On BFM: Standalone COVID-19 Act is the Right Way Forward

This morning, I was invited by BFM Radio to share my thoughts on whether Malaysia should have a specific COVID-19 Bill. This is similar to the approach taken by Singapore. I also shared generally on how legal practice has been affected by the movement control restrictions and how it is important to leverage on technology.

I set out below some of the questions and my answers, and you canĀ  tune in to the BFM podcast (the BFM website requires free registration) for the full discussion. Continue reading

Spoke on BFM: Unmasking Corporate Anonymity – Beneficial Ownership

On 16 December 2019, I spoke live on BFM’s Morning Run on the Companies Commission of Malaysia proposed guidelines on the beneficial ownership reporting framework. I had written earlier about beneficial ownership in Malaysia and also 8 observations I had on the proposed beneficial ownership guidelines.

You can access the podcast here (you may be required to do a free registration on the BFM website). Continue reading

The Malaysian Lawyer in the Media

Early on in my legal practice, I thought to myself that I would like to one day be featured in one of the business dailies. I wanted to work hard so that I had enough knowledge to share my views.

Coincidentally, I was already following Marcus’ Counsel column in The Edge. I did not know my fellow The Malaysian Lawyer back then. He was one of the few lawyers (if not, only lawyer) writing regularly on corporate-related matters at that time. I was thinking this relatively young lawyer, with the ang moh surname, already had his own column in a leading financial newspaper.

Marcus and I of course eventually met in person, became good friends, and then on a whim, set up The Malaysian Lawyer website. We wanted to continue to share our writing. Specifically, cutting out unnecessary legalese and use clear effective language in our legal articles.

From our small platform, the number of readers of The Malaysian Lawyer has exploded and it has been picked up by media outlets. Bloomberg TV, BFM radio and Focus Malaysia have all come across this website and invited me to speak with them.

More recently, I was featured on the cover story for Malaysia SME newspaper for their 11 June 2016 edition. I was interviewed on the impact of the new Companies Bill on SMEs in Malaysia. Continue reading

BFM Interview: Companies Bill 2015 – A Big Bang Approach

About two weeks ago, I had a pre-recorded interview with BFM to share my views on the new Companies Bill 2015.

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This morning, the segment was aired as part of its Current Affairs series. You can click on to the podcast.

I generally shared why the new changes are to be welcomed and I traced the long process to arrive where we are at. On the one hand, we adopted the best practices from other jurisdictions. However, I also shared my personal thoughts on certain areas where we could have improved further. Finally, I shared how the different segments of the industry may be worried about the unknown and of the new.