ACT 125
COMPANIES ACT 1965 (REVISED - 1973)
PART IV - SHARES, DEBENTURES AND CHARGES
DIVISION 1 - PROSPECTUSES

 
Section 39. Contents of prospectuses.
 
Section 39. Contents of prospectuses. (COMPANIES ACT 1965 (REVISED - 1973) - ACT 125) (1) To comply with the requirements of this Act a prospectus—

    (a) shall be printed in type of a size not less than the type known as eight point Times unless the Registrar, before the issuing, advertising, circulating or distributing of the prospectus in Malaysia, certifies in writing, that the type and size of letters are legible and satisfactory;

    (b) shall be dated and that date shall, unless the contrary is proved, be taken as the date of issue of the prospectus;

    (c) shall as to one copy be lodged with the Registrar and shall state that a copy of the prospectus has been so lodged with and registered by the Registrar and shall also state immediately after that statement that the Registrar takes no responsibility as to its contents;

    (d) shall subject to Part III of the Fifth Schedule state the matters specified in Part I of that Schedule and set out the reports specified in Part II of the Schedule;

    (e) shall, where the persons making any report specified in Part II of that Schedule have made therein, or have, without giving the reasons, indicated therein, any such adjustments as are mentioned in paragraph 31 of that Schedule, have endorsed thereon or attached thereto, a statement by those persons setting out the adjustments and giving the reasons therefor;

    (f) shall contain a statement that no shares or debentures or that no shares and debentures (as the case requires) shall be allotted on the basis of the prospectus later than six months after the date of the issue of the prospectus;

    (g) shall, if it contains any statement made by an expert or contains what purports to be a copy of or extract from a report, memorandum or valuation of an expert, state the date on which the statement, report, memorandum or valuation was made and whether or not it was prepared by the expert for incorporation in the prospectus;

    (h) shall not contain the name of any person as a trustee for holders of debentures or as an auditor or a banker or an advocate or a stock broker or share broker of the corporation or proposed corporation or for or in relation to the issue or proposed issue of shares or debentures unless that person has consented in writing before the issue of the prospectus to act in that capacity in relation to the prospectus and, in the case of a company or proposed company, a copy verified as prescribed of the consent has been lodged with the Registrar;

    (i) shall, where the prospectus offers shares in or debentures of a foreign company incorporated or to be incorporated, in addition contain particulars with respect to—

      (i) the instrument constituting or defining the constitution of the company;

      (ii) the enactments or provisions having the force of an enactment by or under which the incorporation of the company was effected or is to be effected;

      (iii) an address in Malaysia where the instrument, enactments or provisions or certified copies thereof may be inspected;

      (iv) the date on which and the place where the company was or is to be incorporated; and

      (v) whether the company has established a place of business in Malaysia and, if so, the address of its principal office in Malaysia; and

    (j) shall, where the prospectus offers shares, notes or other marketable securities which have been specified by a stock exchange as prescribed securities under section 14 of the Securities Industry (Central Depositories) Act 1991 [Act 453], state that such shares, notes or marketable securities have been so prescribed and that applicants are required to have securities accounts when making their applications.

(2) Subparagraph (1)(i)(i), (ii) and (iii) shall not apply in the case of a prospectus issued more than two years after the day on which the company is entitled to commence business and in the application to a foreign company of Part I of the Fifth Schedule for the purposes of subsection (1), paragraph 2 of that Part of that Schedule shall have effect as if a reference to the constitution of the company were substituted for the reference to the articles.

(3) A condition requiring or binding an applicant for shares in or debentures of a corporation to waive compliance with any requirement of this section, or purporting to affect him with notice of any contract, document or matter not specifically referred to in the prospectus shall be void.

(4) Where a prospectus relating to any shares in or debentures of a corporation is issued and the prospectus does not comply with this Act, each director of the corporation and other person responsible for the prospectus shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.

Penalty: Imprisonment for five years or thirty thousand ringgit.

(5) In the event of non-compliance with or contravention of any of the requirements set out in this section, a director or other person responsible for the prospectus shall not incur any liability by reason of the non-compliance or contravention, if—

    (a) as regards any matter not disclosed, he proves that he was not cognizant thereof;

    (b) he proves that the non-compliance or contravention arose from an honest mistake on his part concerning the facts; or

    (c) the non-compliance or contravention was in respect of matter which in the opinion of the court dealing with the case was immaterial or was otherwise such as ought, in the opinion of that court, having regard to all the circumstances of the case, reasonably to be excused.

(6) In the event of failure to include in a prospectus a statement with respect to the matters specified in paragraph 17 of the Fifth Schedule no director or other person shall incur any liability in respect of the failure unless it is proved that he had knowledge of the matters not disclosed.

(7) Nothing in this section shall limit or diminish any liability which any person may incur under any rule of law or any written law or under this Act apart from subsection (4).