MBAM seeks one-year grace period to comply with Act 446 amendments

KUALA LUMPUR (April 10): Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM) and its affiliated associations have requested of the government to allow them time to comply with the amendments to the Employees’ Minimum Standards of Housing, Accommodations and Amenities Act 1990 (Act 446).  

They are appealing for a one-year grace period.

In a statement yesterday, MBAM said the postponement will provide an opportunity for the industry to be better prepared in terms of time and finances to comply with the requirement of the latest amendments to Act 446.

It cited a number of issues affecting the industry involving Act 446, such as the long approval time for a temporary building permit or Certificate of Accommodation (CFA) application through

“This was one of the few issues raised during the recently-held dialogue session involving over 40 representatives,” it said.

Another concern it stated, was the double levy payment that the construction industry needs to pay to the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) and Human Resources Development Fund for training purposes.

MBAM said it attended an engagement session with the Human Resources Ministry on March 30 2021, and is hoping that its appeal on the matter will be considered.

It added that representatives from the public sector were also present during the meeting, including the Department of Occupational Safety and Health, Department of Labour Peninsular Malaysia, CIDB and the Construction Labour Exchange Centre Bhd.

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