Construction SOP: Only critical works allowed for private projects, need to inform MIPD beforehand

Silhouettes of workers on a construction site. — file pic. // Photo: Pixabay

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, June 30: Only critical construction works, repairs and maintenance are allowed to resume for private sector projects during this extended Covid-19 restriction period and contractors or companies are required to write in and inform Sarawak Ministry of Infrastructure and Ports Development (MIPD) beforehand.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) revealed today that the letter should also provide supporting details including work scope, number of workers and site locations before the contractors or companies can operate during Phase 1 of the Movement Control under National Recovery Plan (NRP) from June 29 to July 12.

Critical works are those which, if not allowed to be carried out, could pose a danger or inconvenience to workers, public and the environment.

Construction works for public infrastructure projects, however, are allowed to continue in accordance with strict safety and health guidelines.

As per the updated standard operating procedures (SOP) released yesterday (June 29), SDMC has allowed the resumption of some works in the construction and renovation sector, which is among the 21 essential services permitted to operate, in conforming to occupational safety and health regulations and the State’s Covid-19 preventive guidelines to avoid infection and emergence of new clusters.

Note that the workforce capacity for the private sector is limited to 30 per cent at any one time for both operation and management.

In addition, a police permit or employer’s letter is also required for essential work that involves inter-district travel.

Under the construction and renovation sector, it also includes small-scale individual and private repair and maintenance works by registered contractors.

Works allowed include administration, operation, supply, service, critical repair and maintenance, public infrastructure construction as well as construction of buildings where the sites are equipped with proper accommodation for workers or where workers are housed in centralised worker quarters (CLQ).

For enquiries, the public may email the official MIPD email is or write in to Mohd Zakaria Abdul Wahab at or Azfa Zulaikha Abdul Aziz at — DayakDaily