Malaysia: bureau chief urges government to reopen events

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Dato Sri Khani, CEO of MyCEB Dato Sri Khani, CEO of MyCEB

Meetings industry leaders in Malaysia have called for the immediate reopening of business events in the country as new cases of Covid-19 continue to decline.

Yesterday the country reported 13,754 new cases, down from a peak of 24,599 on August 24, according to the data-gathering website

With various business sectors reopening, the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) has urged the Malaysian Government to reopen business events industry.

Dato’ Sri Abdul Khani Daud, CEO of MyCEB, said it was crucial the government understood that business events ‘can operate safely’ and ‘should be categorised as business activity’.

He emphasised the ‘importance of the business events industry to economic recovery’ and said the sector could operate provide a regulated and secure environment for the restart of business events.

He said business events were ‘not a social gathering’ and safety procedures included contact tracing and strict compliance with government guidelines on hygiene and physical distancing.

"We do hope that the government takes this distinction into account moving forward. Business events industry must be reopened without further delay, as Malaysia’s business events venues and facilities offer controlled environments which will ensure successful and safe events. MyCEB is ready and prepared to take the lead in working with the industry in implementing the gradual reopening of fully vaccinated business events industry with the necessary precautions in place.”

Since the start of the pandemic, Malaysia has postponed 57 and cancelled 66 international events. Despite the challenging times, MyCEB continues to work with the stakeholders in bidding for international events whereby 164 business events have been secured from 2022 to 2030.

Around 20 convention centres around the country have served the nation as mega vaccination sites, with hundreds of business events volunteers helping to dose millions of Malaysians.

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