Malaysian Islamic assets sector set for boom-Maybank

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Islamic banking assets in Malaysia are expected to post double-digit growth rates annually, propelled by rising demand for sharia-compliant assets, the country’s top lender said on Monday.

Islamic banking accounts for about 13 percent of total banking assets in this mostly Muslim country, and is tipped to be one of the leading growth drivers for the Southeast Asian economy as services replace manufacturing as the economy’s backbone.

Malaysian authorities are courting investors by offering incentives such as a waiver of withholding tax on non-residents’ investments in non-ringgit Islamic securities, in a quest to make the country a global hub for the $1 trillion industry.

“From the customer’s perspective, the Islamic banking product, as compared to conventional, is at least at par, if not better,” Maybank chief executive Abdul Wahid Omar told reporters as the launch of an Islamic credit card by the bank.

“We expect double-digit growth,” he added, declining to give further details.

Maybank, whose Islamic arm is Malaysia’s largest Islamic bank in terms of assets, said it planned to roll out 13 products in the financial year ending June 2009 to tap growing demand.

 Islamic banking accounts for about 13 percent of total banking assets in this mostly Muslim country, and is tipped to be one of the leading growth drivers for the Southeast Asian economy as services replace manufacturing as the economy’s backbone.

Malaysian authorities are courting investors by offering incentives such as a waiver of withholding tax on non-residents’ investments in non-ringgit Islamic securities, in a quest to make the country a global hub for the $1 trillion industry.

“From the customer’s perspective, the Islamic banking product, as compared to conventional, is at least at par, if not better,” Maybank chief executive Abdul Wahid Omar told reporters as the launch of an Islamic credit card by the bank.

“We expect double-digit growth,” he added, declining to give further details.

Maybank, whose Islamic arm is Malaysia’s largest Islamic bank in terms of assets, said it planned to roll out 13 products in the financial year ending June 2009 to tap growing demand.

http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssFinancialServicesAndRealEstateNews/idUSKLR27654520080825

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Islamic banking assets in Malaysia are expected to post double-digit growth rates annually, propelled by rising demand for sharia-compliant assets, the country’s top lender said on Monday.

 

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