: The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) will impose stern action against contractors who build workers' quarters without following the set guidelines.
Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said based on construction records and observation, it was found that many workers' quarters were built on construction sites without following the guidelines set by the CIDB and local authorities.
He said the failure to comply with the set guidelines could lead to the spread of the COVID-19, which occurred at a construction site in Jalan Ampang where 27 new cases were detected yesterday.
"Many workers' quarters at construction sites are very dirty which caused the COVID-19 virus to spread quickly among workers.
“I have instructed DBKL and CIDB to carry out enforcement on construction sites, and those who do not follow the rules will be compounded and even have the construction sites shut down,” he said during a Facebook live session here today.
Annuar said ongoing inspections would be conducted by DBKL and CIDB to ensure that all construction sites in the federal capital are free of COVID-19 infections.
He said if there were construction workers who tested positive for COVID-19, the construction sites and workers’ quarters needed to be vacated and the workers quarantined.
“The costs for quarantine and COVID-19 tests are to be borne by the construction company,” he said.
He said overcrowded premises and homes will lead to hygiene problem.
"Therefore, I have directed the DBKL and Alam Flora to clean up the area and take action against the owners of premises or homes which being rented to too many foreign workers at one time," he said.