ACCA leadership is not known for openness. Members are the last people they want to inform. The letter below shows that in 1997 ACCA chief executive admitted plagiarizing MACPA exam papers. But the official magazine and 1997 annual report remained silent. During 1998, the official magazine, highly censored, still remained silent. In late 1998, AABA exclusively revealed that ACCA was facing a lawsuit from a disgruntled student. This was also picked up by the UK press. Only then the ACCA annual report bothered to say anything about the lawsuit.
Ms Tan Shook Kheng
The Malaysian Association of Certified Public Accountants
No 15 Jalan Medan Tuanku
50300 Kuala Lumpur
Our ref: lr77bu.110
21 July 1997
Dear Ms Tan
It has come to our attention that the examiner for the recent June 1997 ACCA-MIA Variant Paper 7 (Taxation) (Malaysia) used material drawn from six questions in a previous MACPA examination paper. This was in direct breach of the examiner's contract which required him to produce original questions and, as a consequence, he is no longer an examiner for ACCA-MIA Joint Examination Scheme.
We consider it appropriate that we should make you aware of this incident.
We are very much regret that it has occurred.
Anthea L Rose (Mrs.)