KUCHING: Yasmin Ahmad Ariffin of Multimedia University Cyberjaya was announced today as the winner of the EY Young Tax Professional of the Year 2016 Malaysia at a function officiated by Datuk Sabin Samitah, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Tax Operations), Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri Malaysia.
Yasmin, 22, who is pursuing her Bachelor of Accounting degree, will go on to represent Malaysia at the EY Young Tax Professional of the Year international final to be held from Nov 27 to Dec 1, 2016 n Amsterdam, Netherlands.
There, she will compete against winners from over 30 countries for the title of EY Young Tax Professional of the Year 2016.
Besides the honour of representing Malaysia at the international competition, Yasmin will also receive RM 8,000 cash prize and a paid internship of no less than eight weeks with EY in Malaysia.
The first runner-up was Marissa Ooi Sze Min, 19, a Finance and Economics major from Taylor’s University, who receives RM 6,000 cash prize and a paid internship with EY in Malaysia.
Tong Chy Suen, 21, an Accounting major from Sunway –TES, Sunway University College was the second runner-up and she receives RM 3,000 cash prize as well as a paid internship with EY in Malaysia.
Sabin said, “The strategic need to build quality and high calibre tax professionals in the country is greater now than ever, given the current globalised nature of business.
“The EY Young Tax Professional of the Year competition, therefore, serves as an excellent platform to encourage our Malaysian undergraduates to explore the tax profession and industry, the career opportunities available, as well as to use their talents and skills learned to progress further through global exposure.
The fact that it is an international competition not only adds to the prestige, but is also a clear reflection of today’s globalized reality.”
“LHDNM is always happy and pleased to be associated with tax education programmes.
We can safely say that since its launch in Malaysia four years ago, the EY Young Tax Professional of the Year programme has helped spread greater awareness and knowledge of tax and the tax profession among our young Malaysians.
Young Malaysians are now considering tax as a profession, and the awareness of the importance of tax knowledge among the youth is more apparent,” added Datuk Sabin.
Farah Rosley, Partner and Programme Director of the EY Young Tax Professional of the Year Malaysia, added: “It is without a doubt that the EY Young Tax Professional of the Year experience is an exceptional one for students, particularly, the winners of the international competition.
“The experience includes round-the-world business trips and handsome cash prizes as well as internship opportunities.
The winners will also have access to invaluable global leadership training, technical coaching and the opportunity to make long-lasting connections with leading figures from global organizations and the international counterparts from diverse backgrounds.”
“At the international level, the participants will be challenged with case studies and interviews before expert judges, who will be looking for evidence of creative and analytical strengths, as well as practical skills.
We have no doubt that Yasmin will do Malaysia proud at the international competition,” concluded Farah.