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Islamic banks and money laundering in Malaysia: a legal compliance perspective

Mohd Yasin, Norhashimah and Nik Sulaiman, Nik Nuun Asma and Zul Kepli, Mohd Yazid (2019) Islamic banks and money laundering in Malaysia: a legal compliance perspective. In: Emerging Issues in Islamic Finance Law and Practice in Malaysia. Emerald Publishing Limited, United Kingdom, pp. 145-170. ISBN 978-1-78973-546-8

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The Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Thematic Review of Banking & Insurance sectors conducted by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) in 2013 indicated that oversight functions are still inadequate in the areas of compliance, internal audit, board of directors and senior management. The oversight functions refer to the AML/CFT compliance programme, which financial institutions, including Islamic banks, are obliged to execute as a part of mitigating activities against money laundering and terrorist financing. The main purpose of this chapter is to analyse whether there is any improvement in the oversight functions at the Islamic banks in Malaysia since the release of the thematic review report by BNM on 17 September 2014. This research is important as penalty for non-compliance under Section 22 of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 (AMLATFPUAA) is severe. Section 22 of AMLATFPUAA entails personal responsibility on the compliance officer of an Islamic bank and not the reporting institution as a whole. Qualitative research method via interview is employed to gauge the extent of Islamic banks’ adherence to AML/CFT compliance programme. This chapter is significant as it provides Islamic banks and future researchers with the details of the compliance study as well as the current status of AML/CFT compliance programme within the Islamic banks in Malaysia.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: 580/77732
Uncontrolled Keywords: Islamic banks, money laundering, compliance programme, oversight functions, reporting institutions, financial institutions
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance > HG3368 Islamic Banking and Finance
K Law > KBP Islamic Law
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Institute of Islamic Banking & Finance (IIiBF)
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Norhashimah Mohd Yasin
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2020 10:17
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2020 10:17
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/77732

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