Kuala Lumpur, 24 August 2020 – The concept of “silence means approval” is that if a clearance letter has not been issued 28 days after the inspection by technical agencies such as Indah Water Konsortium, Air Selangor and Tenaga Nasional Berhad, it automatically means approval. This move was given the green light in the National Economic Action Council (NAEC) meeting chaired by YAB Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in Putrajaya on 19 August 2020.
There have been complaints by developers and home buyers about the approval process. Despite the fact that the buildings are ready to be occupied—with all safety conditions met and utility services connected—they are still not able to move in because a Certificate of Completion and Compliance (CCC) has not been issued. This is impinged by the paper work involved in the technical approval process.
Due to the Movement Control Order (MCO), technical agencies are bogged down with pending inspections, delaying administrative work such as the release of technical approvals. The “silence means approval” concept is expected to ease the burden of technical agencies and at the same time, offers a quicker turnaround time for CCC issuance.
Despite the “silence means approval” concept, Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) urges utility providers to issue the clearance letter within 14 days. PAM members are also encouraged to maintain their professionalism and continue to supervise their projects works judiciously as the safety of the building cannot be compromised.
Introduced by the NAEC, MyMudah is a mechanism that facilitates the issuance of CCC for architects and engineers. PAM has commended this proposal by the Malaysian Productivity Corporation (MPC).
– Construction+ Online