By Lian Cheng
KUCHING, March 30: Sarawak Public Works Department (JKR) is in the process of obtaining a Fire Certificate (FC) for the state’s administrative building Wisma Bapa Malaysia.
According to a JKR spokesperson, Wisma Bapa Malaysia possessed an FC for 2017-2018 and the department is in the process of getting the certificate for this year.
“The Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) came to inspect the premises in January this year and we are in the midst of rectifying some matters to meet the requirements of the fire certificate,” the spokesperson told DayakDaily.
Wisma Bapa Malaysia, which houses many state administrative offices including the Chief Minister’s Department, is one of 13 government buildings without a fire certificate.
DayakDaily, in its report today (March 30), also mentioned Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and SGH Heart Centre in Kota Samarahan as the other buildings categorised as “designated buildings” that have to meet Bomba criteria.
To get an FC, the “designated building” has to meet certain conditions, including establishing a Building Fire Committee (OKK) consisting of management and Fire Safety Manager.
Under the Fire Services Act 1988, there are nine categories of premises which are required to have FC, namely libraries, hospitals, hotels, hostels, offices, shops, factories, assembly and storage areas.
State Bomba director Khirudin Drahman said these 13 premises were given until the end of 2019 to get their FC because there are many passive and active systems that need to be maintained before being certified. — DayakDaily