Just as professionals have ethical standard, developers and
contractors must also have similar standard.
by Tan Seng Giaw
Professional bodies such as the Board of Engineers should make sure
that members abide by ethical standard. Similarly, the Malaysian
Government should have measures to ensure that developers and
contractors follow similar standard. This is one way of protecting the
people from being shortchanged.
Today, the Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu gave a keynote
address during the official opening of Forum on Integrity in
construction sector at the Malaysian Institute of Integrity. He
stressed on the need for integrity in the construction sector,
quoting, among many things, the abandonment of the Cameron Highlands
Hospital project by the contractor. He agrees that as engineers and
architects have codes of ethics, so should contractors who appear to
be above the professionals.
In April 2004, the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
said :"The effort to enhance integrity based on National Integrity
Plan (NIP), and coordinated by Institut Integriti Malaysia (IIM), will
form a concept that is appealing to all Malaysians. It will be a
source of strength for Malaysians to manage its success and overcome
There are developers and contractors who complete projects according
to specifications. But, there are those who, for one reason or
another, fail miserably. They make people suffer. Would the forum on
Apart from the Cameron Highlands Hospital project mentioned above,
other projects that have caused headache include the flyover at Middle
Ring Road 2 (MRR2)in Kepong, Matrade building, East Coast Highway,
Penang Outer Ring Road, Johor Baru Pandan Hospital, Temerloh Hospital
and 18 problematic school projects.
For over a year, 31 out of 32 pillars of the Kepong flyover (viaduct)have
cracks. Four consultants from Australia, Germany and United Kingdom
respectively have been engaged to study the cracks. Finally the UK
consultant Halcrow Group has found crystals called ettringite in the
The two outer lanes of the six-lane flyover are closed to traffic.
Meanwhile, we are still waiting for the Public Works Department to
publish the report on the MRR2 flyover and to repair the cracks.
Does the Government truly intend to stop negotiated tenders and open
up all tenders? Would it adopt international criteria to appoint
contractors? We require effective measures to ensure that developers
and contractors have codes of ethics.
Dr Tan Seng Giaw, DAP National Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong