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The 2023 Malaysian Budget Proposals will be tabled in Parliament on Friday, 24 February 2023. Join us at this year’s CTIM Budget Seminar which will provide participants with a practical understanding of the key tax changes presented in 2023 Budget Proposals.
Session 1: Roundtable Discussion on Key 2023 Budget Proposals – Its Changes and Impact to Taxpayers
Session 2: 2023 Budget Proposals – Indirect Tax Updates & Insights
Session 3: Recent Tax Cases
Amarjeet Singh is EY Asean Tax Leader. He has more than 20 years of professional experience in taxation, specializing in tax structuring and incentives as well as group reorganizations and IPOs. Amarjeet has served clients across a wide range of sectors, including some of Malaysia’s largest conglomerates and government-linked corporations. He has also been involved in some of the country’s largest mergers and group reorganizations, including investment structuring for the public utilities, plantation, property, leisure, tourism, and automotive sectors. His vast incentive experience includes global incentive benchmarking and feasibility studies, multijurisdictional studies on the economic benefits of treasury center incentives, and assisting multinationals in negotiating and securing special incentive packages in Malaysia.
David Lai is an Executive Director at BDO Tax Services Sdn Bhd and is the Head of BDO’s Tax Advisory function. He has over 30 years of work experience in professional practice and was CFO of a multi-national commercial group. He is a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (“ICAEW”). He is also a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (“MIA”), Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“MICPA”) and is a Council Member of the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia (“CTIM”) and is currently the chairman of its Technical Committee – Indirect Tax. David expertise is in tax advisory work for local and multi-national companies in various sectors, including financial, property, leisure, trading, and manufacturing sectors. David has extensive tax experience in cross border transactions, corporate restructuring, international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and group financing. He has also led numerous transfer pricing and GST implementation engagements for both domestic and multinational groups.
Manvinder Singh is currently the Group Tax Controller of FGV Holdings Group of Companies. His responsibilities entail the provision of comprehensive tax compliance and advisory for the Group including the implementation of GST and Transfer Pricing advisory and compliance. He is also involved in providing tax advisory in numerous corporate restructuring and pre and post-listing advisory of the Group. Prior to his current position, Manvinder was attached to the other Big 4 Public Accounting Firms and gained extensive experience in providing advisory and consultancy on cross-border investments. Currently, he is a Council Member of CTIM.
Tan Hooi Beng is the Deputy Tax Leader of Deloitte Malaysia. He is also the International Tax Leader for Malaysia and Southeast Asia. He has more than 22 years of experience in corporate and international tax. He has vast experience in advising multinational corporations on corporate structuring and restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, international offshore financial centers, business model optimization, tax treaties, and cross-border taxation generally. In recent years, he has been very much involved in BEPS 1.0 and BEPS 2.0 related projects. He serves local and multi-national corporations in telecommunication products and services, software and hardware solutions, health and medical, manufacturing, real estate, oil and gas, hotel, retail and information technology industry, etc. Hooi Beng is a council member of the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia, a Chartered Accountant of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants, a member of The Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as a licensed tax agent under the Malaysian Income Tax Act, 1967. He holds a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of Malaya. Hooi Beng has been listed in the current edition of “The World’s Leading Tax Advisers” (Euromoney).
Thenesh Kannaa is a partner at TraTax who advises on both international tax and indirect tax matters to clients from diverse industries including manufacturing, services, distribution, retail, construction, property development, healthcare, financial services, shipping, automotive, telecommunications, societies, GLCs, and statutory bodies. Thenesh is a Council Member of CTIM, chair of the Technical Committee on Direct Tax I, and member of other technical committees. He is also a member of ACCA’s expert panel on taxation, a member of the Industry Advisory Panel for Taylor’s School of Professional Studies, and an exco member of the International Fiscal Association’s Malaysian branch. Thenesh is also the author of various books and articles on taxation.
Jagdev Singh leads PwC Malaysia’s Tax practice. He has extensive experience in handling a vast variety of transfer pricing and corporate tax assignments including two years on assignment in London. Jagdev specialises in assisting multinational companies and local conglomerates with corporate international tax planning, transfer pricing, tax audits and investigations. His work includes assisting multinationals/Malaysian listed groups in restructuring exercises, post-merger integration, and standardisation of global transfer pricing policies. His experience in transfer pricing includes tax planning, core transfer pricing documentation, reviewing cost sharing models, developing pricing policies and representations before the local tax authorities with respect to tax audits, tax investigations, transfer pricing audits, Mutual Agreement Procedures and Advance Pricing Agreements. He has also worked closely with a range of regulatory authorities namely, the Ministry of Finance (MOF), the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to contribute towards the development of government policies and legislation. Jagdev who holds a Bachelors degree in Business and is a member of the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia and CPA Australia, is also a frequent presenter at local and foreign conferences. He has authored articles for both industry publications and the mainstream media. He has also presented his point of views on TV and radio.
Jason Tan’s primary area of practice is income tax and customs litigation, trade remedy investigations, tax and customs investigations and trade facilitation. He has been involved in many of the largest income tax and customs disputes before all levels of Court on major points of tax law. The disputes involve issues on transfer pricing, withholding tax, income recognition, capital allowance, reinvestment allowance, double taxation agreements, deductibility of expenditure, excise valuation and customs procedures. Jason also represents a sizeable number of manufacturers in local and foreign trade remedy investigations such as anti-dumping, safeguard duties, countervailing duties and anti-circumvention investigations. He is also particularly active on issues relating to excise duty valuation, import and export controls, customs compliance, international trade regulations, customs valuation, sales and services tax and customs penalties. Jason is a regular speaker in the tax scene on issues relating to income tax and customs. Jason was recently recommended in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022 and is acknowledged as a “Future Star” in the Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific 2022 rankings. In the Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022 rankings, Jason was also ranked as “Up and Coming” in the tax practice.
Ng Sue Lynn joined KPMG in 2005 and has experience in both Corporate Income Tax and Indirect Tax. She advises on Malaysian tax issues and has assisted numerous leading overseas and locally headquartered multinationals. For Indirect Tax, Sue Lynn’s experience includes assisting her clients on the Sales Tax and Service Tax (SST) as well as Goods and Services Tax (GST) implementation, advisory, compliance and health check projects. She also advised clients on customs and trade matters. Sue Lynn is experienced in advising clients on the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering requirements. Sue Lynn is an approved HRDF Certified Trainer and a regular speaker at Indirect Tax seminars and workshops both locally and internationally.
Roszita Dim is the Deputy Director of Customs of the International Taxation branch of the Sales and Service Tax Division, Royal Malaysian Customs Department. She joined the Department in 1995 as a Superintendent and had served with the Kuala Lumpur & Melaka branches, the Valuation Management Section, Technical Service Division, and GST Division (LTU & Sector 5) branch, Service tax policy & implementation, prior to her current posting. She had also served as a lecturer, R&D Officer and Finance Officer with the Royal Malaysian Customs Academy in Melaka. Roszita holds a Master’s in Corporate Communications from Universiti Putra Malaysia, an Advanced Diploma in Accountancy from ITM Shah Alam, and Diploma in Accountancy from ITM Dungun Terengganu
S Saravana Kumar is a Tax Lawyer & Head of Tax, SST & Customs at the law firm Rosli Dahlan Saravana Partnership. He hold an LL.M Taxation from the London School of Economics. Saravana has been recognized as one of the leading lawyers by Asialaw Profiles and has been named one of the 40 leading lawyers under 40 in Asia by Asian Legal Business. He was recently named as one of the top 100 lawyers in Malaysia by Asia Business Law Journal. Amongst the recent landmark tax cases won by Saravana is the Tenaga Nasional Berhad case where he successfully set aside a RM 1.8 billion tax assessment and the Baleh case where he successfully obtained a RM 10.9 billion tax incentive from the Minister of Finance.
Sudharsanan Thillainathan is a Senior Partner at Steven Thiru & Sudhar Partnership. He holds double degrees in Law as well as Accounting & Finance from Monash University, Australia and a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics & Political Science. He was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1997 and has more than 25 years of practice as a revenue law lawyer. Sources describe him as “a formidable opponent” and “a very steady counsel and detailed lawyer”. Sudhar participated in the inaugural Singapore International Arbitration Academy (SIAA) in 2012, presented by the Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore where he was a recipient of the Award for Excellence in Advocacy. Sudhar is a former President of the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators, the national body for arbitration in Malaysia, having earlier served as President from 2017–2019 and Deputy President from 2015–2017.