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Reporting Obligations under the AMLA, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities (

Circular No 089/2019
Dated 7 May 2019

To Members of the Malaysian Bar

Reporting Obligations under the Anti-Money Laundering,
Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001

Bank Negara Malaysia (“BNM”) has issued a guide summarising the anti-money laundering and counter financing of terrorism (“AML/CFT”) legal framework, including the key reporting obligations that apply to lawyers, and AML/CFT preventive measures.  The guide also highlights a number of useful resources.

Kindly take note of paragraph 4 of BNM’s circular dated 22 Feb 2019, where it is stated that in order to “instil stronger compliance culture, beginning 2020 Bank Negara Malaysia will consider pursuing more deterrent actions, including taking appropriate enforcement actions under the AMLA, for any identified non-compliances”.

Please click here to view the following documents:

(1) BNM’s guide, entitled “Comply to Protect”, dated April 2019 (see pages 2 and 3); and
(2) BNM’s circular dated 22 Feb 2019 (see pages 4 and 5);

Should you have any enquiries, please contact the following BNM officers:

  • Amarjit Kaur Paridam Singh (03-2698 8044 ext 8836);
  • Arni Jailun (03-2698 8044 ext 8493);
  • Syaza Nadiah Azmi (03-2698 8044 ext 8152); or
  • Muhammad Syarafi Mahyudin (03-2698 8044 ext 8836).

Thank you.

Mohamad Ezri Abdul Wahab and Sarengapani K Rajoo
AMLA Subcommittee of the Legal Profession Committee

Please click here to view the full circular