About Us

Background

The Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) has been developing the accounting profession in Malaysia for over six decades by providing accounting graduates with an avenue to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Since its establishment in 1958, MICPA has played a key role in the setting of accounting standards and technical advisory for the Malaysian regulatory bodies responsible for carving out the business and financial landscape of this nation.

MICPA has more than 3,400 members and over 1,000 registered candidates. Members of the Institute are professionally-qualified “Certified Public Accountants” bearing the CPA (M) title.

The Institute is a founding member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and has contributed significantly to sustaining the accounting profession nationally, as well as globally. MICPA has demonstrated its dedication in protecting public interest by promoting convergence to international standards through participation in the IFAC Compliance Program.

In 2009, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between MICPA and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (then known as the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia (ICAA)), sealing a new era of professional ties marking an important milestone for both bodies in their quest to promote the interest of students, members and the accountancy profession. The MoU provides for mutual advanced entry for candidates into both of the accountancy bodies’ professional examinations. Graduates of the MICPA x CA ANZ Qualifying Programme are eligible to obtain 2 professional qualifications – CPA (Malaysia) and CA (ANZ).

The depth of technical accounting knowledge and understanding of the Malaysian business environment has helped MICPA shape its core professional accountancy programme to suit business professionals practising in Malaysia whilst increasing their accessibility to the accounting profession on international shores. The partnership between MICPA and CA ANZ has widened the horizons of Programme graduates in terms of international opportunities and access to resources such as the Global Accounting Alliance (GAA) which provides support from a global network of professional accounting bodies in 12 different countries.

I chose to pursue the MICPA Programme as MICPA is a reputable international professional accounting body and its members are highly sought after in the accounting industry globally. Its study programme serves not only local requirements, but also addresses international needs.

Calvin Tee G-Mun, MICPA Member

Calvin Tee G-Mun, MICPA Member

Brief History

Brief History

On July 26, 1958, the Malayan Association of Certified Public Accountants was incorporated under the Companies Ordinances (1940 – 1946) as a self-regulatory accountancy body. Subsequently, the Association became The Malaysian Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA) on July 6, 1964, and was finally renamed The Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) on January 29, 2002.

In 2009, MICPA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (then known as the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia (ICAA)), sealing a new era of professional ties promoting the interest of students, members and the accounting profession. The MoU provides for:

  • The delivery of a joint Professional Accounting Programme in Malaysia, granting graduates of the Programme with the eligibility to become members of both Institutes
  • Mutual recognition for members of both Institutes
  • Collaboration between Institutes in the organising of thought leadership events in Malaysia

Graduates of the joint Programme will obtain 2 professional qualifications and be entitled to use the credentials CPA (Malaysia) and CA (ANZ) as members of both Institutes.

Objects, Vision & Mission

Objects of the Institute

The Principal Objects of the Institute as set out in the Memorandum and Articles of Association are as follows:

  • To advance the theory and practice of accountancy in all its aspects.
  • To recruit, educate, train and assess by means of examination or otherwise a body of members skilled in these areas.
  • To preserve at all times the professional independence of accountants in whatever capacities they may be serving.
  • To maintain high standards of practice and professional conduct by all its members.
  • To do all such things as may advance the profession of accountancy in relation to public practice, industry, commerce, education and the public service.
Our Vision

To be the premier business qualification in Malaysia, comparable to the best in the world.

Our Mission
  • To enhance the value and distinctiveness of the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) qualification.
  • To promote high standards of professional conduct and technical competence of members to safeguard public interest.
  • To provide quality professional education and training thereby creating a competitive advantage for members.

What We Do

Service with Technical Excellence
Service to Members

MICPA provides a wide range of services to its members including:

  • Developing and issuing of standards and guidelines on accounting, auditing and financial reporting;
  • Rendering advisory services to members on all areas of CPAs work covering accounting, auditing, taxation, company law, financial management and insolvency practice;
  • Conducting continuing professional education and development programmes;
  • Setting and monitoring members’ compliance with ethical standards governing members’ professional conduct thereby safeguarding the interest of the general public;
  • Updating members via a Members’ Handbook containing technical and professional standards and via a bi-monthly journal, The Malaysian Accountant.
Technical Activities

MICPA has played an instrumental role in the research and development of accounting and auditing standards in Malaysia.

Its scope of commitment in developing technical standards include:

  • Reviewing and setting guidelines on the applications of International Accounting Standards (IAS) & International Standards on Auditing (ISA) in Malaysia;
  • Development of Malaysian Accounting & Auditing Standards for application where specific standards are necessary in order to comply with local business conditions & statutory requirements;
  • Working jointly with relevant Government authorities in developing accounting & reporting standards for specialised industries such as banking & financial services and insurance;
  • Working in consultation with various regulatory authorities in reviewing existing regulations & legislations, & in the development of new ones;
  • Providing the Government with technical assistance in whatever areas that might require the application & review of technical standards.

The upshot of all these efforts are clearly evident. Today MICPA has earned to its credit:

  • The issuance of no less than 80 accounting and auditing standards & guidelines;
  • Full recognition for these standards – not only by the business community, both local & international, but also the regulatory authorities & most significantly the Government;
  • A high stature in international circles & forums. MICPA is acknowledged as the authoritative corporate “representative” of the accountancy profession of Malaysia.
  • Maintenance of high standards in financial reporting in the country which, by all measurements, are ranked as one of the top in the Asia-Pacific region.

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The Council

MICPA is governed by a Council of 30 elected members, who comprise members from public accounting practice, commerce, industry and the public sector. The role and functions of the Institute are carried out by a force of 13 Committees and numerous working groups.

President

Dato’ Gan Ah Tee is a Council member of MICPA since 2008. He is the Managing Partner of BDO in Malaysia and Regional Senior Partner of BDO in ASEAN. With over 38 years’ experience in auditing, accounting and advisory services, Dato’ Gan specialises in corporate turnaround and financial restructuring of under-performing companies. Dato’ Gan is also a Council Member of MIA and a member of its Oversight Committee. He was a Council Member of ICAEW and member of the Financial Reporting Foundation, a trustee body responsible for the oversight of the Malaysian Accounting Standard Board’s performance, financial and funding arrangements. Dato’ Gan was conferred an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws by the University of Nottingham. He sits on the Advisory Board for the Nottingham University Business School and is also a member of the Industrial Advisory Board for the Professional Accounting Programme of Sunway College.

Vice-President

Soo Hoo Khoon Yean is a Council Member of MICPA and an Executive Committee member since 2020. He is PwC Malaysia’s Managing Partner and the Territory Senior Partner of the PwC Malaysia-Vietnam (MYVN) firm. He is also the Chairman of PwC’s South East Asia Consulting practice. He has over 27 years of diversified experience providing audit and business advisory services to clients in the financial services industry in Malaysia as well as around the region. Over the course of his career, Soo Hoo has led various engagements, advising some of Malaysia’s largest public listed institutions and government agencies in various projects ranging from mergers & acquisitions, internal investigations to IFRS implementations. He used to serve as a member of the ACCA Malaysia Advisory Council as well as a Council Member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA). Currently, he remains as a member of the Public Practice Committee (PPC) in MIA. Soo Hoo is also a Board Member of the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (BMCC).

The MICPA Council – 2021/2022

Dr Veerinderjeet Singh(President)
Dato’ Gan Ah Tee (Vice President)
Dato’ Abdul Rauf Abdul Rashid
Dato’ Ahmad Fuaad bin Mohd Kenali
Beh Tok Koay
Datin Hajjah Fadzilah bte Saad
Goh Lee Hwa (Ms)
Datuk Johan bin Idris
Ken Pushpanathan
Alex Khaw Hock Hoe
Andy Lee Kong Weng
Lee Tuck Heng
Peter Lim Thiam Kee
Dato’ Megat Iskandar Shah bin Mohamad Nor
Mohd Muazzam Mohamed
Ng Kim Tuck
Nurul A’in binti Abdul Latif
Ong Chee Wai
Patrick Ng Gan Hooi
Poon Yew Hoe
Rozaini bin Mohd Sani
Soo Hoo Khoon Yean
Desmond Tan Chee Beng
Tang Seng Choon
Dr Teh Chee Ghee
Stanley Teo Swee Chua
Thong Foo Vung
Yee Wing Peng
Datuk Robert Yong Kuen Loke
Gary Yong Yoon Shing

Committees – 2021-2022

Chairman Alternate Chairman
Executive Dr Veerinderjeet Singh
Accounting & Auditing Technical Lee Tuck Heng Tang Seng Choon
Commerce Industry & Public Sector Rozaini bin Mohd Sani Dato’ Ahmad Fuaad bin Mohd Kenali
Disciplinary Stanley Teo Swee Chua Patrick Ng Gan Hooi
Education & Training Datuk Johan Idris Mohd Muazzam Mohamed
Examination Thong Foo Vung Dr Teh Chee Ghee
Financial Statements Review Ong Chee Wai Soo Hoo Khoon Yean
Insolvency Practice Dato’ Gan Ah Tee Peter Lim Thiam Kee
Investigation Soo Hoo Khoon Yean Dato’ Abdul Rauf Rashid
Membership Affairs Goh Lee Hwa (Ms) Desmond Tan Chee Beng
Public Affairs Datuk Robert Yong Kuen Loke Alex Khaw Hock Hoe
Public Practice Poon Yew Hoe Andy Lee Kong Weng
Tax Practice Beh Tok Koay Yee Wing Peng

Past Presidents of MICPA (1958 – 2022)

2019 – 2022 Dr Veerinderjeet Singh
2017 – 2019 YBhg Datuk Tan Theng Hooi
2014 – 2017 Dato’ Abdul Rauf Rashid
2012 – 2014 Mr Ken Pushpanathan
2010 – 2012 YBhg Dato’ Seri Johan Raslan
2007 – 2010 YBhg Dato’ Nordin Baharuddin (The Late)
2004 – 2007 YBhg Dato’ Abdul Halim Mohyiddin
2002 – 2004 Mr Beh Tok Koay
1999 – 2002 YBhg Tan Sri Datuk Dr Abdul Samad Hj Alias
1998 – 1999 YBhg Datuk Ali bin Tan Sri Abdul Kadir
1996 – 1998 En Abdul Jabbar Abdul Majid
1994 – 1996 YBhg Datuk Oh Chong Peng
1992 – 1994 YM Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Arshad bin Raja Tun Uda
1989 – 1991 YBhg Dato’ Hj Zainal Abidin Putih
1987 – 1989 Mr Larry Seow Thiam Fatt
1986 – 1987 Mr Subimal Sen Gupta
1984 – 1986 YBhg Dato’ Abu Hassan Kendut
1981 – 1984 YBhg Dato’ Hj Megat Abdul Rahman
1979 – 1981 Dr Nawawi Mat Awin (The Late)
1977 – 1979 YBhg Datuk Peter Yew Min Sang
1975 – 1977 En Abdul Rahman Abdul Hamid
1973 – 1975 YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Jaffar Hussein (The Late)
1971 – 1973 YBhg Dato’ Mohd Salleh Yusof
1969 – 1971 YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Jaffar Hussein (The Late)
1967 – 1969 YBhg Datuk Abdul Razak Yusof (The Late)
1966 – 1967 Mr Cheah Pee Aik (The Late)
1965 – 1966 Mr C. H. Yong (The Late)
1964 – 1965 Mr Y. C. Kang (The Late)
1963 – 1964 Mr Frederick Weatherly (The Late)
1962 – 1963 Mr Chan Kum Chee
1961 – 1962 Mr H R Villiers
1959 – 1961 Mr W M Piercy (The Late)
1958 – 1959 Mr R D Stewart (The Late)
List of Principal Office Bearers and Officers of MICPA

The Secretariat is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Institute and provides membership, technical advisory, education and examination services to our members and candidates.

Chief Executive Officer Novie Bin Tajuddin
Executive Director, Technical Chiam Pei Pei (Ms)
Head, Technical (Tax & Insolvency) Tan Yu Yin (Ms)
Head, Marketing & Strategic Engagement Eileen Grace Lee (Ms)
Marketing Manager Shanta Gnana (Ms)
Head, Education & Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Gilbert Lai
Head, Examination K. Vejaya Suriya (Ms)
Assistant Manager, Education Ashley Chan (Ms)
Head, Membership Services A. Loorthemary (Ms)
Assistant Manager, Student Affairs Jess Liu (Ms)