Issue #72 - 6th November 2017
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[Picture: Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall walking past a guard-of-honour upon their arrival to Malaysia last Thursday on an official visit to commemorate the 60th anniversary of bilateral relations between Malaysia and the United Kingdom. Source NST]

Malaysia Offers Powerful Model to Others In The Region - Prince Charles
Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales was impressed that sixty years after independence, Malaysia offers a powerful model to others in the region, not only because of its particular strength in business, education, science, security and defence, but also the way Malaysia operate on the world stage.

“The pillars of such a reputation, founded, as they must be, on mutual respect and the willingness not merely to tolerate, but to celebrate differences and diversity in all their forms, could not be more relevant or, indeed, needed in today’s fractious times,” said Prince Charles in his speech at the Royal Gala Dinner held on the 3rd November.
(Click here for the Full Text Speech by HRH The Prince of Wales at the KL Gala Dinner)

The Gala Dinner, hosted by the British High Commission in Malaysia, was attended by the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, several ministers and deputy ministers, Members of Parliament and other dignitaries"
Prince Charles drops in at Nottingham University campus (in Malaysia)
Bloomberg to open £1bn City of London Headquarters
Prince Charles Impressed with Malaysia's Promotion of Sustainable Cities
Hammond under pressure to ditch 'giant' business rates rise

BMCC - Petrofac Leadership Training with Andrew Sill

​On the 23rd of October, the BMCC organised a Leadership training programme with 2017 sponsors Petrofac. BMCC's very own Chairman and Head of Commercial Banking, HSBC Malaysia, Mr. Andrew Sill was the day's speaker. His topic entitled "Leader Focus: Shifting from middle to top management" was addressed to the staff of Petrofac, with their office hosting the event. Mohamad Hanif bin Hashim, General Manager of Petrofac and a fellow Board Member of the BMCC gave a brief introduction, moderated the Question and Answer session and presented Andrew Sill with a memento of appreciation. 

Early Registrations
BMCC's Premier Luncheon with Dato' Yasmin Mahmood (MDEC) - 30th Nov 17
The BMCC will be hosting it's next Premier Luncheon with Dato' Yasmin Mahmood, (CEO of MDEC) this 30th November at Sheraton Imperial KL. Dato' Yasmin, who was most recently involved with the launch of the DFTZ [pictured above at last week's press conference] will be speaking on the topic "The Digital Economy." Early registration begins today with limited seats available. Email to Karen Dass at to reserve your seat!

DFTZ (Digital Free Trade Zone) Goes Live

The ambitious idea of a Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) took shape in the brick-and-motar world at KLIA Aeropolis yesterday when Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak flagged it off in the presence of Jack Ma of Alibaba fame. Malaysia’s DFTZ in KLIA Aeropolis is the first such zone outside China. Close to 2,000 small- and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) have signed up to be part of the digital revolution. This is a giant step for SMEs. Read more here or here for PM Najib Razak's commentary on the DFTZ
BMCC - Standard Chartered Bank Premier Luncheon with EY: Malaysia Budget 2018
How will the Malaysia Budget 2018 effect the Malaysian taxation landscape? Join us at the Premier Luncheon as we bring you expert insights to these issues with established speakers from EY and an opening keynote by Abrar A. Anwar, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank.
Date: 8th November 2017
Venue: Hilton Sentral KL
BMCC-TMF Breakfast Talk 9 "The Future of KL"

InvestKL is working towards promoting and positioning Greater Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as an ideal destination for multinational companies to set up their regional business, innovation, and talent hubs. 

Join us at the 9th installment of the BMCC Breakfast Talk sponsored by TMF Group to find out how InvestKL is making strides in this direction, and what the future holds for businesses and livability in Kuala Lumpur.

Click here for more or here to RSVP

"A Mystic Sparkle" - BMCC's Annual Corporate Christmas Luncheon Returns!

Join us this 8th December for an enchanting display of a BMCC envisioned British Christmas in Malaysia where all that glows is winter’s white glimmering snow. Dine, sing and mingle to the tune festive jingles as we prepare an array of creative performances both musical and theatrical that are bound to leave you spellbound by the wonders of the year’s most magical time, and all the joy it brings!
The EUMCCI Europa Awards for Sustainability 2017 is just around the corner! As their bilateral partner, the BMCC would like to invite you and members of your company to participate in this mesmerizing event! 

Along with the Awards Ceremony, there will be a full 90-piece orchestra and a 48-piece choir for the Gala Dinner by the Young Malaysians Go Classics (YMGC), trained by the professional conductor Mr. Kevin Field who will deliver a grand performance that will surely make the whole event an unforgettable experience. Watch the video above for a sneak preview of what to expect for the night.
Enhancing Business Integrity in Malaysia with ISO 37001

The world has moved on with good governance and anti-corruption legislations, and Malaysia is slowly but surely moving towards the same direction. 

A new ISO standard has been been drawn up to further enhance business integrity in Malaysia. Join CBI and BSI to discover how you can achieve compliance with, and benefit from it. 

Top 18 for 2018 with British Airways

British Airways has revealed its annual travel predictions for the year ahead selecting the top 18 must-see destinations for 2018.

Customers can use British Airways Holidays to tailor-make their itinerary; stopping off at cities around the globe, adding car hire where needed and booking accommodation from a huge choice of hotels.

Click here for BA's Top 18

The Most Lucrative Student Property Markets Revealed

Demand for purpose-built student accommodation in the UK is rising, as are the expectations of students who are no longer willing to accept sub-par accommodation when they’re paying high university fees. With so many university towns and cities to choose from, where should prospective buyers look to make their money work from them as hard as a final-year PhD student?

Continue reading at Gower & Mae

Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur Voted Top Hotel in Kuala Lumpur by Condé Nast Traveler

The hotel stands tall as the top winner in Kuala Lumpur at the ranking of #15, with score of 93.35, among other stellar hotels in Bhutan, Indonesia, South Korea, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. “This is an affirmation of the dedication and hard work of the staff that has helped us achieve this ranking in such a highly-regarded and prestigious travel magazine" said Mr Manfred Weber, Area General Manager of Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. 

Continue reading here

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