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Issue #287 - 24 Jan 2022

Dear Badtrieshah,
New Year's Drinks Penang 2022
On 19th January, the BMCC made it’s inaugural stamp in the Northern Region of Malaysia with a networking event at Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Penang. Once an important trading hub with British colonial buildings, Penang has developed rapidly over the years to become one of Malaysia’s vital economic state with a high-income economy with focus on manufacturing, construction and services.
The close-knit event was organised to connect and establish healthy business relationships with like-minded organisations as well as to discover how the BMCC is able to strengthen British-Malaysia ties within the state. With this in mind, the BMCC looks to establish a relevant presence to facilitate bilateral-trade and investment in such sectors by addressing members’ value proposition and business matchmaking.
The BMCC successfully invited and gathered over 60 participants from various corporations and agencies and they were given the opportunity to rub shoulders and exchange insights with our distinguished Board members, representatives of British High Commissioner and Penang government state officials. It was a wonderful night of networking with in attendance H.E Charles Hay (High Commissioner of UK to Malaysia), Abrar A. Anwar (BMCC Chairman), Jennifer Lopez (BMCC CEO), Mark Arthun (BMCC Northern Region Chair), Debbie Clark (Country Director of Trade, British High Commission) and plenty more.

We would like to thank all participants involved in this landmark milestone of ours and we look towards your presence at the next ones!
Following up from this event, the BMCC is proud to announce that we will be looking to spread our platform and presence into other regions in Malaysia in the future - thus, we hope for your continuous support, participation and presence!

Stay updated on our latest news and activities through this newsletter or follow us on our social media platforms: LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

For membership inquiries, email to membership@bmcc.org.my 
BMCC | A Visit to Smith + Nephew's Manufacturing Office in Penang
On 19th January, the BMCC visited the manufacturing office of Sterling Member, Smith + Nephew in Batu Kawan, Penang. A leading global portfolio in medical technology with expertise in Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine and Advance Wound Management - and today, Smith + Nephew is one of the biggest foreign manufacturing investment in Penang.

Mark Arthun, Managing Director & Site Leader - who is also a BMCC Board member was present to welcome and bring the team on a tour. BMCC was represented by Jennifer Lopez, CEO, Roufizah Razali, Membership & Strategic Partnerships and Daniel Lee, Public Affairs & Government Relations.
BMCC Executives attended EIC APAC Annual Breakfast Networking 2022
On 20th January, the BMCC was invited by Energy Industries Council (EIC) to attend their annual networking event at Pullman Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. The event gathered around 200 participants ranging from mid-level managers to high-ranking officials of multinational corporations, service providers, local suppliers, government agencies and technological partners of the Energy and Oil & Gas sector.

It was an invaluable opportunity for the BMCC to meet and connect with like-minded organisations whilst providing the introduction to it’s Energy Committee as a relevant voice and platform in the sector. The BMCC was represented by Phoebe Nonis, Trade Services and Mizan Mazlan, Marketing & Communications .
UK-ASEAN Business Council | UK-ASEAN Business Forum A Future Redefined
The UK-ASEAN Business Council and the Department for International Trade are delighted to present the UK-ASEAN Business Forum 2022. The Forum aims to bring together key figures from the UK and Southeast Asia to discuss the deepening UK-ASEAN relationship and to explore areas of focus for the year ahead.

The pandemic has accelerated digital adoption and forced a rethink of business models and supply chain shifts. As the future of work and consumption shifts, the digital economy along with cyber security and data management and governance are key opportunities for UK expertise.

Climate change continues to be a priority for Southeast Asia as the region seeks green growth to ensure a sustainable future. Innovative solutions using green finance to meet Southeast Asia's energy transition and economic growth need to be found to ensure a resilient future.

The forum will take place online. Join in the discussion and gain insightful information - register now!
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British Chamber Myanmar | Mainstreaming Sustainability & Resilience in Infrastructure Planning
Myanmar has a unique opportunity to get its infrastructure systems right from the very beginning – ensuring it brings the much needed economic opportunities as well as benefits to people while protecting the environment.

Presentation will revolve around:
  • Myanmar's infrastructure needs
  • Development process/Upstream planning
  • Infrastructure, environmental and social impact
  • Financial and reputational risks

Member & Foreign Chamber Member - Complimentary
Non Member - USD 10

Date: Tuesday 25th Jan, 2022
Time: 15.00 - 16.30 (Myanmar Time)
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Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to Come Into Force for Malaysia on 18 March
The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) recently highlighted once again the importance of RCEP which will come into force for Malaysia on 18 March 2022. RCEP is currently the largest Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in the world, covering 15 countries with 2.2 billion of the world’s population, representing 29.4% of the world’s GDP.

The RCEP coming into force will facilitate export and import of goods among RCEP countries, with gains in exports for Malaysia to increase significantly. Below are 2 infographics to highlight the implementation of RCEP.
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UK Government Relaxes facemask-wearing SOPs in England
Starting 27 January, you will not be required to wear a face covering, including in communal areas of schools, but the government suggests you continue to wear one in crowded and indoor spaces where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

You’ll no longer need to show your NHS COVID Pass at venues and events by law.
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Updated Quarantine Period for COVID-19 Positive Cases
The Ministry of Health updated the quarantine period required for COVID-19 positive cases depending on their vaccination status, including booster dose.

The new quarantine period for COVID-19 positive cases according to their vaccination status will be effective 24 January as in the infographic below. The ministry also continues to requests for those eligible for the booster dose to accept the appointments which will be provided via MySejahtera.
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Charterhouse International Secondary School | Open Day
Charterhouse Malaysia recognises that artificial intelligence is changing the workplace and that to prepare our students for success in this “new reality” we need to move away from a traditional education programme that focuses exclusively on academic intelligence and the accumulation of knowledge, to one which embraces the full depth of human intelligence.

Come and join the upcoming open day on 12th February 2022. Meet their Leadership Team and discuss how the programme get the best out of your child(ren).

For more information:
admissions@charterhouse-htms.edu.my / +03 2702 5270
Register Now
Ernst & Young Global Limited | Investment in ASEAN – Malaysia Tax Incentive
In this webcast, EY will discuss the latest Malaysian incentive updates, their impact on businesses and how business owners can seize opportunities for growth. Guest speakers are from Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), Rosedalina Ramdan and Yusni Yusop who both have extensive experience in the field to share insights into specific Malaysian incentives and enable you to maximise on investment opportunities for your company.

Event is complimentary, sign up now!

Date: 27 January 2022, Thursday
Time: 3.00 pm - 4.00 pm
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Epsom | Partnership with Mouratoglou Tennis Academy
Epsom International School proudly launches the Mouratoglou Tennis Programme at Epsom Malaysia in collaboration with Patrick Mouratoglou, the most influential coach in tennis known as Serena Willam’s full-time coach.

The first of its kind in Asia, the Programme combines high-performance tennis, as taught at the Mouratoglou Academy for the past 25 years, and a world-class British education exclusively at Epsom in Malaysia. Commencing this September 2022, this long-term partnership is the first international expansion of the flagship Tennis and School programme at the Mouratoglou Academy.
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Marlborough College Malaysia | Winner of Strategic Leadership Award 2022
Marlborough College Malaysia Winner of The International School Awards - Strategic Leadership Award 2022. Marlborough College Malaysia is proud to receive the Strategic Leadership Award at the ceremony hosted by ISC Research. The Strategic Leadership Award is one of 12 International Schools’ Awards presented annually by ISC Research, highlighting exceptional practice across a range of activities in schools globally. Marlborough was shortlisted alongside three other leading schools in Germany, India and the UAE. In 2021 Marlborough College Malaysia was listed as one of the world’s 100 best private schools in the independent Spears Index.

The Master of MCM, Alan Stevens, commented:

“I am very proud of and delighted for the outstanding team at Marlborough College Malaysia who deserve this recognition for their hard work in making important progress on behalf of pupils and staff during a time of exceptional challenges to normal operation.”
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Arup Jururunding Sdn Bhd | Southeast Asia’s tallest skyscraper, Merdeka 118
Kuala Lumpur’s famous mega skyscraper Merdeka 118, now topped by a needle-thin spire, has reached its full height of 678.9 metres (2,227 feet) officially becoming the tallest building in Southeast Asia and the second highest in the world. Achieving this height milestone and spire configuration has been a creative collaboration by the Arup team with the wider project team, pushing the boundaries of engineering and design.

They have recently developed a news story and video for Malaysians and the wider audience to know more about the innovative solutions they adopted to ensure the tower’s safety.
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Jersey Finance | Jersey Well Positioned for SPACS Growth
Whilst Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) are not necessarily new concepts, over the past year or so, there has been something of an explosion in their use as companies seeking capital from public markets, together with investors, have seen the benefits of this alternative to the traditional IPO route.

There are a number of reasons for this growth, including the fact that SPACs tend to be more flexible, cost-efficient and quicker than the usual IPO model.

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Daily new Covid-19 cases drop to 3,856
-The Edge Malaysia
MM2H drew 111 new applications in two months despite stricter conditions
- Malay Mail
UK designates Omicron sub-lineage a variant under investigation
- Free Malaysia Today (FMT)
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