Construction company sorry for Sunday work

The General Manager of a company brought under the spotlight for carrying out construction work on Sunday without authorisation has aplogised for their actions.

General Manager of Zheng Construction Company Limited, Peizheng Wang, told the Samoa Observer during an interview that he was deeply sorry for the actions of his workers. He maintains that he was "not aware" of them working on Sunday. 

Mr. Wang said the 10 Chinese and Samoan construction workers present on site at Moto’otua where the company is building a new hotel were living in a temporary shelter on site.

“They were instructed to clear the way to allow for a concrete truck to enter on Monday,” he explained. 

“They were not laying out any concrete or blocks they were just cleaning and clearing the way for works on the next day.” 

Told that the men were seen mixing concrete and pouring it on the floor, Mr. Wang said, “I have no idea”. 

The General Manager pointed out he understands that his workers actions have caused a lot of concerns from the public and he wants to apologise for it. 

“We have been working in Samoa for the last seven years and have become Samoans ourselves,” he said. 

“I do apologise for what had happened and I will make sure that our workers do not do anymore work on Sundays.” 

Mr. Wang also confirmed that his company does not have consent to do work on Sunday. 

He added that the Planning and Urban Management Agency (P.U.M.A.) has contacted him to write a report concerning his company’s work on Sunday last week.

Reports from the Samoa Observer earlier this week about the Zheng Construction workers carrying out work on Sunday prompted an investigation into the incident. 

Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Chief Executive Officer, Magele Hoe Viali said the P.U.M.A. division was looking into the matter. 

Magele said the company should adhere to conditions stipulated in its development consent and to respect Sundays for resting. 

A final decision on whether the company will be penalised or be further taken to pursue criminal charges will depend on the conclusion of the investigation, he said. 

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