Category: Insurance Practices

Detariffing Motor & Fire Insurance and Liberalisation of the Malaysian General Insurance Industry

The (BNM) Bank Negara’s Concept Paper on “PHASED LIBERALISATION OF MOTOR AND FIRE TARIFFS” is out, posted on their kijang-net portal and awaiting responses (until 29 April 2016) from insurance practitioners. I thought of highlighting what I could possibly see and decipher from the very “condensed” write-up. I would appreciate some feedbacks from you guys before I summarise some responses to BNM. By the way, I am not able to post the full concept paper here as the paper is not supposed to be for public viewing, nevertheless I should provide you with one if you have genuine intention to provide necessary feedback. Kindly provide me with the necessary info within the following contact form:

Liberating the Malaysian Motor and Fire Insurance Tariffs

In the first phase (the first year of implementation, starting July 1), the industry will be allowed to offer “new products” and optional add-on covers at market rates. This can include, for example, additional policies to cover engine hydro-lock (water entering the engine in lightly flooded areas, separated out from the currently costly flood damage insurance), lost car key replacement, and perhaps even the availability of courtesy cars.






What is so professional about an Insurance Agent?

Professional agents should be more concerned about the client’s exposures than even the client is because of the significant consequences of improper or missing coverages. Insurance is about saving your client from ruin!






The Four Key Disciplines For Reinsurers

Berkshire is far more conservative in avoiding risk than most large insurers. For example, if the insurance industry should experience a $250 billion loss from some mega-catastrophe – a loss about triple anything it has ever experienced – Berkshire as a whole would likely record a significant profit for the year because of its many streams of earnings. We would also remain awash in cash and be looking for large opportunities to write business in an insurance market that might well be in disarray. Meanwhile, other major insurers and reinsurers would be swimming in red ink, if not facing insolvency.






Malaysia’s New Financial Ombudsman Scheme

The Financial Services (Financial Ombudsman Scheme) Regulations 2015 and their Islamic equivalent came into force on 14 September 2015. The regulations establish a Financial Ombudsman Scheme (FOS) in Malaysia as part of efforts by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) to enhance financial dispute resolution arrangements for consumers and strengthen consumer protection. The FOS will be an alternative to, but will not replace, dispute resolution through the courts.






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.






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….






The risk of “reckless prudence”

“We are so risk adverse that we are requiring levels of capital that are probably beyond what is sensible, and intrusive supervision which I think is not really sustainable,” he added. There has been a very sharp swing of the pendulum post-global financial crisis for the financial system as a whole, he said.






Riot, Civil Commotion and Malicious Damage #LowYat Riot | Oh! My Car Insurance

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A riot is defined by Black’s Law Dictionary as: An assemblage of three or more persons in a public place taking concerted action in a turbulent and disorderly manner for a common purpose (regardless of the lawfulness of that purpose). An unlawful disturbance of the peace by an assemblage of usually three or more persons acting with a common purpose in a violent or tumultuous manner that threatens or terrorizes the public or an institution. Courts around the world have defined riots with some extensions to the original definition in Black’s Law Dictionary. For example, it has been defined as “the gathering of three or more persons” with the “common purpose” to do “an un/lawful act [with the intent to use] force or violence.” It has also been defined as requiring “”tumult” or disturbance” at the time of the action.