Malaysia Plans Sukuk for Public to Spur Trade: Islamic Finance
Malaysia plans to let issuers sell to individual investors sukuk that can be traded on the local stock exchange as the government seeks to reverse a 24 percent decline in sales in the world’s biggest market for Islamic bonds.
Bursa Malaysia Bhd., the exchange operator, is working with regulators on rules to enable companies to issue Islamic debt that would be affordable to the public, Chief Executive Officer Yusli Yusoff said last week. Issuance of the securities fell to 19.8 billion ringgit ($6.4 billion) this year from 26.2 billion ringgit in 2009, the steepest drop since 2003.
Bursa Malaysia is working on developing the sukuk for individual investors.