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15 - Institutional Investor Stewardship in Malaysia

Code, Context and Challenges

from Part II - Jurisdictions

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 April 2022

Dionysia Katelouzou
Affiliation:
King's College London
Dan W. Puchniak
Affiliation:
National University of Singapore
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The chapter examines institutional investor stewardship in Malaysia from three perspectives: the code, its context and challenges. It outlines the history and background of Malaysian institutional investor stewardship, culminating in the Malaysian Code for Institutional Investors (MCII). The chapter then analyses the MCII stewardship principles and its oversight in detail. A subsequent section of the chapter appraises the Malaysian stewardship journey by evaluating the adoption of the MCII by asset owners and asset managers through a review of their compliance statements. The chapter further sets out the broader context which these institutional investors operate within. It highlights the prevalence of Government Linked Investment Companies (GLICs) and Government Linked Companies (GLCs), which are arguably a result of Malaysia’s characterisation as an emerging economy and a developmental state. The chapter notes that the impetus for the MCII was driven by industry in accordance with the Corporate Governance Blueprint. However, what constitutes industry in Malaysia is inextricably linked to the state via its ownership and control of GLICs and GLCs. Therefore, apart from concerns about the quality of stewardship statements and ownership engagement, structural issues such as the breadth and depth of state ownership and control of institutional investors challenge effective stewardship practice.

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Print publication year: 2022

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