KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 19): Consultants are encouraged to apply common sense approach and play facilitative roles in helping contracting parties to resolve contractual disputes due to COVID-19, said Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) president Datuk Ar. Ezumi Harzani Ismail.
“Architects as the Contract Administrators should take proactive roles in averting disputes by guiding the parties toward practical solutions, so that projects can come to an amicable completion,” he said in a media statement on Dec 19, 2020.
This is also part of his opening remarks for the forum themed ‘Surviving Post Covid-19 – A Common Sense Approach’.
The Real Estate and Housing Developers' Association (Rehda) Malaysia president Datuk Soam Heng Choon said most people don’t like to make decision under this pandemic uncertainty, but architects need to make decisions to allow projects to move.
Meanwhile, he urged the government to extend the application of Covid-19 Act beyond its original deadline December 31, 2020 to give more time for the contracting parties to resolve dispute amicably.
“Even if Government does not extend the date, the common sense understanding in decision making should continue under this pandemic,” he said.
Soam also noted that the Act does not fully address the concerns of developers and contractors such as when contracting parties or suppliers are based overseas.
Meanwhile, Chairman of PAM Professional Practice Committee Ar. Anthony Lee Tee said the business of people’s livelihood must go on regardless of how inadequate the Covid-19 Act is.
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