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Issue #229 - 30 Nov 2020

Dear Suleiman,

Flashback: Virtual Roundtable with BMCC Members in Johor

BMCC members in Johor participated in an engaging virtual roundtable with our Chairman, Abrar Anwar, and Deputy Chairman, Andrew Diamond, last week on Monday 23 November 2020. Also present was Executive Director, Jennifer Lopez, along with four other members of the Executive Office. The meeting commenced with brief welcoming remarks from the Chairman and Executive Director, which highlighted the BMCC’s focus to remain agile, relevant and committed to our members in Johor.
An interactive session then followed, with each member pitching in to give their feedback or suggestions in regard to what the Chamber could do better, or should continue doing. It was recommended that Chamber should continue hosting meetings with members in Johor virtually even after the MCO as it would be more efficient and economical. There was also a general consensus to amplify and expand the Chamber’s presence down South by holding regular meetings, and in the future, more frequent networking events. For the time being, however, the Chamber will be embracing this suggestion in the form of digital networking events. To facilitate the focus on BMCC’s presence in Johor, the Chairman announced the appointment of Nicholas Chew from Faizul Hilmy & Chew, a fellow member of BMCC, as Chair of BMCC Johor Chapter.
Also discussed were the various issues, concerns and complications with trade and education that were brought about by Covid-19, such as the closure of the Singapore-Malaysia border and the challenges in hiring and entry of international staff or students. Our Chairman and Executive Director then elaborated on the various advocacy efforts that the Chamber has been working on with respect to said issues. Among them was the Memorandum sent to the Prime Minister of Malaysia regarding the current suspension on the issuance of new international student visas, which was sent on Friday 20 November 2020.
The BMCC would like to thank all the members in Johor for attending and supporting this virtual roundtable and appreciates the views, thoughts, feedback and suggestions put forward. We look forward to continuing this dialogue in the near future.
'Doing Business with Malaysia Guide' launch

The ‘Doing Business with Malaysia Guide’ is now officially live and can be accessed via: www.Malaysia.DoingBusinessGuide.co.uk.
The main objective of this Doing Business with Malaysia Guide is to provide you with basic knowledge about Malaysia; an overview of its economy, business culture, potential opportunities and to identify the main issues associated with initial research, market entry, risk management and cultural and language issues. We do not pretend to provide all the answers in the guide, but novice exporters in particular will find it a useful starting point. Further assistance is available from the Department for International Trade (DIT) team in Malaysia. Full contact details are available in the guide.

Click here to read the full publication. 
BritCham Indonesia: Future-Proofing Your Career: The Skills of Entrepreneurship & Intrapreneurship 

In our ever-changing world where the job market is difficult to predict, the ability to create your own future becomes especially important. With the rapid advancement of technology in parallel to the 4th Industrial Revolution, more and newer skills are fundamental for us to be able to strive and withstand many challenges. Therefore, being able to equip young talents with relevant skills should be one of the top priorities today.

Join us to dive in for essential insight into the changing priorities of graduating young talent and to learn directly from entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, as they share their stories of career and role invention and reinvention.

Date: Thursday, 3 December 2020
Time: 4 PM Jakarta Time / 9 AM UK Time 

Click here to register.
BritCham Indonesia: Waste Management and the Circular Economy 

From Scotland to Sulawesi, technology solutions are accelerating the move towards a more circular economy. We will be joined by Michael Groves, the founder of Scotland-based Topolytics, a company that is pioneering the use of data analytics to make waste visible, verifiable and valuable. Also joining the panel will be Andi Moehammad Ichsan, the CEO & Co Founder of Sulawesi-based Octopus, a circular economy platform that currently manages waste collection in Makassar and Bali.

This webinar should be of particular interests to Regulators, Real Estate Developers, Local Governments, Waste Producers, FMCG Brands and Recyclers.

Date: Friday, 4 December 2020
Time: 4 PM Jakarta Time / 9 AM UK Time

Click here to register.
British Chamber of Commerce Singapore: Ocean Plastic: Problems, Challenges & Solutions

We all know that Ocean Plastic is a global environmental issue but did you know it is also a social one? To solve it we need to engage people at all levels of business, government and society.

Date: 1st December
Time: 16:30 – 17:30 SGT
Complementary for BCC Network
Click here to register.
British Chamber of Commerce Singapore: BritCham Christmas Party

Join us from the comfort of your home for a festive musical evening with games, live performances, audience participation, a live auction and lucky draw prizes. Following their BritCham debut at the Annual Business Awards, Song Division return to deliver a Musical Happy Hour for our Christmas celebration.

Date: 3rd December
Time: 18:00 – 19:30 SGT

Click here to register.

KUALA LUMPUR, 28 November 2020: The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) wishes to inform that beginning 14 December 2020, employers can start submitting their employees’ applications to maintain the statutory contribution rate for employees at 11 per cent.

All submissions for this purpose are to be done via the i-Akaun (Employer) portal only. This is in line with the EPF’s efforts to ensure physical distancing and minimise face-to-face interactions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

More info here.

KUALA LUMPUR, 28 November 2020: The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) would like to inform that for the year 2021, the employee’s share of the statutory contribution rate will be reduced from 11 per cent to nine (9) per cent.

This new statutory contribution rate for employees applies only to members below 60 years old who are liable for contribution. For members aged 60 years old and above, the statutory contribution rate for employees remains unchanged.

More info here.
ISP Online Open Day 12th December 2020

We invite you to join our Online Open Day on the 12th December 2020 via video conference.
The Online Open day will start at 11:00 am and will be led by Mr Jonathan Turner, Principal of ISP. He will be joined by the Head of Primary School, Miss Rebecca Findlay and Mr Simon Taylor, Head of Secondary School.
Register for the Open Day here.

The invitation link will then be sent nearer to the date of the Online Open Day. 
Alice Smith School Foundation: Build Kindness Campaign

COVID-19 has caused many poor households to lose their livelihood and income. Most cannot even afford one meal a day. Let's build kindness together by helping to feed the hungry. The Alice Smith School Foundation in partnership with Kechara Soup Kitchen Society Malaysia aims to raise funds and in kind food donation for 25 families living in poverty with enough food sustenance for one whole year.

Build kindness with us now. More info here.

Click to donate cash, food or become a volunteer.
Global Mobility lessons learned: How to be successful in 2021

Join Crown World Mobility’s live benchmarking session on Dec 10 as we explore global mobility insights to help your business emerge stronger from the pandemic in 2021.

Here are some of the themes:
  • Virtual Assignments and Remote Work
  • Managing assignments during Covid-19
  • D&I and initiatives of real change in the make-up of assignment populations
  • Managing expectations and shifting priorities

Click here to register.
National Roadmap (Government of Malaysia, World Bank, Deloitte)

Together with The Government of Malaysia and The World Bank, Deloitte Malaysia is currently conducting research to inform the development of a Circular Economy Roadmap (CER) for Plastics. The CER builds on existing initiatives of the government, including the Roadmap Towards Zero Single-Use Plastics 2018-2030, and is expected to be launched early next year. 

Electrical and Electronics (E&E), Automotive, Packaging, and Construction have been selected as the prioritised sectors under the CER development. In this context, we cordially invite companies in the respective sectors to participate in this study by contacting Jonah Belitz via jbelitz@deloitte.com.
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Voted Malaysia's Best Convention Centre!

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) was recently voted as Malaysia’s Best Convention Centre 2020 by leading travel and business events industry players in the inaugural World Mice AwardsTM 2020, retaining its market leadership position. This recognition came on the back of another industry award, ICCA Best Marketing Award 2020 – Recognising Leadership in Transformation, earlier this month.

Click here to continue reading.
8 Reasons for Boosting Your Recruitment & Hiring Activities during Lockdown in Malaysia

Recently, the lockdown has been uplifted and now we have to deal with Conditional Movement Control Order where the activity involving economy still on going as usual. The CMCO generally prohibits inter-district and inter-state movements, except for work or emergency purposes.

Have you been thinking about how you can boost your recruitment & hiring activities even though the condition that we are experiencing right now might be difficult? The reality is that some employers are continuing to interview candidates in person by following the physical distancing measures.

A lot of employers are turning to video job interviews. Video job interviewing is not a new form of interviewing —many employers have been using this approach for quite some time, especially with candidates who live in another city or country. Due to COVID-19, video interviews are being utilised more frequently.

Here is a list of 8 advantages you could get from boosting your talent acquisition activities right now.
How will COVID-19 end and other risk predictions for 2021

You’re invited to join us as we round out 2020 and look towards 2021 with our fifth annual Risk Outlook event on 10 December. Launching globally across three time zones for the first time ever, our experts will share findings from our research amongst 1,425 risk professionals across 99 countries.

Join in the discussion on how COVID-19 will end, and delve into other key global issues and how they may impact Asia Pacific organisations in 2021. 

Click here to register.
BPP Webinar: Why the Future of Learning and Development is Now – Asia Pacific

In this webinar, we review the Learning and Development trends of 2020, and suggest how to plan for the year ahead.

While this year has seen a complete disruption to the way we work, we need to look ahead to 2021. Now is the time for business leaders and HR professionals to shift focus and realign with the learning and development agenda.

Date: Thursday 17 December
Time: 16.00 - 16.45pm (SGT)

Click here to register.
Roll out of the Alumni UK Platform: For UK graduates and BMCC members.

The Alumni UK  is a new platform developed by the British Council to meet the networking demands of international UK alumni and to support with career development. The platform will enable Malaysian UK alumni to come together in one place to join groups with their alma mater, message fellow alumni, view job vacancies from employers, receive employability tips and discover British Council events. 

For more information and to register for job advertisement, please visit this website or contact alumniuk.eastasia@britishcouncil.org
XMAS @ GEMS Postponed

Due to the extended Conditional Movement Control Order, we regret to advise that we are postponing our XMAS @ GEMS / Open Day that was scheduled for December 5th, 2020. Fret not, though, as we will definitely be re-visiting this fantastic activity next year.

We are nearing the end of Term 1 of the current academic year. Our Term2 will start January 6th, 2021. Our Admissions Office stays open throughout the Christmas holidays (except on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, of course!)

For the inside scoop about GEMS International School, Tropicana Metropark, venture over to our website here or reach out to our Enrolment Advisors at info_gim@gemsedu.com.
Advertise with us! Email to comms@bmcc.org.my for advertising opportunities

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