In a significant development, the Sabah Malaysian government has recently announced a change in its certification process for homeowners.
Effective from June 1, 2023, the government will no longer require an Occupation Certification (OC) but instead allows for a Certificate of Completion and Compliance (CCC). This decision has received strong support from the Sabah Housing and Real Estate Developers Association (SHAREDA) as it promises faster key handovers to homeowners. The new procedure aims to streamline the certification process, reduce bureaucracy, and create a more efficient environment for doing business in Sabah.
Streamlined Certification Process
Under the new by-law, gazetted on December 29, 2022, the certification process will be simplified and expedited. Previously, the process from a Certificate of Practical Completion (CPC) to OC would take anywhere from 6 to 12 months. However, with the introduction of CCC, this timeline is expected to be significantly shortened to just 3 months. This reduction in bureaucratic procedures will cut down on red tape and offer a more seamless experience for homeowners.
Responsibility of Professional Bodies
To ensure the credibility and accuracy of the certification process, all professional bodies involved will be held accountable. The main contractor must first sign one of the 22 forms, after which the architect verifies and signs the forms. The Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) engineer, who must be registered under CIDB (Construction Industry Development Board), then performs their verification and signs the relevant forms. Finally, the architect, as the ultimate authority, issues the CCC after all professional bodies have completed their verification process.
Benefits for Homeowners
The new certification process brings several benefits for homeowners in Sabah. Firstly, the involvement of professional bodies ensures better verification, reducing the risk of errors and ensuring compliance with regulations. Secondly, the expedited timeline means homeowners can receive their keys much faster, allowing them to move into their properties sooner. The CCC process is designed to be more efficient and streamlined, enhancing the overall experience for homeowners.
Taken today at the SHAREDA press conference on CCC. L to R: Vice President, Mr. Raymond Chan Yin Hong; President, Y.Bhg. Datuk Sr. Chua Soon Ping; Deputy President, Y.Bhg. Datuk Johnny Wong Chen Yee and Vice President, Mr. Chai Meng Kong.
The Sabah Housing and Real Estate Developers Association (SHAREDA) has expressed its support and appreciation for the government's decision to implement the new rules. SHAREDA recognizes the positive impact this change will have on the housing industry and the local economy. By cutting down on bureaucratic delays and facilitating a smoother certification process, the government is making it easier for developers to conduct business in Sabah. SHAREDA believes that this move will encourage more investment in the real estate sector, leading to further economic growth and development in the region.
The Sabah Malaysian government's announcement to replace Occupation Certification (OC) with the Certificate of Completion and Compliance (CCC) is a welcome change for homeowners and developers alike. By shortening the certification timeline and involving professional bodies in the verification process, the government aims to reduce red tape and improve efficiency. With the support of SHAREDA, this implementation is expected to benefit both homeowners and the overall economy of Sabah, creating a more conducive environment for property development and investment.