We, the Presidents and Chairmen representing 59 Chambers of Commerce and Industry Associations, declare our full support on the Federal Government’s decision and the media release dated May 4, 2020 by YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Minister of International Trade & Industry, to allow majority of the economic sector and business activities to resume operations on May 4, 2020 under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO). We share the conviction that it is critical for business operations to be resumed concurrently nationwide and therefore urge all State Governments to collectively execute the Federal Government’s decision and restart the economy together given the close interlinking of supply chains among states.

We, as leaders of the major chambers of commerce and industry associations in Malaysia, are also committed to ensuring strict adherence to the established Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) by employers who are overall responsible for the health and wellbeing of their employees.

At the same time, we also firmly believe that the decision taken by the Federal Government has been made based on sound data and considerations to strike a balance between public and economic health. The decision was made to prevent the economy from further collapse as companies can no longer afford to remain closed while they continue to have financial obligations to meet especially salaries and continue to provide employment for their workers which translates into safeguarding the livelihood of the rakyat.

Commerce and industry are integral to Malaysia’s economic and social well-being, and must be allowed to function in a continuous motion. We need to save millions of jobs and ensure the survival of enterprises now, but we can only do it if all parties stand united and act decisively to ensure business continuity and protect the wellbeing of the rakyat.

Therefore, we jointly sign this Joint Declaration,