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MAYOR EXPLAINS ON NEW GUIDELINES

KOTA KINABALU: The guideline for earthquake resistant building submitted to the State Cabinet by the City Hall is only for an interim measures.

Mayor Datuk Abidin Madingkir said the guideline which had been approved by the State Cabinet on November 4 this year, is only applicable within the jurisdictions of Kota Kinabalu City Hall.

He explained that the recommendation to the State Cabinet was made after numerous meetings with the other Government agencies, including the Public Works Department (PWD), Department of Mineral and Geoscience, Meteorological Department, Environmental Protection Department, State Planning Department, Professor Dr. Felix Tongkul of UMS, IEM Sabah Branch, ACEM, SEA and PAM.

The Mayor was responding to SHAREDA in their recent statement regarding the new guideline on earthquake resistant building by the City Hall that was endorsed by the State Cabinet recently.

With regard to the IEM-TC (Technical committee) first dialogue organized by the Institutions of Engineers Malaysia (Sabah Branch) and City Hall in Kota Kinabalu on December 1st, the Mayor said two personnel from Sabah were invited as observers.

Madingkir is hoping that the views raised during the dialogue would be taken up accordingly, especially regarding micro zoning which is being applied by Taiwan.

Meanwhile, the Mayor also thanked the State Cabinet for endorsing its Guideline for Hillside Development in Kota Kinabalu.

He said the Guideline for Hillside Development was introduced in line with the development trend which are no longer concentrated in the City centre but are moving towards the areas of Sepanggar, Inanam and Bukit Padang, mostly involving hillside developments.

Madingkir said hillside developments, which involves high rise buildings being built on the hillside and sensitive areas coupled with the reported cases of landslide occurrences in the country, warrants for a mechanism to control hillside development in the city.

The Guidelines according to him, was a result of technical discussions and several meetings between several Government agencies and professional bodies related to development industry.

He thanked the Ministry of Local Government and Housing, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Mineral and Geoscience, PWD, Department of Town Planning, IEM, PAM, ACEM, SEA and SHAREDA for their cooperation in formulating the said Guidelines.

With the new Guideline, the Mayor said it will assists those in the development industry such as developers, architects, engineers and the public, who are interested to venture into hillside development.

At the same time, the guidelines would ensure for a more systematic development, reduced risks posed to safety of the people and create well planned hillside developments.

The guidelines, he added would also enable the public to identify clearly the necessary steps to be taken at every levels, from planning, development to hillside management works.

Madingkir explained the Guideline for Hillside Development provides clear and consistent guidelines to be applied by all parties including Kota Kinabalu City Hall in enforcing its regulation and implementation of this guideline.