Ownership structure and directors’ compensation disclosure in Malaysia

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In Malaysia, the issues of corporate governance, transparency and disclosure have been the focus of researchers particularly after the economic turmoil in 1997. Weakening corporate governance in many firms is one of the factors that contributed to the 1997 Asian financial crisis. This study mainly examines how ownership structures are associated with the directors’compensation disclosure among 100 largest listed companies in Malaysia. A number of studies have looked into the ownership structure in Malaysian companies, however, none of the research has explored the issue of directors’ compensation disclosure. Disclosure and governance environment are found to be the predominant factors in enhancing firm value. Therefore, to avoid any pressure from regulatory authorities and to reduce the gap between management and investors, firms should disclose more. The study uses a directors’compensation disclosure checklist to score the items in the annual reports and multiple regression analysis to examine the association between ownership structure and the extent of directors’ compensation disclosure. The finding of this study revealed that the government ownership was positively associated and statistically significant at 1% level with the extent of directors’ compensation disclosure, while the percentage of family members on the board is negatively associated to the extent of directors’ compensation disclosure.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCorporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility
Subtitle of host publicationEmerging Markets Focus
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co.
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9789814520386
ISBN (Print)9789814520379
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2014


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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Esa, E. B., & Zahari, A. R. (2014). Ownership structure and directors’ compensation disclosure in Malaysia. In Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility: Emerging Markets Focus (pp. 267-285). World Scientific Publishing Co.. https://doi.org/10.1142/9789814520386_0010