Issue #130 - 17th December 2018
The BMCC Executive Office will be closed on the Eves of Christmas and New Year's Day
(24, 25 Dec & 31 Dec, 1 Jan)

2018: A Year In Review

To our cherished members

What a year 2018 has been for both our Chamber and nation! The monumental ramifications surrounding the 14th Malaysian General Elections on the now historic May 9th has set countless gears turning towards a new national order. In ushering in this new Government, numerous policies, legislations and administrations were revisited and overhauled for the betterment of our economic standing. In the process, businesses across all sectors were impacted, and with it the livelihoods of the rakyat. As the membership-based bilateral-trade organisation we are, the BMCC needed to adapt quickly and play an active role in facilitating this change for our member companies.

By means of talk & networking events, the BMCC created a variety of public spheres for our members to access and engage with Ministers and key players in the new Malaysian government. These avenues were not just important for our members to seek answers, voice concerns and learn of the Ministry's heading, but also vital for the Ministers to get up close and personal with the decision makers in our business community, gathering for themselves the sentiments that shape both private and public economic landscapes. Through the BMCC's Advocacy Working Group, the Chamber was able to forward feedback from our members on focused matters directly to the Minister of Finance and the Minister of International Trade and Industry through closed-door 1-2-1 meetings. 

Over the course of the year, the BMCC has organised more than 40 events, both social and professional in nature. Rightfully so, the highlight of the year for us was the launch of our inaugural Business Excellence Awards in July, held in conjunction with the BMCC's 55th Anniversary. The scale and prestige of the gala event, attracting more than 450 attendees from all walks of industries and senior government officials was exactly the result we had envisioned, namely to establish a new annual flagship initiative to give the recognition companies and individuals deserve and elevating our member companies to an international level. The BMCC Business Excellence Awards will return in June 2019. 

The BMCC is proud to see it's Energy Committee grow from strength to strength, having organised several successful events these year with key players such as PETRONAS, MOGSC, EIC and the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change. Through the BMCC Trade Team, the Chamber continues to be an instrumental facilitator in helping British companies establish a presence here in Malaysia, such as Naylor Farms, Nimble Babies and The Rose Tree to name a few success stories. 

All that we have accomplished would not have been possible without the resilience of our Board of Directors, the tireless support of our Sponsors and Patrons, the British High Commission and the Department for International Trade, our 43 Sterling members, and of course, our most treasured members. All that the Chamber aims to do is with the best intentions of our members at heart and none of what we have done would have been possible without you. Thank you all for a fantastic 2018, and may we continue to build upon the ties we have built.

Kicking off 2019, we look forward to seeing you all at our customary BMCC New Year's Drink on the 22nd January, welcoming our members back from the holidays and toasting to the new year. We also have lined up a number of exciting events, one of which will be the Digital Innovation Conference in March 2019, so stay tuned for our announcements!
From all of us at the BMCC Executive Office, we wish everyone Happy Holidays, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Last week, the BMCC represented by Executive Director, Jennifer Lopez paid a couple of courtesy visits to our member companies. She met with Puan S. Fauziah Jamaluddin, Executive VP of Group Marketing & Communication at KPJ Heathcare Berhad, and a visit to the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus at Semenyih where she was given a tour by Provost & CEO and BMCC Board Director, Professor Graham Kendall.  Rounding up the week, the BMCC bade bon voyage to Mr. Stephen Hill, Deputy Director of Trade & Investment who retires after an illustrious career at the Department for International Trade. From our hearts at the BMCC, thank you Stephen and we wish you a happy retirement! We warmly welcome Mr. Clifford Bebb, the new Deputy of Trade & Investment, who replaces Stephen. 
For Early Bird Discounts & Membership inquiries contact:
Mr. Aubai Eliwy (Head of Business Development, BMCC)   |  +603 2163 1784

*Important Notice from the BMCC Office:
In light of our constitutional change from a Society to a Company Limited by Guarantee earlier this year, please be informed of our change in Bank Details:

Account Name: British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce Berhad
Account Number: 3121 9360 2022
Bank: Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia
Bank Address: No. 36, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250, Kuala Lumpur
BMCC New Year's Drink  (22 Jan)

We'll be eagerly looking forward to welcoming our members back from the holidays and toast to the new year. Our customary New Year's Drink will this time be held on the 22th January at the brand new bar, JW Firehouse @ JW Marriott KL. Toast to the new year with new and returning members, our Board of Directors and the British High Commissioner to Malaysia!

The 2019 Malaysia Economic and Strategic Outlook Forum (29 Jan) BMCC Supported Event

BMCC members are invited to attend this high level gathering of strategic thinkers, economic experts, business leaders and senior Government officials to discuss the key strategic challenges and key issues facing businesses. The Forum provides an apt and timely opportunity to feel the economic pulse, tempo of development and updates on emerging trends. 
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