ISLAMIC BANKING ACT 1983
PART II - LICENSING OF ISLAMIC BANKS
Section 3. Islamic banking business to be transacted only by a licensed Islamic bank.
(1) Islamic banking business shall not be transacted in Malaysia except by a company which is in the possession of a licence in writing from the Minister authorizing it to do so.
(2) A company which desires authority to carry on Islamic banking business in Malaysia shall apply in writing through the Central Bank to the Minister for a licence under this section and shall supply-
(a) a copy of the memorandum of association and articles of association or other instrument under which the company is incorporated, duly verified by a statutory declaration made by a senior officer of the company; and
(b) such other document or information as may be called upon by the Minister.
(3) Upon receiving an application under subsection (2) the Central Bank shall consider the application and make a recommendation to the Minister stating whether a licence should be granted or not and the conditions, if any, to be attached to the licence.
(4) Upon receiving an application under subsection (2) and the recommendation of the Central Bank under subsection (3), the Minister may, subject to section 4, grant a licence, with or without conditions, or refuse a licence.
(5) The Central Bank shall not recommend the grant of a licence, and the Minister shall not grant a licence, unless the Central Bank or the Minister, as the case may be, is satisfied-
(a) that the aims and operations of the banking business which it is desired to carry on will not involve any element which is not approved by the Religion of Islam; and (5A) Any Islamic bank licensed under this section shall be deemed to be a member institution under the Malaysia Deposit Insurance Corporation Act 2005 [Act 642].
(b) that there is, in the articles of association of the bank concerned, provision for the establishment of a Syariah advisory body, as may be approved by the Central Bank, to advise the bank on the operations of its banking business in order to ensure that they do not involve any element which is not approved by the Religion of Islam.
[Ins. Act A1255:s.3]
(6) Any person who contravenes the provisions of this section shall be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding twenty thousand ringgit or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or to both such fine and imprisonment.
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