Malaysia’s COVID-19 Act: Contractual Reliefs Extended to 31 March 2021

Malaysia’s Temporary Measures for Reducing the Impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)  Act 2020 (the COVID-19 Act) (I have written more about this here) will see an extension of its key relief on the inability to perform contractual obligations in terms of time period as well as two additional types of contracts.

Under the original COVID-19 Act, Part II provided for relief against the inability to perform contractual obligations for the seven types of contracts listed in its Schedule. Continue reading

5 Weaknesses in Malaysia’s Covid-19 Bill for Contract Obligations

[Update: On 23 October 2020, Malaysia brought into force its COVID-19 Act, with the full name Temporary Measures for Reducing the Impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Act 2020.]

Malaysia’s Covid-19 Bill (the full name being the Temporary Measures for Reducing the Impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Bill) was tabled for first reading in the Dewan Rakyat (the lower house) of Parliament on 12 August 2020. I had written about the Covid-19 Bill here. One important measure is to provide relief for inability to perform contractual obligations for the seven categories of contracts. This applies from 18 March 2020 to 31 December 2020. On this aspect, I set out five weaknesses or ambiguities in the Covid-19 Bill.

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