Winding Up Statutory Demand Threshold at RM50,000 from 1 April 2021

Starting from 1 April 2021, the threshold for the issuance of a winding up statutory demand is now fixed at RM50,000.00.

Through this gazette notice (GN No. 4159), the Minister has set this prescribed amount. This is consistent with the powers of the Minister under section 466(1)(a) of the Companies Act 2016 to prescribe the minimum amount of indebtedness for the issuance of a statutory demand for winding up.

Case Update: Court Will be Slow to Second Guess Liquidator’s Decision on Proof of Debt

The Court of Appeal in its grounds of judgment dated 18 March 2021 in Sunrise Megaway Sdn Bhd (in liquidation) v Kathryn Ma Wai Fong set out the principles when there is a challenge on a liquidator’s decision to admit or reject a proof of debt. Exceptional circumstances are required to second guess the liquidator’s decision.
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Speaking at Book Launch: Meetings, Minutes and Resolutions

On Tuesday 23 March 2021, I will be one of the co-speakers at the forum held in conjunction with the virtual book launch of CLJ’s Company Meetings, Minutes and Resolutions in Malaysia. Delighted to see the launch of this book written by Kenneth Foo Poh Khean and Leong Oi Wah.

The book covers essential requirements, rules and principles in company meetings, minutes and resolutions. This book provides two dimensions in the areas of meetings, minutes and resolutions from the legal perspective and the practical insights supported by examples, legal precedents and explanations.

You may register for the free Zoom session for the forum over here. The book is available for purchase over here.

Shareholders’ Say on Directors’ Pay: First Prosecution Due to Failure to Obtain Shareholders’ Approval

I read the news on the Companies Commission of Malaysia charging NWP Holdings Bhd for its failure to obtain shareholders’ approval for directors’ fees. This failure was for two financial years of 2017 and 2018. This charge relates to section 230 of the Companies Act 2016 (CA 2016), being a new provision requiring shareholders in a general meeting to approve the fees of the directors. Essentially, the shareholders having a say on the directors’ pay. This is the first reported prosecution involving this section. Continue reading

Case Update: Federal Court Decides on Threshold for Winding Up Based on Illegality

In Tan Keen Keong @ Tan Kean Keong v Tan Eng Hong Paper & Stationery Sdn Bhd & Ors and other appeals [2020] MLJU 2204 (grounds of judgment dated 17 December 2020), the Federal Court dealt with an important question of law for a just and equitable winding up.

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Top 5 Articles on The Malaysian Lawyer in 2020

We end the year by looking back at the most-read articles on The Malaysian Lawyer in the year 2020. Thank you to the readers for all the support and for dropping by this site of ours.

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Featured below are our five most-read articles in 2020. Perhaps consistent with the challenging times of 2020, four out of the five articles deal with some form of closing down or retrenchment   Continue reading