FILE - An employee of Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) counts rupiah banknotes at the BNI headquarters in Jakarta.
FILE - An employee of Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) counts rupiah banknotes at the BNI headquarters in Jakarta.

Malaysia has become the first nation to offer a sovereign U.S. dollar-based sukuk to exclusively fund environmental projects.   
 
A sukuk is an Islamic financial certificate, similar to a bond in Western-based finance systems, that adheres to Sharia law.  According to Investopedia, sukuk involves a direct asset ownership interest, as opposed to the function of a bond, which is an indirect interest-bearing debt obligation.
 
The Southeast Asian nation issued $800 million of 10-year trust certificates on Thursday, as well as $500 million in 30-year trust certificates. The initial target size was $1 billion, but the offering was oversubscribed by 6.4 times due to heavy demand.