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FinCEN Database Leak
For Immediate Release
 
22 September 2020
FinCEN Database Leak
 
We refer to the recent news item on the US Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) leaks concerning numerous banks and where our Bank was mentioned.
 
Public Bank views seriously the need to combat financial crimes and to comply with all applicable legal, regulatory and supervisory requirements to safeguard against threats to its customers and the banking system.
 
We have always adopted a zero tolerance approach towards money laundering and terrorism financing.
 
Monitoring and reporting of suspicious transactions are part of obligation under AML/CFT frameworks. Public Bank is subjected to strict arrangements in protecting the confidentiality and security of suspicious transaction reporting within secured IT system environment and information controls.
 
We have invested substantially in our systems capabilities to detect and report suspicious transactions to the authorities and have allocated significant resources to strengthening and maintaining our internal controls towards this purpose. 
 
We remain committed in the efforts to combat financial crimes and will cooperate with the authorities to maintain the integrity of the financial system.
 
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Public Bank Clinched 8 of Malaysian e-Payments Excellence Awards 2020
For Immediate Release
 
17 September 2020
Public Bank Clinched 8 of Malaysian e-Payments Excellence Awards 2020

Public Bank Berhad (PBB) has emerged as the biggest winner for the Malaysian e-Payments Excellence Awards (MEEA) 2020 by clinching eight awards for its outstanding contribution towards the growth of Malaysia’s e-payment ecosystem.
 
The MEEA is organised annually by Payments Network Malaysia Sdn Bhd (PayNet), the nation’s network and shared central infrastructure for Malaysia’s financial markets, to recognise outstanding achievements of banks, businesses and government agencies that have contributed significantly towards excellence, innovation and growth in electronic payments in Malaysia.
 
The eight awards that PBB won were: Best e-Payment Bank, Best IBG Bank, Best Customer Experience (FPX), Best JomPAY Bank, Best MyDebit Bank, Top JomPAY Acquirer, Top MyDebit Acquirer and Outstanding Contribution to MyDebit.
 
The awards recognise PBB’s effort in propelling e-Payments in Malaysia to greater heights which include usage, acceptance, growth, reliability, customer engagement and experience.
 
This is the second time PBB won the Best e-Payment Bank and for the fourth year running, PBB is recognised as the Best MyDebit Bank in Malaysia as well as retaining the award of Outstanding Contribution to MyDebit and MyDebit Top Acquirer Award.
 
PBB is committed and focused in driving e-Payments by providing customers and the public with alternative channels to transact more reliably, securely and efficiently at their convenience as a new norm for the nation to curb the spread of Covid-19 and reduce the physical contact between buyers and traders. 
 
PBB will continue to provide full support to boost the country’s migration to electronic payments by launching more e-Payment initiatives and will continuously enhance its digital banking platform to make e-Payments seamless for everyone.
 
PBB have also launched the Bank’s PBe QR, a simple, secure and seamless way for merchants to accept payment from their customers. Powered by PayNet’s DuitNow QR, the general public can make payment from any participating Banks or e-Wallets mobile apps. Merchants would only need to display the DuitNow QR, to accept payments without having to display multiple proprietary QR codes at payment counters.
 
PBe QR is a game changer as it enables businesses of all categories to accept payments easily at no cost. For a limited period, PBe QR will be offered to registered merchants at zero fees. PBe QR is opened for registration at Public Bank’s official website.
 
The usage of QR codes will reduce cash usage and increase digital financial inclusion for all Malaysians. The technology removes the need for customers to carry cash which liberates both customers and merchants from the risks of carrying cash.
 
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(From Left): Public Bank Card Services and Support's Director, Mr. Tee Chui Chee; Ms. Chan Chiew Peng, Senior General Manager of Retail Financial Services; Dato’ Chang Kat Kiam, Deputy CEO of PBB; Mr. Peter Schiesser, Group CEO of PayNet; Tan Sri Dato' Sri Tay Ah Lek, Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director of PBB; Dato' Sulaiman Manap, Senior Chief Operating Officer of PBB and Ms. Carene Khoo, Director of Wealth Management & Transaction Banking of Public Bank.

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Public Bank to Hold Repayment Assistance Clinics
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 

11 September 2020
 
Public Bank to Hold Repayment Assistance Clinics

Public Bank will hold Repayment Assistance Clinics (PBB RAC) at major cities and towns nationwide on Saturday and Sunday for six weeks, starting from 19 September 2020.

At the PBB RAC, Public Bank will provide advisory services and application assistance for customers who seek further help after the 6-month loan moratorium ends on 30 September 2020. Participation is through pre-registration. Customers can access to the Public Bank’s website for event details and the pre-registration procedures.

Public Bank Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri      Tay Ah Lek said, “As part of its relief measures, Public Bank has developed repayment assistance packages which suit different customer’s financial conditions. The Bank has also been very proactive in engaging customers about the relief measures in place. In addition to the digital platform which enables customers to submit online application, we are organising the weekend PBB RAC as an additional channel for customers who need further assistance on application. This is also to provide more convenience to customers who are unable to visit our branches during weekdays.”

For customers who wish to submit online applications for rescheduling of their repayment plans, they may continue to apply through Public Bank’s digital platform via the Bank’s website at https://apply.pbebank.com/pbrnr.
 
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Public Islamic Bank “Go Green Campaign” Distinctively for Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV)
For Immediate Release
 
3 September 2020
 
Public Islamic Bank “Go Green Campaign” Distinctively for Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV)

Public Islamic Bank Berhad is pleased to participate in Value Based Intermediation (VBI), an initiative from Bank Negara Malaysia by launching our EEV campaign under AITAB Hire Purchase-i Financing. VBI aims to align Islamic finance business models towards realizing the objectives of Shariah to generate positive and sustainable impact to the economy, community and environment.
 
The promotion period of this Campaign is from 1 April 2020 to 31 December 2020. The exclusive financing rate is as low as 2.20% per annum with tenure up to 9 years. This campaign is designed to support local growth and usage of EEVs in Malaysia to reduce carbon emission into our environment. BE SMART, by saving fuel consumption with EEVs while GOING GREEN and saving the earth. This promotion is only applicable to selected new vehicle models.
 
Public Islamic Bank will also be launching a residential solar panel financing program with attractive financing rates to benefit our existing customers. This solar program is expected to produce positive sustainable effect to the environment and contribute towards cost savings for our customers.

For detailed information on this campaign, customers are welcomed to visit any of our Hire Purchase Centres, log on to PIBB website at www.publicislamicbank.com.my or call our toll-free number at 1-800-22-7777 during normal working hours. Terms and conditions apply.
 
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Public Bank Group Posted Pre-Tax Profit Of RM3.01 Billion For The First Half Of 2020

For Immediate Release

28 August 2020

Public Bank Group Posted Pre-Tax Profit Of RM3.01 Billion For The First Half Of 2020
 
Highlights on Financial Performance
 
Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow, the Founder, Chairman Emeritus, Director and Adviser of Public Bank, announced today, “For the first half year ended 30 June 2020, the Public Bank Group recorded pre-tax profit of RM3.01 billion, 15.3% lower as compared to the corresponding period in 2019. Net profit attributable to shareholders decreased by 15.0% to RM2.33 billion.”
 
The decline in profit was mainly attributed to a one-off net modification loss amounting to RM498 million in the second quarter of 2020, arising from the COVID-19 relief measures offered to individuals and businesses. This reflects the Group’s commitment and contribution in supporting and helping its customers to overcome financial difficulties during this challenging time.
 
Excluding the modification loss, the Group’s pre-tax profit and net profit attributable to shareholders declined by 1.2% in the first half of 2020, as compared to the previous corresponding period in 2019.
 
The Group recorded a net return on equity of 10.7% in the first half of 2020. Excluding the one-off modification loss effect, the Group’s net return on equity would have been 12.4%.
 
In addition to the modification loss incurred in respect of the COVID-19 related relief measures, the Group’s profitability was also affected by the compression in net interest margin due to the reductions in Overnight Policy Rate, and higher provisions set aside for the expected increase in impaired loans due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the adverse impact on profitability was mitigated by the continued expansion of the Group’s loan and deposit portfolio, and higher non-interest income.
 
Tan Sri Teh added, “In the first half of 2020, the Group registered continued expansion in loans, albeit at a more moderate pace. The Group’s total domestic loans grew at an annualised rate of 2.6%. On deposit-taking, the Group’s total domestic customer deposits posted an annualised growth rate of 3.3%. The Group’s funding position remained stable with a healthy liquidity coverage ratio of 145.7% as at the end of June 2020.”
 
Non-interest income continued to complement the Group’s profitability. In the first half of 2020, the Group’s non-interest income increased by 8.2%, mainly arising from unit trust business, as well as higher investment and brokerage income.
 
In terms of cost efficiency, the Group continued to take the lead in the banking industry. Despite the effect of the modification loss and reductions in Overnight Policy Rate, the Group’s cost-to-income ratio of 37.9% in the first half of 2020 remained significantly better than the domestic banking industry’s cost-to-income ratio of 44.7%.
 
Tan Sri Teh commented, “On asset quality, the Group’s gross impaired loan ratio stood at 0.4% as at end-June 2020, which remained well below the banking industry’s gross impaired loan ratio of 1.5%. The Group’s loan loss coverage ratio remained high at 158.7%. Including the RM1.9 billion regulatory reserves that the Group had set aside, its total reserves for loan losses would be higher at 301.7%.”
 
The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic will pose a risk to the asset quality of the banking sector. However, the Government’s stimulus packages and Bank Negara Malaysia’s financial and monetary relief measures, including the loan moratorium, will help to mitigate the downside risks. In addition, the Group is proactively engaging its customers to provide further assistance required through restructuring and rescheduling of loans. With all these measures in place, coupled with the Group’s resilient credit profile and prudent lending practices, the potential pressure on the Group’s asset quality is expected to be manageable. 
 
Managing the Impact of the Unprecedented Pandemic Crisis
 
During this current time of challenges, the Public Bank Group continued to play a positive role in the economy and the community.
 
Tan Sri Teh said, “This is an unprecedented crisis. During this challenging period, the Group has been taking various measures aimed at providing support to customers, while continuing to preserve the Group’s bottom line.”
 
In the first half of 2020, the Group’s lending activities continued to focus on providing financing for the purchase of residential properties focusing on owner occupied properties, and lending to the small and medium enterprises (“SMEs”). In particular, the Group had been playing a very proactive role in promoting SME funds initiated by the Government and Bank Negara Malaysia.
 
Tan Sri Teh added, “To alleviate cash flow constraint faced by the SMEs, Bank Negara Malaysia had initiated the Special Relief Facility at a low 3.5% per annum financing rate. As at end-June 2020, the Group had approved more than RM1.7 billion financing to about 8,000 SME customers under the facility. Further, the Group is also a participating financing institution of the PENJANA SME Financing Scheme which is offered at a low financing rate of 3.5% per annum.”
 
In line with the reductions in Overnight Policy Rate, the Group had cut its loan and financing interest rates to pass on the benefits of lower rates to the customers. The Group also tapped on the Government’s initiatives in promoting home ownership such as the Home Ownership Campaign to further spur its house financing business.
 
Since the onset of the crisis, concerns about the banking industry’s asset quality have been on the rise due to customers’ cash flow constraint. Tan Sri Teh highlighted, “While the 6-month loan moratorium has helped to mitigate the impact, higher pressure on asset quality is expected after the loan moratorium ends. The Group is committed to continue providing support to assist customers to weather through the challenging period. The Group will continue to undertake proactive engagement with its customers on financial assistance. For customers who face continued financial stress, the Group has offered loan repayment plans and packages that suit the customers’ financial needs.”
 
On deposits, the Group recognises that the low interest rate regime would have affected the elderly customers’ income. In view of this, the Group has on 1 July 2020 rolled out the PB Journey Golden Savers campaign, offering competitive fixed deposit rates to customers aged 50 years and above. 
 
In addition, preserving sound balance sheet remains a key focus area of the Group. Tan Sri Teh commented, “Amid the significant economic disruption and increasing earnings pressure, the Group has placed greater emphasis on prudent cost management to preserve profitability.” 
 
Healthy Capital and Liquidity Position
 
As at the end of June 2020, the Public Bank Group’s capital position was standing strong, with its Common Equity Tier 1 Capital Ratio, Tier 1 Capital Ratio and Total Capital Ratio further strengthened to 14.0%, 14.0% and 17.2% respectively. The Group’s liquidity coverage ratio also stood at a healthy level of 145.7%.
 
Under the current unprecedented and exceptionally challenging environment with high level of uncertainties and significant downside risks weighing on the global economic outlook, the Group regards that careful assessment of dividend plans is crucial. As part of its prudent capital management to conserve capital and further strengthen its capital position, the Board of Directors has decided to reassess its dividend plans at year end upon finalisation of the Group’s full year results. This will ensure the Group to sustain resilient capacity to continue support its stakeholders and the wider economy on future growth path.
 
Tan Sri Teh reiterated, “Its strong capital and liquidity buffer will continue to enable the Group to withstand challenges ahead. The Group will always ensure it remains well-capitalised and well-funded to support its business growth and safeguard the interests of its stakeholders.” 
 
Group’s Prospect
 
The global economy has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the world GDP expected to slump into negative growth this year. Amid this significant economic disruptions, governments across countries have rolled out various relief measures with the aim to mitigate the adverse impact on the economy. The pace of post pandemic recovery remains uncertain with high level of caution remaining in the economy. 
 
Tan Sri Teh commented, “The current condition poses an exceptional challenge. The Group views positively the significant relief measures implemented by the Government and Bank Negara Malaysia to help the nation to navigate this challenging period. Public Bank is also actively extending its assistance through monetary contribution, loan moratorium, as well as restructuring and rescheduling of loan repayment to lessen the hardship and financial burden of the people affected.”
 
On the Group’s strategy going forward, Tan Sri Teh concluded, “The Group will continue to focus on its organic growth strategy in retail and commercial banking. With the various measures taken to provide financial assistance to SMEs and support home ownership, the Group is of the view that there is still demand for financing. However, as the outlook remains uncertain, the Group will remain cautious and place greater focus on risk management in its pursuit of business growth. In addition, prudent cost management will remain important and the Group will continue to explore ways to further enhance its operational efficiency and productivity.”
 

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Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Dato' Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow
Founder, Chairman Emeritus, Director and Adviser of Public Bank

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Public Bank To Provide Further Loan Repayment Assistance To Targeted Customers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

3 August 2020

Public Bank To Provide Further Loan Repayment Assistance To Targeted Customers
 
Public Bank stands ready to provide loan repayment assistance for its customers who continue to experience difficulties in servicing their loans upon the expiry of the 6-month loan moratorium on 30 September 2020.

Public Bank has developed a loan repayment assistance programme to support its individual customers who have lost their jobs or encounter salary reduction, and SME customers who are experiencing cash flow constraint due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bank’s repayment assistance consists of various repayment packages which suit its customers’ financial conditions.

Public Bank has also developed a digital platform to enable eligible customers to submit online application for rescheduling of their repayment plans. The digital platform will enable a more simplified, efficient and effective application and approval process of repayment plans for customers. Public Bank’s customers are advised to submit online application through the digital platform via Public Bank’s website starting from 7 August 2020.

For individual customers who have lost their jobs in 2020 and are currently unemployed, Public Bank will offer an extension of loan moratorium for 3 months with effect from 1 October 2020. These customers who wish to apply for this moratorium extension may contact the Bank and submit their applications with the required documents.

Public Bank Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Tay Ah Lek said today, “The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the economy. Public Bank understands that some customers may continue to face difficulties in cash flow due to the longer than anticipated impact of the pandemic.”

Tan Sri Tay added, “Public Bank is here to help and is fully committed and supportive in helping customers through financial hard times. Our engagements with customers have been ongoing. The Bank’s repayment assistance packages have been carefully structured, taking into consideration the temporary cash flow constraints of our customers. These packages will enable our customers to gradually readjust their financial positions over an extended period of time.”

Customers who intend to apply for the repayment assistance on their loan and financing are advised to approach any Public Bank branches, or visit our website at https://apply.pbebank.com/pbrnr for further information. Alternatively, customers may email to customerservice@publicbank.com.my for advice and assistance.

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​Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Tay Ah Lek
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Public Bank
 
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Public Bank And Public Islamic Bank To Reduce Its Base Rate By 0.25%
For Immediate Release
 
8 July 2020

Public Bank And Public Islamic Bank To Reduce Its Base Rate By 0.25%

Public Bank will reduce its Base Rate (BR) and Base Lending Rate (BLR) / Base Financing Rate (BFR) by 0.25% effective 10 July 2020, in line with Bank Negara Malaysia’s Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) cut by 25 basis points (bps) from 2.00% to 1.75% on 7 July 2020.
 
At the same time, Public Bank’s fixed deposit rates will also be correspondingly adjusted by 0.25%, effective on the same date.
 
The 25 bps cut in OPR will further stimulate the country’s economic recovery process.  Public Bank is committed to provide continuous financial assistance to its customers to tide over this unprecedented challenging period.

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Spreading Raya Cheer to Needy Children: Public  Bank Contributed to Two Children’s Homes
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
5 June 2020
 
Spreading Raya Cheer to Needy Children: Public Bank Contributed to Two Children’s Homes

Public Bank, which is known as ‘bank for the public’, contributed a total of RM 25,850 in cash and electrical items for two children’s homes to bring happiness and joy to the less fortunate children during the holy month of Ramadan.

Adapting to the new normal of Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) implemented by the Government to curb the spread of COVID-19, instead of having visitations by the Bank’s staff to children’s homes which was done previously, a mock cheque presentation to the representatives of the homes was carried out in Menara Public Bank on 3 June 2020.

The two children’s homes are Rumah Kanak-Kanak Tengku Budriah and Pusat Jagaan Nuri and both are based in Kuala Lumpur with a total number of 160 children. The electrical items will be sent to the respective homes separately.

A continuation of the Bank’s corporate social responsibilities activities all year long, this is part of our ongoing commitment as a caring corporate citizen.
 
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Public Bank’s Public Affairs Division (PAD) Senior General Manager Dato’ Razak Dali (centre) with the representatives of the children’s home, Pusat Jagaan Nuri’s Senior Assistant, Puan Isnianti Osman (third from left) and Rumah Kanak-Kanak Tengku Budriah Cheras’s Principal, Encik Mohd Hafizul Bin Abd Ghani (third from right) and representatives from the homes and staff from PAD during the mock cheque and gifts presentation in Menara Public Bank recently.

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Public Bank Group Posted Pre-tax Profit of RM1.73 Billion in the First Quarter of 2020

For Immediate Release

22 May 2020

Public Bank Group Posted Pre-tax Profit of RM1.73 Billion in the First Quarter of 2020
 
The Public Bank Group recorded a pre-tax profit of RM 1.73 billion in the first quarter of 2020, representing a 5.1% decline as compared to RM1.82 billion achieved in the corresponding period last year. Net profit attributable to shareholders was 5.7% lower at RM 1.33 billion. As a result, the Group posted a lower net return-on-equity of 12.5%.
 
Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow, the Founder, Chairman Emeritus, Director and Adviser of Public Bank, said today, “The global economy started 2020 with major challenges stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic. Downside pressure on the economy was further compounded with the steep fall in global oil prices. Coupled with the reductions in Overnight Policy Rate which have weighed on net interest margins, domestic banks faced heightened earnings pressure in the first quarter of 2020.”
 
Tan Sri Teh added, “However, the Public Bank Group maintained its resilient fundamentals, as reflected in the Group’s stable gross impaired loan ratio of 0.5% and efficient cost-to-income ratio of 35.7% in the first quarter of 2020.”
  
Continued Growth in Loans and Deposits
 
Although economic activities were affected by the outbreak and its containment measures, the Public Bank Group was able to achieve continued loan and deposit growth in the first quarter of 2020, albeit at more moderate growth rates.
 
The Group has always been proactively supporting the financing needs of consumers and businesses. In the first quarter of 2020, the Group recorded an annualised rate of 2.9% growth in total loans, supported by residential properties financing, commercial property financing, and passenger vehicle financing.
 
On deposit-taking, the Public Bank Group’s total customer deposits posted an annualised growth rate of 2.0%. 
 
Sustained Growth in Non-interest Income
 
In the first quarter of 2020, the Public Bank Group’s non-interest income continued to be supported by its unit trust related income, banking fee income, investment income and brokerage income.
 
Tan Sri Teh added, “The Public Bank Group’s unit trust business, managed by its wholly-owned subsidiary, Public Mutual, remained the major contributor of the Group’s non-interest income. As at 31 March 2020, Public Mutual maintained its market leadership in the retail private unit trust industry, with a market share of 34.3%. It managed a total of 158 unit trust funds with a net asset value of RM78.4 billion.” 
 
Prudent Cost Management
 
Despite that the net interest margins were under pressure, the Public Bank Group continued to record an efficient cost-to-income ratio. In the first quarter of 2020, the Group’s cost-to-income ratio stood at 35.7%, which was significantly better than the domestic banking industry’s cost-to-income ratio of 44.7%.
 
Tan Sri Teh highlighted, “Rising costs are increasingly putting pressure on profitability.  However, the Public Bank Group continues to stand out amongst its peers in cost efficiency. With the current economic challenges and the moderating revenue growth, the Group has placed greater focus on broad-based cost efficiency to protect its profitability.”  
 
Sustained Strong Asset Quality
 
The Public Bank Group’s gross impaired loan ratio stood at 0.5% as at the end of March 2020, reflecting its stable asset quality despite the significant challenges in the operating environment.
 
Tan Sri Teh commented, “The Public Bank Group’s stable asset quality was underpinned by its prudent risk management as well as lending policies and practices, along with its proactive efforts to engage with borrowers on loan recoveries.”
 
Tan Sri Teh further added, “In the face of the current extremely difficult economic condition, the Group has been actively engaging and assisting customers who encounter constraints in cash flows. In line with Bank Negara Malaysia’s directive, the Group has been offering 6-month loan moratorium as well as loan restructuring and rescheduling for borrowers who face cash flow difficulties. These relief measures, coupled with the Group’s prudent lending policy and strong credit risk profile, are expected to continue underpin the Group’s resilient asset quality.”
 
Further, the Public Bank Group has been maintaining a high loan loss coverage ratio which stood at 131.9% as at the end of March 2020. Including the RM2.0 billion regulatory reserves that the Group had set aside, its loan loss coverage was higher at 261.7%. 
 
Healthy Capital and Liquidity Position
 
As at the end of March 2020, the Public Bank Group’s common equity Tier 1 capital ratio stood at 13.3%, Tier 1 capital ratio at 13.3% and total capital ratio at 16.5%.
 
Tan Sri Teh highlighted, “2020 will be exceptionally challenging and earnings will be under pressure for banks. Nonetheless, the Public Bank Group’s resilient capital position, as well as its strong asset quality and large loan loss reserves, continue to provide a strong buffer to the Group in navigating any challenges.”
 
Tan Sri Teh further highlighted, “In terms of liquidity management, the Public Bank Group has been constantly managing its funding and liquidity profile diligently to ensure sufficient liquidity buffer is maintained at all times. The Group’s liquidity coverage ratio stood at a healthy level of 135.1% as at the end of March 2020.” 
 
Group’s Prospect
 
In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on world economies, as well as the uncertainty in global oil prices are likely to continue to pose downside risks to the economy. However, proactive relief measures taken by the Government as announced in the Prihatin Rakyat Economic Stimulus Package and Bank Negara Malaysia’s financial and monetary measures will certainly mitigate the pressures on the country’s economic growth.
 
Tan Sri Teh concluded, “The operating environment for the banking industry is poised to be more challenging this year. With the extremely difficult economic conditions in 2020 and the reductions in Overnight Policy Rate, banks will face higher earnings pressure this year. Under the prevailing weaknesses of the current economy and the uncertainties arising from the still evolving economic landscape, the Public Bank Group will focus on enhancing its core strengths in terms of risk management and productivity. The Group’s strong fundamental and resilience will position the Group in good stead to overcome any challenges, and to pursue further business growth when the economy recovers from the outbreak.”
 
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Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Dato' Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow
Founder, Chairman Emeritus, Director and Adviser of Public Bank

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Public Bank And Public Islamic Bank To Reduce Its Base Rate By 0.50%
For Immediate Release
 
6 May 2020

Public Bank And Public Islamic Bank To Reduce Its Base Rate By 0.50% 

Public Bank will reduce its Base Rate (BR) and Base Lending Rate (BLR) / Base Financing Rate (BFR) by 0.50% effective 12 May 2020, in line with Bank Negara Malaysia’s Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) cut by 50 basis points (bps) from 2.50% to 2.00% on 5 May 2020.

At the same time, Public Bank’s fixed deposit rates will also be correspondingly adjusted by 0.50%, effective on the same date.

The year to date cumulative reduction in Base Rate of 100 bps will assist in easing the borrowers’ burden and this is especially significant under the current challenging period brought about by the Covid-19 outbreak and the enforcement of the Movement Control Order necessary to stem the outbreak.  This coupled with the government’s fiscal stimulus and BNM’s financial relief measures will lend support to the economy enabling the gradual recovery in the economic activities. 

Public Bank is always committed to providing necessary financial assistance to its customers, particularly during this current period of the unprecedented Covid-19 outbreak.

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