RESIDENTS TOLD TO SUPPORT
The Sun 19/01/2001
Putrajaya, Thursday: Residents of high-rise buildings should be more
cooperative and help the Fire and Rescue Department maintain firefighting
The job of fighting fires is not
limited to firemen, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Sri Ong Ka
Ting said today.
It is the duty of residents in high-rise buildings to
ensure that fire-fighting equipment in the buildings is functioning, Ong
said after witnessing the signing of a memorandum of understanding between
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and the Fire and Rescue Department.
“Residents and their associations should initiative
efforts to check whether the fire fighting equipment is serviceable or
not,” he said.
If it is not, the residents should inform the Fire
Department, which will inspect and replace the items.
“The blocking of emergency exists with unnecessary items
is an example of residents indifference about their own safety,” said Ong
referring to last Sunday’s fire in Sentul flat that killed five people.
He also said the government has allocated RM10.6 million
this year for new fire hydrants to replace those which are malfunctioning.