KOTA KINABALU: Quantity surveyors in Sabah should provide professional consultation and value-for-money services to their clients tocushion the impact of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
State local government and housing minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor said this included giving recommendations or even insisting on better materials to clients to improve the quality of buildings.
He said the professionals involved in the built-up environment or construction industry can also think of more environment-friendly materials so
that consumers could reap the value-for-money benefits from their purchases.
“If purchasers can have a better quality house with materials that last longer, this can off-set the marginal increase in the price,” he said when
opening the 3rd Sabah International Surveyors Congress 2015 here today.
Themed, ‘Beyond GST in the Property and Construction Industry’, the congress was organised by the Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (RISM) Sabah to coincide with the imminent implementation of GST on April 1.
In another development, Hajiji said Sabah RISM had been requested to make another study to formulate a sustainable housing policy, as its ministry wanted to re-examine the policy to enable more affordable housing.
“It will be a more comprehensive study so that the government can implement a more efficient and effective housing policy looking after the needs of the people in Sabah,” he added.
The first research related to the causes of the rapid increase in property prices over the past few year was submitted last week and the ministry would study all findings before presentation to the state government, he said. – BERNAMA