by ANIS HAZIM / Pic by TMR FILE PIX
THE Works Ministry will launch the National Construction Policy 2030 (NCP 2030) to digitalise the construction sector in Malaysia.
Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said NCP 2030 will accelerate technology adoption in all work processes including before, during and after construction.
“The Malaysian construction sector is set to move in tandem with the Sustainable Development Goal through NCP 2030’s strategic structure,” Fadillah said at the 2021 Asia Economic and Entrepreneurship virtual summit yesterday.
According to him, the new policy is aligned with other initiatives including the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 (SPV 2030).
“This initiative will help Malaysia achieve sustainable growth encompassing fair and equitable distribution across income groups, ethnic cities and regions,” he said.
Additionally, Fadillah said infrastructure development will receive a big boost in the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) 2021-2025 to assist the sector in reviving the economy.
“It is also expected that the budget for the 12MP is set to beat previous budgets with a higher amount of more than RM250 billion,” he said.
Fadillah also said climate change has rendered it unable to build infrastructure like before.
“In today’s environment, climate change is impacting communities across the globe in unprecedented ways like rising sea levels, extreme weather, food and water insecurity, resources scarcity and conflict which render us unable to build infrastructure like we normally do.
“As such, we need urgent and preemptive actions to new collaborations and partnerships for ambitious new ideas to mitigate climate changes,” he pressed.
He also suggested building smart infrastructure as Malaysia embraces the concept of sustainable and quality infrastructure.
“We need to build smart infrastructure by designing, building and prepping infrastructure in ways that will bring and maintain sound economic development while also protecting vital natural resources and environment,” stated Fadillah, adding that resilience and inclusive infrastructure which are sustainable can change human lives.
“The whole life cycle of infrastructure development must promote more effective and efficient use of financial resources, carbon footprint consideration, social cohesion and stewardship of natural ecosystems,” he noted.