By Nur-ul Afida Kamaludin
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 (WKB 2030), which will be launched by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad tomorrow, is poised to be the strategic driving force of the government in its endeavour to make Malaysia a developed and competitive nation.
The sustainable economic growth envisaged in its vision is set to plug the disparities in -- as well as elevate -- the incomes and living standards of the people.
This is in line with the government's commitment to continue fostering unity among the people and strengthening political stability.
By Kurniawati Kamarudin
This final of three articles on the government's affordable housing policy zooms in on how IR4.0 elements are being incorporated into the construction industry.
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The transition of technology in the Industrialised Building System in line with Industrial Revolution 4.0 is set to accelerate the development of affordable housing projects in Malaysia.
The use of digital technology and automation will drive Construction 4.0, a term that is now being used widely to describe the digitalisation of the construction industry.
Construction Research Institute of Malaysia (CREAM) technical expert Prof Dr Zuhairi Abd Hamid said the use of new construction technologies would help to speed up the building of affordable housing units, thus enabling the government to meet the target envisaged in its National Affordable Housing Policy launched in May this year.
By Kurniawati Kamarudin
This is the second of three articles on the government's plan to build one million affordable homes over the coming decade as outlined in its National Affordable Housing Policy launched in May this year. This article looks at the shortfall in the supply of IBS components in this country which may hamper the government's efforts to build 100,000 affordable housing units a year.
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The government wants to use Industrialised Building System (IBS) technology to meet its 100,000 affordable housing units a year target over the next 10 years. Digital IBS, that makes use of the Building Information Modelling (BIM) system, will speed up the completion of the prefabricated houses, as well as improve their quality.
However, Malaysia's current capacity for the production of IBS components is far less than what builders will require in order to attain the target set by the government.
According to Construction Research Institute of Malaysia (CREAM) technical expert Prof Dr Zuhairi Abd Hamid, local IBS manufacturers can only produce enough components to build about 25,000 housing units per year.
By Kurniawati Kamarudin
This is the first of three articles on the government's plan to build one million affordable homes over the coming decade as outlined in its National Affordable Housing Policy.
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Building one million affordable homes within 10 years is one thing but whether these units have the specifications and features that meet the requirements of the target groups is another thing.
The launch of the National Affordable Housing Policy by the Housing and Local Government Ministry in May this year elicited a mixed response from stakeholders and industry experts.
The government's target to build 100,000 affordable housing units a year over the next 10 years was viewed as unrealistic by some due to constraints such as securing the necessary approvals for the building plans and finding suitable sites for the projects.
By Erda Khursyiah Basir
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The Kuala Terengganu High Court gave a bully victim much needed justice when it ordered nine parties, including five former students of Sultan Mahmud Secondary School (SESMA), to pay a sum of RM616,634.20 to the victim.
As a result of being beaten, kicked and slapped by senior students, the victim who was 14 when the incident occurred on April 26 2015, lost his hearing because his right eardrum ruptured – rendering him unable to carry out water based activities for life. This is in addition to several other injuries he sustained.
Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia law lecturer Professor Dr Nik Ahmad Kamal Nik Mahmod said the court decision was described as giving protection to the victim under civil laws by compelling all defendants to pay large quantum of compensations.
By Siti Radzeah Rahmat
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 1 (Bernama) -- The fatwa against the killing of civilians which arose from a treatise written by Datuk Dr Afifi al-Akiti, the first Malaysian to hold a permanent teaching post at the prestigious University of Oxford, has placed him on a par with the world's leading Islamic scholars.
A Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies and lecturer at the Faculty of Theology, Afifi wrote the treatise just days after the London bombings on July 7, 2005. (Fifty-two people were killed and more than 700 injured in three suicide bombings that occurred on the London Underground.)
Titled 'Defending the Transgressed by Censuring the Reckless Against the Killing of Civilians' and written in Arabic, the text became hugely popular after it was published and uploaded on the Internet.
By Soon Li Wei
Tallinn (ESTONIA) (Bernama) -- "Where is Estonia? Is it in the Middle East?" a friend of mine asked when I told her I was going to the Baltic country.
She was not the only one – many more asked the same question.
Few Malaysians know much about Estonia, the tiny Baltic nation in the northern part of Europe.