MALACCA: The Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) Malacca will implement the Business Licensing Electronic Support System (BLESS) next month to facilitate business owners for on-line applications.
Members of the public have been called on to obtain fire certification for their premises online through BLESS.
BLESS is a portal that provides information and facilities for companies who wish to apply licences’ or permits to start operating businesses in the country.
Fire and Rescue Department building enforcement, section chief Ahmad Izram Osman said the system is part of the mechanism initiated by the government to address the problems of bureaucracy and improve the quality of public services.
“Through the system, fire certificate applications including payment can be made online.
“The implementation of ‘BLESS’ will serve as a virtual one-stop on-line service centre to help businesses get information on licence applications, approvals and business permits which will be more effective”, he told a press conference after opening the BLESS seminar at Bayou Lagoon Resort in Bukit Katil recently.
The event was also attended by State Fire and Rescue Department director, Nazili Mahmood.
The fire certification aims to ensure premises are equipped with facilities for personal safety, fire prevention, fire protection and fire fighting.
Ahmad Izram said 270 premises in Malacca have been certified but have not registered through BLESS.
“Initial implementation (phase one), only covers applications of business licences for the manufacturing, construction and hotel sectors located within the Klang Valley.
“However, we have extended to phase two and three, throughout the country which consist nine additional sectors including government complexes and hospitals”, he added.
Meanwhile, Malacca’s Fire and Rescue Department, assistant director Razali Mohd said there are 265 premises that have confirmed and registered in the state.
“To date, 224 premises have been inspected and the rest are in the process of getting it done”, he said.
“The system also enables applicants to easily apply for permits, licences and approvals from various government agencies online,” he said, adding that the system was expected to be fully accessible throughout the country by this year.