800,000 Malaysian workers to benefit from new Green Card

The 'Green Card' programme will discourage dishonest construction practices in Malaysia and improve worker lifestyles

The new Green Card will support Malaysian construction workers.
The new Green Card will support Malaysian construction workers.

More than 800,000 construction workers in Malaysia are expected to benefit from the country's new Construction Personnel Registration Card, or Green Card, which will be rolled out in August 2019 to cut back on dishonest practices in the local construction industry, followed by a Q3 2019 launch on the Google Play and Apple stores. 

Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) chairman, Tan Sri Dr Ahmad Tajuddin Ali, said the new card would allow the organisation better regulate security and card issuance management.

“Over the years, we discovered that many dishonest parties were producing fake registration cards," Ali said.

"Therefore, we required a card with an enhanced security feature so that it couldn’t be cloned.”

While the current registration card is mainly used for identification purposes, the new Green Card will allow site supervisors or safety officers to record workers’ attendance through a QR code, and prepare attendance reports for site management purposes.

The Green Card will include a virtual ID that can be accessed by engineering users, employers, and CIDB enforcement officers to check on the worker's registration status.

Construction personnel registration began in 1997 in Malaysia, according to the country's state-news agency, Bernama.

Malaysia's Green Card was co-developed by CIDB and Bayo Pay (M) Sdn Bhd, and the latter's group chief executive officer, Aznul Abdullah, said the Green Card would also allow workers to accept payments and withdraw cash from Mastercard-compatible automated teller machines.

He explained: “With the electronic payment feature, construction personnel will be able to send remittances, make payments via the QR code, and make in-app purchases.

“Through its communication platform, they will be able to report site accidents, while through its training platform, they will gain unlimited access to online training content.”

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