Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (Photo:Flickr/ Najib Razak)


PEKAN: Only Bank Negara Malaysia can issue currency that is legal tender, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Commenting on the Kelantan government’s introduction of gold dinar and silver dirham as an alternative currency in the state, Najib said BNM would be looking into the matter to see if any law had been broken.

“Follow the laws of the country, only Bank Negara is authorised to issue currency that is legal tender,” he told reporters after handing over Ramadan aid to mosque and surau from the Pekan parliamentary constituency here Saturday.

On Thursday, when launching the Syariah currency, Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat had said the state would strive to expand the use of the gold dinar and silver dirham in all transactions, including paying civil servants’ remuneration.

However, he said there were still many technicalities that had to be addressed by the state government over the use of the currency.