KOTA KINABALU: The integrity of our country’s public institutions, organizations and business entities must be maintained in order to attract more direct investments to Malaysia, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman.
“In order for Malaysia to become a high-income nation as envisioned by the Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak, integrity is crucial in creating a robust economic climate and a healthy capital market,” said Musa in his speech which was read by Datuk Teo Chee Kang, the Minister of Special Tasks, who was representing Chief Minister, at the Sabah Regional’s Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) Annual Dinner on Friday night.
Musa also said that accountants in Sabah held firmly to the values of integrity, honesty and professionalism in carrying out their responsibilities.
Meanwhile, chairman of MIA Sabah Region, Winson Chong Kan Hiung said that accountants in Malaysia are strategically positioned to take on the role of ‘consultant’ in providing the needed input to propel the growth of the country.
“To do so effectively, accountants must be able to deliver top quality work that meets with public expectations, one good example being the coming Goods and Services Tax (GST). I hope that accountants are making the best of GST training offered by the Professional Development division,” said Chong.
To date, MIA accounts for over 30,000 members from business and commercial sectors, public practice, the Government and academia. From this number, Sabah Region makes up close to 1,000 members.
Also at the event was chief executive officer of MIA, Ho Foong Moi, who was representing the president, Johan Idris. She announced that on March 25 this year, MIA is organising a Seminar for Accounting Teachers and Counsellors in Kuala Lumpur. The professional body will also be organising the National Accounting Quiz (NAQ) which will run for six months beginning April 2014 and is open to all upper secondary school students.
The dinner ended with a cheque presentation to Seri Mengasih Centre amounting to RM27,335.60 which was raised through Together We Care charity walk on December 7 last year.