8 July 2013
Government, Private Sector urged to Work Together for Timely Project Implementation
RAWANG: The government and private sector have been urged to work together to ensure projects under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) and other projects under the five corridors, the greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley and the Urban Transformation Programme (UTP) initiatives are implemented in a timely manner.
“As we all know, construction is an important enabler to the National Key Economic Areas, as well as the engine of the growth under the ETP,” Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry (Miti) Datuk Hamim Samuri said.
Speaking at Lafarge Malaysia Bhd’s 60th anniversary celebrations here, he said the cement industry acts as a feeder to the construction industry and plays a major role in the implementation of infrastructure development programmes initiated by the government.
Lafarge Malaysia is the parent of a group of companies in Malaysia and Singapore, and its core businesses are in the manufacturing and sale of cement, ready-mixed concrete, aggregates and other related materials.
Hamim said the government wants the cement manufacturers to be innovative in their processes besides improving on productivity and production capacity.
“We look forward to higher growth in cement exports and the industry’s commitments to meet the increasing demand without compromising on quality of safety of the end users,” he told Bernama.
The deputy minister said total worldwide cement consumption was 3.3 billion tonnes in 2010, up to 10.4 per cent over the year before, and global consumption rose to 3.6 billion tonnes in 2011 and 3.7 billion tonnes in 2012.
“The Malaysian construction industry and the services sector are expected to play a vital role by contributing 11.2 per cent to the gross domestic product this year, and this can only be achieved when both government and the private sector work together,” he said.
He said consumers are becoming more sophisticated and want better products which are greener and more sensitive to the demands of the environment, adding that there are companies now producing green precast products such as green wall panels and components for the industrialised building system for the construction industry.
Meanwhile, president and chief executive officer of Lafarge Malaysia Bradley Mulroney said the company will continue to contribute in terms of providing the solutions needed to meet the challenge of increasing urbanisation.
“In Malaysia, the population is expected to reach 35 million by 2020 with more than 70 per cent living in the urban areas, and we believe that Lafarge has a critical role to play in this new landscape,” he said.
The company, established in 1953 as Malayan Cement, is providing its expertise to enhance and upgrade the country’s transportation system through material and solutions in the development of KLIA2 and the MRT and LRT projects. — Bernama