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  EPF: Sparks During Maintenance Works Likely Cause Of Fire  

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

PETALING JAYA, Feb 13 (Bernama) -- The fire which broke out at the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) building here was believed to have been caused by sparks during maintenance work on one of the floors. on the first floor on the outside of the building.

Fire and Rescue Department deputy director-general (operations) Datuk Soiman Jahid said an inflammable polyfoam was used as cladding for the building structure.

"Based on preliminary checks and investigations, the cladding for the building used inflammable materials and it was not approved by any party."

"The fire began from the first floor (outside) where maintenance work was being carried out. The wind and hot weather also contributed to the spread of the fire," he told reporters at the scene.

He said the fire involved the exterior walls of the building and part of the interior on the sixth floor.

However, Soiman said 527 employees who were in the building were evicted and placed in an open area nearby.

"The fire station received a distress call at 11.52 am and firemen arrived seven minutes later. Operation to douse the flame took about 30 minutes," he said.

He said it was the first fire incident involving inflammable cladding in the country.

He said any building which used inflammable materials and did not meet stipulated specifications was in breach of the Uniform Building By Law 1984.

Indirectly, the (EPF) building has violated the law, he said.

As such, Soiman said building owners who had used inflammable materials as cladding for the premises to replace it.

"Normally, inflammable materials and those that did not follow stipulated standard are cheaper and hazardous.

"Therefore, the Fire and Rescue Department will conduct inspection on other buildings and the fire certificate will not be issued until they have replaced the cladding with new ones, he said.

Meanwhile, Petaling Jaya deputy police chief Supt Ku Mashariman Ku Mahmood confirmed no foul play in the incident.



No reason to keep blocking Sarawak Report, Medium - MCMC

Friday, 18 May 2018

the blocking of the websites will be reviewed and if the reasons or criteria for the blocking are no longer applicable in the current situation....

MACC welcomes Mohd Shukri as new Chief Commissioner

Friday, 18 May 2018

PUTRAJAYA, May 18 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has congratulated Datuk Mohd Shukri Abdull on his appointment as its new Chief Commissioner....

Kedah MB wants people to benefit from state leadership, point out weaknesses

Friday, 18 May 2018

JITRA, May 18 (Bernama) -- Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir wants all communities in the state to benefit from his leadership, and has urged the people to point out any weaknesses or lapse in administration for improvements to...

Dr M disagrees over action against critics

Friday, 18 May 2018

KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today he does not agree that action must be taken against any individual who criticises him....

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Police request for more details on Najib's allegations

KL  -- Police have requested for more details on the allegations made by former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak through his lawyer today. Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department Director...


Peruntukan RM150 juta akan dipohon bina tebatan banjir baharu

KULIM -- Anggota Parlimen Kulim-Bandar Baharu Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail akan memohon peruntukan berjumlah RM150 juta bagi membina satu tebatan banjir baharu untuk mengatasi masalah banjir yang kerap kali melanda...

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