SUBANG JAYA, 21 Mar: Selangor becomes the first state in Malaysia that would advance the concept of prefabricated affordable housing to meet the demand of homes, especially for the low-income group.
Through the use of the Prefabricated (IBS) concept, the cost of house construction can be reduced while the construction period can be shortened.
Chief Minister, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said that based on the developer’s experience, a school takes 18 months to complete through normal construction methods.
However, through the prefabricated concept, it can be completed in five months.
This situation proves that this system is highly effective and is “value of money” to develop, said Abdul Khalid.
“In terms of cost, I found that is they use the proposed system, this can be reduced to RM100 per square foot.
“Some have expressed to build up to RM60 per square foot.
“I think this figures are very value for money,” he said after the launch of the ‘New Approaches on Development of Affordable Homes by Using Pre Fabricated (IBS) Concept in Selangor’.
On the same issue, Abdul Khalid urged for families with a monthly income of RM3,000 to RM5,000 and who are aged 45 years and below to register with the Selangor Housing Authority to enter the Selangor Affordable Homes scheme.
So far, almost 7,300 people have registered since year 2010/2011.
“We will open a database and register online for the public’s information on this concept of affordable housing,” he added.
Located at the Grand Dorsett Hotel, the ‘New Approaches on Development of Affordable Homes by Using Pre Fabricated (IBS) Concept in Selangor’ seminar was organised by the Selangor Government in collaboration with the Selangor Housing and Property Board (LPHS).
This seminar follows the announcement by Abdul Khalid in December, that the State Government will be allocating RM50 million to build affordable housing in Selangor by adopting the prefabricated concept.
Also present were; Selangor Housing Exco, Iskandar Abdul Samad, State Financial Officer, Datuk Noordin Sulaiman and Mayor of the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), Datin Paduka Alinah Ahmad.