SC Releases AGM CG Checklist to Enhance Shareholder Activism
5 February 2020   |   Kuala Lumpur

The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) today released the Annual General Meeting Corporate Governance Checklist for Shareholders (AGM CG Checklist) to promote meaningful dialogue between shareholders and board of directors at annual general meetings (AGM). The AGM CG Checklist was developed in collaboration with the Institutional Investors Council Malaysia and the Minority Shareholders Watch Group.

General meetings are important platforms for directors and senior management to engage shareholders to facilitate greater understanding of the company’s business, governance and performance. Thus, the Intended Outcome of Practice 12 of the Malaysian Code on Corporate Governance is that shareholders are able to participate, engage the board and senior management effectively and make informed voting decisions at General Meetings.

“Shareholders play an important role in driving responsible corporate behaviour and the AGM is one of the platforms where they can raise material issues for discussion or seek explanation from the board and management. The AGM CG Checklist is meant to guide shareholders on key issues they may need to consider or raise at an AGM before they exercise their voting rights,” said Datuk Syed Zaid Albar, Chairman of the SC. These relate primarily to resolutions commonly tabled at AGMs such as the appointment of directors, approval of director’s fees and the appointment of auditors. It also reminds shareholders to engage boards on other critical issues including sustainability and anti-corruption measures.

While the AGM CG Checklist was developed for shareholders, other stakeholders such as consumers and potential investors are encouraged to use the checklist to understand and evaluate the performance, policies and practices of companies.

The publication of the AGM CG Checklist is one of the deliverables under the SC’s Corporate Governance Strategic Priorities (2017-2020). It can be downloaded at here.
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  2. Datuk Syed Zaid Albar, Chairman of the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC)
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  4. Datuk Zainal Izlan Zainal Abidin, Deputy Chief Executive of SC
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