Political Connection and Firm’s Performance Among Malaysian Firms

Nurul Azlin Azmi, Nor Balkish Zakaria, Fazrul Hanim Abd Sata, Zuraidah Mohd Sanusi


The purpose of this study is to examine the influence of political connections on firms’ performance by controlling the effect of board attributes and firms’ characteristics. Specifically, it is argued that politically connected firms enjoy a lot of benefits from the government and said to provide greater chances for the firms to increase their wealth. By using 156 public listed firms between the study period of 2012 to 2017, this study maps out political connection based on the 13th Malaysian general election. The results reveal that the appearance of political connections on board gives significant and negative effect on Tobin Q, while significant and positive effect on Return on Asset (ROA) and Return on Equity (ROE). Board independence is also significant to firms’ performance. This result implies that political connection is a favour for a better firm’s performance and not to firm’s value. The findings have an important implication to investors as it suggests that firms with political connection on board perform better.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/ijfr.v11n3p146

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International Journal of Financial Research
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