Companies Act 2016: The New Dynamics of Company Law in Malaysia

I have been working hard over the last few months writing my book, ‘Companies Act 2016: The New Dynamics of Company Law in Malaysia‘. The process was tiring but very rewarding. It was a culmination of my 10-over years of experience in company law.

My co-author is Kenneth Foo, an experienced Chartered Company Secretary. In this book, we have combined our experience in company law, company secretarial, compliance and insolvency practice. The book will be officially launched at an event on 24 January 2017. Read below for more information.

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Companies Act 2016: Small Companies Do Not Need Auditors

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.]

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Malaysia’s Companies Act 2016

The long-awaited Companies Bill 2015 has received Royal Assent and has been gazetted as the Companies Act 2016.

Based on a prescription order under the National Language Act, the authoritative text of the Companies Act 2016 (and any subsidiary legislation made under the Act) is the English language text. The new Act has not been brought into force yet. [update: The gazette notice has been issued. Almost all the provisions of the new Act will be brought into force on 31 January 2017. I have now written about this and the 10 things to immediately prepare for.]


It has also been announced that the Companies Commission of Malaysia intends to bring the Companies Act 2016 into force in stages. This will start from next year onwards. I would imagine that the sections dealing with insolvency and the new corporate rescue mechanisms could be brought into force at the last stage. The priority may be to implement the new provisions on the incorporation of companies.

To read more about my thoughts on the Companies Bill 2015 and now, the new Companies Act 2016, see below: