Malaysia: Belt and Road rail project asks some staff to work remotely in Wuhan amidst coronavirus outbreak

Author: Reuters, Published on: 19 February 2020

“Malaysian Belt and Road project tells some staff to work from home in China's Wuhan”, 18 February 2020

The contractor for a Malaysian rail project that is part of China’s ‘Belt and Road’ initiative has advised some Chinese staff to work remotely while a coronavirus outbreak delays their return from holidays, a company official said…

Malaysia has barred the return of 13 managerial staff on the $11-billion East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) after they returned to China’s central province of Hubei, the epicentre of the outbreak, during their Lunar New Year holidays.

Bai Yinzhan, managing director of contractor CCC-ECRL, the Malaysian unit of China Communications Construction, said the affected staff would work out of their homes in Wuhan, the provincial capital, during Malaysia’s temporary ban.

“They can work from home,” Bai told a news briefing. “There has not been a major impact on the work. We can use network video platforms to continue communicating.”

Nearly 200 Chinese staff, who also went back for the annual holiday, are now back at work following 14 days of self quarantine at base camps in Malaysia, said Darwis Abdul Razak, chief executive of project owner Malaysia Rail Link…

[Also referred to China Export-Import Bank]

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Related companies: China Communications Construction Company Limited (CCCC) China Exim