PETALING JAYA: Government officials are said to be working on a proposal for all government buildings to be certified fit for occupation, as is currently the practice with private buildings which must obtain a certificate of completion and compliance (CCC).
Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah said the idea is only a working proposal at the moment, but that he believes the same standards should apply to all buildings.
For private buildings, the CCC is issued by the project’s principal submitting person, that is the professional architect, engineer or building draftsman who submits his plans to the local authority.
Raja Kamarul said while the construction of government buildings comes under the Public Works Department, some projects involve third-party consultants who comply with the CCC requirement to protect their interests.
“We also try to fulfil the requirements even though it is not mandatory. This has been the norm,” he told FMT.
He acknowledged that there are many criteria involved in obtaining the certificate, including complying with regulations on fire safety, health, ventilation, building specifications and road setbacks, among others.
“That’s why it’s understandable why some older buildings cannot obtain a CCC, for example pre-war shops.”
Nevertheless, he said, the Pakatan Harapan government is pushing for all buildings to obtain the certificate.
He added however that there is no fixed time frame for achieving this due to the complex nature of getting a CCC.
“It has to be done on a case-by-case basis.
“For those that may not be able to comply, like very old buildings, we encourage them to take extra safety precautions. But new buildings should have no excuse.”
Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin also previously said that all government buildings would be required to obtain a fire certificate beginning this year.