Government is NOT appointing an official cryptocurrency exchange in Malaysia

Government is NOT appointing an official cryptocurrency exchange in Malaysia

Claim: Government may appoint an official cryptocurrency exchange – Is it true?

Claim:
Government may appoint an official cryptocurrency exchange.
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Fact:
This is with reference to an article published by Malaysian Reserve entitled “Govt may appoint an official cryptocurrency exchange” on 24 November 2017. The article was speculative in nature, and its statement implying that Bank Negara Malaysia is likely to appoint an official cryptocurrency exchange, was misleading and untrue.

Bank Negara Malaysia categorically states that there are no formal plans to establish nor appoint an official cryptocurrency exchange in Malaysia.

A regulation will be issued to make any persons or entities providing the service of digital currency exchange as reporting institutions under schedule 1 of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001, effective 2018.

This will proactively secure Malaysia against the abuse of digital currencies for unlawful purposes amidst the growing use of this new form of currencies and its associated exposure to money laundering and terrorism financing risks.

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Fakta:
Maklum balas ini merujuk kepada satu artikel yang disiarkan oleh Malaysian Reserve pada 24 November 2017, bertajuk “Govt may appoint an official cryptocurrency exchange”. Artikel tersebut didapati bersifat spekulatif dan mengandungi kenyataan yang memberikan gambaran yang salah bahawa Bank Negara Malaysia akan melantik pengendali rasmi bagi perkhidmatan pertukaran cryptocurrency. Ini sama sekali adalah tidak benar dan tidak berasas.

Bank Negara Malaysia tidak akan melantik pengendali rasmi bagi perkhidmatan pertukaran cryptocurrency.

Satu peraturan pengawalan akan dikeluarkan untuk menjadikan mana-mana individu atau entiti yang menyediakan perkhidmatan pertukaran mata wang digital sebagai institusi pelapor di bawah jadual 1 Akta Pencegahan Pengubahan Wang Haram, Pencegahan Pembiayaan Keganasan dan Hasil daripada Aktiviti Haram 2001, berkuat kuasa tahun 2018.

Peraturan ini akan secara proaktif melindungi Malaysia daripada salah guna mata wang digital untuk kegiatan haram. Ini memandangkan peningkatan ketara dalam penggunaan kaedah pembayaran baharu ini, dan juga risiko berkaitan dengan pengubahan wang haram dan pembiayaan keganasan.

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