A: Deposit Insurance is a system that protects depositors, whether individuals or businesses, against the loss of their insured deposits in the unlikely event of a member bank failure. Failure in this context refers to when the member bank is no longer viable or becomes bankrupt. The Deposit Insurance System (DIS) in Malaysia is administered by PIDM.
A: All commercial banks licensed under the Financial Services Act (FSA) 2013 and all Islamic banks licensed under the Islamic Financial Services Act (IFSA) 2013, including locally incorporated subsidiaries of foreign banks operating in Malaysia, are member institutions of PIDM. Membership is compulsory as provided under Akta Perbadanan Insurans Deposit Malaysia.
Commercial and Islamic banks which are member institutions of PIDM are referred to as ‘member banks’. Look out for this membership sign at the entrance of your bank branches.
A: No, you do not need to apply or register for deposit insurance protection by PIDM. Deposit insurance is provided automatically for eligible deposit accounts placed with member banks.
A: Your eligible deposits are protected up to RM250,000 per depositor per member bank. The RM250,000 limit includes both the principal amount of a deposit and the interest/return. The limit also applies separately to Islamic and conventional deposits.
A: No. Deposit insurance cannot be purchased as it is not a general or life insurance product. It is provided automatically by the Government through PIDM.
A: Deposits which are eligible for protection include savings and current accounts, fixed deposits, foreign currency deposits, Islamic deposit accounts as well as bank drafts, cheques, other payment instructions or instruments made against a deposit account.
A: Deposits not payable in Malaysia, interbank money market placements, negotiable instruments of deposit (NIDs) and other bearer deposits, repurchase agreements, unit trusts, stocks and shares, as well as gold-related investment products or accounts are not protected by PIDM.
A: No. Unit trusts, stocks and shares are not eligible for deposit insurance protection.
A: PIDM member banks must inform you whether a deposit product is eligible or not eligible for deposit insurance protection before you place your funds with it. All eligible deposit products are listed in a register available at your bank.
A: Yes. Islamic and conventional deposits are eligible for a separate deposit insurance limit of RM250,000 per depositor per member bank.
A: No. Your deposits in different member banks are protected separately. The RM250,000 deposit insurance limit is applicable per depositor per member bank.
A: No. Deposits held in different branches of the same member bank will be added together for deposit insurance protection purposes.
An example of how separate deposit insurance protection is applied for a depositor holding several accounts in a member bank is as follows:
Type of deposit
Protected by PIDM (RM)
Ahmad and wife
Ahmad, wife and daughter
Ahmad, Leong & Co. (legal firm)
Ahmad & Ali Sdn. Bhd.
Total deposits protected by PIDM
A: No. Unlike Islamic and conventional deposits, Ringgit and foreign currency deposits are not separately protected if they are placed in the same member bank. Foreign currency deposits will be converted to Ringgit and aggregated with other deposits (e.g. savings, current and fixed deposits) for protection of up to RM250,000.
A: You will continue to enjoy separate deposit insurance coverage for a period of two years or upon maturity or until full withdrawal of the deposit, whichever is earlier.
A: You do not need to make a claim. PIDM will announce how and when reimbursement of insured deposits will be made. PIDM will base its reimbursement on the depositor records obtained from the member bank. It is important to keep your records updated at your bank.
A: Depositors may file a claim with the liquidator of the member bank to recover any amount above the insured amount.
A: Your place of residence or nationality does not affect deposit insurance protection. Deposits placed with a member bank of PIDM is protected up to RM250,000 per depositor per member bank.
A: No, PIDM does not protect deposits held in these institutions. However, these may be protected by the host country’s deposit insurance or protection scheme.
A: Call PIDM's toll-free information line: 1-800-88-1266, available Mondays to Fridays from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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