THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AUDIT COMMITTEE, POLITICAL INFLUENCE AND FINANCIAL REPORTING QUALITY: MALAYSIAN EVIDENCE

Malaysian Evidence

  • AZIATUL WAZNAH GHAZALI Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • NUR AIMA SHAFIE Accounting Research Institute, UiTM Shah Alam

Abstract

This paper examines the relationship between audit committee, political influence and financial reporting quality of Malaysian listed companies. This study uses pool data consisting of 3,255 firm-year observations listed on the Main Board of Bursa Malaysia from year 2010 to 2014. The findings are robust after controlling for the endogeneity. The current findings indicates that audit committee’s independence and the frequency of audit committee meetings are effective in controlling for both real earnings management and accounting misstatements. Nonetheless, in terms of audit committee size and audit committee’ audit expertise, the relationships are still insignificant. It is important to note that there is some improvement after the corporate governance reforms since studies prior to the reforms found audit committee’s variables are ineffective towards a higher quality of financial reporting. Meanwhile, political influence is still relevant in a Malaysian business environment with regard to financial reporting quality, however, the aggressiveness of the influence may have been diluted by the improvement of recent corporate governance reform.
Published
Aug 31, 2019
How to Cite
GHAZALI, AZIATUL WAZNAH; SHAFIE, NUR AIMA. THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AUDIT COMMITTEE, POLITICAL INFLUENCE AND FINANCIAL REPORTING QUALITY: MALAYSIAN EVIDENCE. Management and Accounting Review (MAR), [S.l.], v. 18, n. 2, p. 193-244, aug. 2019. ISSN 2550-1895. Available at: <http://arionline.uitm.edu.my/ojs/index.php/MAR/article/view/956>. Date accessed: 12 dec. 2019. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.24191/mar.v18i2.956.