Building management, owners can tell contractors to undergo Covid-19 tests

House owners or management bodies of apartments can request the contractor to undergo a Covid-19 test to ensure safety.

PUTRAJAYA: Building management bodies, including those of apartments and condominiums, as well as home-owners, can ask contractors to undergo a Covid-19 swab test.

Senior Minister (Security) Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the government only made it mandatory for foreign contractors and workers to be tested for Covid-19.

But Ismail said management bodies and owners have the right to ask local contractors carrying out renovation or repair works on their properties to be tested for Covid-19.

“It is up to the management; the same goes for individuals (owners). Say, I want a contractor to do renovations on my home and I want them to do the Covid-19 swab test. That’s between me and the contractor (to agree).

“I have the right to protect myself,” he said at his daily press conference.

On the issue of businesses refusing to return deposits for their services for events which had to be cancelled because of the movement control order (MCO), Ismail said the government was aware of such cases.

“There are many such cases. Those who cancelled had to do so because of the MCO. This is why the government will introduce a new act related to Covid-19.”

Once this act is passed in Parliament and gazetted, Ismail said such issues can be resolved.

Ismail also said the education ministry was looking into SOPs for the reopening of private kindergartens and tuition centres, and the minister responsible would make an announcement soon.

On the reopening of swimming pools, Ismail said the youth and sports ministry would engage the relevant stakeholders from the industry and other relevant ministries and agencies to develop a comprehensive SOP before the matter is presented to the health ministry and National Security Council for approval.

Meanwhile, Ismail said nearly all those placed under mandatory quarantine at centres have been screened and discharged to complete their quarantine at home.

“Only 255 people are still at quarantine centres and are awaiting the results of their Covid-19 screenings.”

He said those who are being quarantined at home must download the MySejahtera application and were not allowed to take off the wristband provided.

Those who do not obey the SOPs and rules could face a compound fine and can also be charged in court.


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