"We found out about the counterfeit 50 sen coins after traders came to our office and enquired why their coins had been rejected by parking meter machines in the Kuala Lumpur, Jinjang, Selayang and Petaling Jaya council areas.When we checked the coins, we found some differences between the original and the fake ones, such as the wau logo at the back is not as detailed. A magnet test can determine whether a 50 sen coin is genuine because the magnet will attract the fake coin. When you drop the coins on the floor, there is a difference in the sound produced between the two," said Kuala Lumpur Gerakan Youth chief Ma Woei Chyi.
Here is the answer by Bank Negara Malaysia dated 22 June 2006:
Clarification on fake 50 sen coins
Recent news reports alleging that a large number of the 50 sen coins in circulation are fake is incorrect and misleading. Investigations by Bank Negara Malaysia revealed that such forgeries are isolated cases and the amount involved is insignificant. Bank Negara Malaysia works very closely with Polis Diraja Malaysia in addressing cases of currency and coin forgeries, and actions are promptly taken to apprehend those who are involved in such criminal activities. Members of the public should continue to use 50 sen coins with confidence.
Any of you having the same problem? I cannot take picture of the coin since the parking meter will take that coin. But on the receipt, it telling me that my coin is fake. Will take pictures of the receipt and put it here next time, If I am lucky.
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