Property developer clarifies no Covid-19 detected among site workers

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

KUCHING, June 10: Property developer Chen Ling Development Sdn Bhd clarified today that there were no cases of Covid-19 detected among its workers at The Podium project construction site at Jalan Tun Ahmad Zaidi Adruce.

The company, in a press release, pointed out that the two positive Covid-19 cases involving foreign workers staying in accommodation at Sungai Moyan, Batu Kawah here on June 7 and yesterday (June 9), were not employees at The Podium site.

“However, the grounds of The Podium were put under investigation as the employees from Sungai Moyan were found to have come into contact with our employees.

“Our employees are undergoing testing,” the company explained.

The statement was issued in response to the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) confirming a new cluster of Covid-19 infections involving foreign workers in Kuching as an Indonesian worker tested positive yesterday (June 9).


SDMC chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the Indonesian worker was detected through close contact tracing and the case was linked to a positive case reported on June 7.

The Health Department has conducted Active Case Detection (ACD) at the project site and will also carry detection out at the workers’ accommodation in Sungai Moyan.

Construction works at the site has been halted since yesterday (June 9) as all workers were tested and have been put under a 14-day quarantine.

“In this unprecedented time of global pandemic, as a company built of diverse individuals, we take special care in upholding the standard operating procedure (SOP) issued by the government.

“Chen Ling has always placed the employees and their families’ health and safety in mind,” the company emphasised.

Since restrictions under the Movement Control Order (MCO) were eased, the company revealed it had put in place precautionary measures including controlling outsiders’ access to the project site.

“Any unauthorised visits were considered as unlawful and trespassing,” the company asserted, adding that activities carried out by employees and who they met off site were not within its control.

Applauding SDMC for its continuous efforts in curbing the spread of Covid-19 in Sarawak, the company gave assurance of its commitment in playing an active part in keeping Sarawak free from Covid-19. — DayakDaily