NILAI (March 16): All government affordable housing projects would be built using the industrialised building system (IBS) technology by 2024, said Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.

The Star quotes her as saying that the method was cheaper, faster and that it would reduce the government's dependence on foreign workers.

"It will help us meet our target to build a million affordable homes for more Malaysians in the next decade and it will also ensure the construction of quality homes.

"The IBS method is also the intelligent way forward as we need to work hard to achieve our target of building 100,000 homes a year in the next 10 years," she said.

MGB Bhd, a subsidiary of LBS Bina Group Bhd, has built over 15,000 affordable homes to date, and has used the IBS technology for more than 10 years.

The publication reports that Zuraida said more developers were now migrating to IBS technology, and she expects that by next year, 50% of all ministry projects would be built using the technology.

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