Although Chinese New Year (CNY) will be slightly different this year following the extension of the second movement control order (MCO 2.0), families celebrating the occasion will still want to practise certain customs to liven up the atmosphere and keep the festive spirit. Handing out angpows (or red packets), of course, is high on the agenda.
If you’re one of those who will be giving out physical angpows to household members this coming CNY, we’re sure you’ll want to get some brand-new notes for the occasion. Here are some banks that are making them available to you.
Affin Bank customers who wish to get new notes for the coming Chinese New Year can now obtain them at the bank’s automated teller machines (ATMs) at selected locations nationwide instead of queueing up at the bank’s counters. Available for withdrawal until 11 February 2021, these notes come in denominations of RM10 and RM50, with all involved ATMs able to dispense both denominations.
The bank further said that the withdrawal limit per day is RM5,000, although you are also subjected to your card’s withdrawal limit and the availability of the notes in the ATMs. Here’s the full list of the Affin Bank ATMs that are offering the service.
CIMB customers will also be able to obtain fresh notes for Chinese New Year from selected ATMs nationwide. However, only new RM10 notes are available at these ATMs. If you’d like to get fresh RM50 notes, you’ll have to make your way to the ATM in Menara CIMB as this particular service is exclusive to that location. Both the new RM10 and RM50 banknotes are available for withdrawal from now until 12 February.
Note as well that the bank has set a limit on the amount that you can take out per withdrawal. Those of you withdrawing fresh RM10 notes will only be allowed to take out a maximum of RM300 per withdrawal. Meanwhile, the maximum withdrawal amount per withdrawal for customers who opt for the RM50 notes is capped at RM1,500. There is no mention of the withdrawal limit per day, but it is likely determined by your card’s withdrawal limit, as well as the availability of the notes in the machines.
You can find the full list of ATM locations here.
Maybank, too, is providing the facility to withdraw new RM10 and RM50 notes from the ATMs at selected locations, starting from now until 14 February. The bank did not state the maximum limit per withdrawal or per day, but you are likely to be restricted by your withdrawal limit and the availability of the notes as well.
Also, if you’re specifically looking to withdraw only a certain denomination (for instance if you only want RM10 notes), make sure to check the locations of these ATMs and the denominations dispensed before heading out to make your withdrawals. Some locations may not dispense the denomination that you want.
In line with the latest MCO standard operating procedures (SOPs), most ATMs will operate between 6am to 10pm daily. However, some ATMs situated within office compounds or bank branches may close earlier, so be sure to double-confirm the operating hours at these locations.
Meanwhile, those who are not too keen on handing out physical angpows this year can consider sending e-angpows to their families and relatives instead! Various banks – such as Maybank, Hong Leong Bank, and RHB Bank – are actively promoting the use of these digital red packets! Whichever method you choose, these angpows are bound to add some cheer to the Chinese New Year celebration this year.