Audit Firm and Auditors Fined and Prohibited from Auditing
19 August 2019   |   Kuala Lumpur
The Securities Commission Malaysia’s Audit Oversight Board (AOB) fined and prohibited Chengco PLT and its partners from accepting public interest entities (PIEs) or schedule funds as clients and auditing their financial statements for 12 months.

The firm and its partners concerned were found to have multiple instances of non-compliance with the international auditing standards, which were discovered in two inspections conducted by the AOB in 2016 and 2018 respectively. The AOB also noted the firm had failed to remedy a recurring finding identified in the first inspection.

As a result, the firm and the partners, Hong Thuan Boon (Hong) and Liew Kwai Choy (Liew), were prohibited from accepting PIEs or schedule funds as clients and auditing their financial statements for 12 months. The firm was fined RM175,000 while Hong was fined RM57,000. Hong and Liew were engagement partner and engagement quality control reviewer respectively for the audit. Another of the firm’s partner, Yap Peng Boon (Yap), was also fined RM44,000 for non-compliance of audit procedures.

The firm, Hong, Liew and Yap appealed to the SC against the AOB’s decisions. The SC dismissed the appeal and affirmed the AOB’s actions. The prohibitions on the firm, Hong and Liew took effect from 6 August 2019.
SC-World Bank-IOSCO Asia Pacific Hub Conference 2019: Enhancing Financial Inclusion through Islamic Finance and FinTech
(From left to right):
  1. Abayomi A. Alawode, Head of Islamic Finance, Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation, The World Bank Group
  2. Datuk Syed Zaid Albar, Chairman of the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC)
  3. Dr. Firas Raad, Country Manager for Malaysia, East Asia and Pacific, The World Bank Group 
  4. Datuk Zainal Izlan Zainal Abidin, Deputy Chief Executive of SC
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