Knowledge Highlights 10 April 2020

Pursuant to the Restriction of Movement Control Order that was announced by the Prime Minister of Malaysia on 16 March 2020 (the “Order”) and the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020 that was gazetted on 18 March 2020 (“PCID Regulations”), government agencies have swiftly issued Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQ”) and statements to further clarify the practical effects of the measures imposed by the Order and the PCID Regulations. Additionally, the current pandemic has also triggered the release of governmental initiatives that aim to cushion the impact of COVID-19 and smoothen operations.

The initial period of the Order and PCID Regulations were to be from 18 March 2020 to 31 March 2020. This has been extended by the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Declaration of Local Infected Areas) (Extension of Operation) Order 2020, so that the effective period is now 18 March 2020 to 14 April 2020. (“Restricted Period”). The Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) (No.2) Regulations 2020 (“PCID Regulations No. 2”) were also gazetted on 31 March 2020 and apply specifically during the period of 1 April 2020 to 14 April 2020.

We have set out below a comprehensive list of all FAQs and publications issued by the respective governmental departments / agencies as at 10 April 2020. The list will be updated as further information is released.

No.

Government Agency / Body

Source

Published on

1.       

Asian International Arbitration Centre

Announcement on operations during the Restricted Period, available here and here.

17 March 2020, 26 March 2020

2.       

Bursa Securities Malaysia Berhad

Directive on the implementation of the “at-tick rule”, available here.

17 March 2020

Guidelines on the holding of company AGMs, available here for the Main Market, and available here for the ACE Market.

17 March 2020

Circular on the temporary suspension of short selling frameworks, available here.

24 March 2020

Directive on the extension of time for submission of financial statements, available here for the Main Market and available here for the ACE Market.

24 March 2020

Announcement on additional relief measures for capital market players, available here.

26 March 2020

Directive on the extension of time for submission of quarterly and annual reports and regularisation plans, available here for the Main Market and available here for the ACE Market.

26 March 2020

Circular on the temporary measures in relation to margin financing, available here.

27 March 2020

3.       

Central Bank of Malaysia

FAQ, available here.

22 March 2020

FAQ on Loan/Financing Deferment Measures, available here.

25 March 2020

Additional Measures to further support SMEs and individuals, available here, with FAQ available here.

27 March 2020

FAQ on temporary relief measures for insurance policyholders and takaful participants, available here.

29 March 2020

4.       

Chief Registrar of the Federal Courts of Malaysia

Media Statement on the status of trials and hearings during the Restricted Period, available here and here.

17 March 2020, 26 March 2020

5.       

Companies Commission of Malaysia

Press statement on the extension of time for lodgements, available here.

17 March 2020

FAQs on AGMs and filing of documents during the Restricted Period, available here.

Note: Further FAQs are available on the social media page at http://www.facebook.com/ssmofficialpage/

18 March 2020

6.       

Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia

Media Statement on operations during the Restricted Period, available here and here.

17 March 2020, 26 March 2020

FAQ, available here.

3 April 2020

Media Statement on the opening of the stamp duty counters, available here.

2 April 2020

7.       

Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia

Guidelines on operations during the Restricted Period, available here and here.

17 March 2020, 31 March 2020

8.       

Malaysian Department of Insolvency

Media Statement on moratorium on repayments, available here.

31 March 2020

Suspension of agreement to purchase property, available here.

31 March 2020

Withdrawal from the Employees Provident Fund for bankrupt persons, available here.

31 March 2020

9.       

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation

FAQ, available here.

19 March 2020

10.    

Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries

FAQ, available here.

19 March 2020

FAQ (Part 2), available here.

20 March 2020

FAQ (Part 3), available here.

22 March 2020

11.    

Ministry of Communications and Multimedia

FAQ, available here.

22 March 2020

Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (under the purview of the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia)

Guidelines and preventive measures for postal service providers, available here.

17 March 2020

12.    

Ministry of Defense

FAQ, available here.

21 March 2020

Update to the above FAQ, available here.

4 April 2020

13.    

Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (“MDTCA”)

FAQ, available here.

17 March 2020

Media Statement on the lack of restrictions on the supply chain, food supply and e-commerce businesses, available here.

25 March 2020

Media statement on the validity of the MDTCA’s approval throughout the Restricted Period, available here.

3 April 2020

14.    

Ministry of Education

FAQ, available here.

18 March 2020

FAQ (Part 2), available here,

29 March 2020

15.    

Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources

FAQ, available here.

20 March 2020

Department of Director General of Lands and Mines (under the purview of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources)

FAQ, available here.

6 April 2020

16.    

Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives

FAQ, available here.

6 April 2020

17.    

Ministry of Environment

FAQ, available here.

20 March 2020

18.    

Ministry of Finance

Information on Economic Stimulus Package 2020, available here.

27 February 2020

 

Media Statement on Economic Stimulus Package for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, available here.

19 March 2020

FAQ, available here.

21 March 2020

FAQ on the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional cash handouts, available here.

29 March 2020

19.    

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

FAQ, available here.

22 March 2020

20.    

Ministry of Health

FAQ, available here.

20 March 2020

21.    

Ministry of Higher Education

FAQ, available here.

18 March 2020

FAQ (Part 2), available here.

21 March 2020

22.    

Ministry of Home Affairs

Guidelines on the implementation of the Order at Malaysia’s borders, issued by the Immigration Department of Malaysia, available here.

20 March 2020

FAQ, available here.

21 March 2020

National Registration Department (under the purview of the Ministry of Home Affairs)

FAQ, available here.

21 March 2020

23.    

Ministry of Housing and Local Government

FAQ, available here.

19 March 2020

FAQ (Part 2), available here.

20 March 2020

24.    

Ministry of Human Resources

Media Statement on the issuance of Guidelines for Handling COVID-19 Outbreak Related Issues in the Workplace, available here.

16 March 2020

FAQ (Part 1), available here.

19 March 2020

FAQ (Part 2), available here.

23 March 2020

FAQ (Part 3), available here.

31 March 2020

Social Security Organisation (under the purview of the Ministry of Human Resources)

Media Statement on the introduction of the Employment Retention Programme (“ERP”) available here.

17 March 2020

 

Circular on the Procedure on the Application Process for the ERP, available here.

18 March 2020

Application form for the ERP (Form ERPC-19), available here.

FAQ on the ERP, available here.

FAQ on the Wage Subsidy Program, available here.

7 April 2020

Department of Labour, Peninsular Malaysia (under the purview of the Ministry of Human Resources)

Guidelines on Handling Issues Relating to Contagious Outbreaks including COVID-19 at the workplace, available here.

7 February 2020

25.    

Ministry of International Trade and Industry

Official Statement, outlining the below:

18 March 2020

FAQ, available here.

19 March 2020

Media Release on the extension of the approval to operate to logistics and transport services providers, available here.

21 March 2020

Media Release on continued operations of companies with MITI’s approval letter, available here.

25 March 2020

Media Release on the alternative way to facilitate the endorsement of certificate of origin for companies, available here.

29 March 2020

FAQ (Part 2), available here.

6 April 2020

26.    

Ministry of National Unity

Media Statement available here.

18 March 2020

Media Statement available here.

19 March 2020

FAQ, available here.

20 March 2020

27.    

Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities

Media Statement, available here.

19 March 2020

FAQ, available here.

20 March 2020

Update to the above FAQ, available here.

21 March 2020

28.    

Ministry of Rural Development

FAQ, available here.

20 March 2020

FAQ (Part 2), available here.

1 April 2020

29.    

Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation

FAQ, available here.

19 March 2020

30.    

Ministry of Territories

FAQ, available here.

19 March 2020

31.    

Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture

FAQ, available here.

20 March 2020

FAQ (Part 2), available here.

31 March 2020

32.    

Ministry of Transport

 

FAQ, available here.

18 March 2020

FAQ (Part 2), available here.

26 March 2020

Media Statement on measures to ensure the continued supply of goods during the Restricted Period, available here.

26 March 2020

33.    

Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development

FAQ, available here.

20 March 2020

Media Release on Guidelines for the activities of Non-Governmental Organisations during the Restricted Period, available here.

1 April 2020

34.    

Ministry of Works

FAQ, available here.

18 March 2020 (updated on 24 March 2020)

Update of the FAQ, available here.

1 April 2020

FAQ (Part 2), available here.

20 March 2020

35.    

Ministry of Youth and Sports

FAQ, available here.

20 March 2020

36.    

National Disaster Management Agency

FAQ on the granting of special aid, available here.

25 March 2020

FAQ on the quarantine process, available here.

6 April 2020

37.    

National Security Council

FAQ on the Order, available here.

17 March 2020

Media Statement containing a breakdown of essential and non-essential services, available here.

18 March 2020

Media Statement regarding the sectors that are permitted to operate during the Restricted Period, available here.

18 March 2020

Infographic on Essential and Non-Essential Services, available here.

18 March 2020

FAQ on the PCID Regulations No. 2, available here, and update available here.

3 April 2020

38.    

Public Service Department

Guidelines for the Control of Issues Related to the Spread of COVID-19 in Government Premises, available here.

16 March 2020

FAQ on the Guidelines above, available here.

FAQ, available here.

25 March 2020

39.    

Royal Malaysian Customs Department

Official Statement, available here.

17 March 2020

40.    

Securities Commission Malaysia

Extension of time for REIT managers of listed REITS to hold AGMs, available here.

17 March 2020

Circular to Capital Markets Services Licence Holders, available here.

20 March 2020

Media Statement on suspension of short-selling, available here.

23 March 2020

Media Statement on further relief measures for capital market licensed entities, available here.

24 March 2020

Media Statement on margin financing flexibilities for capital market participants, available here.

26 March 2020

Capital Market FAQ, available here.

30 March 2020

Media Release by the Audit Oversight Board, available here.

7 April 2020

Media Statement to fund managers and unit trust management companies to prioritise investor interests, available here.

9 April 2020

More