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Dear Members,

To help counter the COVID – 19 pandemic, the government of Malaysia initiated the Movement Control Order (MCO), effective on 18 March 2020, in order to increase social distancing and slow down the transmission rate of the virus. The MCO order was extended multiple times and has, at times, switched to either the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), or the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO). 

Following the MCO stages, the National Recovery Plan (NRP) was put in place starting June 1, 2021.  NRP consists of a four – phase recovery plan that is developed to steer Malaysia out of the pandemic. The three key conditions to be met to move to a next phase are related to daily COVID – 19 cases, the rate of bed use in ICUs, and the percentage of the population fully vaccinated.

The latest update is included below.

UPDATE: On 18 October 2021, it was announced that Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, and Putrajaya will be under Phase 4 of the NRP.

Click here to find the closest PPV Center for your booster 

Latest statistics via COVIDNOW website

Click here to view the latest vaccination numbers.

Please click here for the list of states and current NRP Phase.

MCO Stages
To help counter the COVID – 19 pandemic, the government of Malaysia initiated the Movement Control Order (MCO), effective on 18 March 2020, in order to increase social distancing and slow down the transmission rate of the virus. The MCO order was extended three times, each for another two week period, until 12 May 2020.
 
On 13 May 2020, Malaysia moved into the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).
On 8 June 2020, Malaysia moved into the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).
On 25 March 2020, the Prime Minister announced that the MCO will be extended until 14 April.
On 10 April 2020, the Prime Minister announced that the MCO will be extended until 28 April.
On 23 April 2020, the Prime Minister announced that the MCO will be extended until 12 May.
On 11 May 2020, Malaysia moved into CMCO from 13 May, and ran until 9 June.
On 7 June 2020, Malaysia moved into the RMCO as per 10 June, and ran until 31 August.
On 28 August 2020, the Prime Minister announced that the RMCO was extended until 31 December.
On 1 January 2021, it was announced that the RMCO will be extended until 31 March.
On 11 January 2021, it was announced that six states will be under MCO for 14 days.
On 2 February 2021, it was announced that the MCO will be extended until 18 February.
On 16 February 2021, it was announced that the MCO in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Johor, and Penang has been extended until March 4.
On 2 March 2021, it was announced that the MCO in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Johor, and Penang will change to a CMCO on 5 March and will run until 18 March.
On 17 March 2021, it was announced that the CMCO in Selangor, KL, Johor, Penang, and Kelantan will be extended until 31 March.
On 30 March 2021, it was announced that the CMCO in Selangor, KL, Johor, Penang, and Kelantan will be extended until 15 April.
On 13 April 2021, it was announced that Selangor, Johor, Kelantan, Kuala Lumpur, and Penang will remain under CMCO until 28 April.
On 27 April 2021, it was announced that Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Johor will remain under CMCO until 17 May.
On 5 May 2021 it was announced that KL, several areas in Terengganu, Johor, and Perak will be under MCO from 7 to 20 May.
On 10 May 2021 it was announced that there will be a nationwide MCO from 12 May to 7 June
On 28 May 2021 it was announced that there will be a nationwide full lockdown from 1 June for 14 days
On 11 June 2021 it was announced that there will be a nationwide full lockdown until 28 June
On 27 June 2021 it was announced that Phase I of the lockdown will be extended
On 1 July 2021 it was announced that most of Selangor and some localities in KL will be placed under EMCO starting 3 July.
On 16 July 2021 it was announced that most of Selangor and KL will return to NRP Phase 1 starting 17 July.
On 8 September 2021 it was announced that KL, Selangor, and Putrajaya will be moving to Phase II of the NRP on 10 September.
On 1 October 2021, it was announced that Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, and Putrajaya will be under Phase 3 of the NRP.
On 18 October 2021, it was announced that Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, and Putrajaya will be under Phase 4 of the NRP.

The MDBC office is closed with all team – members WFH, except on some events (webinars) days.
Please contact us for any online appointments.

During this period, and as you already notice from all our current messages, MDBC continues to operate, we will monitor and update you whenever necessary. Our team is  committed to maintaining our communications and engagements with you (whether on the current situation, or on any other issues or questions you may have). We will not always be reachable via our office telephone, so please use e – mail as the main form of communication; If required, we can set up a conference call.

We encourage everyone to heed preventive and general hygiene measures; making sure to follow the guidelines set by professional and regulatory agencies.

From all of us at the MDBC team, stay healthy & safe.

MDBC will always make the best effort to ensure that all information posted on this page is up to date.  However, this is a dynamic and continually changing situation so please double check the primary sources (links included per section) for the latest updates.

News items are listed per segment with the latest update at the bottom.  If you visit the archives, please note that earlier items listed near the top of the page will be from 2020 when the MCO first started (unless separated into a full year archive).

Latest News

MoH introduces new quarantine exemption rules for travellers with COVID infection history, 13 Jan

MoH introduces new quarantine exemption rules for travellers with COVID infection history

Malaysia has introduced new quarantine exemption rules for travellers to the country who have been previously infected by the COVID – 19 virus. This will come into effect from Thursday (Jan 13).  The exemption is subject to such travellers being fully vaccinated and having contracted Covid-19 within 11 to 60 days of their arrival, said Minister of Health (MoH) Khairy Jamaluddin

In a statement on Wednesday (Jan 12), Khairy said the travellers must have printed or digital laboratory reports to show they were infected with the virus within that period.

Click here to read the article

Published 13 January 2022

Positive COVID – 19: Seven-day quarantine for vaccinated individuals, 15 Jan

Positive COVID – 19: Seven-day quarantine for vaccinated individuals

Fully-vaccinated individuals who test positive for all variants of COVID – 19 and are asymptomatic must undergo isolation for seven days, said Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.  He said individuals positive for COVID – 19 who are not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated or symptomatic, must undergo the mandatory 10 – day isolation.  Meanwhile, close contacts of COVID – 19 positive cases who are fully vaccinated and have received their booster shot will be required to undergo a five – day quarantine.

Click here to read the article

Published 15 January 2022

Pinned Items

Adding your overseas vaccination record to MySejahtera, 8 Oct

Adding your overseas vaccination record to MySejahtera

Published 8 October

As of 22 December 2021 new entry rules will apply to travellers from outside the EU/Schengen area travelling to The Netherlands, 23 Dec

As of 22 December 2021 new entry rules will apply to travellers from outside the EU/Schengen area travelling to The Netherlands

Starting on 22 December 2021 0:01 AM new rules will go into effect: travellers from outside the EU / Schengen area who are travelling to The Netherlands must always provide a negative test result to enter the Netherlands. Travellers from very high – risk areas must always self – quarantine. These rules also apply to travellers with proof of vaccination or proof of recovery, who were previously exempt from the mandatory quarantine.

Mandatory testing for all travellers from outside the EU / Schengen area
From 22 December 2021, travellers coming from countries outside the EU / Schengen area are only permitted to enter the Netherlands if they have a negative test result with them. This includes travellers with proof of vaccination or proof of recovery. The test results must be from either a NAAT (PCR) test performed no more than 48 hours before departure or an antigen test performed no more than 24 hours before departure.

Travellers from very high – risk areas must always self – quarantine
From 22 December 2021, travellers from very high – risk areas must self – quarantine for 10 days even if they have proof of vaccination or proof of recovery. This quarantine period can be shortened if they get tested by the municipal health service (GGD) on day 5 of the quarantine and the result is negative.

Other exceptions to the mandatory quarantine and test requirements remain in effect
The other exceptions to the mandatory quarantine rule will remain in effect, as will the other exceptions to the test requirement, for example for children under 12 and transport personnel.

Click here to read the announcement

Published 23 December

MoH introduces new quarantine exemption rules for travellers with COVID infection history, 13 Jan

MoH introduces new quarantine exemption rules for travellers with COVID infection history

Malaysia has introduced new quarantine exemption rules for travellers to the country who have been previously infected by the COVID – 19 virus. This will come into effect from Thursday (Jan 13).  The exemption is subject to such travellers being fully vaccinated and having contracted COVID – 19 within 11 to 60 days of their arrival, said Minister of Health (MoH) Khairy Jamaluddin

In a statement on Wednesday (Jan 12), Khairy said the travellers must have printed or digital laboratory reports to show they were infected with the virus within that period.

Click here to read the article

Published 13 January 2022

Positive COVID – 19: Seven-day quarantine for vaccinated individuals, 15 Jan

Positive COVID – 19: Seven-day quarantine for vaccinated individuals

Fully-vaccinated individuals who test positive for all variants of COVID – 19 and are asymptomatic must undergo isolation for seven days, said Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.  He said individuals positive for COVID – 19 who are not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated or symptomatic, must undergo the mandatory 10 – day isolation.  Meanwhile, close contacts of COVID – 19 positive cases who are fully vaccinated and have received their booster shot will be required to undergo a five – day quarantine.

Click here to read the article

Published 15 January 2022

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Ministries & Agencies

MOH Imposes temporary entry restrictions on foreign travelers, 7 Dec

MOH Imposes temporary entry restrictions on foreign travelers

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has imposed temporary entry restrictions on foreign travellers entering Malaysia from countries with a high risk of the new COVID – 19 variant of concern, Omicron, or those who have been to the same countries 14 days prior entering Malaysia. The list of the high – risk countries are as follows:

  • South Africa
  • Botswana
  • Eswathini
  • Lesotho
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Malawi

However, Malaysian citizens, permanent residents and the long – term pass holders are still allowed to enter Malaysia but must undergo a 14 – day quarantine upon arrival.

The long – term passes entitled to this exemption are as follows:

  • Employment Pass (EP) (Category I, II, and III)
  • Residence Pass – Talent (RP – T)
  • Professional Visit Pass (PVP)
  • Dependent Pass (DP)
  • Long Term Social Visit Pass (LTSVP)

The above measures are temporary and will be reviewed on a regular basis.

Click here to read the announcement.

Published 7 December

MOH Announces reinforcement actions for travelers from overseas, 9 Dec

MOH Announces reinforcement actions for travelers from overseas.

To prevent the entry and transmission of this variant into Malaysia, the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) would like to inform that the reinforcement actions for preventive and control measures will be in place and will be available for travelers arriving in Malaysia according to the following categories:
1. Vaccinated Travel Lane (Air);
2. Vaccinated Travel Lane (Land);
3. Langkawi International Tourism Bubble (LITB);
4. One-Stop Center (OSC) for short-term business visitors;
5. Travelers from countries subject to temporary travel restrictions; and
6. Travelers from countries reported the spread of the new Omicron variant in the community.

For travelers under categories 1 to 4, a reinforcement action to the preventive and control measures are as follows :
• Travelers must have been fully vaccinated
• COVID-19 PCR test was performed within 2 days before departure to Malaysia, replacing the previous procedure which was prescribed 72 hours before departure.
• COVID-19 detection test upon arrival in Malaysia.
• RTK-Ag test or rapid antigen test (self) on 2nd day, 4th, and 6th after arrival.
• RTK-Ag test or rapid antigen test (professional) on the 3rd day and 5th after arrival.

Click here for the press release in BM
Click here for the press release in English (Unofficial Translation)

Published 9 December

Act 342 amendments: Up to RM1 mil compound to errant companies, 12 Dec

Act 342 amendments: Up to RM1 mil compound to errant companies

Companies, factories and government agencies violating the standard operating procedures (SOP) set to control the spread of the COVID – 19 outbreak can be compounded up to RM1 million, following amendments to the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1998 (Act 342), said Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

He said the increase in the compound was among the amendments that would be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat coming Thursday.  Khairy said the compound would be higher for repeated offences, based on assessments.  Currently, the maximum amount that could be imposed on errant companies and factories is RM50,000, he said.

Click here to read the article

Published 12 December

MoH introduces new quarantine exemption rules for travellers with COVID infection history, 13 Jan

MoH introduces new quarantine exemption rules for travellers with COVID infection history

Malaysia has introduced new quarantine exemption rules for travellers to the country who have been previously infected by the COVID – 19 virus. This will come into effect from Thursday (Jan 13).  The exemption is subject to such travellers being fully vaccinated and having contracted Covid-19 within 11 to 60 days of their arrival, said Minister of Health (MoH) Khairy Jamaluddin

In a statement on Wednesday (Jan 12), Khairy said the travellers must have printed or digital laboratory reports to show they were infected with the virus within that period.

Click here to read the article

Published 13 January 2022

Positive COVID – 19: Seven-day quarantine for vaccinated individuals, 15 Jan

Positive COVID – 19: Seven-day quarantine for vaccinated individuals

Fully-vaccinated individuals who test positive for all variants of COVID – 19 and are asymptomatic must undergo isolation for seven days, said Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.  He said individuals positive for COVID – 19 who are not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated or symptomatic, must undergo the mandatory 10 – day isolation.  Meanwhile, close contacts of COVID – 19 positive cases who are fully vaccinated and have received their booster shot will be required to undergo a five – day quarantine.

Click here to read the article

Published 15 January 2022

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Info & Resources MY

Sarawakians returning into the state from overseas via the peninsula to be quarantined at KLIA1, KLIA2 first, 23 Dec

Sarawakians returning into the state from overseas via the peninsula to be quarantined at KLIA1, KLIA2 first

Sarawakians together with their spouses and family travelling back into the state from abroad through the peninsula will be quarantined at the first point of entry, either at the KLIA1 or KLIA2 starting today.

SDMC in a statement today said the quarantine centres there will be managed by the Sarawak State Liaison Office, and any reservations for quarantine places are to be made to the Liaison Office via website https://sarawakdisastermc.com/eshotel (Quarantine Centre in Peninsular Malaysia) within seven to 10 working days before entering Malaysia.

For non – Sarawakians including long term pass holders who want to travel into Sarawak via the Peninsular Malaysia, they are also required to be quarantined at KLIA1 or KLIA2, which would be managed by the Ministry of Health. 

Click here to read the article

Published 23 December

Malaysia – Singapore VTL freeze: Some Malaysians surprised and annoyed as travel plans stall, uncertain of resumption after Jan 20, 23 Dec

Malaysia – Singapore VTL freeze: Some Malaysians surprised and annoyed as travel plans stall, uncertain of resumption after Jan 20

Singapore and Malaysia announced that they are suspending the quarantine-free travel scheme — less than a month after it started for land crossings between both countries.

The freeze on new bus and flight ticket sales will start from December 23 until Jan 20 next year, though those who already have tickets are still allowed to travel under the quarantine – free scheme, Singapore’s COVID – 19 task force said in the morning.

Click here to read the article

Click here for the press release from the MoH in BM
Click here for the press release from the MoH in English (Unofficial Translation)

Published 23 December

Govt introduces MySJ Trace feature for COVID – 19 close contacts tracing, 27 Dec

Govt introduces MySJ Trace feature for COVID – 19 close contacts tracing

The government has introduced the MySejahtera Trace (MySJTrace) feature in the MySejahtera application to detect close contacts of positive COVID – 19 cases using Bluetooth technology.

A joint statement issued by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) and the Ministry of Health (MoH) said MySJ Trace is available from Saturday (Dec 25), and the public is also advised to update their MySejahtera application.

Click here to read the article

 

Published 27 December 2021

Malaysia lifts African travel ban, cuts booster wait amid Omicron fears, 28 Dec

Malaysia lifts African travel ban, cuts booster wait amid Omicron fears

Malaysia has lifted a travel ban on eight southern African countries that had been among the first to report the Omicron variant of the coronvirus, citing the greater spread of the variant worldwide, its health minister said today.

Meanwhile, authorities would cut the wait time for booster vaccine doses amid concerns over the spread of Omicron, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin told reporters.  Authorities have detected 306 suspected Omicron cases out of 366 samples from travellers who had tested positive for COVID – 19 upon arrival between December 21 and 25, he said.

Click here to read the article

Published 28 December 2021

ProtectHealth encourages booster dose seekers to call and be on waitlist instead of walking in to prevent crowding at PPVs, clinics, 5 Jan

ProtectHealth encourages booster dose seekers to call and be on waitlist instead of walking in to prevent crowding at PPVs, clinics

Since last week, long queues and crowds have been seen at various vaccination centres in the Klang Valley as people were hoping to get their booster shots even though they did not have appointments.

In response to this surge of walk – ins, ProtectHealth Corporation Sdn Bhd (ProtectHealth) is encouraging people to call and be put on a waitlist instead of physically heading to vaccination centres (PPVs).  Malay Mail was told that with immediate effect, walk – ins will no longer be allowed at off – site PPVs.

Click here to read the article
Click here to see the list of off – site PPVs

Published 5 January 2022

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Info & Resources NL

For travel to the Netherlands, 8 Nov

For travel to the Netherlands

Malaysia is no longer on the ‘Very High Risk’ list of countries and areas.  Travelers to the Netherlands must now abide by the rules and regulations for travel from ‘High Risk’ areas.

Click here for the checklist for entering or returning to the Netherlands

Published 8 November

Dutch reintroduce face masks as COVID – 19 cases surge, 8 Nov

Dutch reintroduce face masks as COVID – 19 cases surge

The Dutch government on Tuesday decided to re – impose measures, including the wearing of face masks, aimed at slowing the latest spike in COVID – 19 infections, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said.

The use of a “corona pass”, showing proof of a COVID – 19 vaccination or recent negative coronavirus test, would be broadened as of Nov. 6 to public places including museums, gyms and outdoor terraces, Rutte said.

Click here to read the article

Published 8 November

Infection rate must go down: stricter rules to limit person – to – person contacts  (NL), 15 Nov

Infection rate must go down: stricter rules to limit person – to – person contacts  (NL)

The (NL) government is tightening up measures to combat the sharp increase in coronavirus infections and avoid putting further pressure on the overburdened healthcare sector. The virus is transmitted through contact between people, so additional measures are being introduced to reduce the number of contacts that people have on a day – to – day basis. This will protect everyone better, and people in at – risk groups in particular, against the virus, which is now extremely widespread. The aim is to enable people to go about their daily activities (school, work, sports, etc.) as much as possible during the day, but to restrict the number of contacts in the evening. These measures will enter into force at 18.00 on Saturday 13 November and apply until at least Saturday 4 December. The government will reassess the situation on Friday 3 December.

Click here to read the announcement

Published 15 November

Dutch schools to shut early for Christmas amid Omicron fears, 15 Dec

Dutch schools to shut early for Christmas amid Omicron fears

The Netherlands said Tuesday it will close primary schools early for Christmas holidays and extend a night – time lockdown as fears grow over the Omicron coronavirus variant.  Schools will shut on Monday December 20, a week earlier than planned, over concerns that children could infect vulnerable older relatives with COVID – 19.

Click here to read the article

Published 15 December

As of 22 December 2021 new entry rules will apply to travellers from outside the EU/Schengen area travelling to The Netherlands, 23 Dec

As of 22 December 2021 new entry rules will apply to travellers from outside the EU/Schengen area travelling to The Netherlands

Starting on 22 December 2021 0:01 AM new rules will go into effect: travellers from outside the EU / Schengen area who are travelling to The Netherlands must always provide a negative test result to enter the Netherlands. Travellers from very high – risk areas must always self – quarantine. These rules also apply to travellers with proof of vaccination or proof of recovery, who were previously exempt from the mandatory quarantine.

Mandatory testing for all travellers from outside the EU / Schengen area
From 22 December 2021, travellers coming from countries outside the EU / Schengen area are only permitted to enter the Netherlands if they have a negative test result with them. This includes travellers with proof of vaccination or proof of recovery. The test results must be from either a NAAT (PCR) test performed no more than 48 hours before departure or an antigen test performed no more than 24 hours before departure.

Travellers from very high – risk areas must always self – quarantine
From 22 December 2021, travellers from very high – risk areas must self – quarantine for 10 days even if they have proof of vaccination or proof of recovery. This quarantine period can be shortened if they get tested by the municipal health service (GGD) on day 5 of the quarantine and the result is negative.

Other exceptions to the mandatory quarantine and test requirements remain in effect
The other exceptions to the mandatory quarantine rule will remain in effect, as will the other exceptions to the test requirement, for example for children under 12 and transport personnel.

Click here to read the announcement

Published 23 December

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Info & Resources Global

IMF Policy Responses to Covid – 19

IMF Policy Responses to Covid – 19

This policy tracker summarizes the key economic responses governments are taking to limit the human and economic impact of the Covid – 19 pandemic as of end March 2020. The tracker includes 192 economies. More countries will be added soon.

NOTE: The tracker is not meant for comparison across members as responses vary depending on the nature of the shock and country-specific circumstances. The tracker focuses on discretionary actions that supplement existing social safety nets and insurance mechanisms. These existing mechanisms differ across countries in their breadth and scope. The information included is publicly available and does not represent views of the IMF on the measures listed.

Please click here for the Policy Tracker.

Understanding the COVID-19 pandemic through data, 31 Mar

Understanding the COVID-19 pandemic through data

Data is critical to support countries in managing the global COVID-19 pandemic. This site provides an array of real-time data, statistical indicators, and other types of data that are relevant to the coronavirus pandemic. These data are drawn from the World Bank’s data catalog and other authoritative sources.  This page will be updated frequently as more data and research becomes available, particularly on the economic and social impacts of the pandemic and the World Bank’s efforts to address them.

Please click here to see the data.

Published 31 March.

World Bank Group Increases COVID-19 Response, 31 Mar

World Bank Group Increases COVID-19 Response to $14 Billion To Help Sustain Economies, Protect Jobs

The World Bank and IFC’s Boards of Directors approved today an increased $14 billion package of fast – track financing to assist companies and countries in their efforts to prevent, detect, and respond to the rapid spread of Covid – 19. 

Please click here for info on the World Bank response.

Published 31 March

KPMG Covid – 19 CIO and CISO Guidelines

KPMG: Covid – 19 CIO and CISO Guidelines

Concern over the scale and impact of the Covid – 19 pandemic is growing, leading organizations to consider their response, and the actions they need to take now to maintain their business. The CIO and CISO have vital roles in making sure the organization can function as pandemic containment measures are implemented.

Important questions to ask include:

Can your business function effectively through remote working?
Are you able to scale digital channels to deal with demand?
What would happen if disruption to a datacenter occurs?
Are you dependent on key IT personnel?
Are you able to scale your cloud capabilities?
Are you dependent on specific suppliers?
What would happen if there’s a cyber/IT incident?
Are you making the best use of your resources?
Are you setting an example?

Download and read the full guide here.

Published 31 March

UN Women Survey, 17 Apr

UN Women Survey

Despite a growing number of initiatives and resources made available to promote and develop women’s entrepreneurship, gender inequalities in entrepreneurship still exist. Now, with the rapid spread around the world of COVID – 19, the positive developments in closing the gender gap in entrepreneurship could be threatened.  That is why WeEmpowerAsia (WEA), an EU funded program implemented by UN Women, is requesting the input of several organizations across Asia and the European Union to be able to identify the support needed by women – led small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the coming years. Specifically, they are requesting the owners and senior managers of the following organizations to fill in their survey.

The survey data will be used for designing, implementing and scaling gender – smart toolkits targeted at entrepreneurs and accelerator programs in both Asia and the EU. Additionally, the data will be used as input for the issues brief ‘Gender – smart entrepreneurship’ to be published by UN Women.

Published 17 April

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Media Releases

APEC Trade Ministers Commit to Mitigate Economic Impact Of COVID – 19, 12 May

APEC Trade Ministers Commit to Mitigate Economic Impact Of COVID – 19

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministers Responsible for Trade (MRT) has issued a statement calling for APEC Economies to hasten the fight against COVID-19 while undertaking the necessary steps to remedy the health and economic impact of the pandemic.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 12 May

Compound awaits those who travel interstate without permission, 18 May

Compound awaits those who travel interstate without permission

The police will start issuing compound notices to those who are caught embarking on interstate travel without permission, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 18 May

Ministry to release SOPs for programmes that involve media coverage, 18 May

Ministry to release SOPs for programmes that involve media coverage

A standard operating procedure (SOP) for programmes that involve media coverage will be outlined for organisers to follow.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 18 May

Business premises must abide by SOPs in handling Personal Data during CMCO, 1 June

Business premises must abide by SOPs in handling Personal Data during CMCO

All business premises allowed to operate during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) must comply fully with the operating procedures with regards to the collection, processing and storing of personal data, as set by the Communications and Multimedia Ministry (KKMM).

KKMM in a statement today said the standard procedures had been approved in a special ministerial committee meeting on the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) on May 21.  According to the statement, only the customer’s or visitor’s name, contact number, date and time of visit, should be recorded and it was up to the premises owners to implement either manual or electronic recording.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 1 June.

Circular on CMCO areas and changes in SOP, 7 Dec

Circular on CMCO areas and changes in SOP

With the announcement by YB Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, all states except Selangor, Sabah, and the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur (and the areas listed below) are no longer under CMCO and are placed back under RMCO until 31 December 2020.

Areas still under CMCO:
Kedah: Kulim
Penang: Mukim 12 Barat Daya, Mukim 13 Timur Laut
Perak: Mukim Teja, Mukim Changkat Jong
Kelantan: Kota Bharu, Machant, Tanah Merah, Pasir Mas districts
Negeri Sembilan: Seremban, Port Dickson
Johor: Kota Tinggi, Johor Bharu, Batu Pahat, Kulai districts

With effect from 7 December, activities allowed in the CMCO areas are:

  • Inter – district and interstate travel (except entering and leaving areas under EMCO;
  • Passenger limit in vehicles is no longer limited to two (2) persons in a car;
  • Movement into and out of Sabah is allowed (subject to negative test for RT – PCR or RTK Antigen test which is compulsory to be conducted three (3) days before travel;
  • Face to face meetings at hotels are allowed with social distancing and subject to 50% of the original maximum capacity;
  • Use of swimming pools at hotels is allowed with social distancing;
  • Dine – in is allowed without limit but with social distancing;
  • Business activity is allowed to operate until midnight;
  • Filming activity is allowed without spectator and subject to minimum crew;
  • Live event without spectator is allowed;
  • Indoor busking is allowed subject tothe number of spectators to be determined by the Ministry of Communicaiton and Multimedia;
  • All business activities under the Cultural and Tourism sector are allowed except:
    • Theme park, cinema, and indoor playground;
    • Meeting, seminar, workshop, training, courses, conference, lectures, and exhibitions;
    • Official and unofficial ceremony of the government and private social activities;
    • Arts and crafts product exhibitions, museum, library, and art gallery;
    • Tour and travel in and out of the country.

Industries registered with MITI in areas under CMCO are still obliged to implement Work from Home (WFH) for employees in the management and supervisory categories, under which only 10% of the management and supervisory categories are allowed to be in the office, limited to four (4) hours a day, starting from 10:00 – 14:00 hrs for three (3) days a week.

Click here to read and download the Ministerial Circular on the new SOPs in BM
Click here to read and download the new SOPS in English (Unofficial Translation by EuroCham Malaysia)
Click here to read and download the circular by Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF).

Published 7 December

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Resources

TalentCorp Flexible Work Arrangements and the MCO Experience webinars, 6 August

TalentCorp Flexible Work Arrangements and the MCO Experience webinars.

Flexible Work Arrangements: COVID -19 has brought about fundamental shifts in the business world which are long lasting, if not permanent. To adapt, organisations and the workforce need evolve behaviours and embrace new ways of working. This will include implementing sustainable long -term flexible work arrangement options, while retaining productivity and employee engagement. This webinar covers how organisations can implement Flexible Work Arrangements that prioritize productivity and safety.

The MCO Experience: The Movement Control Order (MCO) imposed in Malaysia due to COVID -19 created an unprecedented situation in which a third of Malaysians in the private sector were required to work from home (WFH). United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Malaysia surveyed over 1,000 employers and over 200 employees to discover whether WFH works for all.  Dr. David Tan will present key findings from the survey, including: * Impacts on quality of life; Gender outcomes, employee productivity; and the Future of Flexible Work Arrangements. This session is exclusive and complimentary for employers.

Published, 6 August.

Special Offer: COVID – 19 Screening for MDBC members, 17 August

Special Offer: COVID – 19 Screening for MDBC members

doctorDB is offering a special discount to fellow MDBC members (and their families) on COVID – 19 screenings

Published 17 August

ASEAN update: Recovering from COVID – 19, 5 Mar

ASEAN update: Recovering from COVID – 19

We have left 2020 in the rear view mirror and are looking forward to getting back to “normal”.  Unfortunately, the coronavirus is still very much influencing our lives and the world economy. While scientists have learned quite a bit about the “original” virus, there remains much uncertainty about new virus mutations like the “South African” and “British” variant. The result is that 2021 will again be a year marked by the fight against the coronavirus.

Click here to read the report by RaboResearch

Published 5 March

Philips UV – C Disinfection Solutions

Philips UV – C Disinfection Solutions

MDBC member Signify is the world leader in lighting, providing high quality energy efficient lighting products, systems, and services.  Signify and Boston University have validated the effectiveness of their UV – C light sources to inactivate the COVID – 19 virus.  To learn more about UV – C solutions to help protect yourself and your business, friends, and family, please click here.

Updated list of Premium Quarantine Hotels, 1 July

Updated list of Premium Quarantine Hotels

Those who are travelling to Malaysia and wish to reserve their quarantine stay at a premium hotel may check this list via the National Disaster Management Agency of the Prime Minister’s Department (NADMA).  Contact information for the relevant hotels is provided so that travelers can make the necessary bookings.

Published 1 July

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Infographics

Malaysia – Singapore VTL Land Traveller Categories

Source: MITI
Published 30 November

Requirements for Malaysia – Singapore VTL Land Travellers

Source: MITI
Published 30 November

VTL Land Traveller’s Journey (Part 1)

Source: MITI
Published 30 November

VTL – Land Traveller’s Journey (Part 2)

Source: MITI
Published 30 November

TRIIS Con’t

Source: MOH
Published 11 October

TRIIS

Source: MOH
Published 11 October

Interstate travel for fully vaccinated individuals EN

Source: Bernama
Published 11 October

Interstate travel for fully vaccinated individuals BM

Source: Bernama
Published 11 October

Adding your overseas vaccination records to MySejahtera

Source: JKJAV
Published 8 October

Infographics Archive (Read more)

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