The General Insurance/Takaful Industry have agreed to reclassify PA/Misc. insurances that are tagged/marketed together with Motor Insurance as Motor Product under the paragraph 2.2 of the Phased Liberalisation of Motor/Fire Tariffs. Products like Passenger PA (whether as a package with other miscellaneous coverage or otherwise) and standalone Misc. Accident package tied to Motor Insurance (like the Enhanced Road Warrior) must now be of the Motor class and financially reported as part of the Motor “Others” or Non-Act.
The liberalisation roadmap (specifically referred to as the “Phased Liberalisation of Motor and Fire Tariffs” and referenced as BNM/RH/PD 029-8) had been put into effect on 1st July 2016 (by Bank Negara) but so far what have the General Insurers and General Takaful Operators been doing….?
The Post-1st July 2016…. Till 1st July 2017
As of now till 1st July 2017 we can only see submission in regards to submission to PIAM’s IPREB for wordings approval, firstly for those existing products that fall within current tariff framework but somehow part of product’s component or section may require a revisit from the tariff angle, and secondly, some insurers may wish to introduce some new add-ons (or currently called extension cover) of standalone products that leverage on the tariff products, for example passengers’ PA leveraging on Motor Insurance.
BNM is not exactly sure how to deal with those queries put forth by the audience. We were not sure if those queries confuse BNM or BNM’s replies having confused the audience; ultimately they think going back to cardinal rule#1, just submit to BNM for us to eye-ball and we shall tell you if those products that were being mentioned were indeed have no infringement of the tariff and the spirit behind this roadmap….
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:
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.
After being one of the top performers in ASEAN in 2014, cost of insuring Malaysian sovereign debt has risen the most this year compared benchmarked to its ASEAN peers as state investor 1MDB’s financing woes grew and concerns deepened about the prospects for the net oil exporter’s petroleum revenues.
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….
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.
Detariffication (where both Motor and Fire related insurances are going down the free market path) is not exact a bad word but as the industry probe along, people seem to have differing viewpoints and at time some are wondering why are we so jittery about this…. — the industry is already operating its Marine, Miscellaneous Accident, Liability and Engineering classes without much of a problem. Of course they may had forgotten the combined Motor and Fire contributed some 67% of the overall non-life premium for the country; that’s the very reason why the authority is concerned.
….whatever being the real reason(s), the locals and the foreign lieutenants must learn how best to work efficiently and effectively towards achieving established common goals – it is pathetic when those foreign lieutenants don’t articulate well the strategic and tactical direction for the company, and through it all, consultants after consultants are being engaged to carry out projects after projects that may at the end of the day doesn’t add up….