27/03/2023 02:03 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, March 27 (Bernama) -- Bursa Malaysia Securities Bhd has enhanced the Main Market listing requirements (Main LR) to facilitate the offering of listed real estate investment trusts (REITs) and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) with waqf feature (waqf amendments).

In a statement today, Bursa Malaysia said these amendments will take effect on April 3, 2023.

Under the waqf amendments, the exchange has enhanced the post-listing disclosure framework of Islamic REITs and ETFs to provide transparency on the waqf arrangement.

“Among others, an Islamic REIT or ETF must immediately announce any changes to the waqf arrangement disclosed earlier in the prospectus, information memorandum or product highlight sheet, together with reasons for the changes,” it said.

It added that an Islamic REIT or ETF must also provide interim updates on the income distributions channelled for waqf purposes, in the quarterly report of the Islamic REIT or semi-annual report of the Islamic ETF.

“The Islamic REIT or ETF must also disclose how investors can obtain more information on the waqf recipient(s) and progress of the waqf initiatives in the annual report,” it said.

The waqf amendments, which complement the guidelines on Islamic capital market products and services (ICMPS guidelines) issued by the Securities Commission on Nov 28, 2022, is part of the initiative to expand the waqf-featured fund framework (WQ-FF framework) to listed Islamic funds such as REITs and ETFs.

The framework was introduced in November 2020, initially applicable only for unit trust and wholesale funds, to enable the growth of the Islamic social finance segment and to develop waqf.

Bursa Malaysia chief executive officer Datuk Muhamad Umar Swift said investors would soon have more opportunities to access a diversified suite of shariah-compliant listed products with the expansion of the WQ-FF framework.

“Bursa Malaysia is particularly pleased to be part of the ecosystem providing an effective instrument to support our nation’s socio-economic development,” he said.

He added that the enhancements will also promote the growth of waqf and sustainable and responsible investment assets, further cementing the exchange’s position as a leading global Islamic finance marketplace.




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