|AMCHAM Update #335 COVID-19 Outbreak|
During this period of lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, AMCHAM will be bringing you daily updates on the latest COVID-19 developments, which includes Government-issued orders, regulations, and SOPs as well as initiatives from related bodies and organizations.
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The COVID-19 pandemic caused challenges for supply chains globally. Multiple national lockdowns continues to slow or even temporarily stop the flow of raw materials and finished goods, disrupting manufacturing as a result including Malaysia – U.S. Companies.
This series will feature U.S technologies such as Seeloz and Malaysian stakeholders and players to understand the gaps, opportunities, and Malaysia’s Digitalization plans in Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain sector.
Selangor, Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur, which have been categorised as one infection zone, will transition into Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) beginning this Friday. Travel between these three states will be allowed, with police roadblocks instructed to be removed.
The Penang State government will establish a State Emergency Response Team to mobilise the necessary resources in facing the endemic phase of COVID-19. The team would be led by state Environment and Welfare Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh in mobilising the resources, especially in facing the rising number of daily cases currently.
The state will distribute 40,000 COVID-19 self-test kits for free in phases beginning next week. The self-test kits would also be distributed to district offices as well as the state secretary office, to be given to the people of Penang who need it for free. An allocation of 500 COVID-19 self-test kits for each Penang state assemblyman and member of Parliament will be distributed to constituents who need them.
The government is looking at further revising down the price of COVID-19 self-test kits by end of this year to make them accessible to everyone.
To expand testing efforts, the Ministry of Health has recognised RTK Antigen and approved several COVID-19 self-test kits which can be bought in pharmacies nationwide.
More than half or 50.5% of Malaysia's total population have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on Wednesday (Sept 8). 16,492,295 Malaysians have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 while 20,293,582 Malaysians have received at least one dose.
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Malaysia as a critical global hub in the semiconductor supply chain must seize this opportunity NOW to bring these semiconductor and electronics investments to Malaysia.
On September 15, 2021 9:00am, hear from MIDA and semiconductor players on why is Malaysia an attractive investment destination and where are the investment opportunities.
Malaysia’s shifting customer expectations affect not only the way banks serve their customers, but also how they equip their employees with the relevant skills to face the increasingly digitalised working environment.
If you wonder what and how is the talent market is evolving for BFSI in Malaysia, ManpowerGroup prepared a quick snapshot.
Sime Darby Property Bhd reported today that their second quarter net profit at RM19.91 million is a significant rise compared to their net loss of RM93 million last year. Due to aggressive online marketing, revenue rose as the real estate developer’s residential property sales improved significantly at a time when the Malaysian property sector was facing the effects of pandemic-led movement restrictions.
The Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint (MyDigital) initiative launched in February 2021, is expected to be the impetus to position Malaysia as a high-value-added economy and a net exporter of homegrown technologies and digital solutions, at the end of this decade. Despite lingering uncertainties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, growth prospects look relatively optimistic.
Organizations across Asia Pacific that adapted quickly to the pandemic by accelerating their digital transformation could have their hard-won resiliency threatened due to misalignment between business priorities and technology strategies, according to IDC and Fortinet The research firm however said that a holistic, carefully-aligned security approach and the right partnerships would help them retain their resiliency gains.
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