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Dr. Zeti: Sustaining Malaysia as a Platform for International Islamic Finance

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Points of Essence:

  • The Islamic banking in Malaysia continued to record growth with assets size stood at RM234.9 billion, a jump of 23 % from the previous year. The industry accounted for 16.7% of total assets in the industry.  With a total deposit of RM180.4 billion (27.7%  increase from last year) and a hike of 24.5%  in total financing to RM143.4 billion together with 93 new full-fledged Islamic banking branches opened this year, Malaysia is expected to maintain its lead in Islamic finance.
  • On the capital market side, the Malaysian sukuk market had a comfortable average annual growth of 22 % since 2001. Building up its niche in structuring innovative Islamic financial instruments, a slump in the sukuk issuance had no effects on Malaysia as the demands for more innovative products like Sukuk Musharakah had increased to 84% surpassing 58% mark of the total sukuk issuance in 2007. More new products have been churned out including residential mortgage backed securities, Commodity Murabahah deposit products, commodity based financing, credit card based on ujrah, as well as, structured products based on Musharakah, Mudarabah and Ijarah.
  • A conducive environment for innovative advancement that is supported by a regulatory framework will always be the hallmark of lslamic finance in Malaysia. as that ensures not only the stability of the system but also promotes the active and vibrant functioning of the system. The liberalization of the Islamic finance industry with the setting up of foreign Islamic subsidiaries in its Islamic financial system will enhance the outreach of Islamic finance and strengthen Malaysia’s international linkages. With all the framework put in the right places, Malaysia is set to sustain its status as an Islamic finance leader. Read the full speech by the Malaysian central bank’s governor when opening HSBC Amanah Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur recently.

Governor’s Address at the Launching of HSBC Amanah Malaysia Berhad: “Sustaining Malaysia as a Platform for International Islamic Finance”

Speaker : Governor Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz
Venue : Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Date : 25 November 2008
Language : English

It is my pleasure to be here today at this official launch of “HSBC Amanah Malaysia Berhad” (HSBC Amanah). This launch is significant in a number of respects. It reflects the continued expansion of Islamic finance in Malaysia , taking place at a time of great uncertainty in the global financial system. The launch of HSBC Amanah, as an Islamic subsidiary of an international financial group, is also significant as it will contribute towards enhancing further the international dimension of Islamic finance in Malaysia , thus strengthening our international financial and economic linkages with other parts of the world.

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Written by Suapi Shaffaii

November 28, 2008 at 4:35 pm