Tunku Abdul Rahman Flats - The outset of Malaysia's IBS History

At present, Malaysia is witnessing transformative IBS-integrated development culture with more than 35% of private developments adopted IBS and itscomponents. Several recent developments particularly in Klang Valley Regionhad their construction time accelerated and cost optimized due to the use of IBS; such as Rumah Selangorku in Kajang (Selangorku Jade Hills completed in 2019) comprising of a 714-unit of low-cost apartments.

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Malaysia witnessed its first development project leveraging the Industrialised Building Systems (IBS) components in Jalan Pekeliling, Kuala Lumpur in 1964. The project (Tunku Abdul Rahmans Flat or also referred to as Pekeliling Flats) was a composition of seventeen-storey flats, forty-storey lots of shops and four-blocks of four-storey flats. The project withstood the test of time until 2014, before it was demolished to give way to new development scheme.

Lively view of Tunku abdul Rahman Flats prior demolition

Lively view of Tunku abdul Rahman Flats prior demolition

(Photograph by Girish Mahajan)

The success of Tunku AbdulRahman Flats led to a second pilot project in 1965; two other development projects of residential flats in Jalan Rifle Range, Penang. The two developments further served as evidence of the credibility of IBS technology and its associated components. Accentuated by such track-record, the Malaysian Government vouched for IBS in mega projects afterwards.

In its past height, the Malaysian construction industry (1994-1997) saw a list of iconic national landmarks constructed using hybrid IBS application. Mega projects like Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, KL Sentral Station, KL Tower, Petronas Twin Towers, Putrajaya and Cyberjaya were developed with combination between IBS and conventional construction. The previously cautious faith in IBS among the national industry stakeholders are now reaffirmed to astate of greater confidence.

Today, the Malaysian Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) is the mandated agency tasked to accelerate the growth of local IBS driven construction industry. As one of the agencies under the Malaysian Ministry of Works, one of the main focus of CIDB is to ensure quality of building material and compliance with standards, and promulgating the use of IBS is one of the initiatives undertaken to stay true to such focus. CIDB IBS, subsidiary of CIDB is at the frontline through the operation of IBS Centre in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur. Learn more about IBS with CIDB IBS here.

As of 2022, there are more than 187 IBSmanufacturers. 8,470 IBS contractors andover 9,660 IBS installers are registered with CIDB. The numbers are growing everyday, and with the market conditions aligning for greater use of IBS in the construction industry, the industry stakeholders should leverage on the benefits of IBS sooner rather than later. To stay ahead in a rapidly changing world, we welcome you to collaborate with us towards the future of construction. Reach us at and +603-92816909 / 5903. Alternatively, visit our IBS Centre at Lot 8, Jalan Chan Sow Lin, 52200,Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB)

Tingkat 10, Menara Dato Onn,

Pusat Dagangan Dunia (WTC),

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tel: 0340477000


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