Malaysia Competition Commission looks east to enhance grasp of competition law

FOLLOWING successful placements of competition law officials in various competition authorities, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has placed a senior competition law official within the Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC).

The MyCC welcomed Obata Shinichiro, a senior competition law officer from the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) who will act as MyCC’s technical advisor for a one-year placement effective Jan 7.

This placement is a form of technical cooperation by the Japanese Government which is conducted by JICA through a programme known as “Advisor on Competition Law” which seeks to assist competition authorities in its capacities to enforce competition policies and laws.

A deputy director of the international affairs division in the JFTC, Shinichiro has experience working as an investigator. He has been in service at the JFTC since 2000.

Prior to his current assignment as MyCC’s technical advisor, he was involved in various international cooperation projects offered by JICA for other competition authorities such as Vietnam, Mongolia, Indonesia and the Philippines as well as the ASEAN cooperation project under the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

While seconded to the MyCC, Shinichiro will be working closely with MyCC’s officials in its major projects, in particular the amendment of the relevant laws in the areas of merger control regime, leniency regime and enforcement activities against bid rigging.

“JFTC was established in 1947 to enforce the Antimonopoly Act to maintain fair and free competition in the market,” commented MyCC’s CEO Iskandar Ismail.

“They have established themselves as one of the leading competition authorities in the world and agreed to share their expertise and experience with MyCC through Mr. Obata. This bodes well with MyCC’s vision to further enhance its roles in the development of the nation’s economy at large.” – Feb 9, 2021

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