PETALING JAYA: A total of 150 construction sites throughout the country have been ordered to close since June 1 for failing to follow standard operating procedures (SOP) to curb the spread of Covid-19.
The Works Ministry said that its Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) had inspected 2,423 construction sites since the start of the movement control order (MCO 3.0) on June 1.
Of the 446 that were operating, 150 did not follow SOPs.
"We take a serious view of the high percentage of SOP non-compliance at construction sites because it is worrying and will jeopardise the objective of the MCO to curb the spread of Covid-19," the ministry said in a statement on Monday (June 21).
All 150 construction sites which did not follow SOPs were ordered to close immediately.
However, 11 have since been allowed to reopen after showing compliance with the SOPs.
Of the 150 construction sites ordered closed, 45 were in Sarawak, Selangor (24), Melaka (16) and Penang (10).
The rest were in Terengganu (10), Sabah (nine), Johor (seven), Kuala Lumpur (six), Pahang (six), Perak (five), Kedah (four), Negri Sembilan (four), Perlis (three) and Kelantan (one).
The ministry said that CIDB had stepped up checks at construction sites to help curb the spread of Covid-19 following a rise in infections at construction sites especially in the Klang Valley.
"The ministry wants all contractors to be fully committed and shoulder the responsibility to ensure construction sites and worker accommodation fully adhere to SOPs, including ensuring all workers undergo Covid-19 testing and are certified free from infection before being allowed to work," the ministry said.
Other than ordering sites to close down, the CIDB can also impose penalties of not more than RM500,000 or suspend and revoke the registrations of contractors who do not follow the rules, the ministry added.