Malaysia News

JLT Re Appoints Garnett as Managing Director, Malaysia

JLT Re, the London-based reinsurance broker and consultant, announced the appointment of Jonathan (Jo) Garnett as managing director, Malaysia, subject to regulatory approvals. Garnett will be based in JLT Re’s Kuala Lumpur office and will report to Stuart Beatty, CEO, …

Tokio Marine in Talks to Acquire RHB’s Non-Life Insurance Unit: Sources

Tokio Marine Holdings Inc, is in exclusive talks to buy RHB Bank’s general insurance unit in a deal that also includes an agreement to distribute the Japanese insurer’s products through the Malaysian lender, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. …

Zurich Buys MAA Takaful Berhad, Expanding in Malaysia Takaful Market

Zurich Insurance Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Zurich Insurance Group, has completed the acquisition of MAA Takaful Berhad (MAAT), a leading provider of Takaful products in Malaysia, from MAA Group Berhad and Solidarity Group Holding BSC. The combination of MAAT’s …

Craze for Asian Bancassurance Deals Fits Definition of Insanity: Opinion

Among all financial products, bancassurance perhaps comes closest to fitting Einstein’s theory of insanity: Insurers have been conducting the same sorry experiment again and again, expecting different results. Right now, it’s Asia’s turn to be gripped by madness as firms …

Sompo Japan in Talks to Sell Insurance in Malaysia via CIMB Branches: Sources

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings Inc. is nearing an agreement with CIMB Group Holdings Bhd. to distribute general insurance products through the Malaysian lender’s branches across Asia, people with knowledge of the matter said. Japan’s third-largest general insurer could pay about …

Allianz, AXA & Sompo to Distribute Products Across Asia via CIMB Bank Branches

Allianz SE, AXA SA and Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings Inc. made final bids for the rights to distribute their general insurance products through CIMB Group Holdings Bhd.’s branches across Asia, people with knowledge of the matter said. CIMB could fetch about $200 …

QBE Insurance Opens Kuala Lumpur Office to Boost Malaysia Business Prospects

QBE Insurance Malaysia has opened a new office in the heart of Kuala Lumper city, expanding the company’s branch network in the country to a total of 15 locations, across eight states. QBE Insurance Malaysia, which is part of the …

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 …