2018 construction work up 5.1% to RM145.5 billion

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KUALA LUMPUR: The value of construction work done in 2018 stood at RM145.5 billion, a growth of 5.1% compared to RM138.5 billion in the previous year.

“The expansion in the value of construction work done was driven by positive growth in the civil engineering, special trades activities and non-residential buildings sub-sectors, which grew by 14.3%, 8.2% and 2.5% respectively,” chief statistician Mohd Uzir Mahidin said in a statement.

He added however that the residential buildings sub-sector declined to 9.2%.

In Q4 2018, the civil engineering sub-sector continued to dominate the performance of construction work done with a 42.6% share, followed by non-residential buildings (28.4%), residential buildings (24.2%) and special trades activities (4.8%).

The private sector continued to propel construction activity with 56.2% (RM20.5 billion) compared to the public sector at 43.8% (RM16.0 billion).