The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) is the only recognised professional body for Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in the United Kingdom and throughout the world. Formed in 1891, the Institute today has more than 30,000 members in over 72 countries.
The Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (MAICSA) was founded in 1959 as an affiliated body to ICSA, and is now a Divisions of ICSA. Currently, MAICSA has more than 4,200 members (comprising Fellows, Associates and Graduates), 1,800 students and 600 Affiliates on its register.
MAICSA is also a founder member of Corporate Secretaries International Association Limited (CSIA). CSIA, an international federation of governance professional bodies for corporate secretaries and governance professionals, is dedicated to developing and growing the study and practice of corporate secretaryship, to improve professional standards and the quality of governance practice, and organisational performance. Its vision is to be "The Global Voice of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals".
The Government has prescribed MAICSA as an Approved Body in the Gazette (Fourth Schedule, Section 235(2)(a) of the Companies Act 2016), which means that Fellow and Associate members of MAICSA are qualified to act as company secretaries without having to apply for a license from the Companies Commission of Malaysia. Fellow and Associate members of MAICSA, with more than five years' practical tax experience, either in the public or private sector, are also eligible to apply to become tax agents and GST tax agents under Section 153(3) of the Income Tax, 1967 and Section 170(8) of Goods and Services Tax Act 2014, respectively.
In tandem with its mission of developing good corporate professionals, MAICSA is committed to maintaining the highest standard of integrity and ethical values within the corporate secretarial profession. MAICSA also acts as a change catalyst in the corporate arena, participating actively in the enhancement of corporate governance.