Malaysia postpones and cancels major business events

Convention and Exhibition Bureau takes decision based on ‘the evolving COVID-19 pandemic’.

Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) has taken the decision to cancel or postpone imminent business events taking place in its capital Kuala Lumpur.

As the coronavirus pandemic causes event cancellations around the world, Malaysia is the latest country to take precautions against further spread.

A statement said: “MyCEB would like to take precautions on the postponement and cancellation of business events following the COVID-19 pandemic and the overall impact it would have on business events.

“This is in line with the safety guidelines by the Ministry of Health (MOH) Malaysia.”

Postponements include the Corporate Directors Conference Asia-Pacific and the Offshore Technology Conference Asia. The full list of Malaysian postponements and cancellations can be found here, and we have added a selection to our live table of global cancellations.

The move follows a statement by Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) yesterday, after the first case of coronavirus was confirmed there.

“In light of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Penang, PCEB would like to advise all business events delegates who are currently in Penang or traveling to Penang in this coming week to exercise caution," said PCEB.

At the time of the statement, Penang was not implementing blanket postponements or cancellations but Malaysian newspaper The Star has since reported that a corporate event for up to 18,000 employees called ‘V Conference’ has been postponed to later this year.

Restrictions across southeast Asia

In neighbouring Singapore, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has announced that all ticketed cultural, sports and entertainment events with 250 participants or more are to be deferred or cancelled.

For other mass gatherings including private functions and religious services, the MOH has advised precautions such as reducing the scale of the event, keeping crowding to a minimum and improving ventilation.

Earlier this week, The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) released a statement saying that many annual events and festivals scheduled during March and May 2020 had been cancelled, scaled back or postponed.

“This strategic cooperation is in line with the Royal Thai Government’s current nationwide surveillance, prevention and control measures for the Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19),” said the statement.

“As the nation intensifies its measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, TAT as a state-run enterprise is doing its utmost to strictly implement preventive measures and heighten awareness for all tourists in Thailand to protect them from being exposed to the virus.”



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