Daily Express, Photo Credit to The Malay Mail
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Public Housing to Be Inspected Every 5 Years

1. All landed and multi-level properties at government housing schemes nationwide will be monitored and inspected every five years.

2. Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said this was provided for under the new National Housing Policy 2018-2015, which was formulated to ensure the safety of residents.

3. Ministry was working with the state governments to find out how many of these flats were in existence.

"We have this new policy in place where every (public housing) property will be monitored once every five years," Zuraida said.

"It does not mean that the properties will only be monitored after reaching 30 years and above," she said, adding that focus would be on properties located on hillsides.

She said this after attending a technical briefing by Malaysian Public Works Institute, and Z And A consulting firm on the safety of Block F at Taman Keramat Permai.

Under the new housing policy, Zuraida said, the government was also empowered to conduct rebuilding works on flats that were 30 or more years old and deemed to be unsafe.

Zuraida said the ministry was working with the state governments to find out how many of these flats were in existence.

"I believe most flats in Ampang are as old as the Taman Keramat Permai flats, which is between 28 and 29 years," she added. Zuraida said a survey was being conducted to differentiate between tenants and owners at Block F.

"The same survey is being conducted at the other 11 blocks of Taman Keramat Permai," she added.

Meanwhile, the Social Welfare Department (SWD) is offering a trauma counselling service to Block F inhabitants of the Taman Keramat Permai Flats who were evacuated last Friday when unexplained earth movements resulted in cracks in the walls.

Fear of the situation becoming worse forced over 200 people out of their homes.

Gombak district SWD counselling unit assistant psychology officer, Noriah Mohamed, said her team is presently stationed at the AU2 Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) multipurpose hall where 84 individuals from 24 families have sought shelter.

Noriah told Bernama today that many of the flat dwellers are worried about their homes, but that "support from their neighbours living in the other blocks is helping reduce some of the anxiety" and helping them stay focused on the positive, believing things will be better by Ramadan.

"The spirit of neighbourliness is strong here," said Noriah, adding earlier in the interview that games and activities are also being organised for the children to beat boredom.

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