Study the Aussie way of building quality homes, says PM


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(L-R): Turnbull (right) shaking hands with Najib prior to their bilateral meeting at the Asean-Australia Special Summit in Sydney on Saturday. (Picture Courtesy of The Star)


KUALA LUMPUR: Australia’s success in building quality homes without a foreign work force may be studied for implementation in Malaysia.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Australia managed to build such homes using the Industrialised Building System (IBS).

“This may be a field where we can examine how Australia has achieved success.

“Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull commented that this is something that Australia could contribute to our country’s housing agenda,” he told Malaysian media in Sydney, reported The Star on March 19.

Last year, the Malaysian government announced that the construction industry should be prepared to adopt IBS as a prerequisite within three years, as the plan has been in the pipeline for many years.

To increase implementation of IBS, the National Council for Local Government or Majlis Negara Kerajaan Tempatan (MNKT) has mandated the use of IBS for all private sector projects with a minimum value of RM50 million and to attain a minimum IBS score of 50 by 2020.

Whereas for the public sector, the Ministry of Finance has directed that all public projects worth more than RM10 million must achieve a minimum IBS score of 70 since 2008.

Following this, CIDB Malaysia has embarked on nationwide efforts to increase IBS adoption. The strategy is outlined in the Construction Industry Transformation Programme 2016-2020 (CITP), which aims to more than double the productivity levels of the Malaysian construction industry, and it is also in line with the high-income goal of the 11th Malaysia Plan.

CIDB Chief Executive Dato’ Ir Ahmad ‘Asri Abdul Hamid had previously said that CIDB expected a five percent reduction in construction cost by 2020 if the use of IBS is made mandatory.



[March 19, 2018]