Malaysia Chapter: INSOL-World Bank Group Global Guide Covid-19

The INSOL-World Bank Group has updated its Global Guide on measures adopted to support distressed businesses through the Covid-19 crisis. The publication is now updated to the changes as at April 2021. I had earlier posted up the earlier edition of the guide as at April 2020.

The Global Guide covers 80 countries, and how each country had tackled the Covid-19 crisis through governmental, regulatory and legal relief measures.

Nathalie Ker and I contributed the Malaysia chapter for the INSOL-World Bank Global Guide.

In comparison with global trends, Malaysia has not been quick enough to update laws to provide the full range of reliefs for distressed businesses.

 

Case Update: Bank Negara’s Small Debt Resolution Scheme Does Not Have Mandatory Moratorium

In the High Court decision of Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad v Prolink Marketing Sdn Bhd & 2 others [2019] 1 LNS 702, the Court held that Bank Negara’s Small Debt Resolution Scheme (SDRS) merely provided advice to a bank to observe a standstill in legal proceedings against distressed borrowers. It was not mandatory for the bank to halt legal proceedings.

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Case Update: Scheme of Arrangement Principles for Proof of Debt and Leave to Proceed against Restraining Order

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Case Update: First Unfair Prejudice Claim against Singapore Judicial Managers

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Winding Up Statutory Demand Threshold at RM50,000 from 1 April 2021

Starting from 1 April 2021, the threshold for the issuance of a winding up statutory demand is now fixed at RM50,000.00.

Through this gazette notice (GN No. 4159), the Minister has set this prescribed amount. This is consistent with the powers of the Minister under section 466(1)(a) of the Companies Act 2016 to prescribe the minimum amount of indebtedness for the issuance of a statutory demand for winding up.