In Miri, pay less and risk more in 19 hotels

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MIRI: Unlicensed hotels may be the favourite place for the budget-conscious travellers to stay. But the majority of the unregistered hotels in Miri lack safety features for when a fire breaks out.

In a surprise inspection conducted jointly by officials from Miri City Council and Miri Fire and Rescue Services Department from Feb 7 to 10, some 20 unlicensed hotels were checked but only one complied with all safety features as provided by the government.

Miri Fire and Rescue Services Department chief Law Poh Kong said the hotels that were checked had 20 rooms and above with many not complying with the Sarawak Building Ordinance 1994 and Act 341 of the Fire Services Act 1988.

“Among the offences committed by the operators of unlicensed hotels are insufficient safety staircases provided, lack of fire prevention system and fire prevention system that is not in good conditions,” he said in a statement here today.

“Only one hotel complied with regulations,” he said.

He said the response from the owners had been positive as many did not want the tragedy that occurred last month happening again.

On Jan 6, this year a 21-year-old woman was killed after she jumped to her death following the blaze that struck a block of six two-storey shophouses in Jalan Merbau here after finding out the staircase near her rented room was locked.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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