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Over 2,000 buildings nationwide at risk of fire

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THE Fire and Rescue Services Department has identified over 2,000 buildings nationwide that are at risk of fire.

Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar said the buildings were among 16,862 that were inspected.

“As of May 31 this year, a total of 6,240 premises were checked and 847 were found to be at risk,” he said in reply to Marzuk Shaary (PAS­ Bachok).

He said that 10 government buildings in Kelantan were in the risk list.

He added that 15,246 notices were issued to the building owners to improve on fire safety.

“Some 235 building owners were charged in court and fined a total of RM479,260 for failing to adhere to the notices,” he said.

On whether buildings in the country used similar insulating building materials such as that used by Grenfell Tower in London where a recent fire claimed over 100 lives, Noh said “no”.

“Based on our Uniform Building By­Laws 1984, the outerwalls of buildings here must be constructed using class ‘O’ materials which cannot spread fires,” he said.

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