Works Ministry wants public sector to adopt CIDB's Qlassic benchmark

Esther Landau, NABIL BASARUDDIN

KUALA LUMPUR: The Works Ministry wants to implement the Quality Assessment System in Construction (Qlassic) in public sector construction projects.

Qlassic, introduced by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), benchmarks the quality of workmanship of construction projects based on Construction Industry Standard (CIS 7).

Works Minister Baru Bian said he would propose the adoption of Qlassic in public sector building construction projects and infrastructure projects such as roads to inspire public confidence and boost the quality of the construction work.

“I was told that the public sector achieved only four per cent of performance quality in building construction compared with 95 per cent in private sector projects. This is a huge gap,” he said at the Qlassic Day 2018 launch and award ceremony, here, today.

“It is very useful to adopt this programme in public sector projects so that we can enhance their performance and quality, and convince buyers that projects are better in quality if they have this recognition.”

The proposal was welcomed by CIDB chairman Tan Sri Dr Ahmad Tajuddin Ali.

Twenty-five developers, 31 contractors and 32 architects were awarded the Qlassic 2018 recognition at the event and 37 projects achieved scores of more than 80 per cent. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd