Wednesday, September 26, 2012

17,000 PageVIEWS for ISLAMIC finance blog by AHM

I am not exactly sure when the 17k PageVIEWS milestone was attained. Most probably it was either yesterday or, today.

According to the Blog Stats Report, the top 10 views were made from the following countries:-
(2) 1,857 - USA
(3) 1,110 - RUSSIA
(4) 798 - Germany
(5) 462 - UK
(6) 461 - Ukraine
(7) 426 - Netherlands
(8) 408 - France
(9) 266 - Latvia
(10) 186 - Slovenia

I find it kind of strange that a majority of the viewers (with the exception of Malaysia) are from countries where there is no sizable or majority Muslim population.

More IMPORTANTLY for me is the data on Popular Posts;-
(2) 1,379 - SC-OCIS
(3) 966 - IMaC 2011
(4) 960 - Malaysian Capital Market Conference
(5) 832 - 2nd Global Islamic Finance Forum (GIFF 2010)
(6) 789 - 4th International Islamic Capital Market Forum
(7) 371 - (April 12,2012) TOP GUN Vacancy at Bank Rakyat & NEW Code of Conduct
(8) 186 - Attended at TTDI
(9) 183 - (Nov.9,2010) ISRA Blooms
(10) 127 - (Sept.1,2011) 54 Tahun Merdeka

Thank You Very Much for Viewers Support, Syukran & TERiMA KASiH.

Next Target is 20k PageVIEWS by the 1st Quarter of 2013.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

MALAYSIA - BUDGET 2013: fm ISLAMIC FINANCE's Weltanschauung

It's "that" time of the year again when the Ruling BN Coalition will present it's budget for Malaysia in 2013 on Friday, 28 September 2012 in the Parliament.

Lobbying by the various industry(ies) interest groups, NGOs and other corporate or individual entities would have reached feverish levels. Even as the host for a TV programme...I am not spared!!!

It'll be interesting to see how prominent or, NOT as to how Islamic Finance will be featured in Budget 2013 by PM Najib Razak on Friday as compared to last year.

2012 Islamic Finance features and/or initiatives, Read HERE

Any Comments, Suggestions or Inputs especially from the Islamic Finance Perspective is much appreciated and welcomed. Do leave your Comments in this blog or, email them to or,

Thursday, September 20, 2012


Normally, I would just write " xxx Event, Attended! ". However,this is the FIRST (or rather the 2nd time if last year's ICM is taken into account) time that I'm participating in a major Islamic Finance event with a Global stature as a member of the Media due to my Consultant Producer role for the ISLAMiC FiNANCE programme @The CAPITAL TV, Channel 127 - Hypp TV, UNIFI.

GIFF 2012 Official Website, HERE

Having attended the 2nd GIFF in 2010, certain changes can be observed. The "vibrancy" is one. Whether it's Positive, Negative or, open for debate!!!

Previously in GIFF 2010, the Prime Minister of Malaysia opened the Forum followed by a Public Lecture. This time around the Governor of the Bank Negara Malaysia gave the Keynote address followed by a Public Lecture from the Deputy PM of Turkey...and that only on the 2nd Day of GIFF.

It was also interesting to observe that the RAIF(Royal Award in Islamic Finance) recipient I.e. Mr.Iqbal Khan gave a lecture in place of a Royal Address by the MIFC Ambassador from Malaysia.

Change of venue was nice as Sasana Kijang, KL is a better place compared to the previous hotel venue coupled with good food served.

It was good to have been able to link-up with old friends from the Islamic Banking sector since 1994/95, Alumni members(from College, A-Levels & University) as well as new friends during GIFF 2012.

(to be continued....)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

IQBAL KHAN - 2nd Recipient of the Royal Award in Islamic Finance (RAIF 2012)

IQBAL AHMAD KHAN was announced as the 2nd Recipient of the Royal Award in Islamic Finance (RAIF 2012) during a Gala Dinner held in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia.

The Yang Dipertuan Agong conferred the award to Mr.Khan in a well attended Gala Dinner held in conjunction with the 3rd Global Islamic Finance Forum (GIFF 2012)which is currently being held over a period of 3days in Sasana & Lanai Kijang, KL.

CONGRATULATIONS to Mr.Iqbal Ahmad Khan.

Note: TQ to the Organisers for the kind invitation.
It was also a pleasure sitting on the same table with Mathew Smith(seated on my left) from the British High Commission (UK Trade & Investment) and his colleague, Norshazlina Nor'Azman@Lin from Bernama TV, Harbhajan Singh(Executive Editor) from Malaysian Reserve and the Al-Jazeera correspondent i.e. Samer Allawi. Do keep in touch.

" throw BRICs at the PIGS "

Video Excerpts of IIUM Talk,HERE & HERE .

( Promo Poster on the Talk done by the IIUM Economics Society )

...last month, whilst in the midst of preparing for a Communications and Cross-Cultural Communications programme for the RSOG in Kuantan I'd received an invitation from the Economics Students Society of IIUM (on behalf of the Medical Students Society of IIUM) to give a Basic Economics Talk to some 1st and 2nd Year Matriculation students in IIUM-PJ.

After discussing with my friends, we decided on the above-mentioned topic.
HERE is an interesting and humorous perspective by a Co-Presenter "pictured" below.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

"MONEY" Talk at MoneyTree Academy!

The MoneyTree Academy teaches its students about Money! History, Value, Earning, Calculation etc etc.

I was invited on the 17th of July (177 for short) to give an afternoon Public Talk in September at the MoneyTree Academy located at Sri Hartamas-KL to the 1st MoneyTree Graduating Class on "The History of Money".

The audience were well-mixed from both sexes and consists of Chinese, Malays and even a Gentleman from Albania.

TQ Ms.Penny from the MoneyTree Academy for the kind invitation.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

YPEIM Ar-Rahnu (Islamic Pawn-Broking)

UPDATE 10/10/12: View Excerpts of the Episode HERE

A discourse was held In Kg.Attap-KL on Monday, 10th September 2012 between the Capital TV Islamic Finance programme's Host and Madam Parihah Hasan the Director for Corporate Planning & Secretarial, YPEIM.

YPEIM stands for Yayasan Pembangunan Ekonomi Islam Malaysia or, Malaysia Islamic Economic Development Foundation.

The Interview with Madam Parihah on YPEIM's Islamic Pawn-broking services and operations will be shown as Episode 11 on The Capital TV's Islamic Finance programme on Thursday, 13th September 2012 at 10PM on Channel 127, Hypp TV-UNIFI.