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Insolvency Dept: Over 37k M’sians Went Bankrupt Since 2019, Almost 50% Due to Personal Loans


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The Malaysia Department of Insolvency (MdI) recently released the latest statistics regarding bankruptcy in our country, which provided interesting insights into the issue of insolvency among Malaysians.

According to MdI, a total of 233,483 bankruptcy cases have been handled by the department since its inception, 37,461 of which took place from January 2019 to December 2023. 

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Overall, Selangor recorded the most cases of bankruptcy up until 2023, with 54,847 followed by Federal Territories with 43,315 cases. Making up the top 5 are Johor Bahru (27,273), Penang (19,328) and Perak (12,041).

In recent history (2019 to 2023), the top 5 regions with most insolvency cases are as follows:

  1. Selangor – 9,070 cases
  2. Federal Territories – 4,361 cases
  3. Johor Bahru – 3,165 cases
  4. Kedah – 2,359 cases
  5. Sabah – 2,213 cases

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Do note that since 2020, MdI also included non-citizens in the statistics, though the number is not significant, with only 88 cases reported or 0.23% of the 37,461 total cases from January 2019 to December 2023. Hence, in the same period, a total of 37,373 Malaysians went bankrupt in our country.

Furthermore, a breakdown of the total cases (including non-citizens) since 2019 in terms of race is as below:

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A further breakdown of the total cases based on gender showed that there are significantly more bankruptcy cases among men, which is 27,589 or a whopping 73.65%. Meanwhile, 26.626% or 9,838 are women while the remaining 0.09% involve cases where the gender of the individuals was not recorded in the case.

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Besides that, those aged 35 to 44 recorded the highest number of bankruptcy cases from 2019 to 2023 at 14,476 (38.64%) followed by 45 to 44 with 10,052 (26.83%) and 25 to 34 with 6,874 (18.35%). Check out the full statistics according to age below:

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As for the reason behind these individuals going into insolvency, almost half of cases since 2019, specifically 48.97% or 18,343 cases were due to personal loans. The second highest is business loans with 6,563 (17.52%) while the third highest is because of vehicle purchase agreements with 4,001 (10.68%).

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The full list is as below:

  1. Personal loans – 18,343 cases (48,97%)
  2. Business loans – 6,563 cases (17.52%)
  3. Vehicle purchase agreements – 4,001 cases (10.68%)
  4. Housing loans – 3,099 cases (8.27%)
  5. Card credit debts – 2,217 cases (5.72%)
  6. Other debts – 1,180 cases (3.15%)
  7. Income tax debts – 821 cases (2.19%)
  8. Corporate guarantor – 797 cases (2.13%)
  9. EPF contribution – 356 cases (0.95%)
  10. Scholarships/study loans – 67 cases (0.18%)
  11. Social guarantor – 17 cases (0.05%)

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So, what do you guys think of these statistics? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!


Also read: “I’m earning only RM3K” – M’sian Struggles to Pay Nearly RM500K of Debts & Fears Losing His Govt Job

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