AOB reprimands auditor for violation of auditing standards

THE Securities Commission Malaysia’s (SC) Audit Oversight Board (AOB) has publicly reprimanded Yean Wai Nye, a partner of T. H. Kuan & Co.

As the engagement partner responsible for the audit of a public interest entity (PIE), Yean has failed to comply with the relevant International Standards on Auditing (ISA), particularly regarding the valuation of goodwill.

“Yean failed to challenge the key assumptions used for the financial projections and assess the appropriateness of the expert’s work as audit evidence in auditing management’s impairment assessment of goodwill,” the SC pointed out in a media statement.

“The AOB stresses that the impairment assessment of goodwill is crucial in light of economic uncertainties and evolving business environment, hence it requires due care and sound judgement.”

Delving further, the SC said compliance with auditing standards when auditing the financial statements of a PIE is a condition of registration for AOB registrants.

“Thus, the AOB would not hesitate to take action against the auditors for non-compliance with the auditing standards and registration conditions,” added the market regulator. – Aug 23, 2023

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