The Star Newspaper has recently written an article about Forex trading in Malaysia titled Risk or Opportunity. You can check out the article here. What I find interesting is The Star cited Yeo Chin Tiong, Head of Financial Markets for Alliance Bank Malaysia Bhd as saying
“Bank Negara has liberalised many of its policies, including allowing individuals to open foreign currency accounts (even joint accounts) with any authorised bank.”
I’m not sure if I read correctly.
Bank Negara allows individuals to open Forex accounts with authorised banks. So all these while, Forex is legal in Malaysia. I wonder what was the fuss about way back about Forex Trading being banned and so on.
Apparently, Alliance bank is also offering Forex Trading services to individual traders as cited here
“Two foreign currency-related products offered by Alliance are the (single) foreign currency account, and the dual-currency investment (DCI). Minimum investment for the foreign currency account is 5,000 (of the foreign currency, for example US$5,000). The DCI, however, requires a minimum investment of RM250,000 for individuals with nett assets below RM3mil. For individuals with net assets exceeding RM3mil, they can invest any amount in the DCI.”
So Malaysians, there you have it. A proof that Forex is legal. You don’t need to trade in the dark and watch your back afraid that you might get caught by the cops or the local financial authorities. Just make sure you do things in a law abiding manner and if you do profit, don’t forget to pay your taxes.
Look, Bank Negara Malaysia is not quite bad actually. They don’t play good cop bad cop anymore. Check out the video below. It’s propaganda but I believe very effective at convincing the public about the importance of monitoring and check and balance: