Malaysia's central bank has published new draft regulations for cryptocurrency exchanges that operate in the country.
On Thursday, Bank Negara Malaysia announced the move in a release on its website, asking the public to weigh in on measures aimed at easing money laundering and terrorist financing concerns related to cryptocurrencies.
If approved, the regulations would apply to any person or company which exchanges cryptocurrency on behalf of someone else. And while the regulations acknowledge that companies might use cryptocurrencies, the nation officially still does not recognize them as legal tender.
The draft rules state:
Bank Negara Malaysia is taking written feedback on the draft rules until Jan. 14, according to the release.
The regulations were explained by governor Muhammad Ibrahim last month as tools to prevent illicit money transmission. While the regulations will only apply to exchanges – "which are being referred to as "reporting institutions" – the country's securities regulator is looking at creating a framework for cryptocurrencies in general as well.
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