PETALING JAYA (May 5): The Real Estate and Housing Developers' Association Malaysia (Rehda) has reminded its members to ensure that their staff and contractors fully and strictly abide by the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) provided by the Construction Industry issued by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB).

 “We are living in an unprecedented period and the adoption of these measures is part of the new normal at our workplace. We urge all developers to work closely with all stakeholders and play our role to break the chain in containing the spread of the pandemic,” Rehda president Datuk Soam Heng Choon said in a press release today.

“We understand that in working under the new normal, a lot of challenges will be encountered. Your patience and tolerance will be needed to weather this storm,” he added.

Rehda has been engaging with the government to come up with measures to protect and revitalize the property industry post-MCO. The association hopes that the recovery plan will be all-encompassing to revive the economy in the fastest possible time.

"The property industry welcomes the move by the government to allow activities at some construction sites to resume operations starting last week, and subsequently the announcement to allow almost all economic sectors and business activities to operate at full capacity under conditional MCO effective May 4, 2020

“Given that developers and contractors both have contractual obligations that must be met, lifting these restrictions will reduce the worries of all stakeholders,” Soam pointed out.

“However, Malaysia is still recording daily Covid-19 cases and the fatalities they cause are still being reported and until a vaccine is available, we have to live with this virus in our community. Thus, the risk of infection is still a big concern,” he furthered.

The SOPs issued by the CIDB include social distancing, testing for foreign workers, sanitisation, temperature measurement, workers’ movement restriction, keeping relevant records, among others.

The SOPs can be found on CIDB's website here.

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