Aviva Group companies have been transacting insurance business in Malaysia since at least 1863 when North British & Mercantile established an operation in Penang.
By May 18, the North British & Mercantile Insurance Company, later part of the Commercial Union Assurance Company, has established operations in Penang. Three days later, the Northern Assurance Company, later part of Commercial Union, appoints Messrs Frazer & Company agent for Penang.
The Norwich Union Fire Insurance Society appoints the Borneo Company agent for Penang.
Commercial Union appoints Aa Anthony & Company fire agent for Penang. In October, the agency is expanded to offer life insurance.
The Yorkshire Insurance Company, later part of the General Accident Fire & Life Assurance Corporation, is operating in Penang.
Norwich Union Fire appoints Sandilands Buttery & Company agent for Penang.
The South British Insurance Company, later part of General Accident, acquires the Straits Marine Insurance Company, which is operating in Malaysia.
Norwich Union Fire appoints the Borneo Company agent for Sarawak.
The Yorkshire appoints C W Barnett & Company agent for Penang.
South British now has agencies throughout the Malay peninsular at Malacca, Kuala Lumpur, Johore, Ipoh and Perak.
The Yorkshire appoints Messrs Whittall & Company agents for the Federated Malay States.
The Scottish Union and National Insurance Company, later part of Norwich Union Fire, is represented by Cumberbatch & Company, agent for Penang.
Norwich Union Fire appoints Gibson, Andersen & Butler agent for Kuala Lumpur.
Scottish Union and National appoints ICI Malaya Ltd agent for Malaysia.
By this date, the Northern manager at Ipoh is Mr R V Welch.
Norwich Union Fire appoints the Borneo Company agent for Sabah.
Norwich Union Fire opens a local office in Kuala Lumpur. The office reports to Singapore.
Norwich Union Fire absorbs the business of Scottish Union and National in Malaysia.
General Accident opens a branch in Kuala Lumpur.
Norwich Winterthur Insurance (Malaysia) SND BHD is established and acquires the business of Norwich Union Fire in Malaysia.
Commercial Union Assurance Malaysia BHD is established and acquires the business of Commercial Union in Malaysia.
General Accident forms a local subsidiary joint venture with Timuran Holdings BHD and Tab-Timuran SND BHD called General Accident Insurance (Malaysia) SND BHD. The new company takes over the business of the General Accident Malaysia branch.
Straits & Island General Insurance SND BHD is established.
Norwich Union Fire withdraws from Malaysia.
Straits & Island General Insurance SND BHD becomes GA Insurance BHD, a subsidiary of General Accident.
GA Insurance BHD changes its name to CGU Insurance BHD following the merger of General Accident and Commercial Union.
Commercial Union Assurance (Malaysia) BHD establishes an operation located at 9th floor, Menara Promet, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. Later in the year, the company merges with General Accident Insurance (Malaysia) BHD.
CGU Insurance BHD changes its name to Aviva Insurance BHD.
Aviva disposes of Commercial Union Assurance (Malaysia) BHD and Aviva Insurance BHD.
Aviva announces that it is entering the Malaysian long-term savings market through a joint venture with the CIMB Group, listed in the Bursa, Malaysia's stock exchange, as Bumiputra-Commerce Holdings Berhad (BCHB).
In January 2013 Aviva plc announces that it has reached agreement to sell its 49% interest in CIMB Aviva Assurance Berhad and CIMB Aviva Takaful Berhad to Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada for a consideration of £152 million payable in cash.