IPOH, Nov 8 — The government will boost the use of the industrialised building system (IBS) in the housing industry, said Second Finance Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah.
He said the emphasis on the use of the IBS was to enable the rakyat to buy houses at lower prices.
“Currently, the use of IBS has not grown. Imagine, if it grows and with Perbadanan PR1MA Malaysia and the Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government using the system, more people would be able to buy quality houses at lower prices,” he said.
Ahmad Husni said this at an interview with Perakfm at Radio Televisyen Malaysia here today.
He said Syarikat Perumahan Negara Bhd has started to use the IBS to build the Rumah Mesra Rakyat.
China used the system to build a 30-storey hotel, he said.
“The use of IBS has also grown in the Philippines where it uses the system to build three-bedroom terrace houses. The houses were sold at low prices,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Husni said, the government did not control the prices of houses.
Instead, he said, the government left it to the market to decide, taking into consideration the costs of building the houses.