Malaysian student wins top taxation prize in global ICAEW exams

Ong Jie Yun of PwC Malaysia has won First Place and the Little Prize in the latest ICAEW ACA exams. She is the eighth Malaysian student to have won an international prize in the ICAEW exams, making this the tenth time a Malaysian has topped a global ACA paper.


KUALA LUMPUR, 27 February 2014 - The Little Prize is awarded to the candidate who achieves the highest marks for the taxation paper. The examinations are part of the internationally-recognised ICAEW Chartered Accountant (ACA) qualification, which is held by over 142,000 professionals across more than 160 countries worldwide. The December 2013 sitting saw a rise in international trainees claiming top prizes, demonstrating the increasing global recognition of the ACA.

The ACA exams represent a global standard of accountancy excellence, and successful students are one step closer to becoming ICAEW Chartered Accountants.

This exam series saw students sitting either the Professional Stage or Professional Level papers, as part of the evolved ACA qualification launched in July 2013. Pass rates were consistently high among both sets of exams.

Jie Yun, who expects to qualify in 2015, joined PwC Malaysia upon graduating from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. She is the fourth student from PwC Malaysia to have been awarded a prize at the global examinations. Speaking of her achievement, Jie Yun said, “My ACA journey has been extremely rewarding so far. I am obviously delighted to have won this prize, but it is really the icing on the cake. I am very grateful to my mentors for all their guidance and patience.”

“We are very proud of Jie Yun,” said Dato' Faiz Azmi, Executive Chairman for PwC Malaysia, “Her achievement demonstrates our continued commitment to training highly qualified and dynamic finance professionals, capable of adapting to the varied challenges in this industry and running with them.”

Mark Billington, Regional Director of ICAEW South East Asia, said: “Training for the ACA is notoriously rigorous but is a rewarding process which equips graduates with the skills needed to excel in their future careers. It is hard-working young people like Jie Yun who will be needed to support Malaysia’s efforts to become a high-income nation in the next six years. Her performance demonstrates the outstanding calibre of ACA candidates trained in Malaysia, and we are extremely proud and happy to celebrate this achievement with her.”

“Jie Yun’s ability to excel in an exam on taxation, which is a complex area, demonstrates the calibre of our ACA candidates. We are especially grateful to our Partner in Learning, Sunway-TES, for their continued focus on developing talented young people for the finance profession.”



Notes to editors


ICAEW is a world leading professional membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports over 142,000 chartered accountants worldwide. We provide qualifications and professional development, share our knowledge, insight and technical expertise, and protect the quality and integrity of the accountancy and finance profession.

As leaders in accountancy, finance and business our members have the knowledge, skills and commitment to maintain the highest professional standards and integrity. Together we contribute to the success of individuals, organisations, communities and economies around the world.

Because of us, people can do business with confidence.

ICAEW is a founder member of Chartered Accountants Worldwide and the Global Accounting Alliance.


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