The Lighthouse - Autumn Issue 2019

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Events | Benevolence | Industry News Autumn 2019

Kuala Lumpur Market Review Lighthouse Club International Australia | Cambodia | China | Hong Kong | Macau | Malaysia | Myanmar | Philippines | Singapore | Thailand | UK / Ireland | Vietnam

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The Lighthouse

Chairman’s Message There is a saying that the older you become the quicker time passes and so it is because I cannot quite believe where the last three months have gone. Here in Hong Kong we have become the centre of world attention, not necessarily for the best of reasons, but this has not deterred the local Lighthouse Club from continuing to hold its monthly get togethers. In other parts of the world, people are coming back after Summer holidays and in Australia it is Winter and Annual Ball season. Perth already has held a successful event, Brisbane will follow shortly. The Yangon fellowship continues to grow and their get togethers have become the construction events that everybody wants to attend. John Battersby and Steve Tennant visited in June and were very warmly received at a well-attended event. This issue focuses on Kuala Lumpur, or KL as it is has always been known, and not only are the winds of change blowing through the construction industry there but also through the Club as a new and diverse Committee has been elected recently, headed up by Ronan Collins, who will be known to some of us in Hong Kong as well as throughout the South East Asia region.

Growing the Lighthouse Club is always a challenge; sustaining some of the existing branches too can sometimes feel like one step forward, two back. It is important that Committees throughout make regular changes and allow for fresh blood to come in and take over. At the end of the day, no matter how big or small your committees are, the underlying responsibility is to the members and also to the less fortunate who our charities assist, whether students in education or bereaved families or those who require medical care, short or long term. Being on a Committee means being committed so I urge all Committee members constantly to encourage membership of your branches by the younger generations as these will be future Committee members who will, hopefully, take this organisation well beyond its founders’ expectations. Glenn Haley, Chairman Lighthouse Club International

About The Lighthouse Club T

he Lighthouse is the magazine of Lighthouse Club International, originally established in 1998 as Lighthouse Club Asia Pacific Region and superseded in November 2017 by Lighthouse Club International. With its roots in England in 1956, the Hong Kong Branch was formed in 1986. The aims of the Lighthouse Club are to promote good fellowship amongst its members who work in or are associated with the construction industry and to provide charitable assistance to those in need within the construction industry and to their dependents in qualifying cases. In addition to the charitable works of the individual branches of the Lighthouse Club, Lighthouse Club International has two related Hong Kong based charities which provide charitable assistance worldwide: The James Battersby Lighthouse Club Educational Trust which provides assistance for education and training to qualifying young persons; The Lighthouse Club Asia Pacific Region Benevolent Trust which provides assistance to relieving poverty and financial need to persons currently or previously employed in the building and civil engineering industries and allied trades.

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Honorary President Nicolas Borit

Honorary Life Chairman John Battersby

Honorary Life Members Barry Adcock – Hong Kong Willie Kay – Singapore Les Leslie – Hong Kong & UK Nick Longley – Hong Kong & Australia Steve Tennant – Hong Kong Phil Thoburn - Manila

The Lighthouse Club International



In This Issue Advertorials

Market Review

6. Leighton innovations mitigate

19. A review of construction in

safety risks

the KL and Klang Valley

8. Meinhardt’s Myanmar heritage restoration 10. Plus 3 KL commercial



construction challenges

26. Newly elected KL committee optimistic about the future

In Memoriam

Branch Reports

11. Remembering the life of

30. United Kingdom

Barry Adcock

34. Australia 38. Macau



40. Philippines

14. Lap Dog Challenge 2019

43. Vietnam


15. Nigel Pearson races for

44. Hong Kong

cancer research

49. Singapore

60. Lighthouse Club International Corporate Members

16. Student recipients graduate in Manila

52. Myanmar

17. KL support for construction-related education

54. Malaysia

62. Calendar of forthcoming member’s events October to December


Executive Committee:

Lighthouse Club International


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Glenn Haley

Immediate Past Chairman

Rod Noble

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Chairman Elect Robert Gordon

Hong Kong

John Battersby Steve Tennant Robert Gordon


Keith Buckley Phil Clarke

Deputy Chairman

Keith Buckley

Editorial Committee:


Steve Tennant


Elaine Man / Janey Rogers / John Battersby / Michael Hoare (Consulting Editor) /Mike Staley / Steve Tennant / Alfred Ng (Liaison)

Ronan Collins


Phil Clarke


John Anderson

Publisher: Mike Staley

Membership Secretary

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Sam Powell


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Building Safely by Design Mitigating significant health and safety risks through an innovative solution. Building an approximately 60,000m², 9,000 tonnes steel roof would have been a challenge anywhere, but when the site is located below the flightpath of one of the world’s busiest airports and surrounded by other contractors, the constraints gave Leighton-Chun Wo Joint Venture (LCWJV) a golden opportunity to innovate and bring a whole new dimension to safe delivery.

primary and secondary segments and 36 infill segments, together with specially engineered temporary frames that not only acted as assembly jigs but provided a system for transporting, erecting and installing the segments.

The Passenger Clearance Building at the Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macao Bridge Hong Kong Port is an iconic gateway to the HKSAR. The wave-like structural form of the steel roof, appearing to float above its 50 concrete megacolumns, enables the structure to complement its surroundings while standing out as a landmark. Modularisation of roof structure

The LCWJV set up an assembly yard in Zhongshan, Guangdong. As well as the assembly of the structural steelwork, the cladding, architectural finishes and building services were installed in this factory environment. The controlled, repetitive processes could be managed away from the bustle of the main site where excavation and reinforced concrete structure construction were ongoing, making work safer and more comfortable for all the workers at both locations.

The building is located adjacent to the Hong Kong International Airport and is just two metres below the Airport Height Restriction. A traditional stickbuild method of construction was unfeasible, and a conventional assembly-in place and jack up method could not have achieved the tight construction programme. Such methods also invariably stack workfronts vertically, involving work-at-height and falling-object risks. Instead, working with a specialist consultant, Robert Bird Group, the LCWJV modularised the roof into 45

After barging to Hong Kong, the segments were rolled from the barging point to the building on remote-controlled self-propelled modular transporters. The erection was by a horizontal launching method, which each module was lifted on a lifting platform to the suspended sliding rails before it was driven by horizontal hydraulic jacks to its final position and then installed one by one. Remote control was emphasised and where work at height was unavoidable, safe accesses were designed in to all temporary steelwork.

Off-site fabrication


Upon successful completion of the project, the Director of Highways, Mr Chung mentioned, “The PCB is a highlight of the construction of the HKBCF on full utilisation of innovative construction methods. The project team has successfully adopted an innovative method for the construction of the PCB roof, by using large-scale prefabricated modules which could achieve faster construction progress, enhance the quality of works and reduce the risk of working at height.” The LCWJV’s innovative construction method, of combining offsite assembly on a massive scale, installation of architectural finishes and building services, and a highly technical scheme to install the resulting segments, was developed in response to significant space and time constraints. The method brought many benefits to the project, but the most significant are the enhanced safety and improved working environment for the workers through the adoption of offsite prefabrication, which could be widely encouraged and adopted by the industry. This requires consideration by clients and consultants at the earliest stages of the project as well as practical input from contractors and construction specialists, and the involvement of the entire supply chain.




The Peninsula Yangon

Yangon Peninsula Hotel when completed


ccupying a restored, heritage building from the 1880s that once housed the headquarters of The Myanmar Railways Company, The Peninsula Yangon, will consist of 88 lavishly appointed guest rooms and suites and a number of restaurants and bars. The hotel is part of the larger Yoma Central project, located in downtown Yangon.

The architecture of the completed hotel will preserve the colonial elegance of the original building, whist at the same time employ modern engineering design to ensure that guests are safe and comfortable. Whilst on first impressions the building may appear to be constructed entirely of brick, in fact the first floor consists of laterite stone. This is an iron rich clay based weathered rock found in tropical countries that is cut directly from the ground in blocks. Repurposing what was originally a government office building as a luxury branded hotel has brought with it many engineering challenges. Not surprisingly there were no as built drawings for the 140-yearold building. Extensive survey and testing work was required to be undertaken to establish geometry, thickness of walls, material strength and understand how the foundations were constructed. The use of cloud point laser survey was used to capture the buildings dimensions.

The building prior to its restoration

Through the extensive investigation phase, it was discovered that building was built in 4 phases across a period of 50 years. Different methods of construction were used in each phase.


Yangon exists within a high seismic zone. This site has deep sandy soils that are subject to the potential for liquefaction. Underpinning the building using of deep-seated bored piles was necessary to overcome this issue. The heritage walls of the Peninsula Yangon have been retrofitted to ensure that they cannot only resist earthquakes but also withstand 100 mph wind events. Recall Cyclone Nargis that devastated much of Myanmar in 2008. Yangon Peninsula Hotel Under Construction

Whilst the restoration of load bearing masonry buildings may be commonplace in many European countries, what is less common is the seismic retrofitting of such buildings. Innovative solutions that were developed following the devastating Christchurch earthquakes lead to the use of nonlinear push over analysis to determine where strengthening of the façades was optimally required. High tensile heli-bars will be carefully placed within the masonry bed joints to enhance the wall performance. The hotel is housed entirely within a purpose built reinforced concrete superstructure that sits above a basement within the restored heritage façade.

Underpinning Works

Non-linear push over analysis was used to determine necessary strengthening to existing walls

Early on it was realized that underpinning of the building would not only give the old building new foundations but would also enable a full-size basement over the entire footprint of the building for back of house functions. The underpinning operation and eventual excavation of the basement through Myanmar’s long monsoon is not without its risks, so careful consideration needed to be given to providing a sequenced temporary works design that enabled works not to be interrupted. The original interior courtyard walls constructed from clay brick are to be reinstated in the final stage together with a new steel roof. The project is set to welcome its first guest in 2021. Article prepared by : John Anderson, Managing Director Meinhardt Myanmar Co., Ltd.

Cross section through walls showing attachment to new RC frames




Commercial Challenges From the Construction Industry In Malaysia


lus Three Consultants (M) Sdn Bhd was established in Kuala Lumpur since 1993 as a Contract and Commercial Consultancy and has been kept busy by the constant flow of disputes on which we have been asked to advise. During this quarter of a Century of consultancy we have been impressed with the quality of both the legal and Arbitration systems in Malaysia which are solidly based on the Common Law of England and codified into written Acts such as the Contracts Act 1950 in readiness for Malaysian Independence in 1957. Challenges to Contractors are persistent late and under payment, retention withholding, on demand performance bonds, unbalanced risks in contract conditions and record-keeping. Contractors incur heavy financial costs mobilizing onto bigger and bigger projects after expensive tendering periods and then wait up to 120 days for payment after Certification. The certified sums are often undervalued due to conservative valuations and when a payment Certificate is issued at least two months’ work has been completed. Add to this the protracted payment period and five months work has been done before any payment is received. As Lord Denning said, “cashflow is the life blood of the construction industry” and at this rate the industry needs a blood transfusion A remedy for late and under payment is the recent Construction Industry Payment and Adjudication Act 2012 in operation since 2014 and it now deals with over 700 cases per year. Refer Report%202018.pdf. The process is slower than UK or Singapore Adjudication Acts with start to finish a maximum 4 months but still considerably faster than Arbitration or Litigation of the same disputes. Malaysia is further down the Alternative Dispute Resolution process than Hong Kong which is still discussing a possible draft legislation along similar lines.

support claims thus placing a dominant role for lawyers when this was not the intention for their role. On demand performance bonds are like handing over a signed cheque for 10% of the Construction Contract Sum to the Employer. Such bonds can be called without providing reasons which in the hands of an unscrupulous Employer is a lethal weapon which can destroy a Contractor because once called, cannot be resisted and generally lead to the withdrawal of the Contractor’s other financial support. A case in Kuala Lumpur, a contractor had not been paid for 12 months; they invoked their contractual rights to suspend working until payment was made, the Employer called the Performance Bond and took the cash. These Bonds should be resisted by the industry as unreasonable business tools when the Employer already has cash in hand in the Retention Funds. Higher risks are also piled onto contractor through contract terms and conditions which skew the risks unreasonably onto contractors making them liable for anything which can go wrong. The Tang Report – en/content_735/reporte.pdf- concluded broadly that the party to the contract most able to control any particular risk should be responsible for that risk but not all risks regardless of their ability to control them. These issues add up to attacks on contractors’ profit margins, already squeezed by competitive bidding and inevitably leads to the necessity for contractors claims. Which brings us back to the beginning of this article. We are advocates of going back to basics in keeping good records and project monitoring tools such as site diaries whether paper books or now soft copy diaries which can be searched and compiled into reports at the touch of a few buttons.

During the Malaysian Act preparation which was so desperately needed, the Lawyers lobbied the Government giving 100 reasons We seldom see today monthly cost/value reconciliations with why a Construction Payment and Adjudication Act was not needed! accrual accounting which were routine in the past. This broke down the monthly valuation of works into labour, plant, materials, However faced with the inevitability of the legislation, the legal overheads and profit with allowances for known costs not yet fraternity switched sides and warmly welcomed the Act promoting incurred so the Project Manager could review the profit or loss on their firms as the logical choice to advise clients in Adjudication. any activity and overall. Too much reliance on computer software Adjudication like Arbitration was supposed to be an alternative to systems removes proper understanding of the facts and figures. the Courts and provide the Construction Industry with a dispute Young staff need better mentoring by experienced seniors to develop resolution within the industry. However, with lawyers running the skill set needed to manage modern complex projects. virtually all arbitrations and adjudications they are increasingly like Sr. Michael J McIver court cases with the use of many legal precedents to challenge or FRICS, FIOB, MCIArb,MSA, RISM

In Memoriam

Barry Adcock A Reflection

Barry was a person who lived life as it should be lived: damn well. He was a good man, a gentleman and generous with his time.

Tribute written by Steve Tennant

He had several passions which included his family, squash & cricket, Arsenal, the UK’s Institution of Civil Engineers in which he was active, Imperial College London for whom he was a supportive alumni and past Chairman of the HK alumni association and the Lighthouse Club amongst other groups and organizations. Barry also had a moral compass, he was honest and honourable. He did what he said and worked hard at doing the right thing, sometimes pedantically but always in a careful, measured and detailed manner and yet so often events proved his approach to be



In Memoriam

Barry in his life has greatly assisted many people, some of whom have no knowledge of him. He may now be gone, but he will not be forgotten by those of us who had the honour of knowing him.

Ministry of Tourism, but foreign tourists were not permitted to enter the country!

Barry had an excellent reputation for his work in Oman. As one of his seniors, Rod Northway, said about him “One of the tasks he applied himself to was to draw very detailed and accurate as-builts of the Irish crossings on the Salalah / Raisut / Umm al Gawarif / Mamurah road network. I can remember asking him if he could finish these soon so he could get onto something else, and his reaction: "It’s no good cutting corners ..." He was right, he made me think again!” Even then, under those rather harsh and isolated conditions, Barry was already noted for his great dry sense of humour, in addition to his work ethic. After a long time in Ghana, Barry came to Hong Kong in 1982 where he joined Leighton Bruckner and got into piles, of the construction If you ever sat in a meeting with Barry, irrespective of whether or sort, in a serious way. After Leighton Bruckner he was with Shine, not he was responsible for producing the minutes of the meeting, he another piling company during its relatively short life, before joining would always take notes in his notebook and those notes could and Swire Sita in 1997 and its subsequent transition into Sita. Swire Sita often were referred to many months later, if there was a query about was where he said farewell to mainstream construction and instead what had been decided. Barry would always be helpful and believed went into landfills, where until the time of his retirement, he ended up in helping people to help themselves. in charge of all of Hong Kong's landfills. When you speak to people about Barry, there are obviously many stories and recollections. I took the opportunity to speak to not only Barry's Hong Kong connections, but also those who knew him from his Taylor Woodrow International (TWI) days. Barry joined TWI after graduating from Imperial College in 1968. He started his overseas life in 1969, when he went out to Singapore. Fortunately, or unfortunately depending upon your perspective, Barry and I both worked for TWI for several years before we came out to Hong Kong, both recruited by David Knowles, another ex TWI person turned head hunter. We have a lot of mutual TWI friends from those days. Barry's professional career encompassed a number of other locations besides Hong Kong. These included Singapore, Oman and Ghana. Whilst in Salalah, Oman, where he went in 1972 after Singapore, he lived in bachelor mess number 25 which was infamous for holding outstanding and outrageous parties. He was also very famous for his very, very tight shorts and long curly hair! His busy social life in Salalah was restricted as TWI had its expats in Oman work from 7 am to 5 pm, either 5 1/2 or 6 days a week . Whilst alcohol was freely and legally available, there were only a few single western women in the country. There was no English language TV programming and Radio Oman had one hour of English language broadcasting a day, so you made your own entertainment, hence the outrageous parties. Oman was an unusual country in those days, it had a

In Memoriam

There is an unwritten tradition in the Hong Kong Lighthouse Club that if you are appointed as the Treasurer, you have to hold that particular office for a minimum of 10 years. So it was for the first Treasurer, who was then followed by I, who was then in turn followed by Barry and then also by the fourth Treasurer. Barry was also a Trustee of all of the Lighthouse Club charities based in Hong Kong. Barry as a Treasurer and Trustee was forever meticulous, detailed but caring. He was always very familiar with the details of all of the benevolent cases with which he was involved and was a strong believer in the maxim, that if there was doubt, then give the benefit of the doubt to the applicant. Barry's burr (Janey, was that a Dorset, Bristol burr? Can you find out and insert it?) when he spoke, his humour, his note taking in meetings and his love of Hawaiian shirts, especially when we were in South East Asia together, will form an everlasting memory of him for me.

Barry was a great believer in the old adage that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Accordingly, Barry joined the Hong Kong Cricket Club, where he was known to play the occasional game, his favourite position being number 11 batsman, as well as the odd pint. He was however, better known for his squash playing and was a long-time member of Bolton I. Bolton I members clearly had an affinity with Hash House Harriers members, However my memories of Barry, his loving wife Mimi and their as the Bolton I team was frequently described as a drinking team children, Madeline and Ross, are not just limited to the with a squash problem. Barry was also a founder member Lighthouse Club, because Ross and my youngest daughter of the Hong Kong Cricket Club Tuesday night Rockers. were in the same class at school and we would frequently This was another squash team that was possibly better meet Barry and Mimi at parent teacher conferences and known for its social activities than its accomplishments on other school events from the mid 1990’s onwards. Barry was the squash courts. On one occasion the team intensely proud and supportive of Mimi, Madeline found themselves playing a competing team and Ross and their accomplishments, whose aggregated age was younger than especially those gained by dint of hard work Barry! If you tried to add in the age of the and perseverance. Barry appreciated that for rest of the Rockers, well, you would need many people things didn’t always come easy a special kind of calculator! However, or naturally. He would have loved to have where Barry's seniority in terms of been at Madeline’s engagement party, but age really came into its own, was in sadly it was not to be. the Rockers’ Trivial Pursuit team where Barry’s almost unlimited Barry in his life has greatly assisted knowledge of arcane, esoteric and many people, some of whom have no completely obscure information knowledge of him. He may now be gone, made him a champion of Trivial but he will not be forgotten by those of us Pursuit. Under Barry’s dynamic who had the honour of knowing him. and unique leadership, the Rockers even won some Trivial Pursuit silverware!




Lap Dog Challenge 2019 –

not just a “walk in the park”!

For the uninitiated, the Lap Dog Challenge requires teams of five runners to complete as many laps of a 400m running track as they can within five hours. It is not a relay. The purpose of the runners’ efforts being to raise funds through sponsorship for the Lighthouse Club charities. This year eight teams, comprising 40 runners will be looking to beat the 2018 total of 4,183 laps, or 1,673km! The 2019 teams are BKAsiaPacific, Dragages, Gammon, Hip Hing, ISG/Commtech Asia, Leighton, The Lighthouse Club Hong Kong and WT Partnership. The 2019 fundraising effort has got off to a fantastic start thanks to our named sponsors Goodman, JEB, Life Solutions, Newtech and Keio.

Following the great success of the Lap Dog Challenge since 2016, this annual charity event has raised a total of over HK$3.6 million for the Lighthouse Club Hong Kong Benevolent Fund throughout the years. Lap Dog Challenge 2019 will be run on Saturday 2nd November at the Stanley Ho LHC half page ad layout selected output.pdf 1 19/8/2019 11:07 AM Sports Institute athletics track, Pok Fu Lam.

Your company can make a difference by sponsoring some or all of the Lap Dog teams at https://www. For details contact anyone you know at one of the eight teams or email


Pearson rallying to make it to the top Club legend Nigel Pearson to drivethe northsouth breadth of Australia to raise funds for cancer research

If Mad Max taught us anything, driving thousands of miles in the Australian outback in barely safe vehicles with not so much as tank of fuel is a risky proposition. But dozens of souls, including Nigel and Stephen Pearson, willingly undertake the odyssey for camaraderie and a cause – funding research into a cure for cancer. A Lighthouse Club stalwart across several Asian chapters, Nigel and his son will undertake the Shitbox Rally – a twice-a-year fundraising event for Australia’s Cancer Council – in late October. In what seems a very strange idea for a very good cause, the car rally sees teams buy clapped-out vehicles, otherwise known as shitboxes in Australian slang, find sponsors and head off into the sunset. This edition of the rally stretches more than 3,600 km across the dirt and dust from the southern city of Melbourne to Townsville in the country’s far north and the Pearsons are hoping to complete the course inside a week in their 24-year-old Toyota van with about 400,000 km on its odometer. The car has been christened Spoof, after the guessing game beloved by solid rugby men the world over, and has been decorated in the colours of the rugby playing nations. Why the connection with spoofing? Nigel captained the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens and the rugby section of the Hong Kong Football Club for many seasons. For those of you who have yet to cross paths with Nigel, he was a Lighthouse Club member in Hong Kong while employed by Franki Contractors Ltd. In 1991, he was instrumental in establishing the Lighthouse Club Bangkok, and then the club’s Kuala Lumpur chapter. He now lives in Australia. The Cancer Council uses the money raised by competitors in the Shitbox Rally to fund research into the disease which is then shared with other researchers around the world. To date, more than A$14 million has been tipped into the kitty. Nigel and Stephen are taking part to commemorate former teammates who have recently died from cancer and to celebrate family members who have survived the disease. The Spoof team hopes to raise more than A$12,000. Donations, of course, are welcome and can be made online at

We wish them well and celebrate their generosity.




Lighthouse Club Manila is happy to present three of our 2019 graduates Herman Pallo is a former construction worker. He worked as labourer receiving minimum salary. He was introduced to the Club by a priest who saw his determination and hard work and was given 5 years of educational support. After graduation, he again joined the construction industry, not as a Labourer but as a proud Civil Engineer. Jocelyn Pino is the daughter of Mr Reynaldo Pino who is working as Building Maintenance Personnel. She is the youngest in the family and is dreaming of becoming a Civil Engineer. She was granted one year’s educational assistance.

Agustina Cortez is the only child of Mr & Mrs Joel Cortez from Pangasinan. Her father worked as a carpenter. She lost her mother at a very young age and this made her almost give up. When she learned about the Lighthouse Club she realized that life doesn’t stop there, she applied for a scholarship and was given four years support. She is now working as a Programmer. All of these three graduates were granted scholarships under The Lighthouse Club Asia Pacific Region Benevolent Trust.

My name is Herman Espregante Pallo Jr. born on 30 March 1993 at Baseco Port Area, Manila. I am the second oldest child in our family. We lost everything in a fire that hit the Baseco Port Area and barely survived by collecting recyclables such as plastic bottles, steel, iron and other items which we sold to junk shops. Despite our financial struggles, I enrolled in High School and my father and I managed to save a portion of our income for my school projects. Even at school I continued to collect recyclables to sell. Luckily, I was granted a scholarship during high school and was able to graduate. I was thankful that I had an allowance to buy the materials I needed for school projects. More importantly, I had a transportation allowance and saved time by no longer needing to walk from home to reach our school. l value my diploma in High School more than anything else.

My name is Agustina Cortez. I just want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude and say “Thank you so much” for all the support that you have given to me. Without your support I would not have been able to reach my dream to be a degree holder. But you let me prove that my dream is not impossible to achieve. You helped me a lot and you trusted me so that I finished my studies. I graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with Honours. This wouldn't have happened without your help. A million thanks to the Lighthouse Club.

We had nothing, but I was hoping to reach my goal. My life has been like a movi: I was once a scavenger, once a construction worker, a computer shop operator and a caretaker in a shopping mall - but now I am a graduate with a Bachelors Degree of Civil Engineering from the Technological Institute of the Philippines in Manila, soon to be a Licensed Engineer. I am forever grateful to the Lighthouse Club Manila for saving me and my family from hardship.

My name is Jocelyn Pino. To those who have given me the opportunity to have a scholarship, thank you very much, because it helped me greatly in my studies. And with the money or allowances that you have given to me, you can expect that it will be a substitute for my hard work because I know that there are some people like you who are willing to help and give other students the same chance as you did me. I will always do my best and I will work harder in my studies and will never waste the opportunity you have given to me. Again, thank you very much.

My dream has come true because of the people who supported my study. First of all, the Lighthouse Club Manila and Board of Trustees, thank you very much for choosing me, for providing the financial support, the tuition fees, boarding house fees and allowances and for my 5 years in School. I have used all this wisely. Again, thank you very much Lighthouse Club. I truly appreciate your support and generosity during my studies in College.



Lighthouse Club Kuala Lumpur Education Fund Each year the Lighthouse Club in Malaysia awards a RM 10,000 donation to two first year undergraduate students to support their studies in a construction industry related course.

The donation is awarded annually to each student until they graduate from their course. We currently support six students with this benevolent programme. 1) Mr Kevin Law, 4th year, Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Petronas 2) Mr Lingeswara a/l Soundrarajan, 3rd year, Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, University Teknologi Petronas 3) Miss Ong Jia Qi, 3rd year, Bachelor of Quantity Surveying, Universiti Malaya

4) Mr Joeshon Ng Swee Zhen, 2nd year, Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Universiti Malaya 5) Miss Choon Yue Hua, 2nd Year in Bachelor of Civil Engineering at University of Malaya (UM); 6) Miss Low Ming Chi, 1st Year in Bachelor of Science (Hons) Quantity Surveying at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) The programme is supported and administered by MBAM who interview each candidate, recommend the students who will benefit the most.

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Market Review - Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia Market Report:

Railways to recovery offer hope in mixed outlook

With the Malaysian government committed to rolling out a massive rail infrastructure programme, there is a promise that the trains will bring new business to Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley There are signs of life in Malaysia’s construction sector – if your business is infrastructure. That’s the good news after a poor calendar year in 2018 that saw a more than 50 percent decline in the Bursa Malaysia Construction Index of stock market-listed builders. The less positive news? Private sector investment, and residential and commercial work are flat or in retreat. Text: Michael Hoare

In its most recent analysis of the construction sector released last month (EDS: AUGUST), the Department of Statistics in Putrajaya said the value of work completed in the second quarter grew in yearon-year terms to RM35.9 billion (US$8.50 billion), up by 0.8 percent compared to the second quarter of 2108.



Market Review - Kuala Lumpur

Permanent noise barrier installation in progress at V201 Sri Damansara East Station Elevated Work Package

Growth was driven by Malaysia’s civil engineering sub-sector, which saw an 8.2-percent increase year-on-year. Civil work contributed about 44.8 percent to the total value of all construction. But the residential buildings sub-sector and non-residential buildings categories fell 1.1 percent and 9.3 percent, continuing their year-onyear slide from the first quarter. The biggest government initiative this year were the announcements it would resume a series of stalled infrastructure projects, including the RM44-billion East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) through the middle of Peninsular Malaysia and the RM16.6-billion Light Rail Transit Line 3 (LRT3) across the populous Klang Valley. While that was a boost, there are questions about the work looming on the horizon. There has been a broad “pullback” in private building activity, with Malaysia the second-worst performed economy in the RICS Asia-Pacific Construction and Infrastructure Survey for the second quarter. The institute’s data gauges current workloads in commercial, industrial and residential construction between April and June. Only RICS members in South Korea are less optimistic about the immediate future.

Rail back on track With a population of more than 7 million people, the Klang Valley includes Greater Kuala Lumpur and the southern part of the state of Selangor. The prosperous urban rump of Malaysia, it is also the venue for some of the country’s biggest construction jobs in the infrastructure, commercial and residential segments. The region’s infrastructure spend is one leading light, with billions of dollars of rail projects underway and the prospect of additional spending in the future. There are three main projects underway or proposed, and the prospect of property developments built on the foundations of multi-modal transit interchanges. Work on the Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya Line (SSP), MRT Line 2, is now more than 54 percent complete, with delivery scheduled for 2022. The change in Malaysia’s government last year saw contractor MMC-Gamuda KVMRT (T) Sdn Bhd renegotiate the contract downwards to US$7.26 billion. The 52.2-km line is Malaysia’s biggest infrastructure project, running north-south through Greater Kuala Lumpur. Light Rail Transit Line 3, LRT3, will connect more than 2 million people living between suburban Bandar Utama and Klang, west of KL Sentral. Project owner Prasarana Malaysia Bhd is responsible for

bus, monorail and light rail operations in Kuala Lumpur. Contractor MRCB George Kent Sdn Bhd is a joint venture involving the biggest developer of transit-oriented developments in Malaysia and a leading engineering company, George Kent. The line’s 25 stations will stretch along 37km of rail, moving 18,630 passengers an hour east and west. A third rail project underway is the East Coast Rail Line, a heavy rail, cross-country link from Kuala Lumpur to the northern peninsular states of Terengganu and Kelantan. The project was shelved last year but revived in July after Malaysian Rail Link Sdn Bhd and China Communications Construction signed an additional contract reducing the cost by RM22 billion to RM44 billion. The route has also been shortened to 648km of double tracking standard gauge. There have been 331 Malaysian construction companies shortlisted to undertake civil works on the project they should get underway in the fourth quarter of this year. Other large-scale infrastructure projects that may be revived next year include the Klang Valley MRT Line 3, or MRT3, and the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail link. Both projects were seen as unnecessary and too expensive when the government came to power last year.

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Permanent noise barrier installation in progress at V201 Sri Damansara East Station Elevated Work Package Chan Sow Lin station aerial view at night featuring the TBM pull-through works at Underground Work Package



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Titiwangsa Station aerial view with tunnelling setup at the Underground Work Package

High-value vision With the new rail connections across the Klang Valley, the government plans to unlock further value by creating an environment for an advanced manufacturing hub. “Investors are positive about Industry 4.0 which aims to make Malaysia a prime destination for manufacturing and services,” according to Invest KL, the city’s investment agency. The agency is also pitching for Chinese exporting businesses seeking a safe haven from the United States-Chinese Trade War. “In the first half of 2019, foreign investment in the manufacturing, services and primary sectors increased by 97.2 percent to RM49.5 billion from RM25.1 billion in the first half of 2018,” says Malaysia’s Minister of International Trade and Industry Darell Leiking. “Domestic investments approved in the first half amounted to RM42.5 billion, contributing 46.2 percent to the total. This illustrates Malaysia competitive and comparative advantages in attracting investments amid mounting global market uncertainties and trade war tensions.” Among the projects approved was the Large Scale Solar expansion project that will eventually deliver 1,700MW of renewable energy by 2025. Malaysia plans to generate 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

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The East Coast line is also expected to help support the development of high-tech manufacturing segments such as electronics, medical devices, machinery and equipment. The government has a target of creating RM16 billion in revenue from the aerospace sector this year. Further afield, the government hopes to create “economic accelerator projects”, including industrial parks on the east and western coasts of Peninsular Malaysia alongside the east coast railway. Investment bank Affin Hwang Capital reported that construction sector real GDP growth has outpaced the country’s GDP growth in most years since the Global Financial Crisis – a trend that would continue this year and next. “We expect the trend to resume with government pump-priming via infrastructure spending to support GDP growth in 2020, given rising external risks,” the bank wrote.

Residential less rosy The government plan to unlock value through railways stretches to the property development segment of the market, both residential


and commercial. The Klang Valley transport network may add value to condos and commerce into the future, but today’s market is much less bubbly. In the office segment, new supply and weak absorption in the face of global economic uncertainty have hindered sentiment. Real estate firm Knight Frank says occupancy has been consistently greater than 80 percent since 2013 and rents stuck in a narrow average range between RM5.50 and RM6 per square foot a month. Kuala Lumpur already has the greatest stock of office space in the Asean trading bloc, according to Savills’ Greater KL Office Market Overview report for the first quarter. It is also the Asia-Pacific region’s most affordable office space, says Knight Frank. The agency says the Klang Valley office market is expected to remain tenant-led, but prices in the city proper will be under pressure as newly completed buildings with no significant committed tenants compete with the existing stock. “With more supply coming on-stream and no immediate catalyst to boost demand, the outlook remains cloudy,”


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HKL Crossover Underground Work Package showing the ongoing works.

says the Real Estate Highlights report for the first half of this year. “The office markets in KL Fringe and Selangor, however, are expected to remain resilient with both occupancies and rentals holding steady. The rail network in Klang Valley continues to drive demand for office space in these decentralised locations, evident by active leasing activities.”

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The retail segment also faces similar pressure, as new space “pours” into the market. The report says: “New shopping centres and malls without high pre-committed take-up will continue to face challenges in the diluted retail market whilst malls that fail to adapt to the changing retail trends may face a gloomy future”.

It is a timely move, with the Master Builders Association Malaysia 2018 report estimating there are 1.2 deaths on the job every second day. Of all the industries monitored by the Department Of Occupational Safety And Health, construction is the deadliest line of work.

Knight Frank identified the government’s National Home Ownership Campaign as an important factor to create demand in the residential segment. The campaign offers a minimum 10-percent discount on advertised prices and relief from stamp duty for the remainder of the year.

In conversation with Heights, an in-house publication for the CIDB, the organisation’s chief executive Ahmad Asri Abdul Hamid said revised safety laws were pending.

The campaign hopes to increase home ownership rates and absorb excess supply. So far, the campaign seems to have benefitted the market for high-end homes, in addition to the mass-housing market. Regardless, sentiment in the residential market remains cautious, even as conditions appear to have improved.

Inside the industry, the government-led professional development organisation, The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) has made occupational health and safety one of its cornerstone themes.

Based on Britain’s Construction Design and Management Regulations, Malaysia’s Occupational Safety and Health in Construction Management (OSHIM) are part of a legal framework that update existing health and safety laws to make clients, developers, consultants and contractors accountable for safety. As of September the draft legislation had not yet become law, but the amendments include provisions for heavy fines.

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“To me, OSHIM is a game-changer as far as safety in construction is concerned, especially when it is enforced as an act,” he told the April-June edition of Heights. “Currently when there is an accident, everyone goes after the contractor who passes the buck to the health and safety officers or site safety supervisors who will usually be blamed for any safety mishaps.

The CIDB’s e-Construct Services division (CIDBEC) is responsible for the industry roadmap. CIDBEC chief executive Rofizlan Ahmad said the document would provide direction for industry players and streamline future initiatives, including those linked to Building Information Modelling (BIM). “Surveys on usage of BIM and future plans for the country will also be outlined to further enhance the adoption of BIM among industry players,” he told the Bernama news agency in July this year.

“In actual fact, the parties who should be responsible are clients and developers who must be able to allocate enough funds for safety and make it a requirement.”

Among the other big plans the CIDB has recently put in place are build quality and sustainability guidelines. The Infrastar sustainable rating tool is designed to place environmental concerns at the forefront of any infrastructure development and applies a one- to fivestar rating. The hope is the scheme will become mandatory for any build costed at more than RM100 million (US$23.7 million).

Moving ahead The CIDB is also readying a document that will chart technology initiatives for five years from 2020.

The QLASSIC initiative created the Quality Assessment System in Construction for public housing projects. The government has plans to build 100,000 homes a year.

The document will feature leadership on the adoption of Building Information Modelling and other digital innovations that fall under the government’s IR 4.0 strategy, based on the idea of the fourth generation of the industrial revolution that heavily features the Internet of Things.

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Silver celebrations for a club built to last

Front L to R – Tricia Sheu, Pui Mun Teoh, Cindy Wong Back L to R - Ronan Collins, Albert de Munck, Daniel Alcon


For 25 years, the Kuala Lumpur chapter has been part of the fabric of construction in Malaysia; with a new committee, the club is well placed to make an even greater difference Meet the new-look leadership of the Lighthouse Club in Kuala Lumpur. The team of president Ronan Collins, honorary secretary Albert de Munck, treasurer Pui Mun Teoh and committee members Tricia Sheu, Leong Hong Kit, Anthony Edwards and Daniel Alcon took office earlier this year and have an important task on their agenda – to oversee the club’s 25th anniversary. The Silver Anniversary of the club’s establishment in Malaysia comes at an exciting time for the industry. True, there’s been the sense of an industry in flux, of a sector moving in tandem with Malaysia’s political fluctuations, but there is also a feeling of optimism. That optimism runs through to the anniversary events taking place next month in the Malaysian capital, with the core activities taking place on October 11 and 12. First up is the 25th Anniversary Conference and Cocktail Reception at the Asian International Arbitration Centre in KL Sentral on October 11. The full-day event promises to be a thorough round up of the current state of play in construction in Malaysia and further afield. The reception is an opportunity to meet old friends and make new acquaintances in a supportive business environment. The 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner on the following evening is an opportunity to engage with the broader community and Lighthouse members from around the world. These once-in-a-career opportunities to meet and mingle are in addition to the regular monthly networking events delivered by the Kuala Lumpur chapter. Poised for growth With the new committee focused on delivering these banner events, there’s a renewed energy to further drive the impact of the club’s outreach and fellowship. President Ronan Collins plans to take the club to new audiences and expand its charity work. “My ambitions for our club are to grow the membership base to include a broader diverse group of people, to increase our participation and exposure at industry conferences and events, to raise more funds for charitable causes

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and to support as many student education programmes as we can,” he told the magazine. Ronan exemplifies an exciting vision of the future of the construction industry. He has a deep interest in technology and has immersed himself in the worlds of Big Data, BIM, the Internet of Things, drones and robotics in his work for Gamuda Bhd. He has been part of the Lighthouse Club since 2004, when he joined the Hong Kong chapter. “When I was invited to join the Kuala Lumpur committee and take on the role of President, it came at a good time. Our family have settled down, our son is school and I’m enjoying my work at Gamuda. I’ve got the time to make a meaningful contribution to our club and to promote our community across the Klang Valley construction sector,” he says. “As we celebrate 25 years in Kuala Lumpur, we are looking forward to a bright future. Our new committee includes a blend of experience and new enthusiastic members. With experience, diversity, youth and renewed energy, I’m confident our committee will set a successful trajectory for our community for the next 25 years.” Text: Michael Hoare




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development. These four represent fresh views and renewal.

The Managing Director at De Munck Consulting Sdn Bhd, Albert de Munck is the honorary secretary for the Kuala Lumpur chapter. A member of the club since 2013, he identified the charity work of the Lighthouse Club as a priority. “There are still too many health and safety incidents in construction in Malaysia. Also, there are too many young Malaysians who require financial help to either study for a construction degree or enter and progress in the construction industry,” he says.

Tricia Sheu is a pupil in chambers at Raja, Darryl and Loh. She has been on the committee since 2017. As one of the younger member of the chapter, she is dedicated to expanding opportunities for young professionals and delivering events tailored to young members.

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De Munck is eager to help the club highlight the importance of education for everyone. “We recently proposed a change in our constitution to extend our charitable objectives and it will be just great if we can continue what we do now and do even more in the future.” He brings a project management and commercial or contract background to the committee and promises new ideas and creativity. Streamlined operations The club’s new treasurer is Pui Mun Teoh, the founder of Speedbrick Solutions, a company that specialises in productivity software for the construction industry. The company’s broader mission is to help contractors embrace digital adoption. It’s a powerful message that Teoh has brought to the chapter. With her know-how and leadership, some of the club’s accounting has been streamlined. “With the help of my technology team, my first task as treasurer was to digitise the monthly event reconciliation. We no longer rely on pen and paper for our account reconciliation,” she says. “All collection and expenditure are recorded in real-time, automating monthly reconciliation and the information are captured with 100-percent accuracy.” Diversity of views Rounding out the new leadership team at the Lighthouse Kuala Lumpur is a committee quartet dedicated to diversity and

“I believe that the Lighthouse Club will become a platform where young professionals and fresh graduates are able to gain exposure to different experiences,” she says.

A self-confessed “newbie”, Leong Hong Kit has a background in effective teamwork and organisational development that he brings to his job at MAC Consultant, a specialist in arbitration, engineering, architecture and quantity surveying. The new committee member says he is excited to join the club’s management. “I hope to see that the Lighthouse Club can continue to organise regular meet-ups and social events as a platform for the community around the construction industry to connect with each other,” he says. Daniel Alcon is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with more than 35 years’ experience, who now specialises in contract administration, claims preparation and defence, and alternative dispute resolution. After a notable career and involvements in the workings of the club around the world, Alcorn says he is eager to stress diversity. “This is particularly important in Malaysia, in my opinion, as having a diverse, inclusive committee should illustrate to potential members that this club is for everyone in the industry,” he says. Claims and quantity surveying specialist Anthony Edwards has spent five years in several roles on the club’s committee. He has advocated for the ability to extend the club’s constitution to allow a greater support to families affected by workplace accidents and is eager to see more diversity at the highest levels. “Our ambition has been to attract more diversity in the organisation which is not easy because of the ‘tribalism’ in Malaysia but we have made small steps in that direction with the new makeup of the current committee,” he says. “It can only bode well for the future of the club.”


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Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity publishes third annual Impact Report The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity Club has just published its third annual impact report. The report communicates to the industry, supporters and stakeholders, the impact that the charity is making and how it is helping to make a difference to the lives of our construction workforce and their families. The total spent on charitable services was £1.482M, which includes £1,229.288 on the charity’s 24/7 Construction Industry Helpline, £228,882 on education and training and £19,740 on health and safety innovation. In 2018, 1662 cases were presented to its free helpline, with 629 of these needing emergency financial assistance and 1,033 receiving advice on welfare and mental wellbeing. The total spent on the supporting the helpline increased from £736,625 in 2017 to £1.48M in 2018, an increase of over 70%. As in 2017, the top three reported illnesses and causes of death were cancer (56%), mental health, (32%) and respiratory issues (4%). Sarah Bolton, Head of Charitable Services said, “We continue to work with other charitable organisations including MacMillan, MIND and the Samaritans to provide specialist support. We also utilise our referral pathways to ensure that our construction workers have access to all the possible support that is available to help them on their road to recovery.” The report also details the huge strides the charity is making to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of our construction workforce and for the first time, includes information about the most exciting developments of 2018, their involvement in the Building Mental Health programme and the recently launched Construction Industry Helpline mobile app. The Building Mental Health working group is led by volunteer industry experts, who have developed an online portal of resources to support employers in developing a positive mental health culture in their organisation. It includes a five step plan to better mental health and offers free resources including a tool box talk and information on how to access mental health training.

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The Construction Industry mobile app was launched in December 2018 and has been downloaded over 10,000 times. The app is aimed at people who may not feel ready or comfortable talking about their situation and provides expert advice, self-help tools and easy to use coping strategies. The Charity was also chosen to manage a two year, £1.1M CITB funded project to train 300 construction focussed mental health first aiders for the industry. The project is ongoing, but to date, £233,822 has been spent resulting in the training of 144 mental health first aid instructors, who in turn have trained 752 Mental Health First Aiders. The programme also delivered 812 half-day mental health awareness courses to members of the construction

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industry, and over 300 organisations have signed the charity’s Building Mental Health Charter, demonstrating their commitment to improving their mental health culture. Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity said, “Demand in our charitable services continues to grow, but by delivering pro-active resources and training at the front end we are helping organisations and individuals to prevent situations reaching crisis point. We want to develop more of these resources but can only do so with the industry’s support. Fundraising was at an all time high last year but the significant escalation in families needing our support has put considerable pressure on finances. We need predictable and sustainable income to ensure that we achieve our mission in ensuring that no worker feels alone in a crisis and that is why we launched our Company Supporters initiative. We need organisations to commit to an annual donation so that we can plan ahead and provide even more support to our industry. For more information about the Company Supporters programme, visit The full impact report is available online.

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WA Ball 2019 Perth, Australia, (almost) ground to a halt on Friday 30 August 2019 as the 2019 Lighthouse Club Perth Winter Ball got underway. This year the event was sponsored by our Platinum Sponsor Law In Order and the venue was the Crown Casino in Perth. The queues into the Casino were impressive: in some cases the jams were up to 4 cars long as 140 enthusiastic guests engaged in spirited jostling to get to the free-flow champagne. On arrival to the beautifully decorated venue, guests were treated to live music from the highly-recommended Overflow Trio until our able and impressive MC, Ken Hickman (Jones Day) called the party to order.

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Ken’s humorous opening address set the scene for the evening, warming the room up nicely while also encouraging everyone to dig deep for the good causes supported by the Lighthouse Club We had short speeches from: • A moustachioed Victor Ageev, head of the Lighthouse Club in Perth; • The inimitable Malcolm Hoad, representing our Platinum Sponsor Law in Order; • The glamourous Adrienne Parker, Partner at Pinsent Masons, who talked about women in construction; and • The impressive Nicole Clune, of Clontarf Aboriginal College. The committee were proud to be able to make a donation of $10,000 to Clontarf Aboriginal College on behalf of the Lighthouse Club. This money will be used to provide essential tools, protective clothing, and training to students at the college. Nicole’s explanation during the dinner of how the money would be used was both sobering and motivating. The formalities done, and a delicious dinner consumed, the music commenced: thanks to our band The Desert Bells who lured revellers onto the dancefloor with a mix of old and new classics. It would be remiss to not provide thanks to those involved. The Platinum Sponsors Law in Order continue to provide continued support to the Lighthouse Club in Australia and we’re extremely grateful to have such generous benefactors. Thanks to Ken Hickman for donating his time to and entertaining us as MC. Thanks to Adrienne Parker for her personal keynote speech. Thanks to the Ball committee Victor Ageev, Richard Baker and Heather Lupton. Three people is not enough to organise an event of this size, and yet, somehow, they managed it (and with flying colours); all three went above and beyond the call of duty in their tireless efforts. Special thanks to Heather Lupton who designed and executed all the decorations: any event with decorations involving cast concrete and spray-painted traffic cones is going to look very special, and our ball was no different. And, of course, special thanks to everyone that turned up on the night. It would have been an exceptionally dull ball without ball goers. We hope you had a good time. Planning for next year has started already (with our list of ‘things to not do’ growing quickly as the evening went on). We look forward to seeing you all at a bigger and better event in 2020!



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On 11 July 2019, Melbourne started up its networking events again for the year at the Emerald Peacock. It was a wintery Melbourne evening and despite the cricket semi-finals being on the same night it was a great turn out. There was some great conversation, new connections and even a raffle. HFW was the sponsor for this event. Melbourne is looking to host its next networking evening in September so stay tuned!

The audience of over 100 members heard about the innovative initiatives Office of Projects Victoria and Construction Industry Leadership Forum are implementing to address these challenge. It was encouraging to hear of all the cross-industry collaboration from the speakers!

On 4 June 2019, Lighthouse Club Melbourne had the pleasure of hosting Collette Burke, the Chief Engineer of Victoria and Steve Collett from the Construction Industry Leadership Forum who shared their insights on the capacity challenges associated with the current infrastructure boom.

It was a great turn out and couldn’t have gone ahead without the generous sponsors Accura Consulting, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, HKA, McMullan Solicitors, Pinsent Masons, Infrastructure Advisory Group, Ashurst, CIArb, Systech International and Epiq Global. On Tuesday 13 June 2019, Lighthouse Club Melbourne hosted

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Brisbane Brisbane continued its regular monthly catch ups at the Pav Bar & Courtyard on 18 July 2019. another successful event taking a closer look at the recently completed major infrastructure project in Melbourne, the Mernda Rail Extension. The Mernda Rail Extension has built a new rail line from South Morang to Mernda in Melbourne, with 8 kilometres or new rail line and three new stations. Trains began running on the new rail line in August 2018 and caters for around 8,000 commuters each day. Ian Ransley, Project Development and Engineering Manager for the Level Crossing Removal Project, Sustainability Team Lead for KBR, Inc and Nick Weeks, Design Director for John Holland shared their insight from three perspectives – the client’s, the designer’s (specifically environment and sustainability) and the constructor’s. A big thanks to the generous sponsors of this event, Clayton Utz, McMullan Solicitors, FTI Consulting, Infrastructure Advisory Group, Systech International and TBH for supporting another great event.

Fission Pty Ltd was the sponsor for July’s event. There was a number of regular attendees as well as some fresh faces, which made for a successful evening. Tickets have gone on sale for the Annual Brisbane Charity Ball. The Brisbane committee has been working hard to deliver another fantastic event. Thanks to Corbette and Claude for hosting the monthly committee meetings! This year, the Lighthouse Club has partnered with the Society of Construction Law Australia to make this the biggest and best ball yet. It is shaping up to be a great night at the Pullman Hotel, with casino tables, live music, raffle prizes and more. Lighthouse Club Brisbane is excited to announce that Corrs Chambers Westgarth has signed up as the Gold Sponsor for this event and Subsea as the Silver Sponsor.



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Making construction safer in busy Macau Typically, one in ten construction site workers are injured each year, with the four most common causes of worker deaths being falls from height, struck by objects from above, electrocutions and caught in-between. The Center for Construction Research and Training also cites slips, trips, transportation incidents and contact with objects as leading causes of construction worker injuries, in particular back and spinal issues. The increasing advancement and sophistication of technology continues to play a huge role in improving construction safety. In the summer issue of the Lighthouse Club Magazine we explored the opportunities that virtual reality could provide in enhanced site safety training. This autumn issue delves into the possibilities of construction site sensors currently available. Environmental Wifi connected sensors can be mounted throughout a construction site to improve site safety and productivity by relaying critical information on site conditions. These sensors can determine environmental factors such as weather, temperature, humidity, pressure, noise vibration, dust particles, gas leak detection as well as chemical and organic compounds. The collated data allows the better real time monitoring of site conditions and prompt corrective action should hazards exist or accidents occur. Another type of construction site sensor that can help reduce construction accidents are wearable biometric sensors. These can be embedded into worker clothing and personal protective equipment such as gloves, vests, boots and hard hats to keep track of site team whereabouts and to collect and deliver important information such as head count, location, heart rate, posture, body temperature, repetitive motions, fall detection, etc. This information could help prevent injuries and accidents, whilst also alerting management of slips and falls, heat exhaustion and other potential health and safety problems that can occur on site in the fastest time. Construction site sensors can also help with the management of the overall project and the workers on site. They can provide valuable insights into the construction industry with real-time performance levels, tool management, physical states of workers, operating

conditions and more. They offer the potential to use the collected data to predict patterns, prevent problems and mitigate risk, thereby improving productivity and workplace safety, a preventative rather than reactive approach which saves time and money not to mention the most import factor – saves lives. No surprise then that globally, construction site sensor usage is expected to reach USD$27 billion by 2022. As well as sensor usage, attendance to the Lighthouse Club Macau monthly social gatherings has also been on the increase. June’s event was sponsored by Creative Lighting Asia at Portofino’s Spirito Lounge at the Venetian Casino. July was hosted by BSC Construction Company Limited at the Spirito Lounge, a popular location given its access to an outdoor terrace. The August event was provided for by Gammon Construction Limited at Bene Italian

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Kitchen in Sands Cotai Central where prizes where generously given out by the hosts. Over 200 people attended the August event, which was good going when one considers the summer season is typically when families take holidays. It goes to show how busy Macau currently is. Â The Land, Public Works & Transport Bureau of Macau stated that 47 hotel projects were under construction or in the design stage along with planned construction work for residential, commercial and office building totaling 430 projects. In addition, the Macau SAR Government is continuing to invest in large scale infrastructure projects such as land reclamation, a fourth Macau / Taipa bridge, an intercity railway with Guangdong, an inner harbour flood prevention tidal gates and endeavouring to complete the LRT transit system. These projects will no doubt create new jobs for the local construction industry, which gives even more reason, not that further impetus is required, to maintain the highest quality, most stringent site safety systems and protocols.



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Making construction safer in busy Macau

The Philippines' most valuable resource: The Filipinos - The future is bright Established in 1997, Lighthouse Club Manila (LHC) is dedicated to supporting local and international companies within the Philippine construction industry. LHC’s staunch construction advocacy, along with its varied networking opportunities, provides a strong focal point for businesses and professionals to share industry insights and gain market knowledge. Central to its mandate is LHC’s empowerment of next generations construction professionals through its scholarships. In addition, the LHC supports families within the construction industry who are prevented from fulfilling educational needs by poverty or work place accidents. The Philippines has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the world of architecture, engineering and construction, primarily due to the export of its talent around the globe, as well as the influx of new talent into the local scene. In an industry beset by a boom and bust cycle, it is a constant challenge to maintain growth and profitability expectations due to a lack of cost-effective and available labour. In countries such as Australia, this dilemma is even more apparent with construction and mining being its largest industry group, playing a crucial role in the country’s current and future wealth. With an aging workforce and 75% of jobs in the fastest growing industries requiring

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workers with STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths), employee salaries and labour shortages will continue to rise. With over 80,000 engineers and architects graduating every year, the Philippines has long been exporting professional talent to fill demand in the global market. Now, thousands of overseas foreign workers (OFWs) are returning home at record rates, bringing with them an increased global approach to the workplace. This international mindset has dramatically improved the viability of companies in setting up operations locally. Technological innovations such as BIM, laser scanning, and team collaboration platforms have also contributed to eliminating barriers in offshoring and outsourcing. Due to this exponential increase in numbers and knowledge, global companies now have access to new pools of labour that offer significant cost savings compared to similarly qualified professionals in their home nations. Far from limiting opportunities at home, international companies can refocus their local resources back to high-value, advanced tasks. This reallocation of responsibility allows for the creation of sustainable, competitive, technologically advanced, and profitable businesses in their countries of origin.

Increased global awareness, exposure to cutting-edge technology and international practices are proving not only beneficial to the needs of the international construction community, but that of the Philippines as well. These changes are taking place alongside the government’s economic initiatives, such as ‘Build, Build, Build’ which is instigating the construction of new railways, roads, bridges, airports, and economic zones. The Philippines is about to enter what is sure to be a golden age for construction and infrastructure, built using Filipino talent. “Para sa bayan, para sa ekonomiya!” By connecting businesses around the world, educating the next generation, and presenting the Philippines as a valuable global player in the construction and outsourcing industry, Lighthouse Club Manila is helping build a strong, sustainable future for the Philippines and for its partners. For membership, event and scholarship enquiries:


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“It’s more fun in the Philippines!” as Manila gears up for Golf, Glitz & Glamour studying in courses including Business Administration, Architecture and Civil, Electrical and Electronics Engineering. 26 additional students are pending approval of their applications for educational support for this school year. Get your Golf Mojo on and join us for the 8 and 9 November This year LHCM will be hosting a full weekend event with the inaugural Lighthouse Club International Golf day on Friday 8 and the annual ball – this year themed Hollywood Glitz & Glamour - on Saturday 9 November. The Golf day is co-organized by and will be held at Summit Point Golf & Country Club on a course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr to replicate 18 renowned international golf holes. This private course, with cool climate and amazing views of the Mount Malayarat Mountain range, is at Lipa City, Batangas which is just over an hour’s drive from Manila. All funds raised will be donated to the Lighthouse Club Asia Pacific Region Trust Fund. If all goes well, we plan to make this an annual event. For real golfing enthusiasts we will also arrange a more casual game of golf on the Saturday prior to the Annual party in the evening.

2019 has passed its half-way mark and Lighthouse Club Manila (LHCM) has held three more events to provide networking and fellowship opportunities for members as well as assist in fund raising for our scholars. The June event was our Summer Soiree at the newly opened Grand Hyatt Manila. This well-located venue in the heart of Bonifacio Global City will also be the venue for our Hollywood Glitz & Glam Ball on 9 November 2019. The July event was a summer Chill Out at Alchemy Bistro Bar in Poblacion. This little bar provided great food and a chilled-out atmosphere which was greatly enjoyed. August’s event was a Quiz Night at Atrium Building in Makati. Five teams of Brainiac wannabes battled for first place testing their knowledge of obscure facts. Triumphant first placer was team Trump 2020, followed by Mixed Nuts and The Chairmen. For the 2019-2020 school year we have 20 students continuing their scholarship with 11 grade school students and 9 university students

Lighthouse Club Manila’s main fundraising event for 2019 is the annual ball and this year we will be hosting this at the Grand Hyatt Manila. We hope that many of our local and international members and friends will come from around the region to enjoy a long weekend in Manila. So please make your reservation now and we look forward to seeing you here. Don’t forget “It’s More Fun in The Philippines”!

Branch report – Vietnam

Wind power potential in Vietnam Vietnam has a moderately sized but developing renewable energy industry which incorporates its long history of hydro-electric power stations and increasing number of privately funded solar and wind power generation sites. The national demand for power is high and steadily increasing as a consequence of its accelerated economic growth and an increasing demand from households, hence the urgent need for additional generation capacity with low investment costs. At the moment, the development of the wind power sector is largely driven through local and international private sector pushing the public sector to offer attractive conditions. Besides this, there is currently only a small number of qualified and experienced local personnel, and whilst the local education sector is starting to open courses this still puts greater pressure on external forces to help deliver the sector within Vietnam. However, Vietnam does have reasons to be positive - three wind farms are already in operation; The Ministry of Industry and Trade supports a fast wind energy deployment through the legal system of binding decisions, agreements can be reached quickly (in theory). The provinces with the most favourable wind conditions have passed or are in the process of working on Wind Power Development Plans. The Institute of Energy (IoE), together with a small group of qualified private consultancies, has some highly qualified staff in power planning with knowledge in wind energy. In addition, several manufactures and other private sector companies working in the wind business are already established in Viet Nam. The level of education is progressively rising and research activities are taking place in some key areas across the country. One of the previous stumbling blocks to international private developers entering the wind energy market in Vietnam is the lack of bankable power purchase agreements, though Vietnam is planning to pilot the direct PPA model (DPPA) for renewable energy, which has drawn much interest from investors. The model is between an electricity producer and a corporate customer for power to be sold and delivered to the latter for its operation. It is aimed at encouraging development of renewable energy, and the mechanism will allow Vietnam to rapidly achieve its renewable energy goals by attracting private sector investment and meeting the needs of corporate leaders seeking to expand their operations.

Mr. Ben Backwell, CEO of the Global Wind Energy Council commented that “For Vietnam, this is a good way to unlock investment in renewable energy. It helps ensure the feasibility of ventures, and encourages investment as some corporate buyers are attracted by corporate PPAs in emerging markets where they have facilities. The DPPA model is surging around the world as a new model for renewable energy projects and like many other Asian markets. The DPPA model refers to a PPA arrangement in which the power purchasers (off-takers) are private power consumers. This represents a growing global trend whereby instead of buying electricity directly from the state utility offtaker, private businesses will purchase electricity under long-term PPAs directly from independent power developers (generators), as well as investing in power generation assets themselves.” Now, new projects are beginning to gain traction within the country and are being championed directly by the Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. UK firm Enterprize Energy have been making significant progress on the $12 billion Ke Ga offshore wind farm. The facility plans involve total capacity of 3,400 megawatts (MW), where an average wind speed of 9.5 metres per second has been recorded. Enterprize Energy is targeting commissioning the first string of turbines by the end of 2022, and completing the proposed 600MW of initial construction phase during 2023. Smaller scale projects are also starting to occur, with the construction of an offshore wind power plant of the coast of Bac Lieu province begginging in mid August – the first phase of the Dong Hai 1 Wind Power Plant which is expected to cost local company Bac Phuong (BP) Energy Ltd around VND2.5 trillion (£88.64 million) and will be the province’s second wind power plant with a capacity of 50 MW and contribute around 161 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually to the national grid. Bac Lieu’s first wind power project ‘Bac Lieu Wind Power Plant’ started operation in 2016. It is the largest in Vietnam with 62 turbines. With a total investment of VND5.2 trillion (£183.86million), the plant has a capacity of 99 MW which could produce about 320 million kWh a year.


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Branch report – Hong Kong

Update on Women In Construction / Institution of Civil Engineering Forums In the Autumn 2018 2018issue issueofof“The “TheLighthouse”, Lighthouse”,we wefeatured featuredananarticle article about Hong Kong Branch Women in Construction about thethe Hong Kong Branch Women in Construction Group Group and Institution of Civil Engineering (ICE) two(July forums and2018) August 2018) which held to (WIC) (WIC) and Institution of Civil Engineering (ICE) two forums and(July August which were held were to explore theexplore variousthe issues various affecting women working in the construction industry. affectingissues women working in the construction industry. A survey was carried carriedout outduring duringthe theforums, forums,the theresults resultsofofwhich whichmay may viewed searching Women in Construction Report bebe viewed byby searching forfor TheThe Women in Construction Report at These Theseresults, results,which whichhave havebecome becomerecommendations, recommendations, have been presented a government committee have been presented to atogovernment committee andand are are summarised below: below:

Overtime OVERTIME too many employees work overtime without compensation, either additional pay or time off in lieu. It was recommended that compensation for overtime would give employees more quality time with families.

Of particular interest in the report are the survey results in Appendix 2 and the percentage figures for 3 of the survey questions. We’ve published them here for information:

Childcare CHILDCARE centres CENTRES

it was recommended that more subsidized pre-school childcare centres be opened.

After-school AFTER-SCHOOL activities ACTIVITIES it was recommended that more after-school activities be organised in line with parents’ working hours. Maternity, MATERNITY, parental PARENTAL and AND other OTHER leave LEAVE

it was recommended to bring current maternity leave legislation in line to match international standards; additionally, shared parental leave was recommended to encourage equal family duty and short term leave to care for a sick child or elderly relative.

Subsidies SUBSIDIES for FOR elders ELDERS

it was recommended that the government introduce a system to allow older people to live independently and reduce the time demands on immediate family carers, who are mostly women. Day centres and healthcare professional visits were recommended.

The WIC will continue to update members on these issues.

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’ p U e M t r a t ‘S ies r e S n e Empowering Wom Women in Construction Women in Construction, Empowering Women Seminar, ‘The Women In Construction Seminar – ‘Start Me Up’ event took place on Thursday 27 June 2019 at Pinsent Masons office who kindly sponsored the event. A joyful networking session preluded a high-spirited sharing from our guest speakers. The seminar was led by our moderator, Victoria Tam, from KPMG. The guest speakers were Christina Tang of Bluesky Energy Technology and Samantha Wan of Space By Case Design. Both are young entrepreneurs who founded their own start-ups in their twenties. The moderator and both speakers are all primary school classmates and the audience could feel their bond, passion and chemistry during the sharing session. Christina was first to share her story about how she founded Bluesky Energy Technology. She shared her passion for being a nature enthusiast and she managed to turn her passion into a business. Bluesky uses technology to collect data on energy usage in buildings and turns the data into meaningful visual data to enable users to analyse their energy consumption and thus environmental impact.

Samantha shared how she was inspired to become an architect through a conversation she had with a senior. During the conversation, the senior pointed out her observant nature which is a key attribute of a good architect. Samantha started her business Space By Case Design a few years ago, and currently with a small team of people in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, the business helps clients with their interior design needs and provides other related services such as investment return estimation. Samantha shared many of her past project references from commercial to special art piece installations. On a social enterprise level, Space By Case Design is keen on providing probono services to suitable organisations. During a moderated panel sharing, Victoria asked both speakers to share their experiences and challenges when starting, sustaining, and growing their businesses. The panel also gave their opinions on opportunities, the current state of business, and their plans moving forward. The room was abuzz with chatter and spirited discussion after the session. The passion shown from the three young ladies had inspired the audience and the energy from the event was palpable. Text: Antonia Hui, Lighthouse Club Hong Kong, WIC member


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The Annual Lighthouse Charity Cup The latest instalment of the annual Lighthouse Charity Cup took place at Sandy Bay’s Stanley Ho Sports Centre on 27 April 2019. The weather was to be a big factor in this year’s tournament, especially in the closing stages. The organisers stuck to the tried and tested format for the first round of the tournament wherein the eight teams were split into two groups and each team in that group played each other once. The eight teams competing in the event were Gammon (Revolution), Paul Y, Inhabit, Hip Hing, CRBC, Dragages (Including Byme & VSL), Buro Happold and AIG. In Group A, Paul Y were the dominant force taking three wins from three. At this stage it looked like they may have a chance of going one better than their runners-up position from the previous year. Inhabit also fared well taking second place in the group. CRBC showed some promise finishing third with two 1-1 draws and a defeat to the unbeaten Paul Y. Despite finishing bottom of the group Hip Hing were also very competitive drawing one and losing the other two by only a single goal.

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In Group B Dragages ended up winning the group with a 100% record. Gammon Revolution also showed their intent with a closely fought loss to Dragages and two comprehensive wins against the other two teams in the group. Buro Happold (Third) and AIG (Fourth) could only be split by the toss of a coin to decide who finished third and fourth. In the knockout phase, the third and fourth placed teams from each Group faced each other in the Plate Competition, whilst the first and second from each Group battled it out to be crowned Cup champions. At this stage torrential rain took hold of proceedings meaning that the matches were barely visible to those supporters who had bravely decided to stay. In the Plate, Hip Hing and CBRC progressed from the semifinals having beaten Buro Happold and AIG respectively. CBRC took home the Plate Trophy with a well-deserved win. In the Cup Semi Final’s Gammon (Revolution) beat the highly fancied Paul Y to progress and Inhabit edged past Dragages with a 2-0 win in a penalty shoot-out. Gammon (Revolution) became the third Lighthouse Charity Cup Champions with a strong performance in the final despite the heavy rain. We would like to thank all the teams who participated in the event and look forward to hosting another Lighthouse Charity Cup next year. Text: James Ford

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The Evolution of Construction Adjudication in Singapore tatutory adjudication in the construction industry was first introduced in the UK over 20 years ago, while Singapore's own scheme followed shortly after in 2004 (through what is commonly known as the 'SOP Act' or 'SOPA').


After five years of consultation with industry stakeholders amendments were made to SOPA for the first time in 2018 and which are slated to come into force in the second half of 2019. They include:

It aimed to improve cash flow in the construction industry by providing a quick and low-cost dispute resolution mechanism which is often described as a form of 'rough and ready' justice. Adjudicators typically have only 14 days to issue their determinations.

qq It was previously unclear whether claims relating to loss and expense – distinct from payment for work done – could be adjudicated. Such claims (which might include prolongation costs) will now be allowed if they are supported by certificates issued under the contract, or if the parties have agreed to the quantum of these claims. qq Payment claims previously had to be served on a single, prescribed date. The amendments sensibly provide that payment claims served earlier than the prescribed date are "deemed" to have been served on the prescribed date. qq The amendments shorten the limitation period within which claimants may issue payment claims from 6 years to 30 months, mindful of the difficulties late claims could cause respondents and the time parties usually take to settle final payment claims and for defect liability periods to end. qq Some adjudicators previously allowed respondents to raise jurisdictional objections for the first time in their submissions after adjudication was commenced. The amendments clarify that all objections known at the time a payment response is issued to a claimant's payment claim must be raised in that payment response, failing which they cannot be considered by the adjudicator.

Adjudication determinations are technically subject to final resolution in arbitration or litigation although, anecdotally, many parties in Singapore invest significantly in adjudication and quite rarely seek to overturn adjudication determinations. While SOPA caters to a limited scope of claims in respect of payment for construction work or supply, it has served Singapore well. The number of adjudications has risen from around 100 per year to 400 per year since 2014 and, as of mid-2018, adjudication has facilitated payments of over S$940 million. However, SOPA in its original 2004 form was not perfect. Some aspects of the Act were unnecessarily complex, unclear or inflexible, which resulted in a profusion of case law. For example, the Singapore Court of Appeal, no less, had to consider in 2015 the fascinating question of whether documents needed to be lodged by 4:30pm or 11:59pm.

Jason Yong

Associate, MPillay Sean Hardy

Senior Associate, Pinsent Masons MPillay (and Welfare Officer for the Lighthouse Club Singapore)



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The Great Big Potluck (LHC participation with ItsRainingRaincoats Charity event)

For some, it can be really tough to leave the comfort of your home to work overseas. Imagine leaving your home and family and then paying US$5000 to work in a foreign land. Facing 12hour shifts, rain or shine, migrant workers in Singapore are paid as low as US$15 per day for all their sweat, toil and sacrifice. For many of them, a good meal is the closest and most stirring reminder of the love and warmth of their homes. This heartening meal is what the Great Big Potluck was founded upon. An annual initiative to appreciate the migrant workers who have helped to build Singapore and its gleaming skyline, this event is organised by ItsRainingRaincoats, a local initiative that aims to spread kindness to migrant workers. Founder Dipa started the initiative in 2014 when she was incensed at the sight of migrant workers using garbage bags to shelter themselves in a tropical thunderstorm while working (hence the initiative's name, ItsRainingRaincoats) and lobbied for these workers to receive proper rain protection. Since then, the movement has grown from providing raincoats to distributing food (a major concern for many migrant workers), donating second-hand items (clothes etc) and data cards, among many other necessities. Such items are distributed on a weekly basis through a word-of-mouth distribution network that is staffed entirely by volunteers. The Great Big Potluck is the biggest event of the year where migrant workers from all corners of Singapore gather for a day of fun, games and food. As migrant workers are a critical part of the construction sector in Singapore, the Lighthouse Club Singapore supported the 2nd edition of the Great Big Potluck. Held on 9 June 2019 at the Terusan Recreation Centre, Senior Minister of State Sim Ann was on site to join more than 200 volunteers to distribute food, clothes, accessories

and other necessities that help these migrant workers create a little piece of home in Singapore. All items were donated by wellwishers along with corporates such as Pizza Hut and Starbucks, with the local statutory board, the Jurong Town Corporation, sponsoring the venue. Other volunteers also came along to provide services such as haircuts and photo-booths. The Lighthouse Club Singapore sponsored a prata (a local version of the Indian favourite, naan) cart, in addition to the clothing and accessories donated by various members in the weeks leading up to the event. Various members were also on hand to support the distribution activities on the actual day. The Great Big Potluck 2019 benefitted over 5.000 migrant workers. The value of all sponsorship was estimated to be valued at over S$25,000. It was a heart-warming event for everyone, not least the volunteers, many of whom finally got an opportunity to thank the unsung heroes who have made modern Singapore possible. The Lighthouse Club Singapore is privileged to have the opportunity to support the Great Big Potluck 2019 and we look forward to supporting the event in the near future.

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Singapore “Curry On” and raise funds! Lighthouse Club Singapore were pleased to host the annual Lighthouse Club Curry Quiz - Keep Naan and Curry On! at our regular Singapore Indian Association venue with the whole event proudly sponsored by Ramo Industries Pte Ltd and prizes sponsored by Nanak T&C Pte Ltd. Delicious food was served at the venue washed down with generous volumes of beverages to keep thirsts at bay.

Other teams were represented from McConnell Dowell, KBR, Turner and Townsend, NRS Group, Champions Golf and Gaelic Dragons Dragon Boat Team. All took part in a thoroughly enjoyable night led by quizmaster John Davies of Jacobs, testing the teams on general knowledge, music trivia and pot luck questions such as how many pigs used in the production of Babe the movie!

The winning teams on the night were:

The event raised over SIN$2,300 for the club to help assist families affected by accidents in the workplace. We are as always grateful to our members for their donations and if you would like to contribute further, please contact for details on how to do this.

First place - Magnetite Second place - Ankura Last place - Powerhouse

Special thanks from the Committee and the club to all who helped make the event happen.


Branch report – Myanmar

Branch report – Myanmar

Yangon News Autumn 2019 Lighthouse Club networking in Yangon most popular construction industry event Our June networking event sponsored by TLB Ltd coincided with the GMS Rail Expansion Summit which was held in Yangon. We were delighted to have John Battersby & Steve Tennant present at our event which was held at the Sule-Shangri La Hotel. It was a great evening enjoyed by all, with over 100 persons in attendance. John and Steve met with our committee members for the first time and spoke to the members about the history and objectives of the Lighthouse Club. Money raised by the Lighthouse Club Yangon is currently used to fund “The Lighthouse Club International Scholarship” program which provides tuition fees for up to 4 students annually to attend the Center for Vocational Training (Myanmar). Our students at CVT are studying cabinet making, metalworking and electrician’s courses. Representatives from CVT were also

in attendance at the June networking and provided some information to our members on the program. In July we ventured to a new venue – the Red Dot Brewery. Again, this event was very well attended. The highlight of the evening (apart from the excellent craft beer) was the flooring system installed especially for the event by our sponsor “Trends Furnishing Design”. Lighthouse is proving to be the go-to place for all persons in the construction industry to meet up and exchange information in Yangon. We are pleased to confirm that we have already filled most of the sponsorship spots for our networking events in 2020. Our 28 August networking evening will be back at the Novotel Max sports bar– a very popular venue. The 25 September event will be held again at Sule-Shangri La. Thanks to our sponsors over the last quarter being TLB Limited, Trends Furnishing Design Co Ltd and ABB. Our fourth quarter schedule is as follows – Wednesday 30 October – venue TBA Wednesday 27 November – venue TBA Wednesday 11 December Late Lunch – venue TBA



Branch report – Malaysia

Safety and Health Awards The 2019 Safety and Health Award ceremony took place on 23 April 2019 in conjunction with the MBAM Annual Safety & Health Conference at the Sime Darby Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur. The theme of the conference was this year “Safety Challenges in the New Era”. One of the highlights of the Conference was the Safety & Health Awards Presentation Ceremony. The 8th MBAM Safety & Health Awards 2019, is a joint initiative between MBAM and the Lighthouse Club Kuala Lumpur. The objectives of the Safety and Health Awards are to promote the importance of having good practices in Safety & Health by sharing best practice systems and creating policies to protect workers from occupational hazards and risks; to reduce both incidents and accidents at the work place, specifically in the construction industry. Due to his meritorious and untiring contributions to the construction industry, MBAM was proud to confer the MBAM Golden Helmet Award 2019 to Dato’ Ir Mohtar Bin Musri. Our Golden Helmet recipient this year was, amongst others, the Director General of the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) from 1 September 2014 to 7 March 2018. He was

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responsible towards the overall planning and the implementation of 1. The introduction of the requirement of a site safety supervisor (SSS) and working with the industry, in particular MBAM, to core business of DOSH, namely enforcement, standard setting and promotional activities. set up the procedure and requirement for certification of the SSS. Throughout his tenure with DOSH, he personally pushed forward the agenda to drive the safety agenda for the construction industry 2. His contribution to the industry includes bringing in the Occupational Safety and Health in Construction towards excellence. Through his active involvement, various strategies have been initiated and implemented towards the Management (OSHICM) guidelines to further enhance and upgrade the standard of safety for the Malaysian construction betterment of occupational safety and health in the construction sector including delivering various seminar papers and publications Industry. 3. He was instrumental in introducing the enforcement safety throughout his career. Undeniably, he has set much of the groundwork for increasing the awareness on the importance of patrol unit in all DOSH offices to further enhance and good occupational safety and health practices at work sites that expedite the enforcement activities at construction sites. enable the industry to maintain its growth while keeping the number of accidents in check. MBAM and LHC KL proudly recognises Dato’ Ir Mohtar Bin Musri with this award for putting safety first in his leadership. Some key highlights of his contribution to the construction sector For the MBAM Safety & Health Award for Site Personnel, three include: recipients received a Special Mention to encourage them to continue to improve safety on their projects within their companies and in the construction industry. They are: 1. Mr See Wee Wah Project Director, Pembinaan Mitrajaya Sdn Bhd. 2. Mr Mohd Qazar bin Yusop Project Engineer, Jurutama Sdn Bhd 3. Mr Cho Chun Fai Project Manager, Sunway Construction Sdn Bhd However, the reality in Malaysia remains that a lot more improvement is required in the Construction Industry. The fatality, incident and accident rate at construction projects is way too high and it requires all parties to continue to train and educate professionals, skilled and unskilled workers on Safety and Health. It also requires creating further awareness and a change of mindset for Safety and Health, not only during the construction stage but also for the design and maintenance stage. The Safety and Health awards were sponsored in 2019 by DScaff and we thank them for their support and sponsorship of this award. The Lighthouse Club Kuala Lumpur and MBAM will continue to promote Safety and Health by acknowledging good practices and achievements. While the award winners become Health and Safety ambassadors for the Construction Industry, LHC KL and MBAM are committed to continue with the selection and presentation of these awards in the future.


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New Health & Safety Management Development in the Malaysia Construction Industry F & M ACT 1967



Project Team

OSHCIM will impose legal responsibility for Safety & Health with a broader range of construction project management, rather than just with Principal Contractors as it is today. In the future, three parties will carry the authority and responsibility for Safety & Health performance on construction sites, namely the Client/Developer, Principal Designer and Principal Contractor.

Project Managers, Designers, Engineers, Planners, Quantity Surveyors, Employers and Contractors working for/under the three Principals will also have a responsibility to secure the Safety & Health of construction site personnel/others regardless of rank, job role or position. They take their instructions and guidance from the Principals. The new Regulation will compel Clients/Developers, Principal Designer and the Principal Contractor to collaborate more closely during the life of a project (planning, designing, constructing and maintaining structures) so that all parties are focussed on Safety & Health performance as much as time and profitability – they must design out hazards and risks, and where they are unable to, ensure controls are in place for those hazard exposures which will be presented by the activity on a daily, weekly basis.


OSHA 1994

Pending changes to Malaysia legislation In Quarter 1 2020, DOSH will amend the Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA) 1994 to broaden management responsibility for Safety & Health performance on construction projects. The existing Factories & Machineries (Building Operations & Engineering Construction (Safety) Regulation (BOWECS) 1986 will be repealed and a “mandatory” Occupational Safety & Health in Construction Industries Management or “OSHCIM” Regulation gazetted under the OSHA 1994.

These parties will be responsible for Safety & Health decisions, including the appointment of competent persons to represent or support them, and the monitoring of their performance. Modifications to methods affecting Safety & Health will require the approval of these parties before they are adopted and accounted for in tenders.

*5 Acts currently make provision for the Health & Safety of personnel connected with/affected by construction projects.


Introduction In 2017, the Department of Safety & Health (DOSH) recorded 183 fatalities occurring on Malaysia construction sites. This is three times more than for other Malaysia industry sectors. Compared with Singapore, Hong Kong, UK and Australia, Malaysia lags behind in Safety and Health performance on construction sites.

Client/Developer/ project Owner/ Board of Directors

principal designers, designers engineers, planners, quantity surveyors

principal contrastors, contractors

employers/ employees/ front line workers

Key duty holders under the OSHCIM Regulation for construction projects. Each duty holder must demonstrate how they have contributed towards Safety & Health of site personnel through: - leadership, organization, resources (management, supervision, finance, equipment), design (structures, access, site layout, task methods, risk assessment and control), time given, systems and programs in place, culture developed. Minimum requirement for compliance with the law.

The key elements of the OSHCIM Regulation for duty-holders Client/Developer, Principal Designer, Principal Contractor must:1. 2. 3. 4.

Adopt a risk management (prevention) approach. Appoint competent organisations and people at the right time. Ensure adequate supervision, instruction and information. Cooperate, collaborate regularly and engage with workers on potential hazards affecting their Safety and Health. 5. Be responsible for ensuring risks to personnel are managed. The “roll out of OSHCIM” across the Malaysia construction industry is being supported with specific DOSH training sessions, stakeholder briefings and pilot implementation projects with a total of eight Private and Government related companies.

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The Lighthouse Kuala Lumpur in celebration of 25 years of Construction Charity work held their Annual Golf Day – the Plus Three Claret Jug at the Jack Nicklaus Designed Sungai Long Country and Golf Club on Saturday 15 June 2019. We managed to attract 36 golfers making it a complete 9 full 4 balls flights (not always easy) under warm sunny skies with no prospect of rain. The course, as usual, was in good condition. Playing off White Tees and with the System 36 Stableford Scoring system in place produced some interesting scores with the winner on 40 points and two very close 2nd and 3rd on 38 points each, their positions decided on a countback. The prize giving was well attended with presentation speeches given by the President, Ronan Collins, with MC support from Nigel Stanley and the big raffle prize of the night a free flight for 4 at Els Course Desaru. The last of the revellers left long after prize giving, perhaps something to do with wanting to finish the beverages!! We achieved an unexpected windfall in sponsorship, entry fees etc for such a small contingent of players and with the support of 2 beer selling ladies, Peaw and Clarise, on the course and their input selling raffles during prize giving, the results were that LHC KL amassed a profit for the day of circa RM 7,000.00. We would like to thank our sponsors: Plus Three Consultants, Els Course (Desaru), Gananathan Loh Advocates, BK AsiaPacific, StrucSol, Tony Gee and Partners, Techsol, East Link Consulting, DSG Projects for their contributions. A special thanks must go to Nigel Stanley for his commendable effort in arranging the facility and badgering our sponsors.



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Lighthouse Club Kuala Lumpur News

The Lighthouse Club KL’s 2019 AGM

Our latest events were held in El Sids (August), Jarrod and Rawlins (July) and Healy Mac’s (June). LHC KL will continue to have Get Togethers at different venues usually on the first Thursday of the month. All flyers will also be posted on our facebook: At our May 2019 Get Together we held our AGM. We are currently still waiting for approval of the proposed changes in our constitution as approved in the EGM in December 2018 and currently being reviewed by the Registrar of Societies. The upcoming Get Togethers will be organized on the following dates: 5 September 2019 at Havana Changkat Bukit Bintang 3 October 2019 at Jarrod and Rawlins Bangsar 7 November 2019 at El Sid’s 6 December 2019 at Havana Changkat Bukit Bintang LHC KL is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. A conference plus cocktail reception will be organized on Friday 11 October 2019, while our 25th Anniversary party will take place on Saturday 12 October 2019. The Get Together on Friday 6 December will be a special Christmas gathering and will be organized together with MBAM.

The Lighthouse Club of Kuala Lumpur’s 2019 AGM was held on 9 May 2019 at Havana, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. The Vice President, Anthony Edwards declared that a quorum was present and the AGM opened at 8pm. The meeting minutes of the 2018 AGM were passed and approved. The President, Nigel Stanley, showed his gratitude towards the support that LHC KL had received from all existing and new sponsors over the year of 2018. The President’s Report and Treasurer’s Report were also accepted and approved. The new committee elected for the 2018/2019 term are as follows: President Ronan Collins

Assistant Secretary Cindy Wong Xien Yee

Vice President Anthony Edwards

Treasurer Teoh Pui Mun

Secretary Bert de Munck

Ordinary Committee Members Leong Hong Kit Daniel Alcon Tricia Sheu

Bob Wiggett and Dato’ Afshin Forouzani were appointed as Auditors for the upcoming financial year. Following the appointment of the new committee, Nigel Stanley thanked the outgoing committees for their efforts and contributions in the year 2018 and Ronan Collins welcomed the new committee on board and commented how much he looked forward to a good year with LHC KL. The new committee for LHC KL is formed by committee members from a diverse background – with a mix of culture, gender, age, profession and experience. We believe that the new committee will bring in new perspectives and inspiration to LHC KL.

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Calendar of events

Forthcoming Events



- Hong Kong monthly get together, Rula Live,, Central - Kuala Lumpur monthly get together, J&R, Bangsar


UK, South Wales Club Annual Dinner, Cardiff Marriott Hotel


Macau monthly social, Venue TBC


Singapore monthly get together, Venue TBC


Kuala Lumpur 25th Anniversary Events


Manila Chees & Wine Night, Venue TBC


Yangon networking, Venue TBC

Calendar of events





UK Southern Branch Sports Lunch, St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton


- UK Western Branch Annual Lunch, Cadbury House, Congresbury - Hong Kong Eddie Ward Annual Dinner, HKCEC - Kuala Lumpur monthly get together, El Sids, Medan Damansara


- Hong Kong monthly get together, Dusk till Dawn, Wan Chai - UK Scotland East Annual Dinner, Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh - Manila Charity Golf Day, Summit Point Golf & Country Club, Lipa City, Batangas


- Lighthouse Club International Committee Meeting, Grand Hyatt, Manila - Manila Annual Party, Grand Hyatt


Macau monthly social, TBC

- Hong Kong monthly get together, Dusk till Dawn, Wan Chai - Kuala Lumpur monthly get together, Venue TBC


- Hong Kong Golf Day, Kau Sai Chau - UK Lincolnshire Branch Christmas Lunch, Beachcomber, Humberstone, Cleethorpes - UK Nottingham Branch Christmas Lunch, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nottingham - UK Central Branch Christmas Lunch, Drayton Park Golf Club, Abingdon - UK Construction Industry Charity Christmas Lunch, Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge, Londo


- Yangon Late Lunch, Venue TBC - Macau monthly social, Venue TBC



Singapore monthly get together, Venue TBC


Manila Christmas Lunch, Venue TBC

Singapore monthly get together, Venue TBC


UK Scotland West Branch Annual Dinner, The Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow


Singapore Annual Dinner Dance, Tanglin Club


Yangon networking, TBC


- UK East Anglia Branch Christmas Lunch, The Athenaeum, Bury St Edmunds - UK Derby Branch Christmas Lunch, Derby County Cricket Club


UK North West Branch Ball, Manchester Hilton, Deansgate, Manchester

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