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FIRST ETF SCHEDULED TO LIST ON BURSA IN END OF SECOND QUARTER 2005.

BackMay 12, 2005

12 May 2005
FIRST ETF SCHEDULED TO LIST ON BURSA IN END OF SECOND QUARTER 2005

Bursa Malaysia Berhad (Bursa Malaysia) is pleased to announce that the first Bond Exchange Traded Fund (ETF), called ABF Malaysia Bond Index Fund (ABFM) will be listed on Bursa at the end of the second quarter of 2005.

Yusli Mohamed Yusoff, Chief Executive Officer of Bursa Malaysia said that this first ETF will promote the bond and equity markets whilst enhancing the breadth and depth of investment options on the Malaysian Capital Market.

"Malaysia is one of eight countries alongside Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China and Korea to launch the Index linked bond fund in their respective markets. The single market funds are worth USD 1billion collectively, with Malaysia's fund size amounting to at least USD 100million.

"The ABFM will invest in a basket of Ringgit denominated government and quasi government sovereign bonds. The ABFM which will be listed on Bursa is intended to provide investors with low cost and an index driven investment vehicle and flexibility as well as accessibility to invest in Malaysia's bond market.

The ABFM is part of the Asian Bond Fund 2 (ABF2), an initiative of the Executive Meeting of East Asia and Pacific Central Banks (EMEAP) and AmInvest Management Sdn Bhd has been appointed as the manager for the ABFM.

"We have been in consultation with the regulators and relevant market participants in revising the rules to facilitate the trading of ABFM," Yusli said.