Kuala Lumpur, 8 October 2020 – In line with the Government’s commitment to further cement the country’s position as a preferred destination for FDIs, the Government has decided to establish a One-Stop-Centre (OSC) at the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA). The OSC will evaluate and approve applications by eligible business travellers to enter Malaysia for trade and investment purposes.
These travellers will be required to offer evidence of compliance to the strict SOPs and other necessary conditions such as quarantine measures, which are presently in place. Although the main purpose of the OSC is to facilitate genuine business travellers, this will only be undertaken while primarily upholding, protecting and preserving the health and safety of the Malaysian people.
The OSC commenced its operations on 2 October 2020. It is managed by MIDA with representatives from the Immigration Department, Ministry of Health and Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to ensure the legitimacy and health status of business travellers prior to their entry into Malaysia. This Centre will assume a critical role in ensuring that Malaysia remains steady on the path of economic recovery and growth, by enabling executive and essential personnel to travel to, and continue their work in, Malaysia.
In early May 2020, the Government began to reopen the economic sectors in phases, which was supported by strict vigilance implemented through a set of standard operating procedures (SOPs). This clearly demonstrates the Government’s resolute determination in striking a balance between protecting lives and safeguarding the livelihoods of the Malaysian people, many of whom rely upon the private sector for their jobs and wages.
The reopening of economic activities was a crucial, timely and necessary intervention by the Government, which has led to gradual recovery of our country’s economic sectors. This phase also contributed towards the investments coming into Malaysia. For the period of January to June 2020, Malaysia recorded total approved investments of RM64.8 billion in the manufacturing, services and primary sectors. Of these, foreign direct investments (FDI) made up RM19.5 billion or 30.2 per cent.
Malaysia assumes an integral role in the global supply chain. The international business and investor community have always looked to Malaysia as a preferred destination for their operations, due to the stable, predictable and rules-based investment climate that Malaysia has to offer. Companies operating in Malaysia continue to enjoy a significant level of prominence and a leading edge, along the regional and global value chains.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, MIDA has intensified efforts to ensure that Malaysia remains a primary destination of choice for foreign investors. MIDA is also committed to ensure that appropriate measures are in place to ensure that the business environment in the country is agile and responsive to the present and future needs of the private sector, particularly in adapting to the new normal.
Since commencing operations on 2 October 2020, the OSC has received 221 applications from business travellers, out of which 207 has been approved.
The implementation of OSC entails two phases, namely:
Eligible business travellers who wish to submit their applications may do so via the MyEntry website at https://myentry.myxpats.com.my/app/
PUTRAJAYA: Beginning today, applications to enter and exit the country for Malaysians and foreigners, during the Restoration Movement Control Order (RMCO) until Dec 31, can be done via MyTravelPass which can be accessed at the Immigration Department website.
Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said that the approval process for applications made under MyTravelPass will take about five working days.
"If a person needs to enter or leave Malaysia on the 10th day, the MyTravelPass application must be submitted to the department before the fifth day. The application must include the relevant supporting documents," he said in a press conference here today.
The categories of applications that can be submitted through MyTravelPass include the reciprocal green lane (RGL) pass; periodic commuting arrangement (PCA) pass; spouse of Malaysian and spouse of permanent resident or residence pass and for dependent visa applications, he said.
Other categories include applications for foreign maids and temporary work visit passes, applications for entry by expatriates and applications by foreigners under Malaysia My Second Home ((MM2H), he said.
"Status of application, whether successful or otherwise, will be sent via email. Those who submitted false declarations, information or documents can be prosecuted under the Immigration Act. Application will be made easy but approval is not guaranteed," he said.
Previously, during the implementation of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), applications to enter and exit the country by Malaysians and foreigners were carried out via email.
It had caused the department to receive complaints about delays in obtaining results because too many emails were received, of up to 8,000 emails at any one time, he said.
He added that the list of categories under MyTravelPass is likely to be reviewed after RMCO ends on Dec 31, but it will depend on the situation at that time.
"For locals and foreigners who fall into the categories which are allowed to leave or enter the country directly without having to apply for prior approval, this permission is still in force and they don't need to use MyTravelPass," he said.
The MyTravelPass system was developed by the department's Information Technology Division and is a government initiative to strengthen the delivery system. -- BERNAMA
Source: New Strait Times
With regards to the Government initiatives made by Cabinet on 4th June 2020, companies that intend to hire an expatriate is required to advertise job vacancies to locals via JobsMalaysia Portal https://www.jobsmalaysia.gov.my/jobsmy. JobsMalaysia will only issue a "Surat Perakuan" to company that has advertised the job vacancy to locals for a minimum of thirty (30) days.
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines Bhd's flagship e-retail store Temptations has taken its online shopping platform to the next level with its partnership with 3Sixty, the world's largest in-flight concessionaire.
Malaysia Airlines said following the partnership, Temptations now offers a new and enhanced e-retail shopping experience, coupled with seamless integration with the airline's frequent flyer program, Enrich.
It said members of the frequent flyer programme can now simply log on directly to the Temptations site and shop while earning Miles with every purchase made via credit card.
Temptations offers customers the flexibility to shop for their favourite duty free items at their fingertips and the option of having the pre-ordered purchases delivered onboard or at home, anywhere in the world.
They can also enjoy more savings on extensive range of products from beauty, fragrances, jewelleries to fashion offered exclusively on its website.
Malaysia group chief marketing and customer experience officer Lau Yin May said as the world goes through radical changes of opinion, character and habit, the company too must evolve as an airline and continuously strive to offer maximum value to its passengers.
"With this launch, we've further emphasised our commitment to all our customers at the same time making Enrich a valuable lifestyle rewards hub on top of being a world-class airline loyalty programme for our members.
"It is time to get a little gift for yourself or surprise loved ones by having their favourite items via home delivery service, ensuring that our customers can remain safe and comfortable during this time," she added.
3Sixty duty free executive Asia vice president Lee Hwee Ming said the company was actively collaborating with its airline partners to deliver all-new retail experiences for customers.
She said the company also continues to invest in its omni-channel vision and had introduced a new facelift along with the "Click and Redeem" service for Temptations.
"We immediately observed a 55 per cent increase in traffic since the launch of the enhanced e-retail site.
"In the new design, we allow brands to gain prominence on Homepage and Category pages and by having key brands up front and centre, we will be able to increase the platform's appeal factor and encourage returning traffic," she added.
Source: New Straits Times
A UNIVERSITY’s repute is one of the foremost factors for consideration among parents and students pursuing further studies.
As such, the Times Higher Education (THE) ranking of top universities as determined by academics around the world is relied upon when selecting an institution of learning.
Victoria University (VU) which is among the top 2% of universities worldwide according to THE World University Rankings 2020 is definitely on the shortlist of options.
Additionally, VU ranked 12th globally for “quality education” and 33rd for “peace, justice and strong institutions” under THE Impact Rankings 2020 which measures universities against the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The main campuses of Victoria University, which marked a centenary as an educational institution in 2016, are located in Melbourne of Victoria, Australia.
There are seven colleges at the university – arts and education; business; engineering and science; health and biomedicine; law and justice; sports; and exercise science.
VU at Sunway College
Sunway College is the only international delivery partner of Victoria University in Malaysia, offering the Victoria University Bachelor of Business twinning programme since 1994 including a number of business majors.
This exclusive partnership allows students to receive quality Australian education closer to home. In addition, students are also given the flexibility of transferring to VU in Melbourne at any time during their course of study. This option available provides students the opportunity to gain study experience in one of the world’s most liveable cities in the later years of their study. Students can choose to study their first and/or second years at Sunway College, and their final years at VU, Melbourne.
Other than that, students can also apply to transfer to other Australian universities such as University of Adelaide, University of Queensland, University of Western Australia, RMIT University, and University of Otago, New Zealand upon completing their first year of the VU Bachelor of Business programme at Sunway College.
Studying VU Bachelor of Business at Sunway College enables you to attain the same quality VU business degree at an affordable cost. Furthermore, Sunway College provides an array of scholarships to eligible students.
In these uncertain times when the Covid-19 outbreak has caused travel restrictions, this programme at Sunway College serves as an option for parents who plan to send their children to Australia.
For the VU business degree programme at Sunway College, students can choose to do a single major in accounting, banking and finance, financial risk management, marketing, international trade, management and innovation, supply chain and logistics management.
Or they can opt for a double major in accounting, banking and finance, financial risk management, marketing, and international trade.
The VU accounting major degree programme is offered in partnership with professional accounting bodies such as the Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) and Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), while the VU marketing major has a collaboration with the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI).
VU business degree recognised the need to develop soft skills and industry-ready graduates, therefore the VU Bachelor of Business curriculum has included three units in the business learning experience project – the Integrated Business Challenge, the International Business Challenge unit and the Applied Business Challenge unit, which complement major areas of study.
These Business Challenge units focus on the development of professional and personal attributes that industries seek in fresh graduates. Students enrolled in these units are taught using a student-centred collaborative learning model.
Students are also provided with Internship opportunities through Sunway Student LIFE.
The VU at Sunway programme is committed to teaching and nurturing its students to succeed. Students are supported by pastoral care given by academic lecturers and ensures that teaching and learning methods are tailored to suit Malaysian students.
There is also student exchange programmes available for undergraduates that provides them an opportunity to study at VU Melbourne for one semester each year with the same tuition at Sunway College.
In the past, a number of selected final year students visited and participated in Hansung University International Summer School in South Korea under a cultural exchange programme.
For the upcoming July 2020 intake, the Sunway College hybrid model offers students the options of face-to-face learning in classes and/or online classes for learning at home.
Source: The Star
PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): Preliminary discussions on the implementation of the "green bubble" concept with Australia were held on Thursday (July 2), says Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
He said earlier discussions had begun with Singapore and Brunei, while talks with Australia would continue before arriving at a conclusion.
"We (the Ministry of Health) should look at the current situation in the respective countries and the SOP (standard operating procedure) that can be adopted in both countries," he said at a media conference here Friday (July 3).
He said this when asked on the development of discussions to implement the concept of "green bubble" with other countries.
He said discussions were still underway and the implementation has not been finalised.
Talks with Singapore are on identifying the groups allowed and the matter will be announced later, he said.
The concept of "green bubble" involves the easing of travel restrictions between two or more countries that record low local Covid-19 infection.
Previously, the government had identified six countries for this purpose namely Singapore, Australia, Brunei, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea.
On the Covid-19 detection test fees required by the ministry, Dr Noor Hisham said the fees would be imposed on those returning from overseas and those requesting for the test be carried out.
"Person under investigation (PUI), those under surveillance (PUS) and those who come to the clinic with severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) and influenza like illness (ILI) as well as cases under the enhanced movement control order (MCO) will not be charged. The cost will be borne by the Ministry of Health," he said.
On Sabah's decision to allow foreign workers from China to enter the country, Dr Noor Hisham said the entry of foreign nationals under the Employment Pass 1 (EP1) category into Malaysia was approved by the Immigration Department.
He said the allowed categories are those with long-term visas and those with interests such as business dealings who could be considered for EP1 visas.
However, Dr Noor Hisham said there are conditions for foreigners who are allowed in including a swab test and a 14-day quarantine at home.
As for foreign students who wanted to enter Malaysia, he said the matter was being studied and considered, but they would have to undergo a swab test and the 14-day quarantine.
This also applies to overseas patients and the hospitals concerned must agree to accept them as patients, he said.
Dr Noor Hisham said the approval was one of the conditions for easing the conditions to enter Malaysia but the ministry's SOP should be adhered. - Bernama
MELBOURNE: Hundreds of thousands of people across Melbourne's north and west were ordered to stay at home on Tuesday as Australia's second-biggest city struggled to contain a spike in Covid-19 coronavirus cases.
The southern state of Victoria has recorded 233 Covid-19 cases since Thursday – mostly in Melbourne – a major surge in a country that has otherwise successfully curbed the spread of the virus.
State premier Daniel Andrews said more than 30 Melbourne neighbourhoods would be subject to the lockdown from midnight local time on Wednesday until July 29.
The areas covered are home to more than 300,000 people, in the city of roughly five million.
Residents will be allowed to leave their homes only for work or school, to exercise, or to buy food and other essential items.
People from other areas will be prevented from entering the worst-affected communities, with police on patrol and officers stopping cars to conduct random checks.
Many businesses will have to close down just weeks after reopening.
"These are extraordinary steps," Andrews said.
"But such is the nature of this virus, it is so wildly infectious that if we don't take these steps now we will finish up in a situation that rather than locking down ten postcodes we will be locking down every postcode," he added.
"I don't want to get to that point."
Andrews said he had asked Prime Minister Scott Morrison to divert international flights bound for Melbourne to other cities in Australia in a further effort to control the spread of the virus.
Genomic sequencing showed that a "significant number" of the new cases were linked to staff breaching infection-control protocols in hotels that are being used to quarantine Australians returning from overseas, Andrews added.
Hundreds of health workers and military personnel have been drafted from around the country to assist with the efforts to curb the virus.
Officials have been door-knocking in the worst-affected communities, urging residents to get tested for Covid-19.
Australia has recorded about 7,800 coronavirus cases and 104 deaths in a population of 25 million.
Several Australian regions are believed to be effectively virus-free, allowing states to continue rolling back restrictions first introduced in late March.
Victoria, which had curbed the virus through early restrictions on travel and gatherings, had been easing rules until the flare-up last week.
That prompted neighbouring South Australia state on Tuesday to postpone plans to open its border to Victorians.
Queensland announced on Tuesday it would reopen its borders from July 10 to all Australians, except those who had visited Victoria within the past 14 days.
New South Wales has warned residents against visiting the virus "hot spots." - AFP
PETALING JAYA: Expatriates in the Employment Pass 1 (EP) category are now allowed to enter the country without applying for approval from the Immigration Department, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
The Senior Minister said those who have the professional visit or resident pass talent passes and hold senior management posts in companies in Malaysia would be allowed to enter the country with immediate effect.
However, the expatriates would still need to undergo swab tests in their home countries before coming to Malaysia or undergo a Covid-19 test once they were here, he said.
"If the test is negative, they need not undergo the 14-days compulsory home quarantine.
"However, this is only for those who come from countries in the green zone.
"If they are from countries in the red zone, then they must undergo the 14-day quarantine process," he said in a press conference on Friday (June 19).
Ismail said some of the green zone countries were Singapore, Brunei, New Zealand and Australia.
However, he said the government was waiting for the Health Ministry to announce the green zone countries.
He also said that those coming in must download the MySejahtera application, adding that technical specialists for specialised work, like repairing machines or ships, that cannot be done by locals were also allowed to come into the country.
Ismail said their entry to the country would be allowed as long as their working period is limited, they did not mingle with others and work in small groups or in closed areas.
He said these specialists would need to apply for a professional visit pass through the expatriate service division online.
They would also need to undergo a swab test in their home country or take one when they arrived here.
Similarly, they also need to download the MySejahtera application.
SINGAPORE - Talks are underway with South Korea and Australia to establish "green lanes" for travel during the Covid-19 environment, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing on Saturday (May 30).
Singapore is also having such discussions with New Zealand and Malaysia, while China on Friday (May 29) became the first coumtry to establish a green lane with the Republic.
Such arrangements allow for the restoration of connectivity and facilitation of short-term essential business and official travel between countries, subject to safeguards against the coronavirus.
Speaking at a virtual press conference on Saturday, Mr Chan said that there were several considerations that go into deciding which countries to enter into such agreements with.
"Reciprocal green lane agreements means there must be mutual assurance of each other's test protocol and standards," he said.
He explained that a situation where there is no such trust and "everybody does their own thing", with each country insisting on testing travelers for the virus as well as giving them a 14 day quarantine, would be essentially unworkable.
This is because aside from having to undergo two tests, travelers would have to be quarantined for almost an entire month in order to travel from one place to another.
So for a green lane arrangement to work, both countries would have to first have confidence in each other's safeguards and be able to coordinate their quarantine orders so that travelers might only need to be tested or quarantined once.
Aside from discussing necessary protocols, there is also a need to look at the health situation in each country to see when these protocols can safely be deployed.
Mr Chan added that Singapore is in simultaneous discussions with as many countries as possible on forming green lanes, and that such discussions are taking place at a bilateral level, not a multilateral one.
"We are happy that we have been able to swiftly work on arrangements with China, and we hope to make progress with the rest of the countries," he said.
Mr Chan was also asked how the United States' decision to end its preferential treatment of Hong Kong would affect Singapore.
He said: "We don't yet have all the details about what the US intends to do... so I won't be able to comment on that. We're closely monitoring the situation and when we have more details from the US side, then we'll be able to make an assessment. We wish Hong Kong well and we hope that they can continue to do well as one of the business hubs in East Asia."
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The Malaysian High Commission in Australia has advised Malaysians in the country not to go home in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The High Commission, in a statement on Friday (April 10), said the government had decided that Malaysians should stay put in Australia.
"However, those with short-term visas and students who have financial difficulties and are not be able to sustain an extended stay in Australia may return home via available commercial flights.
"Malaysians in Australia should keep safe and healthy, (and) update themselves with all regulations in place by the Australian government in the state they are residing, as different states have taken different measures to deal with the pandemic.
"This includes the requirements for quarantine, social distancing and restricted social gatherings, ” said the High Commission in a statement to Bernama.
The High Commission said since the announcement of the movement control order (MCO) in Malaysia on March 18, they have received calls from Malaysians about available flight options to return to home due to flight cancellations and other issues affecting their stay in Australia.
It said it had received enquiries on accommodation-related issues from 32 Malaysians and three students.
The statement said there are Malaysians flying back to Malaysia almost every day despite the few commercial flights from major cities in Australia.
"The numbers vary every day based... However, we understand that there are Malaysians who have decided to extend their stay in Australia until the outbreak subsides.
"We advise all Malaysians in Australia to remain calm and vigilant. They should not hastily decide to return home thinking that it is safer in Malaysia, ” it added.
The High Commission also expressed its sincere gratitude to the Australian government and state authorities for giving full support to ensuring those who want to return home are able to do so with minimal restrictions and difficulties – Bernama
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