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140 government buildings have no fire certification, 39 in Putrajaya

PUTRAJAYA (April 3): About 140 government buildings nationwide have yet to be issued a fire certificates (FCs) with 39 of them being in Putrajaya, Fire and Rescue Department director-general Datuk Hamdan Wahid said today.

He said all of the buildings were categorised as 'designated buildings' which needed to have FCs -- an important element in ensuring the premises are in good condition in various aspects of safety and safe occupancy.

Speaking at a media conference after an awards ceremony at the department here today, he said of the total of 650 government buildings nationwide, 226 premises already have FCs, while 283 were still in the process of application.

"For those who are still in the process of applying and who do not have FCs, the fire department will continue to monitor and check periodically to ensure that they comply with the conditions set before obtaining the certificate," he said.

For buildings in Putrajaya, Hamdan targets all 39 buildings to have FCs by the beginning of next year.

He said building owners are allowed to complete the fire prevention stages in phases, ensuring that the unstopped routes, strategic emergency doors and safety alarms are installed according to their financial abiliity to provide the latest equipment.

He added that building owners who failed to meet the criteria set after the given period could be subject to llegal action .

Meanwhile, Mohammad Hamdan also said that commercial and government-owned assets worth an estimated RM4.63 billion were saved in fire fighting operations that took place during the first three months of this year.

He said this was a significant breakthrough for the department compared to estimated fire losses of RM436.3 million recorded over the same period.

At the event,  National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye was awarded the  Pingat Ketua Pengarah Bomba as a recognition of his contributions to fire safety.

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