KUALA LUMPUR: Contractors awarded government projects will have to use prefabricated materials to promote the Industrialised Building System (IBS) to reduce dependency on foreign workers in the construction industry.
“For a start, the government wants 50% of the materials used in its projects to be prefabricated,” said Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu.
He said prefabricated materials had been used in the construction of 100,000 units of teachers’ quarters.
Speaking to reporters after a dialogue with IBS component manufacturers here, he said the order also covered the 26 projects valued at RM2.4bil proposed for inclusion under the Ninth Malaysia Plan but approved for immediate implementation.
Samy Vellu said that contractors who used the prefabricated materials could be exempted from paying levy to the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB).
He said that the CIDB was planning to set up a RM20mil company to manufacture the prefabricated materials at a site near the North-South Expressway.
“This will enable the company to dispatch the materials to its clients through the expressway,” Samy Vellu said.
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