Malaysia moves to avoid property bubble

Malaysia registers an average 6.6 per cent jump in home prices in the fourth quarter of last year, an official says

Malaysia is taking "strict measures" to avoid a US-style subprime mortgage lending crisis, after reporting an average 6.6 per cent jump in home prices in the fourth quarter of last year, an official says.

"The government is worried about property prices causing a bubble, and we don't want banks to over-lend to the property sector," Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Donald Lim said here yesterday.

"We are seeing a lot of foreigners from Middle East and China keen to buy properties in Malaysia."

Housing loan applications jumped 46 per cent in February from a year earlier to RM14.96 billion, according to data on Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM)'s website.

BNM last tightened mortgage lending rules in November, limiting the loan-to-value ratio for people taking third mortgages to buy homes.

Hong Kong and Singapore have also taken steps to rein in the housing markets to tame inflation.

Malaysia has no plans to require banks to hold more capital to support housing loans to reduce risk, BNM governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz said on March 9, when the central bank left borrowing costs unchanged at 3 per cent.

BNM tightened credit card lending rules on March 18, capping limits for lower-income earners as a pre-emptive move to ensure household debts remain "resilient", its deputy governor Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus said at the time. Bloomberg - By Business Times


April 5, 2012 at 10:01 AMcondomana

As a deputy finance minister, it is a disgrace to see him making such shallow comments. I guess that's why the people resent MCA ministers who are really not qualified to hold positions in their respective portfolio.

As we speak.....Spore ministers has implemented more measures and are working hard to cool property price down there..."Singapore Cuts Options for Wealthy Seeking Permanent Stay". ".......Singapore will end a program that allows wealthy individuals to gain permanent residence quicker by putting money in the island, after an influx of foreigners in recent years spurred property prices and fueled voter anger....."

April 5, 2012 at 11:01 PMObserver

Ministers in other countries like Singapore are doing their works in their portfolio, our Minister like this one will continue to make speculative statements using his ministerial position. What is the role of minister & government ?