Construction workers without registration may be fined in Malaysia

18:38, August 03, 2010      

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Construction workers in Malaysia, both local and foreign, will be fined for not registering themselves with the authority once the amendment to the country's Construction Industry Development Act 1994 is completed.

The Malaysian Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Hamzah Hassan made this remark here on Tuesday after attending the Malaysian Construction Sector Review and Outlook Seminar.

Hamzah said that under the prevailing act, the relevant companies were responsible for registering their construction workers with CIDB, failing which would result in actions being taken against the companies.

However, the responsibility of completing the registarions would lie on the workers after the amendment was done, added Hamzah.

Hamzah explained that making it mandatory for the workers to register themselves with the board aimed at ensuring that the workers had mastered the professional skills of working at construction sites before work commenced.

According to Hamzah, each construction worker registering himself with the board will be given a greencard after undergoing a seven-hour training course.

The card, recognized by the Malaysian government, is beneficial to the holder as it serves as the proof that the individual possesses professional construction skills.

Meanwhile, Hamzah said that the CIDB is still actively training local workers to reduce the industry's dependence on foreign workers.

Source: Xinhua


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