with such inefficiencies and have adapted to the system of incompetence and it has become part and parcel of their construction life.

Some contractors who have political linkage, use their political connection to influence action.Some other contractors who are not so fortunate to rub shoulders with politician (because it is very expensive to rub them; its the truth) uses more innovative actions to solve this problem by "Paying to get Efficient Services" to ensure affirmative action.

Is all this UNKNOWN, UNCOMMON, UNHEARD TO OUR MINISTERS & THE CEOs OF GLCs? (Some of the CEOs of GLCs were with other organization before joining GLCs - they should understand)