Source From : New Straits Times, Original Article
KUALA LUMPUR: The Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia’s (CIDB) standard of measurements to eliminate discrepancies and ambiguities in the bill of quantities has been recognised by the government as a Malaysian Standard.
In a statement today, CIDB said the Civil Engineering Standard Method of Measurement (MyCESMM), which contained standardised method of measurements covering categories such as works, descriptions and specifications, was recognised as MS 2701:2018 by the Department of Standards Malaysia, which is under the purview of the International Trade and Industry Ministry.
“This initiative is part of the overall strategy to raise the standards of the local construction industry to be on par with developed economies, and achieves one of the key performance indicators set under the government’s Construction Industry Transformation Programme 2016 – 2020 (CITP),” the board said.
Works Minister Baru Bian, who launched the document at a ceremony in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, today, said the government recognised that the use of a standardised method of measurement was an important step towards the internationalisation of Malaysia’s construction practices.
“MyCESMM was used to enhance the level of professionalism in the industry. Today’s launch of MS 2701:2018 marks the next step in the development of MyCESMM as an industry standard.
“MS 2701:2018 is now a national standard that can be applied to all projects in the country.
“It integrates various specifications that previously existed in the Malaysian market, while consolidating best industry practices from around the world,” he said.
The recognition of MyCESMM as a Malaysian Standard was achieved after a long consultative and collaborative process with industry stakeholders, technical agencies as well as higher learning institutions.
CIDB said the introduction of MS 2017:2018 was one of the key initiatives to create a culture of high quality and professionalism in the Malaysian construction industry, thereby raising the quality of Malaysian construction practices to international standards.
“This will increase the competitiveness of Malaysian construction players in the global market, which is in line with the outcomes envisioned in the CITP’s Internationalisation strategic thrust,” it added.