Housing Ministry Face Teething
Problems In OSC Implementation
KUALA LUMPUR, July 5 (Bernama) -- The implementation of the one-stop-centre
(OSC) to speed up approval of development plans by 98 authorities since June
13 is facing teething problems due to conflicting interpretation of the
However, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said
the local authorities were sorting out the issues.
"Initially, we faced problems but we have taken immediate actions to rectify
"We are confident through close monitoring, a lot of things will be in order
in the next few months," he told reporters after opening the Eighth Malaysia
Architecture, Interior Design and Building Exhibition (ARCHIDEX 07) here
About 600 local and international companies are participating in the
The one-stop centres were set up to expedite processing, including for land
applications for projects, and approval for building plans within a
Ong said the ministry had actually anticipated some teething problems during
the initial implementation and had informed all the local authorities and
state governments to refer to the ministry for immediate clarification and
Meanwhile, Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) president Dr Tan Loke Mun
said one of the issues was to determine who should sign the building plan
approval application form.
Tan said previously, it was the architect who signed the form for approval
by the local authority but under the new ruling, the architect was the
authority to approve the Certificate of Compliance and Completion (CCC),
thus creating confusion among local authorities on whether they should also
be approving the building plans.
Since June 13, a new system was introduced for building approvals, where
instead of the Certificate of Fitness for Occupation (CFO), a Certificate of
Compliance and Completion (CCC) would be issued by professionals like
architects and engineers for better guarantee on the safety of the
"The local authorities have acted immediately to sort out the confusion. It
has now become clearer to everybody," Dr Tan added.