In 1954, the British Government took several measures to separate the administration of the Malay Peninsula (Malaya) from its main administration centralised in Singapore. This marked the beginning point where the local government departments in Malay Peninsula were permitted to implement their own policies and programs respectively. In 1956, the Chief Minister and several Ministers were appointed to lead the Federation of Malay Peninsula.
In the same year, several ministries had been formed including the Ministry of Works, which then was originally named the Ministry of Works, Post and Telecom. The Honourable Mr. Sardon binHaji Jubir was the first Minister to lead this Ministry. The functions and responsibilities of the Public Works Department were retained and put under the purview of the Ministry’s administration. In 1957, the Ministry was reorganized and renamed as the Ministry of Works and Transportation.
The rapid progress made in the country’s development and socioeconomy during the 1970s had resulted in the increase of the Ministry’s functions and roles. With the addition of the new roles, the Ministry was renamed once more as the Ministry of Works and Public Amenities in 1978. However, in line with the specialization of responsibilities, the Government decided to renamed the Ministry as the Ministry of Works Malaysia in the 1980s. The name stays until this day.
Functions of Ministry of Works Malaysia
The details of the functions of the Ministry of Works are as follows:
- To plan the development of the Federal road networks nationwide;
- To coordinate and monitor the implementation of the Federal road projects and other projects under the supervision of MOW;
- To regulate the privatised maintenance work of Federal roads and ;
- The development of Bumiputera entrepreneurs in the construction sector;
- To monitor the construction, operation, toll handling and maintenance of the tolled express-ways;
- To plan and coordinate human resource and financial (administration and development) of MOW and PWD;
- To monitor departments and agencies under its purview;
- To monitor the implementation of the development projects of the Client Ministries carried out by PWD;
- To give advice and support services to CIDB in the development of the country’s construction industry and skilled workforce; and
- To give advice and support services to PSDC, MHA, BEM, BAM and BQSM in the development of the professional services programs for the domestic and international market.
Ministry of Works Malaysia Core Services
Ministry of Works’s core services can categorised into three components as follows:
- The implementation of infrastructural development projects especially Federal Roads;
- The privatised maintenance of Federal roads and Federal Common Users Buildings, and
- The participation of Bumiputera entrepreneurs in the construction industry.
Contact Details of Ministry of Works Malaysia
Ministry of Works (Kementerian Kerja Raya)
Address: Unit Perhubungan Awam, Bahagian Perancangan dan Pengurusan Korporat, Kementerian Kerja Raya, Tingkat 5, Blok B, Kompleks Kerja Raya, Jalan Sultan Salahuddin, 50580 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Telephone: 603-2711 1100/9309
Fax: 603-2711 2591
Web Site: http://www.kkr.gov.my/
Staff Directory: http://www.kkr.gov.my/ms/userprofile/direktori/