Kuala Lumpur, 22 January 2021 – Referring to the special message by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, the Ministry of Works announced the critical construction works that can continue operation in Selangor, the Federal Territories (Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Labuan), Johor, Penang, Sabah and Melaka.
All construction work in the affected states should cease throughout the MCO, exceptions are granted on the following works that are included to the list of essential services.
1. Among the works allowed are the critical maintenance and repair work for the safety of workers, the public or the environment:
- Slope repairs
- Road repair and maintenance
- Repair of buildings/offices
- Repair of individual residences
- Traffic management control
- Scheduled inspections and scheduled repairs of elevators/travelators/escalators as well other critical mechanical and electrical equipment
- Repair, maintenance and upgrading of premises of critical services
- Traffic light repairs
- Construction of Bailey bridges at the site of collapsed bridges
- Tunnel construction works
- Emergency works that are included in contract agreements
- Maintenance, cleaning and drying of stagnant water, spraying of pesticides at construction sites to prevent the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes and other pests
- Other unfinished works that could pose danger
2. Among the works permitted are major public infrastructure construction works that use mainly machinery, do not involve many workers gathered in one place, are located far from the general public or at remote areas:
- Highways and roads
- Bridges and viaducts
- Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)
- Infrastructure related to electricity
- Infrastructure related to telecommunications
- Infrastructure related to dams, drainage and sewerage
- Infrastructure related to oil and gas
3. The building construction works, including projects that provide fully equipped accommodation for workers at construction sites, or for workers who are placed in Centralised Labour Quarters (CLQ), are allowed.
4. Professional or consultancy services for works are allowed to operate provided that professionals/consultants comply with the prescribed standard operating procedures (SOPs) and ensure that there is a minimal number of staff performing tasks deemed critical only.
5. Other services in the supply chain that are allowed to operate include the supply of building materials; and the delivery of materials and others for construction sites that are approved to operate, provided that all parties involved in the supply chain comply with the prescribed SOPs, such as ensuring that transportation and materials are sanitised, recording temperatures and recording the movements into and out of the sites.
– Construction+ Online