MBAM Special Gold Award For Najib's Outstanding Contribution To Construction Industry

PUTRAJAYA, July 17 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was Thursday conferred the Special Gold Award 2014 of the Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM) for his outstanding contribution to the construction industry.

The prestigious award was presented to him by MBAM president Matthew Tee at the Perdana Putra building here. Also present were MBAM deputy president Foo Chek Lee, MBAM vice president Datuk Seri Sufri Mohd Zin and MBAM immediate past president Kwan Foh Kwai.

Tee said the construction sector had largely been spurred by government spending to build the country's infrastructure through projects such as the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit, highways, properties and the five economic corridors, all in line with the roadmap charted under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).

"With all the push factors mentioned above, the construction industry has been revived as the engine of growth with double digit growth in the past few years," he said in a statement.

He said the construction industry had achieved the highest growth ever recorded, 18.1 per cent in 2012, and the annual value of new contracts awarded had jumped from RM90 billion to RM120 billion.

Tee said that by awarding the major infrastructure and high impact projects like LRT, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) projects to local contractors, the industry and affiliated stakeholders were given the opportunity to upskill and expand their expertise.

This would enhance export readiness of the Malaysian construction industry in addition to spurring the domestic economic output, he said.

"It cannot be denied that Najib has left indelible footprints through meritorious contribution towards the development of the Malaysian construction industry.

"MBAM hopes the construction industry will continue to grow into a world-class industry under Najib's visionary leadership," he said.

Tee said Najib, as the sixth prime minister, showed outstanding performance when he embarked Malaysia on a journey of transformation within its multi-racial and multi-religious context.

Previous recipients of the prestigious award include former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (first MBAM Gold Award in 1984), former Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu and MBAM past president Datuk Patrick Wong.


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