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Indonesia to create Islamic megabank after Malaysia, Mid-East find it too difficult

Kuala Lumpur

INDONESIA is taking on the challenge of creating an Islamic megabank that has so far proven too difficult for lenders in Malaysia and the Middle East.

The government plans to merge the Syariah-compliant units of state-owned PT Bank Mandiri, PT Bank Negara Indonesia, PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia and PT Bank Tabungan Negara with paid-up capital of more than 15 trillion rupiah (S$1.5 billion) next year, Gatot Trihargo, deputy minister for government-run enterprises, said in a June 10 interview in Jakarta.

Financial Services Authority (FSA) chairman Muliaman Hadad said in January that the plan may materialise this year.

Malaysia has been touting the idea of forming an Islamic megabank that can...

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