01 May 2020

FAQs on Hire-Purchase and Fixed Rate Islamic Financing Products (1st May 2020)

Hopefully, this latest FAQs from Bank Negara Malaysia could clear your doubts on the confusion since yesterday.

It was previously announced that the 6-month payment deferment for Hire Purchase (HP) and fixed-rate Islamic financing is automaticHas there been a reversal in this decision?

No, the payment deferment is still automatic for HP and fixed-rate Islamic financing.

What is required now is an additional step to comply with procedural requirements under the Hire-Purchase Act 1967 (HP Act) and Shariah. This additional step is unavoidable and is required to incorporate the changes to the payment schedule and/or amounts as a result of the six-month payment deferment in loan/financing agreements.

Why are other loans/financing (e.g. mortgages, personal loans, business loans etc) not similarly affected?

Other loans/financing are not subject to the HP Act or similar Shariah requirements. However, interest/profit will also accrue over the deferment period for these loans and will also need to be repaid once payments resume post-deferment.

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Is there a change for borrowers/customers to qualify for the HP and fixed-rate Islamic financing payment deferment?

There is no change in the eligibility criteria.

As it is already the beginning of May, is there a change to the payment deferment period for these financing facilities?

There is no change in the payment deferment period, that is, it is effective for 6 months starting from 1 April 2020 until 30 September 2020.

For fixed-rate Islamic financing, are there any additional legal fees if a new agreement is required?

In such cases, FIs are not allowed to impose any additional charges, including legal fees, on borrowers/customers.

How would my HP or fixed-rate Islamic financing monthly installments change after the deferment period? 

FIs will inform each borrower/customer of the changes to his/her HP loan or fixed rate Islamic financing payment schedule and installment amounts. Borrowers/customers should weigh for themselves the pros and cons of deferring the payment and pay particular attention to their ability to meet these payments after the moratorium.

You should call or e-mail your FI if you need more information, or if you need to discuss alternative payment arrangements.

Here is an example to help you better understand the financial impact post deferment.

This illustration relates to a RM50,000 HP loan with a remaining tenure of 5 years and a fixed interest of 2.71% (or an effective rate of 5.36%) per annum:

In this example, the installment amount increases by 2%, or RM19 a month. 

Do I still have a chance to opt-out of the payment deferment now if I had not done so previously?

Yes. You can still choose to do so at this time by informing your FI and resuming the monthly payments that you were making before the deferment. Please read the following question.

I have not made any payment in April since I did not opt-out of the deferment earlier. If I decide to opt-out now, will I be charged any late payment penalty? What will happen to my CCRIS record?

No, FIs will not impose any late payment charges on borrowers/customers who decide to opt-out of the deferment now.

Your FI will inform you of the timeframe provided to pay off the instalments deferred since 1 April 2020. Your CCRIS record will also not be affected, as long as you settle this amount within the repayment time-frame as notified by your FI.

If you need more time, you should contact your FI to discuss a revised repayment timeframe.

Do borrowers/customers have a choice on whether to extend the financing tenure or increase the monthly installments after the deferment period?

FIs will provide borrowers/customers with further details on resuming payments after the deferment period, and among the options provided would include the option of extending tenures or increasing monthly installments.

Borrowers/customers are advised to discuss with their FIs if they require a different repayment arrangement due to their financial circumstances.

Source: Bank Negara Malaysia

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