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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 order is expected to last for two weeks and end on 31 March 2020. On 3 May, the government moved from the MCO to the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).

UPDATE: On 25 March, the Prime Minister announced that the MCO will be extended until 14 April.
UPDATE: On 10 April, the Prime Minister announced that the MCO will be extended until 28 April.
UPDATE: On 23 April, the Prime Minister announced that the MCO will be extended until 12 May.
UPDATE: On 11 May, the Prime Minister announced that the CMCO will be extended until 9 June.

Under MCO / CMCO, the MDBC office will be closed from Wednesday, 18 March – the end of the MCO / CMCO.

During this period, and as you already notice from our current messages, please be assured that MDBC will continue to operate, we will monitor and update you whenever necessary. Our team is operating remotely from our homes and we are 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 be reachable via our office telephone, e – mail will be 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

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

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

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Ministries & Agencies

MOH: Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Regulations 2020, 17 Mar

Please click here for the Prevention of Infectious Diseases Regulations 2020 released by the Ministry of Health on 17 March 2020.

MITI & Agencies

MITI & Agencies 

The Malaysian business community and industry players are encouraged to reach out to MITI and Agencies through MITI’s official Facebook page, ‘MITI & Agencies Hotline’ group page, and via Whatsapp at +6012 – 607 2750 to seek any clarification on issues pertaining to industries, trade, and investment.

  1. MITI Call Center Covid 19: 03 – 6200 0461 | 03 – 6207 1089 | 03 – 6200 0456 | 03 – 6200 0458
  2. Email: covid19sec@miti.gov.my (General Inquiry) | covid19.mfg@miti.gov.my (Application)
  3. Facebook group: MITI & Agencies Hotline page
  4. Whatsapp: 012 – 607 2750

For any other matters, please refer to National Security Council (NSC / MKN) hotline at 03 – 8888 2010.

MITI FAQs can be downloaded here for English and here for Bahasa Malaysia, published on 20 March.

MDEC

MDEC

Please click here for information on MDEC’s operational status during the MCO.  Published 20 March.

In supporting the DigitalvsCovid movement, MDEC has prepared an extensive list of Malaysian tech companies offering digital solutions / services that help mitigate Covid – 19’s impact on the economy.  Please click here to view the tech relief solutions.  Published 27 March.

MYXpats

MYXpats

For updates on MYXpats operations during MCO, please click here. 
With dedicated pages for:
– Employment Pass / Professional Visit Pass / Dependent Pass / Social Visit Pass / SVP -I;
– Residence – Pass Talent;
– Returning Expert Program;
– and information on how you can reach out to MYXpats Centre.

Published 17 March.

Updates on MYXpats hours of operations, please click here.

Published 4 May

Immigration Department of Malaysia
National Security Council (NSC)

The National Security Council has started a one-stop compilation of all FAQs from the various Ministries, in English and Mandarin (unverified).  Click here to visit the webpage.

Published 24 March.

Please click here for the FAQ on the MCO Phase 2 in BM.
Please click here for the FAQ on the MCO Phase 2 in English.

Please click here to read His Majesty’s Government Gazette on the MCO.

Published 2 April.

Ministry of Transport

Ministry of Transport (MOT):  Allows the movement of goods from ports from 27 – 29 March.
Click here for the statement in English
Click here for the statement in BM.

Published 27 March.

MOT: Second Port Clearing Exercise
The Ministry of Transport will be conducting a second port clearing exercise from 4 – 7 April.

Please click here to read the press release in English.
Please click here to read the press release in BM.

Published 3 April.

TNB

Published 27 March

Please click here to see TNB Initiatives to help combat COVID – 19.

Published 1 April

Ministry of Human Resources

Ministry of Human Resources (MoHR)

The Human Resources Ministry has listed some ‘dos and donts’ for employers and employees following the extension of the movement control order (MCO) between April 1 to 14.

Please click here for employment guidelines during MCO.

Published 1 April.

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM)

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM)

BNM’s Fund for SME’s Financing Facilities to Assist SMEs affected by COVID – 19
The Bank has released a set of Frequently Asked Questions to address public queries regarding the BNM Funds for SMEs announced on 27 March 2020.
Frequently Asked Questions on BNM Funds for SMEs 
Press Release on Additional Measures to Assist Individuals and SMEs Affected by COVID – 19 Outbreak

FAQs on Temporary Relief Measures for Insurance Policyholders and Takaful Participants
The Bank has released a set of Frequently Asked Questions to address public queries regarding the temporary relief measures for insurance policyholders and takaful participants.
Please click here for the FAQ

BNM: Economic and Monetary Review / Financial Stability Review
Please click here to view the info.

Published 9 April

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Info & Resources MY

MITI Emergency Meeting, 17 March

On 17 March, there was an emergency meeting at the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to discuss this with Chambers and Business Associations.  The meeting was in turn chaired by YB Minister, Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General (Industrial Development) and also attended by all major MITI agencies such as the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade).

Decisions on the order are made by the National Security Council (NSC).  This public health order supersedes the industrial relation order.  Legal action can be taken against companies or persons failing to comply.    Government operations will also be minimized to essential services (which are focused on finances and ICT, the latter to maintain websites with all relevant updates and to answer questions).

Port operations will continue, but minimized.  Import and Export matters are still being discussed.  For non compliance to your contracts, the government states that this is beyond control, force majeure is in place.
Human Resource Ministry will be discussing with NSC the implications for salary payments etc.  For now, the input is that any staff payments would be subject to terms & conditions of the employment agreement.

For health matters, only the Ministry of Health (MoH) will issue statements.
For non – health matters, only the National Security Council (NSC) will issue statements.

Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020, 18 Mar

Please click here for the official Federal Government gazette Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020.  This document is in Bahasa Malaysia and English & also includes the Schedule Essential Services.

We have been advised that an updated version might be published today which includes the manufacturing exceptions, but at this moment find it opportune to share the current version with you because it gives all important information on the government’s decision, including Offence.

Published 18 March.

List of Essential Goods, 18 Mar

Products

  1. Food and beverage items including imported items
    • Rice
    • Sugar
    • Vegetable and animal oils and fats
    • Flour and All Grain Mill Products
    • Bread
    • Water
    • Dairy products – milk, infant formula
    • Condiments and Spices
    • Dry food
    • Coffee and tea
    • Canned food
    • Meat
    • Chicken
    • Animal feed
    • Processing of fruits and vegetable
  2. Agriculture and fisheries including imports
    • Fish and Seafood
    • Fruits
    • Vegetable
  3. Household products
    • Detergents
    • Disinfectants
    • Sanitisers
    • Personal care items
    • Toilet paper and tissue paper
  4. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including Fire Safety Equipment and Medical Attire including face mask, rubber gloves.
  5. Pharmaceutical – all chemicals and drugs production
  6. Packaging materials and printing including ink
  7. Medical and surgical devices
  8. Parts for medical devices eg. parts for ventilators

Published 18 March

Source: MIDA

List of Products that are Part of the Supply Chain of Essential Goods Supply Chain For Exemption From ROM, 18 Mar

Products

  1. Oil & Gas
  2. Petrochemicals
    • PTA & PET Resins
    • Polyester fibres & filaments
    • Polypropylene & polyethylene
    • ABS & MABS resins
    • Maleic Anhydride
    • PVC Paste resin
    • Expanded EPE
    • Impact modifiers & processing aids
    • Styrene Monomer
    • Styrene Butadiene Latex
    • Polystyrene
  3. Chemical and Chemical Products – Fertiliser and Pesticide
  4. Electrical & Electronics (E&E) including semiconductors

Published 18 March

Source: MIDA

Application for Factory Operations, 19 Mar

Application for Factory Operations during MCO is now available on MITI website.
In case the link is down, click here to download the MITI Request Form to operate during MCO.
This form also includes the Request Form to Maintain Machineries at Warm Idle during MCO.

For further inquiries regarding this application, kindly email to covid19.mfg@miti.gov.my.

Published 19 March

FMM Update to Members, 19 Mar

Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) has published an extensive update for their members, please click here to read the update.  Inclusive of info on:
– Any exemption is not automatic, an overview of compulsory conditions is provided;
– Request Form to Maintain Machineries at Warm Idle During Movement Control Order Period;
– Custom’s Advisory;
– Certificate of Origin Endorsement Services.

Published 19 March

SKRINE: FAQ on Employment Updates

Please click here for Covid-19 Pandemic: Frequently Asked Questions on Employment *Updates* from MDBC member SKRINE.

Originally published 20 March but is constantly updated.

MOHR: FAQs for MCO, 20 Mar

Please click here for FAQs provided by the Ministry of Human Resources (MOHR) for the MCO. 
Please note this document is only available in Bahasa Malaysia.

Published 20 March.

POS Malaysia Operating Hours MCO, 20 Mar

Please click here for POS Malaysia operating hours during the MCO.

Published 20 March.

Application for Operation Verification for Food Distribution and e – Commerce sectors, 23 Mar

Application for Operation Verification for Food Distribution and E – Commerce Sectors under the Movement Control Order.
For applications related to the supply chain, such as trading, distributors, warehousing, IT, and server.  This application is needed to verify the operations of the distribution of food supply and e – commerce sectors under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP).  To apply, please click here.

For further information and inquiries, you may contact these officers:
* Ms Phang Yoke Hong: yokehong@kpdnhep.gov.my
* Mr Syazwan bin Osman: syazwanosman@kpdnhep.gov.my
* Mr Muaz bin Zulkifli: muazzulkifli@kpdnhep.gov.my

Published 23 March.

Economic Aid Initiatives (part of Economic Stimulus Package and People’s Aid), 23 Mar

On Monday, 23 March, the prime minister announced several initiatives to help alleviate the people’s burden in facing the Covid – 19 pandemic.  Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said these initiatives were part of a more comprehensive Economic Stimulus Package and People’s Aid to be announced on March 30.
Click here for more details.

Main initiatives announced:

  • KWSP / Employee Provident Fund (EPF): Reduction in deduction, Application to withdraw from Account 2: RM 500 / mth for up to 12 months for those who are below 55 years old. To support daily necessities of food and utilities.
  • RM 500 million to the Ministry of Health (MOH) from the central government to support procurement of ventilators, PPE, lab facilities, and other critical essentials. RM 100 million to MOH for 2,000 contracted workers, mainly nurses.
  • RM 130 million to state governments to help with small business owners, victims, and families as well as civil servants involved in assisting with the Covid – 19 pandemic.
  • Defer payments for PTPTN loan (education loan) for 3 – 6 months up to 21 September.

Official EAC Statement – in Bahasa Malaysia: Please click here.
EAC Statement – in English (unverified): Please click here.

Banks and Financial Institutions, 25 Mar

MDBC received a complete overview of the MCO advice given by banks with regard to banking moratorium, both for retail as well as corporate banking customers.  Please click here for this overview and check with your bank for further details.

KPMG Highlights BNM Measures – Responding to Covid – 19, 26 Mar

KPMG Highlights BNM Measures – Responding to Covid – 19

Please click here to read the report.

Published 26 March.

Economic Stimulus Package, 27 Mar

Economic Stimulus Package: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has just unveiled an economic stimulus package known as package prihatin or caring package valued at RM 250 bil that will benefit all Malaysians. 
Please click here to read highlights on the stimulus package in English.
Please click here for the copy of the Prime Minister’s speech in BM.

Published 27 March.

Port Authority Klang waves storage and removal charges for non essential goods during MCO, 17 Mar
MITI: Conditions required for approved companies who operate during MCO, 27 Mar

MITI has shared the conditions required for approved companies who are involved in the critical product manufacturing sector & have been authorized to operate throughout PKP. Approval will be revoked if these terms are not complied with.

BM Version:

   

English Version:

   

Published 27 March.

MITI Advisory on Endorsement of CO during MCO, 30 Mar

MITI’s advisory on Endorsement of Certificate of Origin during MCO, new schedule.
Yesterday MITI announced that CO submission can now only be done on Monday from 9 am – 1 pm.
Click here for MITI’s media release which provides all details.

Published 30 March

KPMG’s PRIHATIN Package Tax Highlights, 27 Mar

The PRIHATIN Package aims to protect the welfare of the people, support businesses including Small and Medium Enterprises as well as strengthen the country’s economy to weather the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

KPMG is pleased to provide a summary of the proposed key tax measures for your attention.

Please click here for the KPMG PRIHATIN Tax Highlights.

The information contained herein is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Although we endeavor to provide accurate and timely information, there can be no guarantee that such information is accurate as of the date it is received or that it will continue to be accurate in the future. No one should act on such information without appropriate professional advice after a thorough examination of the particular situation.

Published 27 March

KPMG: Impact of Covid – 19 when measuring ECL, 27 Mar

KPMG: Impact of Covid – 19 when measuring ECL

Please click here to view the report.

Published 27 March

MOF Announcement on BPN, 30 Mar

Announcement of the Ministry of Finance on the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) (National Concerned Aid):
MOF explains the implementation and access of BPN for the eligible recipients.
BPN payments will be made in two phases at the end of April and May 2020.
Click here for the information.  At this moment, this document is only available in BM.

Published 30 March

KPMG: Impact of Covid – 19 on transfer pricing arrangements, 30 Mar

KPMG: Impact of Covid – 19 on transfer pricing arrangements

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 read the report.

Published, 30 March

MCO Phase 2, 31 Mar

MCO Phase 2 (1 – 14 April)

 

Published 31 March

KPMG Covid – 19 Economic Impacts

KPMG Covid – 19 Economic Impacts

As Covid – 19 (coronavirus) spreads through the U.S. and global economy, firms and households are being significantly impacted. The economic impact is a supply shock, a demand shock and a shock to financial markets the ramifications of which will be acute in the near – term. There is an inverse relationship between flattening the caseload curve and the economic cost. Flattening the caseload curve is critical but it comes with an economic cost if other measures are not also taken. Even with substantial government assistance “L” shaped downturns may be unavoidable as corporate debt levels are simply too high in many sectors to avoid a day of reckoning.

KPMG’s Office of the Chief Economist is continuously monitoring key developments in this unprecedented situation and refinements to the economic model occur daily. To learn about their current scenario analysis, including deep background on the underlying cause and effect dynamics, please download their latest Covid – 19 Economic Impacts: Beware the Ides of March report.

Due to the rapidly evolving nature of this situation, KPMG updates this analysis frequently. Please check here often for their latest report.

Published 31 March

KPMG: Specific Indirect Tax Measures due to Covid – 19, 31 Mar

KPMG: Specific Indirect Tax Measures due to Covid – 19.
As the Covid – 19 outbreak continues, various steps have been taken by the Malaysian Government in managing the impact it brings to the people and economy.   KPMG has prepared a summary of the Specific Indirect Tax measures introduced by the Government due to the impact of Covid – 19.  A copy of the Summary can be accessed here.  

The Summary will be updated from time to time as we anticipate more initiatives to be announced by the Government, in view of the Covid – 19 outbreak coupled with the Movement Control Order. 

The information contained herein is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Although we endeavor to provide accurate and timely information, there can be no guarantee that such information is accurate as of the date it is received or that it will continue to be accurate in the future. No one should act on such information without appropriate professional advice after a thorough examination of the particular situation.

Published 31 March.

Skrine: Effect of the MCO on court proceedings, 3 Apr

Skrine: Effect of the MCO on court proceedings
The Movement Control Order (MCO) that has been implemented throughout Malaysia from 18 March 2020 to 14 April 2020 has disrupted activities in nearly all aspects of the lives of Malaysians. Among others, schools and businesses that provide non-essential services have ground to a halt or nearly so.

How has the MCO affected the administration of justice? Click here for a short write up which summarises the effect of MCO on court proceedings in Malaysia at the time of writing.

Published 3 April.

KPMG: Additional PRIHATIN Package Highlights, 7 Apr

KPMG: Additional PRIHATIN Package Highlights

Overall, the additional PRIHATIN Package provides a clear message that the Government is focused on easing the financial burden of SMEs and continuing to secure the jobs of the employees of such SMEs, which represent over two thirds of the total number of jobs in the country.  

Click here to read the highlights of the proposed key measures that have been announced.

Published 7 April.

MANUFACTURERS AND SUPPLIERS, MAKE YOURSELF HEARD! 9 Apr

MANUFACTURERS AND SUPPLIERS, MAKE YOURSELF HEARD!
With the latest information following a meeting at Ministry of International Trade & Industry this morning, attended by most Malaysian industry and sector associations, we have been advised that the authorities are investigating the opportunity of opening up for certain non – essential industries to operate (in phases, during and post MCO). MITI is therefore asking for information to ascertain the entire supply chain environment. Essential or non – essential, Approved or Pending or rejected members, are all asked to provide details of their suppliers.

Guidelines, how you fill up the form:
Click on the link and download the excel sheet.
Save the document under a new name which starts with your own company name.
• Main Customer column = your company name
• Name of Company column = your supplier’s name

Complete, save and return to info@mdbc.com.my latest by Friday 10 April 10:00 hrs.
Due to time constraints, MDBC will not have the opportunity to communicate further with you on this list, we will only compile what you send to us, and submit before the deadline given to us. MDBC is not an Industry Association, but if there is any chance of getting our members (and your local suppliers!) included then that would be an important step! No promises, but we are willing to invest considerable time in this to give it our best try.

Published 9 April

SME Corp Malaysia: Relief Measures for SMEs Affected by COVID – 19 Contact, 9 Apr

SME Corp Malaysia: Relief Measures for SMEs Affected by COVID – 19 Contact

Please click here for the info.

Published 9 April.

KPMG: Robust cash management helps in times of crisis, 13 Apr

KPMG: Robust Cash Management Helps in Times of Crisis

Having a tight grip on cash management will provide companies with valuable breathing space in times of crisis, such as ripple effects of COVID – 19 pandemic, said KPMG Malaysia managing partner Datuk Johan Idris.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 13 April.

MIDA: Permitted Economic Sectors can Increase Capacity, 28 Apr

MIDA: Permitted Economic Sectors can Increase Capacity

The government has agreed that economic sectors that have been allowed to operate at the Level 1, 2 and 3 CPPs increase their capacity to operate fully and are allowed to operate without time constraints according to their respective industry requirements.

Source: MIDA
Published 28 April

Permission for HR to return to workplace for payroll processing, 29 Apr

Permission for Company Human Resource / Finance Personnel to Return to Workplace to Process Payroll on either April 30, 2020 OR May 2, 2020

The Ministry of Human Resources has announced via their social media platforms that the Government has agreed for Human Resource / Finance personnel (max. 2 staff) to be allowed entry to the workplace for payroll processing. This is particularly for companies that are unable to process payroll remotely and those not granted approval to resume operations.

Please click here to read it on MoHR social media and to check the conditions.

Published 29 April.

MITI My Sejahtera App, 28 Apr

MITI My Sejahtera App

MySejahtera is an application developed by the Government of Malaysia to assist in managing the COVID – 19 outbreaks in the country. It allows users to perform health self-assessment on themselves and their families. The users can also monitor their health progress throughout the COVID – 19 outbreak. In addition, MySejahtera enables Ministry of Health (MOH) to monitor users’ health condition and take immediate actions in providing the treatments required.

Please click here for the FAQ about the app.
Please click here for slides about the app.
Please click here to register for the app.

Source: My Sejahtera
Published 28 April

MCO Phase 4: Additional person for errands and other updates, 30 Apr

MCO Phase 4: Additional person for errands and other updates

Phase Four of the movement control order will see more rules being relaxed on top of allowing two persons to go out on errands and travel beyond 10km for essentials.  Hinting this, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the two should be from the same family and that the errands meant food, medicine and daily essentials.  People are now allowed to travel out of their 10km radius limit for the same purpose.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 30 April.

Almost all economic sectors, business activities can resume ops, 1 May

Almost all economic sectors, business activities can resume ops under conditional MCO starting May 4

Almost all economic sectors and business activities will be allowed to resume business, subject to conditions and standard operating procedure, starting May 4, announces the Prime Minister.  Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the decision is made following advice from the Health Ministry and after lengthy discussions during the Economic Action Council, National Security Council and Cabinet Meeting.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 1 May

New CMCO Rules, 5 May

New CMCO Rules

On 3 May, the Prime Minister announced that the MCO would be relaxed to a Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).  The Government announced new regulations for this period.  To read a summary of the new regulations, please click here.

Published 5 May.

‘MyTrace’ app to help in contact tracing, 4 May

‘MyTrace’ app to help in contact tracing

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti) has developed an application called MyTrace to help the government trace individuals who may have gone near anyone carrying the Covid-19 virus, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 4 May

Employers encouraged to get workers tested for COVID – 19, 4 May

Employers encouraged to get workers tested for COVID – 19

The Human Resource Ministry is encouraging all employers, especially those operating in the COVID – 19 red and yellow zones, to ensure their workers undergo COVID – 19 screenings.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 4 May

No conditional MCO for nine states, 4 May

No conditional MCO for nine states

Nine states are not following or fully complying with the Federal Government’s move to ease conditions and let businesses resume with set guidelines under the conditional movement control order (MCO) starting today.   Kedah, Sabah, Pahang, Penang, Kelantan and Sarawak have decided not to follow the move while Selangor, Perak and Negri Sembilan said it would limit the number of businesses allowed to resume operations and restrict dine-ins at restaurants and sports and recreational activities.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 4 May

Inter – state travel forms available on PDRM Facebook, Twitter, 4 May

Inter – state travel forms available on PDRM Facebook, Twitter

Members of the public can get the inter – state travel forms through the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) Facebook page and Twitter from today, said Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department (CID) director Datuk Huzir Mohamed.

Please click here for PDRM on Facebook
Please click here for PDRM on Twitter.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 4 May.

Gerak Malaysia app v2.0 , 4 May

Gerak Malaysia app v2.0 

Over 1.2 million users have downloaded the Gerak Malaysia application, with 503, 276 users applying for interstate travel permits as of noon today. 

“The application has also been upgraded to version 2.0 by allowing people to set their travel plans before May 6, ‘’ he said in a press conference, here today.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 4 May

MCO loosened from 4 May

It was announced by Prime Minister YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on Labour Day, that from Monday 4 May 2020, the Movement Control Order will be slightly loosened to enable most businesses to re – open.  During MCO, the nation was losing about RM 2.4 bil daily, with the total loss so far estimated at about RM 63 bil.    
Take note: MCO4 remains in place, following the Ministry of Health’ Standard Operating Procedures and maintaining social distancing continues to be of the highest priority. 

SUMMARY OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT
Not allowed / Caution on:
– Inter – state travel, including to balik kampung for Hari Raya Aidilfitri
– Sporting events, all religious activities, sports, and recreational activities involving large gatherings
– Schools, colleges, and universities will remain closed
– Enhanced MCO will still be enforced at locations which recorded a high number of cases (such as red zones)
Click here for an overview of businesses and activities which are not yet allowed

It is advised to:
– Regularly check the MKN website on the list of industries that are not allowed
– Continue work from home as much as possible for all staff not required to be on site
– Companies to provide for staggered working hours for staff that is required to come to the office
– With physical activities and eating at restaurants, maintain social distancing
– The public is advised to download MySejahtera app to enable contact tracing

It is mandatory to:
– Leave home only if necessary
– Maintain social distancing
– Follow the SOPs:
MITI SOPs for Authorized Sectors
National Security Council (regularly down due to heavy traffic)
Our colleagues of AMCHAM have done a great job in providing (unofficial) English translations of SOPs for many different industries.  Please click here to view the English translation.

Announcements from MITI:
– All companies in the authorized sectors will no longer have to apply to operate
– Companies in all authorized sectors can start operations on 4 May (excluding disallowed sectors)
– Beginning May 4, companies only have to:
1. Disclose company information
2. Agree to the SOP compliance pledge via the portal: notification.miti.gov.my
Companies do not have to rush, you have up till 12 May to submit the company details.
– Companies that have previously applied to operate do not need to make a declaration on the company.
For further information, please visit MITI website or Facebook page

CMCO extended to 9 June, 11 May

CMCO Extended to 9 June

The Prime Minister announced that the CMCO will be extended until 9 June.  The Prime Minister said mass movements would not be allowed although major festivals – Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Kaamatan and Hari Gawai (the harvest festival in Sabah and Sarawak respectively) – fall within that period.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 11 May.

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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.

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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

NSC Press Release, 18 March

Click here for the Press Release from National Security Council on Wednesday, 18 March 2020.
This includes an overview of certain services listed as Essential and Non – Essential which are allowed to operate during the Restricted Movement Order.

MOF Press Release, 19 March

Click here for the Press Release from the Ministry of Finance (MoF) on Thursday, 19 March 2020.
This includes information on the economic stimulus package to assist individuals and SMEs during the Covid – 19 situation.

Ministry of Plantation Industries & Commodities, 19 March

Click here for the Press Release from the Ministry of Plantation Industries & Commodities (MPI) on Thursday, 19 March 2020.
This includes information on the flexibility of restrictions by the ministry during the Covid – 19 situation.

MOA Press Release, 19 March

Click here for the Press Release from the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industy (MoA) on Thursday, 19 March 2020.
FAQ on operations during the MCO and the Covid – 19 situation.

FMFF Press Statement, 24 Mar

The Federation of Malaysian Freight Forwarders has published a press statement on Logistics Services during the MCO period.  Click here to read the press statement.

Published 24 March.

FMFF Press Statement, 25 Mar

A couple of days ago we shared the media release of the Federation of Malaysian Freight Forwarders.  Click here to see the response of the Ministry of Transport and here for the subsequent circular of FMFF to its members.

Published 25 March.

FMM Circular to Members, 27 Mar

The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) circular to its members on Measures to Facilitate Import and Export Activities for Non-Essential Goods During Movement Control Order (MCO) Period: click here for the 26 March Advisory.

Published 27 March.

The Edge: Impact of MCO on the global supply chain, 27 Mar
FMM Advisory: Company HR / Finance to enter Workplace to process Payroll, 30 Mar

Permission for Company Human Resource / Finance Personnel to enter Workplace to process Payroll
Only on 31 March or 1 April.
Please click here for FMM’s Advisory that provides all the conditions.

Published 30 March.

Netherlands extends anti – corona measures, 1 Apr

Special measures to stop the spread of coronavirus in the Netherlands are to be extended until April 28 at least, prime minister Mark Rutte told a press conference on Tuesday.

Please click here to read the article.  

Published 1 April.

MITI: Special Cabinet Committee, 2 Apr

MITI: Special Cabinet Committee

MITI has announced a special cabinet committee formed to bolster the stimulus package and strike a balance between economic priorities and effective enforcement of MCO due to COVID – 19.

Please click here to read the press release in English.
Please click here to read the press release in BM.

Published 2 April.

PM Announces Stimulus Package for SMEs, 6 Apr

PM Announces Stimulus Package for SMEs

Published 6 April

Employers can apply for wage subsidy program online, 9 Apr

The Star: Employers can apply for wage subsidy programme online starting April 9

Employers who want to apply for the wage subsidy scheme targeted at small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can send in their applications to the Social Security Organisation (Socso) starting Thursday (April 9).

Please click here to read the article.

Published 9 April.

PRIHATIN Plus Stimulus Package, 9 Apr

The Star: PRIHATIN Plus Stimulus Package

Some Frequently Asked Questions about the PRIHATIN Plus Stimulus Package.

Please click here for the article.

Published 9 April.

RM682m in SME financing approved by banks, 9 Apr

The Sun Daily: RM 682 m in SME financing approved by banks

Financial institutions have approved about 1,300 financing applications totalling RM682 million as under the three facilities of Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) Fund for SMEs, as at April 2.

Please click here for the article.

Published 9 April.

EUMCCI Memikul Bersama, 9 Apr

EUMCCI
EUMCCI has announced a “Memikul Bersama” campaign to support frontliners against COVID – 19 in Malaysia.  They are accepting donations in kind of urgently needed medical equipment.  Cash donations received will be channeled to the purchase of life saving face masks / shields, rubber gloves, protection gear, test kits, sanitizers, and essential items.  EUMCCI ensures delivery of those items marked with the campaign name and your logo to medical institutions and facilities which require support.  Donors can reach out to Mahri at admin@eumcci.com or contact Kok Ling at +6016 – 338 0197 if you wish to contribute donations to the “Memikul Bersama” donation campaign.  Cash donations may be transferred to:
EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Standard Chartered Bank Account: 897156696450
Swift Code – SCBLMYKXXXX

Published 9 April.

MDEC Partners Crowdfunding Operators Amid COVID – 19 Pandemic, 10 Apr

MDEC Partners Crowdfunding Operators Amid COVID – 19 Pandemic

The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) has entered into a partnership with seven crowdfunding operators to help entrepreneurs tide over the economic challenges brought on by the COVID – 19 onslaught.  Entrepreneurs who wish to explore this alternative financing option may do so by submitting an expression of interest online. This drive will run from April 9-24 and MDEC will offer priority assessment to all applicants by expeditiously screening their eligibility before submitting the profiles to the applicants’ choice of ECF / P2P operator.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 10 April.

MITI: MCO – 3 & More Businesses to Operate, 12 Apr

MCO – 3 & MORE BUSINESSES TO OPERATE
To bolster the economy post COVID – 19, the Ministry of International Trade & Industry (MITI) has announced that the government will allow an additional list of businesses to operate during the MCO, on top of the original list of essential manufacturing and services, on condition of strict adherence to health and safety guidelines because the health and safety of workers remains a top priority.  

This will apply to (parts of) the following sectors: Automotive, Machinery & Equipment, Aerospace, and Construction; Services such as Science, Professional & Technical, and Social Health; and Retail such as Hardware, Electrical & Electronic, Optometrists, Barber, and Laundry shops.
Click here for MITI’s media release and full list of sectors in BM.
Click here for media release and full list of sectors in English.

Companies in the additional sectors allowed to operate can only start their operations AFTER approval is given by MITI.  Applications will be available at the MITI website on Monday 13 April 2020, 09:00 hrs.  Only complete applications that fulfill the conditions set will be processed.    Here are some input on your preparations for submission. 

More information available on the Facebook page: MITI Hotline Page for MCO 

MITI also encourages companies that have already received approval (or are awaiting approval) from the previous application process to reapply via the new system.  This is because the new approval comes with a QR code, which can be scanned by police at roadblocks.

For any (re)application by MDBC members, kindly inform MDBC (info@mdbc.com.my) so that we can also keep track and support the applications of our members.

MDBC also has more information available on the new process and requirements for companies that already had approval, or are still in pending / appeal mode (either through MITI or other Ministries / bodies), please contact us by return (info@mdbc.com.my).

Published 12 April.

 

MITI FAQ on MCO 3, 13 Apr

MITI FAQ on MCO 3

Please click here to read the FAQs in English.

Published 13 April

MDEC: Opportunities in Times of Crisis, 13 Apr

MDEC: Opportunities in Times of Crisis

Some of the key points highlighted in the article:

  1. Malaysia – renowned for its offshoring capabilities, placing within the Top 3 for AT Kearney’s Best Offshoring Locations, and being first choice as the preferred business continuity hub for the world – has now emerged as a more attractive alternative for these hard – hit economies – due to its qualities such as speed to response, competitive, resilient and matured digital infrastructure, and available workforce talent.
  2. This was further supported by The World Health Organization (WHO) who recently praised Malaysia for its preparedness and response in managing the COVID – 19 crisis. It even selected Malaysia as one of the countries to test the effectiveness of drugs used to treat afflicted patients, a testament to the country’s ability to conduct lab work and research.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 13 April.

MDBC: Special Message for MDBC Members, 15 Apr

MDBC: Special Message for MDBC Members

As a follow up to the “MCO – 3 & MORE BUSINESSES TO OPERATE” announcement, we have a special message for all MDBC members who:

a) As essential products or services in food, health, and medial supply chains, already received permission to operate during MCO – 1 and MCO – 2, and now need to re – apply to receive the QR code;
b) Are part of the new sectors on the additional list of businesses allowed to operate during the MCO, who are now applying for the first time.

Please get in contact with MDBC (via info@mdbc.com.my) so that we can:
a) Support your application whenever possible in our lobbying and follow up with MITI;
b) Try to assist you with your application in case you have yet to get through on the new MITI portal (we have some hints and forms to prepare!).

Please click here for the FAQ news article as MITI addresses issues faced by various sectors during MCO.

Of course all applications and operations are on condition of strict adherence to health and safety guidelines because the health and safety of workers remains a top priority.

Published 15 April.

SC Unveils Measures to Support Listed Firms, ECF and P2P issuers, 17 Apr

SC Unveils Measures to Support Listed Firms, ECF and P2P issuers

The Securities Commission has announced further reliefs for listed companies, especially those which are under Practice Note 17 (PN17) category.

The SC is also considering additional measures to facilitate greater access to funding for small and midcap companies, as well as micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

Please click here to read the article.

Published 17 April.

StanChart Commits US $1 bil to Help Firms Tackle COVID – 19, 17 Apr

StanChart Commits US $1 bil to Help Firms Tackle COVID – 19

Standard Chartered says it will commit US$1 billion of financing for companies that provide goods and services to help the fight against COVID – 19.  The amount is also for companies planning the switch into making products that are in high demand to fight the global pandemic.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 17 April.

Confusion over approval letters at roadblocks, 17 Apr

Confusion over approval letters at roadblocks

There was confusion in the air as workers with approval letters from the first and second phases of the Movement Control Order (MCO) were turned away by the police during roadblocks and sent home. Their crime? Not having the approval letter from the third phase of the MCO, which contained a QR code.

Speaking to Enterprise, Malaysian Dutch Business Council (MDBC) executive director Marco Winter says the council received several calls from its members who were caught out by this issue. “Companies with approval letters from MCO 1 or MCO 2 had their workers stopped at roadblocks because the approval letter didn’t have the QR code, which is included in the new approval letters that are slowly being given out this week,” he says,

Please click here to read the article.

Published 17 April.

Helping hand to cope with Covid-19, for SMEs, 20 Apr

Helping hand to cope with Covid-19, for SMEs

SMEs may benefit from three government facilities under the first economic stimulus package announced on Feb 27 – the Automation and Digitalisation Facility, Agrofood Facility and Micro Enterprises Facility – aside from the automatic six-month moratorium on financing announced by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM).

Please click here to read the article.

Published 20 April.

MOT Media Statement: The Fourth Phase of Freight on Ports From April 20 – 23, 20 Apr

MOT Media Statement: The Fourth Phase of Freight on Ports From April 20 – 23, 2020

Cargo release activities at major ports of the country continue with the implementation of the Fourth Phase which will commence on Monday, April 20, 2020 until Thursday, April 23, 2020, to ensure that activities at the port remain smooth and that capacity space is in place.

Please click here to read the statement in BM.  
Please click here for the FMM summary in English.

Published 20 April.

FMM: Manufacturers ask govt to extend wage subsidy to all levels of employees, 21 Apr

FMM: Manufacturers ask govt to extend wage subsidy to all levels of employees

Local manufacturers want the government to extend the Wage Subsidy Programme (WSP) to all employees irrespective of their wage level, according to a survey conducted by the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) from April 6-10.  The 419 respondents, comprising 89.5 per cent of manufacturing and manufacturing-related and support services companies, urged the government to remove sales/revenue reduction conditions and extend the wage subsidy to at least six months.

Please click here to read the report.

Published 21 April.

Government may introduce “soft landing” approach for exiting MCO, 21 Apr

Government may introduce “soft landing” approach for exiting MCO

The government may introduce a “soft landing” approach when removing the movement control order (MCO), says the Health Ministry.  Health Director General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this would mean social distancing rules and bans on large gatherings were likely to continue for the rest of the year.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 21 April.

Travel Ban May Continue After MCO Lifted, 23 Apr

Travel Ban May Continue After MCO Lifted

The Health Ministry has hinted that travel bans may continue to be enforced even after the movement control order (MCO) is lifted.

Health Director – General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah on Thursday (April 23) said border control measures introduced by the government had reduced the number of imported COVID – 19 cases and should be continued.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 23 April.

MCO Extended until 12 May, 23 Apr

MCO Extended until 12 May.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on Thursday (April 23) announced that the movement control order (MCO) will be extended by another two weeks.

It is the third time that the government has decided to extend the MCO.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 23 April.

Govt studying methods to revive economy in stages: Muhyiddin, 24 Apr

Govt studying methods to revive economy in stages: Muhyiddin

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin said that the government is currently studying methods to revive the country’s economy in stages.  

Please click here to read the article.

Published 24 April.

Only those stranded in hometowns can apply for interstate travel, 24 Apr

Only those stranded in hometowns can apply for interstate travel: Ismail Sabri

Interstate travel applications are only for those stranded in their hometowns and wish to return to their homes in the cities, and not vice-versa, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 24 April.

MITI Extension of Approval, 24 Apr

MITI Extension of Approval

MITI has announced that companies who have been approved to operate during the MCO will have their approval automatically extended until 12 May.

Published 24 April.

MITI: Appeal process to operate during MCO, 24 Apr

MITI: Appeal process to operate during MCO

For companies who applied to operate during the MCO but were rejected, you can appeal the application; please follow these 4 simple steps. This appeal is allowed once only

Published 24 April.

Full workforce for approved companies, No need to apply again, 29 Apr

MITI: Full workforce for approved companies, No need to apply again

Companies that were allowed to operate during the first, second and third MCO phases, are from today onward allowed to increase workforce capacity to 100% and operate without hours restriction.  Of course, these companies must comply with the strict standard operating procedures that have been set for the respective sectors.

All information is available in this media release.
Please click here to read one of the related news articles.

Published 29 April

Government Allocates RM 100 million to Help Start – Ups, 12 May

Government Allocates RM 100 million to Help Start – Ups

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has allocated RM100 million to Malaysia Debt Ventures Bhd (MDV) to fund the Technology Start-up Funding Relief Facility (TSFRF) to assist technology startups affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 12 May

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

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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

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Infographics

Economic Stimulus Package – Additional Measures, 6 April

Source: Bernama

Economic Stimulus Package – Additional Measures, 6 April

Source: Bernama

Malaysia’s Economic Stimulus Package: Manufacturing Sector, 6 April

Source: MIDA

Malaysia’s Economic Stimulus Package: Services Sector, 6 April

Source: MIDA

Malaysia’s Economic Stimulus Package: Services Sector (Part 2), 6 April

Source: MIDA

TNB MCO Power Supply, 27 March

Exemption for Manufacturers of Selected Essential Products From the Movement Control Order (MCO)

List of Critical Production Sectors Allowed to Continue Operations Subject to Conditions by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI)

A. List of Essential Goods Source: MIDA

Exemption for Manufacturers of Selected Essential Products From the Movement Control Order (MCO) (Part 2)

List of Critical Production Sectors Allowed to Continue Operations Subject to Conditions by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI)

B. List of Products that are Part of the Supply Chain of Essential Goods Supply Chain Source: MIDA

Exemption for Manufacturers of Selected Essential Products From the Movement Control Order (MCO) (Part 3)

Compulsory Conditions

Source: MIDA

List of Additional Sectors Allowed to Operate During MCO Phase 3 (until 28 April) 

Source: MITI
Published 17 April

List of Additional Sectors Allowed to Operate During MCO Phase 3 (until 28 April) Part 2

Source: MITI
Published 17 April

MCO 3: Price Control Scheme

Source: Bernama
Published 20 April

COVID – 19: Face Mask Disposal Steps

Source: Bernama
Published 20 April

Guidelines For Employers Who Use Many Workers

Source: Bernama
Published 20 April

MITI: Appeal process to operate during MCO
For companies who applied to operate during the MCO but were rejected, you can appeal your application with the following steps.  This appeal is allowed once only. 

Source: MITI
Published 24 April

MIDA: Permitted Economic Sectors can Increase Capacity

The government has agreed that economic sectors that have been allowed to operate at the Level 1, 2 and 3 CPPs increase their capacity to operate fully and are allowed to operate without time constraints according to their respective industry requirements.

Source: MIDA
Published 28 April

MyTrace App for contact tracing

Source: Bernama
Published 4 May

Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) starting 4 May

Source: Bernama
Published 4 May

Checking the Status of ATIGA E FORM D Transactions in EPCO System (Part 1)

Source: MITI
Published 4 May

Checking the Status of ATIGA E FORM D Transactions in EPCO System (Part 2)

Source: MITI
Published 4 May

Enforcement of ATIGA E FORM D during MCO

 

Source: MITI
Published 4 May

A Guide to Submit Company Declaration (SOP Compliance) via CIMS 3.0 (Part 1)

Source: MITI
Published 4 May

A Guide to Submit Company Declaration (SOP Compliance) via CIMS 3.0 (Part 2)

Source: MITI
Published 4 May

A Guide to Submit Company Declaration (SOP Compliance) via CIMS 3.0 (Part 3)

Source: MITI
Published 4 May

Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) Activities that are Prohibited (Part 1 / 5)

Source: Bernama
Published 5 May

Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) Activities that are Prohibited (Part 2 / 5)

Source: Bernama
Published 5 May

Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) Activities that are Prohibited (Part 3 / 5)

Source: Bernama
Published 5 May

Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) Activities that are Prohibited (Part 4 / 5)

Source: Bernama
Published 5 May

Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) Activities that are Prohibited (Part 5 / 5)

Source: Bernama
Published 5 May

CMCO: Business & Lifestyle SOP

Source: Bernama
Published 6 May

SOP for Reopening the Economy (Part 1)

Source: Bernama
Published 17 May

SOP for Reopening the Economy (Professional Services)

Source: Bernama
Published 7 May

SOP for Reopening the Economy (Manufacturing)

Source: Bernama
Published 6 May

SOP for Reopening the Economy (Sports & Recreation)

Source: Bernama
Published 7 May

SOP for Reopening the Economy (Sports Association Office)

Source: Bernama
Published 8 May

SOP for Reopening the Economy (Communications)

Source: Bernama
Published 8 May

SOP for Reopening the Economy (E – Commerce)

Source: Bernama
Published 9 May

SOP for Reopening the Economy (Information Technology)

Source: Bernama
Published 10 May

SOP for Reopening the Economy (Legal Services)

Source: Bernama
Published 9 May

SOP for Reopening the Economy (Forest Research & Development)

Source: Bernama
Published 11 May

SOP for Reopening the Economy (Health)

Source: Bernama
Published 10 May

Allocation for COVID Expenditure

Source: Bernama
Published 12 May

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