REHDA Selangor supports stricter SOPs but allow businesses to operate


ATTENTIVE: Selcare clinic staff checking results for the free Covid-19 screening carried out for the local community in Gombak at Dewan Seri Siantan, Selangor. — FAIHAN GHANI/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: The Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association (REHDA) Selangor supports stricter enforcement of standard operating procedures (SOPs) following the record high Covid-19 cases but all businesses should be allowed to continue.

REHDA Selangor chairman Datuk Ho Hon Sang said on Thursday industries like the real estate, construction, manufacturing, and other service sectors are on the path to recovery and therefore the momentum should be maintained.

“Any closure of economic activities will result serious revenue and financial losses, causing disruption to all industries and to the livelihoods of many.

“However, we welcome some businesses which opted for self-imposed shutdown. The way forward is to carry out the vaccination programme speedily for the rakyat and this will be effective to bring the pandemic under control, ” Ho said.

He said REHDA Selangor was concerned over the recent spike in Covid-19 cases particularly in Selangor.

On Wednesday, the new number of daily infections hit a record high with 6,075 new cases.

With the new cases, Malaysia has now recorded 485,496 Covid-19 cases. The Health Ministry also recorded 46 new deaths, bringing the country’s death toll to 2,040.

Following the release of the data, Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Amirudin Shari said Wednesday the State Government has no objections if the Federal Government decides to impose a lockdown in the state.

Even though Selangor strived to strike a balance between saving livelihoods and saving lives, it would prioritise lives if it was asked to choose, Amirudin said.

Ho said REHDA Selangor welcomes the government’s initiative to implement measures that prioritise the health of the rakyat to reduce the rate of infection and to flatten the Covid-19 curve.

“Amid resurgence of Covid-19 cases and the recent call for the Selangor Government to impose stringent Movement Control Order, REHDA Selangor supports a stricter enforcement of the SOPs with all businesses allowed to continue to operate, ” he added.

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