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Issue #230 - 7 Dec 2020

Dear Suleiman,
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Flashback: Virtual Roundtable between the Minister of Finance Malaysia and Sterling Members
 
BMCC Sterling members had the privilege of participating in a virtual roundtable on 2 December 2020 with the Minister of Finance Malaysia, YB Senator Dato’ Seri Tengku Zafrul. This roundtable is part of the BMCC efforts to provide an avenue for our members to dialogue with policymakers and highlight any challenges in doing business in Malaysia.
 
BMCC Executive Director, Jennifer Lopez, moderated the roundtable followed by brief remarks from BMCC Chairman, Abrar Anwar, who emphasised the need for the industry to embrace digital trade, sustainable financing and the importance of public and private sector collaboration. Representatives of sectors such as education, oil & gas, finance, healthcare and tourism then shared their feedback to the Minister on the Budget 2021 announcement, concerns on current business & investment policy impacting the industry and seek support in collectively conveying those feedback to other Ministries as well.
 
The BMCC would like to thank all members who participated in this roundtable. We will continue our support in positioning Malaysia as a preferred destination for trade and investment and look forward to hosting such forums in the future.
 
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Flashback: Virtual Roundtable with the Secretary General Ministry of Works: Reviving the Construction Sector
 
The BMCC held a virtual roundtable session on 2 December which brought together members from the engineering & construction sector to discuss concerns among contractors in facing challenges during the pandemic, initiatives between the public & private stakeholders in reviving the construction sector, opportunities for construction firms in post-MCO and insights of upcoming key development projects in Malaysia.
 
The roundtable was chaired by Bill Addington, the BMCC Board Member & Director of Tony Gee & Partners with YBhg. Datuk Dr Syed Omar Sharifuddin, Secretary General Ministry of Work Malaysia as a special guest and representatives from CIDB.
 
Members participating in the roundtable found the discussions useful and collectively viewed regular sessions with the relevant ministires and agencies such as this would be beneficial. If you are member from the engineering & construction sector and interested to join future meetings, kindly contact rohazwan@bmcc.org.my
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British Chamber of Commerce Singapore: Marketing In The Time of COVID-19: What Do Consumers Expect From Brands?

Date: 10th December
Time: 16:00 – 17:30 SGT
Complementary for BCC Network

In this webinar, global market research agency Kadence International will share the key learnings from their proprietary study, Brands Exposed, with over 4,000 consumers across the UK, US and 8 Asian markets, and discuss the findings with a panel of industry experts

Click here to register.
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GOVERNMENT TO END CMCO IN SEVERAL STATES

Following the reduction of COVID-19 infection cases in several states, the government today decided to end the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in most states.

The police will no longer carry out roadblocks in Malaysia from Monday onwards (December 7) as part of Covid-19 prevention measures, senior minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced on Saturday (December 5).

More details for CMCO and RMCO areas (BM version).


 
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EXPATRIATE SERVICES DIVISION - PROJECTION OF EXPATRIATES FOR YEAR 2021

Please be informed that companies registered in the ESD online portal may now apply for projection of expatriates for Employment Pass (EP) and Professional Visit Pass (PVP) for the year 2021 starting 1st December 2020.

Click here for more info.


RE-OPENING OF ESD PUTRAJAYA AND MYXPATS CENTRE COUNTER SERVICES
 
Counter services at Expatriate Services Division (ESD), Putrajaya and MYXpats Centre at Mutiara Damansara will resume operation starting from 7 December 2020 by appointments only. 

Click here for more info.
 
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i-SINAR OPEN TO ALL EPF MEMBERS WHOSE INCOME IS AFFECTED BY COVID-19

The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) announces the criteria and details of the i-Sinar facility, which is now open to up to 8 million eligible members.

Click here for more info.
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ERIA: Impact of COVID-19 on ASEAN Business Activities and Supply Chains Survey
 
The Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) would like to seek your kind cooperation to participate in the “Impact of COVID-19 on ASEAN Business Activities and Supply Chains” survey.
 
The survey aims to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on business activities and supply chains. The findings and results from the survey will be used in formulating policy recommendations for the 2021 East Asia Summit Economic Ministers Meeting.
 
The survey webform is in English and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. You will be asked to set a password of at least 8 characters (including upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols) at the beginning of the survey.
 
Deadline: 8 January 2020
 
To start the survey, click here.
 
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RETRENCHMENT due to COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Businesses have yet to recover from the financial impact brought by the country’s first MCO and many are still struggling to cope with the turbulence. Thousands of small and medium businesses are sitting by the sidelines as they may need to halt parts of their operations again in response to the recently reinstated CMCO. Businesses on the brink of collapse may have no option but to release their employees to prevent insolvency.

Click here to read the full article brought to you by Tay & Partners.
 
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Nexus IB Scholarships are back!

Nexus IB Scholarships are back! We have consistently outperformed the world average for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme with learners being accepted into top universities worldwide. 

Be part of our success story. Apply for our IB Scholarships. Full, partial, and boarding scholarships available.

Applications close on 6th January 2021. 

Click here to find out more!
 
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Acquire talent and improve performance through effective language testing

Linguaskill is a quick and convenient online test from Cambridge Assessment English to help organisations check the English levels of individuals and groups of candidates, powered by Artificial Intelligence technology. It tests all four language skills - speaking, writing, reading and listening - in modules.

It provides accurate results within 48 hours and is easy to administer; you can administer the test at any time or place. Results are aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), the international standard for describing language ability.

Find out more at here.
 
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SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, KUALA LUMPUR GIVES BACK THROUGH "EMBRACE THE GIFT OF LIFE” CAMPAIGN WITH THE TREE OF LIFE CHRISTMAS CHARITY TREE

Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur’s annual charity project Embrace the Gift of Life was initiated in 1985 to support children with severe heart ailments and other serious medical conditions. To date, the hotel has raised over RM4 million and support hundreds of critically ill children through this charity project.

Organisations and individuals are welcomed to support this annual fund-raising charity by sponsoring any of the six ornaments with a minimum donation of RM1,000 each or select any of the five limited edition designs at a minimum donation of RM3,000 each.

Read the full press release here.
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SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, KUALA LUMPUR OFFERS WEEKDAY AND WEEKEND DAY USE WORKSPACE FOR PRODUCTIVE WORK

Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur understands that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people work. With that in mind, the hotel now offers a Weekday and a Weekend Hotel Day Use package, both with extra benefits included, to offer a solution for households lacking work facilities as well as satisfy the need for a change of scene.

Click here for more details regarding the package.

Read the full press release here.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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
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