Bandar  Seri Begawan, 30 NOVEMBER – The engineering and  construction arm of UEM Group Berhad, UEM Builders Berhad, the main contractor  for the construction of 4000 houses under the National Housing Scheme received  an esteemed royal visit by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan and  Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam at the project site in Mengkubau,  Mentiri today.

Upon arrival at the  project site, His Majesty was received by the Chairman of UEM Group Berhad,  YBhg Tan Sri Dr Ahmad Tajuddin Ali, Managing Director of UEM Builders Berhad,  Tuan Haji Mohd Razin Ghazali and Project Director of B4000, Halmi Omar. Also  present to welcome His Majesty were Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s  Office and Chairman of Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB), Dato’ Paduka  Haji Ali Apong, Assistant CEO and Head of Infrastructure Development of BEDB,  Julian Fung and senior executives of BEDB and UEM Builders Berhad.

During the visit, His  Majesty was taken on a tour of the mock-up house where His Majesty was briefed  on the status and progress of the construction works. His Majesty was also  briefed on UEM Builders’ initiative of performing on site fabrication and  manufacturing works with the establishment of the precast wall panel factory,  rolling factory for BRC wire mesh and cold rolled deformed steel bar, rolling  and fabrication works on roof trusses, profiling factory for roof sheet  covering and metal door fabrication factory, as well as the setting up of a  concrete batching plant unit on site. As of 25th November 2011, the  reported progress reached 22.81%, ahead by 2.56% from the original program.

The development of  the 4000 houses under the National Housing Scheme in Mengkubau, Mentiri, is  administered by the Brunei Economic Development Board. UEM Builders Berhad  signed the contract with the BEDB on 14th February 2010 for the  construction of 1600 semi-detached and 2400 terrace units within 48 months.  Built on a 328-hectare site, each unit house will come with a living and dining  hall, kitchen, three bedrooms inclusive of master bedroom, two bathrooms as  well as a car porch. The master plan of the neighbourhood area will have land  provisions to be furnished with walkway, landscaping and spacious green spaces.  Land provision is also allocated for commercial area, schools, mosques and community  hall of a complete township upon its full development.

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Group  photography with His Majesty Sultan Brunei in front of a mock up house. Front  row from left to right: Dato’ Paduka Ali Apong (BEDB), Pehin Suyoi (Minister MOD) HM, Tan Sri Dr Ahmad  Tajuddin Ali, Tuan Haji Mohd Razin Ghazali, Halmi Omar and Shafidz Azhar

Back row from left to right: Pralathan (HSSI), Abdurrahman Abdul Aziz (BEDB), Stephen Officer (BEDB), Julian  Fung (BEDB), Zulkifli Zain, Lim Keng Yong (Surbana) and Khairuddin Othman

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HM Sultan Brunei  briefed on progress of 4000 houses project by UEM Group Chairman, YBhg Tan Sri  Dr Ahmad Tajuddin Ali

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