|AMCHAM Update #358 COVID-19 Outbreak|
As Malaysia gradually reopens, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to play a significant role on businesses and livelihoods. AMCHAM will continue to bring you daily updates on the latest COVID-19 developments, which includes vaccination updates, Government-issued orders, regulations, and SOPs as well as initiatives from related bodies and organizations.
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The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) has released the latest updates for the Manufacturing Sector.
Updates cover both essential services and non-essential within areas undergoing phases 2, 3, and 4 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) .
Malaysians eager to travel abroad are now spoilt for choice, with up to 40 countries opening their doors to tourists. However, while Canada, Nepal, Dubai and island destinations such as Seychelles and Maldives have welcomed foreign travellers, most have imposed conditions, the main one being that they have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Sabah has decided to allow inter-district travel to commence from Oct 14 with the overall vaccination rate reaching 70% to date. Along with the latest decision, the ongoing zoning system would be removed. The permission is only applicable for fully vaccinated adults, teens aged between 12 and 18, who have received at least one dose of the vaccine and children under 12, who are accompanied by fully vaccinated parents.
A total of 21,220,121 individuals or 90.6 per cent of the adult population in the country have completed their COVID-19 vaccination as of yesterday, 12 October. 94.9 per cent of the adult population, or 22,215,504 individuals have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
The government is currently refining the draft amendments to three Acts as it moves towards ratifying the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The Attorney-General’s Chambers is refining the draft amendments to the Patents Act 1983, Copyright Act 1987 and Trademarks Act 2019.
The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), through its one-year-old One Stop Centre (OSC) for Business Travellers, has facilitated 1,120 companies and 2,822 short-term business travellers (STBTs) with a total investment value of RM121.37 billion.
JLL has released its latest report on “Sustainability in the built environment: An employee perspective”
A recent survey of 1,200 office workers in five countries across Asia Pacific: Australia, Greater China, India, Japan and Singapore, has uncovered that unprecedently, employees are dominating or influencing the sustainable solutions that buildings and offices should be implementing.
EY has outlined below the key highlights of the following Indirect Tax updates:
- Updated Guide on Professional Services as at 21 September 2021
- Postponement of effective dates for the imposition of Tourism Tax on accommodation premises booked via a DPSP
Re-entry anxiety doesn’t only affect the individual employee experiencing it. Stress is contagious — a psychological effect known as emotional contagion. Research
has shown it’s possible to “catch” the emotions of others. In other words, humans naturally (and unconsciously) mimic the behaviors, posture, and facial expressions of those who they spend a lot of time around.
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