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Dear Members,

To help counter the COVID – 19 pandemic, the government of Malaysia initiated the Movement Control Order (MCO), effective on 18 March 2020, in order to increase social distancing and slow down the transmission
rate of the virus. The MCO order was extended three times, each for another two week period, until 12 May 2020.

On 13 May, Malaysia moved into the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO). 
On 8 June, Malaysia moved into the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).

UPDATE: On 25 March, the Prime Minister announced that the MCO will be extended until 14 April.
UPDATE: On 10 April, the Prime Minister announced that the MCO will be extended until 28 April.
UPDATE: On 23 April, the Prime Minister announced that the MCO will be extended until 12 May.
UPDATE: On 11 May, the Prime Minister announced that CMCO will be initiated as per 13 May, and will run until 9 June.
UPDATE: On 7 June, the Prime Minister announced that the RMCO will be initiated as per 10 June, and will run until 31 August.
UPDATE: On 28 August, the Prime Minister announced that the RMCO will be extended until 31 December.

Under MCO / CMCO, the MDBC office is closed and we will work from home.
UPDATE: Under RMCO, the MDBC office will be open again, 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

CMCO SOP fact check: The most common misconceptions debunked, 19 Oct

CMCO SOP fact check: The most common misconceptions debunked

Almost a week has passed since it came into effect, yet confusion prevails over the standard operating procedures (SOP) for the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) currently in place in Selangor, the Federal Territories and Sabah. With the partial lockdown only expected to be lifted on Oct 26 at the earliest in Sabah and the Oct 27 for Selangor and the Federal Territories, Malay Mail has compiled a list of the most common misconceptions regarding the CMCO SOP so you know what’s true and false.

Click here to read the article.

Published 19 October

Procedures for Malaysian returning from Singapore for emergencies, 19 Oct

Procedures for Malaysian returning from Singapore for emergencies

Below is the latest set of procedures for Malaysians wanting to return from Singapore to Malaysia for emergencies purposes.

  1. Apply Travel Note through the MyPass website (attach death certificate / doctor’s letter) from the High Commission in Singapore. You will need both Travel Note and the LOU at the Singapore airport before boarding.
  2. At the same time, send an email to MOH (hso@moh.gov.my) to get the exemption of the 14 days quarantine (Normally, they will not grant the 14 days quarantine exemption but only allow to visit the critically ill relative / attend funeral but to be accompanied by quarantine station staff). Do attach the death certificate / doctor’s letter.

Note : List of Premium quarantine hotels that you can pre – book and get chauffeured from KLIA to the hotel (very fast processing at KLIA). They can help to arrange for the quarantine station staff for the visit.

Published 19 October

MITI Statement on new Work From Home CMCO Guidelines, 21 Oct

MITI Statement on new Work From Home CMCO Guidelines

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

Published 21 October

Fully Subsidised COVID – 19 Swab Tests for Employees Available via MYEG Portal, 22 Oct

Fully Subsidised COVID – 19 Swab Tests for Employees Available via MYEG Portal

MY E.G. Services Bhd’s one stop COVID – 19 portal provides a convenient channel for employers in areas under Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) to arrange for the subsidised screening of their workers.

MYEG’s one stop COVID – 19 portal, launched in May, is a convenient alternative channel for companies that wish to streamline the process of registering and arranging for the testing of their workers – both Malaysians and non-Malaysians – for the COVID – 19 virus.

“The costs of the tests for such employees who are contributors to the Socso will be borne by Socso,” it said in a statement.

Click here to read the article

Published 22 Oct

FMM Update: Swab Test Requirement for Employees in Red Zones, 23 Oct

FMM Update: Swab Test Requirement for Employees in Red Zones

Senior Minister of Defence YB Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in his daily press conference on October 21, 2020 had clarified the following in relation to the requirement for the COVID – 19 screening swab test for employees in the red zones within the CMCO areas to ensure early detection and deter any new clusters at the workplace:

i. Swab test is mandatory for all foreign workers in the construction sector and for security guards
ii. Swab test is mandatory for persons showing symptoms of the COVID – 19 infection
iii. Workers from the red zone subjected to the Work From Home directive but required to return to work in the office by their employers are highly encouraged to take the swab test

Click here for more details

Published 23 October

MITI’s Work From Home FAQ, 23 Oct

MITI’s Work From Home FAQ

Employers in conditional movement control order (CMCO) areas have to follow the 10am to 2pm timing for when the maximum 10% of their management and supervisory staff are allowed in office throughout the CMCO period, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) said today.

In a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) released on its Facebook page, MITI stressed that it is compulsory for “industries” in CMCO areas to practise the WFH policy for its management and supervisory staff who carry out tasks such as those related to accounting, finance, administration, law, planning, and ICT.

Click here to read the article

Published 23 October

Announcement of Latest Act on Temporary Measures to Reduce the Effects of COVID – 19, 23 Oct

Announcement of Latest Act on Temporary Measures to Reduce the Effects of COVID – 19

Among the steps taken is to enact the Temporary Measures For Reducing The Impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID – 19) Act 2020 which was passed in the lower house of the bicameral Parliament (Dewan Rakyat) on 25th August 2020 and the upper house of the bicameral Parliament (Dewan Negara) on 22 September 2020 and scheduled to be gazetted on 23 October 2020 upon the consent of His Majesty the Yang di – Pertuan Agong in accordance with Article 66 of the Federal Constitution.

This Act will be enforced for two (2) years from the date it was gazetted or as the date and period of validity in any part of the provision of this Act.

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

Published 23 October

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Ministries & Agencies

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

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

MITI & Agencies

MITI & Agencies 

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

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

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

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

MDEC

MDEC

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

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

MYXpats

MYXpats

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

Published 17 March.

Updates on MYXpats hours of operations, please click here.

Published 4 May

Immigration Department of Malaysia
National Security Council (NSC)

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

Published 24 March.

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

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

Published 2 April.

Ministry of Transport

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

Published 27 March.

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

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

Published 3 April.

TNB

Published 27 March

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

Published 1 April

Ministry of Human Resources

Ministry of Human Resources (MoHR)

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

Please click here for employment guidelines during MCO.

Published 1 April.

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM)

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM)

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

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

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

Published 9 April

CMCO Ends June 9, Recovery MCO From 10 June to 3 Aug, 7 June

CMCO ends June 9, Recovery MCO from June 10 to Aug 3

The government will end the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) on June 9, and will bring the country into the Recovery MCO (RMCO) phase from June 10 to Aug 31.  Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said this meant the loosening of restrictions imposed during the MCO period and that certain social, educational and business activities are now allowed to operate.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 7 June

All Gov’t Services Fully Operational During RMCO, 9 June

All Gov’t Services Fully Operational During RMCO

All government services are fully operational during the implementation of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) which will take effect from Wednesday to Aug 31, said the Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Mohd Zuki Ali.  He said meetings and workshops would also be allowed in accordance with the security procedures and health protocols issued by the National Security Council (MKN) and the Ministry of Health.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 9 June

PACU to Facilitate Approvals, Speed up Implementation of Manufacturing Projects, 9 June

PACU to Facilitate Approvals, Speed up Implementation of Manufacturing Projects

The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) will set up a new unit called the Project Acceleration and Coordination Unit (PACU) to facilitate the approval process and speed up the implementation of approved manufacturing projects.  International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said under the unit, the manufacturing licence approval process for non – sensitive industries will be shortened to just two business days.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 9 June

MDEC DIGITALVSCOVID Initiatives, 11 June

MDEC DIGITALVSCOVID Initiatives

The measure of a business’s performance capabilities is no longer solely focused on profitability. Every business should take into account the customer service experience and upgrade the day – to – day operations of today’s COVID – 19 virus threat.  During the MCO, MDEC rolled out a wide variety of initiatives to help businesses.  A snapshot of some of these are featured in the infographic below.  


Source: DigitalNewsAsia

Please click here to read an article about MDEC’s DIGITALVSCOVID Initiative.
Please click here to visit MDEC’s DIGITALVSCOVID website.

Published 11 June.

National Security Council RMCO SOPs, 11 June
Immigration Department Guidelines for the Entry of Expatriate / Skilled Worker / Knowledge Worker, 11 June

Immigration Department Guidelines for the Entry of Expatriate / Skilled Worker / Knowledge Worker for Key Posts and Technical Posts

Immigration Department of Malaysia has issued new guidelines for Expatriate / Skilled Worker / Knowledge Worker Entering Malaysia for Key Posts and Technical Posts, and for Dependents and Foreign Maids during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) period. The guidelines are applicable for the following:

  1. Expatriate / skilled worker / knowledge worker with an active pass, who is currently abroad.
  2. New expatriate / skilled worker / knowledge worker who is currently abroad.
  3. Dependents, including foreign maids to the expatriate / skilled worker / knowledge worker who is currently abroad.

Please refer to this Guideline for the full guidelines for your reference.
For more information, kindly e-mail: esdhelpdesk@imi.gov.my

Published 11 June

MIDA e – Manufacturing License Online Platform, 12 June

MIDA e – Manufacturing License Online Platform

MIDA has introduced a new online platform for new manufacturing license, expansion or diversification project(s), and exemption from Manufacturing License (ICA10).  

Published 12 June

LAKSANA ensures transparency in implementing PENJANA, PRIHATIN, 12 June

LAKSANA ensures transparency in implementing PENJANA, PRIHATIN – Tengku Zafrul

The Economic Stimulus Implementation & Coordination Unit Between National Agencies (LAKSANA) will ensure all measures under the National Economic Recovery Plan (PENJANA) and the Prihatin Rakyat Economic Stimulus Package (PRIHATIN) reach their target groups in a transparent manner.

Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz said developments involving PENJANA and PRIHATIN were constantly being monitored through the weekly performance reports prepared by LAKSANA.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 12 June

Extension of Project Implementation Period for The Manufacturing Sector, 18 June

Extension of Project Implementation Period for The Manufacturing Sector

The Licensing Officer of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) has agreed to grant an extension of the project implementation period for companies, which have been accorded Manufacturing Licences under the Industrial Coordination Act, 1975. This is part of the pro-active measures undertaken by the Government in ensuring that the Malaysian economic sectors remain competitive despite the current COVID – 19 pandemic.

Please click here to read the media release.

Published 18 June

MIDA Feedback on Recruitment Freeze of Foreign Workers until Year – End, 26 June

MIDA Feedback on Recruitment Freeze of Foreign Workers until Year – End. 

Freeze on Recruitment of Foreign Workers Until Year-End:  MDBC was requested by MIDA for input from our members on the recent announcement made by the Human Resources Ministry; you may refer to the news here

MIDA understands the importance of labour supply towards the implementation of projects by companies, including foreign companies. Therefore, MIDA would like to gather your input on your requirements, as per this document.     You may send your input directly to MIDA (derrick@mida.gov.my), and / or submit to MDBC and we will compile the responses. Kindly reply by today, thank you.

Published 26 June

Guidelines for Expatriates and Related Passes, 11 July

Guidelines for Expatriates and Related Passes

A.  Entry permission for expatriates with an active pass and approved pass application who are abroad;
B.  Exit Malaysia and return permission with an active pass who are in Malaysia.

This is in conjunction with the announcement made by the Government of Malaysia for expatriates as outlined in the Guidelines during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period.   ESD is pleased to inform you of the latest Guidelines for expatriates and its related passes for the following categories:
A. Entry Permission for Expatriates with An Active Pass and Approved Pass Application Who are Abroad. Please refer to Guideline for the Entry of Expatriate;
B. Exit Malaysia and Return with an Active Pass Who are in Malaysia. Please refer to Guideline for Exit and Return of Expatriate.

All of the permission above in item A and B is to be sent via email to taskforce_esd@imi.gov.my
Please refer to Appendix A for a detailed information.
Please refer to Appendix B for a List of Approving and Supporting Agencies.

The Guidelines will be EFFECTIVE from 10 July 2020

Note : The information in the document is subject to change depending on the latest update by the relevant Agencies from the Government of Malaysia.

Published 11 July

MIDA Introduces Enhanced Online Module for Import Duty and / or Sales Tax Exemption Applications, 16 July

MIDA Introduces Enhanced Online Module for Import Duty and / or Sales Tax Exemption Applications

MIDA, through its e-TRANS system will be launching an enhanced online module for import duty and/or sales tax exemption applications by 24th July 2020 (Friday) at 9.00 am.  This enhanced JPC module can be accessed via https://investmalaysia.mida.gov.my.

For more info, please click here.

Published 16 July

LATEST UPDATE 18 JULY: Guidelines for Expatriates and Related Passes, 19 July

LATEST UPDATE 18 JULY: Guidelines for Expatriates and Related Passes

A.  Entry permission for expatriates with an active pass and approved pass application who are abroad;
B.  Exit Malaysia and return permission with an active pass who are in Malaysia.

This is with reference to the latest announcement made on 11 July 2020 pertaining to the Entry Permission for Expatriates AND Permission to Exit and Return to Malaysia. Please find the below changes and updates for the following pass categories:

NO PASS TYPE CONDITION
1.

a) Employment Pass Category I (EP I) & Residence Pass-Talent (RP-T).

b) Dependants & Foreign Maids for (EP I & RP-T)

EXITED MALAYSIA BEFORE 11 JULY 2020 and will be returning to Malaysia ARE EXEMPTED TO OBTAIN ENTRY PERMISSION from Director General of Immigration Malaysia (DGIM).

Note : Applicant who has exited/wish to exit Malaysia after 11 July 2020 MUST obtain Exit and Return Permission from DGIM.

2. a) Employment Pass Category II & III (EP II & EP III).
b) Professional Visit Pass (PVP)
c) Dependants & Foreign Maids for (EP II & EPIII)
d) Long Term Social Visit Pass (LT-SVP) for (EP I, EP II, EP III & RP-T)
REQUIRED TO OBTAIN ENTRY PERMISSION from Director General of Immigration Malaysia (DGIM).

The Guideline will be EFFECTIVE from 18 July 2020

Note : The information in this document is subject to change depending on the latest update by the relevant Agencies from the Government of Malaysia. Please refer to our 18 July 2020 announcement for the full guidelines for your reference.

Published 19 July

Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Ministry, MOF in discussion to increase allocation to SMEs, 21 July

Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Ministry, MOF in discussion to increase allocation to SMEs

The Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives and the Ministry of Finance are in discussion to increase funds for TEKUN Nasional to channel additional assistance to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) affected by COVID-19.

Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the results of the discussion will be known within one to two weeks.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 21 July

Implementation of Additional Facility in ESD Online System, 11 August

Implementation of Additional Facility in ESD Online System

MYENTRY Online System for the permission of entry / exit and return to Malaysia for Expatriates, and its related passes.

During the Movement Control Order (MCO), the Immigration Department of Malaysia (JIM) has outlined the Guidelines for Expatriates for Key Posts & Technical Posts, and for Dependants and Foreign Maids to enter/exit Malaysia which requires permission from the JIM.

To support the Government’s efforts, JIM has developed the MYEntry online system to enhance the current application process. MYEntry is an online platform which enables the public and relevant Government stakeholders, including Malaysian embassies abroad, to apply, process, monitor and track applications in real-time. MYEntry is accessible through the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) online system effective 10 August 2020.

MYEntry will be fully implemented on 17 August 2020. Hence, all applications submitted to taskforce_esd@imi.gov.my before 17 August 2020 which have yet to receive a decision after 14 working days from the date of submission, can be re – submitted via MYEntry.

Please visit esd.imi.gov.my to access MYEntry.
For detailed information, kindly refer to the full guidelines below:

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

Published 11 August.

Register in the MITI Database (CIMS) now! 11 August

Register in the MITI Database (CIMS) now!

The Ministry of International Trade & Industry (MITI) would like to encourage all Malaysian companies that have yet to register in https://notification.miti.gov.my to do so from 11 to 13 August 2020 as a form of your commitment to adhere to the industry’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in curbing the spread of COVID – 19.

Follow this schedule to start registering:

DAY 1: 11 August 2020
• Agriculture & Fishery                               • Food & Beverage                              • Household Product
• Medical Device                                          • Oil & Gas                                            • Packaging & Printing
• Personal Protective Equipment             • Pharmaceutical

DAY 2: 12 August 2020
• Aerospace                                                  • Automotive                                         • Chemical & Petrochemical
• Electrical & Electronic                               • Iron & Steel                                         • Machinery & Equipment

DAY 3: 13 August 2020
• Ceramic                                                       • Furniture                                             • Leather Product
• Mineral                                                        • Textile                                                  • Manufacturing Related Services

Published 11 August

Entry / Exit and Return to Malaysia for Expatriates via MYEntry, 11 Sept

Entry / Exit and Return to Malaysia for Expatriates via MYEntry

Effective 1 September 2020, all applications for the entry / exit and return to Malaysia will not be attended via taskforce_esd@imi.gov.my.  All applications must be submitted through the MYEntry system.

To access MYEntry, please go to: www.esd.imi.gov.my.

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

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

Note: The information in this document is subject to change depending on the latest updates by the relevant Agencies from the Government of Malaysia. Should you require further assistance, please contact ESD Helpdesk at 03 8880 1449 or send an e-mail to esdhelpdesk@imi.gov.my.

Published 11 September

Latest Update: Entry Restrictions on Foreign Travelers to Malaysia, 17 Sept

Latest Update: Entry Restrictions on Foreign Travelers to Malaysia

Referring to the recent announcement on entry restriction made on 8 September 2020, please be informed that foreign travelers with long – term passes may now enter Malaysia with an approval by the Immigration Department of Malaysia. Those who wish to enter and exit & return to Malaysia may submit the entry permission request via MYEntry system, for all categories. Meanwhile, the permission that has been granted before 7 September 2020 is still applicable and applicant may use the letter to enter and exit & return to Malaysia using the existing approval.

The enter and exit & return to Malaysia permission cover travelers holding the following long – term passes from Malaysia:

1. Permanent Residents (PR);
2. Malaysia My Second Home Programme (MM2H);
3. All expatriates that hold the Employment Pass Category I, II and III; Residence Pass-Talent (RP-T); Professional Visit Pass (PVP) and their Dependants
4. Foreign Students

 

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

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

The above measures are temporary, and will be reviewed on a regular basis. Please observe the latest updates in the ESD website from time to time. Your kind understanding is highly appreciated.

Published 17 September

Application for extension of MIDA Confirmation Letter, 2 Oct

Application for extension of MIDA Confirmation Letter [SURAT PENGESAHAN MIDA (SPM)]

The present MIDA Confirmation Letter [Surat Pengesahan MIDA (SPM)] will expire on 31st December 2020.

Starting 1st November 2020, companies may apply for the extension of SPM via https://investmalaysia.mida.gov.my to claim for import duty and / or sales tax exemption from the Royal Malaysian Customs Department on machinery / equipment / spare parts / prime movers / container trailers for the following:

– Manufacturers in Principal Customs Area (PCA)
– Companies Engaged in Hotel Business
– Haulage Operators
– Aerospace Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) Companies

For further information and clarification, please contact;

Tariff Section
Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)
Level 16, MIDA Sentral
No. 5, Jalan Stesen Sentral 5
Kuala Lumpur Sentral
50470 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03 – 2267 3633
Email: investmalaysia@mida.gov.my

Published 2 October

MIDA e – application for e – ML and e – Incentive, 2 Oct

MIDA e – application for e – ML and e – Incentive

In keeping up with the agile ways of working, MIDA continues to promote Digital Transformation through its e – Application initiative in raising the efficiency of the various functions of the organization.

Published 2 October

MyTravelPass applications can be made from Oct 8, 8 Oct

MyTravelPass applications can be made from Oct 8

Beginning today, applications to enter and exit the country for Malaysians and foreigners, during the Restoration Movement Control Order (RMCO) until Dec 31, can be done via MyTravelPass which can be accessed at the Immigration Department website.

Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said that the approval process for applications made under MyTravelPass will take about five working days.

Click here to read the full article.

Published 8 October

Welcoming Investors, Keeping Malaysia Safe, 8 Oct

Welcoming Investors, Keeping Malaysia Safe

In line with the Government’s commitment to further cement the country’s position as a preferred destination for FDIs, the Government has decided to establish a One – Stop – Centre (OSC) at the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA). The OSC will evaluate and approve applications by eligible business travelers to enter Malaysia for trade and investment purposes.

Click here to read the press release.

Published 8 October.

Entry Restrictions on Foreign Travelers to Malaysia, 12 Oct

Entry Restrictions on Foreign Travelers to Malaysia

This is in reference to the latest announcement made on 18 September 2020 pertaining to the entry restrictions on foreign travellers to Malaysia.

Please be informed that the Government has made the decision to allow expatriates and their dependants, including foreign maids, to expatriates who are holding a valid long-term pass and/or has obtained pass approval application to enter Malaysia.

The category of the pass are as follows:

1. Residence Pass-Talent (RP-T) and their dependant/s
2. Employment Pass (Category EP I, II and III)
3. Professional Visit Pass (PVP)
4. Dependant Pass to expatriate for all categories
5. Long Term Social Visit Pass (LT-SVP) to expatriate for all categories
6. Foreign Maid to expatriate for all categories

Click here for more info.

Published 12 October

MITI Statement on new Work From Home CMCO Guidelines, 21 Oct

MITI Statement on new Work From Home CMCO Guidelines

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

Published 21 October

MITI’s Work From Home FAQ, 23 Oct

MITI’s Work From Home FAQ

Employers in conditional movement control order (CMCO) areas have to follow the 10am to 2pm timing for when the maximum 10% of their management and supervisory staff are allowed in office throughout the CMCO period, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) said today.

In a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) released on its Facebook page, MITI stressed that it is compulsory for “industries” in CMCO areas to practise the WFH policy for its management and supervisory staff who carry out tasks such as those related to accounting, finance, administration, law, planning, and ICT.

Click here to read the article

Published 23 October

Announcement of Latest Act on Temporary Measures to Reduce the Effects of COVID – 19, 23 Oct

Announcement of Latest Act on Temporary Measures to Reduce the Effects of COVID – 19

Among the steps taken is to enact the Temporary Measures For Reducing The Impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID – 19) Act 2020 which was passed in the lower house of the bicameral Parliament (Dewan Rakyat) on 25th August 2020 and the upper house of the bicameral Parliament (Dewan Negara) on 22 September 2020 and scheduled to be gazetted on 23 October 2020 upon the consent of His Majesty the Yang di – Pertuan Agong in accordance with Article 66 of the Federal Constitution.

This Act will be enforced for two (2) years from the date it was gazetted or as the date and period of validity in any part of the provision of this Act.

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

Published 23 October

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Info & Resources MY

MITI Emergency Meeting, 17 March

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published 18 March.

List of Essential Goods, 18 Mar

Products

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

Published 18 March

Source: MIDA

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

Products

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

Published 18 March

Source: MIDA

Application for Factory Operations, 19 Mar

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

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

Published 19 March

FMM Update to Members, 19 Mar

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

Published 19 March

SKRINE: FAQ on Employment Updates

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

Originally published 20 March but is constantly updated.

MOHR: FAQs for MCO, 20 Mar

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

Published 20 March.

POS Malaysia Operating Hours MCO, 20 Mar

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

Published 20 March.

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

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

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

Published 23 March.

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

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

Main initiatives announced:

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

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

Banks and Financial Institutions, 25 Mar

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

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

KPMG Highlights BNM Measures – Responding to Covid – 19

Please click here to read the report.

Published 26 March.

Economic Stimulus Package, 27 Mar

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

Published 27 March.

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

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

BM Version:

   

English Version:

   

Published 27 March.

MITI Advisory on Endorsement of CO during MCO, 30 Mar

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

Published 30 March

KPMG’s PRIHATIN Package Tax Highlights, 27 Mar

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

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

Please click here for the KPMG PRIHATIN Tax Highlights.

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

Published 27 March

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

KPMG: Impact of Covid – 19 when measuring ECL

Please click here to view the report.

Published 27 March

MOF Announcement on BPN, 30 Mar

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

Published 30 March

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

KPMG: Impact of Covid – 19 on transfer pricing arrangements

To help you understand your exposure to Covid – 19, and more importantly, position your business to be resilient in the face of this and the next global threat, please review timely insights from KPMG business leaders.  Please click here to read the report.

Published, 30 March

MCO Phase 2, 31 Mar

MCO Phase 2 (1 – 14 April)

 

Published 31 March

KPMG Covid – 19 Economic Impacts

KPMG Covid – 19 Economic Impacts

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

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

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

Published 31 March

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

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

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

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

Published 31 March.

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

Skrine: Effect of the MCO on court proceedings

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

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

Published 3 April.

KPMG: Additional PRIHATIN Package Highlights, 7 Apr

KPMG: Additional PRIHATIN Package Highlights

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

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

Published 7 April.

MANUFACTURERS AND SUPPLIERS, MAKE YOURSELF HEARD! 9 Apr

MANUFACTURERS AND SUPPLIERS, MAKE YOURSELF HEARD!

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

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

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

Published 9 April

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

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

Please click here for the info.

Published 9 April.

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

KPMG: Robust Cash Management Helps in Times of Crisis

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

Please click here to read the article.

Published 13 April.

MIDA: Permitted Economic Sectors can Increase Capacity, 28 Apr

MIDA: Permitted Economic Sectors can Increase Capacity

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

Source: MIDA
Published 28 April

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

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

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

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

Published 29 April.

MITI My Sejahtera App, 28 Apr

MITI My Sejahtera App

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

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

Source: My Sejahtera
Published 28 April

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

MCO Phase 4: Additional person for errands and other updates

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

Please click here to read the article.

Published 30 April.

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

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

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

Please click here to read the article.

Published 1 May

New CMCO Rules, 5 May

New CMCO Rules

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

Published 5 May.

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

‘MyTrace’ app to help in contact tracing

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

Please click here to read the article.

Published 4 May

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

Employers encouraged to get workers tested for COVID – 19

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

Please click here to read the article.

Published 4 May

No conditional MCO for nine states, 4 May

No conditional MCO for nine states

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

Please click here to read the article.

Published 4 May

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

Inter – state travel forms available on PDRM Facebook, Twitter

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

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

Please click here to read the article.

Published 4 May.

Gerak Malaysia app v2.0 , 4 May

Gerak Malaysia app v2.0 

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

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

Please click here to read the article.

Published 4 May

MCO loosened from 4 May

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

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

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

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

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

CMCO extended to 9 June, 11 May

CMCO Extended to 9 June

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

Please click here to read the article.

Published 11 May.

MPC Adopts Online Platforms to Assist Businesses Amid COVID – 19, 28 May

MPC Adopts Online Platforms to Assist Businesses Amid COVID – 19

The Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) has adopted several online platforms to assist businesses to mitigate the impacts of the Movement Control Order (MCO), as well as to support their productivity and business growth.

Among the online platforms are, Unified Public Consultation (UPC) portal to obtain public feedback on amendments to existing regulations and the drafting of new regulations.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 28 May

New Policy for Entry into Malaysia: Cost of Quarantine Coverage, 28 May

New Policy for Entry into Malaysia: Cost of Quarantine Coverage

Effective 1st June, the Government of Malaysia will impose new policy to all individuals entering Malaysia through the International Entry Point (PMA). Every citizen must bear 50% of the cost of quarantine while full payment will be made by non-citizens.

Please click here to view the report.

Published 28 May

FAQ on the widened scope of SOCSO’s Prihatin (Dedicated) Screening Program (PSP), 4 June

FAQ on the widened scope of SOCSO’s Prihatin (Dedicated) Screening Program (PSP)

PSP SOCSO was launched on 27 April 2020 and is a COVID – 19 screening program conducted for foreign workers in the construction and security services sector, and is subject to the guidelines provided by SOCSO.

Please click here to read the FAQ in BM
Please click here to read the FAQ in English (Unofficial Translation)

Published 4 June.

Do’s and Don’ts For Those Returning From Overseas, 5 June

Do’s and Don’ts For Those Returning From Overseas

For Malaysians and foreigners who have to undergo the compulsory quarantine process after returning or coming from overseas, here are answers by the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) to frequently asked questions.

Please click here to read the FAQs

Published 5 June

Overseas Returnees to Undergo Home Quarantine from June 10, 7 June

Overseas Returnees to Undergo Home Quarantine from June 10

The government has changed its policy to allow Malaysians returning from overseas to undergo home quarantine instead of the mandatory quarantine at quarantine centres from June 10.  Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pix) said as soon as these Malaysians touched down at the airport, they will undergo a swab test to determine whether it is positive or negative.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 7 June

MyEG Unveils One – Stop Portal for COVID – 19 Test, 7 June

MyEG Unveils One – Stop Portal for COVID – 19 Test

MY E.G. Services Bhd (MyEG) today unveiled its one-stop portal for COVID – 19 screening, a service aimed at helping the government to monitor and accelerate the testing of workers in Malaysia.  MyEG in a statement today said the initiative, supported by the Human Resources Ministry (HRM), serves as an alternative channel for employers in the country to register and schedule COVID – 19 screening for their workforce in conjunction with the Social Security Organisation’s (SOCSO) Prihatin Screening Programme.

Please click here to read the article.
Please click here to visit the portal.

Published 7 June

SOP Compliance, Social Distancing Must Continue During RMCO in Sarawak, 11 June

SOP Compliance, Social Distancing Must Continue During RMCO in Sarawak

Complying with the standard operating procedure (SOP) and social distancing must continue and should not be compromised despite entering enforcement phase of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).

Please click here to read the article.

Published 11 June

KPMG NERP Highlights, 11 June

KPMG NERP Highlights

On 5 June 2020, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, launched the National Economic Recovery Plan (“NERP”) worth RM 35 billion.  Bearing the theme of “Building the Economy Together”, the NERP aims to aid Malaysia’s economic recovery through empowering the people, propelling businesses, and stimulating the economy.

Various measures are proposed under the NERP. These include incentives which are focused on keeping people employed and promoting employment, incentivising technology adoption and digitalisation, assisting Micro Enterprises and Small and Medium Enterprises, reviving targeted sectors of the economy, attracting foreign investments, as well as assisting businesses faced with cash flow issues to sustain their business operations and gradually enhance productivity amidst the COVID – 19 pandemic.

KPMG provides the highlights of the proposed key measures that are outlined in the booklet published by the Ministry of Finance and announced in the Speech by the Prime Minister.

Please click here for the KPMG NERP Highlights.
Please click here for the NERP Booklet.

Published 11 June.

PENJANA: National Economic Recovery Plan, 11 June

PENJANA: National Economic Recovery Plan

Now in the RMCO period, the Malaysian Government rolled out a set of strategic initiatives to help the nation’s economic recovery.  PENJANA (Pelan Jana Semula Ekonomi Negara), or the National Economic Recovery Plan focuses on 3 key thrusts: Empower People, Propel Businesses, and Stimulate the Economy.

Please click here to read / download the PENJANA Booklet 
Please click here to visit the PENJANA website
Prime Minister’s Speech – Short-Term Economic Recovery Plan (PENJANA)
PENJANA FAQs

Published 11 June

PEMANDU Associates Launches the Global COVID – 19 Index, 11 June

PEMANDU Associates Launches the Global COVID – 19 Index

Developed by PEMANDU Associates in partnership with Malaysia’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) and Sunway University, the GCI is designed to assist countries in managing the pandemic.

Access the GCI 
For more information, please contact GCI_resource@pemandu.org.

Published 11 June

Flights, Public transport can Operate at Full Volume, 12 June

Flights, public transport can operate at full volume (Updated)

Public transportation and flights can now begin operating at full capacity, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced today.  The Senior Minister (Defence) said these include public buses, ferries, rail services and express buses nationwide.  However, service providers and passengers are required to adhere to all standard operating procedures (SOPs) outlined by the government to ensure safety and minimise the risk of infection.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 12 June

No Limit to Number of People in Social Gatherings and Places of Worship Starting July 15, 10 July

No Limit to Number of People in Social Gatherings and Places of Worship Starting July 15

There will no longer be a limit as to how many people can attend a conference, social gathering or prayers in mosques or places of worship starting July 15, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.  The Senior Minister said the special Cabinet committee has agreed to allow event organisers, wedding hosts and mosques to determine how many people can participate depending on the size of the event space, with social distancing put in practice.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 10 July.

Ismail Sabri: Expatriates in Malaysia Not Allowed to Go on Holidays Overseas, 14 July

Ismail Sabri: Expatriates in Malaysia Not Allowed to Go on Holidays Overseas

Expatriates in Malaysia are not allowed to go on holidays overseas, says Senior Minister (Defense) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 14 July

Hishammuddin: Green Lane, Commuting Deal to Pilot Full Reopening of Malaysia – Singapore Border, 15 July

Hishammuddin: Green Lane, Commuting Deal to Pilot Full Reopening of Malaysia – Singapore Border

The Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and the Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) with Singapore will test the feasibility of a full reopening of the shared border amid the COVID – 19 pandemic, said Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

He told reporters in the Parliament building today that the success of the first two steps, which he dubbed as Categories One and Two, would make it easier to negotiate for the next two steps.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 15 July

COVID – 19 Drives Digitalisation of Logistics Industry to Meet Demand, 16 July

COVID – 19 Drives Digitalisation of Logistics Industry to Meet Demand

The COVID – 19 pandemic has pushed the logistics industry to re – evaluate and re – strategise their operations towards digitalisation.

Malaysia Investment Development Authority (MIDA) said the move has boosted productivity and enhanced business flow, both of which are fundamental for business sustainability.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 16 July

Companies Who Require Corporate Visitors From Abroad to Travel to Malaysia for Urgent Reasons, 16 July

Companies Who Require Corporate Visitors From Abroad to Travel to Malaysia for Urgent Reasons

Currently no one can enter Malaysia on a tourist visa so corporate visitors would have to be referred to as a PVP (Professional Visit Pass).  For example, but not limited to:
– CEO of a foreign company / investor who needs to visit the operations
– Technical staff from Headquarters who are required to support production at the Malaysia facility
– Procurement / HR / SCM who are required to monitor and support post-covid operations

1. Click here for the document and checklist support letter for any submission to MIDA. 
    Make sure you extensively clarify and justify the urgent reasons for the visit!
2. Please inform / copy MDBC in your approach, we want to monitor and support all applications.
    If you currently already have made an application, please inform MDBC as well.

Please note that via MIDA and Immigration, this application process could take at least 2 – 3 weeks.

Published 16 July

3 Main Economic Sectors Start Showing Signs of Recovery, 20 July

3 Main Economic Sectors Start Showing Signs of Recovery

The country’s three main economic sectors, namely manufacturing, construction and agriculture that have been hit hard by the COVID – 19 pandemic, have gradually recovered, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 20 July

16 Tourism Sites in Penang Get COVID – 19 Safety Accreditation, 20 July

16 Tourism Sites in Penang Get COVID – 19 Safety Accreditation

The Penang government has granted its COVID – 19 Safety Accreditation certificate to 16 tourism industry players in the state.

State Tourism, Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee (PETACH) chairman Yeoh Soon Hin said the accreditation programme was to recognise adherence to strict hygiene and safety standards in tourism establishments in an effort to ensure public health and safety for tourists.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 20 July

Malaysia Riding Out COVID – 19 Storm Comparatively Better – World Bank, 20 July

Malaysia Riding Out COVID – 19 Storm Comparatively Better – World Bank

Despite the numerous challenges brought by the COVID – 19 pandemic, Malaysia is riding out the severe economic downturn comparatively better than many economies, said the World Bank.  Country Director for Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, East Asia, and Pacific, Ndiamé Diop said Malaysia’s economy rests on strong fundamentals.

The country’s diversified economic structure, sound financial system, effective public health response, and proactive macroeconomic policy support have all helped to soften the pandemic’s blow, he said in a statement today.

For more info, please click here.

Published 20 July

COVID – 19 Makes Cooperation, Coordination Among APEC Members Imperative, 21 July

COVID – 19 Makes Cooperation, Coordination Among APEC Members Imperative 

The borderless nature of epidemics such as COVID – 19 makes regional cooperation and policy coordination imperative, said Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat executive director Tan Sri Dr Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 21 July.

Financial compensation for SMEs affected by postponements, cancellations of trade promotion events, 30 July

Financial compensation for SMEs affected by postponements, cancellations of trade promotion events

The Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) has offered financial compensation for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) affected by postponements or cancellations of trade promotion events due to the COVID – 19 pandemic.  

CEO Datuk Wan Latiff Wan Musa said the assistance is provided through the utilisation of Market Development Grant (MDG), which allows SMEs to claim for reimbursements of specific expenses incurred, such as non- refundable participation fees, airfares and accommodation, subject to the total of all three expense components did not exceed RM25,000 per event.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 30 July

KLM network: recovery of destination offer, capacity lags far behind, 30 July

KLM network: recovery of destination offer, capacity lags far behind

KLM’s European network will grow in the coming months from 72 destinations in July to 91 destinations in August, September and October. The number of intercontinental destinations will increase from 51 in July, to 59 in August and 61 in September and October. As a result, KLM offers its customers the widest possible choice of destinations. Capacity in flights and seats, however, is still far below the level before COVID – 19.

Please click here for more info.

Published 30 July.

MySejahtera app now mandatory for all businesses, 4 Aug

MySejahtera app now mandatory for all businesses

The government has mandated the use of the MySejahtera application for all businesses nationwide.  The move is meant to facilitate contact tracing processes, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Yaakob.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 4 August

Update on Opening of Malaysia / Singapore Border from 17 August, 6 August

Update on Opening of Malaysia / Singapore Border from 17 August.

This is an update on the gradual opening of the Malaysia / Singapore border from the 17 August 2020 .
Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL)
Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA)

For clarification on the above, you may also contact MDBC member WorldTravellers DMC.

Published 6 August.

Applications for cross – border travel between Malaysia and Singapore open on 10 Aug, 11 August

Applications for cross – border travel between Malaysia and Singapore open on 10 Aug.

Immigration Department (JIM) Director General, Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud, in a statement recently said foreigners living in Singapore who wish to enter Malaysia for a short period of time for official purposes and business dealings could do so through the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) facility.

Meanwhile, he said all Singaporeans and permanent residents of Singapore who have a Long Term Social Visit Pass (PLSJP) to work and conduct business may enter Malaysia through the Periodical Commuting Arrangement (PCA) facility.  To use the RGL and PCA facilities, all foreign visitors need to apply through the MyTravelPass (MTP) system online at www.mtp.imi.gov.my beginning Aug 10 (Monday).

According to Khairul Dzaimee, a complete guide on the application procedures and required documentation for the RGL and PCA are available on the department’s official website at www.imi.gov.my as well as the Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority’s website at safetravel.ica.gov.sg

Please click here to read the article.

Published 11 August.

KLM Kuala Lumpur to Amsterdam Summer Schedule 2020, 27 Aug

KLM Kuala Lumpur to Amsterdam Summer Schedule 2020

Published 27 August

RMCO extended until 31 Dec – Muhyiddin, 28 Aug

RMCO extended until Dec 31 – Muhyiddin

The Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) has been extended until 31 December 2020, said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

According to him, with the extension of the RMCO period, enforcement action under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988, or Act 342, could still be taken.

“This is to ensure that all parties comply with the Standard Operating Procedures and health protocols set,” he said in a special message on the latest developments of RMCO which was broadcast on local television.

Click here to read the full article.

Published 28 August

Malaysia Imposes Entry Ban on 23 Countries, 8 Sept

Malaysia Imposes Entry Ban on 23 Countries

Long-term pass holders from 23 countries which have recorded more than 150,000 Covid-19 cases are barred from entering Malaysia effective today (Sept 7).

According to a list issued by the Immigration Department on its official Facebook account, the countries include the United States, Brazil, India, Russia, Peru, Colombia, South Africa, Mexico, Spain, Argentina and Chile.  Also on the list are Iran, United Kingdom, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, France, Turkey, Italy, Germany, Iraq, Philippines and Indonesia.

Click here to read the article.

Published 8 September.

Entry Restrictions on Foreign Travelers to Malaysia, 11 Sept

Entry Restrictions on Foreign Travelers to Malaysia

Please be informed that the Government of Malaysia has imposed entry restrictions into Malaysia on foreign travellers who are travelling from countries that have recorded over 150,000 COVID-19 cases. The entry restrictions take effect from 7 September 2020, and the countries affected are as listed below:

 

Argentina Mexico
Bangladesh Pakistan
Brazil Peru
Chile Russia
Columbia Saudi Arabia
France South Africa
Germany Spain
India Philippines
Indonesia United Kingdom
Iran United States of America
Iraq Turkey
Italy  

 

The entry restrictions will impact travelers who are:
– Citizens / Holders of long – term passes of the countries listed above; and
– Residents in / Travelers from the countries listed above.

Click here for more info.

Published 11 September.

Advertisement of Job Vacancies via JobsMalaysia Portal, 2 Oct

Advertisement of Job Vacancies via JobsMalaysia Portal

With regards to the Government initiatives made by Cabinet on 4th June 2020, companies that intend to hire an expatriate are required to advertise job vacancies to locals via JobsMalaysia Portal https://www.jobsmalaysia.gov.my/jobsmy. JobsMalaysia will only issue a “Surat Perakuan” to companies that have advertised the job vacancy to locals for a minimum of 30 days and were unsuccessful in hiring a local talent.

Once companies received “Surat Perakuan” from JobsMalaysia, it is compulsory to attach the document upon submitting the Employment Pass application.

For more detailed information, please visit http://jtksm.mohr.gov.my. Should you require further assistance, please contact Department of Labour Peninsular Malaysia at 03 88865192 or send an e – mail to jtksm@mohr.gov.my

As per above announcement, all jobs for expatriates need to be advertised for 30 days before application to the related agencies can be make; eg ESD, MIDA, MDEC, etc.

For more info, please click here

Published 2 Oct

 
Current Guidelines on the re – entry of MM2H Participants into Malaysia, 5 Oct

Current Guidelines on the re – entry of MM2H Participants into Malaysia

Effective from 5th October 2020, MM2H Participants who are stranded abroad and wish to re-enter Malaysia, are no longer required to register and obtain approval from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC). The procedure to reenter Malaysia will be managed by the Immigration Department of Malaysia.

Click here to read the announcement.

Published 5 Oct

COVID – 19: Parameters in Klang will be determined tomorrow, 7 Oct

COVID – 19: Parameters in Klang will be determined tomorrow

The Selangor National Security Council will meet tomorrow to determine the parameters of the areas in Klang which will be placed under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) starting this Friday, following the increase in COVID – 19 positive cases.

Click here to read the full article.

Published 7 October

COVID – 19: New CMCO for Klang, Sandakan, Papar, Tuaran from Friday (VIDEO), 7 Oct

COVID – 19: New CMCO for Klang, Sandakan, Papar, Tuaran from Friday (VIDEO)

The government today announced that three districts in Sabah and one district in Selangor will be under a 14 – day conditional movement control order (CMCO) from October 9 as they are COVID – 19 red zones.  As for the CMCO standard operating procedures (SOPs), Ismail Sabri said that entry and exit from these four districts would not be allowed.

Click here to read the article.

Published 7 October

All Sectors in Klang to Continue Operations Under Strict SOP Compliance, 8 Oct

All Sectors in Klang to Continue Operations Under Strict SOP Compliance

All economic sectors in the Klang district will be allowed to continue operations under strict SOP compliance, during the CMCO which begins tomorrow.

Click here to read the press release [BM only]

Published 8 October

Selangor Government to Conduct Targeted COVID – 19 Screening in Klang, 8 Oct

Selangor Government to Conduct Targeted COVID – 19 Screening in Klang

The Selangor government will conduct targeted COVID-19 screening in areas in Klang district which will be placed under Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) beginning tomorrow (Oct 9).

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said that the state government will provide full cooperation to all federal government agencies involved to ensure that the well-being of the people is protected during this period.

Click here to read the article

Published 8 Oct

Permit Required for Those Exiting CMCO Areas in Klang, 9 Oct

Permit Required for Those Exiting CMCO Areas in Klang

People residing in Klang mukim (sub-district) housing estates which have been placed under the conditional movement control order (CMCO) beginning today, must obtain a police permit to leave the area for work or other important matters.

Selangor police chief Datuk Noor Azam Jamaludin said the permit form can be downloaded from the official Facebook Page of the South Klang District Police.

Click here to read the article.

Published 9 October

Letter from Employer Sufficient to Enter / Exit CMCO Areas in Klang, 9 Oct

Letter from Employer Sufficient to Enter / Exit CMCO Areas in Klang

Employees who live in areas where roadblocks are being held following the conditional movement control order (CMCO) in Klang sub-district only need a letter from their employer to enter and exit the areas for work purposes.

Selangor Police Chief Datuk Noor Azam Jamaludin said with the letter from their employer, a police permit was not required.

“However, those who have no verification letter from their employer or employee pass can download the form from Klang Selatan, Klang Utara and Shah Alam Police Headquarters Facebook pages, or get it at the roadblock,” he told Bernama today.

Click here to read the article.

Published 9 October

CMCO in Selangor, KL, and Putrajaya, 12 Oct

CMCO in Selangor, KL, Putrajaya

The government just announced that Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya will be placed under Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) effective midnight Oct 14.

This was decided upon following advise from the Health Ministry after Covid-19 cases continue to increase in several districts within the Klang Valley namely Klang, Petaling and Hulu Langat, said Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in a live broadcast today.

The CMCO will come into effect at 12.01am Oct 14 until Oct 27.

Click here to read the article.

Published 12 Oct

What You Can and Cannot Do After Klang Valley Falls Under 14 day CMCO, 13 Oct

What You Can and Cannot Do After Klang Valley Falls Under 14 day CMCO

Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya will undergo the conditional movement control order (CMCO) starting midnight tonight until October 27, following spikes in Covid-19 cases in Klang Valley.

After public confusion following yesterday’s announcement that came with scant details, Putrajaya has today released guidelines for residents and businesses in the affected areas, which slightly differ from the last CMCO which ended in June.

1. Interstate and interdistrict travel is not permitted. This means if one needs to cross from the Petaling Jaya district in Selangor to the Segambut district in Kuala Lumpur, this is still not permitted.

2. Only two persons for each household are allowed to travel at one time for work, to buy necessities or groceries and for emergencies.

3. Employees who are travelling across districts however, need to provide a valid letter of permission or a work pass from their employer.

4. For those intending to travel out of state or out of their respective district due to emergency or funerals, they need to get prior police approval.

5. Those wishing to catch a flight would also need police approval.

6. All educational institutions such as schools, kindergartens, and colleges, among others, will be closed.

7. Most business sectors such are eateries, food trucks, restaurants and convenient stores are allowed to operate from 6am to 10pm.

8. Dine-ins are also allowed but limited to only two person per table, provided the outlets follow the standard operating procedure for eateries. Takeaways and deliveries are preferred.

9. For daily wet market, they are only allowed to operate from 6am to 2pm, while wholesale markets can operate from 4am to 2pm, and night markets are only allowed to operate from 4pm to 10pm. While operations for these markets are allowed, it will follow strict SOP and will be monitored by Rela personnel.

10. Petrol stations within affected areas are only allowed to operate from 6am to 10pm with the exception of those along major highways, which are allowed to operate 24 hours.

11. Public transport such as LRT, MRT and buses are allowed to operate as usual.

12. E – hailing vehicle are only allowed to ferry a maximum of two passengers while food delivery is only allowed to operate from 6am to 12am.

13. Private and public healthcare centres such as hospitals and clinics are allowed to operate 24 hours, as usual.

14. Pharmacies however, can only operate from 8am to 11pm.

15. Only six people, comprising of committee members are allowed to pray at their respective mosque or surau, while non-Muslim places of worship are also limited to six devotees at any given time.

16. Any recreational, social and cultural activities such as weddings, exercising in public parks or visiting an entertainment outlet is prohibited during the CMCO period.

17. However, non-contact sports such as e-sports and outdoor sports are only limited to 10 people.

Click here to read the article.

Published 13 October

Latest SOPs for CMCO: KL, Putrajaya, and Selangor, 15 Oct

Latest SOPs for CMCO: KL, Putrajaya, and Selangor.

The government of Malaysia has released the latest SOP for Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Selangor. For full details, please refer to the official Malay document and the unofficial English translated version by EUROCHAM Malaysia below.

CMCO SOP Official BM Version
CMCO SOP English Translation (Unofficial.  Translated by EuroCham Malaysia)

Published 15 October

CMCO SOP fact check: The most common misconceptions debunked, 19 Oct

CMCO SOP fact check: The most common misconceptions debunked

Almost a week has passed since it came into effect, yet confusion prevails over the standard operating procedures (SOP) for the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) currently in place in Selangor, the Federal Territories and Sabah. With the partial lockdown only expected to be lifted on Oct 26 at the earliest in Sabah and the Oct 27 for Selangor and the Federal Territories, Malay Mail has compiled a list of the most common misconceptions regarding the CMCO SOP so you know what’s true and false.

Click here to read the article.

Published 19 October

Procedures for Malaysian returning from Singapore for emergencies, 19 Oct

Procedures for Malaysian returning from Singapore for emergencies

Below is the latest set of procedures for Malaysians wanting to return from Singapore to Malaysia for emergencies purposes.

  1. Apply Travel Note through the MyPass website (attach death certificate / doctor’s letter) from the High Commission in Singapore. You will need both Travel Note and the LOU at the Singapore airport before boarding.
  2. At the same time, send an email to MOH (hso@moh.gov.my) to get the exemption of the 14 days quarantine (Normally, they will not grant the 14 days quarantine exemption but only allow to visit the critically ill relative / attend funeral but to be accompanied by quarantine station staff). Do attach the death certificate / doctor’s letter.

Note : List of Premium quarantine hotels that you can pre – book and get chauffeured from KLIA to the hotel (very fast processing at KLIA). They can help to arrange for the quarantine station staff for the visit.

Published 19 October

Fully Subsidised COVID – 19 Swab Tests for Employees Available via MYEG Portal, 22 Oct

Fully Subsidised COVID – 19 Swab Tests for Employees Available via MYEG Portal

MY E.G. Services Bhd’s one stop COVID – 19 portal provides a convenient channel for employers in areas under Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) to arrange for the subsidised screening of their workers.

MYEG’s one stop COVID – 19 portal, launched in May, is a convenient alternative channel for companies that wish to streamline the process of registering and arranging for the testing of their workers – both Malaysians and non-Malaysians – for the COVID – 19 virus.

“The costs of the tests for such employees who are contributors to the Socso will be borne by Socso,” it said in a statement.

Click here to read the article

Published 22 Oct

FMM Update: Swab Test Requirement for Employees in Red Zones, 23 Oct

FMM Update: Swab Test Requirement for Employees in Red Zones

Senior Minister of Defence YB Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in his daily press conference on October 21, 2020 had clarified the following in relation to the requirement for the COVID – 19 screening swab test for employees in the red zones within the CMCO areas to ensure early detection and deter any new clusters at the workplace:

i. Swab test is mandatory for all foreign workers in the construction sector and for security guards
ii. Swab test is mandatory for persons showing symptoms of the COVID – 19 infection
iii. Workers from the red zone subjected to the Work From Home directive but required to return to work in the office by their employers are highly encouraged to take the swab test

Click here for more details

Published 23 October

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Info & Resources NL

Important websites in the Netherlands, 20 Mar

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

Published 20 March.

Q&A for entry into the Netherlands, 20 Mar

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

Published 20 March.

NL Government measures to help business, 20 Mar

The Netherlands government measures to help businesses during this period.

Published 20 March.

General info from the Netherlands Embassy, 20 Mar

General information from the Netherlands Embassy in Malaysia.

Published 20 March.

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

Covid – 19 FAQ for NL entrepreneurs

Bridge Funding for Startups, 10 Apr

Bridge Funding for Startups

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

Please click here to read the article.

Published 10 April.

SME Credit Guarantee Scheme NL, 24 Apr

SME Credit Guarantee Scheme NL

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

Please click here for more info.

Published 24 April.

Dutch Government announces new & additional economic measures until 1 Oct 2020, 1 June

The Dutch government announced new & additional economic measures until 1 October 2020

The recent changes:
– Reimbursement for Fixed Costs for SMEs (TVL) increased to €50.000
– COL for startups increased to €200 million

Please click here for more information.

Published 1 June

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Info & Resources Global

EU Guidelines to protect critical European assets and technology, 25 Mar

EU Commission issues guidelines to protect critical European assets and technology in current crisis

The European Commission issued guidelines on 25 March to ensure a strong EU – wide approach to foreign investment screening in a time of public health crisis and related economic vulnerability. The aim is to preserve EU companies and critical assets, notably in areas such as health, medical research, biotechnology, and infrastructures that are essential for our security and public order, without undermining the EU’s general openness to foreign investment.

Please click here to read the guidelines.

Published 25 March.

IMF Policy Responses to Covid – 19

IMF Policy Responses to Covid – 19

This policy tracker summarizes the key economic responses governments are taking to limit the human and economic impact of the Covid – 19 pandemic as of end March 2020. The tracker includes 192 economies. More countries will be added soon.

NOTE: The tracker is not meant for comparison across members as responses vary depending on the nature of the shock and country-specific circumstances. The tracker focuses on discretionary actions that supplement existing social safety nets and insurance mechanisms. These existing mechanisms differ across countries in their breadth and scope. The information included is publicly available and does not represent views of the IMF on the measures listed.

Please click here for the Policy Tracker.

Understanding the COVID-19 pandemic through data, 31 Mar

Understanding the COVID-19 pandemic through data

Data is critical to support countries in managing the global COVID-19 pandemic. This site provides an array of real-time data, statistical indicators, and other types of data that are relevant to the coronavirus pandemic. These data are drawn from the World Bank’s data catalog and other authoritative sources.  This page will be updated frequently as more data and research becomes available, particularly on the economic and social impacts of the pandemic and the World Bank’s efforts to address them.

Please click here to see the data.

Published 31 March.

World Bank Group Increases COVID-19 Response, 31 Mar

World Bank Group Increases COVID-19 Response to $14 Billion To Help Sustain Economies, Protect Jobs

The World Bank and IFC’s Boards of Directors approved today an increased $14 billion package of fast – track financing to assist companies and countries in their efforts to prevent, detect, and respond to the rapid spread of Covid – 19. 

Please click here for info on the World Bank response.

Published 31 March

KPMG Covid – 19 CIO and CISO Guidelines

KPMG: Covid – 19 CIO and CISO Guidelines

Concern over the scale and impact of the Covid – 19 pandemic is growing, leading organizations to consider their response, and the actions they need to take now to maintain their business. The CIO and CISO have vital roles in making sure the organization can function as pandemic containment measures are implemented.

Important questions to ask include:

Can your business function effectively through remote working?
Are you able to scale digital channels to deal with demand?
What would happen if disruption to a datacenter occurs?
Are you dependent on key IT personnel?
Are you able to scale your cloud capabilities?
Are you dependent on specific suppliers?
What would happen if there’s a cyber/IT incident?
Are you making the best use of your resources?
Are you setting an example?

Download and read the full guide here.

Published 31 March

UN Women Survey, 17 Apr

UN Women Survey

Despite a growing number of initiatives and resources made available to promote and develop women’s entrepreneurship, gender inequalities in entrepreneurship still exist. Now, with the rapid spread around the world of COVID – 19, the positive developments in closing the gender gap in entrepreneurship could be threatened.  That is why WeEmpowerAsia (WEA), an EU funded program implemented by UN Women, is requesting the input of several organizations across Asia and the European Union to be able to identify the support needed by women – led small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the coming years. Specifically, they are requesting the owners and senior managers of the following organizations to fill in their survey.

The survey data will be used for designing, implementing and scaling gender – smart toolkits targeted at entrepreneurs and accelerator programs in both Asia and the EU. Additionally, the data will be used as input for the issues brief ‘Gender – smart entrepreneurship’ to be published by UN Women.

Published 17 April

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Media Releases

NSC Press Release, 18 March

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

MOF Press Release, 19 March

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

Ministry of Plantation Industries & Commodities, 19 March

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

MOA Press Release, 19 March

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

FMFF Press Statement, 24 Mar

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

Published 24 March.

FMFF Press Statement, 25 Mar

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

Published 25 March.

FMM Circular to Members, 27 Mar

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

Published 27 March.

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

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

Published 30 March.

Netherlands extends anti – corona measures, 1 Apr

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

Please click here to read the article.  

Published 1 April.

MITI: Special Cabinet Committee, 2 Apr

MITI: Special Cabinet Committee

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

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

Published 2 April.

PM Announces Stimulus Package for SMEs, 6 Apr

PM Announces Stimulus Package for SMEs

Published 6 April

Employers can apply for wage subsidy program online, 9 Apr

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

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

Please click here to read the article.

Published 9 April.

PRIHATIN Plus Stimulus Package, 9 Apr

The Star: PRIHATIN Plus Stimulus Package

Some Frequently Asked Questions about the PRIHATIN Plus Stimulus Package.

Please click here for the article.

Published 9 April.

RM682m in SME financing approved by banks, 9 Apr

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

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

Please click here for the article.

Published 9 April.

EUMCCI Memikul Bersama, 9 Apr

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

Published 9 April.

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

MDEC Partners Crowdfunding Operators Amid COVID – 19 Pandemic

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

Please click here to read the article.

Published 10 April.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published 12 April.

 

MITI FAQ on MCO 3, 13 Apr

MITI FAQ on MCO 3

Please click here to read the FAQs in English.

Published 13 April

MDEC: Opportunities in Times of Crisis, 13 Apr

MDEC: Opportunities in Times of Crisis

Some of the key points highlighted in the article:

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

Please click here to read the article.

Published 13 April.

MDBC: Special Message for MDBC Members, 15 Apr

MDBC: Special Message for MDBC Members

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

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

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

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

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

Published 15 April.

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

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

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

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

Please click here to read the article.

Published 17 April.

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

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

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

Please click here to read the article.

Published 17 April.

Confusion over approval letters at roadblocks, 17 Apr

Confusion over approval letters at roadblocks

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

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

Please click here to read the article.

Published 17 April.

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

Helping hand to cope with Covid-19, for SMEs

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

Please click here to read the article.

Published 20 April.

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

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

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

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

Published 20 April.

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

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

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

Please click here to read the report.

Published 21 April.

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

Government may introduce “soft landing” approach for exiting MCO

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

Please click here to read the article.

Published 21 April.

Travel Ban May Continue After MCO Lifted, 23 Apr

Travel Ban May Continue After MCO Lifted

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

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

Please click here to read the article.

Published 23 April.

MCO Extended until 12 May, 23 Apr

MCO Extended until 12 May.

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

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

Please click here to read the article.

Published 23 April.

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

Govt studying methods to revive economy in stages: Muhyiddin

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

Please click here to read the article.

Published 24 April.

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

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

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

Please click here to read the article.

Published 24 April.

MITI Extension of Approval, 24 Apr

MITI Extension of Approval

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

Published 24 April.

MITI: Appeal process to operate during MCO, 24 Apr

MITI: Appeal process to operate during MCO

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

Published 24 April.

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

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

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

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

Published 29 April

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

Government Allocates RM 100 million to Help Start – Ups

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

Please click here to read the article.

Published 12 May

APEC Trade Ministers Commit to Mitigate Economic Impact Of COVID – 19, 12 May

APEC Trade Ministers Commit to Mitigate Economic Impact Of COVID – 19

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministers Responsible for Trade (MRT) has issued a statement calling for APEC Economies to hasten the fight against COVID-19 while undertaking the necessary steps to remedy the health and economic impact of the pandemic.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 12 May

Compound awaits those who travel interstate without permission, 18 May

Compound awaits those who travel interstate without permission

The police will start issuing compound notices to those who are caught embarking on interstate travel without permission, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 18 May

Ministry to release SOPs for programmes that involve media coverage, 18 May

Ministry to release SOPs for programmes that involve media coverage

A standard operating procedure (SOP) for programmes that involve media coverage will be outlined for organisers to follow.

Please click here to read the article.

Published 18 May

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.

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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 brigittejsl@sunway.com.my for the arrangement.

Published 23 June

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

TalentCorp Flexible Work Arrangements and the MCO Experience webinars.

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

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

Published, 6 August.

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

Special Offer: COVID – 19 Screening for MDBC members

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

Published 17 August

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Infographics

Economic Stimulus Package – Additional Measures

Source: Bernama
Published 6 April

Economic Stimulus Package – Additional Measures

Source: Bernama
Published 6 April

Malaysia’s Economic Stimulus Package: Manufacturing Sector

Source: MIDA
Published 6 April

Malaysia’s Economic Stimulus Package: Services Sector

Source: MIDA
Published 6 April

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

Source: MIDA
Published 6 April

TNB MCO Power Supply

Source: Bernama
Published 27 April

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

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

A. List of Essential Goods Source: MIDA

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

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

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

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

Compulsory Conditions

Source: MIDA

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

Source: MITI
Published 17 April

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

Source: MITI
Published 17 April

MCO 3: Price Control Scheme

Source: Bernama
Published 20 April

COVID – 19: Face Mask Disposal Steps

Source: Bernama
Published 20 April

 

Guidelines For Employers Who Use Many Workers

Source: Bernama
Published 20 April

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

Source: MITI
Published 24 April

MIDA: Permitted Economic Sectors can Increase Capacity

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

Source: MIDA
Published 28 April

MyTrace App for contact tracing

Source: Bernama
Published 4 May

Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) starting 4 May

Source: Bernama
Published 4 May

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

Source: MITI
Published 4 May

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

Source: MITI
Published 4 May

Enforcement of ATIGA E FORM D during MCO

 

Source: MITI
Published 4 May

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

Source: MITI
Published 4 May

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

Source: MITI
Published 4 May

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

Source: MITI
Published 4 May

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

Source: Bernama
Published 5 May

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

Source: Bernama
Published 5 May

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

Source: Bernama
Published 5 May

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

Source: Bernama
Published 5 May

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

Source: Bernama
Published 5 May

CMCO: Business & Lifestyle SOP

Source: Bernama
Published 6 May

SOP for Reopening the Economy (Part 1)

Source: Bernama
Published 17 May

SOP for Reopening the Economy (Professional Services)

Source: Bernama
Published 7 May

SOP for Reopening the Economy (Manufacturing)

Source: Bernama
Published 6 May

SOP for Reopening the Economy (Sports & Recreation)

Source: Bernama
Published 7 May

SOP for Reopening the Economy (Sports Association Office)

Source: Bernama
Published 8 May

SOP for Reopening the Economy (Communications)

Source: Bernama
Published 8 May

SOP for Reopening the Economy (E – Commerce)

Source: Bernama
Published 9 May

SOP for Reopening the Economy (Information Technology)

Source: Bernama
Published 10 May

SOP for Reopening the Economy (Legal Services)

Source: Bernama
Published 9 May

SOP for Reopening the Economy (Forest Research & Development)

Source: Bernama
Published 11 May

SOP for Reopening the Economy (Health)

Source: Bernama
Published 10 May

Allocation for COVID Expenditure

Source: Bernama
Published 12 May

SOP for Reopening the Economy (Hotel)

Source: Bernama
Published 28 May

SOP for Reopening the Economy (Creative Industry)

Source: Bernama
Published 28 May

PENJANA Component 1: Empowering the Rakyat

Source: Bernama
Published 9 June

PENJANA Component 2: To Propel Business

Source: Bernama
Published 9 June

PENJANA Component 3: Stimulating The Economy

Source: Bernama
Published 9 June

PENJANA: Benefit

Source: Bernama
Published 9 June

 

PENJANA: Gig Economy

Source: Bernama
Published 9 June

PENJANA: National Employment Special Committee

Source: Bernama
Published 9 June

MOH: WHAT IS CLOSE CONTACT

Published 12 October

CMCO: SOP for Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, and Putrajaya – Economic Activities

Source: Bernama
Published 15 October

MOH: Case Definition of COVID – 19

Source: Ministry of Health
Published 16 October

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