Fadillah: 1,142 construction sites in operation since June 1, 209 violated SOPs

KUALA LUMPUR (July 23): A total of 933 of the 1,142 construction sites in operation nationwide since implementation of movement control under the National Recovery Plan on June 1 complied with the stipulated standard operating procedures (SOPs), said Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.

He said a total of 5,766 construction sites were inspected nationwide during the same period, with 4,624 of them found not operating.

"Of the total construction sites in operation, 209 of them did not comply with the SOPs and were ordered to close, with the reason being that they did not have the letter of permission to operate from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) and also the local authorities," he told reporters after visiting a few construction sites in the federal capital today.

He said most of the construction sites that were ordered to stop operation were in Sarawak, totalling 56, followed by Selangor (46) and Kuala Lumpur (18).

Commenting on his visit to construction sites in Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Yap Kwan Seng today, Fadillah said supervisors should be appointed to monitor workers’ compliance with the SOPs and also to ensure cleanliness of the construction site to avoid the spread of Covid-19 and other diseases.

"No positive [Covid-19] cases were detected at both the construction sites, but there were still workers who did not fully comply with the SOPs,” he said.

Meanwhile, Fadillah said his ministry hopes to expedite the Construction Industry Vaccination Programme (CIVac) to reduce risk of critical Covid-19 cases.

In a statement yesterday, he said Phase 2 of CIVac, which will kick off on Aug 5, will involve 55,000 construction workers in Penang and Johor, while registration for the programme in Pahang and Sabah is scheduled to open on July 25 and July 31 respectively, involving 20,000 workers for each state.

CIVac Phase 1 started on July 1 in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, with a target number of vaccination of 40,000 foreign and local construction workers.

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