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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.

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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.

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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

Media Release – All parties must stand united in combatting COVID-19 and restarting the economy

Effective today companies from almost all sectors of the economy are allowed to operate following the Government’s decision on 29 April 2020. Nevertheless, the Government is aware that several States are not co-operating in implementing the Government’s decision. The decision to reopen the economic sectors under the terms of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) was taken with utmost care, caution and responsibility supported by data and findings by the Ministry of Finance, MITI, Bank Negara Malaysia and Khazanah Nasional Berhad.

The findings were presented for discussion with the Mentris Besar and the Chief Ministers at the meeting of the National Security Council on 28 April 2020. Based on the discussions during the meeting, the State Governments realised that should the MCO continue until June 2020, the cumulative loss of the national income is estimated to reach RM146 billion or a shortfall of 10.3 per cent of the GDP. This would wipe out the economic success that has been achieved for the last four years.

In this regard, the meeting agreed to reopen the economic sectors during the CMCO beginning 4 May 2020. In order to ensure effective implementation of this decision, the Federal Government will provide a set of comprehensive and stringent Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for use by all parties and these SOPs will be provided to the State Governments. For purposes of clarification, the SOPs have already been given to all State Governments on 2 May 2020, that is, before the date of the enforcement of CMCO.

The allegation that the Government restarted the economy hastily is false and baseless. The Government had undertaken incremental measures to open up the economy from March 18 to April 28 through the MCO Stages 1 to 3, mandating compliance with health requirements. These careful and prudent actions have yielded good results particularly in terms of the increase in the opening of the economic sectors without jeopardising the Government’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The Government has implemented the MCO in accordance with the provisions of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 [Act 342] to ensure the effective control of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The implementation of the MCO involves the entire country, including the states in Peninsular Malaysia as well as the Federal Territories, Sarawak and Sabah. This decision takes into account the importance and imperatives of the health and well-being of the rakyat and the need to regenerate the economy.

I wish to reiterate that the Government makes decisions to restart the economy based on the benchmarks of the World Health Organisation (WHO) which outlines six main criteria: safety control, movement control, capacity of the health system, protection of high-risk groups, new normal practices and community-based preventive measures. The Government’s initiative to address the COVID-19 pandemic is recognised as one of the best in the world. Our national health system has the capacity and capabilities to undertake efforts to protect the health of the rakyat and to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In this regard, the Government views seriously the position taken by the various State Governments in refusing to execute the decision. Their actions are not founded on lawful authority and are contrary to the policy of the Federal Government, all the more so in view of the fact that the Federal Government policy has already been made into law and enforceable throughout the country.

The regulations made under Act 342 are specific laws for the purpose of preventing and controlling the spread of COVID-19. As such, it prevails over the provisions of other written laws in respect of the prevention and control of infectious diseases.

The regulations of the CMCO effective today, inter alia, stipulates activities that are prohibited during the CMCO period. It should be noted that only activities that are prohibited will constitute an offence whereas activities other than those prohibited, are allowed during the CMCO period. In this regard, the CMCO differs from the previous MCO Stage 1, 2, 3 and 4 in that under the CMCO there is leeway given for its implementation so as to enable almost all economic sectors to restart in a controlled and prudent setting.

The Government has conducted various engagement sessions with the stakeholders of the economic sectors particularly, industry associations, local and international Chambers of Commerce as well as Small and Medium Enterprises in order to gauge the impact on business sustainability, supply chain and employment.

Therefore, the Government’s decision to allow almost all sectors of the economy to operate in order to revive and revitalize the economy is expected to have a positive impact on the economic growth and financial position of the country, not only at the Federal Government but also for the states.

The Government takes note of the media statements issued by various industry associations including the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers and the Malay Chamber of Commerce of Malaysia in respect of their call that there should be no direct restrictions from State Governments to stop companies to resume their operations from 4 May 2020. Should the State Governments refuse to co-operate in implementing Act 342 which has been gazetted into law enforceable throughout the country, the State Governments may face the possibility of legal action from various parties particularly the industry players.

It should be stressed that the Federal Government’s decision is valid according to law. Act 342 was legislated and made enforceable effective 1 April 1989 following the agreement by all states then, including Sabah and Sarawak to bring about a uniformed law for the purpose of preventing and controlling infectious diseases in Malaysia and enforceable throughout the country.

Hence, the State Governments are urged to co-operate in executing the Federal Government’s decision to regenerate the economy. The Government is confident that we, as a team, will succeed in winning the ‘war’ against the COVID-19 pandemic. We have worked shoulder to shoulder in implementing the MCO in our efforts to contain COVID-19. Now, we need to remain united and strengthen our collaboration towards our economic sustainability, securing our livelihoods and the well-being of the rakyat.

YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali
Senior Minister
Minister of International Trade & Industry
Monday, 4 May 2020

Siaran Media – Memulakan (restarting) ekonomi demi kesejahteraan rakyat dan kemampanan ekonomi

Kementerian Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri (MITI) mengalu-alukan pengumuman YAB Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yang membenarkan hampir kesemua sektor ekonomi beroperasi mulai hari Isnin, 4 Mei 2020. Keputusan Kerajaan akan memberi impak positif kepada ekonomi negara dan kesejahteraan rakyat. Pembukaan sektor-sektor ekonomi akan menyumbang kepada pertumbuhan Keluaran Dalam Negara Kasar (KDNK), pelaburan langsung asing dan tempatan, menjana prospek eksport serta kelangsungan Perusahaan Kecil dan Sederhana (PKS) termasuk kemampanan pekerjaan.

Kerajaan membuat keputusan ini dengan penuh teliti, berhati-hati dan bertanggungjawab. Kerajaan telah memberi pertimbangan yang terperinci berdasarkan kepada data dan kajian yang dibentangkan berkaitan dengan situasi kesihatan serta kedudukan terkini ekonomi dan kewangan negara. Dengan mengambil kira perkembangan kesihatan dan keperluan menjana semula ekonomi, 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 di dalam Prosidur Operasi Standard (SOP). Tindakan yang teliti dan berhati-hati ini telah menunjukkan hasil yang baik khususnya dalam aspek penambahan sektor ekonomi yang dibuka dan pada masa yang sama, tidak menjejaskan usaha Kerajaan dalam membendung penularan COVID-19.

Kerajaan membuat keputusan berdasarkan tanda aras Pertubuhan Kesihatan Sedunia (WHO) yang mengariskan 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.

Pada masa yang sama, sekumpulan pakar perubatan dari Republik Rakyat China yang terlibat dalam penyelidikan dan pengurusan pandemik COVID-19 telah tiba di Malaysia dua minggu lalu. Mereka telah memberikan pendapat pakar dan berpandangan bahawa Malaysia bersedia memulakan aktiviti ekonomi.

Semestinya kejayaan membendung penularan COVID-19 adalah hasil sokongan dan kerjasama rakyat di pelbagai peringkat: pekerja-pekerja, majikan dan persatuan-persatuan bukan kerajaan serta keseluruhan jentera Kerajaan di peringkat Persekutuan dan Negeri.

Mengambilkira keberkesanan memerangi wabak COVID-19, kini tiba masanya untuk memberi fokus menyeluruh dalam memulakan (restarting) dan merangsang semula sektor ekonomi negara bagi menjamin kesejahteraan rakyat dan kemampanan ekonomi.

Sekiranya Kerajaan tidak mengambil langkah ini, sumber pendapatan negara akan menyusut, pertumbuhan ekonomi akan terencat dan pendapatan perniagaan dan individu juga akan terjejas. Malahan, kebanyakan perniagaan terpaksa ditutup. YAB Perdana Menteri telah menegaskan bahawa sekiranya Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP) diteruskan untuk sebulan lagi, KDNK negara akan mencatatkan kerugian sebanyak RM35 bilion dan akan menjadikan jumlah keseluruhan kerugian RM98 bilion. Penyusutan nilai eksport bagi sektor pembuatan sahaja adalah dianggarkan sebanyak RM32 bilion bagi setiap dua minggu PKP beroperasi.

Justeru, keputusan Kerajaan bagi membenarkan hampir kesemua sektor ekonomi beroperasi dijangka akan memberikan impak positif ke atas pertumbuhan ekonomi dan pendapatan negara serta kelangsungan pekerjaan rakyat. Kerajaan juga berharap dengan pembukaan sektor-sektor ekonomi ini, komuniti perniagaan khususnya PKS akan dapat memulihkan semula operasi perniagaan mereka, mengukuhkan aliran tunai, membina semula rantaian bekalan dan menangani risiko kehilangan pasaran eksport (reshoring). Pada masa ini, PKS menyumbang 66 peratus kepada tenaga kerja di Malaysia. Maka, tindakan Kerajaan pasti dapat menjamin kelangsungan pekerjaan dan pendapatan pekerja.

Langkah Kerajaan juga merupakan satu pendekatan yang proaktif dan bersesuaian bagi memastikan ekonomi negara terus kekal mampan dan berdaya saing. Keberkesanan langkah-langkah ini juga memerlukan sokongan padu daripada pelbagai pihak, terutamanya sektor swasta, persatuan-persatuan industri dan dewan-dewan perniagaan.

Dalam melaksanakan strategi pemulihan ekonomi, komuniti perniagaan perlu menyesuaikan diri dengan amalan kebiasaan baharu (new normal). Amalan yang menjadi kebiasaan sebelum ini mungkin tidak lagi terpakai. Syarikat-syarikat yang sebelum ini banyak bergantung kepada tenaga buruh kini perlu mengurangkan kebergantungan mereka dan memberi tumpuan lebih kepada automasi serta penggunaan teknologi yang meluas. Di samping itu, proses pendigitalan juga perlu dipercepatkan bagi mengurangkan “human contact” di dalam premis-premis perniagaan.

Pendigitalan kini bukan lagi satu pilihan tetapi satu keperluan bagi memastikan kelangsungan perniagaan dalam jangka masa panjang. Dalam tempoh beberapa bulan yang lepas, penggunaan komunikasi digital telah membantu memudahcara perhubungan rakyat. Mesyuarat digital dan webinar telah menjadi kebiasaan dan

platform digital juga merupakan elemen yang penting dalam melancarkan proses perniagaan. Secara tidak langsung, ini telah membantu mentransformasikan negara menjadi sebuah ekonomi digital. Selain itu, terdapat juga organisasi yang telah berjaya memanfaatkan potensi Kecerdasan Buatan (AI) dan Internet of Things (IoT).

Syarikat-syarikat yang terpaksa bergantung kepada tenaga buruh yang intensif tidak boleh alpa tentang aspek perlindungan pekerja, termasuk isu-isu berkaitan kesihatan, kebersihan dan keselamatan. Majikan dan pekerja juga digalakkan untuk memuat turun aplikasi MySejahtera dan MyTrace bagi tujuan pengesanan kontak.

Sehubungan itu, sektor-sektor ekonomi yang akan beroperasi mulai 4 Mei ini WAJIB mematuhi syarat-syarat Prosedur Operasi Standard (SOP) yang telah ditetapkan bagi industri masing-masing. Kegagalan mematuhi SOP adalah satu kesalahan dan boleh menyebabkan tindakan undang-undang diambil ke atas syarikat dan firma berkenaan.

Perlu ditegaskan bahawa kerajaan tidak teragak-agak untuk melaksanakan Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan Diperketatkan (PKPD) sekiranya terdapat kenaikan mendadak kes-kes baru di mana-mana kawasan.

Untuk menjamin keberkesanan pematuhan kepada SOP, pengkuatkuasaan yang menyeluruh dan ketat akan dilaksanakan oleh agensi-agensi pengkuatkuasa di peringkat Persekutuan dan Negeri. Walau bagaimanapun, kejayaan usaha ini perlu juga melibatkan “self enforcement” oleh setiap Kementerian dan juga “community enforcement” demi menjamin kesihatan dan keselamatan rakyat.

Dengan adanya pelaksanaan langkah-langkah untuk mengimbangi kesejahteraan dan kesihatan rakyat serta kemampanan ekonomi, Kerajaan berharap semua pihak termasuk pengusaha dan majikan yang dibenarkan untuk beroperasi dapat menyesuaikan diri dengan amalan kebiasaan baharu terutamanya mematuhi penjarakan sosial, kebersihan diri dan tempat kerja serta garis panduan yang ditetapkan dari masa ke semasa.

YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali
Menteri Kanan
Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa & Industri
Sabtu, 2 Mei 2020