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IPOH – A total of 30 new fire and rescue stations are being built across the country to facilitate and enhance operations by the Fire and Rescue Department, Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar said today.

He said the new stations would be in addition to the 284 fire and rescue stations in operation in the country.

“The construction of more fire and rescue stations is to ensure the fire-fighters are highly- skilled and provided with suitable equipment

“It is also to reduce their response time,” he said in his speech at the opening of the national-level World Firefighters’ Day by of the Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah here today.

In Perak, Noh said there were currently 32 fire and rescue stations in operation with three more to be built in Kampung Gajah in Perak Tengah, and Tambun and Trong in Taiping.

He said it had always been the aspiration and objective of the Fire and Rescue Department to further improve its service.

Currently, 80 per cent of emergency calls received nationwide recorded response time of less than 20 minutes by the fire and rescue team, he added.

He said in the Federal Territory, Putrajaya, Labuan, Penang and Melaka, the response time of within 20 minutes for the fire and rescue teams to arrive at locations during emergencies was nearly 100 per cent. – BERNAMA

TANJONG KARANG – The Selangor government has failed in its duty in maintaining the irrigation system that led to floods affecting over 40 hectares of paddy since early January, said Tanjong Karang member of parliament Tan Sri Noh Omar.

As such, he said Selangor Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali should not be proud of the state’s high reserves when the plight of farmers and paddy planters continued to be neglected.

“We cannot avoid heavy rain but it is the responsibility of the state government to clean up and maintain the irrigation system. The thing is, do they have the budget for that? If they do, why the floods and damaged crops?

“The federal government only provides infrastructure and the main (paddy) canal. Where is the duty of the state government which is supposed to care for its people?” he asked when met by reporters here today.

Noh said the majority of the affected farmers and paddy planters were the young people and this showed that this age bracket were now interested in agriculture.
The spirit shown by the young farmers and paddy planters must be taken care of and further assisted to encourage more such people to get involved in the sector seriously, he added.

Earlier, Noh handed over assistance from the Tanjong Karang Parliamentary Agricultural Development Council worth RM82,510 to 118 farmers and paddy planters affected by floods. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – The Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry (KPKT) is willing to extend the rental period for the first batch of tenants of Rumah Transit 1Malaysia (RT1M) Pinggiran Bukit Jalil here till the end of the year, said its minister Tan Sri Noh Omar.

He said the two-year rental period for the first batch numbering 162 tenants was due to expire on March 31.

The RT1M is an initiative for newly-wedded couples earning a monthly household income of RM3,000 and below. The rental is very low so as not to burden them.

Noh said that so far, the ministry had received appeals from all the tenants to extend the rental period.

“We give an assurance on the extension of the rental period until the end of the year pending a new policy which will be announced later,” he told a press conference after meeting residents of the housing scheme tonight.

Also present was his deputy, Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique.

Noh added that the rental rate during the extension period would not be raised and would remain at RM250 a month. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – The proposed claim limit increase from the existing amount of RM50,000 under the Tribunal for Homebuyer Claims will be considered, taking into account the current high price of houses.

Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister, Tan Sri Noh Omar said any policy implemented by the government could be changed based on current needs and suitability.

“We (ministry) are in fact studying to increase the claim sum under the tribunal. The amount of RM50,000 does not correspond with the spiralling price
of houses currently,” he said in reply to a supplementary question from Anthony Loke Siew Fook (DAP-Seremban) in the Dewan Rakyat, here, today.

Loke had asked whether the government planned to raise the claim sum limit to RM100,000 under the tribunal, taking into consideration the high price of houses.

The Tribunal for Homebuyer Claims was established on Dec 1, 2002 as an alternative to resolve disputes between house buyers and licensed housing developers by hearing claims not exceeding RM50,000.

The tribunal handles two types of claims, namely non-technical (such as late delivery of vacant possession of the property) and technical (for substandard work or non-adherence to the specifications stated in the Sales and Purchase Agreement).

Noh said that between 2010 and September, this year, 13,905 cases were registered under the tribunal and out this number, 13,611 cases were resolved.

He said the filing of the high number of cases showed increasing house buyers’ trust in the tribunal in resolving their housing disputes.

“This is a positive sign. Through the tribunal, house owners don’t need to resolve their cases in court but can go to the tribunal instead by just paying RM10,” Noh said. – BERNAMA