SC Launches Five Year Capital Market Masterplan to Support Malaysia’s Next Stage of Growth
21 September 2021

CMP3 strives to build a capital market that is relevant, efficient and diversified to enable the Malaysian economy to emerge fitter and stronger
The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) today launched the third Capital Market Masterplan (CMP3), which will serve as a strategic framework for the growth of Malaysia’s capital market over the next five years. It seeks to leverage on the strengths and potential of the Malaysian capital market to accelerate economic growth that is sustainable and inclusive.
The CMP3 was unveiled at a virtual ceremony officiated by Finance Minister YB Senator Tengku Datuk Seri Utama Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz.

Speaking at the launch, the Finance Minister said, “The CMP3 fits well into the nation’s aspirations as one of the key enablers that will pave the way for a wider population to participate in the nation’s growth by enabling more inclusive and accessible investment products and distribution channels. With the CMP3 as a strategic guide for our capital market over the next five years, I am confident that it will continue to play an important role in the Malaysian economy.”

Datuk Syed Zaid Albar, Chairman of the SC said, “Malaysia is now at a critical juncture in our post-pandemic journey. It is imperative for the capital market to continue to support the economy as we transition into an inclusive and sustainable nation. The progress in the capital market cannot be measured solely by growth and size, as it also has to serve the underlying needs and aspirations of the country and its people.”

The CMP3 takes into consideration global megatrends that will shape the recovery and growth of global and Malaysian economies as it steers the capital market towards three desired outcomes:
  1. Relevant to the development of the economy and its stakeholders;
  2. Efficient in capital mobilisation and in achieving the desired regulatory outcomes; and
  3. Diversified to create value for all participants.
To achieve these desired outcomes, the CMP3 outlines six key development and regulatory thrusts that will collectively serve as pillars in developing strategic initiatives over the next five years.

The first development thrust is facilitating fundraising for competitive businesses through a diverse market and intermediation ecosystem. The CMP3 also aims to empower all Malaysians to invest for their future and promote digital inclusion and protection for vulnerable investors. Furthermore, through the Sustainable and Responsible Investments (SRI) and Islamic Capital Market (ICM) pillars, the CMP3 aims to shape a stakeholder economy by mobilising more capital towards sustainable businesses.

In tandem, the SC’s regulatory approach will also evolve in response to changing trends and market landscape. The CMP3 strives to embed greater shared accountability within the capital market, particularly corporate responsibility to stakeholders beyond short-term profitability. It also aims to achieve a more efficient regulatory outcome and greater efficiency in investor protection through swift, effective and targeted enforcement and supervision approaches. In addition, as the industry becomes more digital, the CMP3 envisions greater use of technology – both RegTech and SupTech - for greater efficiency and deeper insights.

“It will be our collective responsibility to bring these strategic thrusts and desired outcomes to fruition, for us to achieve meaningful change. This is a shared journey for all of us to undertake. We will be stronger together,” concluded Datuk Syed Zaid.

Over the last two decades, the Capital Market Masterplan 1 (2001 – 2010) and Capital Market Masterplan 2 (2011 – 2020) have successfully expanded the capital market while ensuring market stability and integrity. Malaysia now has a well-diversified capital market, with an equity market that has over 900 listed companies, a bond market that is the third largest in Asia, an Islamic capital market that is innovative and well-regarded globally, a derivatives market that leads in crude palm oil price discovery and a unit trust industry that is one of the largest in the region.

In addition, governance strategies implemented during the previous masterplans have ensured robust regulatory oversight to enhance confidence in the integrity of Malaysia’s capital market. The Malaysian capital market regulatory framework is benchmarked and ranks highly internationally with regards to, amongst others, investor protection standards, corporate governance and enforcement capabilities.

The CMP3 will build on this solid foundation to pave the way for the next stage of Malaysia’s market evolution and growth.

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