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BMCC Newsletter Issue #384 - (18 December 2023)
The British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce Reflects on 2023
Proudly Serving our Members for 60 Years and Many More to Come

Dear Subscriber,
At last, 2023 is nearing its bittersweet conclusion.

As we wrap up the year and recount all that has happened, we at the cannot help but reminisce on all that we have accomplished and all that we are grateful for. 

The year 2023 holds high significance as the BMCC proudly marked its 60th Anniversary, celebrating six decades of UK-Malaysia Business Excellence. Since January 2023, we organised over 35 events including the prestigious 4th Business Excellence Awards and the grand 60th Anniversary Gala Dinner, which attracted 600 guests! These momentous events along with various networking gatherings, roundtable discussions, talks and webinars were meticulously crafted to enrich the experiences of our esteemed members. Other key highlights for the year include the BMCC Energy Forum, BMCC Government Dialogue Series, BMCC , BMCC Climate Action Series and the launch of our ESG Horizons campaign. 

For their support and partnership in making our programmes a huge success, we would like to convey our appreciation to all strategic partners for 2023, especially our Top Tier Partners: bp Malaysia, GSK Malaysia, Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia, HSBC Bank Malaysia and Sunway Medical Centre. We would also like to thank our event partners, the British Council, XCL Education, Shell Malaysia, Bluestar AMG, ABAC, Malaysia Airlines, BMW, and the University of Nottingham. 
Another major feather to our cap this year is the transformation of our Annual Malaysia Climate Action Week into a month-long programme. This move was aimed at broadening the focus to encompass the social and governance aspects of Sustainability, meeting the interest of our members. We were able to make this initiative happen with the support of our ESG Horizons Strategic Partner – bp Malaysia.

2023 also saw a focus on strengthening member Committees and Networks, fostering connections, best practices, and industry advocacy, with new committee additions focusing on Healthcare and Built Environment, and the introduction of our DEI, Sustainability, and Talent Networks.

We had several significant engagements with the Malaysian government stakeholders as well as collaborations with the British High Commission, Kuala Lumpur. These included Roundtables engagements with the Minister of Economy Affairs, Minister of Communications & Digital, Deputy Minister of MITI, Deputy Minister of Education the , the launch of the BHC Clean Growth Handbook, signing an MoU with the GITC, and various ministerial-level engagements. We're grateful to all our government stakeholders for their continued diligence and support to make Malaysia a preferred investment and business destination. 

The BMCC remains committed to its goals to elevate growth and visibility for UK-Malaysia businesses and partnerships in the interest of our members. As we turn the page to 2024, we look forward with anticipation to the exciting initiatives and collaborations that lie ahead. We have already started work on our 2024 plans with our inaugural , showcasing the best of British and Malaysian education and partnerships available within our BMCC network. 

Everything that the BMCC has achieved and would like to achieve is only possible with the support of you- our members. We thank you for your continuous support and look forward to having you as part of this amazing network and Chamber!
From the BMCC Executive Office team, we thank you for letting us be a part of your business journey. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! See you in 2024!

We would also like to announce that the BMCC office in Wisma Golden Eagle Realty will be closing! As of 18 December, we will begin relocating to our new home that we cannot wait to reveal. Until further notice, we will be working from home and will continue to be available for our valued members, stakeholders, and guests too. 

We can't wait to welcome you in our new office!

To contact us, email us at info@bmcc.org.my or reach our office mobile at 011-5788-1784.

Warm wishes,
The BMCC Executive Office
Toast to the New Year with BMCC!
Join us at our New Year’s Drinks!

Let's usher in the new year together with H.E. Ailsa Terry, the British High Commissioner to Malaysia, Mark Arthun, BMCC chairman, and our Board of Directors, and enjoy an evening filled with camaraderie and meaningful connections within our community of members.

Date: 9 January 2024
Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Venue: Royal Selangor Visitor Centre

Secure your spot by registering . We look forward to celebrating the start of a fantastic year with you!
Be A Part of the BMCC Guide to the UK-Malaysia Education Excellence
We are introducing the ! This go-to annual e-publication showcases exceptional British and Malaysian education in the BMCC Network.
It will serve as the ultimate resource for students, parents, expats, and investors exploring Malaysia's dynamic education scene. 

A Comprehensive Overview: Explore British education opportunities in Malaysia and the wider region, featuring institutions and collaborative partnerships offering a range of programmes from pre-kindergarten to graduate-level degrees.

A Spectrum of Options: An overview of a diverse range of choices that caters to various academic aspirations and needs, while also exploring institutions that exemplify educational excellence.

Education Leadership Insights: Gain valuable advice from top educators, their vision, values, and commitment to excellence, offering a personal connection to the educational institutions of your choice.

Hurry, email us at  for the best deal!
Booking deadline: 20 December 2023
Material submission deadline: 31 December 2023
Publication date: January 2024
Discussion on CPTPP Benefits at MITI Tower
The BMCC, Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry (MITI), and the British High Commission of Malaysia joined forces in a historic hybrid session — '' — to unveil the various benefits of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Her Excellency Ailsa Terry, the British High Commissioner to Malaysia; Ms. Mastura Ahmad Mustafa, Deputy Secretary General for Trade; our CEO Jennifer Lopez, and BMCC Board Member and CEO of HSBC Malaysia Dato' Omar Siddiq officiated the event.

The session was moderated by Mr. Patrick Tay, Deals Partner for Economics & Policy from PwC Malaysia, and featured contributions from Ms Sumathi Balakrishnan, Malaysia's CPTPP Chief Negotiator in MITI's Strategic Negotiations Division; Mr. Richard Colley, Director of Trade for BHC Kuala Lumpur, and Tan Sri Yong Poh Kon, Chairman of Royal Selangor.

The discussion shed light on the CPTPP, including Malaysia's ratification in November 2022, and the potential impact that the UK's entry into the trade agreement may deliver. The move allows businesses from the UK and Malaysia to reap the benefits of increased market access, tariff reductions, investment opportunities, regulatory coherence, and economic diversification.

The BMCC is honoured to have been helped to organise this event in a step to strengthen business connections with this revolutionary trade agreement.
Malaysian Prime Minister Announces New Cabinet Line-Up
In a major Cabinet reshuffle, Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim announced 12 key changes and the reorganisation of two ministries. Noteworthy appointments include Datuk Seri Amir Hamzah Azizan, the CEO of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), as Finance Minister II. The reshuffle also marked the return of  as Health Minister, and Gobind Singh Deo as Digital Minister.

Other significant changes include Steven Sim, the former Deputy Finance Minister II, now taking over as the new Human Resources Minister. Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Khadir, formerly the Foreign Minister, now oversees Higher Education.

Deputy Prime Minister II Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof now oversees Energy Transition and Public Utilities, along with Sabah and Sarawak matters, relieving part of Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad's Natural Resources, Environment, and Climate Change portfolio.

Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad takes on the role of Minister of Natural Resources and Sustainability.

Fahmi Fadzil, who continues as the Communications Minister, relinquishes the Digital portfolio, which now falls under the purview of Gobind Singh Deo.
We the new ministers and their deputies on their reassignment and look forward to working with them. 

To read more on the new Cabinet of the Malaysian Federal Government, !
10% Sales Tax on Imported, Low Value Goods to Apply from January 1st
Starting January 1, a 10% sales tax will be applied to online sales of goods below RM500, targeting items purchased online and imported into Malaysia by finance ministry-registered vendors.

Initially introduced through an amendment to the Sales Tax Act last year, the tax was delayed from its original April 1 implementation.
Anticipating an annual collection of RM200 million, the tax aims to create a fairer landscape for both local and international online sellers, fostering local market empowerment.

Proposed by former finance minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz in the 2022 budget, the tax has garnered support from groups like the Small and Medium Enterprises Association of Malaysia (Samenta), which sees it as a means to address the "uneven competition" between traditional and online retailers.

President of Samenta William Ng highlighted the tax's potential to level the playing field by ensuring online sellers meet their tax obligations, similar to brick-and-mortar stores.

To read more on this, click
Platinum, Gold and Silver Categories Introduced to Improved MM2H
Tourism, Arts, and Culture (MOTAC) Minister Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing recently announced the relaxation of the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme and the introduction of three new categories. 

The revision opens the MM2H programme to people aged 30 years and above, with applications to be processed  authorised by MOTAC under the Tourism Industry Act 1992. to read more on the categories. 
BSI Malaysia | 2024 Training Schedule
Start your 2024 training plan with our training courses today! Training courses are HRD Corp Claimable Courses.

Download the 2024 training schedule and course catalogue now
Marlborough College Malaysia | Admissions Events for 2024 Intake
Discover a world-renowned Marlborough College Education!

Event: Singapore Admissions Event 
Date: Tuesday, 16 January 2024
Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Venue: The British Club, Singapore
Register here!
XCL Education | REAL Schools Shah Alam Open Week
Join us at REAL Schools Shah Alam's Open Week!

  • Witness firsthand our commitment to nurturing future leaders.
  • Learn about our unique curriculum designed to empower students for success in the 21st century.
  • Don't miss this opportunity to find out why REAL Schools Shah Alam is the ideal choice for your child's educational journey.
Date: 12 - 29 December 2023
Time: 10.00 am - 3.00 pm

 to secure your spot. Don't let this opportunity pass you by! Contact us at 010-378 9050/ 010-387 9050
IGB International School | IGBIS Scholarships 2024/25
IGBIS Scholarships 2024/25: life-changing opportunities with us! 

IGB International School (IGBIS) extended to provide full academic scholarships and outstanding achievement partial scholarships. 
  • IBDP & IBCP Full Academic Scholarships for Grades 11 & 12
  • Outstanding Achievement Partial Scholarships for Grades 6 - 11

The scholarship application closes on 29 February 2024.
Find out more at our . Be part of an educational journey that shapes futures and nurtures excellence at IGBIS! 

IGB International School having 35 student nationalities, with state-of-the-art facilities and 92% of expatriate IB experienced teachers, is the only complete 4 IB continuum programme in Malaysia.
Prince of Wales Island International School | Join the Student Leadership Conference
Dear BMCC Members,
We invite you to support our member Prince of Wales Island International School as a business mentor at the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA) Student Leadership Conference 2024.
They are looking for 40 mentors, from CEOs, C minus one level, Head of Departments, and Business entrepreneurs) to participate in this amazing initiative.

All they need is your commitment of 1-day: 2 February 202410am -6pm. Lunch and dinner are provided.
 As a business mentor, you will be guiding teams of students to prepare their plans and solutions for a business-like challenge with a modest budget. Your leadership and business acumen can inspire innovative problem solvers, contributing to meaningful social change. No geography knowledge needed.

If you're interested, contact Mr. Darren Lim at 

*More info about the conference can be found on the flyer. Please contact
Tenby International School Setia EcoHill | Admissions Week 18 to 22 December
Come discover more about our Microsoft Showcase School and how our holistic education can fuel your child's growth. Join us at our Admissions Week on:
Date: 18 to 22 December
Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm

  • Receive 1-to-1 counselling personalised to your child's educational pathways and any questions you may have
  • Find out about the application process
  • Personalised campus tour
Registration for our January 2024 term is now open. to RSVP or secure a complimentary trial class with us today!
*Terms & conditions apply
Tenby Schools Penang | Admissions Week 18 to 22 December
Step inside our buzzing campus and discover how we are integrating STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics into the British International and National Curriculum.

Date: Wednesday – Friday, 20-22 December 
Time: 8am - 4pm
Sign up for a personalised tour with our amazing Admissions Team and stay up to date with:
  • Specialist learning spaces and resources designed to support each unique learner.
  • The upcoming STEAM Centre, with 27 additional learning spaces.
  • International Learning Opportunities for Students (ILOS) programme.
  • Exclusive waivers and subsidies*.

Enrollment for January 2024 is now open. and seize the chance to fuel your child's future!
*Terms and Conditions Apply.
The RuMa Hotels and Residences | Have a Happy Holiday with Festive Discounts!
In the spirit of giving, The RuMa Hotel and Residences is pleased to offer a 10% early bird discount to all BMCC members with pre-purchases of the following events from 15 November to 15 December 2023. 

Click for more details!
Festivi-Tea at The LIBRARI
Let Them Eat Cake!
Get into the festive mood and celebrate the magic of the season with their delightful festive-themed afternoon tea at The LIBRARI.
Sip and spill tea as you enjoy a selection of both sweet and savoury treats such as Hokkaido scallop and mango terrine, or a classic Mont Blanc made with Earl Grey chantilly and passionfruit.
Festivi-Tea at The LIBRARI runs from 15 November 2023 till 3 January 2024 and will be served daily from 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm at The LIBRARI.
In the spirit of giving, every purchase of their festive afternoon tea set will come with an exclusive gift set.
MYR118 nett per person
MYR228 nett for 2 people
This season of giving, spread joy and goodwill by sending loved ones something delicious—a simple yet thoughtful gesture that speaks to the heart of all Malaysians. Beautiful to look at and even better to taste, their Christmas cakes are bound to make an impression, making for an elegant and tasty gift.
Sacher Torte
The RuMa's take on this classic Viennese chocolate cake is both light and rich, making it the perfect after-dinner treat for any festive celebration.
Carrot Walnut Cake
This freshly baked treat is filled with a bold crunch of toasted walnuts, notes of cinnamon and is covered in a smooth and decadent cream cheese frosting.
Molasses Fruit Cake
Their penultimate Christmas cake is a dark, moist fruitcake guaranteed to bring cheer!
All cakes are priced at MYR188 each and are available from 15 November till 31 December 2023. Delivery can be arranged, with costs borne by the purchaser.
A pre-order of 3 days in advance is required.
For orders and inquiries, please contact their in-room dining team at +603 2778 0745 or email .
Midday Merriment: A Christmas Luncheon
A Festive Feast at ATAS
Tired of turkey? Turn your Christmas lunch into a special occasion when you sit down to a four-course lunch at ATAS. Embark on a culinary adventure with innovative dishes such as brinjal and Bafun uni, dry aged quail with morel mushrooms or a highland tomato parfait.
Available at ATAS from 23-25 December 2023 from 12.00 pm – 2.30 pm and is priced at MYR220 nett per person.
This Christmas, invoke the warm, fuzzy feelings of good fellowship by breaking bread with friends and family at ATAS. Their six-course Christmas dinner is a non-traditional take on a festive feast, with Christmassy elements such as goose, cranberries, walnuts, and sweetbreads given the ATAS touch. A Festive Feast at ATAS will be available alongside our regular à la carte menu from 14 - 22 December 2023. It will be served exclusively from 23-25 December 2023.
A Festive Feast at ATAS is priced at MYR450 nett per person and is available from 6.00 pm – 10.00 pm.
Learning Curve Group | Navigating the Global Healthcare Revolution
With over 150,000 vacancies in the health and social care sector in the U.K, it's crucial to address the global healthcare challenges that are intensifying this shortage. And a Skills for Health Report tells us that within the next 10 years, we will need to fill almost 500k vacancies to keep up with our aging workforce and population. The demand for qualified personnel worldwide is outpacing the available workforce, making effective training a key factor in addressing this challenge. 

This webinar is designed for individuals seeking to enhance their employability prospects within the U.K. and globally. Organisations within in the healthcare and education sectors will also benefit as we delve into skills solutions to tackle the pressing issue of workforce shortages.

We are delighted to have industry experts sharing their insights, including DR Ram Senasi MRCS FRCR, Consultant Paediatric and Neonatal Radiologist (or simply Ram, as he prefers), Steve Morris LCG's Group Commercial Director and training and employment solutions specialist, and Craig Wade, Senior Health, Science and Social Care Manager from the awarding organisation NCFE; who, together, will bring a wealth of knowledge about the industry.

Click for more information and to register!
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