KUCHING: Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) students, who sat for their September examinations, have made the nation proud.

Many, who were among the close to 150,000 students worldwide, were listed among the world’s top 20.

The top two are student Lim Yan Zhe from Johor and Chai Ee Li, who is currently working with Ernst & Young Singapore.

Lim Yan Zhe, the world No. 1 in both the Financial Reporting (FI) and Financial Management (FM) papers.

According to a statement from ACCA Malaysia, Yan Zhe placed No. 1 in both the financial reporting (FI) and financial management (FM) papers, while Ee Li claimed the top spot in the strategic business leader (SBL) paper. 

Yan Zhe said he was grateful to his family and friends who had supported him, and his lecturers for their consistent guidance throughout this pandemic.

“Switching to online learning was initially a challenge. However, once I got used to it, I found it to be equally effective and gave me a lot of flexibility,” he said, adding  that he planned to pursue a career in auditing and assurance with an ACCA-approved employer and to one day work with a big accounting firm. 

Meanwhile, Ee Li said: “Working from home gave me more time to prepare for the exam, with more studying and revisions instead of travelling to and from work.”

Chai Ee Li, the world No. 1 in the Strategic Business Leader (SBL) paper in September examination.

“With these results, I’m energised to complete my ACCA qualification so that I have more opportunities and better prospects, and the chance to be a knowledgeable advisor who can provide good solutions to my clients.”

ACCA Malaysia country head Edward Ling said the students’ achievements were extraordinary, given the disruptions and uncertainties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

On the national placements for the September 2020 examinations, Ling said the top students went to Xue Wern Tan, who placed first, followed by Sara Aina Mohd Zaharan and Caroline Yi Wye Ng, tying for second, and Wong Hui Si in third.