News: Plans to amend uniformed buildings by-law to prepare for earthquakes

The Star, 20 Nov 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: The Housing and Local Government Ministry plans to amend the Uniformed Buildings By-Law to include provisions on building quality and safety to prepare for earthquakes in the country.

Its minister, Datuk Chor Chee Heung, said the matter would be discussed with the Public Works Department (PWD), among others, to ensure building structures were of better quality and had better safety features.

He said the discussion with PWD would also look into other actions that would need to be taken to prepare the country for an earthquake.

“Although Malaysia has never experienced a serious earthquake that could risk the safety of buildings and incidence of landslide, we need to have early preparations,” he told a media conference after opening the Malaysian International Fire Conference And Exhibition at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre here Tuesday.

A total of 1,300 participants, comprising fire officers, architects and security consultants from 22 countries attended the conference, themed ‘Fire Safety-The Way Forward’.

Also held during the conference was an exhibition on the latest fire and security products by local and foreign companies, including Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand.

Also present was Fire and Rescue Director-General Datuk Wan Mohd Nor Ibrahim. – Bernama