CIDB Hopes for Grant to Increase Technology Adoption in Construction Sector
KUALA LUMPUR: The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) hopes the government can provide incentives for programs that can increase technology adoption in the construction industry for the 2022 budget.
CIDB Malaysia General Manager Datuk Ahmad Asri Abdul Hamid said several key programs have been formulated by CIDB to be implemented during Malaysia’s 12th Plan (12MP), including the Construction Systems Excellence Program. Industrial (IBS), which involved the construction of an IBS hub in seven states. in Malaysia.
He told Bernama that these hubs were intended to be a one-stop-shop as a point of reference for the construction industry, equipped with all the latest information, infrastructure and technology related to IBS, strengthening the IBS ecosystem network by Malaysia and catalyze IBS construction methods using open systems and standard IBS components.
It also aims to increase the number of players in the IBS industry, especially among bumiputera and small and medium enterprises (SMEs), as well as cost savings for the development of affordable housing projects.
According to Ahmad Asri, an allocation is also needed for the Construction 4.0 transformation program which includes, among other things, the construction of a Construction 4.0 center of excellence, the provision of training centers to improve the knowledge and skills of industry players in the Construction 4.0 revolution (CR 4.0) and conduct research and development (R&D) activities related to CR 4.0 technology applications and companies.
“The Construction 4.0 transformation agenda is in line with the government’s direction to foster the implementation of the digital economy and industrial revolution 4.0 in the construction sector,” he said.
He said both programs are expected to be implemented within four years from 2022.
“In addition to the IBS and Construction 4.0 Technology excellence programs, stipends are also required for vocational training programs in high impact construction areas such as welding, crane operations, scaffolding and electrical wiring.
“An allowance is also necessary to carry out training related to the management and safety assessment on construction sites. Such training is essential to improve the quality and safety of construction work, ”he said.
The 2022 budget is expected to be tabled in Parliament on October 29 by Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz. – Bernama