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The ASEAN Market: Cross-border collaboration in Islamic finance between Malaysia and Thailand

Yussof, Sheila Ainon and Haron, Razali (2017) The ASEAN Market: Cross-border collaboration in Islamic finance between Malaysia and Thailand. Islamic Banking and Finance Review, 4. pp. 22-40. ISSN 2221-5239 E-ISSN 2413-2977

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Islamic finance offers a viable and moral-ethical alternative when the world economy suffers from global financial crises due to high debt-gearing and excessive speculations leading to liquidations and losses. In the casino-like scenario of the conventional order, Islamic finance is viewed as a game-changer, setting new rules and behavioral patterns that appeal to humanity and other civilizations due to its adherence to the universal principles of justice, equity and good conscience. In the beginning, Islamic finance may have started off with a nationalistic or religious fervor due to independence from colonialism and reassertion of an Islamic identity. But it has become evident to the world that its core principles, if implemented sincerely, can prevent exploitation, monopoly, bribery and corruption, excessive spending and hoarding of wealth, high debt- gearing and speculation. Ideally, Islamic finance should be promoting values such as entrepreneurship, transparent dealings, risk sharing, profit and loss sharing rather than making profits from a predetermined return. Islamic finance is also based on ethical principles such as trustworthiness and honest dealings, sanctity of contracts, moderate and pragmatic behavior and equitable treatment of stakeholders. This paper examines the role of Islamic finance in developing the ASEAN financial market through cross- border collaboration, specifically with Thailand, through three engines of growth: the Sukuk market, Halal market and Waqf. Islamic finance has opened up many opportunities to the minority Muslims in Thailand and has helped speeded up the integration process. As the world becomes smaller and cross-border players increase, there is a need to have greater legal and regulatory certainty. To ensure Islamic finance is on a level playing field with conventional finance as it crosses borders, the present authors recommend a mutual relaxation of taxation laws and a trade liberalization policy. Lastly, a unified and concerted effort is needed to promote equitable development of ASEAN member nations within the Islamic framework of “prospering thy neighbors”.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 7294/64043
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cross-border trade, ASEAN, Islamic finance, global financial crises, Islamic worldview
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance > HG3368 Islamic Banking and Finance
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Institute of Islamic Banking & Finance (IIiBF)
Depositing User: Dr. Razali Haron
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2018 10:04
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2018 10:04
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/64043

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