The three day seminar organised by the School of Accountancy (SOA) Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) which ended on the 29 July successfully brought together a total of 195 participants made up of accounting and auditing practitioners as well as academics from all over the country.
Kedah State Executive Committee Member, Dato 'Dr. Ku Abd Rahman Ku Ismail was present to officiate the SKPSA at Adya Hotel recently.
He said the theme chosen for the seminar this year coincided with the current situation and developments carried out by organisations and the nation in a bid to generate revenue as well as reduce costs or expenses, which will positively become an advantage.
"It is well- known that the government is not centred on profit, instead, work culture incorporated with integrity and good practices within the organisation will ensure that it will remain on track towards achieving excellence.
"In addition, with the papers presented by experts in the relevant fields throughout the seminar will provide the much needed input for the fellow participants to bring back to their respective organisations in a bid to improve the image and work culture in terms of their professionalism, good governance, excellent performance and good work ethics, "he said.
He also reiterated that with the organisation of the seminar, participants were also able to seize opportunities, and equip themselves with knowledge, exchange views, ideas and experiences.
Meanwhile, member of the University Board of Directors, Dato' Paduka Abdul Rahman Ibrahim, who represented the Vice-Chancellor said, that the number of participants had shown a steady increase over the years thus demonstrating the confidence placed by participants of the seminar making it a highly sought after event as well as venue whereby participants are afforded with the opportunity and platform to increase knowledge as well as address the challenges faced by those in the field at present.
According to him, the seminar also served as a platform for participants to express their views and comments to the government regarding the shortcomings and weaknesses present in the system or government funds.
"This indirectly proves that our government is also willing to accept the views and criticism.
"In addition, I also hope that this seminar can be commercialized internationally and not only involve participants from within the country," he said.
In this seminar, participants discussed and were introduced to the basic concepts and current issues concerning public sector accounting and auditing, as a means to enhance understanding and address the issues and challenges related to governance in the public sector.
The seminar will also indirectly provide the opportunity for participants from all levels of the management group to share information, ideas and experiences as well as address the challenges that arise.
Throughout the seminar, participants had the opportunity to attend seven (7) sessions with presentations made by various invited speakers namely MA Sivanesan from the Ministry of Finance Malaysia; Ms Nor Azlina Mohd Said from Kuala Lumpur City Hall; Datuk Mustafar Ali with the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission; Datuk Juhari Haron from the National Audit Department; Mr. Tuan Saat Esa and Mr. Mohamad Nor Azam Sabtu with the Accountant General's Department of Malaysia and Dr. Anis Yusak Yusoff from the Integrity Institute of Malaysia. Apart from that participants were also taken on tours and participate in outdoor recreation activities around Langkawi Island.
Also present at the event were the Dean, School of Accountancy, Prof. Dr. Kamil Md Idris and SKPSA Chairman, Dr. Rose Shamsiah Samsudin.
Translated by Mahaliza Mahadhir
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