Tuesday July 17, 2012
COB urged to train high-rise maintenance supervisors
THE Commissioner of Buildings (COB) in Penang should look into providing courses to train building and maintenance workers in the management of high-rise properties.
Registered and chartered valuer C.A. Lim & Co proprietor Lim Chien Aun (pic) said that presently, such workers in high-rise buildings in the state were not well-trained, resulting in a poor upkeep of high-rise buildings here.
“The poor quality of these properties are more glaring in older buildings on the island and in Seberang Prai. Some of these properties have seen their value depreciating by more than 50% due to claims of poor upkeeping,” Lim said.
He was speaking on common issues pertaining to high-rise properties at one of the talks during The Star Property Fair 2012 at Gurney Plaza and G Hotel which ended on Sunday.
The Penang COB, helmed by Penang Municipal Council president president Patahiyah Ismail and Seberang Prai Municipal Council president Maimunah Mohd Sharif, could work with vocational schools to provide training courses for high-rise maintenance supervisors, he said.
“The COB, which has the resources to run such courses, must work to ensure that high-rise buildings are well managed, regardless of whether they are high-end or affordable properties.
“They can make sure that well trained workers are available in the market. The COB must also ensure that the low-income group also do not lose out in the properties that they have bought,” Lim added.
“In other countries, high-rise buildings have helipads which can be used for rescue missions.”
Lim said the COB should engage in more dialogues with developers and resident associations on how high-rise properties could be better equipped with safety and rescue features.