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How To Get Cash Back On Unutilised Motor Takaful Contributions

BY Team Loanstreet

Updated 14 Nov 2019

Many of us see motor insurance or Takaful as just another form of obligatory financial commitment, much like paying taxes or home loan repayments. There is no argument that insurance and Takaful is essential in today’s world to manage one’s risks in unfortunate and unforeseen events; however, did you know that you can reduce the financial load in the long run by getting savings not just through No-Claim Discounts (NCDs)? Takaful, across the board, returns the surplus to its participants in the form of savings and cashbacks if there is  no claim made. Here we focus on how motor Takaful policies give back a percentage of unutilised contributions to the policyholder.


What's covered in this article?

The Basics

Motor Takaful, or car insurance in general, functions to protect you from damages or losses incurred on a third party involving your vehicle. Specifically, a third party’s death, bodily injuries and property damages would be covered by your policy, and not you.

There are two types of policies that motor Takaful offers:

  • Third Party

The minimal, most basic policy as required under the Road Transport Act 1987. This protects you against a third party’s death, bodily injury and/or property damage, but not that of your own.

  • Comprehensive

In addition to third party damages, a comprehensive policy would extend to cover your vehicle in accidental fire, theft or accident events.

The Savings

As an incentive for being claim-free, car owners, under motor Takaful, can enjoy discounts if no claims are made during the cover period, increasing on the year. Additionally, No-Claim Discount scores are transferable when you trade up your vehicle! One thing to note is that if you make a claim on an accident that stems from your own fault, the NCD is reset to 0%, requiring you rebuild your score.

How To Get Cash Back On Unutilised Motor Takaful Contributions




The Bonuses*

In addition to the savings above, being no claim made when your motor Takaful policy expires entitled you to a share in the surplus of the Takaful fund. The surplus is shared between you, the participants, and the Takaful Operator under the concept of surplus-sharing based on a pre-defined ratio, which would be stated in your Takaful certificate. This surplus sharing is depending on the financial performance of the Takaful fund. The calculation is as follows, based on a hypothetical RM4 million fund surplus with contribution by you of RM1,000.

Surplus sharing ratio         =     Pre-agreed Sharing Ratio of 50%   x   Surplus of RM4 million


                                                  General Contribution of RM10 million

                                                                          =    20%

Surplus attributable to you    =     Surplus sharing ratio x RM1,000 (your contribution)

                                                                          =    RM200



This is just an illustration to show how the surplus sharing works for participants who have no claim during the cover period. Please take note that different Takaful operators may have different calculation methods.

*Rebate, Mudharabah, Hibah are common terms used by Takaful operators to explain about surplus sharing.


A Win-Win Situation

Since Takaful works on the basis of mutual assistance and donation, any surplus of RM10 or less, if left untouched by the participant, goes towards charitable causes. Just recently, a considerable collective sum from these monies went towards rebuilding homes and purchasing basic goods for the Kelantan flood victims. In other words, whether or not you choose to claim your surplus bonus, the money does not go towards someone’s pockets, but either translates into savings for you, or charity!

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