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February 2018
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The Labuan IBFC transformation plan is expected to turn Labuan into a well-integrated regional economic hub to better serve the business, investment and intermediation needs of the region

The Labuan Development Blueprint 2030 launched by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak recently, will create the pathway to the growth and development...

Malaysia is committed to meet the internationally-agreed tax standards by signing the Organisation for Economic and Cooperation Development (OECD)-led initiative, the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (MLI).


On 11 January 2018, the Malaysian Inland Revenue Board (IRB) published an updated and amended MAP Guidelines dated 19 December 2017. The updated version replaces the previous version issued by the IRB dated 5 December 2014.

Datin Shelina Razaly Wahi of Abdullah Chan & Co commented that the Revised Guidelines present an opportunity to the aviation leasing industry in Malaysia and the necessary changes will demonstrate sufficient substance in the jurisdiction.


The Labuan IBFC Transformational Plan is designed to turn Labuan into a well-integrated regional economic hub to better serve the business, investment and intermediation needs of the region, including the East Malaysian and Asian markets.


Trade publication, Captive Review, has named Farah Jaafar-Crossby as one of the eight professionals as ‘Ones to Watch’ in 2018.


It’s been a great start to the year, and I hope the momentum carries through the year!

The highlight has to be launching of Labuan’s transformation plan by the Prime Minister and Malaysia inking the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting. Indeed, our commitment to international standards of transparency and substance can no longer be in doubt.

Speaking of substance, do join us on 22 March at our Asset Leasing Symposium 2018 themed “Meeting the Needs of Transparency and Substance”. This event is specifically hosted to discuss developments in global asset leasing regulations and changes that lie ahead, including the recently revised Labuan IBFC’s asset leasing guidelines. More information is available on our website.

Last but not least, here’s hoping the Lunar Year of Dog, brings us all much happiness, prosperity and health.

“Xin Nian Kuai Le”!


Farah Jaafar-Crossby
Chief Executive Officer, Labuan IBFC Inc 


Through cooperation with Labuan-incorporated Amanah Capital Group Ltd (ACGL) and Kodewave Sdn Bhd, Izetex is not only promoting the ICO in Southeast Asia, but also exploring the possibilities of rendering IZX tokens useable in retail outlets and restaurants, especially in highly populated countries such as Indonesia and Thailand.

Hengyuan Refining Co Bhd has secured US$430 million (RM1.7 billion) financing facilities from three banks to partly refinance its existing term loan and its planned capital expenditure (capex). Bilateral agreements were signed with Ambank (M) Bhd — Labuan Offshore Branch, China Construction Bank (Malaysia) Bhd (CCB) and Maybank International Labuan Branch.


Khazanah Nasional Berhad has priced exchangeable Sukuk of USD320.8 million (RM1.27 billion), which will be issued via a Labuan-incorporated independent special purpose vehicle, Cindai Capital Ltd.


The Guidelines on the Establishment and Operations of Labuan Leasing Business which were published on 1 August 2013, have recently been updated and the revised Guidelines (Revised Guidelines) were published by the Labuan Financial Services Authority (Labuan FSA) on 29 December 2017.


Labuan is banking on seven pillars to drive its second phase of economic growth from this year until 2030.


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