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Lee urges annual safety audit for old buildings


28th October, 2016


KOTA KINABALU: A safety audit for all old buildings should be made mandatory to safeguard the public. That was the call made by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the wake of deadly blaze at a hospital this week.

“The fire at Hospital Sultanah Aminah in Johor, which claimed six lives, is a wake-up call for us,” NIOSH chairman, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye told a press conference at the Sabah NIOSH office here, yesterday.

He said the public interest demanded that an annual safety audit be made compulsory for all buildings more than 50 years old to ensure they were safe for occupancy.

The government, he added, should not be stingy in providing funds to maintain buildings, particularly hospitals and schools.

“Maintenance of old buildings is crucial,” he said, adding that budget constraints should not be allowed to compromise the safety of premises.

Lee said the government had been talking about transformation. “And so I hope there will be transformation in the maintenance culture,” he said.

Earlier, Lee, who is also a senior vice chairman of the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF), attended the funeral service of the late Tan Sri Henry Chin here and conveyed condolences to his family.

“Chin’s departure is a loss to the MCPF and the country, as he was a source of inspiration,” Lee said. He also said the former KL police chief, who was also a former vice chairman and exco member of MCPF, had contributed many ideas and suggestions to strengthen the foundation.

Chin, 79, died from a stroke on Sunday at Universiti Malaya Medical Centre, and is survived by his wife, Puan Sri Shirley Cheng Hua Chien 72, and son Alexander Chin Chi Ling and daughter, Melissa Chin Fui Yee.??

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