KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 26): The Association of Banks in Malaysia (ABM) announced today its member banks have ceased charging fees for cheque and cash payments for credit card and financing repayments over the counter (OTC) and at cash deposit machines.
PETALING JAYA (March 27): Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) (pictured) has given banking institutions until end- 2019 to revise “unfair” terms and conditions, and improve clarity by using plain language for both new and existing housing loan and financing contracts.
KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 10): Some 20,000 bank employees consisting of clerical and non-clerical categories from 20 banks will enjoy 0% interest on their housing loans for the first RM100,000.
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 2): Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank) sees the property sector as the biggest winner of Budget 2019, with a variety of measures ranging from specific allocations for supply – financing of first-time purchases – of affordable housing, as well as stamp duty exemptions and property crowdfunding to help the industry clear the supply overhang, placing it on a path to sustainable growth.
KUALA LUMPUR (July 11): Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has maintained the overnight policy rate (OPR) at 3.
PETALING JAYA (June 19): The National House Buyers Association (HBA) is urging the government to allow the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) to extend financing for home purchases – particularly of affordable units – to eligible members, reported Free Malaysia Today.
KUALA LUMPUR (May 31): Commercial banks in Malaysia will reduce the goods and services tax (GST) rate to 0% tomorrow (June 1), from 6% at present.
KUALA LUMPUR (March 12): Banks may face risks on their commercial property loans, as a looming oversupply of office buildings and shopping malls may lead to a correction in valuations, said a Reuters story citing a report by Moody’s dated March 9.
KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 13): Banks should conduct tighter checks and commission their own independent feasibility studies on developers’ proposed projects before deciding to grant financing, says property consulting firm Rahim & Co International Sdn Bhd.