The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) announced further relief measures today, which will immediately benefit 231 licensed entities, 30 registered audit firms and 9663 licensed individuals.

These measures, which aim to ease the cost burden of capital market participants, complement the wider relief effort under the Economic Stimulus Package 2020 (ESP 2020) announced by the Government on 27 February 2020.

“The unprecedented scale of challenges we are facing today demands measured responses that offer relief in the short term and support for longer term recovery,” said Datuk Syed Zaid Albar, SC Chairman.

The new relief measures are:

a) Waiver of the SC’s annual licensing fees for 2020 on the core regulated activity of all Capital Markets Services Licence (CMSL) entities with Profit Before Tax of RM5 million or less during Financial Year 2019. A qualifying CMSL entity who has already made the payment prior to this announcement will be offered a credit to offset next year’s licensing fees;

b) Waiver of the annual licensing fees for the Year 2020 for all individual CMSL holders and Capital Markets Services Representative’s Licence (CMSRL) holders. A qualifying CMSRL holder who has already made the payment prior to this announcement will be offered a credit to offset next year’s licensing fees;

d) Reduction of the minimum training requirements to three days from the current five days effective 1 July 2020 for a period of 12 months for Trading Representatives and Marketing Representatives; and

e) One-off training subsidy for existing registered firms of Audit Oversight Board (AOB) with less than 10 audit partners, up to RM30,000 per firm for Approved Training Programmes conducted by the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA).

Earlier, the Government had, through ESP2020, announced that both the SC and Bursa Malaysia have agreed to waive all listing related fees for a period of 12 months for companies with market capitalisation of less than RM500 million seeking listing on the Main Market, as well as for companies seeking to list on the LEAP and ACE Markets. Further details of these measures will be announced by Bursa Malaysia separately.

The SC is closely monitoring ongoing developments at both the global and domestic fronts and will take all necessary measures, as appropriate, to support an orderly market.

In a statement [] last week, the SC and Bursa Malaysia reiterated the need for markets to remain open to ensure continued and reliable access to the Malaysian capital market, which is vital for immediate and long-term market confidence.

About the Securities Commission Malaysia:
The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC), a statutory body reporting to the Minister of Finance, was established under the Securities Commission Act 1993. It is the sole regulatory agency for the regulation and development of capital markets. The SC has direct responsibility for supervising and monitoring the activities of market institutions, including the exchanges and clearing houses, and regulating all persons licensed under the Capital Markets and Services Act 2007. More information about the SC is available on its website at Follow the SC on twitter at @SecComMy for more updates.