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Building material costs higher for most building categories in August 2021

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 9): The Building Material Cost Index (BCI) without steel bars for almost all regions in Peninsular Malaysia recorded an increase of between 0.1 and 1.5 per cent for almost all building categories in August 2021 compared to the previous month, said the Statistics Department today. 

Chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said however, the BCI in region C (Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Melaka and Negeri Sembilan) registered a decrease of between 0.1 per cent for two to four-storey reinforced concrete (RC) buildings (flat roof).

“The BCI in Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan (in Sabah) increased between 0.1 and 2.0 per cent for almost all categories of building. 

“Meanwhile, the BCI in Tawau (Sabah) dropped 0.1 per cent for single-storey (RC) buildings, two to four-storey (RC) buildings (flat roof), two to four-storey (RC) buildings (pitched roof), five-storey and above (RC) buildings (for accommodation), and five-storey and above (RC) office buildings,” he said in a statement today. 

Meanwhile, the BCI in Kuching, Sarawak, recorded a positive growth between 0.1 and 0.2 per cent for almost all building categories.

Mohd Uzir said the BCI with steel bars in August 2021 increased by between 0.1 and 1.8 per cent compared to the preceding month for almost all regions in Peninsular Malaysia in almost all building categories.

"The index for all categories of building in region B registered an increase between 0.2 and 1.8 per cent in August 2021," he added. 

The BCI in Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Tawau rose between 0.1 and 2.6 per cent for almost all categories of building except for timber piling which recorded no change in all regions.

The BCI in Kuching increased 0.1 per cent for almost all categories of building except for timber building and timber piling which recorded no changes, he added. 

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