August 18, 2014
Penang The Construction Industry Payment & Adjudication Act 2012 Talk
Penang, 15 August 2014 – The KLRCA reacquainted herself with the highly urbanised and industrialized city of Penang as the latest edition of the Construction Industry Payment & Adjudication Act 2012 (CIPAA 2012) Talk was held at the Bayview Hotel Georgetown. This was the first time KLRCA had “returned” to Penang since the enforcement of CIPAA 2012 on 15th April 2014. The last time a CIPAA talk was conducted in the northern state – was back in August 2012 after the Act had received its Royal Assent in June 2012.
Penang has always been a favourite hunting ground for the KLRCA and this time it was no different as an enthusiastic crowd of around 150 people from various professions – legal, engineering, quantity surveying and architectural filled the function room to the brim. The talk received an additional boost from a significant number of walk-ins, who registered only on the morning of the 15th of August 2014.
The talk began at 2.00pm as Mr Palaniappan the Sub-committee Chairman for Arbitration & Adjudication of the Penang Bar, took stage to deliver his opening remarks. This was followed by Ms Lai Jen Li (Acting Head of Legal Services, KLRCA)’s presentation on ‘CIPAA – The Past, Present & Future.’ Ms Lai was stepping in for KLRCA’s Director, Professor Datuk Sundra Rajoo who was called away at the last minute to attend to pertinent matters back at the capital.
One of the Act’s strongest spokesperson, Ir Harbans Singh was next to take stage as he presented on ‘CIPAA 2012: Issues on Implementation.’ Harbans was at his usual animated best as he captivated the audience with a lively interactive session. No stone was left unturned as he continuously gaged different portions of the audience to test their understanding and comprehension of the Act’s implementation.
Following a brief networking break, Mr Lam Wai Loon took charge of the floor to present ‘Understanding the CIPAA Regulations & KLRCA Adjudication Rules.’ This session was a very informative and empowering one as Mr Lam took the participants through a meticulous step by step process of the adjudication process.
The fruitful talk session soon drew to a close as the crowd looked to fortify their understanding of CIPAA 2012’s implementation by posing questions and concerns to the panel of speakers who took time to address each point in detail.