Architects run into problems
with one-stop centres
KUALA LUMPUR: One-stop centres (OSCs) at local authorities handling
applications for development projects have run into teething problems.
Architects are complaining that some OSCs are not accepting their
There have also been reports of local councils rejecting plans that were
submitted in parts.
Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) past president Tan Pei Ing said some
OSCs were insisting that town planners sign off on applications. "Architects
have always been able to sign off on planning approvals.
"But since the OSC came about, some are insisting that town planners are the
right people to submit applications."
Tan said the guidelines stated that planning approvals, land alienation, and
subdivision and building plans could be submitted at one go for faster
"But there are times when it is impossible to submit these plans
simultaneously when large-scale projects are involved.
"As such, planners or architects would submit these in stages but the local
council will not accept these plans in parts."
She said the new policy was meant to be flexible in principle but was not so
During a meeting between PAM and the ministry on Tuesday, Tan said officials
were "very receptive" to issues raised and promised that difficulties would
be ironed out.
Meanwhile, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said
teething problems were only to be expected as the OSC was a new system.
"What we are saying (to local authorities) is donít sit on it and make
people wait," said Ong.
He was speaking after launching PAMís Archidex07 at the Kuala Lumpur
Convention Centre yesterday.
"If the application is rejected, inform the submitting party immediately. It
is for the good of the country as saving time will boost competitiveness."
The OSC concept was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad
Badawi in April.
It calls for the setting up of an OSC at every local authority to quicken
approval of development projects. This is part of government efforts to
boost the property sectorís delivery system.