The Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), as the lead agency for the business events industry, has pleaded to the Malaysian Government to reopen the fully vaccinated business events industry as soon as possible.
Since the pandemic, Malaysia has recorded 57 postponements and 66 cancellations of significant international events.
With the increase in immunisation over the last few months, recorded new cases of Covid-19 in the country have taken a downward trend and many business sectors have now reopened.
Dato’ Sri Abdul Khani Daud (pictured), CEO of MyCEB, said that the government needs to understand that business events “can operate safely and responsibly under strict SOPs and should be categorised as business activity”.
Business events are not social gathering, the CEO pointed out, adding that over the last few months, the business events industry had provided 20 purposed-built convention centres around the country to serve the nation as vaccination centres, including hundreds of business events volunteers.
Dato’ Sri concluded: “We do hope that the Malaysian government takes this distinction into account moving forward. The business events industry must be reopened without further delay, as Malaysia’s business events venues and facilities offer controlled environments which will ensure successful and safe events.”