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CODE OF ETHICS

FOR
ENGINEERS
IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
PROFILE OF FACILITATOR

Ir. Choo Kok Beng, Dip. CE(TC), B Sc (Eng), FTAM, FIEM, P Eng, FIE Aust, CP Eng, ASEAN Eng, APEC
Eng, IntPE, AAET Founding Fellow, is a Professional Engineer registered with the Board of Engineers
Malaysia and a Chartered Engineer with Engineers Australia. He is a Fellow of The Institution of
Engineers, Malaysia (IEM), the Technological Association of Malaysia and Engineers Australia, a
registered Asean, APEC and International Engineer.

Ir. Choo Kok Beng is a strong advocate of a preventive maintenance culture and have conducted similar
courses in African and Asean Countries to create its awareness.

Since 1990, Ir. Choo Kok Beng is the Managing Director of the Vertitech Group of Companies which
provides specialized engineering and contracting services for the Appraisal and Rehabilitation of
Buildings and Engineering Structure
Do you want others to have this misconception???
DEVELOPMENT OF MALAYSIAN
CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

- Pre Independence (1957)


- Sixties
- Seventies
- Eighties
- Nineties
- Two Thousand
THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

MAJOR SECTORS

1. INFRASTRUCTURE
2. BUILDINGS
3. AIRPORTS
4. PORTS, WHARFS & JETTIES
5. TOWERS ETC
THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

ROLE OF THE ENGINEERS

1. EMPLOYEE
2. CONSULTANT
3. CONTRACTOR
4. MANUFACTURER
5. MARKETEER/SUPPLIER
6. FINANCIER
7. OTHERS
WHY PROFESSIONAL ETHICS ARE
IMPORTANT TO ENGINEERS
1. A HALLMARK OF PROFESSIONALISM
2. BASIC QUALIFYING REQUIREMENT
3. AN EDGE IN COMPETITION
4. GUIDANCE TO GOOD PRACTICE
5. ULTIMATE BENEFIT OF THE PROFESSION
SELECTING SI CONTRACTOR
THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

CRITICAL AREAS

1. WELFARE, HEALTH & SAFETY


2. COMPETENCY AND TRUST
3. FAIR, HONEST & GOOD FAITH
4. APPLY KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL IN
EMPLOYERS INTEREST
5. INFORM CLIENTS, EMPLOYERS AND
COMMUNITY MATTERS WHICH
AFFECT THEM AND THE
COMMUNITY
THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

CRITICAL AREAS

6. EXPRESS OPINION BASED ON ADEQUATE


KNOWLEDGE
7. SECRECY
8. DO NOT ACCEPT COMPENSATION
9. SUBSCRIBE TO SELF DEVELOPMENT
10. DO NOT PROMOTE OR ENCOURAGE
OTHERS TO BREACH ABOVE
SOME CAUSES AND EFFECTS

1. ACCEPTING BRIBES ON INFLATED COST

THE USE OF BRIBES WILL INFLATE THE COST OF THE


PROJECT AND CAUSE UNFAIRNESS TO OTHER BIDDERS.
OFTEN SUCH SERVICES WILL FALL SHORT OF STANDARD
AND AFFECT THE OVERALL QUALITY OF THE JOB.

2. ACCEPTING SUB-STANDARD WORKS

3. TURNING A BLIND EYE TO SUB-STANDARD WORKS WILL


RESULT IN DEFECTS CAUSING CONSIDERABLE COST TO
RECTIFY. WORSE STILL DEFECTIVE WORKS IN
CONSTRUCTION WOULD BE HAZARDOUS TO PUBLIC SAFETY.

4. ACCEPTING BRIBES IN GRANTING PROJECT APPROVAL


CREATE UNFAIR COMPETITION, BETRAY TRUST AND
CONTRIBUTE TO UNHEALTHY CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY.
5. FRAUD

FRAUD IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY COMES HAND


IN HAND WITH CORRUPTION. IT WILL UNDERMINE THE TRUST
PLACED ON THE ENGINEERS BY EMPLOYERS, CLIENTS AND THE
PUBLIC IN GENERAL. EG. FALSE INFORMATION, INVOICES ETC.

6. LEAKING OF TENDER

WILL ENCOURAGE UNFAIR PRACTICE, INFLATE THE COST


OF THE PROJECT AND MAY RESULT IN POOR QUALITY WORKS.

7. CONFLICTS ON INTEREST

8. MISUSE OF AUTHORITY

9. LAX SITE SUPERVISION


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Engineers.ppt
FINALLY,

A PROFESSION IS JUDGED BY ITS INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS.


IT REMAINS AS A PROFESSION ONLY IF THEY HAVE THE
PROFESSIONAL ATITUDE AND ABIDE BY THE ETHICAL
RULES OF THE PROFESSION

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