Malaysian Business Associations in A Changing Landscape: Recent Issues and Future Challenges


About the Webinar

Malaysia’s business community has been through a period of major change since 2018. Two changes of federal government, new administrations in many Malaysian states, major taxation reform, and now the COVID-19 pandemic – these are just a few of the issues confronting the 900,000 businesses trading in the country today, as well as the more than 100 different business associations that represent them.

In addition, major changes in demographics, gender, digital access and public accountability are also emerging as important issues.

How are chambers of commerce, trade associations and professional bodies adapting to these challenges, and what is the likely future for such organisations? What have they learnt from the Pakatan Harapan administration, and what issues are emerging with the new Perikatan Nasional government?

This presentation will be of interest to association office-bearers and members; government administrators and policymakers who work with business groups; and the general business community.

About the Speaker

Dr Michael Schaper is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, and was previously the CEO of the Canberra Business Chamber, which is the state industry association for the Australian Capital Territory. The CBC is one of the 8 state/territory Chambers of Commerce that together form the national peak industry body, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Dr Schaper was also previously Deputy Chairman of the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission. He has substantial experience as an educator and published researcher, having written or co-authored more than 10 books, 50 referred journal articles, 20 book chapters and 40 conference papers. Dr Schaper is currently also an Adjunct Professor at Curtin University and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia business school.


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Jul 23 2020


10:00 am - 11:30 am