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Siaran Media – Pakej rangsangan RM35 bilion mensejahterakan rakyat dan memampankan perniagaan serta mencerdaskan ekonomi

Kementerian Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri (MITI) menyambut baik pelaksanaan 40 inisiatif di dalam Pelan Jana Semula Ekonomi (PENJANA) yang diumumkan oleh YAB Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Semenjak Kerajaan membuka semula hampir kesemua sektor ekonomi pada 4 Mei 2020, Malaysia terus mencatatkan kejayaan dalam usaha membendung penularan COVID-19 diimbangi dengan langkah mencerdaskan ekonomi negara. Jumlah kes COVID-19 kini di tahap satu digit, dengan kebarangkalian yang kecil untuk peningkatan mendadak. Dengan hampir semua sektor telah dibuka semula, 83 peratus pekerja sudah kembali bekerja.

Walau bagaimanapun, Kerajaan menyedari akan cabaran yang dihadapi oleh syarikat-syarikat untuk memulakan operasi mereka. Dalam sesi libat urus yang dijalankan oleh MITI, antara cabaran yang dihadapi oleh persatuan perdagangan dan industri, badan-badan profesional, Perusahaan Kecil dan Sederhana (PKS) adalah kekangan aliran tunai, kawalan pergerakan pekerja dan gangguan rantaian bekalan. Kerajaan komited untuk menangani cabaran-cabaran ini bersama sektor swasta dengan memperkenalkan pakej rangsangan PRIHATIN yang bernilai RM260 bilion untuk mempercepatkan pemulihan ekonomi.

Pakej PENJANA yang bernilai RM35 bilion adalah bukti iltizam Kerajaan untuk merencanakan agenda negara ke arah pemulihan ekonomi yang pantas. PENJANA adalah pemudahcara untuk memakmurkan rakyat, merancakkan aktiviti perniagaan serta menjana kemampanan ekonomi.

Pelanjutan tempoh 3 bulan bagi Program Subsidi Upah dengan peruntukan RM5 bilion akan dapat menjamin perlindungan pekerjaan rakyat Malaysia. Sebanyak RM600 akan diperuntukkan bagi setiap seorang pekerja di mana usaha ini akan terus membantu pihak industri dan PKS menangani kekangan aliran tunai. Pengenalan subsidi upah menerusi pakej rangsangan terdahulu telah diterima baik oleh pekerja dan majikan serta telah menyelamatkan lebih daripada 2.2 juta pekerjaan. Kini dengan pembukaan hampir kesemua industri dan lebih 12 juta orang pekerja telah kembali bekerja semula, pelanjutan program ini diyakini akan terus memberi bantuan kepada para pekerja.

Para pekerja di dalam sektor-sektor yang amat terkesan akibat pandemik ini, seperti pelancongan, turut akan menikmati faedah daripada Program Subsidi Upah. Melalui pengenalan insentif antara RM600 ke RM1,000 kepada majikan yang menawarkan peluang pekerjaan kepada penganggur dan pelatih industri, Kerajaan dapat memastikan manfaat-manfaat yang disediakan akan dapat dinikmati oleh setiap lapisan masyarakat.

Dalam usaha untuk menggalakkan lebih ramai pekerja bekerja dari rumah, Kerajaan telah mengumumkan pelepasan cukai untuk pembelian perkakasan ICT. MITI melihat inisiatif Kerajaan dalam perkara ini adalah amat penting dalam usaha Kerajaan untuk melangkah ke arah ekonomi digital. Insentif ini sememangnya akan mendorong sektor swasta untuk kekal produktif dan anjal, meskipun bekerja dari rumah. Ini seterusnya akan meningkatkan penggunaan teknologi dalam proses kerja, dan seterusnya mencapai hasrat Kerajaan untuk membudayakan pendigitalan di dalam komuniti perniagaan amnya, dan ekonomi secara menyeluruh.

PENJANA turut menawarkan pelbagai kelebihan sebagai pemangkin ekonomi utama negara, termasuklah PKS, Syarikat Peringkat Pertengahan (MTCs), Perusahaan Sosial dan Start-Up. Langkah ini menunjukkan tindakan Kerajaan yang pantas dalam memenuhi keperluan entiti-entiti ini. Langkah ini akan menyuntik dinamisma baru dalam sektor PKS yang merupakan pencipta pekerjaan terbanyak dalam ekonomi.

Sektor ini juga perlu melakukan anjakan paradigma melalui penggunaan teknologi dan inovasi termasuk pendigitalan supaya kecekapan dan produktivitinya melonjak.

Bantuan kewangan khas berjumlah RM500 juta yang disalurkan kepada PUNB dan MARA adalah amat bertepatan dalam usaha untuk mengukuhkan penglibatan Bumiputera dan memastikan kemampanan perniagaan dan keusahawanan.

MITI juga mengalu-alukan geran padanan RM10 juta untuk Perusahaan Sosial. Secara definisinya, Perusahaan Sosial adalah perniagaan yang berfokuskan kepada model keuntungan yang mementingkan objektif tanggungjawab sosial, seperti meningkatkan mata pencarian golongan B40 dan terpinggir atau melindungi kesejahteraan alam sekitar. Geran padanan ini adalah langkah yang tepat bagi memupuk budaya perniagaan yang inklusif dan bertanggungjawab untuk kebaikan bersama masyarakat.

Peruntukan RM100 juta bagi Teknologi dan Inovasi Sandbox Nasional akan menjadi pemangkin kepada pertumbuhan pesat start-up di Malaysia. Ini penting dalam memastikan Malaysia kekal sebagai destinasi bagi pembangunan start-up yang secara tidak langsung akan menarik pemain industri teknologi yang berpotensi sebagai game changer.

Skim insentif cukai yang diperkenalkan dalam PENJANA dijangka akan menarik lebih banyak pelaburan dan mencipta peluang pekerjaan baru yang berteknologi tinggi. Pengecualian cukai sepenuhnya selama 10 tahun akan diberikan bagi pelaburan baharu dalam harta tetap antara RM300 juta hingga RM500 juta manakala pelaburan dalam harta tetap melebihi RM500 juta akan menikmati pengecualian cukai sepenuhnya selama 15 tahun. Galakan Khas Elaun Pelaburan Semula akan diberikan bagi tahun taksiran 2020 hingga 2021.

Insentif-insentif cukai ini akan memberikan impak positif yang amat diperlukan bagi pelaburan dan penciptaan pekerjaan. MITI yakin kesemua insentif-insentif ini akan meningkatkan pelaburan domestik dan asing selain menarik syarikat-syarikat multinasional untuk memindahkan operasi mereka ke Malaysia.

Lembaga Pembangunan Pelaburan Malaysia (MIDA), sebuah agensi di bawah MITI, akan menubuhkan satu unit baharu – Project Acceleration and Coordination Unit (PACU) yang akan memudahkan proses kelulusan, selain mempercepatkan pelaksanaan projek-projek pengilangan. Proses kelulusan lesen pengilang bagi industri tidak sensitif juga akan disingkatkan ke 2 hari bekerja sahaja.

MITI yakin dengan adanya pelan pemulihan terbaharu ini bersama dengan kelonggaran kawalan pergerakan akan memberikan anjakan bagi memacu dan menyuburkan semula ekonomi negara sekaligus menjamin pemulihan ekonomi yang menyeluruh.

DATO’ SERI MOHAMED AZMIN ALI
MENTERI KANAN
MENTERI PERDAGANGAN ANTARABANGSA & INDUSTRI
SABTU, 6 JUN 2020

Media Release – RM35 billion stimulus package that prospers people, boosts businesses and energises the economy

The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) welcomes the implementation of the 40 initiatives contained in the National Economic Recovery Plan (PENJANA) announced by Prime Minister YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, yesterday.

Since the Government reopened almost all the economic sectors on 4 May 2020, Malaysia has made steady strides in both the health and economic fronts. The number of COVID-19 cases is at a single digit level, with little likelihood of a sudden increase. With nearly all economic sectors reopened, 83 per cent of workers have returned to work.

Nevertheless, the Government recognises that there remain challenges for businesses to restart their operations during this difficult period. In the engagements undertaken by MITI, challenges that were highlighted by the trade and industry associations, professional bodies as well as Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) include cash flow constraints, movement restrictions and supply chain disruption. The Government demonstrated unwavering commitment in addressing these challenges, by introducing the RM260 billion PRIHATIN stimulus packages to hasten economic rebound.

The RM35-billion stimulus package is further proof of the Government’s determination to navigate the country towards a path of accelerated economic recovery. PENJANA is an enabler to prosper people, boost businesses and energise the economy.

The extension of the 3-month Wage Subsidy Program totalling RM5 billion will secure the protection of employment of Malaysians. Amounting to RM600 per worker, it will also continue to help the industry and the SMEs cope with cash flow constraints. The introduction of the previous subsidies in the earlier packages had been well received

by workers and employers having saved more than 2.2 million jobs. Now that the industry is almost fully opened, more than 12 million workers have returned to work. In view of the earlier success, the extension of this program will continue to provide relief for workers.

Workers in sectors that are hardest hit as a result of the pandemic, such as tourism, are likely to gain from this Wage Subsidy Programme. Similarly, by announcing an incentive that ranges between RM600 to RM 1000 for employers who offer job opportunities to the unemployed and industry trainees, the Government has ensured that the right benefits trickle down to these segments of the society as well.

In a move to encourage more workers to work from home, the Government has announced tax breaks for the purchase of ICT equipment. MITI views this as a crucial intervention by the Government in efforts to advance towards a digital economy. This incentive will support the private sector to remain productive and vibrant even while working from home. This will enhance the use of technology in the work process and help realise the Government’s aspiration towards fostering a digital culture in our economy.

PENJANA also offers numerous advantages for key economic movers in the country, including SMEs, Mid-Tier Companies (MTCs), Social Enterprises and start-ups. It is evident that the Government is keen to respond promptly to the needs of these entities. This move will inject new dynamism in the SMEs sector which constitutes the largest job creator in the economy. This sector should also undergo a paradigm change via the use of technology and innovation including digitalization for greater efficiency and productivity.

The special financial aid totalling RM500 million to be provided through PUNB and MARA is indeed timely in efforts to strengthen Bumiputera engagement and ensure business and entrepreneurship viability.

MITI welcomes the RM10 million matching grant allocated for Social Enterprises (SEs). By definition, SEs are businesses that pursue profit models that also accord an equal emphasis on the fulfilment of social objectives, such as improving the livelihoods of the B40 or marginalised groups, or safeguarding environmental well- being. These matching grants are a step in the right direction to nurture inclusive and responsible businesses that pointedly give back to the society.

The RM100 million allocated for the National Technology and Innovation Sandbox will serve as a catalyst that enables the exponential growth of start-ups in Malaysia. This is pivotal in ensuring that Malaysia remains a preferred destination for emerging start- ups, hence, attracting technology players that could become game changers.

The new tax incentive scheme in PENJANA is expected to attract more investments and bring better high technology employment opportunities. A full 10-year tax exemption will be granted for new investments in fixed assets valued between RM300 million and RM500 million. Investments in fixed assets exceeding RM500 million will enjoy full tax exemption for 15 years. A Special Incentive Allowance for Reinvestment will be provided for the 2020 to 2021 assessment years.

These tax incentives will provide the much needed shot-in-the-arm for investment and job creation. MITI is confident that these incentives will boost both local and foreign direct investment as well as attract multinational companies to re-shore their operations to Malaysia.

The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), an agency under MITI, will also establish a new unit, namely, the Project Acceleration and Coordination Unit (PACU) to facilitate approvals and speed up the implementation of approved manufacturing projects. The manufacturer’s license approval process for non- sensitive industries will be shortened to only 2 business days.

MITI is confident that this latest recovery plan together with the easing of the movement restrictions will provide the necessary impetus to further jumpstart and revitalise the economy and ensure that we remain on the right path to full recovery.

DATO’ SERI MOHAMED AZMIN ALI

SENIOR MINISTER
MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE & INDUSTRY
SATURDAY, 6 JUNE 2020

Media Release – Malaysia urges China, Japan and Korea to forge stronger collaboration with ASEAN in developing COVID-19 vaccine

Senior Minister and Minister of International Trade and Industry Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali today urged the People’s Republic of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea to resort to greater partnership with ASEAN member countries in developing the COVID-19 vaccine.

At the Special ASEAN Plus Three Economic Ministers’ (AEM+3) Virtual Conference Meeting on COVID-19 Response held this afternoon, the Minister also made an earnest call for the grouping to further enhance collaborative efforts in facing and overcoming this crisis, noting that by pulling our resources together, we would have the capacity and capability to find a long and lasting solution. He added that creating synergy and unity is the key to success in the battle and AEM+3 must expand the scope of cooperation with solidarity, vision and leadership.

Azmin also urged ASEAN to consider en bloc measures to procure vaccines in order to increase the chances of vaccine availability for the region. Korea and China, being advanced on their vaccine trials, should also consider allowing ASEAN member states to produce vaccines to drive costs down and ensure mass availability and accelerate ASEAN as a region for biotech innovation.

Earlier in the morning, at the Special ASEAN Economic Ministers’ (AEM) Virtual Conference Meeting on COVID-19 Response the Minister commended the private sector in fighting the pandemic jointly with the governments of ASEAN Member States. He stressed that the support from the private sector is crucial in supporting the initiatives taken by governments in addressing the adverse impact of the pandemic not only to the business community but also to the lives and livelihoods of the people in ASEAN.

“The strategic collaboration between governments and the private sector is indeed a manifestation of the ASEAN theme this year which is to act in a ‘Cohesive and Responsive’ manner in dealing with the challenges,” he added.

With regard to flattening the COVID-19 curve, the Minister noted that before the Movement Control Order, the infectivity rate was 3.55 and has been reduced to 0.3 now. Azmin also stressed that this pandemic is much more than a health crisis, which therefore requires a total and collective government-society response.

The Minister said that like other member states, Malaysia too has had to grapple with the challenge of striking the right balance between protecting lives as well as livelihoods, namely, between making the most strident efforts to contain the spread of the virus and taking vigorous initiatives at ensuring the viability of the economy.

In this regard, apart from successfully managing the COVID-19 situation from the health perspective, Malaysia has also introduced measures to bolster the economy, minimise job losses, protect incomes and secure the economic sustainability of the nation.

Malaysia implemented three Stimulus Packages worth RM280 billion aimed at supporting various parts of the community, encompassing informal sectors, families, the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and businesses.

According to the Minister, the COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed a global socio- economic tsunami with severe repercussions on all economies big and small. As countries all over the world impose movement restriction orders in efforts to fight the outbreak, our economies suffer unintended consequences, creating extreme uncertainty on growth forecast.

At the AEM+3 meeting, Azmin thanked China, Korea and Japan for their assistance and support in the region’s battle against the pandemic and expressed concern with the rapid spread of the virus globally.

“Malaysia adopted a “targeted approach” in testing COVID-19 cases by zooming in on clusters of infections as well as identifying localities with high rates of infections, and tracing as well as testing their close contacts and immediate surroundings,” he said. The Minister commended frontliners for having worked tirelessly to stop the further spread of COVID-19 and reduce new cases of infection. On public-private partnership collaboration, the Minister said that Malaysia is in the process of developing a quantitative antigen test kit to detect the level of antibodies of an individual towards the virus causing the COVID-19 infection.

Azmin added that Malaysia has been offered to work with the World Health Organisation for the ‘Solidarity Trial’ research project in discovering a potential cure for COVID-19 and expressed confidence that with continued and collective capabilities, the region will be able to overcome this pandemic together ultimately.

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MINISTRY OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE & INDUSTRY (MITI)
THURSDAY, 4 JUNE 2020

Media Release – Special ASEAN Economic Ministers’ (AEM) & Special ASEAN Plus Three Economic Ministers’ (AEM+3) virtual conference meeting on COVID-19 response

A Special ASEAN Economic Ministers’ (AEM) meeting on COVID-19 Response as well as a Special ASEAN Plus Three Economic Ministers’ (AEM+3) meeting will be convened tomorrow as a virtual conference hosted by Viet Nam.

The meetings will focus on the collective actions and responses in combating the COVID-19 pandemic and measures taken to mitigate the unintended economic consequences.

Malaysia will share its experience and success in using the targeted approach in flattening the curve and lowering the infectivity rate while striking a balance between protecting lives and livelihoods. Malaysia will exchange views on the challenges faced in implementing the various movement control orders and our measures to reinvigorate the economy and businesses.

The conference will also discuss the efforts taken by member states toward research and development initiatives to find a cure for COVID-19. In this regard, Malaysia, which has been offered to work with the World Health Organisation for the “Solidarity Trial” research project, will share its perspectives in the development of a vaccine as well as treatment protocols.

The AEM+3 is expected to adopt the Joint ASEAN Plus Three Ministerial Statement on Mitigating the Economic Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali
Senior Minister
Minister of International Trade and Industry

3 June 2020

Media Release – Discussions on the resumption of the Kuala Lumpur – Singapore High Speed Rail project (KL-SG HSR)

1. The Government of Malaysia and the Government of Singapore have agreed to resume discussions on the KL-Singapore High Speed Rail infrastructure project in the near future.

2. The discussions will encompass some of the proposed changes in the commercial and technical aspects of the project.

3. This decision was arrived at after both sides mutually agreed to extend the deferment of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail project to 31 December 2020.

4. I have been asked by the Cabinet to lead the Malaysian team in the discussions with the Singapore Government on this project.

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DATO’ SERI MOHAMED AZMIN ALI
SENIOR MINISTER
MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND INDUSTRY

31 MAY 2020

Siaran Media – Perbincangan mengenai projek Kereta Api Laju Kuala Lumpur – Singapore (KL-SG HSR) disambung semula

1. Kerajaan Malaysia dan Kerajaan Singapura telah bersetuju untuk menyambung semula perbincangan mengenai projek infrastruktur kereta api laju KL- Singapura dalam masa terdekat.

2. Perbincangan ini akan merangkumi beberapa cadangan perubahan dalam aspek komersial dan teknikal.

3. Keputusan ini dicapai setelah kedua-dua belah pihak bersetuju untuk melanjutkan tempoh penangguhan keputusan mengenai projek kereta api laju Kuala Lumpur- Singapura sehingga 31 Disember 2020.

4. Saya telah diminta oleh Jemaah Menteri untuk mengetuai pasukan Malaysia dalam perbincangan dengan Kerajaan Singapura mengenai projek ini.

-TAMAT-

DATO’ SERI MOHAMED AZMIN ALI
MENTERI KANAN
MENTERI PERDAGANGAN ANTARABANGSA DAN INDUSTRI

31 MEI 2020

Media Release – Malaysia leads the first ever fully virtual APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting

Malaysia successfully chaired the APEC Virtual Extraordinary Senior Officials’ Meeting (VESOM) on COVID-19 yesterday, 27 May 2020. The VESOM brought together 21 APEC Economies from eight different time zones, into a single virtual platform. The 4-hour meeting began at 7pm Malaysian time and saw the participation of all APEC Economies, the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) as well as selected observers from international and regional organisations.

VESOM focused on operationalising the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade (MRT) Statement on COVID-19, issued earlier this month. Senior Officials also heard from ABAC, as the Council offered its insights regarding the private sector’s role in mitigating the impact of the pandemic and hastening regional economic recovery.

The VESOM deliberated on five proposals, encompassing:

– a possible platform for information exchange on the policy responses by APEC Economies to the COVID-19 crisis;
– two separate proposals on possible ways to facilitate the flow of essential goods during this time of crisis;
– creation of a sub-fund for APEC-wide cooperation to combat COVID-19 and navigate the region towards a path of economic recovery; and
– guidance and directions for the APEC bodies (e.g., the Committees and Working Groups) to continue their future work during this uncertain time.

Out of these proposals, three originated from Malaysia. The first one was on the creation of a platform for guided information exchange, called the APEC COVID-19 Latest and Immediate Virtual Exchange, or more succinctly, the APEC COVID-19 LIVE. This platform aims to capture the policy interventions, measures, programmes and initiatives adopted by APEC Economies to address the COVID-19 crisis.

Secondly, Malaysia proposed for a draft APEC Declaration on Facilitating the Movement of Essential Goods. This draft Declaration proposes for all APEC Economies to offer a self-determined list of goods for unilateral tariff concessions.

The third proposal, in Malaysia’s capacity as the Chair of APEC 2020, offered guidance regarding the way forward for the work being undertaken across the APEC bodies. The Committees, Working Groups and other sub-fora were reminded that their work must continue, either through virtual, or intersessional, means. In resuming and continuing their work, these APEC bodies must appreciate that the region is now in a post-crisis recovery mode, and this element must be infused into, and reflected in, their deliberations.

In addition to the proposals from Malaysia, there were also two more proposals from other APEC Economies. The People’s Republic of China presented a proposal to establish a sub-fund for regional cooperation aimed at combatting COVID-19 and facilitating economic recovery. Singapore and New Zealand jointly proposed an initiative to facilitate the trade of medical goods within APEC.

All five proposals garnered constructive comments from the Economies. Further discussions on these proposals are expected to be undertaken at the relevant APEC bodies.

As we efficaciously conclude yesterday’s VESOM, preparations are already underway for Malaysia to chair another VESOM and a virtual MRT meeting, in late June 2020.

This is the second time Malaysia is serving as the Chair of APEC. Malaysia first hosted APEC in 1998. For more details on APEC 2020 go to www.myapec2020.my.

Ministry of International Trade & Industry (MITI)
28 May 2020

Lawatan kerja Menteri Kanan, Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali ke Kedah

YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Menteri Kanan, Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri akan mengadakan lawatan kerja sehari ke negeri Kedah Darul Aman esok, 28 Mei 2020.

YB Menteri dijadualkan mengadakan kunjungan hormat dengan Menteri Kedah YAB Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor di Wisma Darul Aman pada 2 petang. Pertemuan bagi kedua pemimpin ini adalah yang pertama sejak YAB Muhammad Sanusi dilantik sebagai Menteri Besar Kedah pada 17 Mei 2020.

Dalam kunjungan hormat ini YB Dato’ Seri Azmin dijangka akan berbincang dengan YAB Menteri Besar berhubung kedudukan peluang pelaburan di negeri itu dan bagaimana negeri Kedah mampu terus menjadi tarikan pelabur asing pasca COVID-19 selain menjadi hab pembuatan bagi sektor-sektor terpilih.

Di samping itu YB Dato’ Seri Azmin juga dijangka mengadakan pertemuan dengan ketua-ketua perniagaan setempat serta pemimpin komuniti tempatan.

-TAMAT-

YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali
Menteri Kanan
Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri
27 Mei 2020

Statement on COVID-19 by APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade

Statement on COVID-19 by APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade

We, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministers Responsible for Trade, recognise the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are deeply saddened by the human losses due to the pandemic. We also express our utmost appreciation to the frontline workers around the world, in particular those from member economies, for their contribution and sacrifice in protecting public health. We are aware that the health and economic crises the global community is facing have long-term adverse repercussions on the lives and livelihoods of our people.

We are also concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable developing economies. We reaffirm the utmost importance of collaboration at all levels and across the region to hasten our fight against COVID-19 and commit to work closely to defeat this pandemic with urgency.

We acknowledge that while halting the spread of COVID-19 currently remains the top priority of every economy, remedying the economic challenges must also be accorded a specific focus.

We recognise the importance of keeping our markets open and working together to deliver a free, fair, non-discriminatory, transparent, predictable and stable trade and investment environment, to ensure that trade and investment continue to flow in these trying times.

In this regard, we will work to facilitate the flow of essential goods and services to fight the pandemic including medicines, medical supplies and equipment, agriculture and food products and other supplies across borders, and minimise disruptions to the global supply chains. We will also ensure that trading links remain open and explore ways to facilitate essential movement of people across borders, without undermining the efforts to prevent the spread of the virus. We will work closely to identify and resolve any unnecessary barriers to trade.

We acknowledge that it may be necessary for economies to implement emergency measures designed to address COVID-19 challenges. These measures should be targeted, proportionate, transparent, temporary and should not create unnecessary barriers to trade, and are consistent with WTO rules. We recognise the need to notify any such measures in line with existing WTO rules.

We acknowledge that some members of our society are the most at risk to the pandemic. We encourage economies to act swiftly in providing timely and affordable access to essential healthcare services, and implement measures to further enhance the resilience, scalability and sustainability of our healthcare systems.

We are also aware of the vulnerability of our communities to the current economic slowdown. We encourage economies to take all necessary steps to ensure the most exposed economic sectors and workers are given support, and ensure that inclusive policy instruments are in place to fast-track their recovery. Returning workers to employment should be a high priority for all economies.

We encourage economies to pursue facilitative measures that will expedite our economic rebound. To this end, we have directed our Senior Officials to develop a coordinated approach to collecting and sharing information on policies and measures, including stimulus packages for the immediate responses to the economic crisis and long-term recovery packages, which could help respond to the economic challenges brought on by the pandemic. Where possible, these efforts should take into account recommendations from the APEC Business Advisory Council. This sharing of information seeks to ensure that the strength and learning of one economy may translate into best practices for the region as a whole.

We recognise the importance of coordinating with our partners and counterparts in the international community as well as with the private sector and academia, whose knowledge, nimbleness, experience and resourcefulness are vital to addressing this pandemic in a dynamic, innovative and timely manner.

We acknowledge the importance of strengthening regional connectivity by intensifying our efforts to make global supply chains more resilient and less vulnerable to shocks, to advance sustainable economic growth.

As we fight the pandemic, both individually and collectively, and seek to mitigate its impact on international trade and investment, we are aware that the economic disruption that accompanies it is transformational. It will likely transform much of what we know today about our livelihood and about our way of doing business. Harnessing the opportunities of the digital economy and technologies, through utilisation of smart working solutions that enable seamless international business and cross border trade, is essential to alleviate the wide-range impact of the pandemic and further advance economic growth, as we embrace the future. Therefore, we will strengthen APEC’s digital agenda, including electronic commerce and related services, with fresh perspectives and innovative means to navigate these new realities together.

We will work together towards a healthy, resilient and inclusive Asia-Pacific community. We remain unwavering in our commitment and resolute in our determination to effectively work towards mitigating the health and economic impact caused by COVID-19, fast-track the revitalisation of the region’s economy and foster its secure growth moving forward.

https://www.apec.org/Meeting-Papers/Sectoral-Ministerial-Meetings/Trade/2020_trade

Siaran Media – Semua pihak perlu bersatu untuk membendung COVID-19 dan memulakan semula ekonomi

Bermula hari ini, syarikat-syarikat dari hampir semua sektor ekonomi dibenarkan beroperasi susulan keputusan Jemaah Menteri pada 29 April 2020. Walau bagaimanapun, Kerajaan menyedari bahawa beberapa Kerajaan Negeri tidak mahu bekerjasama untuk melaksanakan keputusan tersebut. Keputusan untuk membuka semula sektor-sektor ekonomi di dalam tempoh Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan Bersyarat (PKPB) dibuat dengan penuh teliti, berhati-hati dan bertanggungjawab serta didokong oleh data dan kajian oleh Kementerian Kewangan, MITI, Bank Negara Malaysia dan Khazanah Nasional Berhad.

Hasil kajian ini telah dibentangkan untuk perbincangan dengan Menteri-Menteri Besar dan Ketua-Ketua Menteri semasa Mesyuarat Majlis Keselamatan Negara pada 28 April 2020. Berdasarkan perbincangan dalam mesyuarat ini, Kerajaan-Kerajaan Negeri menyedari bahawa sekiranya PKP yang sedia ada dilanjutkan sehingga Jun 2020, kesan kumulatif kehilangan pendapatan negara dianggarkan sebanyak RM146 billion atau kekurangan sebanyak 10.3% KDNK. Keadaan ini akan menghapuskan kemajuan ekonomi yang telah dicapai sepanjang empat tahun yang lalu.

Sehubungan dengan itu, Mesyuarat ini telah bersetuju untuk membuka semula sektor-sektor ekonomi dalam tempoh PKPB bermula 4 Mei 2020. Untuk memastikan keberkesanan pelaksanaan keputusan ini, Kerajaan Persekutuan akan menyediakan Prosidur Operasi Standard (SOP) yang komprehensif dan ketat untuk digunapakai oleh semua pihak dan SOP ini akan dibekalkan kepada Kerajaan-Kerajaan Negeri. Untuk tujuan penjelasan, SOP ini telahpun diserahkan kepada semua Kerajaan Negeri pada 2 Mei 2020, iaitu sebelum tarikh penguatkuasaan PKPB.

Dakwaan bahawa Kerajaan memulakan semula (restart) ekonomi dalam keadaan tergesa-gesa adalah tidak benar dan tidak berasas. Kerajaan telah melaksanakan langkah-langkah pembukaan ekonomi secara berperingkat mulai 18 Mac hingga 28 April di dalam Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP) Tahap 1 hingga 3 dengan pematuhan syarat-syarat kesihatan. Tindakan yang teliti dan berhati-hati telah menunjukkan hasil yang baik khususnya dalam aspek penambahbaikan sektor ekonomi yang dibuka dan pada masa yang sama, tidak menjejaskan usaha Kerajaan dalam membendung penularan COVID-19.

Kerajaan telah melaksanakan PKP selaras dengan peruntukan di bawah Akta Pencegahan dan Pengawalan Penyakit Berjangkit 1988 [Akta 342] bagi memastikan penularan wabak COVID-19 dapat dikawal dengan berkesan. Pelaksanaan PKP ini melibatkan seluruh negara termasuk di negeri-negeri di Semenanjung Malaysia, Wilayah Persekutuan, Sarawak dan Sabah. Keputusan ini mengambil kira kepentingan dan keutamaan kesihatan serta kesejahteraan rakyat dan memastikan keperluan menjana semula ekonomi.

Saya ingin menegaskan sekali lagi bahawa keputusan Kerajaan untuk memulakan semula ekonomi adalah berdasarkan tanda aras Pertubuhan Kesihatan Sedunia (WHO) yang menggariskan enam kriteria utama iaitu kawalan keselamatan, kawalan pergerakan, kemampuan sistem kesihatan, kemampuan melindungi golongan berisiko tinggi, mengamalkan kebiasaan baharu (new normal) dan kemampuan melaksanakan langkah pencegahan dalam komuniti. Inisiatif Kerajaan dalam menangani pandemik COVID-19 telah diiktiraf antara yang terbaik di dunia. Sistem penjagaan kesihatan negara mempunyai kemampuan dan keupayaan untuk melaksanakan usaha-usaha melindungi kesihatan rakyat dan membendung penularan wabak COVID-19.

Sehubungan itu, Kerajaan memandang serius terhadap pendirian beberapa buah Kerajaan Negeri yang ingkar untuk melaksanakan keputusan ini. Tindakan Kerajaan-Kerajaan Negeri yang berkenaan adalah tidak bersandarkan kepada punca kuasa yang sah di bawah mana-mana undang-undang dan adalah bercanggah dengan dasar Kerajaan Persekutuan, lebih-lebih lagi memandangkan dasar Kerajaan Persekutuan tersebut telah pun dijadikan undang-undang yang berkuatkuasa di seluruh negara.

Dalam hal ini, peraturan-peraturan yang dibuat di bawah Akta 342 adalah undang-undang khusus bagi tujuan mencegah dan mengawal penularan COVID-19. Oleh itu, ia mengatasi (prevail) peruntukan undang-undang bertulis yang lain berhubung dengan pencegahan dan pengawalan penyakit berjangkit.

Peraturan bagi PKPB yang berkuatkuasa pada hari ini antara lain menyenaraikan aktiviti yang dilarang untuk dilakukan oleh mana-mana pihak sepanjang tempoh PKPB. Perlu dijelaskan di sini bahawa hanya aktiviti yang dilarang sahaja merupakan satu kesalahan manakala selain daripada aktiviti tersebut, adalah dibenarkan beroperasi dalam tempoh PKPB. Sehubungan ini, PKPB adalah berbeza dengan PKP Tahap 1, 2, 3 dan 4 sebelum ini memandangkan di bawah PKPB terdapat kelonggaran diberikan dalam pelaksanaannya bagi maksud membolehkan hampir semua sektor ekonomi mula beroperasi semula dalam keadaan terkawal dan berhati-hati.

Kerajaan telah mengambil langkah dengan mengadakan pelbagai sesi libat urus bersama dengan pemegang taruh sektor-sektor ekonomi khususnya persatuan-persatuan industri, dewan-dewan perniagaan tempatan dan antarabangsa serta pengusaha-pengusaha industri kecil dan sederhana bagi mengenalpasti impak kepada kelangsungan perniagaan, rantaian bekalan dan pekerjaan. Justeru, keputusan Kerajaan bagi membenarkan hampir kesemua sektor ekonomi beroperasi untuk memulihkan dan merangsang semula ekonomi dijangka memberi impak yang positif ke atas pertumbuhan ekonomi dan kedudukan kewangan negara, bukan sahaja di peringkat Persekutuan malahan juga bagi peringkat negeri.

Kerajaan juga mengambil maklum kenyataan media beberapa pertubuhan industri termasuk Persekutuan Pengilang-Pengilang Malaysia (FMM) dan Dewan Perniagaan Melayu Malaysia (DPMM) yang telah menegaskan bahawa Kerajaan Negeri tidak boleh menghalang mana-mana syarikat untuk memulakan operasi bermula 4 Mei 2020. Sekiranya Kerajaan Negeri tidak memberikan kerjasama untuk melaksanakan Akta 342 yang telah dijadikan undang-undang yang berkuatkuasa di seluruh negara, Kerajaan-Kerajaan Negeri berkenaan mungkin terdedah kepada tindakan undang-undang daripada pelbagai pihak, khususnya dari pihak industri.

Perlu ditegaskan bahawa keputusan Kerajaan Persekutuan adalah sah dari segi undang-undang. Akta 342 telah digubal dan dikuatkuasakan mulai 1 April 1989 berikutan persetujuan Negeri-Negeri pada masa itu termasuklah Sabah dan Sarawak untuk mewujudkan satu undang-undang yang seragam bagi tujuan mencegah dan mengawal penyakit berjangkit di Malaysia dan berkuat kuasa di seluruh negara.

Sehubungan dengan ini, Kerajaan Negeri adalah diminta untuk bekerjasama dalam melaksanakan keputusan Kerajaan Persekutuan supaya negara dapat menjana semula keupayaan ekonomi. Kerajaan yakin kita mampu memerangi pandemik COVID-19 ini dengan jayanya sebagai satu pasukan. Kita telah berganding bahu dalam melaksanakan PKP demi membendung penularan wabak COVID-19. Sekarang ini, kita perlu terus bersatu serta memperkukuhkan kerjasama demi kelangsungan ekonomi dan kesejahteraan rakyat.

YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali
Menteri Kanan
Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa & Industri
Isnin, 4 Mei 2020