Malaysian Employers Federation seeks to be part of reopening stakeholders

The Malaysian government aims to fully reopen the economy by October earliest, based around recommendations by the National Recovery Council.
By: | August 4, 2021

The Malaysian Employers Federation hopes to participate in the National Recovery Council (MPN), which is being tasked to manage Malaysia’s recovery and gradual reopening. 

The MEF, being the largest private sector employer representative in the country, is looking forward to being engaged by the MPN as stakeholders in charting Malaysia’s way forward towards a full recovery, said President Datuk Dr Syed Hussain Syed Husman in a statement.

The setting up of the dedicated National Recovery Plan (NRP) public portal would be useful to inform employers and the wider public on the status of the NRP and the latest standard operating procedures with regards to COVID-19 restrictions, he added. 

The MPN had already agreed to invite representatives from the opposition parties, the Sabah and Sarawak state governments and various industry experts to join the council, according to NRP Coordinating Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz. 

He added that MPN would provide information in a transparent and straightforward manner via the portal, which was launched last Monday. 

The Malaysian government has since assured employers that they would not return to a lockdown in the future, with its people and the economy in mind. 

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Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin told the lower house of parliament last week that the government expects that most states would move into phase four of the NRP — referring to the full reopening of the economy — by October earliest.