It takes 2 to tango, says Sheda veep
BINTULU: Building consultants and developers must both embrace new technologies if properties in the state were to adopt new building methodologies and materials.
Sarawak Housing and Real Estate Developers’ Association (Sheda) vice-president Troy Yaw Chee Weng said it wouldn’t work if only one side adopted that initiative.
“Not only developers have to be flexible and responsive to all new construction methods and building materials, but I do think consultants too have to be flexible as well,” he said at the Sheda Home and Property Roadshow 2012 at ParkCity Everly Hotel here on Saturday.
Yaw said this was needed because local contractors needed their (consultant) stamp of approval before they could use methods which had been found practical in other countries.
He said the time was right to modernise as Bintulu developers had been enjoying unexpected growth in the past one year.
Yaw, however, said the biggest concern of housing developers here now was the escalating cost of general labour.
“I was told that general labour is nothing less than RM60, with some as high as RM80 per day.
“I would like to appeal to the government to assist in the import of foreign workers to fill in the gaps. Some of our members are already experiencing shortage of labour, and in addition the price of building materials are also increasing.”