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Developing an implementation framework for sustainable procurement, with the focus on construction procurement in Malaysia as a developing country
Siti was on a PhD scholarship awarded by Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia and supervised by Professor Joseph Tah and Dr Esra Kurul as second supervisor. Siti has a degree in Quantity Surveying from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and a Masters degree in Construction Management from University of Reading, UK. She began her academic career as a junior lecturer at Taylor's College Malaysia in July 2003, and was subsequently appointed as a lecturer in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia International Campus (formerly known as UTM City Campus) in March 2006.
In her research she explored the possibility of developing an implementation framework for sustainable procurement, with the focus on construction procurement in Malaysia as a developing country. The construction sector in Malaysia had been constantly identified as an essential element of the national economy as well as the support to social development through the provision of basic infrastructure. In 2006, CIDB launched a 10-year master plan for the construction industry that spans from 2006 to 2015, known as the Construction Industry Master Plan (CIMP), which has identified the need for the industry to improve in environmental protection as one of the strategic goals. The master plan was aimed to provide the industry stakeholders with a clear direction of the Malaysian construction industry through its clearly defined vision, mission, critical success factors, strategic goals, recommendations and action plans. Review of the master plan and national policies suggested that Malaysia has a strong foundation in formulating policy on sustainable development however, efforts on actual implementation were still lacking.
This study was aimed to contribute to the understanding of sustainable construction and sustainability in procurement practices, especially for public construction projects in Malaysia as a developing country. There was also contribution towards the implementation of sustainable development policies in Malaysia particularly for the construction sector. The formulated framework helped government agencies and the industry players to understand on how to address sustainability requirements in public construction projects through procurement, as well as contribute towards improving the formulation of government policy on sustainable construction and public procurement.