Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) today issued a new series of banknotes into circulation including the RM20 note which was reintroduced after it was discontinued in 1995.
The denominations, which also include the RM1, RM5, RM10 and RM100 notes, feature brighter colours and motifs depicting the country's cultural heritage, flora and fauna.
The latest banknotes would be distributed into circulation via normal everyday transactions including at banks, hypermarkets and retail outlets.
"The quality of the new banknotes is different. It is also good that the RM20 note is back as it was discontinued when I was little. It's very special and convenient," said Wendy Low, consumer.
"Hopefully it is stronger and does not tear easily. The plastic ones tear easily after some time. It is also easier to distinguish (between genuine and fake notes), which is an important point for us in retail as we constantly handle money and we may make mistakes," said retailer, Idlina Idris.
According to the central bank, among the enhanced security features introduced in the series include shadow image, clear window, watermark portraits with pixel and highlighted numerals.
The visually impaired are also able to use specific feature such as tactile identification to identify and distinguish the different denominations.
Existing notes of these denominations remain legal tender and will continue to be circulated.