AUGUST 2021 PRESIDENT WEBSITE MESSAGE
As the nation is still fighting against the COVID-19 battle, our current concern is the economic and business impact to the construction industry. Though we are currently in Phase 1 or 2 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) depending on states, the industry is still struggling to revive. MBAM hopes members can continue to support all our ongoing activities in the upcoming months.
The need to allow operations of private construction projects
From the recent news reported, major construction projects like construction of roads and other public infrastructures will be allowed to operate. However, it seems like it is mainly for government projects. Therefore, the industry is looking forward to the announcement by the government on the operations of private projects. But we do understand that for the exemption to resume operations, it needs strict compliance with SOPs. We request that the revised SOPs for the construction industry and all related sub-sectors, if any, be issued early before the implementation date, rather than being introduced at the last minute. However, we hope that there will be no additional SOPs or new regulations that will add more costs to the projects.
Adhere Strictly to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
Most companies in the construction industry are back operating as usual albeit with strict SOP compliance. We note that some members who have started work may experience some issues like interrupted supply chain and shortages of workers or workers’ absenteeism due to limited workers’ capacity. However, we are strictly advising members and contractors to always adhere to the existing SOPs given, either at the workplace or workers’ quarters.
Construction Industry Vaccination Program (CIVac)
Members and contractors at large are advised to get workers vaccinated to achieve herd immunity among construction workers. For registration and more information, visit https://vaccine.cidblink.com/
The Construction Industry Vaccination Program (CIVac) is an effort by the CIDB Malaysia led by the Ministry of Works, to accelerate the vaccination uptake among the construction workforce to achieve herd immunity and reduce the number of COVID-19 workplace clusters. This would protect the well-being of employees and consequently help expedite Malaysia’s economic recovery.
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Tan Sri Sufri Hj Mhd Zin PSM, SSAP, DPTJ