152 Malaysians put country on map, named global top ACCA prize-winners


KUALA LUMPUR — There was elation in the air as the discipline, dedication and tenacity shown by 152 Malaysian students in preparing for their ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) examinations were rewarded when they were named prizewinners at the ACCA Malaysia Top Achievers Ceremony.

This celebratory event recognised outstanding students for the achievements in 2017, 2018 and March 2019 examinations.

Students from diverse background and education system who are pursuing this internationally recognised professional qualification have not only excelled and obtained the highest scores in Malaysia but also across the world.

Top international scorers from Malaysia were bestowed the award as “Global Prizewinners” at this event as they surpassed the achievements of fellow ACCA students from 179 countries.

Of the winners, 117 are from ACCA learning providers. Among the group of Global Prizewinners, one student, in particular, shone brightest when he scored a perfect 100% for the ACCA Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) Management Accounting (MA 1) paper.

Abdurrahman Apandi, aged 19, a Yayasan Peneraju-Perbadanan Nasional Berhad scholar who is currently pursuing the ACCA Qualification at INTEC Education College (INTEC), has once again put Malaysia on the map as a country with high calibre and outstanding accounting talents the world needs.

His fellow INTEC coursemate, 23-year-old Nur Amira binti Arifin also did the country proud by becoming the No.1 scorer in Malaysia and fourth in the world for the Strategic Business Leader (SBL) paper.

SBL is one of two new papers ACCA introduced last year as part of its efforts to future proof it’s accreditation and groom top global leaders by incorporating strategic business thinking module into its qualifications.

“ACCA has been a great support to my professional development. I appreciate the different opportunities to learn and network with professionals that help keep me intact with the industry” said Tiffany Tan, a former student from Sunway TES who is currently completing her postgraduate degree in Australia.

She was named the No.1 Top Affiliate in Malaysia and second in the world for the December 2017 examinations. Tan Lin Fang, 21, who was also a student from Sunway TES received recognition as bronze Top Affiliate in the recent March 2019 examinations.

ACCA Malaysia Country Head, Edward Ling said, “Obtaining the ACCA qualification is by no means an easy feat. It takes a certain amount of verve, commitment, and determination for one to become an ACCA graduate. Not only have these students accomplished this, but they have also done so with distinction on a global scale. Adding on to that, I am very proud to share that today, ACCA has more than 36,000 outstanding students pursuing our professional qualification in Malaysia.”

Meanwhile, ACCA President, Robert Stenhouse echoed these sentiments, “Our prizewinners today are reaching even higher, beyond the already tough standards we set for our scholars. These students have gained results of special merit and in doing so, placed Malaysia high up in the quality of accounting students. I am proud of them; ACCA Malaysia is proud of them, and ACCA globally is proud of them. They bring great credit to our profession, and I am sure that they will advance and achieve great things.”

In addition to celebrating its students, the event also acknowledged the critical role that ACCA’s 22 Approved Learning Partners (ALPs) and their lecturers play in helping to develop and groom these fine young individuals into top professional accountants who will one day lead economies in Malaysia and beyond.

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