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Hosted by the Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MGCC) in Kuala Lumpur, the podcast features interviews with business people about Malaysia, Germany, and business in Asia.
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Travelling is one of the major restriction the world is facing during the pandemic. While social and leisure travel in and out of Malaysia is banned there are ways for business travellers to come in and out. In the first episode of our brand new podcast format the Malaysian Business Guide we discuss business travel in and out of Malaysia with our very own experts at MGCC Dr Eva Langerbeck and Fairuz Razak who deal with entry permits on a daily basis. Get all the important information and find out whether you are eligible to enter or leave Malaysia. Disclaimer: This episode was recorded in late May 2021. All the information given in this episode depending on the current COVID situation in Malaysia might not be relevant when you listen to it months or weeks later. Here are the time codes for the questions in the episode. 1. What is the current travel status in Malaysia? 02:40    2. What are the differences between Business, Work, Social and Leisure travel? 03:013. What proof do you need to be categorized as a business traveller? 03:464. Which nationalities can come in? 05:595. Independent from the nationality, does the country matter from which my travel originated? 06:316. What happens if my travel date changes? 07:507. Does my vaccination status make a difference? 08:368. Is there a quarantine when I arrive in Malaysia? 08:559. Do I have to pay for the quarantine? 09:4110. How long can I stay in Malaysia? 10:3511. Do I need travel insurance in Malaysia? 11:1012. Where do I apply for the entry permit as a business traveller? 11:2413. What happens on arrival in Malaysia? 11:5014. Can I change my travel schedule once I'm in the country? 13:0715. Can I move freely within Malaysia? 13:3616. Is there a difference between Malaysians and foreigners when leaving Malaysia? 14:0117. How is the procedure for business travellers holding a Malaysian passport? 16:0218. How is it for foreigners? Can I return to Malaysia once I'm out? 16:2819. Can I leave Malaysia to get vaccinated and do I have to notify the Malaysian authorities when I return? 17:4920. Is there a quarantine as well when I return? 18:2521. Once I got the travel approval from the government is my return guaranteed? 18:4522. Let's say I'm in Malaysia my visa is expiring but I'm in the middle of obtaining a new work permit, do I have to leave the country? 19:2523. Are there countries I can travel to without having to go to quarantine in Malaysia when I return? 20:06
Supply chains usually involve more than just two companies. Even though ranked as essential and granted an approval to operate during the lockdown many companies were limited in their production output due to the fact that their suppliers were not categorized as essential. Sheau Wei Lin Business Director and co-founder of the precision components manufacturer Tonasco talks about her challenges during the lockdown. Being a player in Industry 4.0 the companies sees its future in further automation and digitalization to meet the demand of producing more complicated and detailed components. 
When was the last time you were on a plane? With international travel still being banned the Malaysian aviation industry is facing challenges like never before. With David Jones head of the aerospace committee at the EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Managing Director APAC at the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) we discuss how the term "Green Bubbles" becomes increasingly important in the industry as it represents a lifeline for airlines besides domestic travel and air freight. Restoring consumer confidence with fly safe campaigns and adequate pricings are some of the challenges airlines now have to deal with. 
Part of the new norm is it to get temperature checked wherever we go. One company that makes these checks possible is our member and world market leader Heimann Sensor. We talk with Jörg Schieferdecker about his sensors and the issues he faced during the lockdown with his factory in Johor. Not only are his sensors used in thermometers but also are vital for many ventilators. Now that he is back to his regular production output he faces different issues to keep up with the high demand. 
Who outside of Malaysia has heard from Johor? The southern border town of Johor Bahru or JB is considered by many as the hinterland of Singapore. We talk with Johannes Römer who moved across the causeway from Singapore to JB while still operating his two consultancy businesses M2 MindMatters and Germalkota in both countries. Although the southern city has a bad image, it offers many surprising advantages over the renowned but expensive and packed Singapore. As the organizer of the newly founded German Business Council Johor, Mr Römer is always looking for new additions for the small but growing German business community in the south of Malaysia. 
Even though the COVID crisis is currently the dominant issue, some companies are still working on making businesses less dependent on fossil energy sources. One of those companies is Coara Solar. And in this episode, we talk with its director Susan Hemming how her business is less affected by the current situation. Despite some adverse effects from an operational and supply chain standpoint projects continue and the lockdown gave her business the time to explore new ways to find new opportunities. 
The global sports industry is a revenue machine. But what happens when sports events all over the world are not allowed to take place? We talk to Marcus Luer from Total Sports Asia TSA about the current situation and the future of his industry. Usually, he finds new revenue streams in Malaysia and Asia for English Premier League clubs and other sports organizations. But now he pivoted to provide equipment to beat COVID. Looking positive into the future he believes that the sports industry will recover even though the industry is losing billions of dollars right now. 
In neighbouring Singapore, the current lockdown is called "Circuit Breaker". The Circuit Breaker along with the travel bans in other countries presents the main challenge for German businesses in Singapore who use the city-state as their business hub for ASEAN. Unlike Malaysia however, there are flights to Germany from Singapore. This and more topics we discuss with Tim Philippi, Executive Director of the Singaporean-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (SGC). Just like MGCC, the SGC belongs to the worldwide AHKnetwork of German Chambers of Commerce Abroad and is working hard to support German companies abroad during this unprecedented crisis. 
For most industries trade shows are a vital part of showcasing their products and connect with new customers. In this episode, we talk with Gerard Leeuwenburgh from Informa Markets who organizes many major trade shows in Malaysia. Like the airline industry, there will be a "new norm" for trade shows as there is a need for people to meet - and the industry will have to find new ways like, for example, hybrid events. 
The first episode with our new Jingle! And who else is better to be featured in this episode than its creator, Xander Wegscheider. He explains why his new company Science & Donuts has nothing to do with Donuts but everything to do with Content Marketing. Our second guest is Philip Tan from Snapp Packaging. Being involved in the e-commerce supply chain he explains that the current situation is a game-changer. Not only in the way of the marketplace but also how webinars will play a stronger role after the lockdown has ended. 
Peter Lenhardt from A&H Meyer highlights the greatly appreciated worker’s subsidies in Malaysia, Singapore, and Germany. And Werner Kemper from Germany Trade & Invest who among other things reports to German authorities and businesses about Malaysia praises the MCO and how the government improved its process of identifying essential companies to continue manufacturing. 
The fourth episode of our Shortcast series features the President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Dr. Claus Weidner who is also the President of MGCC. The MCO has also impacted Germany’s iconic car manufacturer as the automotive sector is seen as not essential. But Mercedes-Benz Malaysia uses the time now to improve its process after the lockdown and view this as an opportunity to forward the digitalization process. Dr. Weidner explains why he welcomes the stimulus package of the Malaysian government. 
In this episode, Tsu-Shien Teoh from Henkel - one of Germany's DAX companies - shares how Henkel is handling the situation in Malaysia and, through their global solidarity program, is supporting the WHO. Miriam Shastri, Managing Director of Top Beraten, talks about how she and her team keep the business going, that a crisis is also an opportunity for innovation and creativity, and gives her take on the unintended yet charming side effects of video conferences from home. 
The second episode of this shortcast series features two Managing Directors, Sebastian Wagner from Lechler Spray Technology and Pascal Brinkmann from Luther. The Movement Control Order (MCO) has affected both their respective business activities, albeit not in the same way due to the different nature of their business. 
The first episode of this shortcast series features our very own CEO, Daniel Bernbeck. He shares how MGCC has been affected by the Movement Control Order (MCO) issued by the Malaysian government, how the Chamber is assisting companies during this unprecedented time, and why working from home is not "business as usual". 
Faced with more demanding tasks at work many of us often reduce sleep to have more time working on them. Riad Hechame author of the book "Stress Less, Sleep Better" tells us in our latest episode of the memberbytes that reducing sleep might not be a good idea if you want to perform at your highest level.  As founder of Peak Human Performance here in Kuala Lumpur, he supports people who want to reduce stress, live healthier and perform better at anything they do.  #lessstress #health #Malaysia  
Ever wondered why markets like Petaling street selling fake branded merchandise exist without being punished? Geetha Kandiah one of Malaysia's leading IP experts has an explanation. As the director of KASS International, she consults international companies about protecting their Intellectual property not only in Malaysia but also in other ASEAN countries.  In this episode, she explains that Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries have realized that protecting Intellectual Property is important to attracting FDIs.  Although markets like Petaling street exist your IP is safe in Malaysia once you have filled it correctly.  
2% of CEOs in Switzerland are women. Magdalena Kurpierz is one of those few female CEOs and she explains why diversity and inclusion are good for business. As founder of the successful life science and healthcare consulting company Kvalito she proves that she is on the right track with her believe. With her fast-growing Swiss-based company she has now entered the Asia-Pacific market via Malaysia. In this episode, we not only talk about diversity but also about what is important when entering a new country and the success of BioNtech.     
In this episode we talk about the ever-present topic of corruption and bribery.  Whether you are in a developed or developing country, you will find some sort of corruption. One organization that trains and certifies companies against bribery is the Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption Centre for Excellence ABAC and we talk with their Group CEO Mr Zafar Anjum who has more than 30 years of experience in that field. This episode is proudly sponsored by Siemens - Ingenuity for life
Ever heard of Amazon FBA, Dropshipping or the 4 pillars of e-commerce? Today's episode is all about e-commerce. With e-commerce, many manufactures have the option to sell directly to customers instead of using a distributor. We talk with Dano Falk about the basics of the Amazon business and how to start an online shop. As the founder of his company Def Device, Dano consults businesses worldwide on how to best sell their products on Amazon.  If you are thinking about opening an online shop this is definitely an episode for you. This memberbytes episode is proudly sponsored by Siemens - Ingenuity for life        
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