Regulatory burdens arise from the costs imposed by regulation and enforcement that would otherwise not arise for businesses. Where requirements from regulation create a change in business behaviour and practices, a regulatory burden can be said to exist. Regulations can adversely impact on businesses in various ways. Most fall under the following four categories of cost impacts:

(1) Administrative and operational requirements, such as:

    • Reporting, record keeping
    • Getting legal advice, training

(2) Requirements on the way goods are produced or services supplied, such as:

    • Prescriptions on production methods
    • Occupational registration requirements, requiring professionals to use particular techniques

(3) Requirements on the characteristics of what is produced or supplied, such as:

    • Being required to provide air bags in all motor vehicles
    • Requiring teachers or trainers to cover particular topics

(4) Lost production and marketing opportunities due to prohibitions, such as:

    • When certain products or services are banned.

While it is usually necessary that some burden is placed on business for regulation to achieve objectives, where regulation is poorly designed or written, or it is not administered or enforced well, it may impose greater burdens than necessary. In reviewing existing regulation, it is those regulatory burdens which can be considered ‘unnecessary’ that are of primary interest.

Types of Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens

  • excessive coverage by a regulation – that is, the regulation affects more economic activity than was intended or required to achieve its objective (includes ‘regulatory creep’);
  • subject-specific regulation that covers much the same issues as other generic regulation;
  • prescriptive regulation that unduly limits flexibility such as preventing businesses from:

– using the best technology;

– making product changes to better meet consumer demand;

– meeting the underlying objectives of regulation in different ways;

  • overly complex regulation;
  • unwieldy licence application and approval processes, excessive time delays in obtaining responses and decisions from regulators;
  • requests to provide more information than needed, requests to provide the same information more than once;
  • rules or enforcement approaches that inadvertently result in businesses operating in less efficient ways;
  • unnecessarily invasive regulator behaviour, such as overly frequent inspections or irrelevant or duplicative information requests;
  • an overlap or conflict in the activities of different regulators;
  • inconsistent application or interpretation of regulation by regulators.

Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens on Business (RURB)

  • RURB Tourism – Policy Recommendation Roadmap on Short Term Rental (May 2018)
    • Please provide your feedback to Mr. Mohd Zulkifly Rawawi (mohdzulkifly@mpc.gov.my)
  • RURB Transport Services (May 2018)
      1. Tourism sector
      2. Chemicals and Chemical Products Sub-sector
      3. Machinery & Equipment Sub-sector
      4. Electric & Electronics Sub-sector
      5. Agrofood Sub-sector
    • Please provide your feedback to Mr. Mohd Zulkifly Rawawi (mohdzulkifly@mpc.gov.my)

Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens on Business: Warehousing Services (Closing date: 30 April 2017)

[Term] [Overview] [Chap2] [Chap3] [Chap4] [Chap5] [Full Report]

  • Please provide your feedback to Mr. Mohd Zulkifly Rawawi (mohdzulkifly@mpc.gov.my)

Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens on Business: Warehousing Services – Regulatory Innovation of Customs’ Standard Operating Procedure (sop) on LMWs Scrap Disposal (Closing date: 30 March 2016) 

[Term] [Full Report]

  • Please provide your feedback to Mr. Mohd Zulkifly Rawawi (mohdzulkifly@mpc.gov.my)

Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens on Business: Medical Professional (Closing date: 30 November 2016)

[Term]  [Overview]  [Chap1] [Chap2] [Chap3] [Chap4] [Chap5] [Chap6] [Chap7] [Full Report]

  • Please provide your feedback to Mr. Mohammed Alamin Rehan (alamin@mpc.gov.my)

Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens on Business: Professional Services to Construction Industry (Closing date: 15 July 2016)

[Term] [Content] [Overview]  [Chap3] [Chap4] [Chap5] [Chap6] [Chap7] [Chap8] [Chap9] [Conclusion] [Full Report]

  • Please provide your feedback to Ms. Khalidatul Asrin Abdul Aziz (asrin@mpc.gov.my)

Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens on Business: Construction (Closing date: 29 May 2016)

[Term] [Content] [Overview] [Summary of Issues] [Chap1] [Chap2] [Chap3] [Chap4] [Chap5] [Chap6] [Chap7] [Chap8] [Full Report] [Feedback Form]

  • Please provide your feedback to Ms. Rabia`tul Hana Ishak (rabiatulhana@mpc.gov.my)

Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens on Business: Logistics (Closing date: 31 March 2016)

[Term] [Content] [Overview] [Chap1] [Chap2] [Chap3] [Chap4] [Chap5] [Chap6] [Chap7] [Full Report]

  • Please provide your feedback to Mr. Mohammed Alamin Rehan (alamin@mpc.gov.my)

Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens on Business: Downstream Oil and Gas (Closing date: 27 October 2014)

[Term] [Content] [Overview] [Chap1] [Chap2] [Chap3] [Chap4] [Chap5] [Chap6] [Chap7] [Full Report]

  • Please provide your feedback to Mr. Mohammed Alamin Rehan (alamin@mpc.gov.my)

Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens on Business (RURB): Construction (Part 1) (Closing date: 27 September 2014)

[Term] [Contents] [Chap1] [Chap2] [Chap3] [Chap4] [Chap5] [Chap6] [Chap7] [Full Report]

  • Please provide your feedback to Mr. Mohammed Alamin Rehan (alamin@mpc.gov.my)

Guidelines for Standardization of Public Consultation Procedures (Closing date: 22 August 2014)

[Summary] [Content] [Chap1] [Chap2] [Chap3] [Chap4] [Full Report]

  • Please provide your feedback to Mr. Mohd Adha Abdul Hamid (adha@mpc.gov.my) / Ms. Nur Faizah Tasman (faizah@mpc.gov.my)

Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens on Business (RURB): Growing Oil Palm (Closing date: 5 July 2014)

[Term] [Content] [Summary] [Overview] [Chap1] [Chap2] [Chap3] [Chap4] [Chap5] [Chap6] [Chap7] [Chap8] [Chap9] [Full Report]

  • Please provide your feedback to Mr. Mohammed Alamin Rehan (alamin@mpc.gov.my)

Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens on Business (RURB): Private Hospitals (Closing date: 30 May 2014)

[Terms] [Content] [Overview] [Chap1] [Chap2] [Chap3] [Chap4] [Chap5] [Chap6] [Chap7] [References] [Full Report]

  • Please provide your feedback to Ms. Lee Wan Wei (wanwei@mpc.gov.my)

Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens on Business: Policy Recommendation Roadmap on Short Term Rental (January 2019) [Full Report]

Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens on Business: Transport Services (January 2019)

  • Volume I: Carriage of Passengers [Full Report]
  • Volume II: Transportation of Goods [Full Report]

Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens on Business: Retail Trade (December 2017) [Full Report]

Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens on Business: Courier Services (November 2017) [Full Report]

Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens on Business: Oil and Gas Services Industry – Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) (October 2017) [Full Report]

Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens on Business: Processed Food Products (December 2016) [Full Report]

Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens on Business: Medical Professional (November 2016[Full Report]

Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens on Business: Professional Services to Construction Industry (July 2016[Full Report]

Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens on Business: Construction (May 2016[Full Report]

Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens on Business: Logistics (March 2016[Full Report]

Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens on Business: Downstream Oil and Gas (October 2014[Full Report]

Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens on Business: Construction (Part 1) (September 2014[Full Report]

Guidelines for Standardization of Public Consultation Procedures (August 2014[Full Report]

Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens on Business: Growing Oil Palm (July 2014 [Full Report]

Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens on Business: Private Hospitals (May 2014[Full Report]

Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens: Tourism – Home Sharing Economy: Recommendation on Short Term Accommodation Regulatory Framework (May 2018)

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