Events postponed due to Covid-19 outbreak

Matrade will be working closely with participants and visitors to ensure the success of Mihas 2020

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK/ pic by BERNAMA

THE Malaysia External Trade Development Corp (Matrade) has postponed the 17th Malaysia International Halal Showcase (Mihas) 2020 to Sept 1-4 as a measure to safeguard the event’s participants and exhibitors due to the global Covid-19 outbreak.

Matrade stated in a press release yesterday that it will be working closely with participants and visitors to ensure the success of Mihas 2020.

“The public and media’s continued support for Mihas is greatly appreciated and we look forward to welcoming Malaysian and global companies at Mihas 2020,” it said.

The corporation gathered feedback including from Mihas organiser and exhibitors, who were keen on a rescheduling of the event thus leading to the decision, which considered the trends of trade fairs around the world.

The initial dates of the trade fair were from April 1-4, but have been moved forward to give time for the outbreak’s spread to ease.

The Ministry of Health (MoH), the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) and other ministries and agencies said the situation is under control, while the health situation is being managed by the MoH, Nadma and other agencies under a committee chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Meanwhile, other international events were also postponed in light of the Covid-19 such as Kim Jae-joong’s Asia Tour, which was scheduled for March 14 and Khalid’s “Free Spirit World Tour” scheduled for April 4.

While the new dates for the concerts are yet to be revealed, those who have purchased the tickets will be able to get full refunds from TicketCharge.

Local music festival Nusafest, organised by Shiraz Projects which was scheduled for March 7-8 will also receive new dates, while a financial planning workshop My Money & Me, initially scheduled for Feb 29 will also have a new date.

The Malaysian Reserve previously reported that the Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau responded to the outbreak by stating that it will follow all travel and health advisory issued by the national crisis committee.

It plans to play an active role in creating efforts via the business events community by focusing on awareness and ensuring timely updates.

As of Tuesday, Malaysia reported 22 cases of the coronavirus, the third-highest number in the region after Singapore and Thailand.