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Paradigm shift or mere codification of law: A review of directors’ duties in Malaysia

Azmi, Ruzita and Abd Razak, Adilah (2012) Paradigm shift or mere codification of law: A review of directors’ duties in Malaysia. Commonwealth Law Bulletin, 38 (2). pp. 251-265. ISSN 0305-0718

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Directors’ duties to manage their company’s affairs originate from many sources.In Malaysia the sources of directors’ duties to the company are the common law, equity and statutory provisions.Directors’ duties can also exist from a company’s constitution and such duties can be contractual (contained in the letter of appointment).Under common law, directors have a duty of care and skill, while directors’ fiduciary duties of loyalty and good faith evolved under equity. These duties operate in parallel with the statutory duties imposed by the Malaysian Companies Act (CA) 1965.After the first major attempt at updating the CA 1965 via the Companies (Amendment) Act 2007, several changes were made to the law relating to common law, equitable and statutory duties of directors. This article examines the changes to the CA 1965 concerning duty of care and skill and fiduciary duties of directors of Malaysian companies.It also analyses the business judgment rule.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Codification of Law, Directors of Corporations, Business Judgment Rule, Business Enterprises, Fiduciary Liability
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: College of Law, Government and International Studies
Depositing User: Dr. Ruzita Azmi
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2014 04:30
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2014 04:30
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/12386

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