EUROCHAM Malaysia, a leaked internal communique about a new MCO, and denial: But it leaves some worried and others, anxious…

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EUROCHAM is The EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry…

According to the leaked circular by Eurocham Malaysia chief executive officer Sven Schneider to the chamber’s members, it said the government had informed that the Health Ministry had made a “clear stand on the matter of a complete shutdown of the economy”.

“Should the infection rate not decrease, the government will announce a shutdown/strict lockdown immediately after Feb 4. 

“This is the current situation we are facing and Miti is appealing to all companies, foreign and local, to join the effort of reducing infections, breaking the chain, to keep the economy open for business,” the letter read.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/560284

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FMT Reporters -January 24, 2021 8:01 PM

PETALING JAYA: The business chamber representing European companies in Malaysia has denied talk about an impending strict national lockdown after criticism arose over a leaked letter containing details of a meeting with the international trade and industry ministry (Miti).

The EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Eurocham) said that there was no mention at the meeting about an immediate lockdown to be imposed after the current movement control order ends.

Eurocham chairman Oliver Roche said the business community must take steps to avoid another full MCO, by making efforts to ensure strict compliance with health and hygiene protocols as many Covid-19 clusters were associated with factories, construction sites and other places of work.

Eurocham’s statement this evening comes in the wake of a controversy over a letter to members containing details about the meeting with Miti.

The letter said that the Malaysian government will announce a shutdown/strict lockdown immediately after Feb 4 should the Covid-19 infection rate not be reduced by then.

However, Eurocham said today that the letter was a confidential internal circular sent out “to relay the essence of the informal discussion – and the commendable efforts of the Malaysian government – in tackling the spread of Covid-19”.

The chamber said: “Eurocham wishes to clarify that while Miti underscored the heightened sense of urgency that currently prevails, given the rising number of cases, there was no mention of an immediate lockdown after Feb 4.”

Eurocham said the meeting with Miti on Friday was an informal discussion to raise awareness about the business community’s role in flattening the Covid-19 curve.

There was also discussion about “the economic repercussions that could follow if we do not play a very active role, while expecting the government to exhaust its efforts independently”, Eurocham said.

Earlier today, Eurocham chief executive Sven Schneider came under criticism over the leak about a potential strict lockdown.

A former deputy chairman of the chamber, Geoffrey Williams, said he was “absolutely appalled” that details of the meeting with Miti were made public. He said “it was completely inappropriate for him (Schneider) to breach the confidentiality of a private meeting”.

Williams said the leak would cause speculation and confusion “during a very sensitive period when we need calm”.

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2021/01/24/after-leaked-letter-eurocham-denies-talk-of-new-mco-shutdown/

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Published 24 Jan 2021, 7:58 pm

The EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Eurocham Malaysia) was in damage control mode after a letter it sent to members about a possible shut down of the economy if the number of Covid-19 cases continued to rise by Feb 4.

Eurocham Malaysia, in a statement, said the communique was supposed to be a confidential internal circular that was sent out to members following an informal meeting with the International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti).

It clarified that while Miti underscored the heightened sense of urgency that currently prevails, given the rising number of cases, there was no mention of an immediate lockdown after Feb 4.

“Therefore, we seek for people to remain focused on the bigger picture – in doing their part to ensure that another lockdown is avoided instead,” it said.

Eurocham Malaysia said the confidential communique was intended to relay the essence of the informal meeting with Miti and also the Malaysian government’s commendable efforts in talking Covid-19.

According to the leaked circular by Eurocham Malaysia chief executive officer Sven Schneider to the chamber’s members, it said the government had informed that the Health Ministry had made a “clear stand on the matter of a complete shutdown of the economy”.

“Should the infection rate not decrease, the government will announce a shutdown/strict lockdown immediately after Feb 4. 

“This is the current situation we are facing and Miti is appealing to all companies, foreign and local, to join the effort of reducing infections, breaking the chain, to keep the economy open for business,” the letter read.
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https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/560284

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