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Dear Members,

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

Following the MCO stages, the National Recovery Plan (NRP) was put in place starting June 1, 2021.  NRP consists of a four – phase recovery plan that is developed to steer Malaysia out of the pandemic. The three key conditions to be met to move to a next phase are related to daily COVID – 19 cases, the rate of bed use in ICUs, and the percentage of the population fully vaccinated.

The latest update is included below.

UPDATE: On 8 September it was announced that KL, Selangor, and Putrajaya will be moving to Phase II of the NRP on 10 September.

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Latest statistics via COVIDNOW website

Click here to view the latest vaccination numbers.

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
On 27 June it was announced that Phase I of the lockdown will be extended
On 1 July it was announced that most of Selangor and some localities in KL will be placed under EMCO starting 3 July.
On 16 July it was announced that most of Selangor and KL will return to NRP Phase 1 starting 17 July.
On 8 September it was announced that KL, Selangor, and Putrajaya will be moving to Phase II of the NRP on 10 September.

The MDBC office is closed with all team – members WFH, except on some events (webinars) days.
Please contact us for any online 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 maintaining our communications and engagements with you (whether on the current situation, or on any other issues or questions you may have). We will not always be reachable via our office telephone, so please use e – mail as the main form of communication; 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.

News items are listed per segment with the latest update at the bottom.  If you visit the archives, please note that earlier items listed near the top of the page will be from 2020 when the MCO first started (unless separated into a full year archive).

Latest News

Dispensing of COVID – 19 vaccine booster dose expected to begin in October, 19 Sept

Dispensing of COVID – 19 vaccine booster dose expected to begin in October

The administering of the third or booster dose of COVID – 19 vaccine to groups who are vulnerable to COVID – 19 infection is expected to start in October, said Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.  He said the groups included senior citizens with comorbidity such as chronic health problems, frontliners, individuals with low immunity, as well as those living and working at long – term care centres.

Click here to read the article

Published 19 September

Raising COVID – 19 fund ceiling, statutory debt limit to help people, businesses, 19 Sept

Raising COVID – 19 fund ceiling, statutory debt limit to help people, businesses

The government’s proposal to raise the ceiling cap for the COVID – 19 Fund and the statutory debt limit is aimed at supporting the people and businesses during the reopening of the economy.  Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz said the proposal will be implemented immediately after being approved by the Parliament.

Click here to read the article

Published 19 September

Interstate travel not part of trimmed SOPs, says Hishammuddin, 20 Sept

Interstate travel not part of trimmed SOPs, says Hishammuddin

Permission for interstate travel is not part of the trimmed standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the National Recovery Plan (PPN), said Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.  He said the decision on matters related to interstate travel needs to be scrutinised by the Special Committee on Pandemic Management chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Click here to read the article

Published 20 September

MoH says fully vaccinated travelers now have option to quarantine at home when they arrive in Malaysia, 20 Sept

MoH says fully vaccinated travelers now have option to quarantine at home when they arrive in Malaysia

Travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID – 19 now have the option to quarantine at home when they arrive in Malaysia, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said recently.

Click here to read the article

   

Published 20 September

Updated SOPs (as of 17 September), 21 Sept

Updated SOPs (as of 17 September)

Click here to read the updated NRP SOP for Phase 1 in BM
Click here to read the updated NRP SOP for Phase 1 in English (Unofficial Translation)

Click here to read the updated NRP SOP for Phase 2 in BM
Click here to read the updated NRP SOP for Phase 2 in English (Unofficial Translation)

Click here to read the updated NRP SOP for Phase 3 in BM
Click here to read the updated NRP SOP for Phase 3 in English (Unofficial Translation)

Click here to read the updated NRP SOP for Phase 4 in BM

Published 21 September

Pinned Items

Registering your overseas vaccination with MySejahtera, 12 Aug

Registering your overseas vaccination with MySejahtera

In the absence of a formal written SOP for requesting registration of overseas vaccinations to the MySejahtera app, please take note that inbound travelers who received vaccines abroad can request assistance to add the digital vaccine certificate to MySejahtera via the helpdesk ([email protected]).  Note that processing may take up to seven (7) business days.  

Include the following information and scanned copies of your vaccine card and passport:
* Full name
* Passport number
* Vaccination date
* Vaccine dose (first, second, or both doses)
* Vaccine type

Please direct any questions to the MySejahtera helpdesk.

Published 12 August

Flow Chart for Travelers Entering Malaysia, 16 Aug

Flow Chart for Travelers Entering Malaysia

As announced earlier, fully vaccinated travelers entering Malaysia may apply for home quarantine. 
Before Departure, travelers will need to:
– Download and register the health declaration in MySejahtera
– Undergo RT – PCR COVID – 19 test within three (3) days before departure
– Bring the COVID – 19 test results
– Apply for quarantine at home / residence via e mail at [email protected]
– Bring the quarantine permission e mail 

Click here to see the flow chart in BM
Click here to see the flow chart in English (Unofficial Translation)

Published 16 August

Dr Noor Hisham reminds all to continue adhering to COVID – 19 SOPs amid announcement of additional freedoms for fully vaccinated, 20 Aug

Dr Noor Hisham reminds all to continue adhering to COVID – 19 SOPs amid announcement of additional freedoms for fully vaccinated

Health Director – General, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, reminded Malaysians to continue adhering to the COVID – 19 SOPs after the announcement of additional social and economic freedoms by caretaker Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

In a tweet, Dr Noor Hisham said that the easing of some restrictions is for the good of the economy, not because the country is safe from the COVID – 19 pandemic.

Click here to read the article

Published 20 August

Travelers entering country via Johor must submit quarantine application seven days before arrival, 28 Aug

Travelers entering country via Johor must submit quarantine application seven days before arrival

Travelers entering Malaysia through the Johor international gateway must submit an application to undergo mandatory quarantine at their home or another residence at least seven days prior to their arrival.  Health Director – General, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said travelers would also need to undergo a COVID – 19 screening test using the COVID – 19 RT – PCR test no later than three days before departure.

The risk assessment for travelers is made based on the application for compulsory quarantine at home and the premises can be used as a quarantine place if it meets the prescribed conditions.  Among the conditions are that the citizen or foreign traveler must have a house or place of residence in Malaysia, tested negative on the RT – PCR test, be fully vaccinated, and that the house or place of residence is appropriate.

Click here to read the article

Published 28 August

Singapore new PCR – test Requirement (Travelers Malaysia – Netherlands via Singapore), 10 Sept

Singapore new PCR – test Requirement (Travelers Malaysia – Netherlands via Singapore)

As per the latest update from Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), effective 10 September, all passengers entering or transiting / transferring through Singapore, age 3 and above must have a PCR – test within 48 hours of the flight to Singapore (instead of previous 72 hours).

Passengers travelling on KL839 / 840 (Kuala Lumpur – Amsterdam – Kuala Lumpur) flight which is operated via Singapore, as well as passengers on transit in Singapore, will be subject to this new ruling.

Click here to read the announcement

Published 10 September

MoH says fully vaccinated travelers now have option to quarantine at home when they arrive in Malaysia, 20 Sept

MoH says fully vaccinated travelers now have option to quarantine at home when they arrive in Malaysia

Travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID – 19 now have the option to quarantine at home when they arrive in Malaysia, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said recently.

Click here to read the article

   

Published 20 September

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Ministries & Agencies

Relaxed SOP announced for Phase 2, 3 states, 15 Sept

Relaxed SOP announced for Phase 2, 3 states

The Special Committee on COVID – 19 Pandemic Management which met today has agreed to allow resumption and reopening of more sectors starting Sept 17.  The easing of restrictions under strict compliance of the standard operating procedures (SOP) and for fully vaccinated people was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in a statement today.  He said among the relaxation included activities under the social sector in states which have transitioned into Phase Two and Three of the National Recovery Plan (NRP).

Click here to read the article

Click here to read the media statement in BM

Published 15 September

MyTravelPass: Immigration dept asked to review categories not required to apply, 16 Sept

MyTravelPass: Immigration dept asked to review categories not required to apply

The Immigration Department has been asked to review the categories of applications to head overseas that can be granted permission directly, without having to apply through ‘MyTravelPass’.  Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussien said the directive was issued by the National Security Council (MKN) following the Pandemic Management Special Committee Meeting yesterday, after taking into account public feedback and views on the MyTravelPass programme.  The Immigration Department will present the proposal to the MKN’s COVID – 19 Technical Committee, he said in a statement here.

There are five categories of people who do not need to apply for approval through MyTravelPass to go overseas, which include diplomats and Malaysian Embassy officials returning to work abroad, including their dependants; students and dependants who are continuing their studies provided they have a valid student visa or dependent visa; and long – term pass holders of other countries (Permanent Resident / Resident Pass / Employment Pass).

The other two categories comprise those working with petroleum companies and shipping companies who need to sign – on on ships overseas, and those escorting students abroad for study purposes, which is limited to two escorts.

Click here to read the article

Click here to read the media statement in English (Unofficial Translation)

Published 16 September

Interstate travel not part of trimmed SOPs, says Hishammuddin, 20 Sept

Interstate travel not part of trimmed SOPs, says Hishammuddin

Permission for interstate travel is not part of the trimmed standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the National Recovery Plan (PPN), said Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.  He said the decision on matters related to interstate travel needs to be scrutinised by the Special Committee on Pandemic Management chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Click here to read the article

Published 20 September

MoH says fully vaccinated travelers now have option to quarantine at home when they arrive in Malaysia, 20 Sept

MoH says fully vaccinated travelers now have option to quarantine at home when they arrive in Malaysia

Travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID – 19 now have the option to quarantine at home when they arrive in Malaysia, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said recently.

Click here to read the article

   

Published 20 September

Updated SOPs (as of 17 September), 21 Sept

Updated SOPs (as of 17 September)

Click here to read the updated NRP SOP for Phase 1 in BM
Click here to read the updated NRP SOP for Phase 1 in English (Unofficial Translation)

Click here to read the updated NRP SOP for Phase 2 in BM
Click here to read the updated NRP SOP for Phase 2 in English (Unofficial Translation)

Click here to read the updated NRP SOP for Phase 3 in BM
Click here to read the updated NRP SOP for Phase 3 in English (Unofficial Translation)

Click here to read the updated NRP SOP for Phase 4 in BM

Published 21 September

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Info & Resources MY

Roadblocks in Putrajaya removed at midnight tonight, 9 Sept

Roadblocks in Putrajaya removed at midnight tonight

Roadblocks in Putrajaya will be ending at midnight tonight after operating for nine months since January 13.  Putrajaya police chief ACP A Asmadi Abdul Aziz said even though the roadblocks have been removed, the people are reminded to continue complying with the standard operating procedure (SOP) to contain the spread of COVID – 19.  He said compliance operation would stepped up with additional personnel to ensure members of the public entering Putrajaya for recreation or domestic tourism adhere to the SOP.

The lifting of roadblocks was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob on allowing cross district travel in the Klang Valley when Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya move to Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (PPN) from tomorrow.

Click here to read the article

Published 9 September

Singapore new PCR – test Requirement (Travelers Malaysia – Netherlands via Singapore), 10 Sept

Singapore new PCR – test Requirement (Travelers Malaysia – Netherlands via Singapore)

As per the latest update from Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), effective 10 September, all passengers entering or transiting / transferring through Singapore, age 3 and above must have a PCR – test within 48 hours of the flight to Singapore (instead of previous 72 hours).

Passengers travelling on KL839 / 840 (Kuala Lumpur – Amsterdam – Kuala Lumpur) flight which is operated via Singapore, as well as passengers on transit in Singapore, will be subject to this new ruling.

Click here to read the announcement

Published 10 September

SOP monitoring stepped up at public places in KL, Putrajaya, 16 Sept

SOP monitoring stepped up at public places in KL, Putrajaya

Monitoring of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) at public places is being stepped up following the transition of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Selangor to Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (PPN) since Sept 10.

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said this would be through closed – circuit TV (CCTV) recordings, public address (PA) system, emergency buttons, and mobilising of the enforcement teams and patrol vehicles in enforcing the rules.

Click here to read the article

Published 16 September

Dispensing of COVID – 19 vaccine booster dose expected to begin in October, 19 Sept

Dispensing of COVID – 19 vaccine booster dose expected to begin in October

The administering of the third or booster dose of COVID – 19 vaccine to groups who are vulnerable to COVID – 19 infection is expected to start in October, said Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.  He said the groups included senior citizens with comorbidity such as chronic health problems, frontliners, individuals with low immunity, as well as those living and working at long – term care centres.

Click here to read the article

Published 19 September

Raising COVID – 19 fund ceiling, statutory debt limit to help people, businesses, 19 Sept

Raising COVID – 19 fund ceiling, statutory debt limit to help people, businesses

The government’s proposal to raise the ceiling cap for the COVID – 19 Fund and the statutory debt limit is aimed at supporting the people and businesses during the reopening of the economy.  Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz said the proposal will be implemented immediately after being approved by the Parliament.

Click here to read the article

Published 19 September

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Info & Resources NL

How the Netherlands Became a Key Player for Vaccine Development, 12 July

How the Netherlands Became a Key Player for Vaccine Development

Vaccines have become a part of everyday conversation during the pandemic, but have an established legacy in the Dutch life sciences and health ecosystem.  The coronavirus pandemic has ushered in a new era of vaccine development worldwide, and the Netherlands is a hotbed of vaccine production and research. This is not by coincidence, as the Dutch have a rich history in life sciences, including vaccine development, which predates the COVID-19 pandemic by decades.

Click here to read the article.

Published 12 July

KLM: Travel Requirements and Restrictions, 2 Aug

KLM: Travel Requirements and Restrictions 

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has issued a slide deck for all travelers flying from Malaysia on Air France / KLM flights (to the Netherlands (via Singapore) and / or onward from the Netherlands).  This web check allows passengers to reconfirm the necessary travel documents for transit or destination points.

Click here to view the slide deck.

Published 2 August

Getting proof of vaccination after being vaccinated outside of The Netherlands, 9 Aug

Getting proof of vaccination after being vaccinated outside of The Netherlands

You need proof of vaccination for travel to the Netherlands. Most people won’t have any trouble retrieving their data via the CoronaCheck app or CoronaCheck.nl.  This could be a COVID Certificate to travel within the European Union (EU) or a COVID Certificate for entry to events.  But some people may find that more difficult, because they have been vaccinated outside The Netherlands, for example.

Click here to get more info on getting proof of vaccination in English
Click here to get more info on getting proof of vaccination in Dutch

Published 9 August

Registering your overseas vaccination with MySejahtera, 12 Aug

Registering your overseas vaccination with MySejahtera

In the absence of a formal written SOP for requesting registration of overseas vaccinations to the MySejahtera app, please take note that inbound travelers who received vaccines abroad can request assistance to add the digital vaccine certificate to MySejahtera via the helpdesk ([email protected]).  Note that processing may take up to seven (7) business days.  

Include the following information and scanned copies of your vaccine card and passport:
* Full name
* Passport number
* Vaccination date
* Vaccine dose (first, second, or both doses)
* Vaccine type

Please direct any questions to the MySejahtera helpdesk.

Published 12 August

Netherlands to reopen further with coronavirus entry passes, 14 Sept

Netherlands to reopen further with coronavirus entry passes

As of 25 September, people in the Netherlands will no longer have to stay 1.5 metres from others. This is a big step forwards. It means restaurants and bars can open to maximum capacity, and all events will again be allowed. Nearly 13 million people in the Netherlands have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and more than 11 million are fully vaccinated.

The coronavirus entry pass system is being introduced for locations that will get busier when the 1.5 metre distancing rule is lifted. The aim is to keep the risk of transmission as low as possible while enabling people to socialise as safely as possible. The system also plays an important part in allowing most locations to open at maximum capacity – and to stay open.

As of 25 September, the coronavirus entry pass system will apply to bars and restaurants (but not takeaways), events (such as festivals, concerts and professional sports matches), and cultural venues (such as cinemas and theatres). Whether people have a fixed seat or not, and whether the location is indoors or outdoors, everyone aged 13 and over will have to show a valid coronavirus entry pass to gain admission. Everyone aged 14 and over will also have to show their ID along with their coronavirus entry pass.

Click here to read the announcement

Published 14 September

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Info & Resources Global

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

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.

Updated list of Premium Quarantine Hotels, 1 July

Updated list of Premium Quarantine Hotels

Those who are travelling to Malaysia and wish to reserve their quarantine stay at a premium hotel may check this list via the National Disaster Management Agency of the Prime Minister’s Department (NADMA).  Contact information for the relevant hotels is provided so that travelers can make the necessary bookings.

Published 1 July

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Operations in Manufacturing determined based on employee vaccination rate in BM

Source: MITI
Published 16 August

Operations in Manufacturing determined based on employee vaccination rate in EN

Source: MITI
Published 16 August

Manufacturing & Construction Sector must declare rate of vaccinated employees in CIMS 3.0 BM

Source: MITI
Published 16 August

Manufacturing & Construction Sector must declare rate of vaccinated employees in CIMS 3.0 EN

Source: MITI
Published 16 August

Latest Development for the Manufacturing Sector in BM

Source: MITI
Published 19 August

Latest Development for the Manufacturing Sector in EN

Source: MITI
Published 19 August

Additional SOP for Manufacturing Sector BM

Source: MITI
Published 18 August

Additional SOP for Manufacturing Sector EN

Source: MITI
Published 18 August

Non essential Manufacturing companies in Phase 1 and 2 of the NRP can operate as per the following table BM

Source: MITI
Published 19 August

Non essential Manufacturing companies in Phase 1 and 2 of the NRP can operate as per the following table EN

Source: MITI
Published 19 August

Reopening Borders BM

Source MIDA
Published 10 September

Reopening Borders EN

Source: MIDA
Published 10 September

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