Follow guidelines to prevent spread of Covid-19, Fadillah tells contractors

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 26 May 2020

PETALING JAYA: The government has issued a stern reminder to contractors to ensure that their construction sites and workers' accommodation follow the guidelines and laws to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Senior Minister (Infrastructure) Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof (pic) said it is the responsibility of the contractors to ensure their construction sites and workers' accommodation follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and minimum standards as required by law.

Contractors who fail to follow the conditional movement control order (MCO) SOPs at the construction sites as well as at the workers' accommodation will not be allowed to start their operations, said Fadillah who is also the Works Minister.

"I would like to express my concern regarding the latest cases of Covid-19 involving construction workers recently.

"The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) has been informed by the Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory and Putrajaya Health Department about the 44 Covid-19 positive cases at a construction site in Kuala Lumpur, on May 24.

"These positive cases were discovered after the contractor sent its 400 workers for Covid-19 clinical tests as a preparation to start work, as required under the Construction Industry conditional MCO SOPs.

"The construction site has not started operations when the positive cases were discovered," said Fadillah in a statement on Tuesday (May 26).

Fadillah said these cases, as well as earlier ones involving construction workers, have shown that infection of Covid-19 had happened at the workers' accommodation that was cramped with too many labourers, making it impossible to practise any form of social distancing.

Fadillah said one of the main initiatives in the Construction Industry Transformation Programme (CITP), which began in 2016, was to ensure that workers' accommodation in the construction industry follows the minimum standard as required by law.

With the conditional MCO, this requirement is further strengthened with other SOPs to ensure that worker’s accommodations are safe from becoming a place where Covid-19 can spread, said Fadillah.

He also said the best way for the construction industry to move forward post-Covid-19 is to ensure that they are no longer dependent on cheap foreign labour.

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