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Rehda to M'sian developers: Why Singapore's CONQUAS when we have QLASSIC?

PETALING JAYA (May 17): Malaysian property developers have not been receptive to the Construction Industry Development Board's (CIDB) quality assessment system in construction (QLASSIC) certification as many are applying for Singapore's CONQUAS certification.

REHDA Institute chairman Datuk Jeffrey Ng Tiong Lip said since CIDB introduced the QLASSIC in 2015, the adoption rate has been low at only 3%.

"There must be an explanation for the low numbers and instead of making it mandatory to generate greater adoption, perhaps it is time to explain why the industry is not receptive towards QLASSIC.

"It is no secret that many Malaysian developers are applying for CONQUAS certification (by Singapore) instead (of QLASSIC), despite higher costs involved. Why CONQUAS when we have a local quality assessment system?" Ng said at REHDA Institute's Modern Construction Technologies Conference here today.

He said QLASSIC could also be used as a relevant marketing and branding tool to distinguish a project against others, thus incentivising developers to apply for QLASSIC to benchmark themselves in the highly-competitive industry.

REHDA Institute is the training, research and education arm of the Real Estate and Housing Developers' Association of Malaysia (REHDA).

REHDA represents more than 1,400 property developers in Malaysia. — theedgemarkets.com

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