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Updated: 17/07/2017
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The first few months of 2017 have been an extremely busy period for the Institute as we continued to organise various events and activities, including four Members’ Dialogues on issues pertaining to the Companies Act 2016 in March and April, a meeting of the Corporate Secretaries Associations within ASEAN and Asia in Kuala Lumpur in conjunction with a Roundtable on Minority Shareholders’ Rights in April and the MAICSA Annual Dinner in May. Further details of some of these activities can be found in this issue of the journal.

This year, it was the Institute’s turn to host the meeting of the Corporate Secretaries Associations within ASEAN and Asia, which was held on 6 April 2017 at the MAICSA Secretariat and attended by representatives of member organisations from Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Hong Kong. The meeting discussed areas of co-operation between the various associations including cross border training, cross links to websites and how the grouping can contribute to ASEAN initiatives such as the ASEAN Scorecard and the ASEAN Capital Market Forum roadmap. In conjunction with the meeting, a Roundtable on Minority Shareholders’ Rights was held on 7 April 2017 at the MAICSA Auditorium, with representatives of all member organisations as speakers, sharing their perspectives from their respective jurisdictions. I’m pleased to note that more than 100 members attended the Roundtable.

The MAICSA Annual Dinner, an annual event in the Institute’s calendar, was held on 24 May 2017 at Connexion Conference & Event Centre, Bangsar South and was, as always, well supported by members, students and invited guests from the regulators, corporate sector, professional bodies and educational institutions. The Annual Dinner is the major social event of the Institute which provides the platform for members and students to network with each other, as well as Council members and guests, in a relaxed atmosphere. The guest of honour at this year’s Dinner was YB Dato’ Henry Sum Agong, Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism as representative of YB Dato’ Seri Hamzah bin Zainudin, Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism. We are grateful to the Deputy Minister, as well as our invited guests, for their attendance and for making the Dinner a memorable event.

The 57th Annual General Meeting of the Institute will be held on Saturday 17 June 2017 at 10.00am at the Secretariat (Level 3, Auditorium) and I hope that many members will attend and support the AGM. This is your Institute and your support will assist to determine its future and continued development as the premier professional body for company secretaries in the country. Members who attend the AGM will be able to claim the number of CPD Hours equivalent to the duration of the meeting, subject to a maximum of a total of five CPD Hours per CPD year for attendance at general meetings and Committee meetings of the Institute.

The Institute’s flagship event, the MAICSA Annual Conference will be held this year, on 12 and 13 September 2017 at Nexus@Connexion, Bangsar South, with the theme “The Companies Act 2016 - A Paradigm Shift”. The Conference programme will feature several sessions on various aspects of the Companies Act 2016 from implementation to enforcement, as well as a session on the new Malaysian Code of Corporate Governance, all of which will no doubt be welcomed by members. We are also honoured that, once again, at this year’s Conference, there will be a special appearance by Ybhg Tan Sri Rafidah Abdul Aziz, who will speak on “Governance - Whither the Way Forward”. Further details of the Conference are available in the MAICSA website. Attendance at the two day Annual Conference will gain members a valuable 18 CPD Hours. We look forward to the continuing support of members for the Conference again this year.

Internationally, the Institute continues to contribute actively to ICSA International through our representation on the ICSA International Council. The ICSA International Council is finalising its review of the International Standard, which includes the development of a new qualifying scheme to allow members dual recognition as Chartered Secretaries and Chartered Governance Professionals. This will have a major impact on the re-branding exercise of MAICSA, which has now been re-activated by the Council. MAICSA is also a founder member of the Corporate Secretaries International Association (CSIA). A major project of CSIA is the collaboration with the Global Corporate Governance Forum to produce a Corporate Secretaries Tool Kit for use in multiple jurisdictions. This will provide a baseline curriculum for the concepts and approaches that corporate secretaries must master to be effective in their roles. The Tool Kit has now been completed and copies have been sent to all member organisations. The Institute organised a Train the Trainers session on the Tool Kit for seven trainers in May last year and has conducted two training sessions on two Modules of the Tool Kit in October and December 2016. I would also like to extend my congratulations to Ms Chua Siew Chuan FCIS, Immediate Past President, who is the Institute’s representative on the CSIA Council, on her election as Vice President of CSIA for 2017.

In concluding, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all members, graduates, students and affiliates for their continuing support of the Institute, and to wish all Muslim members, graduates, students and affiliates Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Dato’ Heng Ji Keng FCIS