TITLE: Budget 2020 Measures Highly Relevant to Malaysia’s Future Growth Trajectory, Says MIA

DATE: 11/10/2019

BUDGET 2020 MEASURES HIGHLY RELEVANT TO MALAYSIA’S FUTURE GROWTH TRAJECTORY, SAYS MIA
11 October 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AS THE VOICE OF THE ACCOUNTANCY PROFESSION, MIA LAUDS BUDGET 2020 MEASURES ON DIGITALISATION, FDI, CAPACITY BUILDING, ISLAMIC FINANCE AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

OVERALL PERCEPTION

Budget 2020 is clearly designed to grow the Malaysian economy sustainably and to future-proof key stakeholders for the digital revolution and developments.

ADVOCATING DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Budget 2020’s measures to accelerate the digital economy are timely and aligned with MIA’s aspiration for its members to play a larger role in the digital transformation of their respective organisations, as strategic business advisors and partners.

The MIA welcomes the following incentives to drive digital transformation:

  • 50% matching grant of up to RM5,000 for subscription to selected/approved
    digital systems
  • Allocation of RM550 million for Smart Automation matching grants worth up to
    RM2 million per company•
  • One-stop Digital Enhancement Centres
  • Digital Social Responsibility (DSR)•
  • Widening SME access to digital financing options such as Equity Crowd Funding
    (ECF) and Peer-to-Peer (P2P) platforms, which will improve access to finance for
    underserved SMEs.

ATTRACTING SUSTAINABLE VALUE-ADDED FDI

MIA supports the Government’s commitment to channel resources in improving governance and service delivery in line with its principles of Competency, Accountability and Transparency (CAT).

These are integral to good governance and building trust in public institutions, which is a key driver in attracting FDIs and assuring investor confidence.
 
To strengthen trust and bridge the trust deficit, it is important that these public institutions provide accurate and complete financial and non-financial information, in order to demonstrate accountability and stewardship and to reinforce their credibility.

The reliability and transparency of financial reporting is also important in attracting FDI.
 
Accountants play a pivotal role in these areas either as preparers, auditors, regulators or those charged with governance.

BUILDING CAPABILITIES FOR LOCAL ACCOUNTANCY FIRMS

MIA is constantly exploring ways to build capabilities among local accountancy firms to improve productivity. Building regional alliances is one means of building capabilities and will enable local firms to tap the growing potential of ASEAN and Asian markets.

The Government’s move to raise the ceiling on Market Development Grant (MDG) by Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) to RM300,000, will be very useful in incentivising and supporting local accountancy firms to go regional.
 
The cap on entry to export exhibitions has also been raised to RM25,000, enabling better access to export marketing opportunities and formation of regional alliances and networks for local accountancy firms.

STRENGTHENING LEADERSHIP IN ISLAMIC FINANCE

The establishment of the Special Committee in Islamic Finance (JKKI) will provide further impetus to further promote and develop the Islamic finance (IF) ecosystem and strengthen Malaysia’s leadership as a centre of excellence in IF.

One of the objectives of JKKI that will be established is to organise outreach initiatives and professional courses to promote deeper understanding of Islamic finance nationwide. This is in line with MIA’s ongoing IF Pupillage Programme as well as the development of our upcoming Islamic finance textbook which have the aim to build competency and capacity in Islamic finance among accountants.

STRENGTHENING THE TALENT PIPELINE THROUGH EDUCATION

MIA also welcomes the generous funding of RM192 million for professional certification programmes, including professional accountancy programmes, under Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera.

This allocation will enable greater numbers of Bumiputera students to take up professional accounting qualifications. This will ultimately lead to the upskilling and diversification of talent, strengthening of the accountancy talent pipeline and uplifting of the Bumiputera community.

Please attribute this press release to Dr Nurmazilah Dato’ Mahzan, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Institute of Accountants.

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NOTE TO EDITOR:
About the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA)

Established under the Accountants Act 1967, MIA is the national accountancy body that regulate, develops, supports and enhances the integrity, status and interests of the profession in Malaysia. MIA accords the Chartered Accountant Malaysia or “C.A. (M)” designation.

Working closely alongside businesses, MIA connects its membership to an unmatched range of information resources, events, professional development and networking opportunities.
 
Presently, there are more than 36,000 members making their strides in businesses across all industries in Malaysia and around the world.

MIA’s international outlook and connections are reflected in its membership of regional and international professional organisations such as the ASEAN Federation of Accountants (AFA), and the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC). For more information on MIA, visit www.mia.org.my

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
MIA STRATEGY COMMUNICATIONS & BRANDING UNIT
Tel: +603 27229000
Fax: +603 27229009
E-mail: communications@mia.org.my

THANE MEYYAPPAN
Team Lead
M: +60122489534
NURUL NADIRA
Senior Executive
M: +60192619708