About Us

The Malaysian Accounting Association is the only community of accountants in academia. Founded in 1990, we have been delayed in our aims to create a reputable history building on leading-edge research and publications. However, since MyAA ‘s change in leadership in 2018, it has been revitalised and is gearing to position itself to achieve its mission. Our members come from public and private universities as well as polytechnics and schools. The diversity of our membership creates a conducive environment for collaboration and innovation. Collectively, we are best positioned to shape the future of accounting through teaching, research, and a collaborative network, thus, positioning us as thought leaders in accounting.

The digital transformation and the Industrial Revolution 4.0 together with the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 have spurred the need for Accounting curriculum changes, whether at the school, undergraduate or postgraduate level. This is because accounting education providers function as the feeder for the accounting profession and its related job market. Collaboration between educators and their professional counterparts is necessary to bridge the gap between classroom teaching and learning and practice. MyAA provides the platform for such collaborative initiatives

Likewise, research and development (R & D) in accounting also play a profound role in advancing the accounting discipline. Yet, this is an area that still starves for considerable attention so that the potential for R&D to contribute to the development of accounting could be realised. Given the interconnectedness and interdependencies between education and practice, R&D activities should not only become the domain of the education providers. Accounting research areas too must be balanced between the needs of industry and academia. MyAA supports the holistic development of accounting educators by bringing together experts with cutting-edge research and knowledge to build capacity for its members.

The corporate world continuously faces unethical behaviours and failures in governance. MyAA aims to consciously ask what measures could be undertaken to ensure that such happenings do not exacerbate. Pertinent to the whole issue is to go back to fundamentals and pierce the veil of why human behaves in such a manner. Will the imposition of more rules and regulations curb further corporate misdeeds? Or, do we need to evaluate how accountants are educated and trained to address the issue from its root? Or perhaps we need a combination of approaches?

With all these unethical developments, there indeed is a role that accounting education can play. The reality of the business world is too glaring for accounting educators to take a back seat and merely become spectators. In this knowledge-based economy which is propelled by information, imparting the correct information and knowledge becomes vital. As the domain of the accounting profession grows in tandem with the complexities of the economy, accountants and business leaders are faced with many dilemmas in making decisions. Herein, lies the role of values within oneself, for more often than not, the dichotomy between corporate and public interest or even between personal and organisational goals appears.

Hence, the approach to education has to be reviewed to ensure that appropriate knowledge, skills, and values are disseminated. But first, accounting educators themselves need to understand their role and be aptly equipped with the relevant competencies while keeping close links with industry and regulatory bodies. The necessity to become a significant contributor to the enhancement of professionalism in meeting the challenges of the new world that the MyAA is established.

The goal of the association is to advance education, research, and accounting practices in Malaysia by maximizing contributions academic to the formation, development, dissemination and application of accounting knowledge and skills. The purpose of the association is as follows the following:

(1) To develop, share and improve accounting education continuously;
(2) To promote quality research and dissemination better accounting research findings;
(3) To promote networking and cooperation among members in the field accounting at the national and international levels;
(4) To act as an independent body representing interests and the views of its members on matters relating to accounting education, research and practice; and
(5) To promote accounting education and awareness.