AMCHAM is supporting member companies by working on a wide variety of Advocacy Topics on a day-to-day basis.
Please find a list of the current Advocacy Topics below:
|Trade||Competition law||AMCHAM has submitted a memorandum to MyCC on the proposed guidelines Chapter 2 prohibitions||AMCHAM is working on a seminar 'competition law 1 year later' in January 2013
|Utility||Power Quality||Malaysia needs to improve quality of power supply to meet industry requirement in deployment of high-end manufacturing activities.||
AMCHAM highlights members' concern on Power Quality to TNB, MITI, and via PEMUDAH to seek serious attention from authorities in addressing this issue.
From this Survey, AMCHAM will be holding a follow-up meeting with TNB & Energy Commission.
|Utility||Electricity Tariff - Energy Efficiency||The Special Industry Tariff (SIT) will soon be phased out and to be replaced with Energy Efficiency criteria in the electricity tariff to help promote efficient usage of electricity amongst industry users.||
AMCHAM is conducting a survey to consolidate feedback and suggestion to the authorities in setting Energy Efficiency criteria for industry users. Please click here to participate.
|HR||National Minimum Wage||Employers seek clarity from the authority on the implementation of Minimum Wage (MW).||
AMCHAM MW Survey is gathering member's feedback on clarifications required from National Wages Consultative Council (NWCC). Please click here to participate.
From this Survey, AMCHAM will communicate with NWCC to highlight areas for clarification on MW guidelines.
1 May 2012 - Minimum Wage Announcement - RM 900 for West Malaysia, RM 800 for East Malaysia. - Guidelines to be released by National Wages Consultative Council, MoHR.
|E&E / MAEI Committee||E&E Industry||AMCHAM's MAEI grouping represents 24 E&E industry players and continues to be a significant contributor to the Malaysian economy. Jobs growth of 14k from 2010. Engineers emplyeed of 12k and compenstation paid of 4.9 billion in 2011 up 45% from 2010.||
MAEI's perspective: Malaysia needs to continue develop its talent pool and ensure the region's most competitive infrastructure to support industry growth in higher value-added activities.
|HR / MAEI Committee||HR Focus Groups||Forming active focus groups amongst MAEI companies to address common HR issues sharing.||
|Tax||TAX Committee||The AMCHAM Tax Committee advises member companies on Direct, Indirect and Corporate Tax Issues.||The AMCHAM Tax committee has started with the member enmgagement for Budget 2014. Please submit your input for budget 2014 before April 17th 2013.
|Trade||Information Technology Agreement (ITA), an agreement within the WTO||ITA members are looking to expand the list of products covered under the ITA. ITA members cover 97% of global IT trade.||
AMCHAM is collecting input from members on proposed product list for ITA expansion; and views on the Joint Concept Paper from US and Japan.
|Security/ ITTIP Committee||PDPA and Computing Bill||PDPA rollout and legal framework. Computing professional bill.||
AMCHAM is compiling feedback from members for the PDP act.
AMCHAM is keeping track of the computing professional bill developments.
|Tax||GST Implementation||Impact on overall commercial cost of doing business and implemenation process will be the focus of this AMCHAM working group.||
|HR||AMCHAM Explore Program||Connecting American Degree Program students with American MNCs and SMEs in Malaysia.||
AMCHAM is talking with several Universities to collaborate in the 'AMCHAM Explore Program.
|National Promotion||National Branding||Malaysia has established The National Branding Division to define a Nation Branding Blueprint for Malaysia.||
AMCHAM is monitoring developments with the National Branding Team.
An online survey will be sent to comment on generated brand themes, as well as to help in crafting and detailing priority initiatives.
|Advertising||Advertising of food and Non alcoholic beverages to children||AMCHAM has joined a technical working group to discuss a new set of guidelines with MOH.||
Discussions are currently ongoing.