The Malaysian Deputy Finance Minister clarified that the government will not adopt cryptocurrency as legal tender. “Cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are not suitable as a payment instrument due to various limitations,” he said.
Bitcoin will not be legal tender in Malaysia, says Deputy Finance Minister
Following reports that a senior government official has offered to adopt cryptocurrency as legal tender in Malaysia, the government clarified in parliament on Thursday that it has no intention of making the crypto legal tender. -currency in the country, Bloomberg reported.
Deputy Finance Minister Mohd Shahar Abdullah told parliament:
Cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are not suitable as a payment instrument due to various limitations.
He cited price fluctuations and exposure to cyber threats as examples of the limitations of cryptocurrencies.
His statement echoes another he made earlier this month about cryptocurrency. “Digital assets, such as bitcoin and ethereum, are not suitable for use as a payment instrument,” the deputy minister stressed, adding that “In general, digital assets are not a store of value and a good medium of exchange.
The Deputy Finance Minister further told Parliament on Thursday:
The growing technology and payments landscape has prompted Bank Negara Malaysia to actively assess the potential of… central bank digital currency.
Earlier this week, Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin reportedly proposed adopting cryptocurrency as legal tender in Malaysia. However, there are conflicting reports of what he actually said. According to Malaysian national news agency Bernama, the minister simply proposed to legalize non-fungible tokens (NFTs) to boost participation in the crypto sector.
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