23 June 2015 | Herpreet Grewal
The Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia (CIDB) and the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) have agreed "to collaborate and explore opportunities to develop, support and enrich" the facilities management profession in Malaysia.
CIDB chief executive Dato' Sri Ir Dr Judin Abdul Karim met Linda Hausmanis, director of education of BIFM, at the CIDB headquarters this week. It was agreed that "areas of collaboration between CIDB and BIFM constitute the sharing of experiences and exchange of information and expertise relating to certification and development of facilities management companies".
This will include advisory services and recommendations on a facilities management competent persons training scheme and organising/facilitating events and programmes for communication and education.
Dr Judin said: "Facilities management emphasises the importance of managing the built environment and facilities to maximise its design purpose and functionality. However, looking at the current scenario in Malaysia, the majority of FM contractors are not trained to carry out the works awarded to them. As a result, buildings or infrastructure now built are not well managed and maintained, resulting in early deterioration."
"Clients and stakeholders now demand a higher standard and quality service from FM contractors. The role of FM contractors is set to be more challenging and significant, and there is a need for the development of more sophisticated skills, knowledge and procedures to meet those expectations in tandem with the technological advancement and complexity of modern day built environment."
Hausmanis added: "We look forward to working alongside CIDB and other key stakeholders in the raising the expertise and profile of FM in Malaysia."