Tuesday, September 28

Better accommodation for construction workers soon — CIDB


KUALA LUMPUR: The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) is working closely with the Human Resources Ministry (MOHR) to develop the regulation for workers’ housing and amenities, particularly, the minimum standard for their accommodation in the construction industry.

Amendments to Act 446 (worker’s minimum standards of Housing and Amenities Act 1990) was approved by Parliament on July 31,2019. It is now compulsory for employers in all industrial sectors, including construction, to provide accommodation for workers that meet minimum standards as outlined in the Act.

CIDB chief executive Datuk Ahmad Asri Abdul Hamid hoped the regulation, which is currently being drafted, can be completed by year-end.

“CIDB will help monitor … the guideline we are preparing has already seen an engagement with industry players, and is not being decidedly haphazardly,” he told reporters when commenting on the progress of the Construction Industry Transformation Programme (CITP) 2016-2020 here yesterday.

Also present was Work Minister, Baru Bian.

Ahmad Asri said the workers’ quarters, or rumah kongsi, which are widely being used at the moment, do not comply with the minimum standard of the temporary construction workers’ amenities and accommodation.

He added that the CIDB intended to use the Malaysia Standard (MS 2593:2015) as the guideline for improvement of accommodation and facilities for workers.

Under the MS2593 standard, the specification of housing and amenities for construction workers included room/dormitory, sanitary facilities, water, water disposal, cooking and dining area, signage, drainage and electricity, leisure and social facilities, as well as, first aid and medical facilities. — Bernama