Prof Sim says all tall buildings in Sarawak safe

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KUCHING: All tall buildings – four-storey and above – in Sarawak are fire-safe and compliant to building safety regulations, Sarawak Minister of Local Government and Housing, Datuk Prof Dr Sim Kui Hian declared today.

Prof Sim said he immediately directed all local councils under his purview throughout the state to conduct a fire safety check in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire in London on June 14.

“I have just received a report and they are all fire compliant,” he told reporters after opening the Sarawak Housing and Real Estate Developers’ Association (Sheda) property expo at Borneo Convention Centre in Kuching (BCCK).

So far 80 people died in the fire and over 70 injured. A definitive death toll is not expected until next year as some victims have not been formally identified and authorities are unable to trace some of the tower occupants.

The growth of the fire is believed to have been accelerated by the building’s exterior cladding. – dayakdaily.com