Banks running out of new notes?

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Kuala Lumpur –  With  Hari Raya less than 10 days away, many Muslims in the city are finding it difficult to get new notes for Hari Raya packets. Although the banks have started to dispense new notes last week, they seemed to be running out of the new notes this week.

Checks by Bernama at several banks revealed they seemed to be running out of RM5 and RM20 notes since Wednesday, and some even ran out of all new notes.

A bank manager in Kampung Baru said his branch had run out of all new notes since Wednesday and claimed this year, they received less new notes compared to last year.

“We did not get much this year, we started to allow customers to change new notes last week and we completely ran out of stock yesterday,” he said.

A bank manager in Kelana Jaya said they started to offer new notes last week and ran out of the new notes two days ago.

“We started last week and the most popular is the new RM5 notes, we ran out of those two days ago. Now there are only RM1, RM10 and RM100 left.”

Customers at two different banks in Kampung Baru claimed they were not allowed to change new bank notes earlier, but when they tried to do so, the banks said they were already out of the new notes.

Ahmad Sani Abdullah, 47, said he came all the way from Shah Alam looking for new RM5 and RM20 notes but to no avail.

“I drove all the way from Shah Alam and I stopped at all places where I know there are banks, I think this branch in Kampung Baru is the 10th bank I’ve been to and still, no RM5 or RM20 notes.”

Celebrity Kartini Kamalul Ariffin was one of the customers unable to get her new Raya notes. “I need to run a few errands and since I’m here I might as well change some money. Too bad the new notes are no longer available.”

A customer in a bank in Kelana Jaya told they would have to make do with only the RM1 notes. “It is a tradition to give new notes in Hari Raya packets but I guess I’m too late because I cannot afford to give out RM10 per packet so I have to use RM1 notes in all my packets.” – Bernama