Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

Upgrade State PWD - IEM Sabah

KOTA KINABALU, 1 December -- Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) Sabah Branch has shot down the suggestion that the federal Public Works Department (PWD) be expanded to Sabah.

Speaking at IEM Sabah branch’s anniversary dinner on Saturday night, its chairman, Ir Tan Koh Yon, said that there was a newspaper report claiming that some of the state government departments, including the Sabah PWD, did not have enough officers and technically qualified staff to cope with developments in the state and thus the proposal to establish the federal PWD here was made.

“IEM Sabah is not supportive of the idea to expand the federal PWD to Sabah. In fact we would strongly suggest that the State Government expand and upgrade the state civil service, especially its PWD, to cope with developments in Sabah so as to maintain its authority, rights and control of all public works and infrastructural development in the state.

“By doing so, it will benefit people in Sabah and create more jobs for graduates with technical and engineering skills. IEM Sabah being the biggest engineering profession association, is committed to assist the State Government,” he said.

Present at the dinner was Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Maximus Ongkili

Tan also repeated IEM Sabah’s call on the state government to appoint non-government practising engineers as board members in the Central Board.

The presence of practising engineers from non-government background in the Central Board and local authorities can facilitate in expediting the Development Plan approval process, especially in the technical engineering practices because engineers can provide unbiased and sound professional advice as well as technical views to the government, he pointed out.

He disclosed that being a learned and leading professional institution, IEM Sabah branch has been very active in promoting the engineering profession as well as championing in the innovation, practice and application of green sustainable technology in the construction industry.

Tan disclosed that earlier this year IEM had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kota Kinabalu City Hall for better collaboration and close working relationship with the local authorities.

In this respect, he pointed out IEM Sabah has contributed much input and played a very active and important role in the proposed new DBKK Hill State Development Guidelines which is very timely, especially as there are more and more new developments coming up at the hilly areas in the state capital.

“Likewise together with other professional bodies namely PAM, ACEM and RISM, IEM Sabah has jointly come up with the idea of the submission of Conceptual Engineering Plans to facilitate the speedy approval of development and also the implementation of the Certificate of Completion and Compliance Sabah for single ownership building with no sub-division.

“These proposals will be submitted to the Mayor and put forward to City Hall for their favorable consideration, approval and implementation soon,” he said.