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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 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.
UPDATE: On 1 January, it was announced that the RMCO will be extended until 31 March.
UPDATE: On 11 January, it was announced that six states will be under MCO for 14 days.

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

Govt can make immunisation mandatory, 18 Jan

Govt can make immunisation mandatory 

The government can make immunisation mandatory, as the provision is readily available under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988, lawyers said.

This was after the recently gazetted Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance 2021 dictated the direction for treatment, immunisation, isolation, observation, or surveillance. However, Section 6(1), which listed the matter, appears to be wide – ranging and vague on whether immunisation is deemed mandatory.

The gazettement is dated January 14, but takes retrospective effect from January 11, the day Yang di – Pertuan Agong Al – Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al – Mustafa Billah Shah issued his proclamation of Emergency under Article 150 (1) of the Federal Constitution to safeguard the country from the economic threat posed by the COVID – 19 pandemic.

Click here to read more.

Published 18 January

General SOPs recently announced, 18 Jan

General SOPs recently announced

This is a collection of the latest SOPs announced.  Currently these are only available in BM.  English language translations will be posted as soon as they are available.

Click here to see the full list of SOPs

Published 18 January

Special Announcement on the Economic and Rakyat Assistance Package, 18 Jan

Special Announcement on the Economic and Rakyat Assistance Package

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today unveiled a RM15 billion aid package to ease the people’s burden and ensure economic resilience at a time when the country is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Muhyiddin said the Perlindungan Ekonomi dan Rakyat Malaysia (PERMAI) aid package contains 22 initiatives to combat the pandemic, safeguard the welfare of the people and support business continuity.

Click here for the PM’s speech in BM
Click here for the PM’s speech in English

Click here to read the article.

Published 18 January

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Ministries & Agencies

Extension of MyFutureJobs Recommendation Implementation Period, 12 Nov

Extension of MyFutureJobs Recommendation Implementation Period

MOHR has announced the extension of ‘MYFutureJobs Recommendation’ implementation period for Foreign Workers and Expatriates applications to 1 January 2021 in order to review the suggestions from respective cambers.  MOHR will discuss with relevant Ministries to establish the required conditions for automatic approval and ensure effective implementation mechanisms are in place. These conditions and guidelines will also be presented to the chambers and industry players for feedbacks prior to implementation.

It has been recommended that companies commence with the renewal of work permits for expatriates whose Pass are expiring in the 1st quarter of 2021. Submission for renewal is open 3 months before date of expiry.

Click here to read the announcement in BM
Click here to read the announcement in English (unofficial translation)

Published 12 November

SOCSO Webinar on MyFutureJobs Recommendation, 12 Nov

SOCSO Webinar on MyFutureJobs Recommendation

The Ministry of Human Resources (MOHR) has recently issued new guidelines on the jobs advertisement requirement via the national employment portal MYFutureJobs for the purpose of expatriate hiring effective 1 January 2021. This overrides the previous guidelines issued on 1st July 2020 by MOHR. 

InvestKL is pleased to organise an exclusive briefing session on the MyFutureJobs portal which will be presented by PERKESO. The briefing session will cover topics such as the objectives behind the new ruling, guidelines registration to MYfutureJobs portal and process to advertise and apply for exemptions.

Date: 17 November 2020
Time: 11:00 -13:00 hrs
Registration link:  forms.office.com

PERKESO will send the webinar link to you upon successful registration.

Published 12 November

EPF: Employers can submit employees’ applications to maintain statutory contribution rate at 11% starting Dec 14, 30 Nov

EPF: Employers can submit employees’ applications to maintain statutory contribution rate at 11% starting Dec 14

Employers may submit beginning December 14, 2020, their employees’ applications to maintain the latter’s share of statutory contribution rate at 11%, said the Employees Provident Fund (EPF).

It said the submissions can only be done via its i-Akaun (Employer) portal.

“This is in line with EPF’s efforts to ensure physical distancing and minimise face to face interactions to prevent the spread of COVID – 19.  During this period, the EPF is limiting employers from coming to its branches, as well as restricting officer visits to employer premises. Employers can only be at EPF branches for the purpose of employer registration with an appointment made via ‘Janji Temu Online’,” it said.

Click here to read the article.

Published 30 November

Reduced Quarantine Period for Inbound Travellers, 24 Dec

Reduced Quarantine Period for Inbound Travellers

With effect from 21 December, please be informed that the Government has made the decision to reduce the mandatory quarantine period for all inbound expatriates and their dependents, including foreign maids, from fourteen (14) days to TEN (10) days.

The Ministry of Health announced that this decision was made based on studies of clinical reports and global best practices, where countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany and Belgium have also reduced their quarantine period from 14 to 10 days.

Travellers arriving in Malaysia are required to provide their latest COVID – 19 RT – PCR test result at the Permitted Entry Points. If the result is NEGATIVE, the travellers will be placed under mandatory quarantine for SEVEN (7) days. If the travellers are unable to provide their latest COVID – 19 RT – PCR test results, they will be placed under mandatory quarantine TEN (10) days at the designated Quarantine Centres.

For detailed information, kindly refer to the full guidelines below:

A. Entry Permission to Malaysia
B. Permission to Exit and Return to Malaysia
C. Infographic of Entry / Exit and Return to Malaysia
D. List of Approving and Supporting Agencies

Please be reminded that the above measures will be reviewed on a regular basis by the Government of Malaysia. Please observe the latest updates on the ESD website from time to time. 

Published 24 December

MITI Announcements on Economic Sectors in the Essential Services allowed to operate throughout the MCO, 12 Jan

MITI Announcements on Economic Sectors in the Essential Services allowed to operate throughout the MCO

MITI has announced the economic sectors in the essential services that are allowed to operate throughout the MCO (PULAU PINANG, SELANGOR, WILAYAH PERSEKUTUAN (KUALA LUMPUR, PUTRAJAYA, LABUAN), MELAKA, JOHOR, AND SABAH)

Click here to read the announcement in BM
Click here to read the announcement in English

Also announced was the list of essential services.

As per MITI’s advice, please make sure that your company is registered under MITI’s CIMS system.  The system is the primary reference for the police and other enforcement agencies.

If you have already registered, please make sure that employee lists and company details are up to date.

Published 12 January

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Info & Resources MY

Ten things to know about: Malaysia’s Emergency 2021, 12 Jan

Ten things to know about: Malaysia’s Emergency 2021

Malaysia is now in a nationwide state of Emergency, a measure under the Federal Constitution that has not been used for several decades.

Here is everything you need to know, if you missed the prime minister’s 11 am announcement on television or Facebook live:

1. When was this announced?

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah declared a state of Emergency this morning to curb the spread of COVID – 19.

This comes a day after Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that the movement control order (MCO) will be reintroduced in six states while six more will remain under the conditional movement control order (CMCO) and two under the recovery movement control order (RMCO) for two weeks beginning Tomorrow (January 13). Under the MCO, only essential economic activities will be allowed to operate physically, while those not deemed essential will have to work from home.

2. How long will this last?

The Emergency Proclamation was made under Article 150(1) of the Federal Constitution and will last until August 1, but can end earlier or later depending on when the number of active COVID – 19 cases can be brought under control again.

This will be decided by an independent task force consisting of both government and Opposition MPs, as well as health experts who will advise the King.

3. Why does Malaysia need a nationwide Emergency?

The simple answer given was: COVID – 19.

But the full reason given by the prime minister was the threat to Malaysia’s economy due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the government required “certain powers” to bring the situation under control so as not to paralyse health services.

The additional threat to security and economic life in Malaysia is also due to the current disastrous floods in Johor, Pahang and Kelantan.

That is why Emergency was invoked under Article 150(1), which authorises the King to issue a proclamation of Emergency if he is satisfied that a “grave emergency exists” where the security, economic life, or public order in Malaysia or any part of the country is threatened.

4. Should I panic?

Muhyiddin gave his word that a civilian government is in operation, not a military one. He said there has been no coup, and that there is no need for curfew.

In his speech, he said: “I appeal to you brothers and sisters to remain calm and give full trust and support to the government throughout the emergency period.”

5. Economy and courts to go on as usual

The prime minister said Malaysia remains open for business and that economic activity will continue to ensure businesses can sustain and the people can still obtain income for the next eight months to come.

He also promised that he will not abuse Emergency powers to interfere with the judiciary, which is to function as usual.

“The judiciary will continue to be the beacon of justice in our country and I will never interfere in the business of the court,” he said in his speech.

6. But Parliament, state assemblies can’t debate or pass any law

Under the Emergency declaration, Parliament and state legislative assemblies will not be meeting, until such a time as decided by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

This means that lawmakers, both at the state and federal levels, will not be able to make new laws or change any existing law.

Parliament and state assemblies are also important places where elected representatives ask the government for answers on policies, action and also data, while motions such as to measure confidence levels in the government can also be voted on there.

The Dewan Rakyat was scheduled to meet in March this year. The first meeting of 2021 was to last 20 days from March 8 to April 8. The second meeting for 12 days (June 14 to July 1) and the third meeting for 36 days (October 4 to December 8).

The Dewan Negara’s schedule is similarly interrupted. It was scheduled to meet for nine days starting from March 8 to April 28 before taking a break and resuming for six days (July 12 – July 27), and another break before the last 10-day meeting from December 6-December 21.

7. King can make laws

With Parliament suspended during the Emergency, the authority to make new laws called ordinances in this case, rests with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong if he is satisfied that there are certain circumstances which make it necessary for him to take “immediate action”. This would be in line with Article 150(2B) of the Federal Constitution.

Examples of ordinances or laws that the Agong can make in this Covid-19 Emergency, as spelled out by Muhyiddin in his speech are:

  • Temporary takeover or use or request for use of private hospitals’ assets, land, buildings, movable assets, resources to treat COVID – 19 patients to reduce government hospitals’ burden. This can include private sectors’ manpower, expertise, facilities, labs, utilities
  • Giving the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) enforcement powers similar to those given to the police, and other powers to carry out public health functions
  • Increasing penalties or punishments on anyone who breaches laws and rules related to the control of the COVID – 19 pandemic.
  • To fight economic sabotage, monopoly, and excessive increase of prices in goods, with stricter enforcement and heavier penalties.

All ordinances made by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong during the Emergency will be gazetted, which means it will be published and will be made known to the public.

Despite the suspension of Parliament and state legislative assemblies, the federal government and state governments will continue to operate uninterrupted by the Emergency in line with the Federal Constitution and the ordinances to be made by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

The federal government’s executive powers will also cover all matters under state governments’ legislative powers, except for those touching on Islamic laws, or Malaly customs, or any native laws or customs in Sabah and Sarawak, or religion, citizenship or language, in line with Article 150 (6A) of the Federal Constitution.

8. No GE15 until it is ‘safe’

During the Emergency, there will be no general election, state elections and by-elections (which are usually required under the law within 60 days once the legislative body is dissolved or once there is a vacancy), which the prime minister said is in line with the public’s wishes to not hold elections to prevent the spread of COVID – 19.

Noting recent calls for a snap poll, Muhyiddin said the COVID – 19 pandemic is the thing that is stopping him from advising the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to dissolve Parliament to pave the way for the 15th general election (GE15).

But the prime minister promised and gave his commitment that the GE15 will be held as soon as the independent committee confirms that the COVID – 19 situation has eased or fully recovered and it is “safe” to hold a general election.

“At that time, it will be up to the public to choose which government is qualified (layak) to govern this country and to take care of your welfare.”

9. Stern action against those who disrupt COVID – 19 fight

Muhyiddin warned of stern action should anyone attempt to “disrupt” the government’s COVID – 19 fight and economy. “I hereby issue a strong warning to anyone who tries to disrupt the government’s efforts to manage the COVID – 19 pandemic and the country’s economy. Stern action will be taken in the interest of the rakyat’s welfare and national security.”

10. Will your life change after this?

Not really or maybe not immediately, unless you are a lawmaker.

Life should continue on as usual (but under the new normal and under MCO/ CMCO/ RMCO SOPs depending on where you are located in Malaysia), but just remain alert to any upcoming new laws through Emergency ordinances that can affect your life.

Want to know more? Malay Mail last year wrote an explainer on declaring an emergency in Malaysia, including who can declare it and how it would affect the country. You can read it here.

Source: The Malay Mail

Published 12 January

Malaysia – Less of an economic hit from MCO 2.0, 12 Jan

Malaysia – Less of an economic hit from MCO 2.0

Standard Chartered Bank just released this Economic alert on “Malaysia – Less of an economic hit from MCO 2.0”

Click here to read the report.

Published 12 January

Firefly Domestic Flight Schedule for MCO, 14 Jan

Firefly Domestic Flight Schedule for MCO

Firefly is currently operating a limited flight schedule, from 13 – 26 January.  Flights are made available to maintain essential connectivity and support necessary movement, including for emergency purposes.  The flight schedule listed below is subject to change. 

NOTICE
**Please ensure that you adhere to the guidelines and obtain all approvals from the government authorities before booking your flight.

Firefly will also provide you with the flexibility of changing your flights.  Follow the simple guide below to make changes for flights between 13 – 26 Jan.  For more info, please click here.

Published 14 January

Govt can make immunisation mandatory, 18 Jan

Govt can make immunisation mandatory 

The government can make immunisation mandatory, as the provision is readily available under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988, lawyers said.

This was after the recently gazetted Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance 2021 dictated the direction for treatment, immunisation, isolation, observation, or surveillance. However, Section 6(1), which listed the matter, appears to be wide – ranging and vague on whether immunisation is deemed mandatory.

The gazettement is dated January 14, but takes retrospective effect from January 11, the day Yang di – Pertuan Agong Al – Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al – Mustafa Billah Shah issued his proclamation of Emergency under Article 150 (1) of the Federal Constitution to safeguard the country from the economic threat posed by the COVID – 19 pandemic.

Click here to read more.

Published 18 January

General SOPs recently announced, 18 Jan

General SOPs recently announced

This is a collection of the latest SOPs announced.  Currently these are only available in BM.  English language translations will be posted as soon as they are available.

Click here to see the full list of SOPs

Published 18 January

Special Announcement on the Economic and Rakyat Assistance Package, 18 Jan

Special Announcement on the Economic and Rakyat Assistance Package

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today unveiled a RM15 billion aid package to ease the people’s burden and ensure economic resilience at a time when the country is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Muhyiddin said the Perlindungan Ekonomi dan Rakyat Malaysia (PERMAI) aid package contains 22 initiatives to combat the pandemic, safeguard the welfare of the people and support business continuity.

Click here for the PM’s speech in BM
Click here for the PM’s speech in English

Click here to read the article.

Published 18 January

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Info & Resources NL

Important websites in the Netherlands, 20 Mar

Please click here for a compilation of all important websites in the Netherlands with (corona – virus related) information for entrepreneurs (in Dutch).

Published 20 March.

Q&A for entry into the Netherlands, 20 Mar

Q&A for entry into the Netherlands during this period.

Published 20 March.

NL Government measures to help business, 20 Mar

The Netherlands government measures to help businesses during this period.

Published 20 March.

General info from the Netherlands Embassy, 20 Mar

General information from the Netherlands Embassy in Malaysia.

Published 20 March.

Latest info by the Dutch Government if your business in NL is affected by Covid – 19
Latest information by the Dutch Government if your business in the Netherlands is impacted by COVID – 19.
Covid – 19 FAQ for NL entrepreneurs

Covid – 19 FAQ for NL entrepreneurs

Bridge Funding for Startups, 10 Apr

Bridge Funding for Startups

The Dutch government announced € 100 million bridge funding for Dutch startups and scale – ups affected by COVID – 19 crisis. The aim is to make it possible for companies to apply from 20 April 2020 in relation to the new measures. Minister Eric Wiebes and State Secretary Mona Keijzer of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and State Secretary Hans Vijlbrief (Ministry of Finance) announced this in a letter to parliament, earlier this week.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 10 April.

SME Credit Guarantee Scheme NL, 24 Apr

SME Credit Guarantee Scheme NL

Businesses that have been affected by the coronavirus can now apply for the extended SME credit guarantee scheme (BMKB-C)

Please click here for more info.

Published 24 April.

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

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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.

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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 brigittejsl@sunway.com.my 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

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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

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