THE Covid-19 pandemic has left a devastating impact on the economy, bringing everything to a screeching halt with the movement control order putting paid to many industries not considered as essential.
This has affected many businesses, with many closing their doors due to the losses incurred during the shutdown.
To stimulate the economy towards recovery, the government has introduced MalaysiaMudah or #MyMudah programme on July 20 to enable a faster recovery.
Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) together with The Economic Action Council (EAC) has launched several initiatives under this programme to resolve issues relating to regulatory burden.
Part of the initiatives undertaken by #MyMudah is to remove unnecessary regulatory burdens on businesses to ease the course of doing business as well as to relieve the burden on businesses across all industries.
One such success story is the implementation of a new concept, which makes it faster and easier to obtain the Certificate of Completion and Compliance (CCC) for completed buildings.
Known as “silence implies consent after 28 days”, it is now much faster and more efficient for completed building to get their CCC – a certificate providing the final sign-off by the principal submitting person on construction of a building that certifies a building has been made true to its original approved plans, is safely constructed and fit for occupation.
MPC Director General Datuk Abdul Latif Haji Abu Seman said the construction industry highlighted that 9,090 buildings are pending clearance as at May 7,2020, (excluding Sabah and Sarawak) by local authorities and technical agencies on the CCC due to the MCO. This issue was raised via #MyMudah.
Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) president Datuk Ar Ezumi Harzani Ismail lauded this move.
“The building industry supports this concept as it will cut down the bureaucratic paperwork. Some of the completed buildings have already been inspected by architects and engineers with all essential services connected and ready for occupation, ” he said.
“This initiative means buyers of residential properties can move in to their completed homes faster upon issuance of CCC and Notice of Vacant Possession. As for commercial properties, with CCC, the buildings can now be used to run businesses, which leads to creating jobs. This is a benefit not only for our industry, but also for the community.”
He added: “With about 6,000 projects currently stuck at various approval stages awaiting clearance letters for CCC, in my estimate, if 10% of this number can be expedited, it’s a good start indeed. This would definitely have a big positive impact on the house buyers and businesses.”
#MyMudah also has played a pivotal role in removing the export permit, especially for the processed food and floriculture industries.
This is a welcome move, particularly for the floriculture industry, which has brought in half a billion ringgit in exports over the years.
To this end, MPC has, through MyMudah, proactively facilitated and initiated preliminary discussions between the impacted businesses and relevant regulators to analyse and provide recommendations to resolve this issue.
According to Cameron Highlands Floriculturists Association vice-president Wong Seng Yee, “#MyMudah has helped hold discussions with the relevant stakeholders to ease the exportation process. Removing the export permit means cutting down on time and costs of the permit, which would greatly relieve the burden of our flower exporters as well as make the export process faster and easier.”
He added: “This initiative has given much confidence in the Government’s efforts to cut red tape to help the economy recover and grow. It is a move that would greatly help Malaysians as well as the economy.
“I advise all Malaysian businesses from all industries facing difficulties to bring up their concerns with #MyMudah. Don’t wait – log on now and raise your issues. You may also suggest some solutions that could best help your industry.”
#MyMudah has the capability to connect businesses with industry experts who will address the issues brought up by the industries to help ease the process of running their business, especially in the current climate.
To reach out to #MyMudah via the Unified Public Consultation Portal, log on to upc.my.gov.my