4 construction sites shut down for flouting SOP

The bulk of construction sites in the country have been at a standstill under the partial lockdown.

PUTRAJAYA: The authorities have so far shut down four construction sites for failing to adhere to the standard operating procedure (SOP) of the conditional movement control order (CMCO), says Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

At a press conference today, he said another 122 sites which had not adhered to the SOP were issued warnings.

He said the Construction Industry Development Board had to date inspected 3,735 sites, the bulk of which – 3,265 sites – were not operational.

He also said the government had decided to allow renovations and repair work to be carried out at stratified and high-rise properties.

Ismail Sabri Yaakob

Ismail said there had been grouses from owners and renters of condominiums and apartments who were barred by their building’s management from entering their properties after returning from their home towns.

He said some of them had been forced to rent elsewhere as they could not go home.

“This is not an instruction from the government, this is their (building management) instruction and action.”

He said he hoped property managers would not take matters into their own hands, adding that every SOP must be in line with the government’s instructions.

“I hope condominium and apartment management bodies allow those who are renting to enter their properties. Do not obstruct them.”

On a separate matter, Ismail said the government would only allow couples living in different states because of work to travel once a week to meet.

“Those who wish to do so have to report themselves to the nearest police station.”

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