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Sunday, September 30, 2012

ANOTHER GRAVEYARD FOR SABAH?





STOP.... DOSH failure to issue stop-work permit and putting workers on site at risk.

DAP Sabah was concerned about public safety of Condo project - Likas Bay21 and its workers. DAP Sabah State Assistant Secretary, Junz Wong questioned DOSH (Department Occupational Safety & Health) & CIDB (Construction Industry Development Board) for failing to issue STOP-WORK permit when the site collapsed.

"Why has DOSH allowed workers to continue to work on the collapsed site without investigation? That was TOTAL disregards to the safety of the workers," Junz claimed.
The collapsed photo was taken on 28 August by a concerning citizen and by 3 Sept (photo taken) the form work was ready to be installed for the new concrete floor slab. That was against good practice because public safety should be first priority.

DOSH has earlier explained it was due to design failure that they have re-constructed the site.

Junz said if it was indeed due to design failure, immediate investigation may need to be carried out to find out the nature and extent of the failure affecting the whole building for PUBLIC concerns and safety reasons.

"Design failure in a building has a more serious implication than any accidental collapse. To what extent or percentage is the building affected by the design failure?" Junz asked.

This concerns not just the purchasers and public safety. It also affects Tourism industry and 2nd home foreign investors. Imagine what would be the impact to our industries when we have another high land tower collapse issue?

Junz proposed immediate investigation be carried out by an INDEPENDENT government body to find out the real cause of the alleged collapse and to prevent loss of lives in case of another collapse.

"It's the moral responsibility and legal obligation of a 'people-centric' government to show the society that they are transparent in any respond which concerns public concerns and safety issues," Junz concluded.

18 comments:

  1. Kelemahan dalam pembangunan perlu dielakkan Ini kerana akan menjejaskan para pengguna pada akan datang.

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  2. DOSH perlu memastikan setiap kontraktor mematuhi syarat pembinaan. Ini bagi memastikan perkara sebegini dapat ditangani.

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    1. ya.. syarat2 pembinaan kena dipastikan dipatuhi.

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  3. the country’s industrial accident rate has been halved in the past 10 years, there is still a need to build and foster an occupational safety and health culture and strive towards an accident free workplace environment.

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  4. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the latest statistics from the Ministry of Human Resources should that the industrial accident rate had fallen from 10.3 cases for every 1,000 workers in 2002 to 5.72 cases last year.

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    1. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the success of the joint efforts by all parties concerned, the biggest challenge remains that we only should further reduce the accident rate but also to build and foster an Occupational Safety and Health culture in Malaysia

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  5. companies must not profit at the expense of safety because if accidents occurred, lives may be lost and productivity would be affected. The Occupational Safety and Health ownership in every organisation is of paramount importance.

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  6. An accident prevention coupled with an Occupational Safety and Health management strategy should therefore be adopted by all companies. To achieve the total promotion of safety and health at work and elsewhere, organisational measures for accident prevention, motivation and behavioural change must be adopted.

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  7. The State government is in the process of formulating a more focused and clear environmental policy for Sabah. It will be a standard operating procedure by the State government to manage the impact of human on the environment with a view to prevent, reduce or mitigate harmful effects on the environment and natural resources, said Tourism, Culture & Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun. Many would not understand for the need to formulate an environmental policy since there are several existing legislation pertaining to the protection of the environment such as Environment Protection Enactment 2002, Wildlife Enactment 1997, Sabah Parks Enactment 1994, Sabah Water Resources Enactment 1998, Sabah Biodiversity Enactment 2000 and Sabah Forestry Enactment 1968, among others.

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  8. Apart from that, the state government have environmental related policies and plans such as Sabah Tourism Master Plan, Sabah Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plan, Sabah Agriculture Policy, Sabah Forestry Policy, Sabah Environmental Education Policy, Sabah Wildlife Policy and Action Plan and Sabah Development Corridor Blueprint. There no denial that the major problem with the existing legal framework was in its sectoral approach in managing the environment.This sectoral approach has resulted in the passing of a number of environmental related legislation with its own provision on the environment.

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  9. It was also noted that policies and plans are specific and sectoral where environmental issues are incorporated in a fragmented manner. Hence, despite these legislation, policies and plans, the environmental degradation continues. The Environmental Policy for Sabah is therefore crucial to serve as a framework and guideline for decision making towards modernisation and industrialisation. It serves as a living and reference document for all economic sectors and any other form of development that touches the environmental and natural resources, where monitoring, review and revision of this document are envisaged.It will look into the integration of all related aspects such as water and air so that any problems are not dealt with in a fragmented manner as the situation arises.

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  10. This policy will also highlight the use of different types of instruments such as economic incentives and fiscal-based instruments such as tax-exemptions, tradable permits and fees, whichever relevant and practical to ensure that the policy is effectively implemented and complied with. Environmental charges exist in other countries in addition to pollution control regulations and are used to raise revenue as well as encourage environmentally friendly behavior. For instance, Kota Kinabalu City hall may want to impose waste disposal charge to Kayu Madang Landfill so that the revenue collected is used for the management of the landfill.

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  11. Looking at the intrnational scene, Denmark, for example, levy taxes of 95 Danish Krona (US$34) per metric ton on waste delivered to landfills and 160 Danish Krona (US$28) per metric ton on waste delivered to incineration facilities. These taxes raised 527.6 million Danish Krona (US$92.6 million) in 1993. The proposed policy is also geared towards the prevention of externalities such as free rider problem, e.g. factory causing pollution to common resources such as rivers. These are examples of externalities around us such as the recent complaint of a laundry mart in Inanam, Kota Kinabalu discharging polluted water into the Inanam River,” he said.

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  12. If the river happens to be a water intake point for Kota Kinabalu, the consumers have to pay for the cleaning of water due to the pollution caused by the factory. Masidi urged companies operating in Sabah such as oil palm mills, rubber and other industries to commit themselves to reducing their environmental impact and create a set of environmental principles and standards and have environmental audit. In this regard, companies should move towards more efficient production process, adopt cleaner technologies and processes throughout the life cycle of the product in order to minimise waste generation and contribute to maintaining good climatic conditions, he said. Cleaner production includes conserving raw materials and energy, eliminating toxic raw chemicals and reducing the quantity and toxicity of emissions or discharges before they leave the production processAnd going for voluntary environmental schemes such as eco-labelling, Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) as well as adopting a corporate social responsibility programme.

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  13. kenapa DAP tidak berjumpa terus dengan pihak DOSH?? pihak DOSH tidak akan berdiam diri mengenai perkara ini..

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  14. sebelum DAP membuat pelbagai andaian, baik rujuk dulu perkara ini terus kepada DOSH.. tentu mereka ada penjelasan yang lebih bersifat profesional berbanding dengan andaian2 pembangkang..

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  15. pekerja2 binaan di bangunan itu relek saja.. yang sibuk ahli2 politik..

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