Articles by Dr Foo Chee Hung
Evaluating the Performance, Challenges, and Role Transformations of Shopping Malls in Malaysia Amidst the Post-Pandemic Era
Public discourse is ongoing, debating whether Malaysia is graced with an excess of shopping malls. Within this article, we delve into a comprehensive analysis of the quantity, classifications, performances, and evolving roles of shopping malls in the post-pandemic era.
Insights from this article are drawn from the Latest Household Income Survey (HIS) Report 2022 released by the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM).
From land acquisition and construction materials to labour and regulatory expenses, Dr Foo explores the intricate web of costs involved in bringing housing projects to life, particularly in relation to the industrialised building system (IBS).
With a well-developed and mature retirement market, Australian retirement villages are a global benchmark for best practices, supported by a world-leading legislative and quality framework, and substantial investment in research. Malaysia's ageing society would do well to research the Australian model and tailor our own solutions.
We reassess the ‘3O’ issues of Oversupply, Overhang and Overpriced in the Malaysian housing market and provide some arguments as to whether property is still a good investment prospect in this post-pandemic era.
The construction of price-controlled affordable housing has been an ongoing challenge for developers, as its development cost is typically higher than the capped selling price. This leads to cross-subsidisation in the housing market, where buyers of free-market housing will have to absorb these additional costs. In this article, we take a look at how efficient the new Rumah Selangorku Harapan is in incentivising developers to build more affordable homes in Selangor.
It is imperative that real estate investors and prospective house buyers understand the hedging abilities of property against inflation, both in the long and short terms, in order to minimise exposure to inflation risks in their real estate portfolios.
We take a look at how Malaysian property developers might shift their approaches to sales and marketing in the wake of changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
There is price growth of housing, and there is house price surge - this article distinguishes between the two. We also take a look at rising steel prices and discuss what property buyers should know about increasing construction costs and housing affordability.
A move by the government to control affordable housing prices in urban areas may have been done with the best of intentions, but in practice, it will backfire and contribute towards the overhang conundrum. No amount of price control can overcome the basic economic forces of supply and demand for any significant length of time.
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