KUCHING, Oct 20: Registered engineers and Engineering Consultancy Practices (ECPs) will be given 50 per cent rebate on their professional renewal fees for year 2021 while the Continuing Professional Development (CDP) hours for the year 2020 requirement for renewal is waived.
Senior Minister of Works Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof revealed that the Board of Engineers Malaysia will provide assistance to lighten the economic burden faced by registered persons (engineers) and ECPs due to Movement Control Order (MCO).
“Among the issues faced by the engineering fraternity, I am aware of the financial impact suffered by the engineering professionals who have contributed considerably towards nation-building.
“The renewal fees for year 2021 for Registered Persons and ECPs will be rebated half the normal rate.
“While the CPD hours for year 2020 which is required for renewal of their registration for year 2021 is waived,” he revealed in a statement today.
The Covid-19 pandemic, Fadillah pointed out, has caused disruption to social and economic landscapes locally and globally since early this year.
He noted that the construction industry, like other major economic sectors of the country, was not spared from the disruption.
“However, CIDB (Construction Industry Development Board) data show that 98 per cent of the construction work sites are back in operation by September 2020,” he added.
Fadillah, who is also the Petra Jaya MP, emphasised that the Malaysian government has been looking for ways and means to alleviate negative fallout on the economic front while ensuring the safety and health of the people are protected.
“The Covid Bill was passed by the Dewan Negara on Sept 22, 2020 and we would expect some relief in the contract, such as a force majeure clause to relieve the contracting parties affected by the disruption,” he said.
With the 50 per cent rebate, the renewal fee for professional engineers with practicing certificate is RM200; professional engineer below 60-years-old (RM100) and 60 years and above (RM50); accredited checker below 60-years-old (RM100) and 60 years and above (RM50); and inspector of works (RM15).
As for ECPs after rebate, the body corporate renewal fee is RM500, multi-disciplinary practice (RM500), partnership (RM250) and sole partnership (RM125). — DayakDaily