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Property bubble burst unlikely in Malaysia

A property bubble burst is unlikely to happen in the Asia Pacific, including Malaysia, as there are no signs to indicate such a trend in the next two years, says AmInvestment Bank Group.

Director for Retail Funds Ng Chze How said real estate investment trusts (REITS) would also not experience a burst including those acquired by the group.

"I don't see a burst or a crash in the property market. "You have high wages, ample liquidity, small percentage of non-performing loans and these plus steps taken by the government to prevent the economy from
overheating, augur well for the property market.

"I don't see a property burst (happening) in the next six months, one year or two years down the line," he told reporters at the launch of Malaysia's first

Asia Pacific REITs fund, AmAsia Pacific REITs, here today.

He said with these factors in place coupled with an economic recovery, there
would be more upside in the market. AmAsia Pacific REITs invests in a diversified portfolio of REITs listed in the Asia Pacific region.

Ng was optimistic the REITS selected by the group would see high occupancy
rate and increasing rental.

"Selected Asian properties have yet to reach their previous peak, as such,
there is room for potential growth," he said, adding that properties were seen
as a good hedge during the current inflationary period. -- Bernama

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