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The quality and determinants of voluntary disclosures in annual reports of Shari'ah compliant companies in Malaysia

Mohd Ghazali, Nazli Anum (2013) The quality and determinants of voluntary disclosures in annual reports of Shari'ah compliant companies in Malaysia. Humanomics, 29 (1). pp. 24-42. ISSN 0828-8666

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Purpose – The objective of this study is to investigate the quality of voluntary disclosure practices by Shari’ah compliant companies (ShCCs) in Malaysia. The study also examines factors influencing the quality of voluntary disclosures. Design/methodology/approach – Using a weighted disclosure analyses approach, a self constructed disclosure checklist was developed to measure the quality of corporate voluntary disclosures (CVDs). The study examines the annual reports of a sample of 76 ShCCs selected from various sectors listed on Bursa Malaysia in the year 2009. Findings – The results indicate that the quality of voluntary disclosures by ShCCs is in overall low consistent with prior studies that gauged the quality of CVDs in Malaysia. The multivariate regression analyses reveal that board size is significant in explaining the quality of CVDs at the 5% significance levels. Company size and leverage as control variables are also significant at the 1% and 10% significance levels in determining the quality of CVDs by ShCCs. Reduced regression model further indicates that government ownership is highly significant at the 1% significance level in explaining the quality of CVD by ShCCs while leverage is significant at the 5% levels. Practical implications – The low level of corporate disclosures by the ShCCs in Malaysia suggests that these companies require awareness on matters relating to the concepts of accountability and full disclosures in becoming accountable to the community. Hence, the Shari’ah Advisory Council of the Securities Commission Malaysia should provide awareness on matters relating to accountability and transparency which could lead to socio economic justice. The commission may also introduce a detailed reporting guideline for the companies to follow. Originality/value – This study provides useful insights on the disclosure quality of ShCCs in Malaysia which remained largely unexplored. The study also represents the first empirical investigation toward the association between voluntary disclosures by ShCCs and corporate governance attributes in the Malaysian context.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 1361/30477
Uncontrolled Keywords: Corporate voluntary disclosures, Shari’ah compliant companies, Corporate governance, Government ownership, Annual reports, Malaysia
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business. Business Administration > HF5387 Business ethics
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business. Business Administration > HF5601 Accounting. Bookkeeping
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences > Department of Accounting
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Nazli Anum Mohd Ghazali
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2013 11:20
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2013 11:20
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/30477

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