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No national state of emergency to be imposed on Malaysia, but KL's CMCO extended to 9 Nov.
Lockdown Status
Inbound Travel
Outbound Travel
5 Day Rolling Ave
Source: John Hopkins University via COVID19 API (2020-10-26)

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Policy Summary

Lockdown Status

“Recovery Movement Control Order” (RMCO) until 31 Dec. RMCO allows interstate travel, domestic tourism, and the opening of nearly all commercial, religious and recreational activities, as well as schools. From 1 Jul, MICE, amusement and water parks reopened. Mask wearing in crowded places is obligatory. Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in place in Kuala Lumpur from 14-27 Oct, and certain locations in Sabah, Selangor and Putrajaya states, with schools closed, domestic tourism prohibited and limits to movement inter-state.

Travel Restrictions

Passengers not allowed to enter Malaysia (except Malaysian nationals, permanent residents, work pass and MM2H permit holders). 14-day quarantine in designated centres on arrival. Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) with Singapore opened 17 Aug (IATA).

Containment Policies Timeline

How to read this graph
International Travel Restrictions
  • 0 - no restrictions
  • 1 - screening arrivals
  • 2 - quarantine arrivals from some or all regions
  • 3 - ban arrivals from some regions
  • 4 - ban on all regions or total border closure
Internal Movement Restrictions
  • 0 - no restrictions
  • 1 - recommend not to travel between regions/cities
  • 2 - internal movement restrictions in place
Stay At Home Requirements
  • 0 - no measures
  • 1 - recommend not leaving house
  • 2 - require not leaving house with exceptions for daily exercise, grocery shopping, and 'essential' trips
  • 3 - require not leaving house with minimal exceptions (eg allowed to leave once a week, or only one person can leave at a time, etc)
School Closures
  • 0 - no measures
  • 1 - recommend closing
  • 2 - require closing (only some levels or categories, eg just high school, or just public schools)
  • 3 - require closing all levels

Economy Summary

Fiscal support for the tourism industry

PENJANA budget (5 Jun):

  • RM1 billion to finance transformation initiatives by SMEs (details to be announced)

  • RM1.8 billion in tax incentives, including tourism tax breaks from 1 Jul – 30 Jun

  • Moratorium on tax instalment payments from 1 Apr to 31 Dec for tourism companies (including airlines)

  • Personal income tax relief of RM1,000 for tourism expenses

SME budget (7 Apr):

  • Wage subsidy of up to RM1,200 per employee for companies with less than 75 workers

  • Tax deductions for landlords to encourage rental reductions

Prihatin budget (27 Mar):

  • Monthly subsidy of RM600 for 3 months for companies who have had a drop of 50% in business since 1 Jan

GDP Growth Rate

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Inflation Rate

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Source: Asian Development Bank. Asian Development Outlook (April 2020).

Consumer Trends Summary

Google Consumer Survey (May 2020):

  • 13% of Malaysians would plan for their next domestic trip in the next 3 months; 10% in 3-6 months, 13% in 6-9 months, 20% in 9-12 months and 40% in more than a year from now

  • 28% of Malaysians would consider a 25% discount on standard fares a motivator to book a hotel in the next 3 months

  • 30% of Malaysians would consider 25% discount on standard fares a motivator to book a flight in the next 3 months

  • 27% of Malaysians would travel anywhere in the region if they were to travel in the next 3 months, whilst 28% would travel domestically in nearby cities

Consumer Sentiment

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