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KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has urged more Malaysians to take the opportunity to invest in Amanah Saham Bumiputera (ASB) in conjunction with the Malaysian Unit Trust Week (MSAM) 2017.

He said the National Fatwa Council had ruled that investing in Amanah Saham Nasional (ASN) and ASB is harus (permissible).

This is because Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) does not invest in gambling and liquor activities which is clearly haram (forbidden).

Investing in ASB is a wise move due to its high returns. I hope more people will take this opportunity to increase their savings, Najib said on his Facebook and Twitter.

The prime minister also uploaded several infographics on the advantages of investing in ASB including no advance fee, low-risk, higher returns than conventional banks and immediate withdrawal during emergency.

Earlier, Najib had launched the MSAM 2017, themed PNB 360 Investment, in Temerloh, Pahang on Thursday.

The six-day event, is participated by 12 companies under the PNB Group including Malayan Banking Berhad, Sime Darby Berhad, I&P Group Sdn Bhd, SP Setia and UMW Holdings Berhad.

– BERNAMA

PUTRAJAYA – A total of 6.78 billion Amanah Saham Bumiputera 2 (ASB2) units, introduced in April last year, can still be subscribed.

Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) Chairman Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid said ASB2, the 10th unit trust fund managed by PNB with a fund size of 10 billion units, could be subscribed by Bumiputera investors up to 200,000 units each.

“Amanah Saham PNB units are attractive as they have competitive income distribution rates, are easy to top up subscriptions, allow withdrawals to be made at any time, and subscribers are furnished with an annual report on investments,” he said at the PNB Investment Quiz (Uniform Units Category) prize-giving ceremony, here today.

Ahmad Sarji said PNB investors received RM132.74 billion in income distributions and bonuses from 1981 until October 2015.

“As for other fixed-price units, 286.31 million units of Amanah Saham Didik and 1.47 billion units of Amanah Saham 1Malaysia can still be subscribed,” he said.

On the PNB Investment Quiz (Uniform Units Category), the number of participants increased 46 per cent from last year to 27,160 this year.

“This is the highest number of participants recorded since the quiz began in 2003, bringing the total to 67,446 participants to date,” he said.

The Road Transport Department clinched the top spot in this year’s quiz, beating 11 other uniformed bodies and taking home cash prize of RM15,000. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Amanah Saham Bumiputera (ASB) unitholders will receive 7.50 sen dividend per unit for the financial year ending Dec 31, 2014 compared with 7.70 sen declared last year.

The wholly-owned subsidiary of Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) also announced that 8.60 million unitholders would also receive a bonus of 1.00 sen per unit.

PNB Chairman Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid said the unitholders collectively held 137.07 billion ASB units.

He said the income distribution portion involved a total payout of RM10.16 billion, up 10.8 per cent, from RM9.17 billion paid last year while the bonus portion rose 19 per cent and accounted for RM804.43 million.

“ASB’s total gross income on Dec 16 was estimated at RM10.55 billion.

“Dividend income from investee companies contributed RM4.64 billion or 44.0 per cent of gross income while the profit from the sale of shares contributed RM4.23 billion or 40.1 per cent of the gross income.

“The balance of RM1.68 billion or 15.9 per cent was derived from other incomes,” he told reporters after announcing the income distribution here today.

Ahmad Sarji also said ASB’s overall performance for the financial year ending Dec 31,2014 was satisfactory although the local stock market was volatile in recent days.

As of Dec 16, 2014, the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI dropped 10.3 per cent to 1,673.94 points against 1,866.96 points recorded on Dec 31, 2013 following declining crude oil prices.

The income distribution and bonus will be automatically credited into the accounts of unit holders who will be able to update their accounts beginning January 2, 2015.

All transactions for ASB at ASNB head office, ASNB branch offices and agents have been suspended beginning Dec 23, 2014 until Jan 1, 2015 to facilitate the calculation of income distribution and bonus. – BERNAMA