Bank Negara Malaysia is reintroducing the new RM1 note, the sixth denomination issued in the new design Malaysian currency notes series (3rd series). The new RM1 bears the signature of the present Governor, Tan Sri Dato' Sri Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz, who assumed office on 1 May 2000. The new RM1 note printed earlier bears the signature of the Immediate Past Governor Tan Sri Dato' Seri Ali Abul Hassan bin Sulaiman. The new RM 1 note will incorporate the latest security features to deter counterfeiting.
The theme of the new series, "Wawasan 2020" reflects Malaysia's economic development and accomplishment towards achieving the status of a fully developed country. The main focus reflected in the background motif is the tourism sector. This is depicted with an illustration of a Malaysian kite, the beach, Mount Kinabalu and the pinnacles of Gunung Api located in Mulu National Park. This motif also reflects some off the popular tourist destinations in the country. As with the other denominations of the same series, the new RM1 note will also bear RM as the currency symbol for the Malaysian Ringgit.
The security features of the RM1 denomination are highlighted in this website as a guide to the public. These features include the security thread with the repeated "BNM RM1" text, three-dimensional watermark portrait, anticopy feature known as "PEAK" and security fibres in the paper. The new RM1 note retains the predominant blue colour of the existing RM1 note design. The intaglio (raised printing) portrait of the First Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong is retained as a dominant feature.
The public is advised to note carefully the security features and design of the RM1 note as outlined above.