Almost 33,000 affordable homes built in first quarter, says Zuraida


  • Nation
  • Monday, 20 May 2019

CHUKAI (Bernama): The Housing and Local Government Ministry completed 32,951 units of affordable homes in the first three months of this year, says its Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.

She said of the number, the most were in Kuala Lumpur with 7,390 units; followed by Perak with 5,688 units; Putrajaya (4,999); Kedah (4,815); Selangor (3,777); Johor (1,964) and Pahang (1,884).

"Pakatan Harapan targets to build one million affordable homes in 10 years, that is, 100,000 units in one year, but this year alone, we might be able to build 360,000 units and surpass the target,” she told reporters here Monday (May 20).

Earlier, she launched the Industrialised Building System (IBS) Technical and Vocational Training Centre.

Also present were Deputy Minister Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah and Terengganu Local Government, Health and Environment committee chairman Dr Alias Razak.

The IBS training centre in Kijal, Kemaman, is the country's first and a joint endeavour involving IBS Global, Sany Construction Industry (SCI) and the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB).

The first batch comprises 150 trainees who will undergo a three-month course beginning July. Fifteen of them are sponsored by SCI.

Zuraida said the centre would not only produce more local IBS technical and skilled manpower but also reduce the country's dependence on foreign workers by at least 40%.

"With IBS technology, we would not require that many workers as 90 people can do the job of 1,000.

"This modern and efficient technology can also expedite the accomplishment of our target of one million affordable homes, and at a much lower cost,” she added. - Bernama