• SSB-i is aimed at helping senior citizens fund their retirement in compliance with Shariah principles.

KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 13): National Mortgage Corp of Malaysia, Cagamas Bhd launched the Skim Saraan Bercagar Islamik (SSB-i), a global-first Islamic reverse mortgage financing for senior citizen homeowners, today.

SSB-i is aimed at helping senior citizens fund their retirement in compliance with Shariah principles.

“With the launch of the SSB-i, we have enhanced our reverse mortgage offerings to appeal to the local market,” said Cagamas president/chief executive officer, Datuk Chung Chee Leong. (pictured)

“The introduction of SSB-i offers an alternative for senior homeowners who prefer a shariah compliant financing solution. It also represents our continuous commitment to support the development of Islamic finance,” he added.

According to a media release from Cagamas, SSB-i is an Islamic Reverse Mortgage Financing facility which allows retirees aged 55 and above, to leverage against the value of their fully paid homes and convert it into a steady monthly cash payout to supplement their etirement funds up to the age of 120 years, without sacrificing home ownership.

SSB-i is based on a sale-based commodity transaction, under the Shariah concept of Commodity Murabahah via Tawarruq arrangement. SSB-i will enjoy the same stamp duty exemption as SSB until end of 2023.

From today, SSB and SSB-i are available to senior homeowners in Johor Bahru, Penang, and the Klang Valley. Interested applicants may walk-in to the designated Employees Provident Fund (EPF) branches stated in the SSB website for eligibility enquiries,and make an appointment with the Credit Counselling and Debt Management Agency (AKPK) to complete the reverse mortgage financial advisory module.

Applications can also be submitted online through https://digitalssb.cagamas.com.my/landing which has been made possible through Cagamas’ collaboration with Google Cloud.

“With the positive response garnered during our pilot in the Klang Valley, we are delighted to continue collaborating with the EPF and AKPK in bringing Cagamas’ reverse mortgage products to market.

“We will continue to evaluate the expansion of SSB and SSB-i to other cities in Malaysia. SSB and SSB-i represent Cagamas' continuous efforts to address financial gaps in the marketplace with an initial RM100 million allocation to help retirees unlock the value of their homes safely to receive guaranteed monthly payout throughout their lifetime,” Chung explained.

“The success of SSB to date strengthens our belief that Malaysia is a viable market for reverse mortgages as we continue refining its features for the local market. This comprehensive and integrated solution focuses on retirees who may be affected due to a lack of savings and aims to help them maintain a decent standard of living,” he added.

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