This week, The Observer will shed some light on our observations from our AGM experiences. With the end of nationwide MCOs January this year, we have seen more PLCs resume to hold physical meetings. Then, there is this peculiar case of a company’s chairman being absent from AGMs for at least seven years. Lastly, we found insufficient time allocated for Q&A and unsatisfactory answers provided by the Board are the two common issues in virtual meetings.
As the 15th General Election (GE15) looms, the tabling of Budget 2023 on 7 October will be closely watched and monitored by all. In view of current political dynamics and impending election, economists largely expect the Budget 2023 to be people-friendly in the form of prioritising the issue of rising cost of living, especially when headline inflation has started to trend higher. The debate on the re-introduction of goods and services tax (GST) was reignited when Prime Minister Ismail Sabri said the government is studying the possibility of reintroducing the tax as part of the major fiscal reforms to strengthen the country’s collection capacity, despite the negative perception surrounding the GST. Should the GST make a comeback in Budget 2023?”