ACCCIM Press Releases

17 Mar 2020

ACCCIM President Tan Sri Datuk Ter Leong Yap calls on all Malaysians to comply with the Movement Control Order and Join Hands in Combating C0VID-19 Virus

ACCCIM President Tan Sri Datuk Ter Leong Yap calls on all Malaysians to comply with the Movement Control Order and Join Hands in Combating C0VID-19 Virus

On 16 March, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin declared the enforcement of a movement control order starting from March 18 to 31 to deal with the current Covid-19 virus. Pursuant to the order, among other things, government and private premises would be closed except those providing essential services.

Tan Sri Datuk Ter Leong Yap, President of the National Chambers of Commerce (NCCIM) and Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM) said he appreciates the concerns and worries of  the business community over the movement control order, and hoped that  business owners will remain calm, adding that  the ACCCIM will  forward  the views and problems facing the community to the government via all possible channels. He says, representatives of the ACCCIM had today attended a meeting called by the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of International Trade and Industry and reflected the concerns and proposals of the business community to the authorities.

“At this juncture, I urge business owners to fully comply with the movement control order. Life is precious and in the face of the rising Covid-19 cases, we must put the life and health of Malaysians above all. This order is a difficult decision and I believe it has been made by the government in such a critical moment for the sake of protecting public health and safety and of controlling the spread of the virus.

“It is no doubt that the enforcement of the order will impact the business community and result in a series of problems. We reckon that factories that produce essential products should be allowed to continue their operation. The shutting down of all factories will be very costly as it will seriously affect the supply chains for necessities, and cause substantial on domestic economy and businesses. “

Ter, who is also NCCIM President urge the government to work together with  bank to ease the cashflows of businesses to help the businesses through this difficult time.

He also advised the public to observe the movement control order by minimizing going out, maintaining an adequate social distancing, taking care of personal hygiene and health, remaining calm and patient, as well as supporting the government’s efforts to combat the virus.

NCCIM and  ACCCIM is more than willing to work together with the Ministry of Health and other agencies to mobilize resources required to deal with the virus, such as personal protective equipment (PPE), medical equipment and resources. In this respect, with the support of NCCIM the ACCCIM has formed an internal taskforce to deal with the related matters.

In addition, the 17 Constituent Chambers of the ACCCIM in all over the country will hold teleconferences from time to time to deal with issues faced by their members. The ACCCIM has provided a dedicated email address : [email protected] for members to submit their views  and queries to ACCCIM or its 17 Constituent Chambers. The ACCCIM is committed to do its best to reflect the feedback and views of its members to the relevant authorities. It will at the meantime, post the latest updates in its Facebook( for the benefits of its members. For any queries and further details, please call 03-88882010 to contact the National Operations Management Centre.

“As a Malaysian, I love Malaysia and I believe every businesspeople does too. We must endure the temporary pain during this period to prevent the spread of the virus.”

Ter hoped all Malaysians will remain united as always in this critical moment to overcome the disease.


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