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Monday, May 28, 2007

Visiting any Government Buildings? Enter at your own risk!

I refer to the latest report by the Sun2Surf online newspaper about many of our nation's public buildings not having acquired the Certificate of Fitness @ CF's!

What a shocker! What hell kind of an irresponsible act is this?

This is a serious lack of responsibility by the government in not practicing what they preach or demand the CF to be approved of any other building projects before they allow occupation or usage especially when it concerns the private sectors.

You must do as I say and not do as I do, eh? Tch...tch..tch..tch! Damn! The public are screwed!

Does the government not give a damn about the safety of the million over civil servants spending their working hours in such uncertified to be fit for occupation public buildings?

No wonder, we are seeing so many mishaps taking place in the public buildings such as in Putrajaya, the Justice Complex at Jalan Duta, schools, hospitals, clinics, dormitories, etcetera!

What kind of bloody nonsense is this?

How can the PWD @ JKR let things deteriorate to such an extent and do nothing to rectify this gross acts of negligence on their part?

Of all the things that is going wrong with this government, this must truly be amongst the worst!

The safety of the public visiting such places and the civil servants working in the buildings is severely being compromised and innocent people being put in danger by such waiving away of the need to have such important public buildings not being certified by the authorities themselves to be fit for occupation!

All I can say is that the public must be warned that they are entering all those buildings at their own risk!

This must surely be one heck of a stupid policy irresponsibly being done by the BN government!

Does Samy Vellu want to say that it is God's fault that the CF's are not required when any of the government buildings collapse in the future?

Is Abdullah Badawi gonna lose any sleep over this? (Pun intended)

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Here's the report from the Sun :-







CF not required

by Llew-Ann Phang and Giam Say Khoon

PETALING JAYA (May 28, 2007): There is no legal requirement for government buildings to have a certificate of fitness (CF) before they are occupied and the onus is on the Works Ministry's Public Works Department (PWD) to ensure the buildings are safe and meet specifications.

Even so, Kuala Lumpur City Hall mayor Datuk Ab Hakim Borhan said, it would be ideal and safer for all buildings, including those belonging to the government, to obtain a CF.

"Some government offices have CF and some have none but this is usually the PWD's decision," he said when contacted yesterday.

A Malay daily had, on Saturday, quoted Ab Hakim as saying City Hall had not received any CF application for the Jalan Duta court complex and that there were many government buildings without such certification.

Asked to comment on the CF issue, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said: "In principle and to my understanding, if the buildings belong to the federal government, their designs come under the responsibility of PWD or other government agencies, and they can practise professional self-certification as the government engineers and architects are qualified to do so.

"In Kuala Lumpur, these buildings need to obtain a development order (before they can be built). After that, they can be self-certified (by the government's engineers) who will then inform City Hall."

Ong said he had yet to receive any official report from the local authority on the court complex as it came under the jurisdiction of City Hall, which was under the Federal Territories Ministry.

Persatuan Arkitek Malaysia president Dr Tan Loke Mun said: "The law is silent on requiring a government building to obtain a CF and it would usually be vetted by the PWD architects themselves."

He said the development of government buildings was usually undertaken by PWD, which only needed to obtain a planning approval from the local authority as the project would involve the development site's surroundings.

On April 17, Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu handed over the RM270 million court complex -- the second largest in the world -- to Chief Justice Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim. Samy Vellu noted that the building was completed ahead of schedule.

On April 18, a crack was seen on a wall and at the end of the month, a portion of the ceiling collapsed in the room of a secretary to a civil court judge.

On May 8, the air-conditioning system broke down during a trial.

Last Wednesday, a pipe burst in the cafeteria and the problem was traced to the use of a sub-standard end-cap in the piping.

Two defective buildings in Putrajaya also made headlines: on April 11, the Immigration Department saw a massive leak which caused operations to be suspended, and on April 28, a portion of the ceiling collapsed at the Entrepreneur Development and Cooperative Ministry's multi-purpose hall on April 28, also because of a leak.

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Be prepared to have the ceilings collapse on you when you are in any 'Jabatan Kerajaan'!...or bursting pipes ..or sewage spewings! It could just happen...from the way things are going!