12 banks come to the aid of flood victims
KUALA LUMPUR,. Twelve banks have responded to the national call for moratorium assistance and flood aid relief, especially for those affected by the current flood situation.
Since Monday, Affin Bank Bhd, RHB Bank Bhd, Public Bank Bhd, Malayan Bank Bhd, Bank Simpanan Nasional Bhd, Bank Muamalat Malaysia Bhd, CIMB Bank Bhd, Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd, Alliance Bank Malaysia Bhd, Hong Leong Bank Bhd, SME Bank Bhd, and OCBC Bank Bhd have rendered financial assistance to customers affected by the floods, with the number of evacuees reaching 48,000.
The 12 banks are offering loan moratorium for up to six months, with some providing deferment of loan instalment and waiver of late payment charges.
Affin Bank, CIMB, Hong Leong and OCBC have donated a total of RM1.1 million to government agencies and non-governmental organisation.
The massive floods have affected six states, namely Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Johor, Perak, and Sabah.
The nationwide state of emergency proclamation on Tuesday has also prompted Credit Guarantee Corporation Malaysia Bhd, the Credit Counselling and Debt Management Agency, General Insurance Association of Malaysia (PIAM), and Life Insurance Association of Malaysia to step forward to offer help.
“PIAM assures flood victims, who have purchased a flood cover as part of their general insurance policy that its members are ready to quicken the claims process and pay out claims against losses caused by the current flood situation.
“Member companies are committed to expedite flood claims settlement by reaching out to claimants and prepared to waive claim forms and supporting documents for shorter turnaround time,” it said in a statement.