ACT 125
COMPANIES ACT 1965 (REVISED - 1973)
PART IV - SHARES, DEBENTURES AND CHARGES
DIVISION 2 - RESTRICTIONS ON ALLOTMENT AND COMMENCEMENT OF BUSINESS

 
Section 52. Restrictions on commencement of business in certain circumstances.
 
Section 52. Restrictions on commencement of business in certain circumstances. (COMPANIES ACT 1965 (REVISED - 1973) - ACT 125) (1) Where a company having a share capital has issued a prospectus inviting the public to subscribe for its shares or has issued a prospectus pursuant to the Securities Commission Act 1993 in relation to its shares the company shall not commence any business or exercise any borrowing powers—

    (a) if any money is or may become liable to be repaid to applicants for any shares or debentures offered for public subscription by reason of any failure to apply for or obtain permission for listing for quotation on any Stock Exchange; or

    (b) unless—

      (i) shares held subject to the payment of the whole amount thereof in cash have been allotted to an amount not less in the whole than the minimum subscription;

      (ii) every director has paid to the company on each of the shares taken or contracted to be taken by him, and for which he is liable to pay in cash, a proportion equal to the proportion payable on application and allotment on the shares offered for public subscription; and

      (iii) there has been lodged with the Registrar a statutory declaration by the secretary or one of the directors of the company in the prescribed form verifying that the above conditions have been complied with.

(2) Where a public company having a share capital has not issued a prospectus inviting the public to subscribe for its shares or has not issued a prospectus pursuant to the Securities Commission Act 1993 the company shall not commence any business or exercise any borrowing power unless—

    (a) there has been lodged with the Registrar a statement in lieu of prospectus which complies with this Act;

    (b) every director of the company has paid to the company on each of the shares taken or contracted to be taken by him and for which he is liable to pay in cash, a proportion equal to the proportion payable on application and allotment on the shares payable in cash; and

    (c) there has been lodged with the Registrar a statutory declaration by the secretary or one of the directors of the company in the prescribed form verifying that paragraph

    (b) has been complied with.

(3) The Registrar shall, on the lodging of the statutory declaration in accordance with this section certify that the company is entitled to commence business and to exercise its borrowing powers and that certificate shall be conclusive evidence thereof.

(4) Any contract made by a company before the date at which it is entitled to commence business shall be provisional only and shall not be binding on the company until that date, and on that date it shall become binding.

(5) Where shares and debentures are offered simultaneously by a company for subscription nothing in this section shall prevent the receipt by the company of any money payable on application for the debentures.

(6) If any company commences business or exercises borrowing powers in contravention of this section every person who is responsible for the contravention shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.

Penalty: Ten thousand ringgit. Default penalty: Two hundred and fifty ringgit.