Chee hung Foo

Chee hung Foo
MKH Berhad · R&D Property Development

PhD Urban Engineering

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Introduction
Green Building Consultancy Affordable Housing Design & Research Sustainability Industrialized Building System
Additional affiliations
December 2017 - present
MKH Berhad
Position
  • Manager
March 2013 - December 2017
Construction Research Institute of Malaysia
Position
  • Head of Department
Education
September 2008 - September 2011
The University of Tokyo
Field of study
  • Urban Engineering

Publications

Publications (59)
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A lockdown is only suitable as a temporary intervention to curb the infection. It is definitely not a sustainable measure to battle the pandemic in the long run.
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Interpreting the housing policy adopted in Budget 2021 Malaysia
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The article discuss the fundamentals of economic recovery shapes: V, U, W, and L; and forecast the possible recovery trend for Malaysia in the post COVID-19.
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The economic costs associated with COVID-19 definitely go beyond the damages that could be incurred by any other previous economic crises; as crises before tend to have impact only on affected sectors or on the crisis- and disease-inflicted countries. This is not just because COVID-19 is a communicable disease that spreads quickly across countries,...
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Is COVID-19 an Opportunity for Higher IBS Adoption in Malaysia? My view is - not really - unless the core problem is addressed, which is the "mismatch of incentive", the one given by the government vs. the one expected by the builders.
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Houses in Malaysia are not “expensive”, considering the quality, standard, and the size of houses being offered. It is just that the mass market buyers are too “poor” to afford a house. The worrying trend now, in Malaysia, is that households have less discretionary income to spend, as a sizable portion of their income has been devoted to servicing...
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Recently, developers are keen in offering more freebies and easy homeownership schemes than ever before. While such marketing strategies do work well in attracting and capturing the latent demand, but they do not necessarily help in generating more effective demand as the crucial need of the buyers is not being fully cognizant. Instead of relying...
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Based on the latest released NAPIC's data, the article highlights the challenges faced by serviced apartment in Malaysia.
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This article highlights the measures suggested by the industry players to boost the Malaysian housing market in the post COVID-19 era. It also discusses the pros and cons of each of these measures, in terms of effectiveness and feasibility.
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A Study on Malaysian house prices and value and volume of transactions during COVID-19
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While many believed that overhangs in the country are caused by a skewed market that is in favor of building high-end properties by profit-seeking developers; the author opines that overhangs are likely the result of the in-balance of the country's housing supply-demand system; which is due to: (i) the oversupplying of housing stock that outpaced...
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Malaysian house prices have been in a continuous upward trend since 1990. This has captured concerns over the country's housing affordability. Understanding the drivers behind these rises is important to obtain a neutral outlook for property prospects in 2020.
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The report presents a thorough cost comparison between IBS and conventional construction, by providing case study taking place in Malaysia.
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The article highlights the challenges faced by developers with regard to the issuance of partial CCC during vacant possession.
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The paper discusses how scale of measurement (national, state, local) can affect housing affordability, and further suggests that the benchmark on housing affordability should not be limited to the ability/willingness of purchasers to pay for the house, but also to include how much does it cost to build a house in a specific location.
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This paper discusses the affordable housing issue in Malaysia by highlighting the pitfalls that policymakers have often made when solving the problem of housing affordability. These pitfalls include: (i) misunderstanding the concept of affordable housing and housing affordability; (ii) leveraging on construction technology to reduce house prices; a...
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This paper introduces the landscape of cement industry in Malaysia, as well as to discuss the significance of cement prices in affecting the house prices. The findings show that there are little proves to correlate the fluctuation of cement prices to house prices. Although cement price had been trending downward in the past few years, property pric...
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This paper presents the average house size and floor area per person in Malaysia as compared to other countries in the world. The relation between floor area per person and GNI per capita revealed that culminations in floor area per person among countries are around 250SQF and 450SQF, indicating that this is a generally acceptable range with comfor...
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This article proves that IBS is not able to help reducing house prices, by providing evidences from both macro and micro perspectives.
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This paper provides another perspective on the affordable housing crisis in Malaysia. It argues that the crisis is a structural problem originated from the government policy. Building more affordable houses will not solve the housing affordability issue but tends to transfer the housing problem from the lower-income group (B40) to other income grou...
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This paper highlights the issue of parking oversupply in Malaysia, and further elaborates its impact on built environment.
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The paper presents the impact of compliance cost on housing affordability
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Current updates and assessment on green building rating tools developed in Malaysia
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Human and nature are intimately linked with each other. However, such relationship is changing as a result of the drastic changes brought by rapid urbanization in the last few decades. This leads to the necessity in redefining and reexploring the human-nature interaction, particularly in the urban context. By taking the lowland dipterocarp forest i...
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Malaysia have witnessed massive housing development for the last three decades. High-rise residential projects have mushroomed across the urban landscape in Malaysia. There is, however, a limitation of architectural design theory for high-rise buildings, especially the passive design principles. The present paper aims to address this issue by propo...
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Malaysia have witnessed massive housing development for the last three decades. Many high-rise residential projects have mushroomed across the urban landscape in Malaysia. There is, however, a limitation of architectural design theory for high-rise buildings, especially the passive design principles. This paper aims to address this issue by proposi...
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Machineries are important element for today’s construction industry. Many developing economies, including Malaysia, are looking forward to improving the quality of the products of construction and productivity of the sector with greater use of machinery. However, most of the construction machineries imported to Malaysia are dutiable goods, subject...
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Material wastage has been recognized as a common cause of construction waste generation. Ineffective planning and control of materials on sites could lead to poor performance and undesirable project outcomes. In response to the Construction Industry Development Board's (CIDB) effort in developing the Standard Code of Practice for Construction Solid...
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Passive cooling strategy is a key element of sustainable building. Its optimum performance and potential beneit can be realized with careful and meticulous design. As a design option for public assembly spaces, however, passive cooling strategy is seldom given a fair consideration as compared to the mechanical cooling approach, especially in the tr...
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Taking examples from the most successful prefabricated housing societies across the world, Dr Foo Chee Hung provides another perspective on how Malaysia can also learn from them.
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Inspired by the vernacular architecture - MalayKampung House, this chapter presents a new typology of affordable housing design, which is not only able to adapt to the changes of a household over its life cycle, but also enable retrofit and reconfiguration to be made quickly, economically, and repeatedly without involving excessive site labour, tim...
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By taking Malaysia as a case study, this chapter discusses the context of prefabrication to outline the development and social acceptability of prefabrication and standardisation in the developing country. Considering social acceptability and how it may act on the construction industry is a core part of understanding the drivers and barriers influe...
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Ram pump is a rather 'mature' technology as it has been used over the last two centuries with many variations to design and basic conigurations have been tried. However, following the increasing awareness of the adverse impact of global warming and the needs of sustainable technology, interest in ram pump for water supply purpose has revived. Ram p...
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Malaysia is committed under various trade and economic agreements. In line with the ASEAN Framework Agreement of Services (AFAS), the country’s construction sector is earmarked for full liberalization in 2015. While the introduction of liberalization policies may increase the productivity and create a healthy competition between the leading domesti...
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Malaysian demographics are changing rapidly. With the increasing working population in major cities and towns, housing affordability problems among middle income households become widespread as many of these households are not covered by existing housing assistance programs. Prefabrication and modular construction are believed to be the solution fo...
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Construction waste constitutes a major source of solid waste. Proper management is very much needed to reduce its negative impacts towards the environment. Common causes of construction waste generation are off cuts from cutting materials to desired length, improper handling, stacking and storage, end of life cycles, spillage and leftover materials...
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This study sets out to assess IBS implementation in Malaysia for both government and private projects in 2013. It aims (i) to measure the level of IBS adoption and readiness in Malaysia, and (ii) to understand industry players’ perception on using IBS for building construction. A combination of research techniques (i.e. interviews, structured quest...
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The provision of adequate quality housing for the mass population has always been the major challenge for a rapidly developing country like Malaysia. As the country heads towards higher level of urbanization, it is expected to face accelerated demand on housing and the associated environmental impacts. Only by encouraging the development of more ef...
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In line with the ASEAN Framework Agreement of Services (AFAS), Malaysian construction sector is earmarked for full liberalization in 2015. While the introduction of liberalization policies may offer opportunities to access a larger international market, local market is also unavoidable to be opened up reciprocally to foreign players. Since the coun...
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Industrialized Building System (IBS) – a term representing the prefabrication concept in Malaysia – was introduced in 1966 and has being promoted since then, as a way to stimulate a better performance of the Malaysian construction industry towards industrialization and open building. This study sets out to assess the level of IBS adoption in Malays...
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The paper presents the comparative review of four green building rating tools found in Malaysia, namely GBI, PH JKR, Green PASS, and GreenRE. The review process was done by comparing these rating tools across a number of sustainability issues. With the insights drawn from the comparative review, suggestions on ways of merging both PH JKR and Green...
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The authors recommend a divergent dwelling system for housing construction where service spaces are fixed externally to form dwellings, but internal service spaces can be changed to accommodate different functions with minimum or no disturbance to the core structure. Green IBS can be embedded in this design system by incorporating IBS manufacturing...
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There are many ways of describing the quantitative risk assessment (QRA) methodology, but in general, the basic steps include: System Definition, Hazard Identification, Frequency Analysis, Consequence Modeling, and Risk Calculations and Assessment. The present study is aimed at the Consequence Analysis, which was an integral part in the QRA for the...
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Extensive modernization and continuing urban sprawl in Klang Valley region, Malaysia, have catalyzed the disappearing of its invaluable evergreen lowland dipterocarp forests. Most of these forests which once fully functioned as a primary forest ecosystem have been degraded into remnants of secondary forest, fragmented and isolated by the residentia...
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Klang Valley is a highly urbanized region in Malaysia. With rapid population and economic growth throughout the last decades, large part of the lowland forest in this region has been converted into other types of land use, while the remaining one is being isolated and sandwiched by the housing development. There has been a dilemma whether to develo...
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Risk assessments are considered to be an essential tool in ensuring the safety of engineering projects. The benefits of using risks assessments have prompted its acceptance in the safety legislation for a number of industries. The use of quantitative risk assessment for rail transportation of hazardous materials has gained more attention in recent...
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Risk is defined as the probability of a specific adverse event occurring within a specific period, while Quantitative risk assessment (QRA) is the development of a quantitative estimate of risk based on engineering evaluation and mathematical techniques by combining estimate of incident consequences and frequencies. In view of the increase in the u...
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There are many ways of describing the quantitative risk assessment (QRA) methodology, but in general, the basic steps include: System Definition, Hazard Identification, Frequency Analysis, Consequence Modeling, and Risk Calculations and Assessment. The present study is aimed at the Consequence Analysis, which was an integral part in the QRA for the...
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Risk assessments are considered to be an essential tool in ensuring the safety of engineering projects. The benefits of using risks assessments have prompted its acceptance in the safety legislation for a number of industries. The use of quantitative risk assessment for rail transportation of hazardous materials has gained more attention in recent...
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Regional development and city planning play an important role in shaping the form and characteristic of a society. This can be best evidenced by the formation of multi-cultural society in Malaysia. Throughout its decades of development, from the emergence of Malacca kingdom to the British colonial period and to the recent day, the structure of Mala...

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There are four common economic recovery trend: V, U, W, and L. Some also suggested that K-shaped is another one trend that could happen when some economic sectors recover faster than others. How this trend look like in a graph? Any examples that have happended in the past?
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I am currently studying on bathroom technology available in the market. I would like to classify them into a few groups and to compare thier characteristics and features. Please kindly share with me if you have any article on this matter.
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Are there any references or case studies on green petrol station design?
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Curious to know what are the determinants for a country to succeed in World Cup, especially from the perspective of economics. It seems like the two biggest ecnomics in the world America and China are not doing well in World Cup. Also, being the country with the highest population in the world, India, also never perform well in World Cup, but country with small population like Iceland is in other way round.
Any ideas and insights on this issue are most welcomed.

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