Alex Chang Companies Widing Up Handbook

What is compulsory winding-up insolvency liquidation?

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Compulsory Winding-up

“Versi Bahasa Malaysia”


Compulsory winding-up insolvency liquidation in Malaysia is pursuant to section 218 of the  Act.

It is a legal process by which the Official Receiver, now known as the Director General of Insolvency or a liquidator is appointed by an order of the court to ‘wind up’ the affairs of a limited company, Sdn Bhd or a Berhad.

At the end of the process, after a winding up order is granted the liquidation process of the company begins. Winding up does not mean that the creditors of the company will necessarily get paid.  The purpose of winding up a company is to ensure that all the company’s affairs have been dealt with properly.

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Stay of a Winding Up Order

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Priority Creditors and Distribution of Assets  to the unsecured creditors

The duties of the Liquidator  of a wound up company is as follows:

  • ensuring all the Federal Taxes, amounts owing to EPF and SOCSO are paid
  • ensuring all company contracts (including employee contracts) are completed, transferred or otherwise brought to an end;
  • carry on the business with a view of eventually ceasing the company’s business;
  • settling any legal disputes, the liquidator may have to take legal advice to do that;
  • selling any assets by Public Tender, Public Auction or Private Treaty;
  • collecting in money owed to the company, the liquidator may have to take legal actions to do that; and
  • distributing any funds to creditors (which is called a dividend) and returning share capital to the shareholders (any surplus after repayment of all debts and share capital can be distributed to members, that is, shareholders).

When these actions  have been completed the Liquidator  will  apply to have the company removed from the register at Companies Commission of Malaysia and dissolved.

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