Malaysia News

Hijacked Orkim Harmony Oil Tanker Released by Pirates Who Escape

The hijacked oil tanker Orkim Harmony has been released by pirates, who fled in the ship’s rescue boat, Malaysian navy and maritime officials said on Friday. The Orkim Harmony, hijacked on June 11 off the Malaysian coast by pirates reportedly …

Update: Malaysian Navy Makes Contact With Pirates on Hijacked Oil Tanker

A Malaysian naval vessel has made contact with the pirates onboard hijacked tanker Orkim Harmony and is trying to persuade them to surrender, a maritime official said on Thursday. The tanker as of noon (0400 GMT) was in Vietnamese waters …

Malaysia Islamic Insurers Seek to Double Policyholders by Going Digital

Malaysia’s Islamic insurers are seeking to double policyholders in five years by investing more in digital technologies to attract a younger audience, according to the industry association’s head. Takaful operators should also step up educational campaigns to boost customers to 8.4 million …

Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka Hit by Heavy Rains, Floods: AIR

According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, the rains of the past week across Southeast Asia have been much higher than average, even for a period during which Southeast Asian countries normally experience heavy monsoon rains. AIR noted that “severe …

Malaysian Floods Force Evacuation of 200,000 People; at Least 10 Dead

Malaysia evacuated more than 200,000 people and increased relief efforts as the worst floods in decades left at least 10 people dead. Parts of Thailand and Sri Lanka have also been inundated. The affected states are Kelantan, Kedah, Terengganu, Pahang, …

ING to Sell Malaysian Insurance Unit to AIA for $1.73 Billion

Pan Asian insurer AIA Group Ltd has agreed to buy ING’s Malaysian insurance operations for $1.73 billion in cash, handing the Dutch financial services firm its first deal in a nine-month drive to sell off Asian assets. The sale of …

IAG’s Malaysian Associate, AmG, Seeks to Acquire KurniaIAG

Insurance Australia Group Limited announced that its 49 percent-owned Malaysian associate, AmG Insurance Berhad, “has submitted for local regulatory review a proposal to enter into an agreement to acquire Kurnia Insurans (Malaysia) Berhad (Kurnia), the principal general insurance business of …

Allied World to Write Reinsurance in Malayasia

Allied World Assurance Co. Ltd said it will commence writing reinsurance business in Malaysia from its Labuan branch. The official operating license was granted in July 2011 and will allow Allied World to write all classes of treaty reinsurance and …

Best Report Says Takaful Poised for Growth, But Greater Focus Needed

A new special report from A.M. Best – Takaful Poised for Growth, But Greater Focus is Required – notes that “Takaful operators in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Malaysia are growing at a rapid pace and are highly capitalized. …

ACE Acquires All Shares of ACE Synergy Insurance Berhad in Malaysia

The ACE Group announced today that its ACE INA International Holdings, Ltd. subsidiary has acquired all of the outstanding shares it does not already own, or approximately 49 percent, of ACE Synergy Insurance Berhad in Malaysia from Advance Synergy Capital …