KUALA LUMPUR: Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM) has urged the government to look into giving a full subsidy on the cost of quarantining, Covid-19 screening and medically treating foreign workers.
This is to ease burden of the construction industry and encourage mass screening using affordable test kits, the association said.
“It is not fair to pass on the foreign workers quarantine, Covid-19 screening and medical treatment costs wholly to contractors as employers in the construction industry are also facing the increase in financial burden.
“At this time, as far as we know, clients are unwilling to share such costs as all these are costs that were not predicted, thus creating cash flow issues for contractors, ” it said.
MBAM said this was among the issues and proposals discussed during virtual engagement sessions held with the Ministry of Works and Construction Industry Development Board in the last one week. — Bernama