Digital Currency Perception: Preliminary Evidence From Malaysia

Yap, Angeline Kiew Heong and Wong, Siew Chin and Teoh, Melissa Teng Tenk and Saleh, Zakiah (2019) Digital Currency Perception: Preliminary Evidence From Malaysia. European Proceedings of Social and Behavioural Sciences, 89. pp. 292-302. ISSN 2357-1330

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Digital currency is an unregulated digital money issued by private developers to general public. The rapid growth and volatility of digital currencies led to an increase of global scrutiny and interest of many stakeholders, issues related to its accountability and security have also been raised. Hence, this paper aims to seek preliminary views on the use of digital currencies, and to examine effectiveness of control measures taken by Bank Negara Malaysia. A questionnaire survey was conducted with 173 responses received from digital currency enthusiasts working in various industries. About 24.3% of the respondents are potential owner; while 10.4% of the respondents are the owners of digital currencies currently. The growth of digital currency investment among Malaysians is also very encouraging. About 29.5% of the respondents are willing to explore digital currency technology and start working on its concrete usage (4%). Furthermore, this paper found that security (54.4%), usability (31.8%) and support and documentation (24.9%) as the main concerns challenging the respondents. In terms of ranking the effectiveness of the control measures taken by Bank Negara Malaysia (2018), “freeze the beneficial owner’s funds or block the transaction” (mean = 3.92) ranked as the most effective measure, followed by “inform the relevant supervisory authorities” (3.88), “ensure the database information is updated/relevant” (3.87) and “submit a suspicious transaction report” (3.79). Findings of this paper contribute to the literature and provides important insights to Bank Negara Malaysia in relation to the enforcement of the relevant requirements and standards for the digital currencies.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
H Social Sciences > HG Finance > HG3810-4000 Foreign exchange. International finance. International monetary system
Divisions: Pusat Pengajian Ilmu Kemanusiaan (School of Humanities) > International Conference on Humanities (ICH)
Koleksi Penganjuran Persidangan (Conference Collection) > International Conference on Humanities (ICH)
Depositing User: Mr Musa Mohamed Ghazali
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2020 09:11
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2020 09:11

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