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Issue #291 - 21 February 2022

Dear Badtrieshah,
Business Networking Drinks Johor 2022!
On 15th February, the Chamber held it’s first networking event in Johor this year! The Business Networking Drinks served as a close-knit event to connect and establish business relationships with like-minded organisations in the Chamber’s pursuit of advocating growth of bilateral-trade and commerce between the United Kingdom and Malaysia.

The event was held at Sterling Member, Marlborough College Malaysia’s (MCM) amazing venue and successfully gathered over 60 participants from both the industry and government officials alike. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Alan Stevens, Master at MCM & BMCC Board Member alongside his team for being a gracious host to us all.

It was a wonderful night of networking with the Chamber being represented by - Abrar A. Anwar, Chairman, Jennifer Lopez, Chief Executive Officer, and Nicholas Chew, BMCC Regional Network Chair Johor alongside colleagues from the Executive Office.

We would like to thank all participants who attended the networking event, and we look forward engaging with you again in the future. As the Chamber looks to spread our platform and presence, we look to your continuous support and participation.

Stay up to date with the Chamber’s latest news and activities through this newsletter or follow us on our social media platforms.
MOHE – BMCC Joint Working Group | Empowering the Education Digitalisation Agenda and Strengthening Graduates' Marketability
On 17th February, the Chamber, together with the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) held our first MOHE-BMCC Joint Working Group meeting to discuss and explore collaboration opportunities based on two strategic points outlined: Empowering the Education Digitalisation Agenda and Strengthening Graduates' Marketability.

The working group was co-chaired by Dato' Seri Abdul Razak Jaafar, Secretary General of MOHE and Prof. Mushtak Al-Atabi, BMCC Deputy Chairman and Chair of BMCC Higher Education Committee.

The Chamber was also represented by Jennifer Lopez, Chief Executive Officer of BMCC, Prof. Dato' Dr. Ansary Ahmed, Founder President of Asia e University, Loh Wei Yuen, Country Head Malaysia for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW), Nic Chambers, Country Head for Michael Page Recruitment Agency and Prabha Sundram, Head of Education Malaysia of British Council. Other key government officials from MOHE were also in attendance forming the Joint Working Group.
Courtesy Visit | Iskandar Region Development Authority (IRDA)
The Chamber held a courtesy visit to the Iskandar Region Development Authority (IRDA) and were hosted by Dato' Dr. Badrul Hisham Kassim, Chief Executive of IRDA. 

The Chamber was represented by Abrar A. Anwar, Chairman, Jennifer Lopez, Chief Executive Officer and Daniel Lee, Manager Public Affairs & Government Relations. They were joined by Shahzul Jayawirawan, Director of Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) Johor, Sarkawi Zainal Abidin, Manager Pre-Investment of Invest Johor and government officials alike.

It was a fruitful discussion which centered around understanding the strategic investment direction of Johor and the role of the Chamber to support economic development in the state and discussion on the issue of talent development and retention - where the Chamber offered direct access and collaboration opportunities with our members, the British education institutions to support investors' needs in addressing the issue.

IRDA is a Malaysian Federal Government statutory body tasked with the objective of regulating and driving various stakeholders in both public and private sector towards realising the vision of developing Iskandar Malaysia into a strong and sustainable metropolis of international standing.
Webinar | SME Financing: Emerging from Covid-19 Pandemic, and Beyond
The Chamber, in collaboration with Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia are organising a webinar on SME Financing: Emerging from Covid-19 Pandemic, and Beyond.

Learn and strategise your way in addressing the impacts of post-pandemic with insights and key talking points from the industry.

Join the webinar and listen to our panel of experts on topics of:
  • Financial Measures to Strengthen your Financial Position
  • Future-Proofing Businesses by Capitalising on Opportunities and Trends
  • Syarikat Jaminan Pembiayaan Perniagaan Berhad (“SJPP”) Government Guaranteed Facilities for Malaysian owned SMEs
  • The Role of SCBMB in supporting SMEs

Complimentary for all participants!
Date: 24th February 2022, Thursday
Time: 3.00 pm - 4.30 pm
Register Now
Shirley Loh | Region Managing Director of Owen Mumford Sdn Bhd
Owen Mumford is a global industry leader in medical device design and manufacturing which develops pioneering medical products as well as custom device solutions for the world’s leading pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies. These innovations help patients and healthcare professionals deliver effective treatments for conditions such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis and many other therapy areas.

Meet Shirley Loh the Region Managing Director of Owen Mumford Sdn Bhd who from her wealth of experience, has both clinical and commercial know-how.

In this interview, she shares on the organisation's objectives as well as their proudest moments in Malaysia. For herself, the top value of becoming a BMCC Sterling Member is that the Chamber takes an proactive approach on tackling issue for the business community and members alike.
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UK Green Building Virtual Regional Trade Mission to Malaysia, Thailand & Vietnam
The Chamber is pleased to collaborate with the British High Commission Kuala Lumpur to organise a UK Green Building Virtual Regional Trade Mission to Malaysia, Thailand & Vietnam. The mission is supported by the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT)British Chamber of Commerce Vietnam and British Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City and British Embassy Thailand.

We would like to express our gratitude to our esteemed speakers for sharing your insights at the Mission Briefing:
  • His Excellency Charles Hay, MVO, British High Commissioner to Malaysia
  • Jennifer Lopez, Chief Executive Officer, British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (BMCC)
  • Sam Wood, Deputy Consul General and Head of Trade & Investment, British Consulate-General, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Alexander Falter, Vice Chairman, British Chamber of Commerce Vietnam
  • Greg Watkins, Executive Director, British Chamber of Commerce Thailand

The UK Mission Delegates are offering solutions ranging from energy efficiency and management, renewable energy, AI for smart homes and buildings to sustainable design. If you are interested to meet any of the UK mission delegates, please get in touch with Phoebe Nonis, Senior Manager Trade Services at phoebe@bmcc.org.my

EPSOM | Webinar with Patrick Mouratoglou, founder of Mouratoglou Tennis Academy
World-Class Tennis and Academic Excellence, at Epsom in Malaysia!

The Mouratoglou Tennis Programme is a partnership between Epsom International School and Patrick Mouratoglou, bringing the Mouratoglou Academy's flagship Tennis & School programme to Asia for the very first time. Open to students aged 11 and above, the Programme combines a best-in class British boarding school education, yielding outstanding academic results, and a high-performance tennis curriculum that has produced stars such as Serena Williams alike.

You are invited to hear from Patrick Mouratoglou, the most influential coach in tennis and Matthew Brown, Headmaster of Epsom, to find out more.

Date: 24th February 2022, Thursday
Time: 8.00 pm
Register Now
Ernst & Young Advisory Services | Webinar: Winning in Private Equity 3.0 (Part II)
Ernst & Young Advisory Services is continuing its webinar series on "Winning in Private Equity 3.0".

In part one of the webinar, they have discussed on how PE firms are reframing the technology strategy and architecture to uplift operational efficiency, optimise deal origination and monitor portfolios through to exit.

In this part two of the webinar - they will take a closer look at the benefits of conducting an integrated due diligence (IDD), with a focus on technology due diligence (TechDD) and environmental, social and governance (ESG) - important areas that are proving to be levers of growth post-acquisition.

Join the webinar to understand how IDD is playing a pivotal role in a PE investment lifecycle and how technology acts as a catalyst across the investment value chain.

Date: 23rd February 2022, Wednesday
Time: 10.30 am - 12.00 pm
Register now
Sri KDU International School | Info Day
Sri KDU International School’s (Kota Damansara campus) Info Day is back!

  • Exclusive Primary & Secondary school previews conducted by the respective Head Teachers
  • School tours led by the academic team
  • 50% discount on Application Fee available for current and September 2022 intake enrolments

RSVP - 603-61453888 info@srikdu.edu.my (Kindly note that admittance is by RSVP only)
*There will be rigorous measures & SOPs in place to ensure everyone’s safety during the event.

Date: 5th March 2022, Saturday
Time: 9.30 am - 4.00 pm
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Key Risk Consulting Asia | Online Training Seminar: Developing an Effective Interview Capability
Key Risk Consulting Asia is conducting an online training seminar titled "Developing an Effective Interview Capability".

The seminar is designed to provide attendees with a high level of insight and professional understanding to ensure they have the capability to conduct professional standard interviewing to support both ethical and legal internal investigations within the corporate environment.

Sign up now as places are limited!
Exclusive fees for BMCC members are as follows:
  • MYR3,900 for 5 online participants and fully detailed student notes for each subject presented.
  • MYR5,900 for 10 online participants and fully detailed student notes for each subject presented

For registration and enquiries, kindly email to: sharada.krishnan@keyriskconsultingasia.com

Date: 4th March 2022, Friday
Time: 8.50 am - 6.00 pm
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IDP | Study Abroad Exhibition March 2022
As we inch closer to the UK university intakes, kick start your study abroad journey with IDP Education! The IDP Study Abroad Exhibition, which will take place this March, is here to help set in motion your application processes to study aborad. Take this opportunity to meet with the UK university representatives both face to face and virtually.

Date: 18th - 31st March 2022
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Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia | Courtesy Visit to Penang Chief Minister, YAB Chow Kon Yeow
Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia held a courtesy visit to Komtar, Penang and had the opportunity to engage with Chief Minister YAB Chow Kon Yeow.

Abrar A. Anwar, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia as well as Chairman of the BMCC led the delegation and was accompanied by Mak Joon Nien, Head of Client Coverage, Corporate, Commercial & Institution Banking, Sammeer, Head of Consumer, Private & Business Banking and Jensen Tong Director of Financial Institutions.

A healthy discussion revolved around the Bank's presence in Penang since 1875 and sharing of new ideas as well as touching on opportunities for growth and further collaboration.
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Sunway Medical Centre | COVID-19 Vaccination for Children with Celebration
Sunway Medical Centre officially launched its COVID-19 Vaccination for Children with Celebration with the objective of creating a children-friendly vaccine roll out.

On top of the party-feel surroundings, the hospital supplied a special care kit for the first 400 children - which included children's masks, hand sanitiser, a pack of plasters, and a note of encouragement. ELFY, the official mascot, made an appearance alongside Bellabot, the delivery bot assigned to the children's unit. The children were also given specially designed vaccination certificates with ELFY stickers to mark the completion of their first dosage.

With over 400 doses weekly for children vaccination, the hospital hopes to increase their capacity with first-class services.
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MATTA: Reopen borders in stages
- New Straits Times
513,393 children given COVID-19 vaccine as of Sunday
 Living with Covid: UK's Johnson set to scrap restrictions
New Straits Times
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