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CIDB Expects 200,000 Accredited Skilled Construction Workers


KUALA LUMPUR, March 11  — Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) expects about 200,000 skilled construction workers to be accredited beginning June 1 this year under the CIDB Act 520 (Amendment 2011).

Its Chief Executive, Ahmad ‘Asri Abdul Hamid, said CIDB would charge an accreditation fee of RM350 for foreign workers and none for locals.

“We found that many foreign workers did not meet the skills criteria they claimed to have as they came from different industries.

“The new regulations include the construction workers’ accreditation and materials that are in compliance with standards and responsibility to ensure safety of buildings during and after work,” he told a media briefing today to announce the coming International Contruction Week.

Ahmad ‘Asri said the safety regulations were implemented immediately after the Act came into force in June 2015 and for materials, they were effective from January this year.

“With the enforcements in place, CIDB hopes the quality of the construction industry will improve,” he said.

Presently, there are about 800,000 skilled workers, both foreign and local, that include welders, crane operators, machine operators, plastering and scaffolding workers.