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Message from the Chairman! April, 2020

Dear members,

2020 is proving a very challenging year for us all. Business and livelihoods are threatened, lives upended with kids home from school, families in some cases split across continents. For some it is even more consequential, with health and lives threatened. I hope that in a relative sense, you and yours are well under the circumstances. 

​Online Board ​Meetings

The board of directors have now moved board meetings online and held one meeting in March and another one in April. We do not know when restrictions will be lifted but we know that things will not entirely go back to the old ways afterwards. We are adjusting to this new reality and will starting next week, be offering on-line alternatives to our erstwhile Business Breakfast Briefings or evening cocktail sessions.

Latest events

For MDBC, we managed to hold two events during Q1 before we had to stop the face to face activities. We had the brewery tour at Carlsberg in January and the Fastelavn family gathering in February, Both events well attended with upwards of 50 participants each. 

​Join the zoom webinar: The future Impact of Government change and MCO to Malaysia

The topic next week, a Zoom Webinar on Friday 17 April at 9am titled “The future Impact of Government change and MCO to Malaysia”, will be for members only; free of charge and deal both with the very significant event in Q1 of Malaysia getting a new government, as well as with ramifications of the current MCO caused by the Covid-19 crisis. We hope you will join this event and possibly also share inspiration and requests for other online events you would like us to arrange.

​The Challenge for Malaysia: 

Political ​manoeuvrings and the fight against COVID-19

​Key speaker:  Shazwan Mustafa Kamal,
Senior Associate, Vriens & Partner, Malaysia

  • ​​Brief recap of political takeover by Perikatan Nasional
  • Current challenges within PN and their impact on the fight against COVID-19

    An assessment of the cabinet to date, including politicking questions re. political legitimacy

    Challenges to the economy, perspectives on stimulus packages announced, disruption the supply chain
  • ​Political and economic landscape with extension of MCO:

    What’s next on the political agenda

    Role of the opposition
  • Road to economic recovery

​​No face to face events during first half of 2020

We have determined that regardless how long the MCO eventually plays out, currently running until 28th April, MDBC will not be holding face to face events during the first half of 2020. Therefore, the earliest we now expect is to resume our event calendar with physical meetings in September 2020. We expect that Sep-Dec will see a Novo Nordisk company visit, an inter-chamber 2021 budget event and the EU Sustainability Awards gala.

​​​We are still available for support!

Meantime, if you are seeking support or advice on how to adjust your company to the new reality, other members and the board are available so feel free to drop a mail to the secretariat at any point if you have concerns or would like MDBC to champion a case also towards authorities. We continue, in collaboration with EUMCCI, to give input to MITI on initiatives and stimulus packages that the government may take in order to keep the wheels going and your insights and concerns are much welcomed.

On behalf of the board of directors, I hope that you stay healthy and positive and wish you the very best for your business in these trying times. For some it will prove a new beginning, new opportunities.

Stay safe!

Allan Jensen, Chairman, MDBC

2020 New Year’s message from the Chairman!

Happy 2020 to you and your family! 

2019 was an extraordinary year for MDBC as we started off the year with a new homepage with online ticket sale for events to simplify the registration process and to help our members understand who will participate the upcoming events. It came to good use for the various events we provided in 2019 to enhance our members network and understanding of doing business in Malaysia

Looking back on the year 2019 with MDBC

​Family event, Fastelavn

Among other things, we organised a festive and Danish traditional Fastelavn celebration for our members’ families and their enthusiastic children who were dressed up in fancy and creative costumes.

​​Business Breakfast Briefings

The inspiring Business Breakfast Briefing (BBB) with Board Director Datin Norrizan enlightened us on Malaysian customs and business etiquettes.

Following the BBB, we got a good understanding of how the Malaysian government landed on their feet after Pakatan Harapan came into power. The BBB was facilitated by the very well-connected Mr. Yin Shao Loong.  

​​​Company ​visit

​We invited our members for the annual and very popular company excursion to visit United Plantations at Perak for a half day event where we had a guided tour around the production and the plantation.

​InterChamber event

​​In November we hosted a Nordic InterChamber dinner and cocktail event with Professor Yeah Kim Leng on the 2020 Budget.

​​EUMCCI Events

​Together with EUMCCI there were many offerings for our members, not the least the fabulous gala dinner and Europa Awards for Sustainability, to highlight just one.

​2020 ​outlook

  • ​We will kickstart 2020's calendar of events with Carlsberg’s “Probably the Best Brewery Tour” on January 16th to welcome back all of you and raise a toast to the new year, so we look forward to your participation. This event is free of charge and you are welcome to bring a guest. REGISTER HERE
  • ​We will celebrate Fastelavn once again on 23rd February
  • ​... and will hold a Novo Nordisk event towards the end of Q1
  • We will soon firm up the calendar for the rest of the year and we are also working on a promising project in collaboration with Danish chambers across Asia and Asia House in Denmark to explore the opportunity for establishing an alliance of chambers across the region.

​To all our members, thank you for the wonderful year together and your continuous support.  We look forward to sharing a memorable 2020 with you. On behalf of the MDBC Board of Directors, I wish you a Happy New Year and hope to see you soon!

Allan Jensen, Chairman, MDBC

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