Exclusive: Iskandar Malaysia Studios re-opens under new procedures

Antony Tulloch, general manager of studio operations, explains in his own words how the studio will operate

By Antony Tulloch 11 Jun 2020

Exclusive: Iskandar Malaysia Studios re-opens under new procedures
Antony Tulloch, general manager, Iskandar Malaysia Studios

It has been a historic two (almost three) months, for Iskandar Malaysia Studios and for the world. As of June 10th, IMS staff and tenants have returned to the site, as we ease back into “the new normal” operation. If you have a physical production need, our team at our Iskandar Puteri facility is ready to help you.

On the 20th of May 2020, the Malaysian government announced that filming in Malaysia is allowed to take place under strict Standard Operationg Procedures (SOPs). These SOPs have now been delivered as of the 10th of June 2020. For advice on these SOPs please reach out and we can assist with your understanding and implementation of them. 

We have instituted new policies to ensure the safety and health of our customers and employees as well as to comply with Government SOPs. Here are some of the continued policies:

  • Temperature screening upon entry at Guardhouse
  • Mandatory Entry Log prior to entry being granted
  • Mandatory Health/Travel Declaration Form submission (1st Time Entry)
  • Anyone exhibiting mild or severe symptoms of COVID-19 will not be permitted entry to the Lot.
  • Maintaining Social Distance: It is required that people maintain a social distance of 1 - 2 meters while working. 
  • PPE: The wearing of 3 Ply Medical Grade Masks is mandatory whilst on the Lot.
  • Hand sanitisers are available at points of entry and common areas.
  • Offices are required to disinfect contact surfaces twice daily
  • Buffets for food serving are banned until further notice

Malaysia and COVID:

To slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus, Malaysia had imposed a lockdown of the country under the Movement Control Order (MCO) starting on March 18. The MCO was extended for the fourth time to June 9, 2020, with a gradual easing of lockdown measures to be implemented till then. As of June 9, 2020, Malaysia is ranked number 73 globally in total active cases (1202) these figures are some of the lowest worldwide (Source: Worldometer). Infection rates in Malaysia are expected to remain under control due to effective Government and public initiatives, including significant investment into the national healthcare capacities and test and tracing mechanisms.


Both FIMI (National fund) and FIMI+ (IMS Fund) are open for business, with approximately $30m available in the FIMI 30% rebate incentive, and an additional $15m specifically allocated to clients of the studio. Please do get in touch for more information on these incentives.

In conclusion, we hope that you and your family have stayed healthy and safe during this unprecedented outbreak. Our community is what makes us strong. Working together and supporting each other will allow us all to get through this and come out the other side more resilient.

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