KUALA LUMPUR: The Building Material Cost Index (BCI) (without steel bars) for all building categories in all regions for all building categories increased in August 2018 compared with July 2018.
However, in a statement today, the Department of Statistics (DoS) said the BCI (with steel bars) in all regions showed increases for almost all categories of building except for several categories of buildings in region C-Central (Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan and Selangor) and E-Pahang which showed a 0.1 per cent decrease as compared to the previous month.
In Sabah, DoS said the BCI (without steel bars) for almost all categories of building in August 2018 also increased as compared with the previous month.
“The BCI (without steel bars and with steel bars) in Sarawak recorded an increase for almost all categories of building in Kuching and Miri in August 2018,” it said.
Meanwhile, DoS added the BCI in Sibu was unchanged as compared to the previous month.