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Baker McKenzie is proud to launch a series of webinars aimed at helping employers understand current employment trends and issues in the South East Asia region. Some of the topics discussed are Alternatives to the Traditional Employment Model, and complexities of Workforce Optimization.

Bank Negara Malaysia (i.e., the Central Bank of Malaysia) (BNM) had on 1 June 2023 updated its existing Risk Management in Technology Policy Document to provide further guidance on the use of cloud services to be adopted by selected financial institutions. These changes take effect on 1 June 2023 (for licensed digital banks and licensed Islamic digital banks) and 1 June 2024 (for all other financial institutions).

Malaysian Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Anwar Ibrahim re-presented Budget 2023 on 24 February 2023, with the three main focus areas being to drive an inclusive and sustainable economy, inspiring confidence with institutional and governance reforms, and facilitating social justice by reducing inequality. At MYR 388.1 billion (USD 87 billion), it is the largest expansionary budget in the country’s history.

The Energy Commission of Malaysia has recently issued a public consultation paper to collect feedback from the public to be used as a basis of consideration by the Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change to propose regulations for off-border electricity exportation and importation activities.

Baker McKenzie’s Asia Pacific Employers’ Forum took place in Singapore on Thursday, 27 April 2023. You can access a number of related resources relating to employment issues and trends.

On 4 August 2022, the Consumer Credit Oversight Board Task Force issued the first of a two-part consultation paper to the Consumer Credit Act (CCA) to obtain feedback from interested parties and members of the public on the proposed enactment of the CCA.
The Task Force has now issued the second public consultation paper. The public consultation period on the second paper will close on 15 May 2023.
The feedback from the consultation paper will be considered ahead of the anticipated CCA being passed into law by the end of 2023.

The Anti-Sexual Harassment Act 2022 passed by the Dewan Negara on 11 August 2022. On 28 March 2023, several provisions of the Act came into effect, and it is anticipated that the rest of the Act will come into effect in stages. This is a positive development to be lauded, considering that it is the first to many steps in having an anti-sexual harassment legislation in Malaysia, to increase the prevention and awareness of sexual harassment (in addition to the sexual harassment provisions in the Employment Act).

On 24 February 2023, the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, YAB Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim re-tabled the Malaysian Budget 2023 themed “Building Malaysia Madani.” The MADANI Budget is focused on addressing the current economic challenges, inspiring confidence with institutional and governance reforms and facilitating social justice by reducing inequality.