JOHOR BARU: The Government is looking to fully implement the Industrialised Building System (IBS) mechanism for all public housing projects of lower-income families in Kuala Lumpur.
Federal Territories and Urban Well-being Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin said the mechanism would speed up the construction of such housing projects by half the time compared with the conventional way, while only a third of workers would be required.
The mechanism would see a cost increase of between 10% and 15%.
“However, the IBS consists of a specific design mould which would reduce the construction cost based on the increase of usage volume,” he told the media after a briefing by the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda) and a working visit to public housing projects in Iskandar Malaysia yesterday.
“If we use the IBS mechanism, such housing schemes can be built within two years compared to the four years required if it was done conventionally.”
Raja Nong Chik said the mechanism had been successful in public housing projects initiated by Irda in Lima Kedai, Gelang Patah.
He said that a total of 20,000 lower-income families in Kuala Lumpur were still waiting to be placed in public housing projects.
He added that he would bring the matter up for Cabinet’s approval.
On the issue of lack of land in Kuala Lumpur for such projects, Raja Nong Chik said the ministry would look into redeveloping existing public housing schemes which was built 40 years ago.