Deloitte Malaysia’s new leader plans to strengthen relationships
with trading partners in Vietnam and establish the firm as a
leading service supplier to Malaysia’s booming Islamic finance
sector.

Country managing partner Tan Theng Hooi said recent government
efforts to promote Malaysia as a Islamic finance hub is attracting
Middle Eastern banks to establish local operations in the area.

“Malaysia is increasingly becoming the forefront of this
developing industry and the demand for it is continuously growing,”
he said. “We have started to build a very strong team to service
the Malaysian region. But with our international links and
strategies, especially those in the Middle East and London, I think
this is something that we can grow so we can provide a service all
around the world.”

Another primary focus will be to establish a closer working
relationship with Vietnam, a recent addition to Deloitte’s South
East Asia grouping.

“Many Asian countries are investing in countries like Vietnam.
We want to work closer with them. I also want to make sure that we
continue to look at ourselves as a South East Asian firm and not
simply a Malaysian one,” Tan said.

Tan recently succeeded Ahmed Mustapha Ghazali, who had led
Deloitte Malaysia for 12 years. Tan has been with the firm for more
than 30 years and most recently was a client market country
leader.

Deloitte Southeast Asia grew by more than 20 percent in revenue
in the financial year ended May 2008. The region has more than 200
partners and 4,000 professionals in 20 offices.

Melanie White