The sluggish progress of revising the Uniform Building By-Laws (UBBL) is delaying the implementation of the Industrialised Building System (IBS), said the Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM) in a report by The Edge on Friday (18 August).
“How fast IBS can be fully implemented also depends on how fast the required changes in the UBBL can be made. The by-laws in each state has to be standardised before IBS can move forward in full swing,” said Datuk Ng Kee Leen, an honorary advisor and past president of the group.
According to MBAM’s current President Foo Chek Lee, amending the UBBL is imperative because it will make uniform the measurements of each pre-fab component.
“There are IBS pre-fab components of all different sizes and shapes. What the government is trying to do is to standardise the measurements to be used in all projects — just like the standardised Lego toy bricks. Only with that can we achieve economies of scale.”
He shared that while MBAM fully supports the usage of IBS, there are some issues that need to be addressed first before it wide adoption.
“The number one problem is the issue of manpower as we would need to train more skilled workers not only for on-site construction but also on design and manufacturing. All the skilled talents have to be in place before IBS can be implemented in full swing.”
Nevertheless, MBAM has started training local talents in this system. So far, two groups of personnel have been coached in the IBS, while another batch will be taught next month.
Another issue is the high cost of machinery and associated taxes, said Foo. “The government should look into how to lower the cost and taxes to make IBS more affordable. We suggest having incentives to the local contractors and lower the tax of imported machineries.”
While the adoption of the new construction system in Malaysia is still slow, MBAM revealed that it won’t reduce its targets of achieving 50 IBS points in 2018 and 100 points over the next three years.
“We are trying to fulfil the target. There are many challenges ahead but we need to carry on or our industry will be left out in the international market,” Foo noted during the 2017 MBAM Affiliates Dialogue on Friday (18 August).
During the event, the group talked about establishing a Central Labour Quarters (CLQ), the use of certified scaffoldings and the government’s programme of rehiring foreign construction workers.
“We support the concept of the CLQ, but we need to work out the logistics. It has to be in a strategic location so no extra time and cost are incurred for transiting worker to the work place. Also, for projects of short duration — say, within six months to one year — and projects located in the outskirts, we think it is not practical to have a CLQ,” noted Foo.
On the usage of certified scaffolding, he explained that it will ensure safety in the work site and improve the project’s quality. “We have seven scaffolding suppliers approved by the Construction Industry Development Board. We think it is sufficient to cater to the market demand.”
He also asked Putrajaya to reconsider its rehiring programme, particularly for short-term developments, as the process takes too long and many contractors cannot afford the fees.
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