Ministry Mulls Star Rating For
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 (Bernama) -- Housing projects in the country may be
given one- to five-star rating, depending on their level of risk to the
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Azmi Khalid said the
move was to discipline developers to exercise care and emphasise safety for
property buyers and dwellers.
He said the proposal, however, was still being studied.
"It is suggested that all commercial and housing projects be given star
rating, perhaps a rating of one to five. A five-star rating means the
project is risk-free while a one-star rating denotes high risk.
"It is up to the people whether they want to buy the property or not. If
they still want to buy property in an area with a high environmental risk,
then they will have to face the consequences."
Azmi was speaking to reporters after launching the International Year of
Planet Earth (IYPE) celebration and the Petroleum Geology Conference and
Exhibition organised by the Geological Society of Malaysia and Petronas here
He said most housing developers were too profit-oriented that they neglected
safety aspects and the effects of their projects on the environment.
"There are those who build houses after cutting off part of hills and
covering up the water channels. This can cause flash floods and other
disasters," he added.
Earlier, in his speech, Azmi said the main aim of the IYPE celebration was
to promote the potential of geological science in creating a safe, healthy
and prosperous society and its effective use, such as in the petroleum
Fifty-two technical papers are being presented and discussed at the two-day
conference with about 1,000 local and foreign participants.
The exhibition, meanwhile, is participated by 35 organisations including
petroleum companies, service companies and local and foreign universities.