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KUALA LUMPUR (September 8): The Building Material Cost Index (BCI), without steel bars and with steel bars, for all categories of buildings in Malaysia, increased between 0.2 and 22, 0% in August 2022 compared to a year ago, said the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DoSM).

The department said that for the same period, the increase in BCI for Peninsular Malaysia was between 5.5 and 18%, Sabah between 0.2 and 15.3% and Sarawak between 5.4 and 22%.

He said a yearly comparison for the period of August 2022 compared to a year ago showed 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 Negeri Sembilan.

“The building category that saw the greatest increase in Sabah was reinforced concrete pilings in Sandakan and single-storey steel frame in Miri Sarawak,” DoSM said in the August 2022 index report. of construction costs in Malaysia today.

The DoSM said BCI without steel bars increased by 5.5 to 12.4 per cent 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.

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 single-storey steel frame (building) in Miri.

At the same time, the building materials unit price index rose 5.0% to 13.3% in August 2022 from a year ago.

The unit price index for steel and steel and metal sections increased by 12.9% and 11.4% respectively in August 2022 compared to August 2021.

The monthly comparison of construction materials and selected areas showed a decline in the iron unit price index in all areas of Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak.

“Furthermore, the decline in unit price index of steel and metal profiles ranged from 0.2 to 3.4 percent for almost all regions of Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak.

“However, other building materials in some areas remained unchanged, such as aggregates for all parts of Peninsular Malaysia except Johor, ready-mixed concrete for all parts of Sabah, and sand in Kuching. and Miri, Sarawak,” the department said.

Average steel bar unit price made up of mild steel round bar and Mycon 60 high strength deformed bar increased by 9.8% to register an average steel bar price of RM3,778.71 per ton compared to the previous year (August 2021: RM3,440.91 per tonne).

“Meanwhile, cement recorded an increase of 11.2% in August 2022 to RM20.95 per 50kg from RM18.85 per 50kg in August 2021. However, the increase in prices of these two materials was slower than the previous month,” DoSM said.