Penang to ensure contractors comply with SOP

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  • Thursday, 28 May 2020

Jagdeep Singh Deo

GEORGE TOWN: Penang will monitor contractors, especially those with foreign workers, to make sure they comply with the standard operating procedure (SOP) under the conditional movement control order (MCO).

State local government, housing, town and country planning committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said local contractors had to ensure their workers abide by the social distancing rules at construction sites and workers’ quarters, as this was the priority item on the SOP list.

“I will ask all the relevant agencies to check if the contractors are adhering to the SOP, and that the living conditions of the workers are looked into, ” he said at a press conference at his office here yesterday.

He said action would be taken against the contractors if there were more than a certain number of workers living in a particular place.

“This has now become a bigger concern because of the pandemic we are facing, ” he said, adding

that reopening a sector came with responsibilities.

“Workers at construction sites and a few other sectors that have reopened, like the manufacturing sector, must be checked.

“When it comes to construction sites, foreign workers must be tested, and will be allowed to the site if they test negative.”

Jagdeep noted that the government has urged all sectors to have their workers, and not only foreign ones, tested.

“Although it is not compulsory, it is only right for them to do so to show they are being responsible.”

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