MBSB Bank processing up to RM6 bln affordable housing loans

Last update: 17/04/2018

KUALA LUMPUR, April 17 (Bernama) -- MBSB Bank Bhd, Malaysia’s second largest full-fledged Islamic banking by asset size, is currently processing up to RM6 billion in loans for affordable housing.

President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Datuk Seri Ahmad Zaini Othman said the applications in the pipeline included loans for the 1Malaysia People’s Housing Programme (PR1MA), 1Malaysia Civil Servants Housing Programme (PPA1M) and Federal Territories Affordable Housing (Rumawip).

"We expect to disburse all the loans this year," he told reporters after signing the Mortgage Guarantee Programme and Participation in My First Home Scheme with Cagamas SRP Bhd here today.

Cagamas SRP was represented by its Director Datuk Chung Chee Leong, who is also the Presdient and CEO of Cagamas Bhd.

Ahmad Zaini said since initiating the loans programme for affordable housing two years ago, the bank had disbursed about RM4.5 billion in loans for this category comprising some RM2 billion for PPA1M, RM1.6 billion for PR1MA and about RM900 million for Rumawip.

He added that to strengthen the bank’s digital capacity, MBSB Bank would be spending RM250 million to upgrade its core banking sector and incorporating additional features for retail and corporate customers.

Meanwhile, on the collaboration with Cagamas SRP, he said the bank would obtain guarantee coverage from Cagamas SRP for its home financing portfolio to facilitate its efficient capital management.

He said the bank would also be able to provide up to 100 per cent financing to young adults aged below 40 years and obtain guarantee from Cagamas SRP for the 10 per cent down payment.

The collaboration with Cagamas SRP would give an added feature for MBSB end financing for affordable housing.

Meanwhile, Chung said since its launch in 2011, My First Home Scheme had garnered participation from 23 financial institutions, with 7,920 loans amounting to RM1.6 billion approved under guarantee by Cagamas SRP.

He added that Cagamas SRP expected the number of loans approved under the scheme to grow between 10 and 20 per cent this year.