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KUALA LUMPUR: The waiting period for building permits of between 172 and 350 days from the day of submission will be cut to 60 days.
Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan told public and private sector representatives yesterday that this would be made possible with the help of five ministries and nine government agencies.
Malaysia was in 113th position in dealing with construction permits in World Bank's "Doing business" report this year -- a drop of two levels compared with last year's ranking.
"The lower placing is due to factors such as too many interactions between the authorities and businesses, the long processing time, and the high fees charged by the authorities.
"We lag way behind our neighbour, Singapore, which only takes 26 days to do this and is third on the list," Sidek said at the meeting dealing with construction permits.
The meeting was attended by representatives of Pemudah, Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry, Malaysian Productivity Centre and heads of engineering, architects, real estate and house-buyers associations.
Sidek said action would be taken against those who allowed unlicensed developers to build and sell houses.