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BUTTERWORTH: Some 500 buildings throughout Penang have not been issued Fire Certificates (FC) which deem that they are thoroughly prepared in case of fire.
There are nine types of building which require the certificate, namely libraries, hospitals, hotels, hostels, offices, shops, factories, assembly areas and storage areas.
State Fire and Rescue Department deputy director Mohamad Shoki Hamzah said most of the buildings were old and needed re-evaluation to ensure they complied with new fire control systems listed by the fire and rescue department.
"From Jan 2009 to April this year, only 50 per cent of over 1,000 buildings inspected in the state are eligible for the FC. We are actively conducting routine checks to identify building owners who refuse to heed this safety regulation," he told reporters after opening the state-level's Fire Fighter's Day 2012 celebrations, here today.
Mohamad Shoki urged premises owners who do not have the certificate to submit their applications to the nearest fire and rescue department counter.
He added that failure to do so would result in a prison sentence of not more than three years or maximum fine of RM5,000, or both, upon conviction, under the
Fire Services Act 1988. - Bernama