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Malaysia to Explore the Potential Launch of a CBDC

WikiBit 2022-01-19 11:59

Abstract:Malaysia is the latest country to explore the opportunity to launch a central bank digital currency.

  Bank Negara Malaysia (the central banking institution of the nation) has reportedly joined the global race to develop a digital version of its national currency. As of the moment, the project is still in a research mode as the county is only “assessing the value proposition” of such a financial product.

  Launching a central bank digital currency has been a target for many countries recently. While China's efforts are by far the most advanced globally, other nations such as Mexico, Indonesia, and Nigeria have also started exploring the initiative.

  According to a recent Bloomberg coverage, Malaysia is the newest state dipping its toes. Despite not making any final decisions, the Asian country has started researching how a central bank digital currency could affect its monetary network and whether it will be beneficial for its economy:

  “While a decision has not been made to issue CBDC, we have focused our research on CBDC via proof-of-concept and experimentation to enhance our technical and policy capabilities, should the need to issue CBDC arise in the future.”

  A few months ago, Bank Negara Malaysia joined forces with the central banks of Australia, Singapore, and South Africa to organize a cross-border payments trial using multiple CBDCs. The financial institutions aimed to estimate whether all parties could reduce the costs of such transactions and make them more accessible.

  The mutual effort, dubbed Project Dunbar, vowed to develop prototype shared platforms to enable direct CBDC transactions without the need for intermediaries.

  Central bank digital currencies are digital tokens issued and fully controlled by superior institutions such as governments and central banks. As such, their use-cases caused many debates, and numerous individuals claimed they could harm the monetary system and reduce peoples freedom.

  One such person strongly against CBDCs is the infamous US whistleblower – Edward Snowden. Last year, he labeled them as a “perversion of cryptocurrency” and a “cryptofascist currency,” as they could grant a lot of power to the governments and leave less independence to society.

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