PayPal supports Ringgit Malaysia (RM) – It’s Official!

Long awaiting rumor… Now it’s a reality. You hear it first here!

What are the implications for Malaysia Merchants (and the new countries PayPal starts supporting?). We cannot predict the future, but for every new market which PayPal enters, normally the e-commerce activity will spur as it has become really easy for businesses (esp small businesses) to start accepting online payment and thus making e-commerce a very practical and attractive channel for them to expand their businesses.

In the eye of PayPal, Malaysia has been perceived as a favorite cross-border trading (aka export) and our English based speaking crowd is seen as an advantage (when it comes to product content, still, need to sort out on “what to sell”). Will we live up to the expectation? Well, time will tell.


4 Important Key Takeaways:

  1. Malaysian Merchants can now accept payments in Ringgit Malaysia on their websites or online stores (on top of 22 other foreign currencies) – haven’t started selling yet? Sign up webShaper stores now, from as low as RM 1 per day.
  2. You can keep a MYR (Ringgit Malaysia) balance  in your PayPal account now (Think of it like a multi-currency bank account)
  3. PayPal can now linked to a Malaysia Bank Account and You can easily transfer your funds over (Yet to be available, but soon since they already have the official rates published)
  4. Apart from Malaysian Ringgit, PayPal also adds in Philipino Peso, Taiwanese Dollar, Thai Baht, Argentinean Peso and Brazilian Reais.  Learn more

Cost ($) of Doing Business with PayPal

How much is the transaction fee?

Transaction fees generally divided into Domestic Payment vs Cross-Border Payment

For Domestic Payment

3.4% + RM2 per transaction or below (for transaction volume less than RM12,000) – Learn more


For Cross-Border Payment ( fees for receiving payments from buyers outside Malaysia)

3.9% + RM2 per transaction or below (for transaction volume less than RM12,000) – Learn more


Withdrawal Fees (From PayPal to your bank account)?

If you withdraw more than RM400, it’s FREE! – Learn more


Minimum withdrawal amount?

Malaysian Ringgits (only for Malaysian users) RM40.00 MYR – Learn more

Other questions you might have in mind:

So does it mean PayPal is the only thing i need to start accepting online payment?

As easy and affordable as PayPal, it cannot do-it-all. First, you need to know exactly what market you are targeting. If you are targeting local online customers, it’s good to have a local payment gateway too (if budget allows, we normally recommend sign up both) as Malaysia Payment Gateways like iPay88 or nbePay both support Internet Banking Transfer which is not supported by PayPal (and very unlikely to be supported by PayPal in near future)

So this is governed by what law?

Well, of course it’s by Malaysia Law. Don’t even think about anything fishy apart from running a serious business.  See the details here on PayPal Policy Changes.

“For Malaysian residents who register for the PayPal service with a Malaysian address, this Agreement is governed by and interpreted under the laws of Malaysia as such laws are applied to agreements entered into and to be performed entirely within Malaysia.”


Do you know we are the only one in Malaysia which has PayPal Certified Developer?

See our PayPal Certified Developer – Sunzi Lim listed on the PayPal Certified Developer List

Links from around the blogs – Breaking: PayPal in Ringgit Malaysia! – PayPal Accepts Ringgit Malaysia now – PayPal Senaraikan Ringgit Malaysia – Polisi Baru PayPal – Matawang Malaysia kini diterima PayPal? Betul ke?

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  1. Good news 🙂 Can we dump money into paypal account from our bank account? e.g. I would like to buy something thru paypal.


  2. Um just wondering what is the conversion rates when we withdraw Paypal UDS funds to our bank account? Can’t seem to find in th Paypal FAQ :-/

  3. Hi PayPal Fan, the conversion rate, is NOT set by PayPal but your banks! Whenever you withdraw a currency which differs from your bank balance, it’s your bank job to convert it. that’s why you cannot find it on PayPal, check with you bank instead (forget not it fluctuates on a daily basis!)

  4. One potential problem is the unmatched name appeared in your Paypal account and the one appeared in your bank account. Hopefully some knowledgable netizens are able to enlighthen us.

    I will use my Public Bank Visa Electron debit card for now.

  5. I decided to use my CIMB for my registration for premier. I don’t have a credit card number can i put an account number to sign up my registration.

  6. If i’m not mistaken, we can withdraw from paypal but we can’t deposit money from our local bank…they doesn’t support that transaction…correct me if i’m wrong…

  7. Gheee..i like online shopping, but own no credit card…thus my shopping is limited to local stores that accept payment via bank transfers.

    Once the facility like ‘ Transfer fund from Local Banks to PayPal (to be spent shopping online)’, is made available…these fingers can become really really itchy..!

  8. hi fm, so what do you buy online? (apart from air tickets, of course) 🙂 Never mind if you don’t have a credit card, have you tried using a debit card to shop online?

  9. hye, i wud like to buy things online using paypal..i already got de 4-digit code from my credit card statement. but my account is stil limited. thru wat i’ve read, i need to uplod / fax any bills that is using my name with de same address as my credit card billing. as i dont know how to covert my digi pdf bill to .jpg, or .gif formart, i fax it to them together with the front sheet provided by paypal. but since yesterday, i havent receive any email from them. pls anyone can help me ??? is there any other ways to verify it….my account is still limited….

  10. hey there,

    Thank you for posting the great news.
    If anyone could help me out with this matter , much appreciated.

    if i want to open up paypal accpunt and link it to my Maybank account, is it possible?
    What do they require and what are the stages?

    i do not own any business or what so ever, but I am selling my songs thru other website that require me to have paypal account.

    And upon the registration for Paypal, could i enter the details for credit card with my debit card instead? ( as i do not own any credit card and only have the debit card VISA issued by Maybank)

    Thank you very much!

  11. hai.. i have a problem in paypal.. i have usd 1000.00 in my paypal. im done link my paypal to my account bank in Malaysia(maybank).How to convert dollars to ringgit malaysia by using paypal and how to send the money from paypal to maybank account.. please help me…. ;(

  12. If I want to use paypal to buy something in the U.S., what would be the currency exchange rate and how do I go about this? How long will this transaction take?

  13. Hi,

    I would like to understand more on this paypal thing. Kindly advice.

    i have rhb, they said that the transfer from rhb TO paypal is free but to other banks will be charge. the conversion rate in USD also higher than current rates. Is this true?

    I also seen many ppl used maybank with paypal. is it better from other banks?

    Thanks in advance

  14. I have like USD600+ on my PayPal Account and i want to use the PayPal Balance do online shop will it possible to work which i will just shop directly using my Malaysia PayPal Balance? Please help and will be looking forward for response. Thanks

  15. hi there.i have some problem with my paypal.when I tried to buy anything online,the only option available for me is payment via credit/debit cards,which is always empty(haha).I have about 30 bucks in my paypal balance,but cant seem to use it to pay anything.the only option came out when I clicked the change payment method is choose card and add account is verified btw

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