Khazanah to exit in Bank Muamalat merger

Khazanah Nasional Bhd plans to divest its entire 30% stake in Bank Muamalat Malaysia Bhd in the proposed merger between the lender and Malaysia Building Society Bhd (MBSB), sources say. That it plans to sell the entire 30% stake isn’t exactly surprising considering that Khazanah has long made it known that it considers the stake a “non-core holding”, which meant that it was open to letting it go at the right price. Another reason for the planned divestment is that Bank Negara Malaysia is not keen on the government investment arm owning major stakes in more than one bank. It already owns 29.34% in CIMB Group Holdings Bhd.