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Tourists from China and India will be able to visit Malaysia without a tourist visa next year.

Throughout 2020, they will be able to enter the country for up to 15 days by using the electronic travel registration and information system – either individually or through travel agencies in their respective countries.

Ministry/Agency: Ministry of Home Affairs

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Visa-free 2020 entry for tourists from China and India

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Minimum wage increase for some

Effective 2020, the minimum wage will be increased to RM1,200.

The government has decided to raise the minimum monthly wage in 57 cities and municipal councils while the minimum wage remains at RM1,100 a month for the rest of the country.

The minimum wage is applicable to all workers in the private sector except domestic service as stipulated in the Minimum Wages Order 2018.

Ministry/Agency: Ministry of 

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Digital Tax

From January 1, 2020, a 6 per cent service tax will be implemented for digital service providers in the country.

In April, Parliament approved the Service Tax (Amendment) 2019 Bill which will introduce tax on foreign registered persons providing digital services to consumers in the country.

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Ministry/Agency: Ministry of 

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Mandatory child car safety seats

From January 2020, the government will be making child car safety seats mandatory.

Ministry/Agency: Ministry of 

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Corrupt companies, watch out

Section 17A of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act is a clause introduced last year that specifically makes companies liable for corrupt acts.

The new clause provides that a commercial organisation commits an offence if any person associated with it commits a corrupt act in order to obtain or retain business or an advantage in the conduct of business for the commercial organisation.

Section 17A of the Act will take effect in June 2020 and is said to be targeted at ‘big fish’.

Ministry/Agency: Ministry of 

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An RM50 increase in the Cost of Living Allowances (COLA) per month will start in 2020.

Civil servants will be allowed early redemption of Accumulated Leave (Gantian Cuti Rehat) for up to 75 days as replacement pay, for those who have at least 15 years of service.

The Public Sector Home Financing Board (LPPSA) will be offering free personal accident insurance (up to RM100,000 coverage) for two years to new government housing loan borrowers.

A special payment of RM500 will be given to civil servants Grade 56 and below, while RM250 will be paid before the end of the year (2019). This will be extended to non-pensionable veterans.

Under the Budget 2020 announcement, a one-off payment of RM500 will be given to 70,000 Malaysian Service Medal (Pingat Jasa Malaysia) owners.

Ministry/Agency: Ministry of 

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MySalam protection plan expansion

On January 1, 2020 the national health protection scheme will be expanded to cover 45 critical illnesses and polio. Currently, it only covers 36 critical illnesses. The age range will also be expanded to cover ages 18 to 65 (instead of the current 55).

Malaysians with an annual gross income of up to RM100,000 will receive critical illnesses payments of RM4,000 and income replacements of RM50 a day when diagnosed and admitted to a government hospital.

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Bye-bye plastic straws

Time to whip out those metal, glass, bamboo or whatever sustainable material-made straws as by January 2020, the ban on plastic straws will be enforced on traders and operators of food outlets.

Since last January, the ban had included conditions for business licences. Straws which are not made from conventional plastic will be provided as an alternative.

Exemptions will be given to the handicapped and sick who need straws and plastic items in their daily routine.

Ministry/Agency: Ministry of 

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UUCA to go

While the AUKU (Amendment) Bill 2018 was passed in December 2018, the government has yet to replace the Act which initially prevented university students from participating in political activities on campus.

Ministry/Agency: Ministry of 

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Lower toll rates

Starting 2020, vehicle owners will enjoy a minimum reduction of average toll charges by 18 per cent across all PLUS highways.

As announced in Budget 2020, the discount on toll charges for the North-South Highway will save users up to RM1.13 billion.

In addition to that, the introduction of congestion charges will be lowered by up to 30 per cent of present toll rates during peak and normal hours. During off-peak hours, there will be no toll charges.

For Penang, toll rates for the Second Penang Bridge will be reduced to RM7 starting January 2020.

Ministry/Agency: Ministry of 

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Fuel Targeted Subsidy Programme

The RM2.2 billion fuel Targeted Subsidy Programme (PSP) will start in January 2020.

Qualified cars include 1,600cc engines and below, or above that are more than 10 years old, while motorcycles must be 150cc and below (if over 150cc, they must be at least seven years old).

The petrol subsidy is RM30 per month for car owners and RM12 per month for motorcycle owners.

Motorists who are not BSH recipients will receive a special Kad95 which allows them to enjoy a fuel subsidy at a discount of 30 cents per litre limited to 100 litres per month for cars, and 40 litres per month for motorcycles when purchasing RON95 fuel. The Kad95 will be implemented progressively during the first quarter of 2020.

This subsidy will be distributed in cash transfer, deposited into the recipient’s bank account every four months with the first payment made in April 2020 for the period of January to April 2020.

Starting next year, those who are 40 years old and single, and earning less than RM2,000 will be eligible for BSH worth RM300.

Disabled individuals aged 18 and above with monthly salaries of less than RM2,000 will be entitled to receive BSH of RM300 and automatically qualify as a recipient of the MySalam Takaful scheme.

Ministry/Agency: Ministry of 

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Govt delays implementation of targeted fuel subsidy programme

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Entrepreneur Guidance Programme

This program will equip entrepreneurs with skills and knowledge to sharpen their professionalism in marketing

Ministry/Agency: Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA)

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http://www.fama.gov.my/web/pub/program-bimbingan-usahawan

Entrepreneur Training and Development Program

This program aims to increase knowledge and skills for entrepreneurs to further develop their business. 

Ministry/Agency: Perbadanan Usahawan Nasional Berhad (PUNB)

Web-link: 

http://www.punb.com.my/en/pembangunan-usahawan-latihan

Institut Keusahawanan Negara (INSKEN)

Training Programmes provided under  INSKEN

Ministry/Agency:

Web-link: https://www.insken.gov.my/pendaftaran/

Professional Training and Education for Growing Entrepreneurs (PROTÉGÉ)

Entrepreneurship and business training programs to develop and guide youths in collaboration with industry experts in the effort to create more competitive and ready-to-work job seekers globally and skilled job seekers to meet current industry needs.

Ministry/Agency:Kementerian Pembangunan Usahawan (MED)

Web-link: http://www.protege.my/en

Program Tunas Usahawan Belia Bumiputera (TUBE)

This program aims to encourage youths to venture into businesses. It prepares those who want to start are business to have resilience physically and mentally, apart from being introduced to the real business world and landscape.

Ministry/Agency:SME Corp. Malaysia

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http://www.smecorp.gov.my/index.php/en/programmes/2015-12-21-10-03-39/tunas-usahawan-belia-bumiputera-tube-programme

MARA Entrepreneurship Training Programme

This program.

Ministry/Agency: MARA

Web-link: https://www.mara.gov.my/en/index/entrepreneurship/entrepreneurship-development/program-latihan-berstruktur/

KEMAS Skills Academy

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Ministry/Agency: Jabatan Kemajuan Masyarakat (KEMAS), Kementerian Pembangunan Luar Bandar

Web-link: https://www.kemas.gov.my/en/kemas-skills-academy/

KEMAS Training Institutes

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Ministry/Agency: Jabatan Kemajuan Masyarakat (KEMAS), Kementerian Pembangunan Luar Bandar

Web-link: https://www.kemas.gov.my/en/kemas-training-institute/

KEMAS Training Centres

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Ministry/Agency: Jabatan Kemajuan Masyarakat (KEMAS), Kementerian Pembangunan Luar Bandar

Web-link: https://www.kemas.gov.my/en/kemas-training-centre/

Entrepreneur Guidance Programme

Tourists from China and India will be able to visit Malaysia without a tourist visa next year.

Ministry/Agency: Ministry of 

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Extension of Youth Housing Scheme

For youths who have yet to apply for a housing loan, the deadline has been extended from January 2020 to December 2021.

The Youth Housing Scheme (administered by Bank Simpanan Nasional) offers a 10 per cent loan guarantee through Cagamas to enable borrowers full financing and RM200 monthly instalment assistance for the first two years limited to 10,000 home units only.

14. E-wallet

To promote e-wallet use among Malaysians, the government will credit RM30 into the e-wallet of every Malaysian who is 18 years old and above, and earns below RM100,000 annually.

The money will be credited on January 1, 2020 and will be valid for two months.

15. Use EPF monies to get a professional cert

For those who have been thinking about getting a professional certificate for career progression purposes, they can now use their Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) savings to do so.

The EPF will expand the scope of its education withdrawal for qualifications attained at certificate level in relation to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4.0).

The EPF is also looking to expand this withdrawal to include members’ parents and spouses.

Entrepreneur Guidance Programme

Cheap sales can take place any time from Jan 2

Cheap sales can take place anytime starting Jan 2 next year instead of just four times a year, according to Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail

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Trade Descriptions (Cheap Sale Price) (Amendment) Regulations 2019, which was gazetted on Nov 29, and effective Jan 2 next year, traders can now conduct cheap sales at any time without having to apply for permit to notify the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP).

“Prior to this, traders had to apply for a permit 14 days before conducting cheap sales, but with the amendment they are not required to do as such.

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Tourists from China and India will be able to visit Malaysia without a tourist visa next year.

Ministry/Agency: Ministry of 

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Dego Ride sprints back onto Malaysian streets

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Tourists from China and India will be able to visit Malaysia without a tourist visa next year.

Ministry/Agency: Ministry of 

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Tourists from China and India will be able to visit Malaysia without a tourist visa next year.

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Reforms

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) corporate liability law

Section 17A of the MACC Act 2018 will take effect on June 1.

The provision, which was passed by Parliament last year, would enable the prosecution of business entities involved in corruption, giving more bite to the enforcement agency.

The act previously focused only on the prosecution of individuals involved in corruption.

Under Section 17A of the act, the firms’ directors, controllers, officers, partners, or managers are deemed to have committed the same offence, which carries a maximum penalty of a fine of not less than 10 times the value of the gratification or RM1 million, whichever is higher, and 20 years’ jail unless the firm is able to prove that it had in place procedures designed to prevent corrupt practices.

The provision is modelled after the United Kingdom’s Section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010, which is widely regarded as “the toughest anti-corruption legislation in the world”.

Digital tax on foreign service providers

Aimed at creating a level playing field in the digital sector, the six per cent tax is expected to take effect tomorrow.

Registration for foreign service providers is mandatory when the total value of digital services provided to consumers in Malaysia exceeds RM500,000 per year.

Examples of such digital services include software, applications, video games, music and video streaming services, subscription-based media, database and cloud storage services, advertising and online platform (including online advertising space on intangible media platform and offering a platform to trade in products or services), as well as search engines and social networks.

The Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC)

The second reading of IPCMC Bill in Parliament, which was originally scheduled in December, was postponed pending a review by Parliament’s Special Select Committee.

The select committee addressed grouses by the police, as well as took into consideration feedback from stake-holders.

It said IPCMC and the police’s Integrity and Standard Compliance Department should foster a close working relationship, citing the Independent Office for Police Conduct and the United Kingdom’s Police Force Professional Standards Department.

This, the committee said, was to ensure that functions of both parties could be optimised and improve public confidence in the police.

Law on sexual harassment

In February, Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Hannah Yeoh had announced that the authorities had completed a feasibility study on a sexual harassment bill.

The government, she said, would consult non-governmental organisations and victims of sexual harassment for their feedback before tabling the bill in the Dewan Rakyat.

The bill seeks to improve the mechanism used in lodging reports, shorten investigation procedures and punish those who fail to act on sexual harassment complaints.

It was initially scheduled to be tabled in Parliament in March, but was postponed to give more time for feasibility studies.

Local government elections

A cabinet memorandum on the revival of local government elections, last held in 1963, is scheduled to be discussed in Parliament in June, following the preparation of a proposal paper by the Housing and Local Government Ministry.

At present, elections are only held to pick members of parliament and assemblymen to administer the federal and state governments.

State governments appoint councillors to manage local authorities, while the ministers appoint the mayor and 15 members to sit on the advisory board.

Government Pre-schools
Preschool education by MOE is conducted in various schools/institutions, such as in National Schools, National Special Education Schools, National Chinese Vernacular Schools (SJKC), National Tamil Vernacular Schools (SJKT), Government Assisted Religious Schools (SABK) and a few other types of schools/institutions under MOE. The number of students in one class is limited to 25 students for the premier class, and 7 students for special education/integration classes. There are guidelines that cover all related processes for the reference of parents and guardians to enrol a child into a preschool. Information relating to MOE Preschools includes general information, list of preschools, application for enrolment, review of application results, appeal for application (if necessary), obtaining application information and requesting for education assistance (if eligible).

 

1. Preschools by the Ministry of Education Malaysia (MOE)

MOE’s Preschool education is conducted with the objective to prepare education experience to students aged between four and six years old, who are Malaysian Citizens, and for all students including Special Needs Students, to grow their potential in all aspects of development, to master basic skills and to inculcate a positive attitude as preparation to enter into primary school.

Ministry/Agency: Ministry of Education

Web-link: https://www.moe.gov.my/pendidikan/pendidikan-prasekolah

2. KEMAS Tabika

The early childhood education program organised by KEMAS is known as the Children's Tutoring (Tabika). KEMAS's nursery embraces the 'Learning Through Play' concept, which encourages the nurturing of children through games, information and first-hand experiences. This program provides an opportunity for children age 4 to 6 to gain early education and master the basic skills of reading, writing and counting before enrolling into primary school. In addition, the program also enhances communication and social skills while applying good values among children.

Please visit the  KEMAS Official Website - For more information.

Ministry/Agency: Jabatan Kemajuan Masyarakat (KEMAS), Kementerian Pembangunan Luar Bandar

Web-link: https://www.kemas.gov.my/en/tabika-3/

Children’s Nursery (TASKA): children 2 – 4 years old

https://www.kemas.gov.my/en/taska-3/
Children’s Preschool(TABIKA): Children 4 – 6 Years old

https://www.kemas.gov.my/en/tabika-3/

National PERMATA Curriculum

3. Unity Tabika

The Unity Tabika program was implemented to provide early education for children aged 4 to 6 years, thus enabling them to appreciate unity values and social life and preparation for formal education.

Please visit the  Official Portal - Department of National Unity and Integration - Unity Tabika  for more information.

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4. Federal Territory Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP) Kindergarten

Islamic Kindergartens by MAIWP conduct pre-school education for children aged 5 to 6 years old by applying the National Pre-School Standard Curriculum (KSPK) and the MAIWP value-added curriculum of Quran, Jawi and Arabic studies. This kindergarten provides a learn and play oriented learning environment in the effort to develop the basic skills and potential of children in all aspects development, in preparation for formal education. It is also aimed at producing a glorious generation of intellects for the future, in line with the formation of quality human capital.

Please visit  MAIWP Official Portal Kindergarten  for more information.

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5. Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) Preschool

JAIS preschools are ones under JAIS administration for children aged 5 and 6. These preschools provide for the teaching of the Al-Quran and Fardhu Ain for children, as well as providing basic Arabic, English and practical education.

Please visit the Official Portal of JAIS Islamic Education Portal  for more information.

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Entrepreneurship Training

Entrepreneur Guidance Programme

This program will equip entrepreneurs with skills and knowledge to sharpen their professionalism in marketing

Ministry/Agency: Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA)

Web-link: 

http://www.fama.gov.my/web/pub/program-bimbingan-usahawan

Entrepreneur Training and Development Program

This program aims to increase knowledge and skills for entrepreneurs to further develop their business. 

Ministry/Agency: Perbadanan Usahawan Nasional Berhad (PUNB)

Web-link: 

http://www.punb.com.my/en/pembangunan-usahawan-latihan

Institut Keusahawanan Negara (INSKEN)

Training Programmes provided under  INSKEN

Ministry/Agency:

Web-link: https://www.insken.gov.my/pendaftaran/

Professional Training and Education for Growing Entrepreneurs (PROTÉGÉ)

Entrepreneurship and business training programs to develop and guide youths in collaboration with industry experts in the effort to create more competitive and ready-to-work job seekers globally and skilled job seekers to meet current industry needs.

Ministry/Agency:Kementerian Pembangunan Usahawan (MED)

Web-link: http://www.protege.my/en

Program Tunas Usahawan Belia Bumiputera (TUBE)

This program aims to encourage youths to venture into businesses. It prepares those who want to start are business to have resilience physically and mentally, apart from being introduced to the real business world and landscape.

Ministry/Agency:SME Corp. Malaysia

Web-link: 

http://www.smecorp.gov.my/index.php/en/programmes/2015-12-21-10-03-39/tunas-usahawan-belia-bumiputera-tube-programme

MARA Entrepreneurship Training Programme

This program.

Ministry/Agency: MARA

Web-link: https://www.mara.gov.my/en/index/entrepreneurship/entrepreneurship-development/program-latihan-berstruktur/

KEMAS Skills Academy

This program.

Ministry/Agency: Jabatan Kemajuan Masyarakat (KEMAS), Kementerian Pembangunan Luar Bandar

Web-link: https://www.kemas.gov.my/en/kemas-skills-academy/

KEMAS Training Institutes

This program.

Ministry/Agency: Jabatan Kemajuan Masyarakat (KEMAS), Kementerian Pembangunan Luar Bandar

Web-link: https://www.kemas.gov.my/en/kemas-training-institute/

KEMAS Training Centres

This program.

Ministry/Agency: Jabatan Kemajuan Masyarakat (KEMAS), Kementerian Pembangunan Luar Bandar

Web-link: https://www.kemas.gov.my/en/kemas-training-centre/

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