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MCO Updates

Dear Members,

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

UPDATE: On 11 June it was announced that there will be a nationwide full lockdown until 28 June

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

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

Phase 3 of National COVID – 19 Immunisation Programme in Klang Valley starts from Monday, 20 June

Phase 3 of National COVID – 19 Immunisation Programme in Klang Valley starts from Monday

The third phase of the National COVID – 19 Immunisation Programme in the Klang Valley will begin tomorrow (Monday, June 21) at the National Stadium vaccination centre (PPV) in Bukit Jalil, said the programme’s coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

Khairy, who is also the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, said this is because 99% of senior citizens in the Klang Valley and 88% in Selangor who had registered for vaccination have either received the first dose of the vaccine jab or received their appointment date.

Click here to read the article

Published 20 June

Malaysia to boost COVID – 19 vaccination rate to 400k a day by August, 20 June

Malaysia to boost COVID – 19 vaccination rate to 400k a day by August

The government aims to boost the country’s vaccination rate to 400,000 a day in August in order to achieve 80% herd immunity by September.

COVID – 19 National Immunisation Programme (NIP) coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the government is targeting a maximum vaccination capacity of 300,000 per day in July.

Click here to read the article

Published 20 June

Govt looking into easing restrictions for fully vaccinated individuals, 21 June

Govt looking into easing restrictions for fully vaccinated individuals

The government is looking into easing restrictions for individuals who have completed their COVID – 19 vaccination regime including allowing them to travel interstate, said National COVID – 19 Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

He said a technical committee comprising health and science experts set up under the COVID – 19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee (JKJAV) is reviewing the matter before it can be presented to the National Security Council (MKN).

Click here to read the article

Published 21 June

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Ministries & Agencies

Govt drafting National Recovery Plan for COVID – 19 battle, says Muhyiddin, 14 June

Govt drafting National Recovery Plan for COVID – 19 battle, says Muhyiddin

The government is drafting a National Recovery Plan in preparation for the country to emerge from the COVID – 19 pandemic at a reasonable level, said Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

The Prime Minister said the plan based on data, science and all preparations that had been done, including in terms of COVID – 19 management, the economy, vaccination programme, and so on, would be presented to the National Security Council (MKN) within the next week.

Click here to read the article

Published 14 June

Total lockdown SOP to be reviewed if daily infections drop to below 4,000, says Ismail Sabri, 14 June

Total lockdown SOP to be reviewed if daily infections drop to below 4,000, says Ismail Sabri

The government will review the need to continue or relax the total lockdown standard operating procedures (SOPs) under the Movement Control Order (MCO) 3.0, if the COVID – 19 daily infections drop to below 4,000 cases.

Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the targeted figure was set by the Ministry of Health (MOH) to ensure the daily infectivity rate nationwide could be reduced.

Click here to read the article

Published 14 June

Latest General SOPs 15 June

Latest General SOPs 15 June

Click here to see the latest General SOPs in BM
Click here to see the latest General SOPs in English (Unofficial Translation)

Published 15 June

PIKAS kicks off with manufacturing sector, 17 June

PIKAS kicks off with manufacturing sector

The Public – Private Partnership COVID – 19 Industry Immunisation Programme (PIKAS) kicked off in Selangor yesterday, mainly for the manufacturing sector.  It is a part of Phase 4 of the National COVID – 19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP).  Apart from Selangor, the programme was also simultaneously initiated in Penang and Johor which will focus on critical manufacturing subsectors.

The International Trade and Industry Ministry (MITI) said these subsectors are critical during the lockdown as they are part of the supply chain of essential products and services, as well as to support the smooth functioning of infrastructures such as the public healthcare system.

Click here to read the article
Click here to read the press release from MITI

Published 17 June

Ministry of Transport SOP for Loading / Unloading, 17 June

Ministry of Transport SOP & Workflow for Loading / Unloading

Click here to read the press release in English

Click here to read the SOPs in BM
Click here to read the SOPs in English (Unofficial Translation)

Click here to read the Workflow in BM
Click here to read the Workflow in English (Unofficial Translation)

Published 17 June

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Info & Resources MY

Malaysia’s economic health to gradually recover with National Recovery Plan, 17 June

Malaysia’s economic health to gradually recover with National Recovery Plan

Malaysia’s economic health is expected to recover gradually as the nation shifts to phase two of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) in July and August and phase three in September and October, with more sectors to be allowed to resume operations, said Kenanga Research.

It said the economy is expected to be continuously supported by the manufacturing industry, specifically the export – driven sectors, given the sustained external demand.

Click here to read the article.

   

Published 17 June

CIDB offers COVID – 19 vaccination to 40,000 workers in construction industry, 17 June
CIDB offers COVID – 19 vaccination to 40,000 workers in construction industry

The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) today offered COVID – 19 vaccination to 40,000 workers in the construction industry to accelerate the rate of vaccination of economic frontliners.  Senior Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said the matter had been approved by the National COVID – 19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) after accepting the proposal for the immunisation programme for the industrial sector on Monday.

Click here to read the article
 
Ministry of Works / Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia (CIDB) Media Release on vaccination to workers in the construction sector.
 
Click here to read the press release in BM
Click here to read the press release in English (Unofficial Translation)
 
Published 17 June
Phase 3 of National COVID – 19 Immunisation Programme in Klang Valley starts from Monday, 20 June

Phase 3 of National COVID – 19 Immunisation Programme in Klang Valley starts from Monday

The third phase of the National COVID – 19 Immunisation Programme in the Klang Valley will begin tomorrow (Monday, June 21) at the National Stadium vaccination centre (PPV) in Bukit Jalil, said the programme’s coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

Khairy, who is also the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, said this is because 99% of senior citizens in the Klang Valley and 88% in Selangor who had registered for vaccination have either received the first dose of the vaccine jab or received their appointment date.

Click here to read the article

Published 20 June

Malaysia to boost COVID – 19 vaccination rate to 400k a day by August, 20 June

Malaysia to boost COVID – 19 vaccination rate to 400k a day by August

The government aims to boost the country’s vaccination rate to 400,000 a day in August in order to achieve 80% herd immunity by September.

COVID – 19 National Immunisation Programme (NIP) coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the government is targeting a maximum vaccination capacity of 300,000 per day in July.

Click here to read the article

Published 20 June

Govt looking into easing restrictions for fully vaccinated individuals, 21 June

Govt looking into easing restrictions for fully vaccinated individuals

The government is looking into easing restrictions for individuals who have completed their COVID – 19 vaccination regime including allowing them to travel interstate, said National COVID – 19 Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

He said a technical committee comprising health and science experts set up under the COVID – 19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee (JKJAV) is reviewing the matter before it can be presented to the National Security Council (MKN).

Click here to read the article

Published 21 June

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Info & Resources NL

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

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

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

Click here to read the article in Dutch

Published 25 February

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

Travelling abroad (information for people in the Netherlands)

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

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

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

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

Click here to read the announcement.

Published 15 April

Mandatory Quarantine for travelers from high risk areas into the Netherlands, 27 May

Mandatory Quarantine for travelers from high risk areas into the Netherlands

From 1 June 2021 you must quarantine if you travel / return to the Netherlands after staying in certain countries. This requirement also applies even if you have been vaccinated.

Quarantine declaration and negative COVID – 19 test result.  When you travel to the Netherlands you must bring a completed quarantine declaration and a negative COVID – 19 test result with you. You may be fined if you do not have a quarantine declaration or you do not comply with the mandatory quarantine requirement.

Click here to read the announcement

Published 27 May

Mandatory quarantine for travellers from very high – risk areas – Netherlands, 3 June

Mandatory quarantine for travellers from very high – risk areas – Netherlands

From 1 June 2021 you must quarantine if you travel / return to the Netherlands after staying in certain countries. This requirement also applies even if you have been vaccinated.

When you travel to the Netherlands you must bring a completed quarantine declaration and a negative COVID – 19 test result with you. You may be fined if you do not have a quarantine declaration or you do not comply with the mandatory quarantine requirement.  It doesn’t matter how you travel to the Netherlands. The mandatory quarantine requirement applies to all forms of transport: air, train, bus / coach, and car.

Click here to learn more and to see the list of quarantine countries.

For those in the Netherlands: Some people can make an appointment online via Coronavaccinatie-afspraak.nl. You will need a DigiD to do this. 

Click here to read the announcement

Published 3 June

NL: Request form for a second vaccination shot, if you had the first overseas, 10 June

NL: Request form for a second vaccination shot, if you had the first overseas

For those members from the Netherlands (who are returning home).  If you have received your first vaccination abroad (in Malaysia) and you still need a second vaccination, or you have received a first vaccination from a healthcare provider who cannot give you a second vaccination, fill in this application form.

After sending this form you will receive a confirmation. The Netherlands government will assess your data. If you are entitled to a second vaccination, you will receive a written invitation to make an appointment at one of the GGD vaccination locations.

Click here to request your second vaccination shot (in Dutch only)

Published 10 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.

Click here to read the full article.

Published 9 July

Randstad: A Safe Return To Work, 11 June

Randstad: A Safe Return to Work

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

Published 11 June

 

KLM Summer Schedule to Amsterdam, 19 June

KLM Summer Schedule to Amsterdam

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

Published 19 June

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

Sunway Medical Center Provides COVID – 19 Test at Reduced Prices

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

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

Published 23 June

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

TalentCorp Flexible Work Arrangements and the MCO Experience webinars.

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

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

Published, 6 August.

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

Special Offer: COVID – 19 Screening for MDBC members

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

Published 17 August

ASEAN update: Recovering from COVID – 19, 5 Mar

ASEAN update: Recovering from COVID – 19

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

Click here to read the report by RaboResearch

Published 5 March

Philips UV – C Disinfection Solutions

Philips UV – C Disinfection Solutions

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

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Infographics

IMMIGRATION DEPT: Entry Restrictions Are in Place for Long – Term Visit Pass Holders from the following High Risk countries (BM)

Source: Immigration Dept
Published 31 May

IMMIGRATION DEPT: Current procedures for Malaysian citizens who want to leave the country (BM)

Source: Immigration Dept
Published 31 May

Ministry of Domestic Trade & Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP):Application of Letter of Permission to Operate 

Source: KPDNHEP
Published 31 May

MITI: Guidelines to download MITI Letter

Source: MITI
Published 1 June

MIDA Remains Open Virtually beginning 1 June for Full MCO (Part 1)

Source: MIDA
Published 1 June

MIDA Remains Open Virtually beginning 1 June for Full MCO (Part 2)

Source: MIDA
Published 1 June

National Recovery Plan

Source: MalaysiaKini
Published 17 June

National Recovery Plan (2)

Published 17 June

Things to know before the 2nd dose of vaccine

Source: Sunway Medical
Published 17 June

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