Following the Government’s announcement on 1 September 2020 which barred long-term pass holders from India, Indonesia, Philippines entry into Malaysia, the Immigration Department Malaysia has issued a circular to further clarify the matter: –

  1. Berikut merupakan senarai Pas Lawatan Jangka Panjang bagi warganegara India, Indonesia dan Filipina yang TIDAK DIBENARKAN masuk ke Malaysia:

i)                 Pemastautin Tetap (PR)

ii)               Pas Program Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H)

iii)             Semua Ekspatriat – Pas Penggajian (Kategori I, II, dan III), Pas Residen-Talent (RPT), Pas Lawatan Ikhtisas (Kategori Pakar) dan Pas Tanggungan.

iv)              Pas Residen

v)               Pas Suami/Isteri/Anak kepada Warganegara

vi)              Pas Pelajar

vii)            Pas Lawatan Kerja Sementara


  1. Sekatan kemasukan ini juga TURUT MELIBATKAN warganegara asing lain yang bermastautin atau mempunyai Pas Lawatan Jangka Panjang di negara India, Indonesia dan Filipina. Dimaklumkan bahawa PENGECUALIAN sekatan kemasukan ini diberikan kepada warganegara India, Indonesia dan Filipina di bawah katergori berikut:

i)                 Diplomat

ii)               Anak Kapal yang masuk bagi menjalankan aktiviti sign-on atau joint ship.

Please find below, for your perusal and good reference.


Letter from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Malaysia to Ministry of Transport (MOT)

Dear Esteemed MASA Members,

Please find below, letter from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Malaysia to our Ministry of Transport (MOT), for your perusal and good reference.​

  • Recently, the number of new COVID-19 cases imported through maritime ports in China is increasing sharply.
  • In order to maintain normal operations of maritime trade between Malaysia and China, the Chinese Government is seeking assistance from all Malaysian shipping companies / ocean fishing companies to note the following matters: –
    • Crew of ships planning to stop at a maritime port in China (including those having crew replacements at overseas port of call before entering China) to take nucleic acid tests within 3 days before boarding, and to board the ship with negative nucleic acid test certificates.
    • For the ships with confirmed COVID-19 cases, all crew members would be required to take nucleic acid tests.
    • All applicable ships should provide copies of above certificates for verification through ocean shipping agencies or shipping companies when completing the import and export procedures at customs in China.
    • Shipping companies and ocean fishing companies to conduct regular health information check and notification for crew members to keep control of their health status precisely, so as to make sure that they could enter into China smoothly.


The 43rd Annual General Meeting of Malaysia Shipowners’ Association (MASA) will be held on 23 September 2020 (Wednesday) at The Everly Putrajaya.

  • Appreciate if you could revert by submitting the name of representative(s) from your company attending the AGM in the Attachment 1 (Attendance Slip Form) by 11 September 2020 (Friday).
  • In cases where and when the representative(s) is/are unable to attend in person, kindly appoint a proxy in the Attachment 2 (Proxy Form) to attend on/for your behalf at the AGM by 11 September 2020 (Friday).
  • Members are kindly reminded that the attendance of the representative or their proxies at the AGM shall be registered with the Secretariat (to /

Please do not hesitate to contact MASA Secretariat at 03-8893 1941/1942 or email at should further clarifications on the AGM is required.

Thank you and regards,

“Towards Maritime Excellence”


Secretary General

By order of the Executive Committee (EXCO) Members.

Dated this day: 1 September 2020.

MASA courtesy visit to Chief of Defence Force YBhg. General Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Haji Affendi

Friday, 07 August 2020

Chief of Defence Force, YBhg. General Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Haji Affendi bin Haji Buang RMAF received a courtesy visit from the Malaysia Shipowners’ Association (MASA), represented by Chairman Dato’ Ir. Abdul Hak Md Amin and accompanied by Secretary General Shaharuzzaman Baharum.

The one-and-a-half-hour meeting centred on cooperation, security issues, piracy and human resource development of ex-servicemen in the merchant fleet.

MASA expressed sincere appreciation to the Ministry of Defence in keeping our waters safe and their support in monitoring our shipping voyage through the areas of Straits of Malacca, South China Sea and Sulu Sea.

MASA Chairman courtesy visit to Transports Minister YB Datuk Seri Ir. Dr Wee Ka Siong

Friday, 17 Jul 2020

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong received a courtesy visit from the Malaysia Shipowners Association (MASA) Chairman, Dato’ Ir Abdul Hak Md Amin today.

MASA as a national industry organisation representing shipowners in the country is committed to play a significant role in both domestic and global shipping industry, and to further strive for Malaysia to become a successful maritime nation.

During the visit, Dato Ir. Hak shares the current affairs and issues relating to the shipping industry including the Malaysia Shipping Master Plan in strengthening and revitalising the Malaysian shipping industry.

Among the issues discussed were the declining of national fleet from the heyday of 14 million tonnes to almost halve, the influx of foreign ships in our domestic trade, the control of DSL (domestic shipping licences to foreign ships) issuance and the reinstatement of cabotage policy.

Another significant subject brought up were the human capital development and the lack of training berths onboard our local ships due to depleting national tonnages.

Dato Ir Hak took the opportunity to thank the good office of YB Minister for supporting the waiver of the corporate tax Act 54 that was recently granted by MOF for another three years period from January 2021 to Dec 2023.


PUTRAJAYA, 8 May 2020 – Malaysia Shipowners’ Association (MASA) has channelled more than RM50,000 to the government’s COVID-19 Fund to show its solidarity in fighting coronavirus.

MASA chairman, Datuk Abdul Hak Md Amin said the proceeds are channelled directly to Ministry of Health ministry’s COVID-19 Fund to acquire medical equipment and other health necessities such as medication and personal protective equipment for the frontliners.

“On top of the contribution to the MOH, we also contribute some amount to the Malaysia Diplomatic Equipment Stockpile to assist officers from our High Commission in London that are serving as frontliners. The government has been very supportive to the shipping industry all along, and it is our moral duty to give back in return when the government is in need in this challenging time,” he said.

MASA had called for urgent contribution from its members to participate in a three-week donation rally, started on March 29, to assist the Malaysian government in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

To date, donations are contributed by the following 14 companies and individual members of MASA. The contributors are from E.A. Technique (M) Berhad, MISC Maritime Services Sdn Bhd (MMS), Lunar Shipping Sdn Bhd, Hemat Marine Sdn Bhd, Marine Creation Sdn Bhd, Harbour-Link Group Berhad, Bahtera Sri Kandi Marine Sdn Bhd, Danum Shipping Sdn Bhd, Dinastia Jati Sdn Bhd, Eastport Marine Sdn Bhd, Orkim Sdn Bhd, Shin Yang Shipping Sdn Bhd, Thailine Shipping Sdn Bhd and Captain Ting Hien Leong.

Crew Change Activities – Malaysian Shipping Notice (MSN 06/2020)

Dear Esteemed MASA Members,

Good day & hope all in good health.

Following the government’s decision to extend the Movement Control Order (Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan) until 14 April 2020, we have received several concerning issues on how the restriction of crew change may cause disruption in many shipping operations. We did a survey among our members to bring their concerns forward to relevant authorities for consideration. We would like to thank you for your prompt feedback and responses.

Further to that, the Marine Department Malaysia (Jabatan Laut Malaysia) has published Malaysian Shipping Notice (MSN 06/2020) entitled ‘COVID-19: Instructions For All Shipping Companies And Seafarers (3 April 2020 Amendments)’ regarding crew change activities.

Please retrieve it here:, for your good reference.

Considering the current situation of the pandemic, we advise you to peruse the notice with a sense of urgency and strictly adhere the precaution measures by the Ministry of Health as well as each company’s HSSE guidelines.

Meantime, stay safe everyone!