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Okay, so it is almost 3 years late. And only now I am saying that I am coming to realize this; about why Bank Negara Malaysia, the Malaysian currency authority came out with its then latest 'new' currency notes and coins. What to do; I got embarrassed again yesterday. I was called back by a newspaper vendor for giving him RM 1.15 instead of RM 1.20 for a copy of the daily, The Star. Believe me, I did not do it knowingly. The latest 5 Cents Coin is about the same size as 10 cents coin and I had carelessly given him 5 cents instead of 10 cents. (Latest means year 2012. Ha ha!)

Yes, the government thinks Malaysians are very careless with money, just chucking money here and there without realizing the value of money in life. So the Bank Negara Malaysia issued the latest coins; 5 cents and 10 cents coins are almost similar in size, 20 cents coin are almost about the same size and colour of 50 cents coin. The 50 cents coin is only slightly bigger. "But the 50 cents coins have slightly curved edges", BNM says. Okay, you win BNM! But we have still got to scrutinize to differentiate. The 10 cents coin is also about the same size as 20 cents coin, only slightly smaller. Look at the colour, you stupid! Yes, sir BNM! 20 cents coin is copper colour, 10 cents and 5 cents are stainless steel. 

RM 1 note is the same colour as RM 50 note(blueish); only that RM 50 note is bigger. To make matters worse, the old RM 1 notes with their blueish colour too close to the RM 50 note are still in circulation.(My son once wondered where his RM 50 had gone!)

So the government has achieved its purpose now. People will now carefully observe the value of the money in their hands before departing with it. Ha! What brilliance! Well done BNM!

This post first appeared on Malaysian Layman, please read the originial post: here

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