ACT 125
COMPANIES ACT 1965 (REVISED - 1973)
PART V - MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION
DIVISION 2 - DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

 
Section 139. Secretary.
 
Section 139. Secretary. (COMPANIES ACT 1965 (REVISED - 1973) - ACT 125) (1) Every company shall have one or more secretaries each of whom shall be a natural person of full age who has his principal or only place of residence in Malaysia.

(1A) The first secretary of a company shall be named in the memorandum or articles of the company.

(1B) The office of secretary of a company shall not be left vacant for more than one month at any one time.

(1C) Notwithstanding subsection (1B), where none of the directors of the company can be communicated with at the last-known residential address, the secretary may, notwithstanding subsection 141(6), lodge with the Registrar a notice in the prescribed form notifying the Registrar of that fact and of his intention to vacate the office of secretary.

(1D) Where the secretary has lodged a notice in accordance with subsection (1C), the secretary shall cease to be the secretary of the company on the expiry of one month from the date of the notice.

(1E) Nothing in subsections (1C) and (1D) shall relieve the secretary from liability for any act or omission done before the secretary vacated that office.

(2) Subsection (1) shall not operate to prevent a corporation which was acting as the secretary of a company immediately before the commencement of this Act from continuing to act as secretary of that company for a period of twelve months after the commencement of this Act.

(3) The secretary shall be appointed by the directors and at least one of those secretaries shall be present at the registered office of the company by himself or his agent or clerk on the days and the hours during which the registered office is to be accessible to the public.

(4) Subject to subsection (1B), anything required or authorized to be done by or in relation to the secretary may, if the office is vacant or for any other reason the secretary is not capable of acting, be done by or in relation to any assistant or deputy secretary or, if there is no assistant or deputy secretary capable of acting, by or in relation to any officer of the company authorized generally or specially in that behalf by the directors.

(5) A provision requiring or authorizing a thing to be done by or in relation to a director and the secretary shall not be satisfied by its being done by or in relation to the same person acting both as director and as, or in place of, the secretary.

(6) Every person shall, before he is appointed a secretary of a company, make a declaration in the prescribed form that he is not in contravention of sections 139A and 139C and that he consents to act as a secretary of the company.