In a significant effort to address the obstacles faced by money lenders (MLs) in opening bank accounts, a meeting was held at the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT) on June 14, 2023.

The meeting brought together key stakeholders, including the Malaysian Punjabi Licensed Money Lenders Association (MPLMA), Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), the Association of Banks of Malaysia (ABM), and representatives from various banks.

Discussion Highlights:

1. Regulatory Compliance: MLs expressed concerns about meeting the stringent regulatory requirements imposed by banks. These requirements often demand extensive documentation, which can be time-consuming and burdensome for MLs.

2. Lack of Awareness: The meeting emphasized the need for MLs to have a better understanding of the documentation and compliance procedures necessary for opening bank accounts. A lack of awareness on their part can lead to inadvertent non-compliance.

3. Risk Assessment and Reputation: Banks highlighted their obligation to conduct thorough risk assessments before onboarding MLs as customers. Concerns were raised regarding MLs’ reputation and the potential risks associated with money laundering and fraud.

Proposed Solutions:

1. Simplified Documentation: Exploring ways to simplify the documentation required for opening bank accounts while ensuring compliance with regulatory standards.

2. Educational Initiatives: Conducting awareness programs and workshops to educate MLs about the account-opening process, compliance requirements, and best practices.

3. Risk Mitigation Strategies: Developing robust risk assessment frameworks to address concerns related to MLs’

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