The registration of newly-launched Skim Amanah Rakyat 1Malaysia (SARA 1Malaysia) will start on Monday 30th January 2012 and will extend for a year or upon full subscription.
SARA 1Malaysia is a hybrid of a unit trust investment and a loan product. The scheme expected to offer 32.16 per cent return on investment per annum. However, the net return is only 12 per cent per annum if the investors are taking loan.
The scheme was not a get-rich-quick scheme but a government-initiated savings and investment scheme to educate and help low-income earners to invest since they are not financially capable.
The previous post on Skim Amanah Rakyat 1Malaysia (SARA 1Malaysia) was getting a lot of interest and many readers are asking for more details information, especially on how to subscribe. Where can you get an investment fund with a government guarantee of 32% annual return?
Kindly take note that, the scheme is only eligible to one member per household. Eligible household refers to individuals with gross household monthly income of between RM500 and RM3,000 including the following categories,
- Married – a combination of gross income of the husband and wife
- Single mothers or fathers – individual gross income.
Below are updates regarding the scheme.
As highlighted in 2012 Budgets, households with a monthly income in between RM500 to RM3,000 will be eligible to participate in Skim Amanah Rakyat 1Malaysia (SARA 1Malaysia). The scheme will be opened starting 30th January 2012.
The scheme is a hybrid of a unit trust investment and loan product, capable of generating consistent cash flow or monthly incentives.
Under SARA 1Malaysia scheme, the eligible participant may invest up to RM5,000 into the scheme for the period of five years by using their own money or taking a loan from either Maybank, CIMB, RHB Bank or Bank Simpanan Nasional. The loan repayment period is five years.
As highlighted in 2012 Budgets, Employees Provident Fund (EPF) members who are Muslims and have at least RM1,300 savings in their EPF Account 1 will be able to register for the hajj with Tabung Haji (TH). The facility offered starting from 3rd January 2012.
The other eligibility criteria are, EPF members must be a Malaysian citizen or permanent resident, below 55 years old & have a savings account with TH.
This is a great facility but remember that the facility does not expedite an early date for the Hajj.
As highlighted during 2012 budgets, employers’ statutory contribution rate for Employees Provident Fund (EPF) will be increased from 12% to 13%. However, the increase is only applicable to the workers who earning less than RM5,000 a month. The employees’ contribution rate remains at 11%.
For employees of 55 years old and above (up to 75 years old), the new employer’s share contribution rate is 6.5% from 6.0% previously. The employees continue to contribute at 5.5 per cent.
Kindly refer to “Employees & Employers EPF Contribution Rate since 1952” for historical employees & employers rate.