KPKT introduces five-yearly checks to ensure buildings safe

AMPANG JAYA (April 29): The recent crack at Block F of the Taman Keramat Permai PKNS Flats here has prompted the Housing and Local Government Ministry (KPKT) to come up with a new policy stipulating a five-year review for old low-cost flats built by the state.

“The new policy is to monitor once every five years. Under National Housing, we also have a policy to study buildings that are 30 years and older to see if they need redevelopment, especially for low costs homes on hill slopes,” said KPKT Minister, Zuraida Kamaruddin today.

The Malay Mail reported that Zuraida said she has instructed her ministry to study whether  the Taman Keramat Permai Flats building need redevelopment, although it is only 28 years old.

She noted that she must first discuss the matter with the Selangor government and obtain a 90% agreement from the owners prior to redevelopment.

Also at the site visit and press conference was Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, who supported the five-yearly monitoring.

The Gombak MP also said “redevelopment of such low-cost homes will only benefit the residents in the long run”.

“If we can redevelop, the real estate value will increase but we need the agreement of the owners before we can propose the redevelopment.

“At the same time, we do need to improve our monitoring system, especially when it comes to old buildings. We must be able to ensure that they are fit for living,” he stressed.

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