Friday, 17 February 2012

ICGA 2012 CONFERENCE, Kuching, Sarawak

Recently, I attended the 2nd International Conference on Governance and Accountability 2012 at Hilton, Kuching, Sarawak. The conference was officiated by Yang Berbahagia Dato' Sri Wong Soon Koh, Minister of Finance (II) and Minister of Local Government & Community Development,Sarawak. Other VIPs included Professor Dr Noorsaadah Ismail, Deputy Vice Canselor, UiTM, UiTM Sarawak's Rector, Professor Dato' Dr Jamil Hamali, Professor Dr. Rozainun Abdul Aziz, Dean of the Faculty of Accountancy, Universiti Teknologi MARA and Prof. Dr. Normah Hj. Omar, Director, Accounting Research Institute, Malaysia. The theme of the conference is Ethics, Accountability and Governance: Towards Sustaining Value Creation. After the opening ceremony, two keynote speeches were presented by Ms Rikke Netterstrom from CSR Asia and Prof. Dr. Lee Parker. Sixty papers were presented at the conference. Prof. Dr. Rozainun and I presented a paper, entitled, ‘The relationships of board and audit committees characteristics: Pre-and post MCCG(2007) and its effect on performance in GLCs’. Congratulation to the organizer, APCES-ACCA UiTM, Faculty of Accountancy, UiTM, and Accounting Research Institute, Malaysia. The 3 rd conference will be held in Istanbul, Turkey.

Monday, 30 January 2012


It was reported in the Star today that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) encourages government-linked companies (GLCs) and private companies to sign the corporate integrity pledge in an effort to stamp out corruption. The move would create a business environment free of corruption. GLCs and private companies are encouraged to do so to reflect a consensus among corporation to combat corruption and enhance the confidence among foreign investors that there is healthy competition among businesses in Malaysia. Among the important elements of the pledge was the Corporate Integrity Pact, which would be signed by companies involved in the procurement of a project.
Through the pact, those offering and accepting a project would pledge not to engage in any corrupt practice throughout the process and to report to the MACC if there was any bribery attempt. In turn, the MACC would cooperate with the companies involved to ensure that their operations were free of corruption and help resolve possible incidences of corruption. It was pointed out that stiff competition among companies had caused some to resort to corrupt practices. Nonetheless, companies with high ethics would use their actual capabilities to obtain a contract. But there are also those who take the easy way out by offering bribes. This move is seen as an enhancement of corporate governance in Malaysia.

A couple of months ago, the Securities Commission unveil their 2 nd Capital Market Masterplan. It was anticipated that the by 2020, the capital market in Malaysia will be around RM 4.8 trillion from the current RM 1.2 trillion. In order to achieve that, corporations in Malaysia should adhere more to ethics, which is an important component of human governance. Hence, corporate governance must be complimented with human governance in order to eradicate corruptions. The authorities should also look at more stringent penalties imposed on corporate wrongdoers. It is irony to penalize a white collar crook with RM 100,000 or two months jail if he /she absconded RM 10 million. To curb corruptions more effectively, all assets of perpetrators should be frozen and all monies absconded should be returned to the rightful owner.