Please take note – all banks in Malaysia are now charging a MEPS fee for ATM cash withdrawals!
Here is what you need to know!
MEPS Fee For ATM Cash Withdrawal Waived To Reduce Infection Risk
Bank Negera earlier announced that the MEPS fee for cash withdrawal across the country would be waived from 6 April 2020 until the end of the Movement Control Order (MCO / PKP).
This waiver was designed to reduce people’s movement, allowing them to withdraw cash from the nearest bank, rather than travelling to a specific bank.
It would also allow people to switch to ATMs from a different bank, if there is a queue at their bank; thus reducing the risk of infection.
Banks Now Charging MEPS Fee For ATM Withdrawal!
On 15 December 2021, banks in Malaysia announced that the MEPS fee of RM1 for each interbank cash withdrawal at the ATM will be reinstated, effective 1 February 2022.
The policy applies to all banks in Malaysia, which means you will no longer be able to withdraw cash from a different bank’s ATM for free.
Starting today – 1 February 2022, each interbank cash withdrawal will incur a MEPS fee of RM1.
Please note that the MEPS fee is only for INTERBANK cash withdrawal. It does NOT apply if you are withdrawing from the ATM’s bank itself.
For example, if you are using a Maybank ATM to withdraw cash from your UOB bank account, you will be charged that MEPS fee of RM1 per transaction. You will not be charged the fee, if you are using that Maybank ATM to withdraw cash from your Maybank account.
Below are three examples of the announcements.
Kindly be informed that effective 1 February 2022, the ATM interbank cash withdrawal fee of RM1.00 will be reinstated by banks.
Maybank customers can continue to perform cash withdrawal transactions at Maybank’s ATM for free*
* Customers who opt for non-annual fee will be entitled to eight free cash withdrawal transactions per month for Basic Accounts and four free cash withdrawal transactions per month for Non-basic Accounts.
Dear valued customers,
Effective 1 February 2022, a transaction fee of RM1.00 will be charged for interbank cash withdrawal transactions performed other than at CIMB Bank/CIMB Islamic ATMs/self-service terminals.
You can continue to perform cash withdrawal transactions at our ATMs/self-service terminals without fee.
Dear Valued Customers,
Kindly be informed that effective 1 February 2022, RM1 fee will be charged to RHB Debit Cardholders for each interbank cash withdrawal at ATM of another bank. Customers may continue to perform cash withdrawal with no additional fee at any RHB Bank ATMs.
Reinstatement Of MEPS Fee At ATM : Bad Idea For Now…
It is unfortunate that the MEPS fee for interbank cash withdrawal is being reinstated so soon. The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, with Malaysia still recording four to five thousand new cases every day.
This move will likely lead to overcrowding and long queues at certain banks, especially at the end of every month.
If you have more than one bank account, you can transfer your money from one bank to another bank for free online. This will allow you to select the bank with the most convenient ATM to withdraw from, for free.
But if you only have one bank account, you should protect yourself by making sure you are fully-vaccinated (with the booster dose as well), and strictly follow COVID-19 precautions while queuing up.
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