Best Balance Transfer Plans In Malaysia
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(Article updated on 17 June 2021.)

Even during regular days, credit card balance transfer programmes are a good strategy to fall back on if you’re swamped with credit card debts that you can’t repay on time. At interest charges of up to 18% p.a., outstanding balances for credit cards can quickly go out of control. This is even more so now that many of us face increased difficulty in our repayments following the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and movement control order (MCO).

Balance transfer plans as an alternative

On 25 March 2020, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) announced a few monetary measures to provide some relief for those facing financial constraints due to the current economic climate. As part of this initiative, credit cardholders who are unable to meet the minimum monthly repayment for three consecutive months will have their outstanding credit card balances automatically converted into three-year term loans or financing (applicable until 31 December 2020, but can be extended at the bank’s discretion). However, you’ll be charged an effective interest of 13% p.a. during the tenure of your loan.

While the 13% p.a. interest rate for BNM’s auto balance conversion is lower than the usual 15% to 18% p.a. usually charged on your unpaid credit balances, most balance transfer plans can offer you a much better rate. Like, much better – it is not uncommon for balance transfer packages in the market to entice newcomers with 0%-interest periods and promotional interest rates. That said, you do need at least two credit cards to be able to do balance transfers.

Best balance transfer promotions in Malaysia

Affin Bank

(0% Balance Transfer)

Campaign period: 1 Jan to 31 Dec 2021

Interest Rate

Minimum TransferMaximum TransferTenure

Eligibility

– 0% p.a.– RM5,00080% of available approved credit limit12 monthsAll principal cardmembers
AmBank

(0% Interest/Management Fee Balance Transfer Campaign)

Campaign period: 15 June 2021 to 31 Dec 2021

Interest Rate

Minimum TransferMaximum TransferTenure

Eligibility

0% p.a.RM1,000RM10,00012 months Selected existing principal credit cardholders
Public Bank

(0% PB Balance Transfer)

Campaign period: 1 Jan to 31 Dec 2021

Interest RateMinimum TransferMaximum TransferTenureEligibility
0% p.a.RM1,000

 

 

80% of available approved credit limit6 months

 

 

Only for new-to-bank principal credit card /-i card member (card approved from 1 January 2021 onwards)
Public Bank

(PB Balance Transfer)

Campaign period: 1 Jan to 30 June 2021

pb balance transfer
Interest RateMinimum TransferMaximum TransferTenureEligibility
6 months

 

– 1.5% upfront interest (offline and online application)


12 months

– 3.5% upfront interest (offline application)

– 3% upfront interest (online application)


24 months

– 6% upfront interest (offline application)

– 5.5% upfront interest (online application)


36 months

– 7% upfront interest (offline and online application)


48 months

– 9.5% upfront interest (offline and online application)

6 months

 

– RM1,000


12 months

– RM2,000


24 months

– RM3,000


36 months

– RM6,000


48 months

– RM8,000

 

80% of available approved credit limit– 6 months

 

– 12 months

– 24 months

– 36 months

– 48 months

 

For principal credit card/credit card-i members
Standard Chartered Bank

(0% Interest Balance Transfer Plus)

Campaign period: 7 May to 31 Dec 2021

Interest RateMinimum TransferMaximum TransferTenureEligibility
0% p.a.RM1,000

 

 

RM15000 or up to 100% of the credit limit, whichever is lower12 months

 

 

New credit cardholders for any cards that offer Balance Transfer Plus

Non-promotional balance transfer programmes by banks in Malaysia

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Aside from the promotions provided by the banks above, here is also a list of some of the better balance transfer plans that are currently available in the market:

BankInterest RateMinimum TransferMaximum TransferTenure
Affin Bank
(Balance Transfer Installment Plan)
– 0% p.a. (6 months)
– 2% p.a. (12 months)
– 7% p.a. (18 months)
– 9% p.a. (24 months)
– RM5,000 (6 and 12 months)
– RM1,000 (18 and 24 months)
N/A– 6 months
– 12 months
– 18 months
– 24 months
– 36 months
Alliance Bank

 

(Balance Transfer 9.88 Programme)

– 0% p.a. (6 months)

 

– 9.88% p.a. (12, 18, 24, 36, and 48 months)

RM1,000N/A– 6 months

 

– 12 to 48 months

CIMB

 

(Balance Transfer Programme)

 

Plan A

 

– 5.99% p.a.


Plan B

– 7.99% p.a.

 

RM1,000Subject to available credit limit and the bank’s discretionPlan A

 

– 6 months


Plan B

– 12 months

Citibank

 

(Balance Transfer Programme)

 

8.99% p.a.RM1,000Subject to available credit limit and the bank’s discretion12 months
Hong Leong Bank

 

(One-Time Upfront Fee Balance Transfer)

For both new and existing HLB credit cardholders)

6 months

 

– 3% (one-time fee for 6 months, offline rate)


12 months

– 5% (one-time fee for 12 months, offline rate)

RM1,00090% of available approved credit limit– 6 months

 

– 12 months

Hong Leong Bank

 

(Balance Transfer Programme – Monthly Interest)

For existing HLB credit cardholders only

 

6 months

 

– 7.99% p.a. (offline rate)

– 6.99% p.a. (online rate)


12 months

– 8.99% p.a. (offline rate)

– 6.99% p.a. (online rate)

RM1,000Subject to available credit limit and the bank’s discretion– 6 months

 

– 12 months

Hong Leong Bank

 

(Connect Exclusive Plan)

For existing HLB credit cardholders who submit applications through HLB Connect

 

6.99% p.a.RM1,000Subject to available credit limit and the bank’s discretion– 6 months

 

– 12 months

Hong Leong Bank

 

(Lifetime Balance Transfer Programme/Balance Transfer Birthday Offer)

  • For new HLB cardholders
  • During the birthday month of existing HLB cardholders
4.99% p.a. (online and offline rate)

 

 

 

RM1,000Subject to available credit limit and the bank’s discretionNo fixed repayment period
HSBC

 

(Balance Transfer Programme)

Plan A

 

– 3% p.a. (upfront interest)

– 0% p.a. (6 months)


Plan B

– 6.99% p.a. per month


Plan C

– 4.99% p.a. per month


Plan D (only for cards approved less than 6 months)

– 1.99% p.a. per month 

RM1,000
(for all plans)
95% of available approved credit limitPlan A

 

– 6 months


Plan B

– 12 months


Plan C

– 6 months


Plan D

– 6 months

Maybank

 

(Balance Transfer/Balance Transfer-i Plan)

 

6 months

 

– 1.88% (upfront fee) + 0% p.a. (via Maybank2u only)


9 months

– 9% p.a.


12 months

– 3% (upfront fee) + 0% p.a. (if maximum transfer is RM50,000)

– 12% p.a. (if maximum transfer is 90% of available credit limit)


24 months

– 4.5% p.a.


36 months

– 4.95% p.a.

6 months

 

– RM1,000


9 months

– RM1,000


12 months

– RM1,000


24 months

– RM1,000


36 months

– RM2,000

 

6 months

 

– RM50,000


9 months

– 90% of available credit limit


12 months

– RM50,000

– 90% of available credit limit


24 months

– 90% of available credit limit


36 months

– 90% of available credit limit

 

– 6 months

 

– 9 months

– 12 months

– 24 months

– 36 months

 

OCBC

 

(Balance Transfer)

– 2.88% (upfront interest for 6 months)

 

– 4.88% (upfront interest for 12 months)

 

RM1,00080% of available approved credit limit– 6 months

 

– 12 months

Standard Chartered

 

(Balance Transfer Plus)

 

5.99% p.a.RM1,000Subject to available credit limit and the bank’s discretion– 12 months

 

– 18 months

– 24 months

– 36 months

 

UOB

 

(Balance Transfer Reducing Balance Programme)

Plan 25

 

– 3% (upfront interest)


Plan 26

– 4% (upfront interest)


Plan 27

– 5% (upfront interest)

RM1,000– 80% of available approved credit limit

 

– 100% of available credit limit provided that the transfer  does not exceed the credit limit

Plan 25

 

– 6 months


Plan 26

– 12 months


Plan 27

– 18 months

 

UOB
(Balance Transfer Fixed-Pay Programme)
Plan i6

 

– 3.3% p.a.


Plan i12b

– 6% p.a.

 

RM1,000– 80% of available approved credit limit

 

– 100% of available credit limit provided that the transfer  does not exceed the credit limit

Plan i6

 

– 6 months


Plan i12b

– 12 months

 

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As you tap into the benefits of balance transfer programmes to help you repay your credit card debts, make sure to always exercise some financial responsibility. It is crucial that you remain prompt with your monthly repayments, or you will still be hit with the standard credit card interest charge. Remember that balance transfers are not free money, but helps you repay outstanding credit card debt.

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