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Expert says investor protection has not improved in SG

There continues to be low investor protection in Singapore’s capital markets, over two decades since the Singapore Exchange was listed, according to corporate governance advocate Professor Mak Yuen Teen. In an interview with The Business Times, Mak criticises the regulatory framework for favouring business interests over investors. Despite recent enforcement actions, he sees no significant improvement in investors’ rights. To address these concerns, Mak leads a new research centre at the National University of Singapore Business School, focusing on enhancing investor protection policies. Known for his direct approach to corporate governance, he stresses the need for fair stakeholder treatment and director accountability. He advocates for a balanced regulatory framework that supports a disclosure-based regime without imposing excessive compliance costs.


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