Friday, January 13, 2012

1Malaysia Amanah Rakyat Scheme, SARA

What a news!

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak launched the 1Malaysia Amanah Rakyat Scheme (SARA) on Thursday, Jan 12th 2012, aimed at helping those with a monthly household income of RM3,000 and below. Najib said the scheme had attractive features which had not been introduced before.

He said the scheme was a hybrid of a unit trust investment and loan product, capable of generating a consistent cash flow or monthly incentive.

    “The limit is RM5,000 and it can be bought through savings or investment loans from selected financial institutions,” he said.

    “We guarantee that investors would get RM134 monthly and for those who borrow, they only need to pay RM84 a month and still get RM50 in profit,” he added during the launch. - Bernama

This has became the headlines of major tabloids yesterday and today. So, let's digest the short announcement and see for yourself if you'd like to invest.



Everyone is eligible! So long as he/she satisfies the following requirements:
  1. Malaysians aged between 18 and 58 years,
  2. Household or single parents monthly income of RM3,000 or less,
  3. Not declared bankrupt throughout the loan funding period,
  4. Not a beneficiary of other Government special schemes managed by Amanah Saham Nasional Berhad (ASNB),
  5. No other investments in ASNB unit trusts, OR, if there is, a combined aggregate investment must be RM10,000 or less in all ASNB products

From sara1malaysia website, distribution of funds is by way of

50% to Bumiputera,
30% to Chinese
15% to Indian
5% to Others
On how they formulated it that way, you make your own deduction.

How to apply?

Obtain Forms from participating banks starting from 30 January 2012. Currently there are 4 listed banks, namely: Maybank, CIMB Bank, RHB Bank and Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN.

What documents are required?

The original and certified true copies of the followings:
  • Identity card of applicant – 2 copies
  • Identity card of spouse/s, if applicable – 1 copy
  • Income verification document:
    • latest three months' pay slip or Bank Statements of applicants and/or spouse.

There are two options available to prospective investors:

1) Invest RM5,000 from your own pocket. You are guaranteed monthly dividend of RM134. If you opt not to withdraw your monthly dividend, you can expect return of RM13,000 after 5 years.

2) Invest RM5,000 through loan from bank. You are guaranteed monthly dividend of RM50, after deducting RM84 as minimum repayment to the bank. If you opt not to withdraw your monthly dividend, you can expect return of RM5,000 after 5 years.


You may be asking if this scheme is better than Amanah Saham Bumiputera (ASB). As a matter of fact, yes. Albeit certain limitation in terms of maximum amount of unit you can buy and the limited investment tenure. To compare, ASB's average return is about 8% to 10% annually and the scheme is open only to Bumis.

Let me explain.

Option one is investment from your own cash, with RM134 x 12 = RM1,608 return annually. This is equivalent to 32.16%. After 5 years, you would have accumulated RM8,040 of dividend which is 160.8%. Assuming that you left your investment untouched, you will get back about RM13,040 at the end of the tenure. Now, where in the world can you find such an investment scheme?

Option two is investment using borrowed cash (from bank), with RM50 x 12 = RM600 return annually. In mathematics sense, this is even better as percentage of return is high (infinity),
i.e. RM600/(zero investment) x 100%. In real sense, you get less simply because you did not put any money in your investment coffer.

In order for this too-good-to-be-true scheme to guarantee such return, the Government (to my understanding, and it is easy to see) will channel fund to the participating banks to enable it to source loans at 'competitive' rates, and hence the high rate of return to investors. In other words, a better way for the Government to dish out money compared to the one-time RM500 payout.

According to Bernama, dividend in SARA is guaranteed by a special purpose vehicle, Malaysian Development Holdings Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Finance Ministry Incorporated.


Hell, yes! Without hesitation. While I'm not eligible for this scheme, for the qualified you stand to gain handsomely either way. The return breaks all other previous records held by every unit trust in the country, at least for a 5-year period. The best is Option One but if you don't have the money, Option Two is still a steal!

This is limited to the first 100,000 applicants so, make up your mind and act fast. You've got nothing to lose.


Meitzeu said...

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tehr said...

selamat melabur semua
yang mana duit lebih tu, elok la melabur

kay masingan said...

kena faham lebih dalam lagi sblm melabur..

de engineur said...

@kay masingan. Kena tengok liquidity juga kan.

Terhad kpd 100,000 pelabur pertama mengikut first come, first served jadi jaminan yg diberi mungkin lebih kukuh dan mudah lebih dicapai berbanding 'cakap kosong' kepada rakyat semasa pelancaran SAS (Saham Amanah Sabah) dulu.

||aLeaSaRa|| said...

this is the 3rd entry i've read 4 today in ur many info that can add my knowledge..tqvm ^^