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Issue #293 - 7 March 2022

Dear Badtrieshah,
Celebrating International Women’s Day with #BreakTheBias
While every day is a great opportunity to celebrate the women in our lives, International Women’s Day gives us one more reason to do exactly that – to recognise the abundance of achievements of women in social, economy, cultural and political. The day also provides an opportunity for us to reflect on the status of women’s issues and gender equality, by surveying how far we have come and how much more collective action is required. 

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #BreakTheBias where it is a stark reminder that we still live in a world yet free from inequality, bias, stereotypes and discrimination. Bias is a disproportionate weight in favour for or against an idea or thing, usually in a way that is closed-minded, prejudicial, or unfair. Easily distinguished into two types – conscious and unconscious bias, the former has been a damaging social issue for some time whilst the latter is probably the most common form of discrimination. Hence, by having conversations or highlighting such a state of bias will lead to realisation, awareness and understanding of the negative repercussions of it – collectively, we can all #BreakTheBias.
And the Chamber would like to play a part supporting #BreakTheBias campaign with our own social media campaign in conjunction with International Women’s Day 2022. We are calling on our members and anyone in our network to collectively participate by sending us an image of yourselves (or alongside others!) posing with your arms crossed to signify a commitment to #BreakTheBias and any relevant quotes that are fitting to the theme. Submissions can be made here.

In addition, save the date for 31 March 2022 (2.30 pm - 4.30 pm) – where the BMCC, in collaboration with British Council Malaysia will be organising an International Women’s Day #BreakTheBias event with a theme of “Empowering Women in STEM”. The event will look to recognise the role of women in science – not only as beneficiaries but as agents of change with a crucial contribution to economic development as well as societal progress. Watch this space for more information on this upcoming exciting event.

Happy International Women’s Day 2022 to the strong, intelligent, wonderful and talented women in our BMCC network!

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Engagement Dinner with EPSOM College Malaysia
The Chamber, represented by Jennifer Lopez, Chief Executive Officer and Daniel Lee, Manager Public Affairs and Government Relations had the privilege of having dinner with our new Sterling Member, Epsom College Malaysia - who was represented by Mark Lankaster, Chief Executive Officer, Matthew Brown, Principal and Buddhini Tan, Bursar.

It paved a way for a fruitful discussion on how the Chamber is able to support its members through a solitude stakeholder engagement especially with relevant authorities and government agencies as well as building linkages between organisations and educational institutions who are seeking for work placements for their students.

The Chamber would like to thank Epsom College Malaysia for a wonderful dinner and we hope to carry forward the points of discussion.
Santander Courtesy Visit to BMCC Office
The Chamber hosted a courtesy visit by representatives from Santander UK plc, Vikkrama Kumaravale, Country Specialist for ASEAN Corporate & Commercial Banking Santander UK and John Simkins, Head of Sector and Country Specialists. The BMCC is proud to have Santander UK plc as a member and looks forward to collaborations to promote international trade between the UK and Malaysia.
National Recovery Council I BMCC’s Presentation on Addressing Talent and Investment Challenges
The Chamber, in our presentation to the National Recovery Council (NRC) entitled "Addressing Talent and Investment Challenges for National Recovery" - highlighted several key recommendations, focusing mainly on creating a talent pipeline with global mindset in Malaysia, involving the private education sector and industry, as well as the importance to attract and retain top global talents as key drivers to bring in quality investments for economic recovery and growth.⁣

We would like to extend our appreciation to the Honourable Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, tthe Chairman of NRC and its members of the NRC for allowing us this great opportunity to present views and feedback from our members in supporting the economic recovery of Malaysia.

BMCC Chairman, Abrar A. Anwar presented for the BMCC, alongside Jennifer Lopez, Chief Executive Officer, and Daniel Lee, Manager Public Affairs & Government Relations.
Webinar | Crisis in Ukraine: Potential Impact to Malaysia
The BMCC is pleased to support AMCHAM’s webinar on "Crisis in Ukraine: Potential Impact to Malaysia." Members who are interested are invited to join this informative session as speakers from the U.S Embassy and the EU Delegation to Malaysia will share their views on the crisis in Ukraine and look to understand how the sanctions that are being imposed will affect Malaysian-based businesses.

Tickets are complimentary for all. Our appreciation to AMCHAM for extending invitation to BMCC members.

Date: Tuesday, 8th March 2022
Time: 2.00 pm - 3.00 pm (GMT+8)
Platform: MS Teams
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BMW | Member-to-Member (M2M) - BMW Group Corporate Programme

Be part of the BMW Group Corporate Programme to enjoy rebates, tailored financing solutions and more for that dream BMW you've always had your eyes on. Register your interest for the BMW Group Corporate Programme and claim your privileges.

For more information, kindly contact:
Denise Oh (Business Manager, BMW Group Malaysia)

Mobile: +6012 542 3292
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Updated SOPs for COVID-19 Positive Individuals and Close Contacts According to Vaccination Status
The Ministry of Health provided an updated SOP for COVID-19 Positive Individuals and Close Contacts according to vaccination status specifically on self-testing procedures and requirements for close contacts based on symptoms experienced by the close contact individuals.

Refer to the infographic for detailed information.
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Updated SOPs for Travellers from Abroad under the VTL, LITB and OSC for Short-Term Business Travellers
The Ministry of Health announced new procedures for overseas travellers entering via Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL), Langkawi International Travel Bubble (LITB) and One-Stop Centre (OSC) for Short-Term Business Travellers, reducing testing requirements accordingly.

  • The full statement from the Ministry of Health can be viewed here.
  • The unofficial translation of the full media statement can be viewed here.
Webinar | Business opportunities in the Life Sciences Sector in Malaysia
The Chamber in collaboration with Santander and support from the Department for International Trade (DIT) UK - are pleased to organise a webinar entitled "Opportunities in the Life Sciences sector in Malaysia".

If you’re a UK business involved in the Life Sciences/Healthcare industry, with a strong interest in breaking into or exploring export opportunities in Malaysia, then this webinar is for you!

The session will aim to cover a range of topics, including:
  • An overview of the Life Sciences sector and regulations in Malaysia.
  • Emerging trends and opportunities.
  • The main players in the Life Sciences sector in Malaysia.
  • Intellectual Property protection and regulatory processes.
  • The role of regulators in the market.

Date: Wednesday, 16 March 2022
Time: 9:00 am - 10:15 am (UK)
Platform: Zoom
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BMCC Trade Success Story – Duco Digital and 3Quantum sign an agreement to upskill professionals in AI and ML
Duco Digital has recently announced it has reached an agreement with our member, 3Quantum to upskill professionals seeking career opportunities in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML).

Gerald Fernandez, Chief Executive Officer of 3Quantum said: “We are pleased to collaborate and be the exclusive partner to represent Duco Digital in SEA. We have seen tremendous growth in the area of technology with the success of unicorns, start-ups and existing companies moving into the tech space in SEA.

Congratulations to Duco Digital and 3Quantum on this partnership. The BMCC is proud of its contribution and involvement in the materialisation of this partnership. We look forward to creating such synergies through our trade work and missions in promoting the UK-Malaysia bi-lateral trade.
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Alice Smith School | 75th Anniversary Diamond Gala Ball
As the first British international school in Malaysia and the only 'not for profit' British international school in Kuala Lumpur, the Alice Smith School is proud to be celebrating 75 years of innovation and success.

Join the school’s 75th Anniversary Diamond Gala Ball and celebrate with a good cause! Supported by BMW Group Malaysia, the night will be a wonderful celebration with captivating performances, as well as the ever popular raffle and auction.

To purchase your tickets for the Gala Ball, click here https://bit.ly/75DGB. Tickets are limited - so don’t miss out!

If you are interested in joining as one of the Anniversary Partners, or are interested in sponsorship or making a donation to the auction or raffle, please contact the Director of Development, Susan Wan at 75dgb@alice-smith.edu.my

Funds raised will support the Endowment Fund and work of the Alice Smith School Foundation.
Malaysia Airlines | MHbiz Pro

Manage your company travel bookings easily and get rewarded.

MHBiz Pro by Malaysia Airlines is designed for companies that prefer to self- manage their business travels. An easy-to-use booking tool, this programme allows you to track your own travel bookings, earn Corporate Enrich Points for your business, enjoy upfront savings and various benefits
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Ernst & Young Consulting | Webinar: APAC EY Blockchain Virtual Meet-up 2022
Ernst & Young are delighted to invite you to join their webinar to discuss the latest innovations and technology developments transforming the industry. The webinar will feature guest speakers from the ADDX, AgriDigital, Blockchain Services Network, Coinbase, Coinhako, Curtin University, Monetary Authority of Singapore, Powerledger, Sygnum and WeBank.

Date: Tuesday, 15 March 2022
Time: 11:00 am
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Marlborough College Malaysia | Admission Open Morning
Marlborough College Malaysia would like to invite you to their Admissions Open Morning.

Discover the benefits of a Marlborough College Malaysia education:

  • In the top 100 schools globally - Spear's Schools Index 2021
  • "Asia's only authentic British Boarding School" Singapore Tatler
  • Top 2% of IB Schools Worldwide
  • Award-winning boarding care
  • Purpose built 90 acre site that includes an organic farm, golf driving range and water sports lake.
  • Lifelong membership to the global Old Marlburian network.

Date: Saturday, 26 March 2022
Time: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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British Council | Scholarship for Women in STEM
Are you a woman with a degree in a STEM subject and passionate about your study? If you are, you could receive a scholarship to study a master's degree, or an early academic fellowship - in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics programme at a leading UK university!

For the second year running, the British Council has launched a scholarship programme in partnership with 26 UK universities with the aim of benefiting women from the Americas, South Asia, South East Asia, Egypt, Turkey and Ukraine. They are looking for women with a background in STEM, who can demonstrate need for financial support and who wish to inspire future generations of women to pursue careers in STEM.
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Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre | Ramadan & Syawal Buffet Packages

Buka Puasa with Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s “Colours of Ramadan” corporate buffet package or host an ideal Open House with their “Hari Raya Aidil Fitri” corporate menu!

With splendid offerings featuring a myriad of authentic Malaysian favourites!

For Reservations, call +603 2333 2877.
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Tay & Partners | Regulatory Changes for ACE Market IPO
Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad has assumed the functions of prospectus review and registration in respect of ACE Market initial public offering (“IPO”) and listing from the Securities Commission Malaysia (“SC”) since 1st January 2022.

The following laws and guidelines have been amended to facilitate the migration of the said functions from the SC to Bursa Securities. The amendments come into force on 1st January 2022.

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The International School @ ParkCity | International Schools Quality Mark: Gold Level!
The International School @ ParkCity was awarded the International Schools Quality Mark: Gold Level - again!

In October 2021, they went through the ISQM re-accreditation inspection - where the visit was conducted remotely by inspectors from the Educational Development Trust, a UK-based organisation and it was a rigorous inspection of every aspect of the school.

They are pleased to share the official ISQM report and even more pleased to confirm that their status as a Gold Level school - continues!
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Mint Communications | The Private International School Fair (PISF)

The Private & International School Fair in Johor is back! The fair will take place at Renaissance Johor.

Admission is free and for fully vaccinated visitors only.

Date: Saturday, 19 March 2022
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Malaysia to become regional leader in digital economy by 2030
- New Straits Times 
HSBC Malaysia opens new head office in TRX
 Malaysia, Singapore land route to open simultaneously with country & border
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