Enforcement on possible insider trading is quite poor in Malaysia, although there are many suspected cases, not only regarding penny stocks or speculative counters, but also regarding "blue chips". One of the worst recent cases is the possible insider trading of Proton shares, prior to the announcement of a General Offer by DRB-Hicom.
The Securities Commission (SC) says it has found no basis for further action in its probes into the trading of shares of Eastern & Oriental Bhd (E&O) and AirAsia Bhd prior to the listed firms' respective deals.
"After investigating the matter, including obtaining the opinion of two industry experts to determine the materiality of the information on E&O's share price, the SC found that there is no basis to take further action on the matter," said an SC spokesman in response to queries from Business Times yesterday.
The SC also said that it had conducted a review on the trading of shares in the run-up to the announcement of the Malaysia Airlines-AirAsia share swap and collaboration agreement on August 9 2011, and of Sime Darby's 30 per cent purchase of E&O on August 29 2011.
On the MAS-AirAsia deal, the SC said it conducted a review on both the companies' share transactions. It said it engaged a market expert to provide independent expert opinion.
"The SC has, however, commenced investigation into possible insider dealing of MAS shares during the relevant period," it said.
It gave no further details.