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Occupational Safety and Health (Construction Work) (Design and Management) Regulations 2024

Following the coming into force of the amendments to the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 ("OSHA"), and the Occupational Safety and Health (Plant Requiring Certificate of Fitness) Regulations 2024 and the Occupational Safety and Health (Licensed Person) Order 2024, on 1 June 2024, the Minister of Human Resources has further made two new regulations under the OSHA, one of which is the Occupational Safety and Health (Construction Work) (Design and Management) Regulations 2024 ("OSHA Construction Regulations").


This Update focuses on some significant duties and obligations of the parties involved in a construction project introduced under the OSHA Construction Regulations, including its scope of application, the client’s duties, general duties on safety and health, duties of contractors and designers, minimum welfare facilities, and general requirements for all construction sites.

New Malaysia Digital Tax Incentive for Technology Investments in Malaysia

On 31 May 2024, the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, with the support of the Ministry of Digital and the Ministry of Finance, has introduced a new outcome-based tax incentive scheme ("MD Tax Incentive") for eligible Malaysia Digital Status (formerly known as Multimedia Super Corridor Status) companies.

It is anticipated that the MD Tax Incentive will create a more conducive environment for foreign investments in the digital economy and ecosystem in Malaysia.

This Update aims to provide a quick overview and guidance in navigating the qualifying criteria and understanding the benefits offered under the newly introduced MD Tax Incentive.

Energy Exchange Malaysia and Cross-Border Electricity Sales of Renewable Energy

The Guide for Cross-Border Electricity Sales ("CBES Guide") was first issued by the Energy Commission ("EC") on 31 December 2020 to facilitate the cross-border electricity sales between Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore or Thailand. The CBES Guide was revised on 25 October 2021, imposing prohibition of export of renewable energy ("RE") to Singapore. 

In the National Energy Transition Roadmap issued in July and August 2023, the Government of Malaysia identified the establishment of RE exchange hub to enable cross-border RE trading as one of the key initiatives under the energy transition lever of RE. However, there had been little development on the RE exchange framework since then. 

The much-anticipated development was finally announced by EC via the third edition of the CBES Guide on 15 April 2024, which now contains a separate chapter addressing the mechanism of the cross-border renewable energy sales from Peninsular Malaysia to Singapore or Thailand (CBES RE Scheme).