Khirudin (second left)presenting the Fire Certificate to the owners of government and private premises on Wednesday (Aug 12)

KUCHING: There is still confusion among building owners about the occupation permit (OP) and Bomba fire certificate (FC).

State Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) director Khirudin Drahman said every building must obtain the OP, enshrined in the Sarawak Building Ordinance 1994.

The building’s OP would be void if the building was altered from the original structure or upgraded, and affected the exit, he added.

Renovated building needed to get the FC, he explained.

“FC is like buying car insurance, to drive a car, one needs a licence first.

“If there is no insurance, in the event of an accident, there will be no claims. In this aspect, I thank everyone for their cooperation,” he said at the fire certificate presentation ceremony at the State Fire and Rescue Headquarters, yesterday.

A total of seven owners of government and private premises received their FC.

In the meantime, he added that Bomba would conduct an inspection every year on every building that has the FC.

Khirudin also said that at least 500 buildings had been identified as having to apply for FC, in the state.