With some construction activities allowed to proceed during Phase 3 of the movement control order (MCO), the local property and construction sectors said they will work together to contain the spread of Covid-19.
The government on 10 April allowed some construction works to resume provided specific Site Operating Procedures (SOP) are strictly implemented at work sites to prevent the spread of the virus.
The Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association (REHDA) Malaysia and Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM) welcomed the move saying it would not only help the industry but also the 140 related upstream and downstream industries, reported New Straits Times.
“The unprecedented global Covid-19 outbreak has changed the landscape of businesses all over the world and the Malaysian property development and construction industry have not been spared. Businesses in Malaysia are currently facing a very challenging time and they have to manage uncertainties that have arisen resulting from the outbreak,” they said in a statement.
REHDA and MBAM thanked the government, particularly the Ministry of Works, Ministry of Housing and Local Government, the Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia and Ministry of International Trade and Industry for listening to their members’ plight to get the industry operating again.
“We understand the various ministries and agencies have been working hard to present mitigation measures to lessen the impact of Covid-19 and have given due consideration to our various proposals such as the issues of foreign workers, cash flows, SOP of contractors and developers, among others, during this challenging period. Although there are teething problems, we are confident that should everyone play their part, together we will be able to face the challenges head-on to minimise any adverse impact for the greater good of the industry and the Malaysian economy,” they added.
A significant contributor to the county’s economy, the industry employs around 1.4 million workers with a paying salary of around RM40 billion annually.
With this, REHDA and MBAM hoped the government will positively look at offering further incentives at any of the stimulus package post-MCO.