Legal Updates for April 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination: What Employers Need to Know

Malaysians are currently bracing for a new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and the government is stepping up efforts to encourage Malaysians to be vaccinated in phases. Efforts have been made by the government to secure adequate doses of vaccination with the aim of achieving herd immunity. Most frontliners have already been vaccinated since early 2021 and the government is now gearing towards subsequent phases of the vaccination programme. This is expected to continue over the next few months.

Notwithstanding these efforts, the government has commented that registration by members of the public to volunteer for vaccination is still low (as compared to other developed countries) and there have been suggestions to review the current vaccination programme in order to achieve the government’s aim. The FAQs provided in this Update serve as a brief guide for employers to better understand the current vaccination framework in Malaysia from an employment law perspective.

Dominant Businesses Beware - MyCC Imposes RM10.3 million Fine Against National Single Window Monopoly, Dagang Net, for Abuse of Dominance

The Malaysia Competition Commission ("MyCC") recently issued a decision imposing a fine of RM10.3 million against Dagang Net Technologies Sdn Bhd ("Dagang Net") for abuse of dominance. Dagang Net is the Government's sole service provider of online trade facilitation services for Sistem Maklumat Kastam (SMK) under the National Single Window (NSW) system.

This Update discusses some points of interest arising from this decision.