The Malaysian Ringgit?
The ringgit was introduced in 1993 to replace the Malaysian dollar, which was used from 1967. The ringgit operates almost identically to the dollar (in fact, some stores may even label prices in Malaysia as dollars), divided up into 100 sens. All Malaysian coins are in sens, worth 5, 10, 20 and 50 apiece. Malaysian notes are set at 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 ringgits each.
Translated from Malay, ringgit is the – now obsolete – term for ‘jagged’; named as such due to the serrated edges of silver Spanish dollar coins used during the Portuguese colonial era.
A polymer 50 ringgit note was released to commemorate the 1998 Commonwealth Games, but it was so rare that it’s now a collector’s item – so hold onto it if you find one!
Bottle of water: 1.3 RM
Bottle of beer: 15 RM
Cappuccino: 10 RM
Meal at Mcdonalds 14 RM
Meal at small traditional restaurant: 10 RM
Meal at western restaurant 30 RM