Construction halted for safety reasons

A CONSTRUCTION site at Taman Naga Mas, Salak Selatan in Kuala Lumpur was shut down for several violations during an integrated operation.

Deputy Works Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan said the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) discovered construction materials that did not meet standards, which could jeopardise the safety of workers and the building.

CIDB issued seven notices for use of uncertified materials with lack of accreditation and construction personnel training.

Other agencies issued a total of 19 notices including unsafe electrical wiring and failure to separate solid waste.

A stop-work order was issued by CIDB for violating Section 25(1) of Construction Industry Development Board of Malaysia Act 1994 (Act 520) for undertaking or completing construction work or presenting oneself as a contractor without obtaining valid registration certification from CIDB.

A stop-work notice was also issued for failing to obtain permission from Kuala Lumpur City Hall, violating Section 70 of the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974.

Kuala Lumpur Health Department also served a 14-day shut down notice due to the discovery of eight mosquito breeding grounds.

Ahmad Maslan said a RM500 compound was imposed for each breeding ground found.

“It will be closed for a fornight, and the Health Department will conduct another inspection then,” he said at a press conference during the operation.

He added that the contractor could apply for a reduction in shut-down days on condition that the area is cleaned and cleared of mosquitoes.

Ahmad Maslan said between January and April, CIDB had conducted inspections involving a total of 1,528 enforcement operations nationwide, with 169 operations in Kuala Lumpur alone.

The operation in Salak Selatan involved eight agencies.

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