Mixed response to coins


By Qishin Tariq, The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Getting folks used to the new series of coins will not be an issue if enough time is given, Fomca CEO Datuk Paul Selvaraj said.

“The six months meant to facilitate the change-over is sufficient if Bank Negara holds roadshows and makes repeated media announcements to raise public awareness,” he said when commenting on the introduction of new series of coins early next year.

He cautioned that not all coin machines might be recalibrated on time and might cause consumers great inconvenience.

“There will be a confusion period.

“I believe the most important thing is education to ensure the transition is smooth,” Paul said.

He also said the reason for the change must be properly explained.

“If the new features do make the coins more convenient for consumers, perhaps it’s a good move,” he added.

However, Organisation for Advancement of the Blind (PPOBM) was disappointed with the change.

“I don’t see how the changes in the new series will make it easier for the visually impaired.

“The difference in colours are of little use to those who can’t see well,” organisation president Jaafar Md Isa, 40, said.

“While adding features like patterns and indentations on the coin’s edge and different colours for different denominations is appreciated, we question how it is really useful to us,” he said.

Jaafar said the primary method for the blind to differentiate the coins was through the size and thickness of the coin.

“It would have been better if they had consulted us first.

“We would have given some useful suggestions to make sure the coins can be easily used by the blind,” he said.