KUALA LUMPUR: Stop-work orders have been issued to a total of 781 construction sites for not complying to the Covid-19 standard operating procedures, says Deputy Works Minister Datuk Eddie Syazlin Sith.
He told the Dewan Rakyat that the ministry, via the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), had inspected 7,794 construction sites nationwide to check on their compliance with the Covid-19 standard operating procedure (SOP).
"The inspection report reveals that a total of 6,923 construction sites complied with the SOP and were allowed to operate, while 781 construction sites were not allowed to operate as it did not comply with the Covid-19 SOPs," he said in response to a query by Ahmad Johnie Zawawi (GPS-Igan) during Question Time.
Ahmad wanted the Works Ministry to explain the action being taken against construction sites that did not comply with the SOP.
For Sarawak alone, Eddie said, a total or 739 sites were allowed to operate.
"From the total, four construction sites in Sarawak breached the Covid-19 SOP and were not allowed to operate," he added.
Asked to identify the reason they did not comply with the SOP, the deputy minister said one of the factors was because of a lack of understanding with the current SOP.
"CIDB had taken several measures including to give explanation on the full details so they will understand it.
"For companies that refuse to comply with the SOP, surely stern action will be taken including to give warning and stop work orders," he said.