The two newly launched polymer banknotes in 4th Series are RM1 and RM5 denomination. According to BNM the introduction or RM1 polymer banknote is because of polymer banknote has an extended life cycle and most suitable for a lower denomination which has a high usage.
The RM1 polymer banknote features kite flying which is a popular sport in Malaysia especially in Kelantan and Terengganu. Kite flying is also traditionally a celebration of a good harvest which brings together the local communities in these states. Amongst the best known and most iconic Malaysian kites s the 'Wau Bulan' or Moon Kite which is features on the new RM1. The Wau Bulan, which is handed crafted from bamboo and paper, is also a popular decorative item that adorns the walls of Malaysian homes.
The RM5 polymer banknote features the Rhinoceros Hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros), one of the largest and most magnificent hornbill species in the world. Found in low densities throughout various rainforests in the country, this beautiful, broad-winged and long tailed forest bird plays an important role in the customs and traditional ceremonies of Sarawak which is known as 'Bumi Kenyalang' or Land of Hornbills. Hornbill is also seen as a symbol of strength and courage by the native communities of Sarawak.
4th Series of Malaysia Banknote - RM 1 and RM 5 Polymer Banknote