If you’re like me, you probably have your money all over the place:
In bank accounts (plural, because I have a few accounts with a few banks)
In various e-wallets and prepaid cards,
‘Borrowed’ from legal entities (ie credit cards and loans) or illegal entities (ah long money lenders),
In ‘future money’ like insurance/takaful payouts,
In various investment accounts,
In physical forms like gold or property or high-value collectables,
With your friend who promised to pay you back soon,
In actual wallets (almost forgot about this one. Cashless trend is still going strong)
So my question to you today is… do you know what kind of protection is available for each of those listed? How sure are you that you get to access your money when you need to use it?
Wait huh, you might think, of course your money should be accessible, the financial ecosystem in Malaysia is good, right? (it is), I don’t need to worry, right? (mostly you don’t… but you should still know because this concerns YOUR money).
Take this quiz to test your understanding of your money’s protection – which is protected by PIDM and which isn’t. Have a look at the three scenarios, including one of Future You (surprise! You’ve reached financial freedom and are a multi-millionaire!)
As I sat down with Rafiz Azuan Abdullah, the CEO of PIDM or Perbadanan Insurans Deposit Malaysia and asked my questions, it occurred to me that this man is truly at peace with doing a thankless job.
If you’re unfamiliar with what PIDM does, they are basically a government authority that provides protection for your deposits, as well as takaful and insurance benefits in the unlikely event a PIDM member institution fails.
For example, let’s say Bank X somehow goes bankrupt and you have RM10k saved there. As Bank X is a PIDM member bank, PIDM will make sure you get your RM10k back immediately.
Something exciting happened recently. On 23 July 2019, Tun M launched the National Strategy for Financial Literacy (2019-2023).
Korang. A national strategy. For financial literacy. Isn’t this amazing? I’m all for it. This is great, we needed this.
So I was browsing through the document (thanks Vincent for sending to me!) and thought, hey! There are so many financial education initiatives, many of which I didn’t know about! I should share this on RoR!
So here you go. Every single financial education initiatives under members of Financial Education Network (FEN), as of writing time.
No matter how much we may want to deny it, there *are* bad people in this world. People who don’t think twice about taking your money from you through illegal and unethical means. They do it easily, without guilt or remorse.
This article is a compilation of anecdotes by real people, who were scammed or almost got scammed. Thank you to all who contributed.
Looking at the statistics, you can’t deny that rich Malaysians must know something that the rest of us don’t. I mean, the top 20% can’t have gotten almost half of all the income in Malaysia by accident.
I am greatly fascinated by the money mindset that the rich have. Not their lifestyle, mind you – looking rich is not the same as being rich – but their mindset: what they learned from their parents (if they were born rich) or from life experiences (if they worked hard to get there).
Here are some things that I’ve learned about rich Malaysians.
When Perbadanan Insurans Deposit Malaysia – PIDM for short – contacted me about doing a paid collaboration, I was confused. Unlike other sponsored post inquiries I get, PIDM has no products or services to sell. If anything, their services are (1) free and (2) automatic.
Then they told me their reasons. They’re to:
Promote awareness on PIDM’s protection services so that people are assured that their deposits, takaful and insurance benefits are safe;
Inform which financial products are protected to prevent scams by unscrupulous parties, and;
Let people know what they should do IN CASE their banks, takaful and insurance companies go bankrupt (stay calm, see #3).
So apparently – and I didn’t know about this before – there are people out there who scam your family and friends because they don’t know about PIDM?? That is horrible! And this is why PIDM wants to tell the public who they are and what they do!
So I said yes, and together we created this plain-English article about what PIDM does.