Cryptocurrency and Digital Assets Law in Malaysia

Cryptocurrency and Digital Assets Law in Malaysia

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The meteoric rise in the use of cryptocurrency and digital assets requires all legal and sociological questions related to them including their legality, customer protection aspects and security implications to be urgently addressed.

This book aims to explain the concept and practicality of cryptocurrency and the legal and regulatory framework surrounding it. This text discusses regulatory guidelines issued by Securities Commission Malaysia, Bank Negara Malaysia and Financial Action Task Force as well as relevant provisions of the Capital Markets and Services Act 2007 and the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 (AMLA). The analysis and explanation of the multitude of guidelines and policy documents that apply to regulate cryptocurrency and digital assets within the covers of this book no doubt provide much value.

Anti-money laundering and counter financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) issues which arise in relation to cryptocurrency and digital assets and the regulation thereof are given careful consideration. Initial coin offerings, equity crowdfunding and peer-to-peer financing are elaborated on. Scams, problems and challenges impacting cryptocurrency are discussed as are the matters of taxation and the acceptance of cryptocurrency from the Shariah perspective.

This book is useful to those in the designated reporting institutions, the legal profession, policymakers, potential investors, academicians, students and the public at large. 


Dr Mohd Yazid bin Zul Kepli is a law lecturer at the Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). He obtained his LLB (Hons) in 2005, Master of Comparative Laws (MCL) in 2007 and Diploma in Shari’ah Law & Legal Practice (DSLP) in 2008 from the same university. He completed his PhD at the University of Hong Kong in the area of international trade law. He was an advocate and solicitor before joining the academic world. Dr Mohd Yazid regularly conducts lectures, undertakes research and presents at seminars and conferences, both locally and abroad, in the areas of cryptocurrency and digital assets law. Dr Mohd Yazid is actively involved in teaching, curriculum development and research in this field. He has published numerous articles and commentaries in addition to authoring several books.

Nur Adlin Hanisah binti Shahul Ikram is the Editorial Assistant of the IIUM Law Journal. She completed her LLB (Hons) and Master of Comparative Laws (MCL) from the International Islamic University Malaysia. She is currently completing her doctorate on fintech law at the same university. She has published articles in both local and international journals and
authored several chapters in books.

Cryptocurrency and Blockchain
Understanding Bitcoin and Top Cryptocurrencies
The Legal Framework for Cryptocurrency in Malaysia
Cryptocurrency Exchanges
Cryptocurrency and Money Laundering
Cryptocurrency and Terrorism Financing
Digital Assets and Initial Coin Offerings
Scams, Problems and Challenges
Cryptocurrency Taxation
Cryptocurrency from the Shariah Perspective