Under the Companies Act 2016 (CA 2016), there has now been a change in the law which may cause auditors to be conflicted or disqualified from a wider range of audit jobs. In particular, this may affect the larger audit firms.
Where an audit firm is appointed as the auditor of the company, every audit partner and now, with change in the law, every audit partner’s spouse cannot be an officer of the company. The CA 2016 defines an officer as including any director, secretary or employee of the company. Hence, an audit firm would appear to be conflicted from acting for a company where the spouse of an audit partner is merely an employee of the company. Continue reading →
On 4 August 2017, the Companies Commission of Malaysia, or SSM (its Malay acronym), has brought into force audit exemption for certain categories of private companies. SSM has issued Practice Directive No. 3/2017 to set out the qualifying criteria for private companies to be exempted from appointing an auditor for a financial year. SSM’s FAQ document has also been updated as at 4 August 2017 to address questions regarding audit exemption.
The following types of private companies can decide to opt for audit exemption:
Zero-revenue companies; and
Threshold-qualified companies – annual revenue of RM100,000 or less, total assets of RM300,000 or less, and 5 employees or less.
I have been invited to speak at the MIA Audit Committee Conference 2017on 5 April 2017. The conference will be held at the Connexion Conference & Event Centre. The registration form can be downloaded over here.
I will be speaking at the panel session on the Companies Act 2016 and its impact on the audit committee’s responsibilities. We will be covering the new management requirements, the utilisation of share premium and the capital redemption reserve and the new business review section. It is a good combination of speakers drawn from across the various industries. I am very much looking forward to this.
In my earlier post, I had highlighted the proposed audit exemption for dormant companies and small companies under the Companies Act 2016. This would be carried out through a Practice Directive on Audit Exemption. The Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) invited feedback on this proposed move.
SSM has now published the feedback it has received and has extended the deadline for feedback until 28 February 2017. From the feedback, there appears to be mixed views. In general, there is support for allowing dormant companies to no longer require an auditor. However, there are differing views on whether to allow audit exemption for small companies. A majority of the responses objected to such an exemption. Continue reading →
Under the Companies Act 2016, it appears that dormant companies and small private companies will no longer need to appoint auditors. This audit exemption will allow startups and SMEs to enjoy further cost savings in the running of their businesses.
Allowing for audit exemption also brings Malaysia in line with practices in other countries like the UK, Australia and Singapore.
[edit: The Companies Commission of Malaysia has now published the feedback it has received on the public consultation on the proposed audit exemption. I have written about it here.]