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Great Eastern Takaful to achieve RM80 mil contributions 

Insurance News

  -  August 25, 2013
Great Eastern Takaful is set to double its contribution income from RM40 mil last year to RM80 mil this year. The company currently has 70,000 contributors which comprises of 20-25% non-Muslims.
Great Eastern Takaful expects to double premium income - The Borneo Post ALOR SETAR: Great Eastern Takaful Sdn Bhd (Great Eastern Takaful), which set up operations only in 2010, is optimistic it would be able to double its premium income this year.

 

Posted by Loo Hai Sunday, August 25, 2013 4:51:00 PM Categories: GETSB
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Great Eastern Takaful launched i-Great Idaman 

Insurance News

  -  Apr 5, 2013
Great Eastern Takaful launched a family takaful term plan named i-Great Idaman. It targets 5,000 to 6,000 customers and RM20 mil weighted contributions.
Great Eastern Takaful expects RM20mil sales from family term plan - The Star KUALA LUMPUR: Great Eastern Takaful Sdn Bhd targets RM20mil of total weighted contribution from its new product, i-Great Idaman.

 

Posted by Loo Hai Friday, April 5, 2013 7:21:00 PM Categories: GETSB Product
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News Posts 20121008-20121014 

Insurance News

14 Oct 2012  -  Public
 
So what will happen to car insurance if you own one of these driverless cars?  Would the car manufacturer take up the insurance instead of you because if there is an accident, it is no longer you that are at fault as you are a mere passenger. http://bit.ly/TAS1014a
Driverless cars – a new insurance dilemma : Insurance Daily »
Lloyds is questioning whether driverless cars will shift the need for insurance away from consumers and towards manufacturers. Autonomous, or driverless, cars navigate using sophisticated technologies...

Insurance News

12 Oct 2012  -  Public
 
More news on AIA ING merger, including: 1) Second largest bancassurer post merger; 2) No 1 in market share is as measured by total premiums (including in-force block?); 3) "Will take the best from both sides" "too early to consider retrenchment" "natural attrition would not be surprising" "reassure our colleagues from ING that whatever we do will be fair and transparent".http://bit.ly/TAS1012d http://bit.ly/TAS1012e
 
The purchase of ING by AIA does not affect AIA's ratings, according to S&P.http://bit.ly/TAS1012c
S&P:No rating impact on AIA,AIA Bermuda »
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said today that its ratings and outlook on American International Assurance Co. Ltd. (AIA; local currency AA-/Stable/--; cnAAA/--) and American International...

Insurance News

12 Oct 2012  -  Public
 
Tune Insurance, previously named Oriental Capital Assurance and for which 80% of its stake was bought for RM151.91 mil, is slated for listing next year with an estimated market capitalisation of close to RM800 mil.http://bit.ly/TAS1012b
Tune Group chief Tony Fernandes says listing is on his mind »
BUSAN: The initial public offering (IPO) fervour surrounding maverick businessman Tan Sri Tony Fernandes continues – now he is considering to float the Tune Group.

Insurance News

12 Oct 2012  -  Public
 
AmG wants to keep Kurnia's brand post merger.  The plan is for both AmG and Kurnia to be under AmG's licence.  It would be interesting to see whether this is allowed by BNM as this will create the first insurance company in Malaysia that sells products under two different brands. http://bit.ly/TAS1012a

The plan will possibly see Kurnia surrender its insurance licence and operate under AmG's operating licence.

Insurance News

11 Oct 2012  -  Public
 
AmG held a special event to welcome Kurnia into its family.  Post merger, AmG will become the largest general insurer in the country and market leader in motor insurance. http://bit.ly/TAS1011f

Ambank Group is eyeing 50 per cent growth for its motor insurance from 22 per cent currently, said Duncan Brain, Chief
Executive Officer AmG Insurance Bhd and Kurnia Insurans (M) Bhd.

Insurance News

11 Oct 2012  -  Public
 
It is interesting to see what would happen to ING Public Takaful Ehsan post AIA-ING merger. AIA already has a stake in AIA AFG Takaful and under the current BNM rules, they are not allowed to hold 2 takaful licences. Merging AIA AFG with ING Public will mean Public Bank and Alliance Bank having JV in takaful, feasible?

Insurance News

11 Oct 2012  -  Public
 
Contrary to the earlier report, AIA has claimed No. 1 in market share post merger with ING, unseating Great Eastern as well. http://bit.ly/TAS1011d
#Update* AIA Malaysia becomes biggest life insurer after buying over ING »
The deal catapults AIA to the top, displacing Great Eastern that has market share of 22.9%.

Insurance News

11 Oct 2012  -  Public
 
AIA has agreed to pay US$1.73 bil (another report says US$1.68 bil) in cash to buy ING's Malaysian insurance operations. The deal values ING at 1.8 times its embedded value, much higher than the value of AIA which is at 1.5 times. The purchase of ING will push AIA from the No. 4 position to No. 2 in Malaysia, unseating Prudential. AIA had earlier acquired Aviva's Sri Lankan operations less than a month ago. http://bit.ly/TAS1011b http://bit.ly/TAS1011c
ING announces sale of M'sian insurance unit to AIA for US1.6bil(update) »
AMSTERDAM: ING said it has agreed to sell its Malaysian insurance unit to pan-Asian insurer AIA Group Ltd for 1.3 billion euros (US$1.68 billion) in cash, kicking off the Dutch group's long-awaited di...

Insurance News

9 Oct 2012  -  Public
 
George Chew is Manulife's new CEO effective September 28.http://bit.ly/TAS1009a

KUALA LUMPUR: Manulife Insurance Bhd (Manulife Malaysia), a subsidiary of Manulife Holdings Bhd, has appointed George Chew as its new chief executive officer (CEO), effective September 28. 

Insurance News

8 Oct 2012  -  Public
 
So, is it true that Mohamad Salihuddin Ahmad stepped down as CEO of GETSB because he didn't want to report to Koh Yaw Hui? http://bit.ly/TAS1008a
Malaysia: Great Eastern Takaful CEO steps down amid structural changesInsurance Research Center »
::Malaysia: Great Eastern Takaful CEO steps down amid structural changes. Great Eastern Takaful CEO Mohamad Salihuddin Ahmad has resigned from his position, with local media suggesting that it was in ...

 

Posted by Loo Hai Wednesday, October 17, 2012 4:37:00 PM Categories: AIA AmG Executive Movement GETSB Great Eastern ING Kurnia Manulife Merger Nice2Know Tune
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News Posts 20120924-20120930 


 
 
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[Budget 2013] Takaful sector
1) Takaful assets RM18.3 bil account for 9% of total insurance and takaful assets (Jul 2012) cf RM16.9 bil 8.6% (Dec 2011).
2) Net contributions RM2.6 bil (Jan-Jul 2012) cf RM2.2 bil (Jan-Jul 2011).
3) New family takaful contributions: RM2 bil (Jan-Jul 2012) cf RM1.6 bil (Jan-Jul 2011).
4) Market penetration rate for family takaful: 13% (Jul 2012) cf 12.8% (Dec 2011).
5) Gross direct contributions for general takaful grew 14.2% to RM1 bil (Jan-Jul 2012) cf 18.1% RM0.9 bil (Jan-Jul 2011).
6) Updated Guidelines on Valuation Basis for Liabilities of Family and General Takaful Business were issued on 15/5/2012.
 
 
[Budget 2013] Insurance sector
1) CAR: 216.7% (Jul 2012) cf 222.5% (Dec 2011).
2) Market penetration rate for life insurance: 54.4% (Jul 2012) cf 54.7% (Dec 2011).
3) ILP NB premiums grew 24.8% to RM1.7 bil (Jan-Jul 2012) cf 24.3% RM1.4 bil (Jan-Jul 2011).
4) GI gross direct premiums grew 9.1% to RM9.1 bil (Jan-Jul 2012) cf 7.1% RM8.4 bil (Jan-Jul 2011).
5) Lower overall loss ratio was recorded: 59.2% (Jul 2012) cf 60.8% (Jul 2011).
6) No. of direct insurance companies reduced from 37 (Life 9, General 22, Composite 6 - Dec 2011) to 36 (Life 9, General 21, Composite 6 - Jul 2012).
 
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Can anyone tell me why there is a big jump in the insurance penetration rate from 43+% to 54+%? Did BNM change the calculation basis and if so what was changed?
 
[Budget 2013] The only item on LIAM's wish list that received positive news yesterday in the Budget announcement was the removal of the 8% tax on investment income on deferred annuity. With the removal of the 8% tax, deferred annuity fund will now enjoy the same tax status as PRS and will be able to compete on level playing field for retirement savings.  http://bit.ly/TAS0929a http://bit.ly/TAS0929b


The Life Insurance Association of Malaysia (LIAM) said the government's removal of the eight per cent investment 
income tax on deferred annuity will allow policyholders to enjoy better returns on their retirement savings. 

Insurance News

28 Sep 2012  -  Public
 
[Budget 2013]
Government will allocate RM40 mil to provide insurance cover for 2 years for 2 mil students taking licensed school buses to and from school. The insurance will cover accidental death and TPD.

Group insurance scheme will be set up for the army and police force with maximum cover of RM15,000. The scheme will cover 242,000 members and costs RM12 mil to the government.

1.5 months bonus for public servants, 0.5 month has already been paid before Hari Raya, another 0.5 month will be paid in December, and the balance 0.5 month in January 2013.

1% reduction in personal income tax rate for chargeable income between RM2,500 to RM50,000.
 

Insurance News

28 Sep 2012  -  Public
 
Insurance industry can expect the "best practice" as described in the prudential framework on corporate governance to be elevated to principles or minimum expectations to be met. Areas that were covered by BNM in its recent review included independence and board size and composition. http://bit.ly/TAS0928d
BNM completes review of corporate governance framework »
Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has completed a review of the existing corporate governance framework for banking and insurance industries and expects to consult with the industry later this year, said as...

Insurance News

28 Sep 2012  -  Public
 
[Budget 2013] A group insurance scheme will be made available for registered hawkers and small businesses with coverage of up to RM5,000. The cost to the government for the scheme is RM16 mil a year. http://bit.ly/TAS0928b
 
[Budget 2013] Finance and insurance and transport are expected to expand slower at 4.2% and 5.2%. http://bit.ly/TAS0928a
Economic Report 2012/2013: Slower growth in 2012 »
The government expects the Malaysian economy to grow at a slower pace of between 4.5% and 5% in 2012 compared with 5.1% for 2011, weighed by downside risks from the external sector.

Insurance News

28 Sep 2012  -  Public
 
Having fewer PRS providers may not be a bad thing as it can result in administrative efficiency, according to EY. Increasing the awareness of PRS is important as we cannot simply assume that people will take up PRS voluntarily.http://bit.ly/TAS0928c
E&Y says awareness on private pension schemes is important »
KUALA LUMPUR: Having fewer providers to manage a pension plan like the recently launched Private Retirement Scheme (PRS), will result in better administrative efficiency, according to Ernst & Youn...

Insurance News

27 Sep 2012  -  Public
 
Oriental Capital Assurance has been rebranded as Tune Insurance. It plans to undertake M&A in Indonesia and Thailand to boost its capacity. The company has targeted RM330 mil gross premiums next year, up from RM260 mil in 2012.http://bit.ly/TAS0927b


Tune Insurance Malaysia Bhd will be the first entity under the Tune Group to go public. 

Insurance News

27 Sep 2012  -  Public
 
A few Malaysian takaful operators are interested in capturing the Indonesian market due to the high-growth potential. Takaful operators that have recently expressed their interest include GETSB and Etiqa. http://bit.ly/TAS0927a


Malaysian Islamic insurers are expanding into neighboring Indonesia to tap growth three times as fast as in their home market, where Standard & Poor’s predicts tighter rules will curb expansion.

Insurance News

26 Sep 2012  -  Public
 
S&P is more positive on the developments of takaful in Malaysia than in other countries. In particular it cited the more sophisticated regulatory oversight and the stronger investment profile of the industry as 2 factors. The main concern for takaful industry worldwide is the lack of global standards in accounting and Shariah compliance.  http://bit.ly/TAS0926c
Malaysia's takaful market healthy, sustainable, says S&P »
Malaysia's takaful industry appears to be more healthy and sustainable compared to its peers in other countries as its development is underpinned by strong fundamentals, says Standard & Poor&#...

Insurance News

26 Sep 2012  -  Public
 
AmG has completed the acquisition of Kurnia Insurans. KSK Group Bhd (formerly known as Kurnia Asia Bhd) will concentrate on its general insurance business in Indonesia and Thailand after pulling out of Malaysia.http://bit.ly/TAS0926b


PETALING JAYA (Sept 26): KSK Group Bhd, formerly known as KURNIA ASIA BHD [], has completed the deal to dispose its wholly-owned subsidiary Kurnia Insurans (Malaysia) Bhd to AmG Insurance Bhd for RM1.63 billion on Wednesday.

Insurance News

26 Sep 2012  -  Public
 
We may soon know whether CIMB will pull out from CIMB Aviva. It was reported that Prudential, Manulife and Sun Life could be potential buyers of CIMB Aviva.http://bit.ly/TAS0926a


KUALA LUMPUR: CIMB Group could make a decision as early as this Saturday if it will part with its 51 per cent stake in CIMB Aviva Assurance Bhd, people familiar with the matter said.

Insurance News

25 Sep 2012  -  Public
 
LIAM's Budget wishlist: 1) Separate the RM6,000 tax relief for life insurance premium from EPF contribution. 2) Increase the medical insurance premium tax relief from RM3,000 to RM6,000. 3) Abolish the 8% tax on investment income for both life fund and annuity fund. 4) The tax relief of RM3,000 on annuity premium is currently only available for year 2012 to 2021. To extend beyond 2021.  http://bit.ly/TAS0925a


The Life Insurance Association of Malaysia (LIAM) has proposed the government give a separate tax relief of RM6,000 on insurance premiums alone in Budget 2013. 

Insurance News

24 Sep 2012  -  Public
 
And here is the English version of the article on commission liberalisation in Malaysia. http://bit.ly/TAS0924a


BANK Negara Malaysia is considering more flexibility for the insurance industry and insurance companies in order to formulate a commission structure which is suitable with their respective business philosophies.

 

 

Posted by Loo Hai Sunday, September 30, 2012 4:47:00 PM Categories: AmG Aviva BNM Budget Etiqa GETSB LIAM Merger PRS Tune
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News Posts 20120917-20120923 

 

 
 
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21:01  -  Public
 
BNM is considering giving more flexibility to insurance companies to set their own commission levels. The liberalisation of commissions will also be accompanied by more transparency (commission disclosure?) to protect the policyholders. BNM is also evaluating measures including incentives to encourage more agents to become financial advisors. http://bit.ly/TAS0923a
2012年09月23日 - 國行:符個別經營理念‧或讓保險業擬佣金架構 - 國內 - 星洲日報 »
(吉隆坡22日訊)國家銀行副總裁拿督莫哈末依布拉欣指出,國行正考慮給予保險業與公司更多靈活性,以擬定適合個別經營理念的傭金架構。

 

 
 
Prudential is likely to appoint Philip Seah as its new CEO, replacing Charlie Oropeza who stepped down on 12/9. Seah's appointment is apparently pending approval from BNM. http://bit.ly/TAS0922a


KUALA LUMPUR: Prudential Assurance Malaysia Bhd is expected to appoint Philip Seah, former head of Prudential group's unit in Singapore, as it new chief executive officer.

Insurance News

21 Sep 2012  -  Public
 
Is it true that GETSB's CEO is quitting this month? Where is he going then?http://bit.ly/TAS0921a


KUALA LUMPUR: Great Eastern Takaful Sdn Bhd's chief executive officer Mohamad Salihuddin Ahmad is quitting the company he helped set up in 2010.

Insurance News

20 Sep 2012  -  Public
 
GETSB has called for a special tax relief for takaful contributions, on top of the existing combined EPF and life insurance tax relief of RM6,000.  Meanwhile an independent financial advisor has also called for the tax relief for retirement contribution to be increased from RM3,000 to RM10,000. Feel free to share with us your wish list for the upcoming Budget 2013.http://bit.ly/TAS0920a http://bit.ly/TAS0920b


KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 20): Takaful operators would like to see the government allocate a specific tax rebate for Takaful premiums in a bid to boost the industry in the upcoming Budget 2013, said Great Eastern Takaful chief executive officer Mohamed Salihuddin Ahmad.

 

Posted by Loo Hai Sunday, September 23, 2012 6:50:00 PM Categories: Budget Commission Executive Movement GETSB Prudential Tax
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