MFPC 8th Graduation Ceremony

Kuala Lumpur, 8 April 2019 ­ MFPC held its 8th biennial graduation ceremony, at the Berjaya Times Square Hotel, celebrating the accomplishment of over 500 graduating students with the Registered Financial Planner (RFP) or Shariah Registered Financial Planner (SRFP) designations. Building on its success since the year 2004, this year’s ceremony focused on the importance of transforming the lives of individuals by ensuring the adoption of financial planning approaches.

Representing the Malaysian Government at the Council’s 8th Graduation ceremony was YB Fuziah Salleh from the Prime Minister’s Department who is in charge of Islamic affairs. MFPC has in recent years build the momentum of the Shariah RFP designation to meet the needs of the Malaysian populace.

In her speech, Fuziah Salleh said, “I would like to remind you that professionals like you are critically needed for the too many Malaysians who face financial distress”. “More and more Malaysian consumers are getting into serious financial problems due to poor financial knowledge, wrong attitudes and poor financial habits leading to irresponsible financial behaviour,” she added.

Michael Kok Fook On, President of MFPC, congratulated and encouraged the graduates. He said, “As the demand for Islamic financial services continues to grow locally and globally, Malaysia is well placed to take advantage of this. It is Islamic finance that provides Malaysia with our advantage over neighbouring financial centres”. “MFPC’s development of the Registered Shariah Financial Planner has certainly been a move in the right direction. And I am encouraged to see Muslims, as well as non-Muslims, graduating today with this designation. This augurs well for Malaysia’s thrust to be an Islamic Finance hub”, he said.

The Agensi Kaunselling & Pengurusan Kredit (AKPK) and the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) has made it compulsory for all their customer-facing financial advice personnel to be equipped with either the RFP or Shariah RFP designation. The favoured designation in Malaysia was the brainchild of the former governor of Bank Negara Malaysia and is the prerequisite qualifications for the application as licensed intermediaries.

The ceremony also saw the annoucement of four outstanding student awards, and the confermnent of fellow members to Vincent Kwo, Deputy President of the Council, Khor Hock Seng, Group Chief Executive Officer of Great Eastern Holdings Limited, Fikri Mohamad Rawi, CEO of Sun Life Malaysia Takaful Berhad and Ahcene Lahsasna, CEO of Salihin Shariah Advisory for their outstanding contribution to the development of MFPC.

Our home grown RFP programmes ensures our graduates are able to blend ground-breaking intellectual achievement with practical applications

Kuala Lumpur, 8 April 2019 ­  A one-day International conference by industry experts both local and international set out to share their expertise and knowledge at the Conference on Islamic Wealth Management and Financial Planning 2019 – ‘Financial Consumer Protection and Value-Based Intermediation’ which began today at Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. The one-day event, organised by the Malaysian Financial Planning Council (MFPC) and supported by the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) and AIA Public Takaful Sdn Bhd, is in line with Bank Negara Malaysia’s drive on implementation of VBI by Islamic financial Institutions towards a sustainable financial ecosystem.

The conference which served as a platform for networking and the exchange of thoughts and outlooks about the inner workings of the Islamic financial industry for over 300 delegates comprising policy makers, research institutes, government agencies, practitioners, and scholars from Malaysia to examine VBI methodologies and to serve the changing requirements  of Islamic banking for Malaysians. The conference also aims to build global partnerships and forge strategic alliances on Islamic finance education.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Fuziah Salleh, who is in charge of Islamic affairs in her speech said “the business models of Islamic financial institutions should be guided by the overarching objectives of Maqasid which are to preserve and advance the common interest of society at large, by preventing harm and maximising benefits”. “This is now more important than ever to steer the growth and development of the industry on a more sustainable path.” she added.

President of MFPC, Michael Kok Fook On, explained that among the key objectives of the conference was to gain a better understanding on the current situation of Islamic wealth management and financial planning, explore the best practice standards of wealth management and financial planning based on Shariah, and build a networking platform among Shariah scholars from various Islamic financial institutions.

In addition to exploring latest trends and innovative Islamic financial instruments for financial inclusion, the delegates also shared ideas with policymakers for boosting economic development, shared prosperity and environmental sustainability.

The conference is also supported by the Malaysian Takaful Association (MTA) and the Association of Islamic Banking and Financial Institutions Malaysia (AIBIM).This multi-stakeholder conference provides an excellent platform for the discourse of ideas and features an impressive line-up of reputable speakers from the industry.

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In tandem with the expeditious growth of the Certified MFPC Trainer community, the Certification and CPD Board (CCB) has deliberated to strengthen the structure of the trainer/lecturer certification system in providing a comprehensive coverage for all MFPC members who is inspired to register as Certified MFPC Trainer under MFPC.

In this regard, the CCB has considered pertinent factors such as variation of training abilities; scholarly contributions; valuable industry exposure; commitment and experience in developing the financial planning profession in Malaysia; and the Board has established a structured and systematic framework for Certified MFPC Trainers to provide continued support to the Council in offering quality financial planning education to the members and public at large.

With immediate effect, the MFPC’s trainer classification will be grouped into two categories, which are the Certified MPC Trainer (CMT) and the Principle Certified MPC Trainer (Principle CMT). Please find enclosed herewith up-dated Principle CMT and CMT guidelines for your attention.

In addition, the Board acknowledges and respects experts’ views and participations in contributing to the positive growth of the financial planning education; and the Board welcomes individuals in various relevant industries to register as Certified MFPC Subject Matter Expert.

For further clarification and assistance, please contact Ms. Wawa, Education and Training Department at 03-6203 5899 or email to wawa@mfpc.org.my.

GUIDELINES AND POLICIES ON
PRINCIPLE CERTIFIED MFPC TRAINER AND
CERTIFIED MFPC TRAINER
(PRINCIPLE CMT AND CMT)

click >>Guideline for Certified MFPC Trainer (CMT)

Thank you.

Yours sincerely
Malaysian Financial Planning Council
Dr Desmond Chong Kok Fei
Chairman
Certification and CPD Board

Financial Planning Literacy Crucial in Achieving National SDGs

Kuala Lumpur, November 24th, 2017 – As part of the Malaysian Financial Planning Council (MFPC) agenda to achieve the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to ensure proper planning and sustainability of financial literacy in Malaysia, the MPFC has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate with Global Compact Network Malaysia (GCMY).

MFPC and GCMY will collaborate to promote awareness and advocate for financial planning to enable financial sustainability. They will also partner with the Government, think-tanks and academic centres to design sustainability into financial planning education. Together MFPC and GCMY will conduct training and information sharing sessions, seminars, workshops and best practice exchanges with stakeholders domestically and regionally.

MFPC has committed to SDG 4 and SDG 17 to, respectively, ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and to implement and vitalize global partnership for sustainable development. MFPC and GCMY have a roadmap to achieve these goals by raising awareness on financial planning, providing skills to improve individual understanding and knowledge of rights.

In expressing his appreciation, MFPC’s President, Michael Kok Foo On said “It is certainly a privilege for us to collaborate with a world recognised body and it is indeed very encouraging as we continue doing what we do ever since our initiative in 2002 through the support of the Malaysian Government”. He added “A good understanding in financial literacy will make an important impact to the efficiency of the financial system and to the performance of the country’s economy.”

Puvan J Selvanathan, President of GCMY, said, ‘“With MFPC we can help to improve the level of financial literacy nationally. People are sustainable when they have financial security on income, education and health for their household. MFPC programmes and projects strategically strengthen the achievement of the SDGs in Malaysia”.

MFPC recognises the challenge to meet the UN SDGs by 2030 and is committed to creating a viable economic foundation for the future. The target programmes will promote sustainable livelihoods, education and sustainable economic and financial well-being.