THE Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM) would like to thank the government for announcing the Pemerkasa Plus aid package on Monday (May 31) to assist the people and businesses in facing the difficult times brought by the Covid-19 pandemic and Phase 1 total lockdown which started Tuesday (June 1).
Some of the aspects of the Pemerkasa Plus aid package that MBAM wishes to highlight are the extension of the Temporary Measures for Reducing the Impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) or Act 829 to Dec 31,2021, and the implementation of small projects with an allocation of more than RM2bil to be spent utilising class G1 to G4 contractors for the repair of infrastructure and public facilities.
These are good news to the construction industry and we are looking forward to the improvement on Act 829.
However, MBAM still hopes that the government will consider the waiver of levy fee for foreign workers renewing their work permits and extension of permit approval for those stuck in their home country who are unable to enter during the lockdown and for those who will be overstaying due to the movement restriction imposed.
It is hoped that the Immigration Department of Malaysia can consider the waiver of fees for special passes due to overstaying during the lockdown period.
MBAM appeals that the government will defer and not introduce any other new policies during this trying period that will further increase the cost of doing business.
MASTER BUILDERS ASSOCIATION MALAYSIA (MBAM)