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A distinction between business events and mass gatherings is essential
To restart sector: Business Events Council Malaysia appeals to Government
The Business Events Council Malaysia (becm) is appealing to the Malaysian Government to make a clear distinction between business events and mass gatherings with a view to establishing a restart date for this crucial economic sector. Currently, under the Conditional Movement Control Order (cmco) conferences and exhibitions are prohibited from taking place.
The Chairman of becm, Mr Alan Pryor, said that it was important that the Government understood that the business events industry can operate safely under comprehensive Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Malaysia’s business events venues and facilities can offer controlled environments combined with high quality operational standards to ensure the health and safety of people, which has always been and will continue to be, a primary concern of the business events industry. As such, the sector should not be subject to the mass gathering restrictions that apply to other large-scale events such as weddings, religious gatherings, sports events and concerts.
Mr Pryor commented, “Event venues are economic engines for their cities and communities, creating significant tax and travel revenues as well as jobs. That is why, in consultation with the industry, we have developed highly comprehensive SOPs, which demonstrate our focus on ensuring the safety of our employees, clients, suppliers and attendees. Collectively industry stakeholders have submitted these SOPs to the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), who have in turn submitted them to Government. We hope that these will demonstrate proactivity from our industry in working with relevant Government authorities to facilitate the reopening of the business events industry sector, which plays a vital role in stimulating Malaysia’s economy.”