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RM9.4m to build IBS-based schools in Sabah

RANAU (April 10): The government allocated RM9.4 million to build new schools in Sabah's interior using the Industrialised Building System (IBS) which started last month, Works Minister Datuk Seri Shaziman Abu Mansor said.

For the first phase, he said, 55 additional classrooms and 48 units of teacher's houses in 25 rural schools in Pitas, Ranau, Keningau, Nabawan and Penampang had been chosen for the three-month project.

"Most of the schools in Sabah are in urgent need of new building because many of them are in dilapidated conditions, thus raising safety concerns," he told reporters after inspecting Sekolah Kebangsaan Tagudon Lama, here, one of the schools involved in the project.

Shaziman said nine schools would also be built in Sarawak using the same system, starting April 16, but the allocation had not been finalised yet.

"I'm confident that the use of IBS will be able to save time because it can be completed in two weeks compared with between six to eight months to build a new classroom using the conventional system," Shaziman said.

He also encouraged local contractors to use at least 70 per cent of IBS components in their projects to save long-term costs to maintain buildings.

On SK Tagudon Lama, located 10km from the foot of Mount Kinabalu, Shaziman said it began construction on April 1 and scheduled for completion in two more weeks.

SK Tagudon Lama has 69 pupils and 15 teachers.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has previously announced that the government would utilise the system in the construction of buildings particularly schools, hospitals and police stations in the rural areas as it was cost-effective and environmental-friendly.

The system is part of the Rural Transformation Programme (RTP) under the National Transformation Policy. — Bernama

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