FOUR scholars under the Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera (Yayasan Peneraju) professional accounting programme have been named among the top achievers in the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) December 2020 exams.
Iffah Chek Peei from Melaka placed second and 19th for ACCA Top Affiliate in Malaysia and the world, respectively.
She was recognised for attaining among the highest combined marks for four ACCA strategic professional papers, namely, Strategic Business Leader (SBL), Strategic Business Reporting (SBR), Advanced Financial Management (AFM), and Advanced Taxation (ATX).
Nur Aniess Shamida Samsul Kamil from Kedah won the CAT World Prize Winner award for two papers, namely, Foundation in Taxation (FTX) and Foundation in Financial Management (FFM), in which she scored 90 and 93 marks, respectively.
Nur Amirul Harith Hishamuddin from Melaka was ACCA Malaysia Prize Winner for Taxation (TX) with 93 marks, while Aisy Afiqah Amran from Selangor was CAT Malaysia Prize Winner for management information (MA1), scoring 96 marks.
When asked about her achievement, Iffah said her philosophy is to work hard and not to give up.
“Although the ACCA course is challenging, it will provide greater job opportunities in the future, ” she added.
The 22-year-old also expressed gratitude for the opportunities given by Yayasan Peneraju and Sunway TES to equip the scholars with technical knowledge and soft skills.
Since the inception of the professional accounting programme in 2012, Yayasan Peneraju has produced two ACCA Malaysia Top Affiliates and 67 Prize Winners, comprising two ACCA Global Prize Winners, 28 ACCA Malaysia Prize Winners, 29 CAT Global Prize Winners and eight CAT Malaysia Prize Winners.
Yayasan Peneraju chief executive officer Mohd Muzzammil Ismail said the agency has funded close to 5,000 future Bumiputera professional accountants and will give the opportunity to more than 10,000 aspiring professional accountants by 2025.
As at 1 July 2020, Bumiputera accountants only encompassed 9.17% or 1,983 of the total 21,631 professional accountants with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA), and efforts need to be enhanced to garner greater participation in order to double the number of professional accountants, he added.
Yayasan Peneraju, an agency under the Prime Minister’s Department, has been mandated to increase the quality, quantity and relevance of Bumiputera talents in high-income economy through academic education, technical and vocational education and training (TVET), and professional and specialist certifications.
Celebrating its ninth anniversary last month, the agency has realised the aspirations of over 36,000 beneficiaries from the whole of Malaysia through its 276 funding programmes, and allocation of RM822mil.