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Official MAH Press Release

Stop The Spread, That Is The Priority


“Everything Aside, Everyone Needs To Work Together To Fight Covid-19”

Wisma MAH, Ampang (18 March 2020) – This morning the Prevention And Control Of Infectious Diseases Regulations 2020 was released by the Government and the list of essential services has been updated to include hotel and accommodation. However this does not allow hotels to operate as usual, the movement control order still applies and conditions are as discussed between the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) with Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH).

The utmost priority now is to limit the movement of people, to contain Covid-19 which is already spreading within our community. Hoteliers are to limit its services to only guests whom had already checked-in into the hotel before 18 March 2020, and food & beverages services limited to room service only. All other facilities and services of the hotel are to remain closed.

Hotels are also allowed to keep bare minimum staff on premise during the period for critical needs such as security and engineering.

“We are aware that the many are confused with the situation and the directives from the Government given such short notice to prepare, but our advice is to look at the bigger picture and focus on containing the spread before the situation gets worse. We should all do our part to stop people from moving unnecessarily at times like this,” said Kamaruddin Baharin, President of MAH.


If you require any other information pertaining to the hotel industry, statistics, industry concerns or any other related subjects, please do not hesitate to contact the Chief Executive Officer of MAH, Yap Lip Seng at ceo@hotels.org.my or +6012 280 0300. 

About the Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH)

Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) is the umbrella body for hotels in Malaysia formed in 1974 and initially established by a group of concerned and dedicated hoteliers to bring about a more dynamic hospitality industry aimed at building a workforce of highly skilled, innovative and disciplined individuals. Its long-term goal was to enhance the efficiency of the hospitality industry, thus, bringing about a more dynamic Malaysian hospitality industry. MAH, as the official national network for the hotel industry, represents more than 900 hotels throughout Malaysia supplying a total of 155,287 rooms which is about 65% of the total number of hotel rooms available as guest accommodation in this country. With 13 chapters across the nation, MAH acts as a voice of the industry, working as one body to promote, protect, represent and advance the interests of its members.


MAHTEC Sdn Bhd commenced its fiscal year in 1998 to profile MAH as a human resource development provider and to upgrade the skills and knowledge of staff-in-service in the industry. MAHTEC is the training arm of the Association specializing in developing quality human resources in the hospitality industry. Highly specialized in the areas of Hospitality Skills Training and Managerial Development Training, all programs are facilitated by experienced and qualified Trainers through workshops and practical session.