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The  Star 18/01/2001

Putrajaya: Buildings identified as facing high risk of fires will be required to have compulsory fire certificates, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said yesterday.

He said the ministry and the Fire and Rescue Department have proposed a regulation for the designated buildings to apply for the certificates yearly.

“These buildings must comply with the strict guidelines set out by the Fire and Rescue Department,” he said.

Department Director-General Datuk Jaafar Sidek Tambi said these buildings must have safety features which include fire exists, hydrants and extinguishers in order to get the certificates.

“Besides the Certificates of Fitness (CFs), these designated buildings are required to display their fire certificates and organise regular inspections,” he said.

Ong said the ministry and department were in the final stages of compiling the new regulation which would be under the Fire Services Act 1988.

“The proposed regulation is now at the vetting stage and legal advisers are finalising the legal terms and wordings,” he told reporters after witnessing the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and the department.

Under the MoU, the University will be offering two new graduate diplomas – Graduate Diploma in Industrial Safety Management and Graduate Diploma in Workforce Health Management.

The university has also appointed Jaafar sidek as an adjunct professor to contribute to the courses by sharing his experiences and knowledge with students.
On another matter, Ong said almost RM10mil would be allocated to fix faulty hydrants and install new ones.

“The ministry has already allocated RM2.8mil and RM7.8mil has been added to that figure,” he said.

Ong said the people should also be responsible to ensure that fire safety equipment like fire hoses and hydrants are in working condition.


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