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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 order is expected to last for two weeks and end on 31 March 2020.  

UPDATE: On 25 March, the Prime Minister announced that the MCO will be extended until 14 April.

Under MCO, the MDBC office will be closed from Wednesday, 18 March – Tuesday, 14 April 2020. All published events are also cancelled or postponed until further notice. We are looking into the opportunity to organise any webinar, but at this moment we don’t believe anybody’s mind is really into this yet. Let’s get ‘settled first.

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.

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.

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.

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.

TNB

Published 27 March

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, 20 Mar

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

Published 20 March.

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, it 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.

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

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

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.

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.