5 Haunted Places in KL That Will Give You The Creeps

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s only fitting that some of us may want to feed the hunger for adventure in us, especially if that adventure involves the paranormal or “otherworldly entities”.

Whether you’re a believer in those kinds of things or not, it is undoubtedly fascinating as nothing captures the thrills like things that go beyond our senses. 

Like any city around the world, Kuala Lumpur has its own stories of horror that promises to give you the chills and goosebumps; amid the spooky season, it’s only fitting that a list about the top 5 places in Kuala Lumpur be made.

1) Bukit Tunku

Known to be a neighborhood of the upper and exclusive class in KL, there have been reports of motorcyclists mysteriously disappearing in the dark and also rumors of pontianaks roaming the area as well along with creepy noises heard in the dark.

An abandoned colonial mansion also attracts ghost hunters to the area due to an alleged suicide by one of its residents, who infamously still roams the building today. Visitors have also reported sudden drops in temperature, a perfume scent that fills the air and also bright orbs floating about the place.

2) Victoria Institution

The oldest secondary school in Malaysia has its roots traced back to the late 1800’s, hence, it definitely has its fair share of spooks. 

Used by the Japanese to imprison enemy combatants during World War 2, rumor has it that captives from the Allied forces were tortured and even killed on the historic grounds of the school. Students have claimed to have seen ghostly apparitions during the day and night, but the most compelling one would be about a possession of a student.

The student was alone in the school late one evening when he found himself on top of the water tank with no recollection of how he got there. He also said that the last thing he remembered was asking a girl he saw where she was going before waking up on the rooftop.

3) Mona Fandey’s House

Before her death, Mona Fandey had infamously predicted that she will never die. Mona who fell from her celebrity status by murdering politician Mazlan Idris in 1993, had dabbled in black magic and was a self-professed bomoh.

Even after her execution at age 41, her house still stands today in Section 12, Shah Alam, abandoned and rumored to be haunted by spirits as a result of the black magic she practiced there. Those who have ventured in had all agreed that the house carries an eerily dark energy, the closets anybody can get to the house is the road that runs alongside as it sits in the Selangor Royal Family Estate.

4) Highland Towers

Those who have been around long enough would know about the tragic story that led to the the death of 48 people and the eventual abandonment of the Highland Towers. Subject to vandalism and illegal activities in the present day, ghost hunters have ventured in to explore the remains and came across ghostly sightings that is accompanied by the crumbling towers.

Among them are sightings of an old lady’s apparition with a baby, sounds of crying, wailing, and screaming being heard in the compound. Some have also claimed to have been possessed by spirits while ghost-hunting, and also to have seen creepy figures lurking around at night.

5) Mimaland, Gombak

A water theme park that was operating way back in 1975, it was a popular spot among locals at that time but a series of unfortunate events such as a tragic death of a Singaporean had led to the closure of the park in 1994.

The pre-historic themed funland is now closed off from the public but still stands today covered in graffiti and taken by by nature. It is rumored to have a spooky atmosphere for its all too quiet surrounding and also intense darkness at nightfall.

Lockdown Measures are Ineffective Against Covid-19 Spread, Says Experts

The number of daily positive cases in Malaysia have obviously been rising rapidly and that’s not even the most worrying part as it is that it is doubling almost every five days on an average since early September.

Things took a turn for the worst in September 7th onwards as positive cases stated doubling within four to 11 days. According to a study by CodeBlue, this rate sped up at the concurrence of the Sabah state election, with daily infection doubled almost every three days. 

A conditional movement control order (CMCO) has since been implemented in a number of significant areas, but experts are saying that such moves or a lockdown may just function as a temporary measure to reduce the cases and not completely annihilate transmission of the virus.

A mindful lockdown

Dzulkefly Ahmad

According to Dzulkefly Ahmad, who is also head of Selangor’s Covid-19 task force (STFC) and a former health minister, movement restriction measures are important to control the coronavirus but must be implemented mindfully and must be adhered to fully by the public.

“l need to stress that lockdowns do not end the pandemic. We do not exit a pandemic with lockdowns.” he said in an interview with CodeBlue.

“Theoretically, lockdowns are a last resort and must be resorted to, tactfully and judiciously, with unambiguous guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOP),” 

Covid-19 vaccine

Although a lockdown couldn’t do what a vaccine could, that may be the only option we have for now.

According to Joseph T Wu from the University of Hong Kong, lockdowns are merely a temporary fix without a vaccine.

“While these control measures appear to have reduced the number of infections to very low levels, without herd immunity against Covid-19, cases could easily resurge as businesses, factory operations, and schools gradually resume and increase social mixing, particularly given the increasing risk of imported cases from overseas as Covid-19 continues to spread globally,” he told The Guardian.

Compliance with SOPs

Dr Mustapha Kamal from the Covid-19 response unit in Sungai Buloh Hospital, Malaysia’s main Covid-19 hospital located in Selangor says that even with all the SOP guidelines set in place, it will still all lead to nothing if Malaysians don’t comply with it. 

“It has been said and proven during the second wave where we have seen the curve flattening, as per number of cases decreases. We are hoping with the MCO, the number of cases decreases again. Though, it must be remembered that MCO in the long run might jeopardise our country,” Dr Mustapha told CodeBlue.

Damages both mentally and economically

If not announced with the details of it fully enclosed to the public, a lockdown may cause more harm than good. Not only will there be confusion but there will also be the fear factor in place on the consequences that may follow if one is not clear about it. 

Low-income and vulnerable groups may find it much more difficult to survive during lockdowns as situations may just go from bad to worse. Those groups who are likely to even recover from the first MCO will be facing the difficulties and hardships head on, this is bound to take a toll on those groups not only financially but also mentally as well.

“But we must remember that it has a concomitant damaging effect on both lives — mental health, foregone preventive care, missed educational opportunities and livelihoods, especially of the lower income groups and small businesses in the informal sector, because they are ‘crude or blunt’ instruments,” Dzulkefly stated.

“Needless to say that businesses are under severe strain. A simple way to help businesses is to give predictable and clear, evidence-based guidance, so that they can anticipate what measures will be used and in what situation.”

Agong Plays a Vital Role in a Political/Public Health Crisis

The decision from Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah to deny Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s call for an emergency came as a relief to Malaysians who had doubted the reasoning behind the move right from the start.

According to Articles 40 and 150 of the Federal Constitution, a power exists to stabilize the administration of the government in its battle against the Covid-19 pandemic; the King’s intervention in these crisis, both health and political, proved that the office of the King is anything but symbolic in terms of ruling the country.

Democracy during Covid-19

Malaysia practices a parliamentary democracy with the Agong as the paramount ruler above all, this not only gives saying rights to the King but also ruling rights whenever deemed needed.

For the King to not intervene, he must be confident that the government is in line with his expectations of ruling a country. 

According to Constitutional law expert Associate Prof Dr Shamrahayu Abdul Aziz, the significance of the King’s role has now been forced out of the curtains as the ongoing political and health crisis granted the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to exercise his role of a much-needed mediator.

“Certain difficulties have surfaced during this political crisis, especially when dealing with some sensitive matters and legal questions not clearly stated in the Constitution.

“However, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has demonstrated his wisdom and the people are now more confident than ever that the political crisis will be resolved smoothly.” Shamrahayu told Bernama in an interview.

Agong during a public health crisis

When rumors of a state of emergency loomed, it was clear that the King had a decision to make as he solely holds the power to implement an emergency.

The decision by the Agong to deny PM Muhyiddin’s proposal for emergency were music to the public’s ears as most agree that an emergency would do little to no good to the current situation that the country is in right now. 

According to Opposition Leader and PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, this decision has further strengthen the country’s democratic system.

“The Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s historic decision in rejecting the prime minister and Cabinet’s motion for the declaration of emergency clearly strengthens the Constitutional Monarchy and parliamentary democracy system,” he said in a statement tonight, referring to the system of governance practised in Malaysia.

Agong during a political crisis

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The Agong too has the power to dissolve or prorogue (discontinue a session of Parliament without dissolving it) Parliament; the decision to not do so may be a turning point in what is today’s political crisis and also when the PM’s majority coming into question by Anwar’s claim of majority.

In a bid to establish a conventional and constitutional practice for the country, the Agong is merely seeking one thing – for political leaders including MPs to not engage in excessive politicking. According to opposition leader Anwar, this proves that the decision conforms with the need to lessen the public’s anxiety and to let their voice be known by political leaders , civil society, academic figures and the media

Why Muhyiddin’s Proposal for an Emergency Was Denied and What’s Next

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has denied Prime Minister’s Muhyiddin’s proposal for an emergency, while citing calls to remain calm and to function as a team against the Covid-19 pandemic.

With many in a panic frenzy when news of an emergency was still looming, it is safe to say that the decision to not impose an emergency certainly gathered a sigh of relief among the public. 

So why did Muhyiddin’s proposal for an emergency fail and what ‘s next?

The palace’s faith in the government and people

Even though we’ve reached the dreaded four figure positive cases recorded in a single day, the King believes that the government has been effective in handling the pandemic and is capable of continuing to manage under Muhyiddin, the palace said in a statement. 

When compared with other countries, Malaysia is far behind those worrying numbers; now especially with the conditional movement control order (CMCO) in place, and the majority of public already working from home, the people are already abiding the SOPs in place and there is no reason that an emergency be called yet when the streets are as empty as they are right now.

The importance of parliament 

The parliament was only suspended once in Malaysian history, during the May 13 racial riots of 1969. The parliament was suspended for two years and formation of an emergency administrative body. 

When compared to those times, we are well far away in terms of national security and threat; calling a state of emergency would do more harm than good to containing this virus as the aftermath from calling an emergency is surely something the country don’t need right now.

If parliament is suspended, the budget has to be passed somehow; this is where an emergency law (emergency ordinance) would come into play to approve and pass the budget. Although, an emergency must be declared for all this to happen.

2021 budget

Earlier this week, the Agong had emphasized the importance of passing the 2021 budget in the Dewan Rakyat; this was because of its importance to handling the Covid-19 pandemic and to restore the economy.

“Therefore, financial allocations are much needed to facilitate the front-line staff in carrying out their duties and responsibilities,” the palace’s Comptroller of the Royal Household, Datuk Indera Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, said in a statement.

“Al-Sultan Abdullah has expressed his confidence that with the strong spirit of unity and fighting spirit that we have demonstrated previously, we will be united again to battle the third wave of the pandemic,”.

Muhyiddin’s next move

It’s going to go down two ways: one is to leave the post and the other is to put Dewan Rakyat’s faith to test.

The next parliament session is to go as planned on November 2nd, which is two weeks away from now; one of the options is for Muhyiddin to go down that path and meet his political rivals head on while trying to secure the much needed majority.

Universiti Malaya’s Awang Azman Awang Pawi said “This is the most democratic and dignified way (of ending the political uncertainty),”.

He added that the prime minister might want to have a discussion with Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on either forming a unity government or getting opposition MPs to support the 2021 Budget.

What if Muhyiddin Declares a State of Emergency?

Four times, that’s how many state of emergencies Malaysia has declared before in all its 63 years as a nation when times were sour.

As the current Perikatan Nasional (PN) government seeks to implement a state of emergency and is merely waiting for the royal consent to do so, here’s what a state of emergency is and the reasoning behind the call for it now.

If an emergency is declared in Malaysia,

And that remains a big if; Parliament will be suspended while the federal government would come into place whereas it would be empowered to push through with policies that it wouldn’t be able to do on a normal basis. Any by-election or general election can be postponed if deemed necessary to do so.

Who has the power to declare an emergency?

Based upon the prime minister’s advice on current situations, only the King can announce an emergency if satisfied. This would normally happen if the security, economy or public order in the nation is threatened.

What initiatives will be taking place?

Penned as an “economic emergency”, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin would be seeking to ensure that the government’s spending for the Covid-19 pandemic will not be hindered by any possible political developments; business would be as usual and it is also unlikely that the military be deployed.

Even if one is declared, a state of emergency in this current situation would be considerably different from those we’ve experienced in the past, which includes the deadliest one yet seen – the May 13 racial riots of 1969.

According to what we have now, the most likely scenario would see political processes suspended while laws and expenditures be approved directly by the executive.

Why an emergency now?

Covid-19 numbers are rising without a doubt in the country as we’ve reached the dreaded four figures recorded in a single day – 1,228 new cases on October 24th, which is the highest one recorded yet.

The Perikatan Nasional (PN) government also has an opposition leader in Anwar Ibrahim to ponder on, as he seeks to put his majority Parliament support to good use; although, some Malaysians are not prioritizing the idea of a general election during the Covid-19 crisis.

Ever since Anwar’s call of majority, Muhyiddin had quite literally had his Parliament support thrown into doubt; it is clear that his eyes are set on other things though.

 A general election could be looming behind the walls if he fails to pass next year’s budget on November 6th due to a lack of support in Parliament.

Will a State of Emergency Be Justified? Dr M Says No

According to former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad, the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government’s call for a possible state of emergency at the moment will not be justifiable.

Citing other countries that have seen worse and more severe Covid-19 positive cases and issues, he said that even those countries have not declared nationawide emergencies but instead just for those areas that are affected.

“None have suspended laws and Parliament as it would if Emergency is declared in Malaysia.

“There are no riots or violence in Malaysia, no breakdown of laws and order to justify an Emergency.

“But there is a need for some changes to be made to the government which seized power through undemocratic means,” he wrote on his blog chedet.cc today.

As positive Covid-19 cases continue its surge in several states, especially in Sabah, social media and even the general public were sent into a frenzy after talks of a state of emergency circled around news agencies.

However, an official statement from Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin is yet to  be released while the whole nation ponders on the wating game.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah said in an announcement on Friday that he will consult the Malay Rulers based on the recommendations made to him by Muhyiddin.

Dr Mahathir also joined other opposition leaders as all were convinced that the declaration of an emergency would be a blatant move by Putrajaya to avoid facing the Dewan Rakyat.

He added that the state of emergency would not bring any benefit Malaysia in any way, even regarding the Covid-19 outbreak as the government and people are already carrying out their daily lives with the conditional movement control order (CMCO) in place.

“He has a huge Cabinet that has contributed nothing to the well-being of the people and the country.

“Faced with the possibility of being overthrown, the Prime Minister wants the powers under a state of Emergency.

“The only benefit would accrue to the Prime Minister, as Parliament would be paralysed. He would claim that it is the wish of the Palace.”

Other than that, the stock market would also take a visible plummet if the state of emergency does in fact come into effect.

“If Emergency is declared then the market will collapse completely. The investors have no faith in the Prime Minister being able to manage the economy.

“He messed up the Covid-19 situation by trying to grab the government of Sabah. The present spike is entirely due to the Sabah election.

“So, the government has been changed. What good has it brought to Sabah?” he said

Malaysia’s Past State of Emergencies

With rumors swirling around on how Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin is set to declare a “State of Emergency” in reaction to the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the country, maybe it’s time that we look back at our country’s history and how each state emergencies came into effect.

Malaysia has actually experienced four state of emergency calls after 1963 – two that was nationwide and two more in Sarawak and Kelantan during 1966 and 1977 respectively.

The Indonesia-Malaysia Conflict

The breakdown in political, economic and social relations at that time eventually led to armed conflicts, bomb attacks and even acts of subversion and destabilization.

Indonesian President at that time, President Sukarno had thoughts that the Federation of Malaysia was an absurd attempt by the British to maintain colonial rule behind what was a “cloak of independence”.

The belief that Britain would have military bases in Malaya and Singapore cemented the thought and led to a series of cross-border raids by Indonesians into Malaysia in 1963. Starting in Sabah and Sarawak, it eventually reached Singapore and Peninsular Malaysia in 1964.

After a wave of casualties and bombings, Act No. 30 of 1964, Emergency (Essential Powers) Act was proclaimed on 3 September 1964, with the Royal Assent on 17 September 1964, whereas the Yang di-Pertuan Agong may make any changes he considered necessary for: 

  • Securing public safety
  • Defending of the Federation
  • Maintaining of public order
  • Supplies and services essential to the life of the community.

Other special powers granted in the act include:

  • Apprehension, trial and punishment of persons offending against the regulations

creation of offences and prescribe penalties if necessary

  • Home Minister getting to decide what is necessary to protect the interests of public safety and defence of the country
  • Authorisation of possession or control, on behalf of the Government of the Federation, of any property or undertaking, including any property other than land
  • Allow the entering and search of any premises
  • Existing laws can be suspended or applied only in portion

The confrontation came to an end with a peace treaty in 1966 while the emergency act was never actually revoked until ceasing to have effect on 1969 after the proclamation of the Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance 1969.

May 13th Race Riots of 1969

The events of May 13th 1969 are well inscribed inside the minds of all Malaysians who lived through it and also for those who learned about it later on from tales of their parents and so on.

Widely agreed as the darkest day in Malaysian history, racial riots broke out in Kuala Lumpur after the 1969 General Election saw opposition parties have major gains over the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition.

Official reports put the number of deaths due to the riots at 196, while Western news sources at the time suggested it closer to be 600.

In response to the political and nationwide turmoil, a state of emergency – via the Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance 1969 – was declared by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on 15 May 1969 which led to the Parliament being suspended.

With no official elected government at that time, the National Operations Council – or Majlis Gerakan Negara (MAGERAN) was established as a caretaker government to temporarily govern the country for 18 months between 1969 to 1971. 

Malaysia was placed under the charge of the Director of Operations, who was then Deputy Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak.

Among the many regulations in place: 

  • Immediate curfew was implemented in Selangor
  • A curfew was later declared throughout the country
  • Parts of the constitution were suspended, hence the suspension of Parliament
  • State and District Operations Councils took over state and local governments
  • Newspaper publications were suspended on 15 May until 17 May. Censorship was applied on 21 May.
  • Constitutional government was restored and Parliament reconvened on February 1971.

Even though things were stable again later, the Proclamation of Emergency and the Emergency Ordinance 1969 were not revoked up until 2013, a mere six years ago.

Its last use was in June 2011 to detain 6 members of Parti Sosialis Malaysia for their support during the Bersih 2.0 rally for an electoral reform.

State of Emergency for Covid-19?

Although talks are still in the happenings, Malaysians have been agreeing on one thing – a state of emergency may not even come to good effect when going against an invisible enemy and especially when the people are already abiding by CMCO rules of the popularised term of “duduk rumah”.

Will we see a call for it anytime soon? Time is yet to tell as the public are still to wait for an official announcement about it.

With many crying foul about the actual need for a state of emergency, hope is that the government will come to the senses of the people and not overdo a political outcry when the nation is already dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, a bigger problem all by itself.

Meet Rob Hawke: Australia’s Former PM and Beer-Drinking Record Holder

Robert Hawke is the Australian labor leader, Labor Party politician and was prime minister of Australia from 1983 to 1991, but he may as well be remembered for how fast he could chug a can of beer.

Hawke may have changed Australia’s political landscape forever, but history and most notably the media frequently shows him “necking the froth” or recorded downing the “liquid amber” in one swift and fluid movement, according to news.com.au.

To make it more intriguing, the Rhodes scholar at Oxford between 1953 and 1956. In 1954 had once “skolled” a yard of ale – two-and-a-half pints, or 1.4 litres – in 11 seconds, then a world record. One couldn’t help but wonder, how did a beer chugging politician maintained a the lifestyle while balancing a political career?

Bob Hawke garnered his own following of fans since he joined the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) in the 1950s, and helped to cement his image as a man of the people, an ally of the working class, someone that the public could widely relate to. 

But after downing a beer at the amusement of the media and hundreds of fans at the Sydeney Cricket Ground in 2012 and 2014, his image was thrown into question and he was accused of setting a bad example for young Australians.

Australian journalist, businesswoman, television personality and author, Ita Buttrose, came to Mr Hawke’s defense on TV show Studio 10, saying, “I think you’re all getting your knickers in a knot over nothing. … He downed a beer. He’s one of the guys. Good on Bob Hawke for still being a man of the people. It’s got nothing to do with the issue of teenage drinking.”

This did not stop Hawke as he was at it again at the 2017-18 Ashes Cricket Series.

“Doesn’t sip it. He gets it down,” said the cricket commentator as the camera captured Mr Hawke in the VIP box downing a pint. “Go on Bobby, show us your technique. Look how quick he is!”

Far into his 80s, he is still well known to visit his local pub to participate in beer sculling competitions, which only reinforced his image as a man of the people as one Youtube video comment says, “Bob Hawke is a legend and a representative of the working Aussie who did well.” Another added, “Should be part of the Citizenship ceremony imo … Scull a beer like Bob!”.

Throughout his marriage to his first wife, Hazel, Hawke had drank heavily and suffered from alcohol poisoning after grief-drinking over the death of their infant son.

Only in his post-parliament days did he take up the beer mug again, but never to excess as a career in parliamentary politics would’ve needed him to hang up the beer mugs.

All in all, who wouldn’t love an old timer, politician and former prime minister who could do the job perfectly and also chug a pint every now and then?

So A Friend Owes You Money, What Do You Do Now?

Growing up, we’ve heard it countless times before to not borrow out money to friends, but anyone who tells you so may have yet tried going on a vacation with 10 people or split a bill six ways.

At some point in life, you or your friend may start owing each other money; in a perfect world, it would be resolved quickly, but this clearly doesn’t always happen. Undercertain circumstances, things may go out of hand, here’s how you should handle it.

Follow up, with good intentions

It may be easy to get fired up on how a bad a friend is when they’ve owed you money for up to months. In most cases, they’ve just forgotten about it and would be even more stressed out to know that you are stressed out too about bringing up to them.

Approach with an open and neutral tone. Utilize e-wallet platforms to send a request and if a few days go by without response, you could approach or contact them by saying “Hey, I’m not sure if you saw my request from Monday for the hotel stay in Penang, but would you mind accepting that?”

Be firm with your requests

If you’ve done so a few times and you get the message that they are clearly avoiding the payment, it would be totally reasonable to ask the following:

“I hate to keep bugging you about this, but I really need to be paid back for the drinks from last month. I’m not sure what’s going on, but can you just  me right now?” (A good option if the conversation is happening in person.)

“Hey, when we talked the other day, you said you’d pay me back on Friday. We’ve been going back and forth about this for weeks now… what’s going on?”

If it doesn’t play put the way you want it to be, it’s justified in continuing to bug them for it because it’s perfectly logical for you to want your money back!

If someone tries to dodge your request with a shameful, “It’s just RM20, chill,” you can say something like, “If it’s just RM20, then why won’t you give it back?” You don’t have to drop the subject to keep the peace (or ever loan them money ever again).

If things do in fact turn sour, learn from the experience

Meaningful friendships in our current society means the occasional pushing of our boundaries and feelings. If friends do in fact react badly or you discover that you’re both on different pages when it comes to dealing with money, that’s valuable information to hold on to. 

You may realize that as much as you want to recognize this friend for the fun and loving personality he or she has, you may never want to go on a vacation or go out for a group meal together with them ever again.

A Guide on How to Spot Fake Money

When businesses big or small unknowingly accept fake money, they single handedly handle the full burden or loss; although counterfeit techniques are getting more and more complex, there are more than enough ways for them to recognize fake money from the real ones.

Fake money is a major problem is business as if accepted they’ll lose both the face value of the bill with any goods or services they provided to the customers who paid with the fake money bill.

Apparently, one in a million notes we see every day is counterfeit. So, how do we spot these counterfeits?

Simple, according to Bank Negara Malaysia, all we have to do is feel, look, tilt and check.

Feel

Feel the quality of paper as genuine banknotes are usually printed on very high-quality paper and manufactured from cotton. It has a unique feel, crisp sound and slightly rough in heavily printed areas. Fake ones would have poor paper quality and would feel similar to commercial type of paper.

Feel the intaglio (design that is engraved into the material) as counterfeit banknotes don’t have the feeling of the printing.

Look

Look at the banknote against a light. Genuine banknotes carry a watermark portrait, security thread and perfect see through features. A watermark portrait of Yang DiPertuan Agong has three-dimensional effect and appears soft and shady without sharp outlines portrait. At the base of watermark, a denomination number is clearly visible.

The security thread will always look embedded in the paper. The hibiscus flower on the obverse will register perfectly with the same flower on the reverse of the banknote.

Fake bills will look like a drawing and the features would be simulated and rather blur. 

Look under a magnifying glass to see the micro lettering on both sides f the bank notes, it should be sharp and not blurred. Use an ultra-violet light to see the Invisible fluorescent elements will be on both sides as well such as invisible fibers and phosphorescence squares.

Tilt

With the RM10, RM50 and RM100 bills, iridescent stripe shines under a bright light and showing the banknote denomination and the name of BNM when the view angle is shifted. When changing the angle of view by shifting the banknote, a hidden image of denomination number i.e. 50 will be revealed in the centre of the PEAK square.

The lead feature is very difficult to counterfeit and counterfeiters may try replicating it by using a plain shiny foil. There is also not latent image of the denomination in the PEAK feature on the fake bills.

In short, the public inly have their senses to depend on when examining a possible fake bill, which is at the first level of security features. Level 2 is where the cash handler comes in using both their senses and also special equipment.

It is also important to mention that involvement of an individual in the counterfeit banknote market may result in prison time of up to 20 years.