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MCO Updates

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), or the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).  The latest update is included below.

UPDATE: On 13 April, it was announced that Selangor, Johor, Kelantan, Kuala Lumpur, and Penang will remain under CMCO until 28 April.

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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, it was announced that the RMCO will be extended until 31 March.
On 11 January, it was announced that six states will be under MCO for 14 days.
On 2 February, it was announced that the MCO will be extended until 18 February.
On 16 February, it was announced that the MCO in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Johor, and Penang has been extended until March 4.
On 2 March, 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, it was announced that the CMCO in Selangor, KL, Johor, Penang, and Kelantan will be extended until 31 March.
On 30 March, it was announced that the CMCO in Selangor, KL, Johor, Penang, and Kelantan will be extended until 15 April.
On 13 April, it was announced that Selangor, Johor, Kelantan, Kuala Lumpur, and Penang will remain under CMCO until 28 April.

The MDBC office is open with some team – members in the office and others WFH. 
Please contact us first for any visits or 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 maintain our communications and engagements with you, whether on the current situation, or on any other issues or questions you might have. We will not always be reachable via our office telephone, so please use e – mail as the main form of communication, and, 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.

Latest News

Check your vaccine appointment, 12 Apr

Check your vaccine appointment

Click here to check on your vaccine appointment via the government website.

Published 12 April.

Ministry agrees to employers giving workers vaccination leave, 12 Apr

Ministry agrees to employers giving workers vaccination leave

The Human Resources Ministry agreed to employers granting their employees leave to take the COVID – 19 vaccine shot.  Its minister, Datuk Seri M Saravanan, said the leave will convince Malaysians to be vaccinated as some are still worried about the jab.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 12 April

Expired social visitor pass holders need to leave Malaysia before April 21, 13 Apr

Expired social visitor pass holders need to leave Malaysia before April 21

The Immigration Department confirmed today that all foreigners with expired social visit passes would need to leave the country before or on April 21.  Referring to news reports about the matter, Immigration Director – General Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said enforcement action would be taken against those who failed to do so.

He added that those who have difficulties to return to their country of origin could request for a special pass to extend their stay in the country but it would need to be supported by their respective embassies.

Click here to read the article.

Published 13 April

Putrajaya extends CMCO in five states and KL as it warns of possible fourth infection wave, 13 Apr

Putrajaya extends CMCO in five states and KL as it warns of possible fourth infection wave

Putrajaya, which today warned that Malaysia could potentially face a fourth wave of the pandemic, has decided that Selangor, Johor, Kelantan, Kuala Lumpur and Penang will remain under the Conditional Movement Control Order or CMCO from April 15 until 28.

RMCO in Perlis, Kedah, Perak, Melaka, N Sembilan, Pahang, Terengganu, Sabah, Putrajaya and Labuan extended until April 28, says Ismail Sabri

Click here to read the article.

Published 13 April

COVID – 19 vaccine: Manufacturing, industrial workers in Penang, Selangor given priority, 15 Apr

COVID – 19 vaccine: Manufacturing, industrial workers in Penang, Selangor given priority

Manufacturing and industrial workers, especially in Penang and Selangor, will be given priority to receive the COVID – 19 vaccine injection, said Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

Click here to read the article.

Published 15 April

URGENT: INPUT REQUESTED FROM ALL MDBC MEMBERS BASED IN MALAYSIA, 15 Apr

URGENT: INPUT REQUESTED FROM ALL MDBC MEMBERS BASED IN MALAYSIA

Dear MDBC members,

We have been contacted by EuroCham Malaysia with the following message, for coordination among all EU bilateral chambers and their members:

Dear Esteemed Bilateral & Associate Chambers, 

In light of recent engagements with MOH, MOSTI, and MITI, EuroCham has requested a coordination effort with all Bilateral & Associate chambers to accelerate the COVID – 19 vaccination roll – out to the European business community.

For MDBC, the initial step is to provide answers to 4 questions from engagements with our members:

  1. The number of companies from each Bilateral / Associate Chamber that are willing to participate in this effort, out of the total number of member companies;
  2. The number of employees from these companies who will undergo the vaccination rollout (ideally 100%);
  3. The number of dependants of the employees of the member companies that are willing to be vaccinated (ideally 100%); and
  4. The agreement of companies willing to participate to the payment of charges that might be required, eg. logistics and vaccine costs.

We appreciate your kind consideration and cooperation in this matter.

Kindly reply latest by Monday, 19 April to [email protected] with the following info:

Name company:
Contact person (name, designation, email address, direct line):
Venue of operations (city, postal code only)
** In case you have multiple office locations / operations, then please submit for each location separately.

  1. the number of employees who are interested to undergo the vaccination roll – out;
  2. Percentage of number of employees who are interested to undergo the vaccination roll – out compared to total number of employees  (ideally 100%);
  3. The number of dependents of the employees that are willing to be vaccinated;
  4. Percentage of dependents of employees who are interested to undergo the vaccination rollout compared to total number of dependents (ideally 100%);
  5. Your company’s agreement that you are willing to participate to the payment of charges that might be required, eg. logistics and vaccine costs.

Kindly let us know if you have any questions.

With kind regards
MDBC Secretariat 

Travelling abroad (information for people in the Netherlands), 15 Apr

Travelling abroad (information for people in the Netherlands)

Every journey increases the risk of more infections. People living in the Netherlands should stay in the Netherlands.  Do not travel abroad in the period up to and including 15 May, unless your journey is essential.

Essential journeys include travel for family emergencies, or for work that cannot be postponed and that requires your physical presence. Self – quarantine for 10 days after returning to the Netherlands.

If you need to return by air or sea to the Netherlands, for example because of a family emergency, contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Dutch embassy in the country where you are staying.

There are not many places in the world that have the virus under control. The colour codes of travel advisories can change quickly due to the coronavirus situation in other countries. This means your booking may get cancelled.

Click here to read the announcement.

Published 15 April

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Ministries & Agencies

Survey on the Impact of MCO 2.0 on Entrepreneurs, 23 Feb

Survey on the Impact of MCO 2.0 on Entrepreneurs

The Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives (MEDAC) is conducting a survey to get feedback on the current business situation following the Movement Control Order (MCO) 2.0 which was announced by the Government starting 14 January 2021. Your responses will be kept CONFIDENTIAL and be analysed by the Government of Malaysia in relation to the above.  Thank you for taking the time to answer this survey.

Click here to take the survey

Published 23 February

Malaysia’s Safe Travel Portal For Business Travellers Goes Live, 3 Mar

Malaysia’s Safe Travel Portal For Business Travellers Goes Live

The Malaysian government is very ‘pro-business’ and welcomes the entry of business travellers to carry out business operations amid the pandemic. In this regard, Malaysia’s Safe Travel portal which contains information and advisory services to facilitate business travellers’ entry into Malaysia is fully operational effective 3 March 2021. Both Short and Long Term Business Travellers may apply for entry permission through the dedicated portal at URL: https://safetravel.mida.gov.my. Short Term Business Travellers are required to submit the online application 14 days in advance of planned travel.

Click here to read the article.

Published 3 March

National Security Council (NSC) on the new guidelines, 5 Mar

National Security Council (NSC) on the new guidelines

Click here for the General SOP of RMCO in BM
Click here for the General SOP of CMCO in BM
Click here for the General SOP of CMCO in English (Unofficial Translation)

Published 5 March

Working paper on assisting tourism sector needed to be presented to Economic Action Council, 15 Mar

Working paper on assisting tourism sector needed to be presented to Economic Action Council

A working paper on assisting the tourism sector still adversely affected by the COVID – 19 pandemic needs to be prepared and presented to the Economic Action Council (EAC).

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economic Affairs), Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed who said this, noted that while some sectors like services, manufacturing, agriculture and construction, had resumed operations and showing signs of recovery, the tourism operators were still much impacted by the pandemic.

Click here to read the article.

Published 15 March

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Info & Resources MY

Check your vaccine appointment, 12 Apr

Check your vaccine appointment

Click here to check on your vaccine appointment via the government website.

Published 12 April.

Ministry agrees to employers giving workers vaccination leave, 12 Apr

Ministry agrees to employers giving workers vaccination leave

The Human Resources Ministry agreed to employers granting their employees leave to take the COVID – 19 vaccine shot.  Its minister, Datuk Seri M Saravanan, said the leave will convince Malaysians to be vaccinated as some are still worried about the jab.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 12 April

Expired social visitor pass holders need to leave Malaysia before April 21, 13 Apr

Expired social visitor pass holders need to leave Malaysia before April 21

The Immigration Department confirmed today that all foreigners with expired social visit passes would need to leave the country before or on April 21.  Referring to news reports about the matter, Immigration Director – General Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said enforcement action would be taken against those who failed to do so.

He added that those who have difficulties to return to their country of origin could request for a special pass to extend their stay in the country but it would need to be supported by their respective embassies.

Click here to read the article.

Published 13 April

Putrajaya extends CMCO in five states and KL as it warns of possible fourth infection wave, 13 Apr

Putrajaya extends CMCO in five states and KL as it warns of possible fourth infection wave

Putrajaya, which today warned that Malaysia could potentially face a fourth wave of the pandemic, has decided that Selangor, Johor, Kelantan, Kuala Lumpur and Penang will remain under the Conditional Movement Control Order or CMCO from April 15 until 28.

RMCO in Perlis, Kedah, Perak, Melaka, N Sembilan, Pahang, Terengganu, Sabah, Putrajaya and Labuan extended until April 28, says Ismail Sabri

Click here to read the article.

Published 13 April

COVID – 19 vaccine: Manufacturing, industrial workers in Penang, Selangor given priority, 15 Apr

COVID – 19 vaccine: Manufacturing, industrial workers in Penang, Selangor given priority

Manufacturing and industrial workers, especially in Penang and Selangor, will be given priority to receive the COVID – 19 vaccine injection, said Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

Click here to read the article.

Published 15 April

URGENT: INPUT REQUESTED FROM ALL MDBC MEMBERS BASED IN MALAYSIA, 15 Apr

URGENT: INPUT REQUESTED FROM ALL MDBC MEMBERS BASED IN MALAYSIA

Dear MDBC members,

We have been contacted by EuroCham Malaysia with the following message, for coordination among all EU bilateral chambers and their members:

Dear Esteemed Bilateral & Associate Chambers, 

In light of recent engagements with MOH, MOSTI, and MITI, EuroCham has requested a coordination effort with all Bilateral & Associate chambers to accelerate the COVID – 19 vaccination roll – out to the European business community.

For MDBC, the initial step is to provide answers to 4 questions from engagements with our members:

  1. The number of companies from each Bilateral / Associate Chamber that are willing to participate in this effort, out of the total number of member companies;
  2. The number of employees from these companies who will undergo the vaccination rollout (ideally 100%);
  3. The number of dependants of the employees of the member companies that are willing to be vaccinated (ideally 100%); and
  4. The agreement of companies willing to participate to the payment of charges that might be required, eg. logistics and vaccine costs.

We appreciate your kind consideration and cooperation in this matter.

Kindly reply latest by Monday, 19 April to [email protected] with the following info:

Name company:
Contact person (name, designation, email address, direct line):
Venue of operations (city, postal code only)
** In case you have multiple office locations / operations, then please submit for each location separately.

  1. the number of employees who are interested to undergo the vaccination roll – out;
  2. Percentage of number of employees who are interested to undergo the vaccination roll – out compared to total number of employees  (ideally 100%);
  3. The number of dependents of the employees that are willing to be vaccinated;
  4. Percentage of dependents of employees who are interested to undergo the vaccination rollout compared to total number of dependents (ideally 100%);
  5. Your company’s agreement that you are willing to participate to the payment of charges that might be required, eg. logistics and vaccine costs.

Kindly let us know if you have any questions.

With kind regards
MDBC Secretariat 

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Info & Resources NL

Dutch Government announces new & additional economic measures until 1 Oct 2020, 1 June

The Dutch government announced new & additional economic measures until 1 October 2020

The recent changes:
– Reimbursement for Fixed Costs for SMEs (TVL) increased to €50.000
– COL for startups increased to €200 million

Please click here for more information.

Published 1 June

Checklist: Entry into the Netherlands, 21 Jan

Checklist: Entry into the Netherlands

For those looking to return to the Netherlands there is now a checklist of items before you go.  

1. Entry ban
Are you now in a country in the European Union or a Schengen country ? Then there is no entry ban.

Are you a resident of a country outside the EU or Schengen? Then you may only leave for the Netherlands if you are covered by an exception for the EU entry ban. Otherwise, you will be subject to a European entry ban.

2. No – fly time
Are you coming (back) from the United Kingdom, Cape Verde, the Dominican Republic, South Africa or a country in South America? Then take into account the flight and mooring ban for the United Kingdom, Cape Verde, the Dominican Republic, South Africa, and South America.  An exception has been made for a small group of travelers. The Dutch are allowed to return home.

3. Show negative PCR test result
Are you coming by plane, ship, bus, or train from a high – risk area for corona? Then you must have a PCR test done. And show the negative PCR test result before you go .

Exceptions apply to certain groups of people, for example diplomats and truck drivers. You do not need to show a PCR result if you are departing from a safe country. There are requirements for the PCR test result. For example, that the PCR test may not be older than 72 hours before arrival in the Netherlands.

4. Show negative quick test result before departure
Are you already from the United Kingdom, Ireland or South Africa? Or are you coming from a high-risk country after 23 January? And are you coming by ferry or by plane? Then you must have a quick test done immediately before departure . Exceptions apply to certain groups of people, for example diplomats. There are requirements for the mandatory rapid test.

5. Negative Test Statement
Are you leaving a country that is not part of the EU or Schengen? And are you not a citizen of an EU or Schengeland? Then you must complete a negative test statement and keep it with you.

6. Health certificate in the plane
Are you traveling by plane? Then you must complete and keep a health statement with you. With a number of airline companies this is done digitally at check-in.

7. Quarantine
After arrival in the Netherlands you will be quarantined for 10 days . You can retest on day 5 after departure to shorten the quarantine time. Some travelers don’t need to be quarantined , such as people who work in the transportation industry. For your trip to the Netherlands you can use the Quarantaine Reischeck . This is a digital checklist with the steps you need to take after returning from your (necessary) trip.

Click here to see the full details (in Dutch).

Published 21 January

More corona support measures for entrepreneurs (NL), 22 Jan

More corona support measures for entrepreneurs (NL)

The corona support measures for businesses are to be continued, as the pandemic is still with us. This page sums up the changes to previously announced measures as well as new measures. Check this page regularly for updates.

Latest update: after the 21 January 2021 press conference.

Temporary additions to the support package
There will be extra money for entrepreneurs who are disproportionately hit by the recent measures. Additions to the support package in brief:

NOW 3 scheme extended under same conditions
If you employ staff, and your business loses turnover due to the corona crisis, you will be able to continue to claim NOW compensation for wage costs from the Employee Insurance Agency UWV. These changes to the scheme were announced on 21 January:

  • NOW 3 will compensate up to 85% of the total wage sum, as opposed to the earlier percentage of 80.
  • To apply for the second (1 January – 1 April) and third (1 April-1 July 2021) period of NOW 3, you must have a turnover loss of 20% or more. Contrary to earlier communications, the percentage will not be increased to 30% per 1 April 2021 for the third 3-month period.
  • NOW 3 is divided into three periods: NOW 3.1 compensated wages from October 1, 2020 until January 1, 2021. NOW 3.2 from January 1 until April 1. NOW 3.3 from April 1 until July 1, 2021. You need to apply for each period of NOW separately.
  • Application for NOW 3.1 for the months October, November and December 2020 is now closed.
  • Application for NOW 3.2 will be possible from 15 February to 14 March.

Read more about the new NOW scheme.

Tozo 3 and 4: self – employed professionals scheme
The Temporary bridging measure for self-employed professionals, Tozo, has been extended until 1 July 2021: Tozo 3 will run from 1 October through 31 March, and Tozo 4 from 1 April through 30 June. You can apply for income support or a business loan: this remains the same.

Contrary to earlier communications, there will be no means test for self-employed professionals who want to apply for the Tozo scheme. The partner income test does remain in place.

You can apply for Tozo 3 in your municipality of residence.

Partner income test
To assess whether you are eligible for Tozo 3 income support, your municipality will check your income and your partner’s income. Is your income combined with your partner’s income more than the social minimum in the months you apply for? Then you cannot apply for Tozo 3. This condition remains.

TVL: Reimbursement Fixed Costs SMEs expanded
Do you run a buisness, and does your business suffer more than 30% per 3 months due to the corona crisis? Then you can apply for the expanded Reimbursement Fixed Costs SMEs scheme, or TVL. You can apply for TVL for a period of 3 months at a time. To be eligible, you need to meet a set of conditions. This set of conditions has been revised.

The main differences that were announced on 21 January are:

  • Companies will be able to claim up to €330,000 (SMEs) or €400,000 (larger companies) per 3 months.
  • The TVL for affected companies will be increased, and more companies will be able to apply.
  • The TVL subsidy percentage is increased to 85% for the first and second quarter of 2021.
  • To help smaller companies, the minimum amount of subsidy is doubled.

TVL open to all SBI codes
From 1 October – 31 March 2021, there are no SBI code restrictions in place for receiving TVL. This means that all businesses that meet the other requirements can apply.
Check the TVL article for more details and conditions.

Credit guarantee and loan schemes remain available
The following credit guarantee schemes for businesses remain available:

Tax Administration: 36 months to pay taxes for which a special extension was granted
If you applied for, and were granted, a special tax payment extension to the Tax and Customs Administration, you can apply for an extra payment extension until 1 July 2021. Did you receive an extension in 2021? Then the postponement will now automatically apply until 1 July 2021.

Businesses will have 36 months in which to pay the taxes they were granted the extension for, starting (at the latest) on 1 October 2021. Read more about the Tax Administration corona measures in the article Tax and Customs Administration corona measures for businesses and employees.

Other measures
There will be a new scheme along the lines of the TVL to help businesses that started between 1 January and 30 June 2020. The details are now being worked out. Until the new scheme comes into place, companies will be able to apply for bridging loans.

Temporary Support Necessary Costs (TONK) Extra measures will be implemented for people that did not qualify for any existing financial aid. This extra help is offered through the municipalities. They will provide temporary support for necessary costs if these can no longer be paid due to a decline in income. It can apply to self-employed professionals who have a lot less assignments or employees who lose income due to quarantine. The government is setting aside 130 million euros for this in the first six months of 2021 and expects to complete the implementation of these measures with municipalities on 1 February 2021.

More support for the cultural sector
The government will support the cultural sector with extra funds, above and beyond the ‘general’ financial measures for businesses:

  • €200 Million will be allotted to cultural institutions that are crucial to the national infrastructure, artists and creative professionals.
  • €150 Million will be available to municipalities, to support the crucial local cultural infrastructure.
  • €64 Million will be available to maintain cultural heritage collections, offer guarantees for film productions, and help cultural and funding institutions bridge financial difficulties.
  • €40 Million will be available to independent theatres.

See the news item on Government.nl for more details.

Published 22 January

Change in COVID – 19 Testing Requirements for Travel to the Netherlands, 25 Feb

Change in COVID – 19 Testing Requirements for Travel to the Netherlands

Travelers to the Netherlands no longer no longer need to take a rapid test, provided that the PCR test or another NAAT test has been taken no earlier than 12 hours before departure. This makes it easier to travel to the Netherlands.

Click here to read the article in Dutch

Published 25 February

Travelling abroad (information for people in the Netherlands), 15 Apr

Travelling abroad (information for people in the Netherlands)

Every journey increases the risk of more infections. People living in the Netherlands should stay in the Netherlands.  Do not travel abroad in the period up to and including 15 May, unless your journey is essential.

Essential journeys include travel for family emergencies, or for work that cannot be postponed and that requires your physical presence. Self – quarantine for 10 days after returning to the Netherlands.

If you need to return by air or sea to the Netherlands, for example because of a family emergency, contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Dutch embassy in the country where you are staying.

There are not many places in the world that have the virus under control. The colour codes of travel advisories can change quickly due to the coronavirus situation in other countries. This means your booking may get cancelled.

Click here to read the announcement.

Published 15 April

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Info & Resources Global

EU Guidelines to protect critical European assets and technology, 25 Mar

EU Commission issues guidelines to protect critical European assets and technology in current crisis

The European Commission issued guidelines on 25 March to ensure a strong EU – wide approach to foreign investment screening in a time of public health crisis and related economic vulnerability. The aim is to preserve EU companies and critical assets, notably in areas such as health, medical research, biotechnology, and infrastructures that are essential for our security and public order, without undermining the EU’s general openness to foreign investment.

Please click here to read the guidelines.

Published 25 March.

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

KPMG Business Insights into the impact of Covid – 19

The rapid outbreak of the coronavirus presents an alarming health crisis that the world is grappling with. In addition to the human impact, there is also a significant commercial impact being felt globally. As viruses know no borders, the impacts will continue to spread. In fact, 94% of the Fortune 1000 are already seeing Covid – 19 disruptions.

It’s possible that the coronavirus threat will eventually fade, as the Ebola, Zika, and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) viruses have in recent years. But even if it does, the next devastating, yet – unnamed outbreak is not so much a matter of “if” but “when.”

To help you understand your exposure to Covid – 19, and more importantly, position your business to be resilient in the face of this and the next global threat, please review timely insights from KPMG business leaders.

Please click here to access insights by KPMG.

International SOS: Working From Home

With MCO in place, most of us are working from home.  Click here to get some practical tips on Working From Home shared by International SOS.

Sunway Medical: Medication Delivery

Sunway Medical Centre is offering repeat medication delivery right to your doorstep. 

For more info, please click here.

Published 25 March.

TMF Group: What to do when business continuity plans fail

TMF Group: What to do when business continuity plans fail

There is no rule book for situations like the coronavirus crisis and even the best-prepared firms must think on their feet. However, there are measures businesses can take to help plan for, and navigate, these types of unexpected disruption.

Click here for the article.

Published 31 March.

TMF Group: Preparing accounting statements during the crisis

TMF Group: Preparing accounting statements during the crisis

As the coronavirus pandemic causes unprecedented disruption, what do businesses need to be aware of when compiling financial statements?

Click here for the article.

Published 31 March.

Thomas International Malaysia: Three secrets to effective remote working

Thomas International Malaysia: Three secrets to effective remote working your employees

Not everyone is a natural remote worker. To give your employees great performance management out of the office, you need to understand their personality style.

Click here for the article.

Published 1 April.

Thomas International Malaysia: Manage your remote workers more effectively with the NEW Thomas PPA report, 3 Apr

Thomas International Malaysia: Manage your remote workers more effectively with the NEW Thomas PPA report
Understanding your people’s communication styles can help to keep your employees engaged, motivated and avoid work-related stress. With Thomas’ new Personal Profile Analysis (PPA) Managing Remote Workers report, we can help you do exactly that.
Please click here to read the article.

Published 3 April

LBB International: Coronavirus: How to mitigate the impact on your supply chain?

LBB International: Coronavirus: How to mitigate the impact on your supply chain?
Important mitigation strategies during the corona crisis are control, coherence, and coordination. It is important to be in full control of the supply chain during this crisis. Solid supply chain processes and capabilities are key enablers to be in control during this crisis.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 3 April.

Sunway Medical Center COVID – 19 Screening

Sunway Medical Center COVID – 19 Screening

As part of the initiative to support the government and other private centres to combat COVID – 19, we are now providing COVID – 19 screening at only RM 360 with no appointment required.
Please click here for more info.

Published 9 April.

Layar Daim Agro Home Delivery Service

Layar Daim Agro Home Delivery Service

Layar Daim Agro has started an initiative to supply vegetables from Cameron Highlands to meet the current demand .  Their movements and deliveries are approved by the authorities and their delivery team takes all of the necessary precaution and measures advised by the government to suppress this pandemic.  Supply is limited due to the overwhelming response, therefore, a first come first serve basis applies and all buyers will be informed upon confirmation.

Please click here for the order form and to utilize the service.

Published 20 April.

Artof Supply Chain: Social Distancing at Work

Artof Supply Chain: Social Distancing at Work

               

Published 4 May

POST – COVID RECRUITMENT – how to win the future war for talent, 18 May

POST – COVID RECRUITMENT – how to win the future war for talent

Research has shown that freezing recruitment is one of the most considered measures by HR departments to deal with the pandemic. However, this will likely result in a serious lack of resources and high demand for talent further down the road. HR leaders have to ensure that whatever adjustment they make to their approaches and policies now, does not stifle their organisations’ growth in the future.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 18 May

Randstad: Best Practice Health and Safety Protocols, 22 May

Randstad: Best Practice Health and Safety Protocols

The COVID – 19 health crisis and continued lockdown in many markets is posing unparalleled challenges to people and economies around the world.  To limit the economic downturn and impact on people’s ability to earn a living, the labor market and all its stakeholders must quickly adjust to a new reality.

The alliance of HR services industry players, launched by Randstad NV, the Adecco Group and ManpowerGroup on April 16, pledges to apply their collective experience, fostering connection between the various stakeholder groups and supporting sharing of best practices.

Please click here for the report.

Published 22 May

Randstad: A Practical Guide to a Safe Restart, 22 May

Randstad: A Practical Guide to a Safe Restart

Many organizations are now at a critical juncture as they navigate a phased shift from remote work to restart operations and support their people to return to the workplace, all within the requirements of the new physical
distancing economy.

Please click here to read the report.

Published 22 May

KPMG: Price Control & Anti – Profiteering, 22 May

KPMG: Price Control & Anti – Profiteering

The rapidity and depth of the COVID – 19 crisis was unexpected and it is not over yet. During a virtual meeting held by tax leaders from KPMG member firms recently, more than 1,000 attendees were asked about their current priorities. Besides keeping up to date with business changes and cash preservation, rounding out the top
three is compliance.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 22 May

KLM Restarts Flights between Malaysia and The Netherlands, 5 June

KLM Restarts Flights between Malaysia and The Netherlands

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is gradually restarting its network by operating routes that have been suspended due to travel restrictions in light of COVID-19.  It is now possible to fly from Kuala Lumpur to Amsterdam with the possibility to transfer to Paris or specific other destinations.

New flights:
Between Kuala Lumpur – Amsterdam, 3 days a week
Kuala Lumpur to Amsterdam: KL876 Departure 21:20 / Arrival 06:45 + 1day
Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur: KL875 Departure 22:55 / Arrival 19:30 + 1day

For the most up to date network information, please check the KLM website.

We are making sure that you and your colleagues can travel safely with KLM by taking many extra health and safety measures. For more information about our sanitary and health measures, please check KLM.com.

*The above information of flight operation and schedule is subject to change without prior notice. Currently, some nationalities are restricted from entering the Netherlands. Please check the entry restrictions and requirements prior to booking.

Published 5 June

New COVID – 19 testing fees for those entering Malaysia from 29 July onwards, 9 July

New COVID – 19 testing fees for those entering Malaysia from 29 July onwards.

Malaysians returning from overseas will have to pay a range of RM30 to RM150 to be tested for COVID – 19 upon entering the country from today onwards, while non – citizens will pay higher fees depending on the type of tests conducted, new rules issued by the government said.

Click here to read the full article.

Published 9 July

Randstad: A Safe Return To Work, 11 June

Randstad: A Safe Return to Work

Randstad has made a number of publications available to help organizations maintain a safe environment as employees return to work.

Published 11 June

 

KLM Summer Schedule to Amsterdam, 19 June

KLM Summer Schedule to Amsterdam

Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus and the imposed travel restrictions, KLM now operates 3 weekly
flights from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Amsterdam (AMS) via Bangkok (BKK) on KLM Boeing 787 – 9 aircraft. This
flight schedule is subject to change without prior notice and valid at least until 03 July 2020.

Published 19 June

Sunway Medical Center Provides COVID – 19 Test at Reduced Prices, 23 June

Sunway Medical Center Provides COVID – 19 Test at Reduced Prices

MDBC members on Sunway Medical Center’s (SMC) latest update COVID – 19 Test. As a part of the initiative to support the Ministry of Health (MOH) advocating to make the COVID – 19 test (RT PCR) more accessible to SMC partners, they are now providing the test at only RM 300.

Furthermore, there are special rates for a bulk / corporate / group on-site screening upon request. MDBC members may contact Ms Brigitte Jong at [email protected] for the arrangement.

Published 23 June

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

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Infographics

CMCO: SOP for Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, and Putrajaya – Economic Activities

Source: Bernama
Published 15 October

MOH: Case Definition of COVID – 19

Source: Ministry of Health
Published 16 October

MOHR: MYFutureJobs Recommendation

Source: MOHR
Published 2 November

 

MCO in 6 States

Source: Bernama
Published 12 January

MCO 5 Sectors allowed to operate

Source: Bernama
Published 12 January

UPDATE: SOP during MCO

Source: National Security Council
Published 23 January

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