hiris_s_04.png MIA is an inclusive organisation, and we hope that all 33,223 of our members from all walks of life will come together to celebrate our Golden Jubilee. Since this is a momentous occasion, celebrating our 50th anniversary for a day or a week is insufficient. Therefore, we have planned key events spanning over a few months and culminating in an Appreciation Dinner on 30 September, to thank our stakeholders and MIA members for being the pillars of our strength over the past five decades.

Our Golden Jubilee is a perfect window for us to reflect on what the profession and the Institute have achieved and to commemorate our communal achievements, especially our contributions to nation-building. Revisiting the MIA archives, I am proud to note that accountants have been pivotal in establishing many of the nation’s most important institutions, both in the public and the private sector. True to our profession’s values and ethics, accountants have been instrumental in delivering growth while upholding integrity and safeguarding the public trust over these past five decades. To recognise these achievements, MIA is delighted to present a series of commemorative lectures featuring these notable accountants, beginning with Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar on 10 April.

While we can always learn lessons from history, it is equally important for us to look ahead at what the future holds for the Institute and our members. Already, the landscape of the profession is being reshaped according to the recommendations of the government’s Committee to Strengthen the Accountancy Profession (CSAP). Over the past year, we have looked at building a holistic roadmap, identifying and implementing the necessary reforms and structural adjustments needed to make the profession more efficient, effective and fit for the 21st century.

Now, we are in the midst of developing a flexible and agile Education strategy which is optimal for all stakeholders: talent, employers, corporate, government, et al. Recently, we held a roundtable with leading stakeholders to get their insights and source empirical evidence and data to form our strategy. MIA welcomes all stakeholders who want to share their data and thoughts with us to help meet our objective of attracting, developing and retaining top accounting talents, in order to meet the nation’s aspirations and build the required talent pool of 60,000 competent accountants by 2020.

While we collaborate with all parties to develop talent, we realise that we need to engage more with young talent to attract them to the profession, and this engagement is helmed by our proactive and youthful Membership & Operation Department. Recently, MIA held an Open Day with school-leavers encouraging them to Chart Your Career: Begin with Accounting, positioning accountancy as a versatile career path that opens doors to many diversified prospects and briefing them on funding and career prospects. Going forward, MIA is planning several more initiatives geared towards young talent such as special conferences and youth-oriented events, to fortify the profession’s talent pipeline.

Regardless of whatever developments lie ahead, the profession’s foundation is built upon our core values of Integrity, Accountability and Trust, which we have also chosen as the theme for our 50th Anniversary. But while our Golden Jubilee will elapse into the annals of history, these values are permanent and set in stone. Irrespective of what the future holds for us, we have to uphold these values in all that we say and do if we want to call ourselves professional accountants. As Winston Churchill said, “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” So, let’s stand up for integrity, accountability and trust.

Dato' Mohammad Faiz Azmi
Malaysian Institute of Accountants