Malaysia to impose cash transaction limit of RM25,000 starting next year
0 month ago, 07-Nov-2019
The new cash transaction limit is aimed at addressing the abuse of physical cash used for illicit activities, Bank Negara said. Reuters File Photo
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is planning to impose a cash transaction limit (CTL) of RM25,000 starting next year to further strengthen the countrys financial integrity.
This is to address the abuse of physical cash used for illicit activities, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) deputy governor and chairman of the National Coordination Committee to Counter Money Laundering (NCC) Datuk Rasheed Ghaffour said.
However, industries with large cash transactions such as high-value dealers, medical tourism, hotels, and wholesale are exempted from the CTL, he said at a media briefing here, today.
This exemption is to balance the genuine needs of industries with a large cash transaction.
Rasheed said the move would not affect households as NCCs engagement with over 1,000 individuals across the country revealed that large single cash transactions on average among the Bottom 40 per cent income group (B40) were RM2,284, Middle 40 per cent income group, M40 (RM4,104) and Top 20 per cent income group, T20 (RM7,843).
In January, BNM lowered the daily cash threshold report (CTR) from RM50,000 to RM25,000.
Up to September 2019, over five million CTR reports were received, representing about RM483 billion in cash transactions. – Bernama