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15 February 2021
The construction sector is one of the economic sectors that is permitted to operate during the second Movement Control Order (MCO 2.0). As such, on 14 January 2021 the Construction Industry Development Board of Malaysia's website published the standard operating procedure (SOP) that companies with permission to operate during MCO 2.0 must comply with when carrying out construction works (Construction SOP). This article discusses the key points of the Construction SOP.
The Construction SOP stipulates that only critical construction works as specified in the Ministry of Works' press statement of 12 January 2021 may be carried out during MCO 2.0 (for further details please see "MCO 2.0: critical construction works allowed").
When compared to the Ministry of Works press statement, the Construction SOP has added "commuter and single or double tracking works" into the list of "critical construction works".
Companies can maintain normal operating hours during MCO 2.0. However, workforce capacity is limited as follows:
The following documents must be kept and made available on the construction site for inspection by the relevant authorities:
Companies should also display their responsibilities under the Construction SOP at the construction site.
The Construction SOP also lists in detail the activities and protocols that must be conducted when carrying out works at the construction site. In summary, they are:
The Construction SOP is substantially similar to the standard operating procedures that were already in place prior to MCO 2.0. However, what is different this time around is that, unlike the first movement control order, the construction sector can operate at normal operating hours, albeit with a limited workforce capacity. Further, companies will be subject to the Construction SOP and responsible for the workers' compliance with the same. In effect, it is business as usual for the construction sector during this MCO 2.0.
For further information on this topic please contact Richard Khoo Boo Hin or Rachel Chiah at SKRINE by telephone (+60 3 2081 3999) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com). The SKRINE website can be accessed at www.skrine.com.
(1) Further information on the activities and protocols is available here.
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