The Perak fire and rescue department today revealed that 12 out of 20 government buildings in the state do not have fire certificates (FC) issued by the department for safety reasons.
Its director, Azmi Osman, said of the total, three of the premises were taken to court and six others were issued notices.
"We hope that each head of department can ensure that their premises are in good condition. If you do not have an FC, it is certain that government assets will face problems, thus posing a risk to the government such as the loss of confidential files related to government administration.
"All building owners and department heads must be aware of the law that requires buildings to have FCs according to the Fire Services Act (Act 341).
"They must be aware of the problems and limitations by paying serious attention to it," he said in Ipoh.
Azmi said among the problems faced by premise owners who lack FCs is the failure to submit the original construction plan due to a construction period of almost 30 years.
He said as many as 210 of the 317 private and government premises in the state had FCs while the rest were likely to have expired.
"Based on statistics, approximately 15 building premises out of the total are under observation to prepare papers to be referred to the deputy public prosecutor for further action," he said.