Serially late: 1MDB’s tale of missed deadlines


If you are late for school but if you have a good reason, you may be excused. But if you are habitually late, say, more than three times in a short space time, then your excuses may wear a little thin. You could end up in detention class or whatever they call it these days. In earlier days, it could even have meant the rotan!

According to the Companies Commission of Malaysia, a “company’s financial statement need (sic) to be tabled (at the AGM) within six months after financial year ended.”

And then, Section 165 of the Companies Act 1965 requires all companies to lodge the annual return (which includes the financial statements and the auditor’s report) within one month of the AGM.

Of course, the company can apply for an extension under Section 143(2) and/or section 169(2) of the Act if it has a special reason for not holding the AGM in time. The Registrar will then have to assess if the reason given is valid.

One experienced company secretary told me, “The Registrar is now very strict about these deadlines.”

So, what happens if a firm is habitually late? What happens if it misses the usual deadline for tabling or submission of accounts, not once but five times?

Let’s take a look at a company which has been very much in the news.

Serially late

1MDB’s financial year ends on 31 March each year. The chronology shows it has missed the initial six-month deadline (30 September) for tabling of accounts five times. The latest financial statements for the year 31 March 2015 are still not out even after six months have lapsed.  The firm has reportedly been granted an extension.

Full article on Aliran website.

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1MDB case might as well be delayed another 5 years!
Better go sell Nasi Kanda.


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gk ong

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LGE tak boleh

Who repeatedly granted extensions for submission of audited accounts to 1MDB?


It should 1MDB tak boleh!