16 June 2008

                                 HSBC AMANAH TAKAFUL APPOINTS NEW CEO

                HSBC Amanah Takaful (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (HSBC Amanah Takaful) is pleased to
                announce Mohammed Muqeem as its new Chief Executive Officer with effect from 2
                June 2008.

                Muqeem, first joined the HSBC Group in 2004 as a Senior Manager of Global
                Takaful operations and has since been involved in developing HSBC’s Takaful
                business globally. Now, in his capacity as CEO, he will direct the operations of the
                HSBC Amanah Takaful business to maximize company growth and take on the
                responsibility in developing innovative strategies to drive the insurance business of
                HSBC in Malaysia to achieve business goals.

                Muqeem’s career within the insurance industry began in 1969 when he joined a
                leading insurance firm in India. He then worked his way up and moved over to the
                Middle East in the early 1990s where he continued to expand his experience and
                knowledge of the industry whilst working in senior positions in Saudi Arabia and
                Dubai. Prior to joining HSBC, he was the Head of Family Takaful for an international
                Takaful provider in Bahrain.

                With 39 years of experience in the insurance industry, he will strive to increase the
                market share of the HSBC Amanah Takaful by pioneering comprehensive financial
                solutions for all and at the same time continue to leverage on the seamless relationship
                with HSBC Bank Malaysia.


This news release is issued by                                                             Registered Office and Head Office:
                                                                              2 Leboh Ampang, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad                                                                            Web:
(Company No. 127776-V)
HSBC Amanah Takaful Appoints New CEO /2

Media enquiries to:
Elizabeth Wee at 03-2270 3351              
Lois Kam at 03-2270 3987                   
Fax: 03-20724366

Note to editors

HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad
HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the HSBC Group. The HSBC Group,
with around 10,000 offices in 83 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, the
Americas, the Middle East and Africa and assets of US$2,354 billion at 31 December 2007, is one of
the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations.

HSBC Amanah Takaful (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.
The company has been in operation since August 2006. In February 2008, the company was the first
Islamic insurance company to be rated by an international agency (Fitch Ratings) receiving a rating of
A- as capped by the sovereign rating in Malaysia. The company has attracted over 75,000 customers in
2007. The company is a joint venture between HSBC Insurance (Asia Pacific) Holdings Limited (49%
shareholding), Jerneh Asia Berhad (31% shareholding) and Employees Provident Fund Board of
Malaysia (20% shareholding). The company is fully capitalised at RM100 million (approximately
US$26 million).


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