Monday, 21st September 2020,7:17:46am

EXTENSION OF TIME (PAM Contract), an Architect’s perspective

Date: 7th March 2020, Saturday
Speakers: Ar. Steven Thang Boon Ann
Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm
Venue: Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru, Menara Tiga Serangkai, Jalan Tengku Azizah, 80300 Johor Bahru

Speakers' Biography

Ar Steven Thang is a practicing architect since 1990. He is a director with NVT Architects Sdn Bhd based in Kuala Lumpur. Ar Steven Thang is a Fellow member and currently a council member of Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM), Hon treasurer of ICOMOS Malaysia, Chairman of PAM Heritage and Conservation Committee, Chairman of PAM ADR Committee, Chairman of PAM Contract Review sub-committee, Chairman of DSM Ceramic and Sanitary ware Technical committee and Chairman of DSM Building and Civil Engineering Technical Committee (TC 59). He is also a member of CIDB CIS7 (QLASSIC) Review Committee, Ar Steven Thang was trained as a conservator at Balai Konservasi Borobudur, Indonesia. He is a currently a member of ICOMOS (international) Climate Change and Cultural Heritage Working Group. He chairs the PAM/JPBM/JWN fire safety guidelines for Heritage buildings.

Ar Steven Thang has been appointed as Expert Witness for many court cases and dispute forums. Area of disputes include defects, building contracts, Architect’s negligence, and other construction/development matters. Ar Steven Thang has been appointed as adviser to several companies including resorts, shopping malls, developers and others.


Among the most disputed area of our contract is the Extension of Time (EOT) clause. Architects certification on EOT has been severely challenged and never enough by the contractor. The lack of understanding on the contract administration is part of the contribution to the dispute. Delay and disruption are endemic in the construction industry and lead to time and cost overrun. It is therefore important to identify possible delay and disruption early so that corrective action can be taken.

We examine the construction contract, PAM Contract 2018, the various clauses that are linked to EOT claims. The mechanism or events that triggers EOT such as: Architects Instructions and others. Assessment on concurrent and culpable Delays, disruptions, causation, work programme, Site meetings, site reports, and Architects liabilities will be discussed.

For more details, please download the attached flyer

Vacant Possession for Stratified Development

Date: 07th March 2020, Saturday
Speakers: Datuk Ar. Ezumi Harzani Ismail & Sr. Leong Heng Chee
Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm
Venue: Dewan President, Level 2 PAM Centre Jalan Tandok, 59100 Bangsar Kuala Lumpur

Speakers' Biography

Ezumi Harzani is the Immediate Past President of PAM and the Director of Arkitek MAA Sdn Bhd, He is also a board member of Board of Architects Malaysia and Board of Engineers Malaysia. Other than his architecture practice, Ezumi also involved in various government working groups and committees, including the Focus Group on Dealing with Construction Permit (FGDCP) set up by PEMUDAH. He also represents PAM and LAM in various meetings and workshops with KPKT, DBKL, REHDA, CIDB and PEJUTA in relation to stratified land development and housing development issues. He graduated with Bachelor of Architecture from University of Science Malaysia, and Master of Philosophy (Policy Studies) from University of Technology Malaysia.


Strata living has become a solution to rapid urbanisation in our cities with approximately 30% of the Malaysian population reside in stratified properties. Stratified property developments have given rise to multiple issues affecting all parties dealing with it. The amendments to the Strata Management Act and introduction of Strata Management (Maintenance and Management) Regulations 2015 are intended to overcome management and maintenance issues of the stratified buildings as well as to provide further interpretation of strata title. Nevertheless, the regulation that requires issuance of vacant possession with strata title causes many other problems in stratified housing development rather than solving basic issues. It also reveals that there are other underlying issues that need to be dealt with, and which put the industry into dilemma.

What will it take for developers to successfully deliver Vacant Possession with Strata Title deeds? This regulation, which came into effect with the Strata Management Regulations 2015 as part of the Strata Management Act 2013, has indeed presented a big challenge to the housing industry players. This is not the sole responsibility of any one party, but requires a concerted effort among various professionals, and is a process that needs to be planned and executed well before the completion of the building development.

He will be presenting his view from the Land Surveyor’s perspective, and hope to offer some key practical suggestions for Architects in order to achieve this in a timely manner. By understanding the roles, it will help to be more efficient in work and further clarify the processes required during the course of a building development.

Please click here to register