Biweekly tests for site workers


CONSTRUCTION workers in Penang will be required to undergo Covid-19 testing at least once every two weeks starting next month.

Penang Island City Council (MBPP) mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang said the new ruling would apply to all construction companies and they would be required to compile and submit the test results of every worker to the council.

“Safety officers at each construction site must ensure all rapid antigen (RTK) testings are complied with besides existing Covid-19 SOPs.

“This is the way forward with our 3T approach to manage Covid-19 by testing, tracing and treatment,” he said after announcing the city council’s Budget 2022 yesterday.

Besides construction sites, Yew said the council would make sure its frontline workers and those physically present in offices for work would also undergo RTK tests every two weeks.

He said such a move was not uncommon, as many factories in Penang had started such an initiative to test their employees every two weeks.

“A meeting with the Free Industrial Zone Penang Companies’ Association reveals that among the good practices that they put in place is to have all their employees and vendors take the RTK test every two weeks,” he said.

He urged the people to stay vigilant against the spread of Covid-19 as data shows more than 40% of Covid-19 positive cases involve those who have been fully vaccinated.

“Even if you are fully vaccinated, it doesn’t mean you will not contract it.

“Vaccination only reduces the severity of the infection,” he said.

Earlier, Yew tabled the council’s 2022 Budget with a deficit of RM24.89mil following an estimated expenditure of RM383.8mil and estimated revenue of RM358.91mil next year.

He said MBPP recorded a surplus of RM1.57mil last year as many infrastructure project expenditures were put on hold or could not be implemented due to the pandemic.

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