Sabana REIT, Khazanah sukuk to jumpstart Singapore sharia finance

After a landmark sharia REIT and local currency sukuk from Malaysia's Khazanah Nasional stirred the city-state's interest in wholesale Islamic banking, more Singapore companies are willing to raise Islamic financing.
Companies are looking for sukuk and Islamic private equity deals as an avenue to reach a broader class of investors, including those who can only put their money in assets that comply with religious principles. OCBC Al-Amin's chief executive, Syed Abdull Aziz Syed Kechik, added that these include Middle Eastern investors and government funds that invest according to Islamic tenets, such as Malaysia's Pilgrims Fund.

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