Yeo Eng Ping

Malaysia Tax Leader

Getting started
I graduated from Monash University, Australia with a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Economics, and was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya, and a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia. I joined EY’s Tax Services as an Associate in 1997. I was attracted to taxation because it is a field which requires creativity in providing solutions and compels the use of both legal and accounting skills. As I learned more about tax, I also realised that it is such an important component of business management and is essential to the government and to economic development. I truly enjoy the policy and controversial aspects of taxation.

Career highlights
Over the last few years, my roles as Partner and Malaysia Tax Leader have been an incredible learning experience, and have provided me the opportunity to take an active role in the development of taxation laws and the profession. I am grateful for the support and help of my fellow partners, clients and people in the firm.

Advice for graduates
In EY, it is not about the number of hours you work but rather the quality of the work you produce. You need to work smart and be creative in your approach to challenges. Be open to continuous learning and changes in the industry. Ensure you have a strong foundation of technical knowledge and skills, including analytical, problem-solving and interpersonal skills, as well as good communication skills (writing, speaking and presentation skills). Employers today look for well-rounded individuals, besides academic excellence. So do participate in co-curricular activities as they help build character and teamwork skills. Start building your network early. Don’t be a bystander! Engage with the people around you including your peers, bosses, clients and the community. By doing this, you will create relationships that may last you a lifetime.

Key skills for future leaders
Future (and current) leaders should be adaptable and willing to embrace change, continuously seek to improve and innovate, and obtain new knowledge and skills. They should have the courage to seize opportunities and to act quickly and decisively. Leaders cannot succeed without strong teams. So it is important that they have empathy, energy and confidence to build and inspire great teams.