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Modernising the Malaysian Construction Industry

By: Zuhairi Abd. Hamid 1  and Kamarul Anuar Mohamad Kamar2
1 Construction Research Institute of Malaysia (CREAM), Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Malaysia and Adjunct Professor of Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) 
2 Construction Research Institute of Malaysia (CREAM), Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB)Malaysia 
Malaysian construction industry is under a constant pressure to modernise and to reform. Lack of knowledge on building systems and green construction, low quality finishes on buildings and infrastructures, poor performance by contractors, the need to improve on procurement strategy, and lack of partnering initiatives are some of the frequently issues raised in meetings, conferences, workshops and seminars by clients and stakeholders in Malaysia. Some had even expressed their 
concern on the deteriorating quality of works produced by contractors. The industry needs to react quickly and to modernise within the capacity and knowledge acquired. It is timely that the Malaysian construction industry examines the initiatives taken by the UK construction industry and to learn from their experiences. As preliminary study looking into the area of construction improvement and change towards modernisation, this paper underlines key efforts taken under the Malaysian Construction Industry Master Plan (CIMP 2006-2015) and Rethinking Construction in the UK to identify research gaps.