209 construction sites told to close for violating SOPs

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KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 933 of the 1,142 construction sites in operation nationwide since implementation of the national recovery plan have complied with SOPs, said works minister Fadillah Yusof.


He said 5,766 construction sites were inspected since June 1, and 4,624 of them were found to be not operating.

“Of the construction sites in operation, 209 did not comply with SOPs and were ordered to close,” he told reporters after visiting several construction sites here today.

“They did not have a letter to operate from the international trade and industry ministry (Miti) and also the local authorities.”

Fadillah said most of the construction sites ordered to stop operations were in Sarawak (560), followed by Selangor (46) and Kuala Lumpur (18).

Commenting on his visit to construction sites along 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 sites.


“No positive (Covid-19) cases were detected at both the sites but there are still workers who do not fully comply with the SOPs,” he said.

He also said his ministry hoped to expedite the Construction Industry Vaccination Programme (CIVac) to reduce the risk of critical Covid-19 cases in construction sites.

In a statement yesterday, Fadillah had said that Phase 2 of CIVac will kick off on Aug 5 and involve 55,000 construction workers in Penang and Johor.

The registration for the CIVac programme in Pahang and Sabah is scheduled to open on July 25 and July 31 respectively, and involves 20,000 workers in each state.

Phase One of CIVac started on July 1 in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor and aimed to vaccinate 40,000 foreign and local construction workers.-BERNAMA