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Consumer Personal Financing

A Friendly Introduction to the Important Figures
of Personal Financing


When you get a Personal Financing facility through a bank, you will be paying some profit to the bank that is financing you, in addition to associated costs and fees. The following equation summarizes the essential components of Personal Financing:

   Total Financing Amount = Applied Financing Amount + Bank’s Profit + Associated Charges and Fees

In this section, we will discuss the bank’s profit. Associated charges and fees consist of Takaful coverage (optional), Late Payment Compensation, if any, and Wakalah fee.


This is the amount of money made by the financing bank in return of offering and administering the Personal Financing facility for you. In the context of the Tawarruq process, Profit is the difference between the selling price you pay to MBSB Bank by way of instalments and the cost price, see My Journey with MBSB Bank.

Effective Profit Rate

MBSB Bank calculates the Profit as a percentage of the current balance of your Financing Amount on a monthly basis. It is important to note that since the balance of the Financing Amount decreases every month, as you are making your monthly payments, the profit you pay every month also decreases. The ratio of the monthly profit to the current balance of the Financing Amount (after dividing it by 100 to give the value in percent) is the Effective Profit Rate (EPR). However, EPR does not necessarily remain unchanged during the entire financing term. This is because MBSB Bank applies a variable profit rate scheme, rather than a fixed one. This means the amount of Profit you have to pay may change during the financing term, see Risks.

Ceiling Profit Rate

As a measure of customer protection, EPR cannot simply increase without a limit. The maximum value that EPR may ever rise to is called the Ceiling Profit Rate (CPR). CPR, thus, represents the worst case of your Personal Financing.

Base Rate and Profit Margin

EPR consists of two components: Base Rate (BR) and profit margin. BR is the minimum EPR that MBSB Bank may use with Personal Financing. Remember that BR may change, even if your financing term begins with. Profit margin is the additional profit component added to BR to make the EPR. Apparently, you are more concerned with EPR than BR.

Financing Amount

This is the amount of money you apply to get, e.g. RM100,000. However, when MBSB Bank disburses this money into your account, fees and charges mentioned above will be deducted from it. Following the Tawarruq terminology, the Financing Amount is equivalent to the Purchase Price.

Security Deposit

One or two (depending on your category) of your monthly payments will be deducted from your Financing Amount as a security deposit. This deposit will count as the last payment(s) of your financing tenure.


As previously discussed, Profit changes every month depending on the balance of the Financing Amount. Nonetheless, your monthly instalments remain fixed over the financing term, unless EPR changes. This is the outcome of Amortization. Amortization is the process of spreading out a financing amount into a series of fixed payments over the financing term. If you are curious to see the amortization formula, hover over the image below:

See "How Amortization Works," in
the balance

Monthly Instalments

The Amortization formula calculates monthly instalments based on the Financing Amount, EPR, and the financing term. These instalments pay two things: the Financing Amount and the Profit. How much of the monthly instalment goes to each one? To answer this question, the following simple rule is introduced:

    "A monthly payment fulfills the monthly profit first, and the rest goes towards the Financing Amount."

Now, let us take a numerical example. For a Financing Amount of RM100,000, EPR of 5.55%, and a tenure of 5 years, the 6 monthly instalments of the first year will be divided as follows:

Starting Balance
Monthly Instalment
Monthly Profit
Monthly Principal
Ending Balance
Total Profit

As you know the monthly instalment is calculated by the amortization formula. Assume that you want to know how your 4th payment contributed to the Financing Amount and the Profit. The starting balance of the Financing amount is RM95,630.08. Then,

   The monthly profit of the 4th month = 95,630.08 x (5.55/12) = RM442.29, and

   The financing payment component = 1,912.42 – 442.29 = RM1,470.14

This component reduces the ending balance to RM 94,159.94, while the monthly profit component increases the total profit to RM1,809.64. By the end of your financing term, the balance of the Financing Amount will be zero, and the 60 (5 year tenure) monthly profit payments will add up to make the total Profit.

Financing Term

Financing Term, or Tenure, is the period for paying the Selling Price, i.e. Financing Amount plus Profit. What does a customer gain/lose from prolonging/shortening the home financing tenure? Apparently, a longer tenure gives you a lower monthly instalment that fits your monthly budget. On the other hand, a longer tenure increases the amount of Profit, and subsequently the overall financing amount. Conversely, a shorter tenure saves you the extra amount of Profit associated with the longer tenure, but increases your monthly instalment. If your income can support a higher monthly instalment, most financial analysts think that you should opt for a shorter tenure.


Financial Planning

For better financial planning, you should know:
  • How much your monthly instalment is,
  • The suitable tenure for your income, and
  • Payment distribution for any year of the tenure.

To get the above info, use   
Financial Calculator of Personal Financing »


How to Save Money?

You can save some of the Financing Amount by using one of the following options:

  1. Shorter tenure: The following table compares the monthly instalment and the total profit for a Financing Amount of RM100,000.00, and an EPR of 5.55% in the cases of 5-year tenure and 10-year tenure. As shown, you save RM15,783.54 (30,529.04 – 14,745.50) in the case of the 5-year tenure. In other words, you pay extra RM15,783.54 for spreading the financing payment over 10 years instead of 5 years.

    10-year tenure
    5-year tenure
    Monthly Instalment
    Total Profit

  2. Early financing settlement: If you get a substantial lump sum from an inheritance share, unexpected business success, or the like, you may consider using this amount to early settle your Personal Financing. Again, consider the RM100,000.00 Financing Amount, with EPR of 5.55%, and a 5-year tenure. Suppose that you want to early settle the facility after 3 years. After making 36 monthly instalments of RM1,912.42, the total profit paid at this point is RM12,195.13.
    If you settle your facility after 3 years, MBSB Bank will release you from the remaining profit, which is RM2,550.37 (14,745.50 – 12,195.13). This release is called Ibra’ (rebate).

  3. Extra monthly payment: In addition to the monthly instalment, you may also add an extra monthly payment towards the Financing Amount. Please make sure that you inform the Bank of directing that extra amount to monthly principal, otherwise it will be used for profit reduction. Once again, consider the RM100,000.00 financing, with EPR of 5.55%, and a 5-year tenure. The following table shows the savings made by extra monthly payments of RM100 and RM200. As shown, if you pay extra RM200 every month, you will save RM1,619.83, in addition to concluding the facility in 54 months, instead of 60 months.

  4. No Extra Monthly Payment
    RM100 Extra Monthly Payment
    RM200 Extra Monthly Payment
    Effective Tenure in Months
    Total Profit
    Less Profit


Your Financial Obligations

  • You are required to pay your monthly instalment every month and on time.
  • Your monthly instalments should stay constant throughout your financing term, unless BR changes.
  • As you know, the Takaful coverage, if you chose to buy one, and the Wakalah fee will be deducted from the financing amount disbursed into your account.

What if you fail to meet your financial obligations?

As summarized in the Product Description Sheet of personal financing, Par. 9, failing to meet your financial obligations, without agreeing with the bank on alternative payment arrangements, could result in the following consequences:

  • Late Payment Compensation

    The bank has the right to charge you a compensation fee of 1% per annum on overdue payment(s). This fee cannot be further compounded in proportion to the overdue amount or in proportion to the elapsed time after missing the payment.

    For example, if you miss a payment of RM10,000 for 2 years, the compensation fee will be RM100 for the first year, and RM100 for the second year. Since the compensation fee is charged on a monthly basis, you will be charged RM8.33 every month.

  • Right to set-off

    The Bank has the right to set-off any credit balance in your account maintained with the Bank against any outstanding balance in your financing facility account. The bank is going to issue a 7-day notice of the intended set-off. Of course, you should rectify the situation as soon as you receive this notice.

  • Legal action

    The Bank reserves the right to take legal action, which will have an effect on your credit rating.


Financial Risks

As you know, your Personal Financing scheme follows a variable profit rate. If EPR rises, you will incur an additional profit for the remaining of your financing term. The following table lists the total profit for EPR of 5.55%, 6.55%, and 7.55% for a financing of RM100,000.00 over 5 years. Respective Monthly instalments are listed too. Please note that it is assumed that EPR increased at the very beginning of the financing term.

EPR goes up by 1%
EPR goes up by 2%
Monthly Instalment
Total Profit

As you know, your total financing amount equals the total profit plus the Financing Amount.

TIP: The above numbers can be adapted to your financing case by simply multiplying them by Financing Amount/100,000. If your Financing Amount is RM200,000, multiply them by 2.