Malaysia: Khazanah may offload holding in Bank Muamalat, ahead of merger

State investment fund Khazanah Nasional Bhd is expected to dispose off its entire 30 per cent interest in Bank Muamalat to major shareholder DRB-Hicom Bhd ahead of the proposed merger between Bank Muamalat and Malaysia Building Society Bhd (MBSB) materialises. There is no point holding on to the stake since its holdings would diminish in the merged entity. Moreover, it would not be a problem for DRB-Hicom which already owns 70 per cent interest in Bank Muamalat to purchase Khazanah’s interest. Khazanah managing director Azman Mokhtar had told reporters that it would wait for the outcome of the merger talks before deciding what to do with its stake.