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Works Ministry to get local authorities to make IBS mandatory

Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof

KUALA LUMPUR (March 27): The Ministry of Works said it wants to get local authorities around Malaysia to impose a mandatory ruling for new developments to comply with the requirements for industrialised building system (IBS).

Works minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof (pictured) said this will push the adoption of IBS in Malaysia, which has been relatively slow among the smaller players despite wider adoption among the bigger players like IJM Holdings Bhd and Gamuda Bhd.

"We would like to get all the local authorities which are the approving agencies to make IBS as one of the mandatory terms.

"All submissions must be IBS-compliant. Once this is done, more will adopt IBS," he told the press at the sidelines of the International Construction Week 2018 today.

He reiterated that IBS will be more feasible and viable once there is bigger demand and higher volume of components, in response to comments that IBS is more expensive than traditional construction methods.

During his opening speech at the event, Fadillah said the Public Works Department has created 130 pre-approved plans which comply with IBS requirements.

To date, the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) has registered 264 IBS manufacturers and trained 1,963 professionals in IBS and modular coordination.

CIDB has also established CIDB MyIBS Sdn Bhd, which provides technical consultation and advice for companies which are keen to adopt IBS, especially the small and medium enterprises.

Fadillah said the adoption of new technologies is a major driver in increasing the productivity of the construction sector, which nearly doubled to RM40,105 per worker in 2017, from RM22,464 per worker in 2011.

"The consistent growth in productivity per worker over the past seven years puts us in a solid position to achieve the Construction Industry Transformation Plan's productivity aspiration of more than doubling productivity levels to achieve RM62,000 per worker by 2020," he said. — theedgemarkets.com

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