Fintech Malaysia News Roundup Top 10 Stories in February

Fintech Malaysia News Roundup Top 10 Stories in February

by March 1, 2018

Malaysia’s fintech scene is becoming increasingly active, it is sometimes difficult to keep track of all the important events, here’s February’s edition of our news roundup featuring the top 10 stories in the Fintech Malaysia scene. If you’re interested to check out January’s new’s round up you can read more here

Bank Negara Malaysia Issues Cryptocurrency Regulation

The central bank has announced the official cryptocurrency regulation in Malaysia under the policy paper “Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism Policy for Digital Currencies (Sector 6)”.

In essence the policy states that exchanges are subject to reporting obligations and must put in place risk mitigation in relation to money laundering and terrorism financing but they’re are not licensed entities under Bank Negara Malaysia and should not present themselves as such

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IRB Unfreezes Luno’s Accounts

 

According to a statement issued by Luno, the Inland Revenue Board has agreed to unfreeze Luno’s bank account while it completes the investigation. Luno is now working closely with Maybank to have the account operational again. At the time of writing, Fintech News Malaysia tested withdrawal availability since the day of the announcement until now with no success.

 

 

Finalist for The Malaysia Fintech Awards Announced

Malaysia Fintech Awards Nominees

The finalist for the Malaysia Fintech Awards 2018 has finally been announced, the organisers has also confirmed during their press conference that Prime Minister YAB Dato’ Seri Najib will be present during the award night as the guest of honour which will be held on the 6th of March in KLCC.

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HelloGold Receives Shariah Compliant Certification

GOLDX, a gold-backed cryptocurrency developed by Southeast Asian fintech firm HelloGold, has earned the world’s first Shariah-compliance certification.

Certified by the Shariah Supervisory Board of Amanie Advisors, GOLDX is a fully operational Ethereum ERC20 token backed by 99.99% investment-grade gold.

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RHB to Spend 200$ on Digital Transformation in Their 5 Year Plan

RHB-Bank-FintechSpeaking at a media briefing held in conjunction with RHB Financial Year 2017 briefing, RHB group managing director Datuk Khairussaleh Ramli said digital enablement would be a core priority.  RHB intends to spend over RM200mil over the next three to five years on digital capabilities and technological investments.

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Sedania Partners with Crealogix

Sedania Innovator Bhd via its subsidiary, Sedania As-Salam Capital Sdn Bhd, is partnering with digital banking company Crealogix Pte Ltd to offer digitalisation of financial products and services to financial institutions in Malaysia.

Under the partnership, Sedania will become the system integrator for Crealogix’s banking middleware, allowing financial institutions to digitalise products and services.

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SEA’s Largest VC Firm Announced the Opening of Malaysian HQ

 

Southeast Asia’s largest VC, on Feb 27 announced the opening of its Malaysian headquarters.The VC’s previous investments into fintech companies includes the likes of MatchMove and M-DAQ

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Telenor’s Valyou Launches Wallet-To-Wallet Remittance From Malaysia To Bangladesh

Valyou Launches Wallet-To-Wallet RemittanceTelenor’s Valyou, in partnership with Mutual Trust Bank (MTB), has introduced wallet-to-wallet remittance from Malaysia to Bangladesh.  Valyou is licensed and regulated as a money services business (MSB) and authorised to issue e-money by Bank Negara Malaysia. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the financial technology company is a subsidiary of Telenor Group.

DiGi, Malaysia third largest mobile operator is also part of the Telenor Group,has also previously launched a digital wallet app called vcash in partnership with Valyou.

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CIMB Bank Works with 2 Singaporean Fintech Firms To Enhance EVA

CIMB EVACIMB Bank Berhad has added new features to its mobile application, the CIMB Enhanced Virtual Assistant (EVA), to bring further personalised, convenience and improved experience to its customers. EVA was recently enhanced to include Spend Analyser and natural language conversational capabilities. These features are made available through collaboration with Singaporean fintech companies like MoneyThor and Active.Ai.

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Funding Societies and MoneyMatch Teams Up to Tackle the SME Market

Funding Societies and MoneyMatch, two local FinTech startups, announced an official strategic partnership to broaden access to alternative financial services for Malaysian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The Funding Societies and MoneyMatch partnership aims to provide businesses, particularly SMEs, with a wider range of options when searching for quality business financing and when performing cross border transactions

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