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June 16, 2021 - Malaysia
Shearn Delamore & Co. Legal Updates June 2021 (1)
BNM issues Corporate Strategic Plan policy document for DFIs
On 27 May 2021, Bank Negara Malaysia (“BNM”) issued the Corporate Strategic Plan (“CSP”) policy document, applicable to all development financial institutions (“DFIs”) prescribed under the Development Financial Institutions Act 2002.
The CSP consolidates the Guidelines on the Statement of Corporate Intent and Annual Funding Requirement which were introduced in 2002 as part of the regulatory requirement to ensure that the financial and operational affairs of a DFI are conducted with greater accountability and transparency.
The aim is for the CSP to serve as a comprehensive framework for a DFI to develop robust and forward-looking corporate strategies to achieve greater developmental outcomes, consistent with the economic agenda driven by the Government of Malaysia. The CSP policy document sets out:
The CSP also sets an expectation on DFIs to measure the effectiveness and efficiency of discharging their mandates and creating additionalities through an enhanced performance measurement framework.
The Performance Measurement Framework — Implementation Guide, also issued by BNM on 27 May 2021, is available at https://tinyurl.com/sxt3snrs.
The CSP is available at: https://tinyurl.com/937ecwp8.
Prime Minister announces PEMERKASA+
On 31 May 2021, the Prime Minister of Malaysia announced
“PROGRAM STRATEGIK MEMPERKASA RAKYAT DAN EKONOMI
TAMBAHAN (PEMERKASA+)”, a RM40 billion financial aid package aimed at:
Amongst the various measures of PEMERKASA+ relevant to financial services are:
MyIPO’s Operating Guidelines and Practice Direction during MCO 3.0
On 28 May 2021, the Malaysian Prime Minister announced that Malaysia will enter a total nationwide lockdown for all social and economic sectors from 1-14 June.
Following the announcement, the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (“MyIPO”) issued its operating guidelines during the total lockdown1, and made variations to its Practice Direction No. 2/20202. The variations to the Practice Direction take effect from 1 June 2021 onwards.
There are several notable variations that were made to the Practice Direction, amongst which are:
1. It is now possible to file a notice of opposition or counterstatement with the Registrar.
The variation made to the Practice Direction allows an opponent to file a notice of opposition and its statement of grounds by way of an email.
The applicant for a trademark which is being opposed can also now file a counterstatement by way of an email.
Payment of the prescribed fee can be made through instant online transfer.
2. An applicant for a trademark registration, opponent, registered proprietor may file or serve adocument to the Registrar by way of an email.
Following the variation made to the Practice Direction, an applicant for a trademark registration is now able to file or serve the Registrar documents which are not subject to any payment of the prescribed fee. Therefore, a reply to the Registrar’s objection letter anda written representation to a provisional refusal can now be filed by email to [email protected].
Any opponent or applicant for a registration of a trademark may now file evidence in support of opposition or other documents under the opposition proceedings by way of an email to [email protected].
3. An applicant for the registration of a trademark or registered proprietor may now file or serve any application to Court on the Registrar by way of an email.
4. The following forms and their corresponding payment may now be filed according to the procedures set out in the Practice Direction 2/2020:
Tax & Revenue
Tax Matters during Movement Control Order 3.0 Period
In view of the implementation of Movement Control Order (“MCO”) 3.0 in Malaysia, the Inland Revenue Board (“IRB”) has issued a list of Frequently Asked Questions on tax matters arising during the MCO 3.0 period. For the full FAQ (updated as at 8 June 2021), please refer to https://tinyurl.com/r8pess5k.
The IRB has also issued a press release and FAQ on the deferment of payment of estimated tax payable (CP204) and instalment scheme (CP500) for certain taxpayers. To read the IRB’s press release dated 10 June 2021, please refer to https://tinyurl.com/jcjts5vp and for the FAQ (updated as at 9 June 2021), please refer to https://tinyurl.com/2a7madks.
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