As a professional consulting and tax accounting firm, we understand the importance of shareholder meetings in Malaysia.

These meetings provide a platform for shareholders to exercise their rights, participate in decision-making processes, and stay informed about the company’s affairs.

Why is Having a Shareholder Meeting Important?

Shareholder meetings serve as a platform for shareholders to participate in a company’s decision-making process actively. These meetings provide a forum for shareholders to express their views, raise concerns, and vote on important matters that affect the company’s direction. They also foster transparency, accountability, and good corporate practices.

Furthermore, shareholder meetings enable companies to disclose information, report financial performance, and engage with their stakeholders, thereby enhancing trust and confidence in the organization.

Role of a Shareholder in a Company

Before delving into the different types of shareholder meetings, it is essential to understand the role of a shareholder in a company.

Shareholders are individuals or entities that own shares in a company, entitling them to certain rights and responsibilities. As company owners, shareholders have the power to influence decision-making and elect directors. They also have the right to receive dividends, attend shareholder meetings, and access company information.

Rights of Shareholders in Malaysia According to the Companies Act 2016

In Malaysia, the Companies Act 2016 defines the rights and obligations of shareholders. These rights include the following:

  • Right to attend and vote at shareholder meetings
  • Right to receive financial statements
  • Right to inspect company records
  • Right to initiate legal proceedings on behalf of the company in certain circumstances.

It is crucial for companies to respect and protect these rights to maintain a harmonious relationship with their shareholders.

Types of Directors & Shareholder Meetings in Malaysia

Here are the various types of directors and shareholder meetings in Malaysia:

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The annual general meeting is an important event for every company. Only public limited companies must hold an AGM within a prescribed timeframe. The Companies Act 2016 specifies that an AGM should be held once every financial year, not exceeding fifteen months from the previous AGM.

When are annual general meetings held?

AGMs are typically held within six months after the end of the company’s financial year. The meeting date, time, and venue should be communicated to all our shareholders within the required notice period.

Who can call the meeting?

The board of directors is responsible for convening the AGM. They must ensure all our legal requirements are met and shareholders are notified.

Purpose of annual general meetings

AGMs serve multiple purposes, including:

  • Presentation and adoption of the company’s financial statements, directors, and auditors’ reports.
  • Election or re-election of directors.
  • Appointment or reappointment of auditors.
  • Declaration of dividends.
  • Discussion of any other matters specified in the notice of the meeting.

Factors to be considered before the annual general meeting

Before the AGM, the company should consider factors such as the availability of key stakeholders, venue arrangements, compliance with legal requirements, and preparation of necessary documents and reports.

The shareholders may propose, discuss, and vote on ordinary and special resolutions during the AGM.

Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM)

An extraordinary general meeting is held outside the regular AGM scheduled to address urgent matters or issues that cannot wait until the next AGM. EGMs are crucial for making significant decisions that require immediate attention.

When can an extraordinary general meetings hold?

EGMs should be called when it is in the best interest of our company. They can be convened at any time during the financial year.

Who can call the meeting?

The board of directors can call an EGM. Additionally, shareholders who collectively hold at least 10% of the total voting rights or members representing at least 5% of the full voting rights can request the directors to convene an EGM.

Arranging the extraordinary general meeting

The directors must issue a notice to all shareholders specifying the EGM’s date, time, venue, and agenda. The notice period for an EGM is shorter than that of an AGM, as urgent matters require prompt attention.

Class Meetings

Class meetings are specific to companies with different classes of shares. In Malaysia, it is common for companies to have multiple classes of shares with different rights and privileges. Class meetings are held to address matters that directly affect a particular class of shares.

Directors’ Meetings in Malaysia

Apart from shareholder meetings, directors’ meetings are crucial for the decision-making process and governance of the company. Directors’ meetings allow the board to discuss company operations, strategic planning, and overall management matters.

How We Can Help?

Premia TNC is a leading provider of company secretarial services in Malaysia, offering comprehensive support to companies in their corporate governance practices.

We can assist you by providing expert guidance. Our experienced professionals guide shareholder meetings’ legal and regulatory requirements, ensuring compliance with the Companies Act 2016 and other relevant laws.

We can also help with document preparation and filing. Our services encompass preparing and drafting all necessary meeting documents, ensuring accurate records, and compliance with regulatory requirements.

We also assist in monitoring compliance obligations related to shareholder meetings, such as filing deadlines and adherence to corporate governance standards.

Finally, our team offers tailored support and advice on shareholder rights, corporate governance practices, and regulatory compliance.

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Q1. What are the key legal requirements for conducting a shareholder meeting in Malaysia?

A: In Malaysia, shareholder meetings must comply with the Companies Act 2016 and other relevant regulations. Key legal requirements include providing proper notice of the meeting to shareholders within a specified timeframe, preparing and circulating meeting agendas and related documents, ensuring a quorum, and maintaining accurate minutes of the proceedings.

Q2. How often should an Annual General Meeting (AGM) be held in Malaysia?

A: Under the Companies Act 2016, only Public Listed Company in Malaysia are required to hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) within six months from the end of their financial year. The AGM serves as a platform for shareholders to review the company's performance, approve financial statements, declare dividends, and appoint or re-elect directors.

Q3. Can shareholders vote on resolutions remotely or by proxy in Malaysia?

A: Yes, shareholders in Malaysia have the option to vote on resolutions remotely or by proxy. The Companies Act 2016 allows for electronic voting and the use of proxies to represent shareholders who cannot attend the meeting in person.