Centexs Commercial partners with Sheda to build smart homes in Sarawak

Mohd Hussien (second right) addressing a press conference. Also seen are (from left) Kueh, Wong and Mohamad Shahren.

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, June 8: Centexs Commercial Sdn Bhd and Sarawak Housing and Real Estate Developers’ Association (Sheda) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the overall objective of promoting, implementing and managing the use of new technology in the housing and property development industry. 

Sheda was represented by its president Augustine C.H. Wong and Centexs Commercial by its general manager Mohamad Shahren Mohamad Yusri with the MoU exchanged at the International Symposium on Digital Industry Transformation 2022 in the presence of Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg. 

“This is an important moment for Centexs Commercial and Sheda where we will collaborate in a few areas. One is training for engineers and technicians for housing projects considering that there are a lot of gaps for expertise to build houses. 

“Also we will collaborate on Sheda’s Property Expo where we will introduce the smart home concept to all developers in Sarawak. We will work together to build smart home projects for Sarawak,” Syeed Hussien told a joint Centex Commercial-Sheda press conference yesterday. 

It was a very significant partnership, he added, because a smart city starts from smart homes and smart villages. 

Kueh emphasised that today’s signing represents Sheda’s efforts in supporting the Sarawak government’s transformation of the economy by exploring expansion of the digital economy into the housing and real estate sector.

“Together, Sheda and Centexs Commercial hopes to enter into knowledge-sharing collaborations with the purpose to not only to realise a Smart Home Smart City vision for Kuching, but also to prepare digitally-savvy technical experts for the housing industry through various training programmes.

“Its training is unique in that almost all its programmes offer international certifications and are developed in close consultation with both the Sarawak government, as well as with industry players. This ensures the relevancy of programmes and suitability of its graduates in meeting industry standards and demands,” she said.

Centexs Commercial is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yayasan Sarawak, entrusted to train and upskill the next generation of technical specialists in order to meet the needs and requirements of State-focused industries such as oil and gas, electrical and port, construction, textiles and hospitality.

Over recent months, Kueh added, Sheda has been actively pursuing the Sarawak government’s digital economy agenda, having signed another MoU with MHub in March 2022, with the aim of providing digital solutions which allow developers to manage, measure and maximise project objectives progressively across stages of the construction cycle.

Through Sheda, Centexs Commercial also has an opportunity to demonstrate and showcase the strength of its technology in real time.

“The commercialisation of home-centric digital innovations and devices for modern living will encourage many more Sarawakians to enlarge their digital footprint and embrace the digital economy in a fresh way,” she said.

In addition to advocating the conveniences of a modern home, Sheda looks forward to featuring Centexs Commercial technology in its upcoming Sheda Annual Dinner and Excellence Awards 2022 as well as the Sheda Property Expo 2022 to enhance the experience for visitors and guests. 

Centexs chief executive officer (CEO) Syeed Hussien Wan Abdul Rahman was also present. — DayakDaily