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Mohd Uzir said BCI without steel bars increased between 5.5 and 14.1 percent for all building categories in Peninsular Malaysia. – Photo from China Daily file via Reuters

Wednesday, August 10, 2022 1:56 PM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, 10 August – The Building Materials Cost Index (BCI), without steel bars and with steel bars, for all categories of buildings in Malaysia, has increased between 0.3 and 24.4 % in July 2022 compared to a year ago, the Ministry of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM) said.

The department said that for the same period, the increase in BCI for Peninsular Malaysia was between 5.5 and 18.8 percent, Sabah between 0.3 and 15.5 percent and Sarawak between 5.6 and 24, 4%.

He said a yearly comparison for the period of July 2021 and July 2022 shows an increase in BCI with steel bars for all regions of Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak.

“The building category that saw the greatest increase in Peninsular Malaysia was five-storey and above (reinforced concrete) buildings (for offices) in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Melaka and Negri Sembilan.

“The construction category that saw the largest increase in Sabah and Sarawak was reinforced concrete in Sandakan and Miri,” DoSM said in the Index For Building And Structural Works, July 2022 report today.

The DoSM said BCI without steel bars increased between 5.5 and 14.1 percent for all building categories in Peninsular Malaysia.

The building category that recorded the largest increase was five-storey and above (reinforced concrete) buildings (for offices) for Peninsular Malaysia in Pahang, reinforced concrete in Penang, Kedah and Perlis.

The construction category that saw the greatest increase in Sabah was single-storey steel frame (towers only) in Sandakan. Meanwhile, the highest BCI without steel bars in Sarawak is a one-storey steel frame (building) in Miri, he said.

Meanwhile, the building materials unit price index rose between 5.3% and 15.5% for July 2022 from a year ago.

The steel and steel and metal sections unit price index increased by 15.8% and 13.5% respectively in July 2022 compared to July 2021.

On a monthly comparison of building materials and selected areas, there was a decrease in the iron unit price index in all regions of Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak except Miri (1.3%) and Sibu (1.4%).

“Furthermore, the decline in steel and metal sections unit price index ranged from 0.2 to 3.4 percent for all areas except Pahang, Kota Kinabalu and Sibu,” it said. the Department.

The average unit price of steel consisting of mild steel round bars and mycon 60 high strength deformed bars increased by 12.9% to record an average steel bar price of RM3,879.48 per ton per compared to the previous year (July 2021: RM3,435.24 per ton).

“Meanwhile, cement recorded an increase of 11.7% in July 2022 to RM20.99 per 50kg from RM18.89 per 50kg in July 2021. However, the increase in prices of these two materials was slower than the previous month,” DoSM said.—Bernama