Review of Corporate Governance in Asia Corporate Governance in Malaysia

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Abstract

This paper reviews briefly the financial crisis during the 1997/1998 period and the major issues in corporate governance practices in Malaysia that were brought to the foreground as a result of the financial crisis. Corporate Governance reforms were then instituted and efforts made to improve the corporate governance practices by the corporate sector. The Malaysian Code of Corporate Governance, adopting the hybrid approach between prescriptive and non-prescriptive models, was launched in 2000 with a view to improve amidst others, better disclosure and transparency, board effectiveness and independence and shareholder rights and activism. This paper will look into the reforms made in respect of three areas: the shareholder rights and their roles in promoting corporate governance, the effectiveness of the board of directors and the role of other stakeholders in promoting good corporate governance practices, namely the creditor banks and the employees. Lastly, the paper will also discuss briefly the relationship between corporate governance practices by the public listed companies in Malaysia and their firms performance.

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  • Boo Yeang Khoo

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