Category: Consumer

Relates to numerous developments within the industry that may have some impact on consumerism. You need to read but need not have to understand fully… meaning read between the lines and then write us a two, three liners.

Man found guilty for staging road accidents to claim insurance

Rounding up accomplices desperate to absolve themselves from debts and financial hardship, Tew Yee Jeng, a 40-year-old Malaysian, made several trips to Singapore between 2012 and 2014, where he would orchestrate scam traffic accidents to make insurance claims for property damage and bodily injuries. The drivers he recruited would abruptly slam their brakes on purpose, leading to collisions with vehicles behind them that could not be stopped in time to prevent a crash.

Insurers do not cover Uber, GrabCar and the likes

Piam corporate communications representative Nur Fazliana Mohd Zuki said the private car insurance would be rendered useless if drivers engage in ride-sharing, which is deemed to be a commercial activity. “Therefore owners of such vehicles, drivers and passengers who use their private cars for commercial use will not be able to claim, under their insurance policy, in the event of an accident.






Navigating Coverage for Uber

The world is becoming more connected in the digital age. Suddenly, almost everything is about sharing. Not only are ride- and home-sharing services wildly popular, but on-demand deliveries of meals and packages as well as sharing of tools, clothing and even bathroom facilities when a portable toilet is unappealing are becoming ever more available.






Posting Your Boarding Pass Online? | TPA Travel Insurance

The Borneo Post ran a quick check – using a boarding pass of a local airline – on an online barcode reader site. Using only image of the barcode instead of the whole boarding pass, the programme managed to note the passenger’s full name, travel itineraries including frequent flyer number, flight and seating arrangement. Decoding the barcode only required uploading an image of the boarding pass.






Motor and Fire Insurance unlikely to be detariffed rather will be restructured on risk-based pricing

The non-life insurance industry is not likely to see any detariffication in the near term; more like the Bank Negara putting it through some form of restructuring, i.e. from a risk-based premium pricing to making the industry workforce and agents more professional in their modus operandi. The following are emphasis:

(1) Premium should be fairly charged —- risk behaviour of policyholder is important.

(2) Insurers and Takaful operators must have a proper pricing regime in place so that those fairness as pointed out in item (1) above could be dispense. Not sure if this pricing regime is to be submitted to the regulator before launching the premium pricing structure….






Jack Ma | His Speech In Hannover 2015

If the first and the second innovation of the technology revolution liberated the human strength, the physical strength, this revolution liberate the strength of human brain —- the future world will be connected by data, instead of oil or other things. It is not about how the internet connects business to consumers but rather how the use of big data helps business customise their offerings according to the needs of the consumers. Ma said that the key for Internet companies to surviving and enjoying long and prosperous lives would depend on how well they work together with traditional brick-and-mortar companies.






GOVERNMENT SERVICE TAX (GST) | A RELIEF TOO FAR

Recent updates on GST for weekend reading…. (1) Relief granted on transitional motor and fire PERSONAL insurance policies a) Transitional relief to PERSONAL LINES FIRE POLICY The General Insurance Association (PIAM) had appealed to the Ministry Of Finance (MOF) recently…

Residential stratified properties now ‘GST exempt supply’

This is really beyond Insurance but since this is about GST and certain types of residential properties where the application of GST would have significant impact on our daily lives, I think putting up a simple blog posting here makes…

Motor Insurance Premium Increases in 2015 | Malaysia Insurance Everyday

This 2015 tariff premium increase is the 4th of the scheduled increases mooted under the 2011 New Motor Insurance Cover Framework that was established by a Joint Working Committee comprising of Bank Negara, PDRM, Ministry of Health, Judiciary, Malaysian Bar, Ministry of Finance, Insurance & Takaful Industry, Consumer associations and Transport associations. The implementation date is 23 February 2015.






Usage-based Insurance and Telematics

Usage-based Insurance basically utilise telematics data provided by policyholders vide some embedded gadgets in the vehicle or home surroundings to help insurers redefine how premiums are being imposed. The manner the vehicle is being driven or how homes are being monitored or even how policyholder handle their daily affairs where Health Insurance is concerned are important for insurers to better understand the risk as it progresses through time. The starting point of acceptance may still be discounting of premium but safety of love ones and health of policyholders are slowly catching on…. Check the INFOGRAPHIC by Tower Watson in one of their US consumer survey on the use of usage-based insurances….