150 sites get stop-work order

PETALING JAYA: A total of 150 construction sites nationwide have been ordered to close throughout the movement control order 3.0 period for failing to follow Covid-19 standard operating procedures.

The Works Ministry described the number as worryingly high, saying that it did not bode well in efforts to curb a growing number of infections at construction sites.

“We take a serious view of the high percentage of SOP non-compliance at construction sites because it is something that is worrying and will jeopardise the objective of the MCO to curb the spread of Covid-19,” the ministry said in a statement.

It said that its Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) had inspected 2,423 construction sites since the start of MCO 3.0.

Of the 446 that were operating, 150 did not follow the SOP and were ordered to close immediately since June 1, but 11 of them have since been allowed to reopen after measures were taken to ensure compliance with the SOP.

Of the 150 construction sites ordered closed, 45 are in Sarawak followed by 24 in Selangor, 16 in Melaka and 10 in Penang.

The rest are located 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 sites to help curb the spread of Covid-19 following a rise in cases at construction sites throughout the country, especially in the Klang Valley.

“The ministry wants all contractors to be fully committed in shouldering the responsibility to make sure construction sites and worker accommodations adhere to the SOP.

“This includes ensuring all workers undergo Covid-19 testing and are certified free from infection before being allowed to work at their sites,” the ministry said.

Aside from closure, the CIDB could also impose penalties of not more than RM500,000, suspend or revoke the registrations of contractors who failed to follow the rules.

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