Bank Negara Malaysia raised the Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) by 25 basis points to 3% since last Friday. Following this, banks will increase the Base Lending Rate (BLR) sooner. So, for those who have variable loans especially housing loan will have to pay more in their monthly installment.
The reason for increasing the OPR is to cover the local inflationary pressures. The current inflation rate is about 2.9% and it is expected to continue to rise in latter part of the year. However, Bank Negara did a great job as they take pre-emptive action to push for economic growth before addressing the inflation issue.
Since July 2010, our Base Lending Rate (BLR) has increased 6.05% to 6.30%. As a result, borrowers have to pay additional months of installments. This is because when BLR increase, your interest payable or your loan tenure will also be increased subsequently.
Total loan amount = RM 100,000 to be repaid over 30 years.
Previous interest amount = 6.05%
Monthly repayment = RM 492 (assuming a 4.25% after BLR – 1.8%)
Effective from 18th May 2010, the latest Base Lending Rate (BLR) for most banks in Malaysia will be at 6.05% per annum. Therefore, the BLR increased another 2.5% from 5.80% previously. This adjustment is made based on Bank Negara announcement to raise the overnight policy rate (OPR) by 25 points on 13th May 2010!
For me, Malaysia has a very high base lending rate, but this also means that our interest earned on fixed deposits is also quite high. From positive point of view, the BLR increase is a sign that our economy is recovering. However, I can feel that the core parts of Malaysia still very bad as unemployment, low salaries are some of the major issues facing by Malaysians nowadays.
So, with the latest increase of BLR in Malaysia, for sure it will further hurt Malaysians who is going to get new home.
These are the local and foreign banks latest BLR rate in our country: