Errol Oh Optimistically Cautious

Recent and archived articles by Errol Oh Optimistically Cautious

9 Sep 2017 | 7:00 AM

The MIA’s quiet unrest

Will the accounting body make a sharp change in direction?

29 Apr 2017 | 7:00 AM

Giving boardroom independence a shelf life

New corporate governance code draws attention to long-serving directors

4 Mar 2017 | 7:00 AM

Has anyone noticed the new audit reports?

Auditors now have to discuss key matters. We should pay more attention.

25 Feb 2017 | 7:00 AM

New Auditor-General’s demanding mandate

TODAY is only the third day of Tan Sri Dr Madinah Mohamad’s two-year term as Auditor-General (AG). And yet, there is already scepticism out there about her ability to do the job well.

First woman AG: Madinah receiving her letter of appointment from Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa. – Bernama
31 Dec 2016 | 7:00 AM

A surprise move to register CFOs

MALAYSIAN Institute of Accountants (MIA) president Datuk Mohammad Faiz Azmi revealed something surprising when interviewed by Bernama recently.

30 Jul 2016 | 7:00 AM

A rare change of heart

BEING the fickle creatures that we are, we change our minds all the time. But when an audit opinion is withdrawn, that’s highly unusual. This is why there was much surprise when 1Malaysia Development Bhd and Deloitte Malaysia separately told the public on Tuesday that 1MDB’s audited accounts for 2013 and 2014 should no longer be relied upon.

16 Apr 2016 | 7:00 AM

From Golden Plus to black box

GOLDEN Plus Holdings Bhd (GPlus) will be delisted on Tuesday. But that shouldn’t be the end of the story. If that’s the last we hear of the company, we would have reason to question the level of corporate governance and regulatory effectiveness in Malaysia.

23 Jan 2016 | 7:00 AM

The tiny but mighty shareholder

WHO says minority shareholders are a helpless lot? How can that be true when a person with a minuscule number of shares in a listed company became the only one to nominate the new external auditors for the company? And he didn’t even have to explain why he did so.

12 Dec 2015 | 7:00 AM

War against insider trading goes to court

HAS the war against insider trading escalated to a new level? The enforcement numbers over the last five years (see table) suggest that the Securities Commission is hardening its approach to dealing with those who profit illegally by using privileged information.

28 Nov 2015 | 7:00 AM

Seeking trust in new agreement

GUESS what this is. To the Japanese, it’s a key pillar of the national growth strategy. Canberra believes it has great potential to drive job-creating growth across the Australian economy.

Rewriting the rules: Obama speaking while meeting with current and former diplomatic and national security officials to discuss the TPP in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington DC recently. The TPP will make it easier for American entrepreneurs, farmers, and small business owners to sell Made-In-America products abroad by eliminating more than 18,000 taxes and other trade barriers. – Bloomberg