On 10 June 2020 the Ministry of Works issued a standard operating procedure for the construction industry (Construction SOP),(1) effective for the duration of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).(2) On 15 June 2020 the Ministry of Works published a series of FAQs(3) addressing the common queries arising from the Construction SOP. The Construction SOP previously issued by the Ministry of Works for the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) continues to apply for the duration of the RMCO subject to the amendments highlighted in this article.(4)
The main changes made in the Ministry of Works’ FAQs with regard to the RMCO are as follows.
Unlike during the CMCO, construction companies are no longer required to declare and pledge compliance with the Construction SOP to the Ministry of International Trade and Industry before commencing operations during the RMCO. Nonetheless, they must provide their information and pledge compliance with the Construction SOP to the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB). Construction companies resuming operations must continue to observe all of the SOPs available on the CIDB’s and the National Security Council’s websites.
All foreign workers in the construction sector in the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya and the state of Selangor must undergo laboratory testing for COVID-19. However, foreign workers who have applied to have the COVID-19 test or are waiting for their test results can work while waiting to be tested or while waiting for the results to be released, subject to the condition that they fully comply with all of the SOPs issued by the National Security Council.(5)
Workers are encouraged to download and register the MySejahtera app on their mobile phones for contact tracing purposes.(6)
Employers need not provide workers’ transport. However, if provided, employers must sanitise and disinfect the vehicles. Although 100% passenger capacity is allowed, passengers must be reminded to reduce their interactions in the vehicles.(7)
Workers returning from overseas cannot work or enter a construction site within 14 days from the date of their arrival in Malaysia. Workers are to bear their own quarantine costs.(8)
Material and supply drivers and carriers who have a body temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius and show symptoms such as a sore throat, a cough or shortness of breath cannot enter a construction site or premise and must seek treatment at a health facility. The practice of hand cleanliness and the frequent use of water and soap or hand sanitiser must be observed.(9)
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