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Find more ways than ever to send money overseas to Malaysia.

It is quick and easy to send money between Canada and Malaysia using a number of different money transfer services. If you or someone you know must urgently send cash overseas to Malaysia, companies like Western Union can send the money within minutes. If you need to send money on an ongoing basis, you can even set up regular payments to an account in Malaysia. Whether you need to pay bills, handle rent payments, or send funds to family, there are plenty of options.

There are plenty of online and bricks-and-mortar money transfer companies that you can use to send money overseas to Malaysia. You can compare the different options below in order to find the best international money transfer service to suit your needs.

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The table below lists some of the providers you can use to send money to Malaysia. Browse through different providers and services using the table headings. Click ‘More’ to read reviews of products, or click ‘Go to Site’ to be taken directly to the provider’s website.

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Which provider should I use to send money to Malaysia?

Banks vs money transfer companies

Unaware of other service providers, many people go to their banks when they want to send money overseas. However, your bank may not be the best choice when it comes to sending an international money transfer to Malaysia. With competitive exchange rates and low fees, it may be worth looking at specialist international money transfer companies. With these types of providers, you will find that your dollar goes further.

Money Transfer Service 1Money Transfer Service 2
Exchange rate$1 = 3.29470 MYR$1 = 3.21450 MYR
Transfer fee$12.00$13.99
Amount received for $1000 (in Malaysian Ringgit)3,255.62 MYR3213.64 MYR
Transfer time3 – 5 business days.1 – 2 business days.
Transfer optionsDirect to bank account or cash pick-up.Direct to bank account or cash pick-up.
Difference of+41.98 MYR

Rates are correct 31/10/17.

How to compare transfer companies when sending money to Malaysia

If this is the first time you are sending money to Malaysia, you should consider the following factors when you compare quotes from different money transfer companies:

  • The exchange rate. This is the rate of conversion from Canadian dollars to Malaysian Ringgit. The exchange rate is one of the most important considerations, where you should always look for a competitive rate. Sometimes a provider can offer a good exchange rate but will charge a large fee for the transfer which can offset the good deal you thought you had found.
  • Transfer fees. Consider any fees that the service provider may charge. International transfer companies can charge a flat fee, a percentage or no fee at all. Most non-bank transfer companies will waive the transfer fee if you send over a certain amount of money. This amount is generally $10,000 or more.
  • Pickup methods. Depending on the service provider, you may have the option to send money directly to the recipient’s bank account or have them collect cash from their local branch. If a friend or relative does not have access to a bank account, then cash collection from a local merchant can be a helpful option. Be aware that the collection method affects the time it takes for the cash to become available as well as the amount the transaction may cost. Money sent from a specialist transfer company can be collected from a branch within minutes, while banks generally take three to five days to deposit funds.
  • Transfer time. Transfer time is greatly affected by the pickup method you choose. Sending money online to a bank account can take up to five business days. Money that is sent to be collected as cash can be ready much sooner, taking just minutes or a few hours.
  • Minimum transfer amounts. The smallest amount of money you can send differs between providers. Generally you are able to send as little as a few hundred Canadian dollars at a time, however transactions under a certain amount are likely to attract a transfer fee. Sometimes you can send as little as $25 but keep in mind your transfer fee may cost just as much as you are sending.
  • Customer service. Make sure that the money transfer service you choose provides customer service. If something goes wrong with the transfer or you need to confirm the specifics of the transaction, you must be able to contact the company and receive quick answers. Check to see whether you can contact the provider’s customer service team on a weekend and whether they offer a 24 hour service via phone, email or web chat.

How to send money to Malaysia from Canada

Although not listed as a major international currency, the Malaysian Ringgit is a commonly traded currency worldwide. You can buy and sell Ringgit with a number of overseas money transfer companies including:

Banks

You should be able to send money to Malaysia through your bank. Your recipient must have a bank account that they have access to in Malaysia to collect the money. Transfers can take between two to ten days and your financial institution will generally charge a fee for this service. Big Canadian banks like RBC, Scotiabank, TD, CIBC, and BMO should allow transfers to Malaysia.

Non banks

There are a number of specialist money transfer services you can use to send money to Malaysia including:

  • Western Union. Send money online or in person at a Western Union branch and the funds will be available for collection in a matter of minutes.
  • Travelex. Send money to a Malaysian bank account using Travelex international payments. The minimum transfer amount is $500 and a small flat fee is charged for the service.
  • PayPal. PayPal allow for overseas transfers and it is easy and free to sign up for a PayPal account. Your recipient will need to link their bank account to their PayPal account to get the money and it takes a few days to receive the funds.

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Emergency cash transfers to Malaysia

Wallets, purses and money can go missing while you are on vacation. If you are in Malaysia and find yourself with no money, there are ways to get access to emergency cash. Consider the following options:

  • Cash pickup services. Someone in Canada can send you money using a cash pickup service like Western Union or MoneyGram. For a small fee, money can be available just minutes after it has been sent from Canada.
  • Emergency cash advances. Visa, MasterCard and American Express can give you an emergency cash advance if your card is lost or stolen. The card scheme will make the money in your account available through a participating merchant in Malaysia.
  • Travel insurance. Your travel insurance policy may have an emergency assistance benefit that includes a provision of emergency cash. Check your policy terms and conditions to see whether you are eligible to receive this.

Cash pickup locations in Malaysia

If you need to send money overseas quickly, companies like Western Union and MoneyGram can complete a transfer in a matter of minutes. The money is collected from a participating Malaysian business or designated branch. Some examples of pickup locations include:

Western Union

  • Alif Money Changer Ampang.

    Lot 19 Ground Floor Tesco Hypermarket

    Ampang Kuala Lumpur,

    Kuala Lumpur.

    +60-3-26173888.
    Open Monday to Sunday 10am – 10pm.

  • Ank Rakyat Japan Tangsi.

    Bang Rakyat Tingkat
    Bawah Jalan Tangsi
    Kuala Lumpur.
    Monday to Friday open 9am – 5pm.

Moneygram

  • CIMB Bank – KL Sentral.

    Lot 23. Departure Hall Ground Floor

    KL City Terminal KL Sentral Stat,

    Kuala Lumpur.

    322731950.
    Monday to Friday 9.15am – 4.30pm & Saturday to Sunday 12am – 11.59pm.

  • Prabhu Money Transfer – PUDU.

    Floor 12 Myanmar Mini Shopping Centre No. F4
    First 18 – 20 Japan Leboh.320268786.

    Monday to Sunday 12am – 11.59pm.

Tips for picking up cash in Malaysia

Canadians are advised by the government to exercise a normal degree of caution when travelling to and around Malaysia. If you are concerned about picking up a large amount of cash in public, travel with a friend to the location, keep your valuables close to you, and take a taxi back to your hotel to put your funds in the safe. Be wary of your wallet or purse when travelling Malaysia, especially in big cities like Kuala Lumpur.

How to send money to Malaysia

If you want to send money to a Malaysian bank account, you will need the following details:

  • Bank name
  • BIC
  • Account number

If you want to carry out a bank to bank transfer, the above information should be enough to complete the transfer. If you are sending money through an international payment service like Western Union, you may be required to open an account with the company first. You will need to provide basic personal information about yourself to complete the registration.

Expect to supply the following information about yourself to send money to Malaysia:

  • Your name
  • Date of birth
  • Your contact information, including an email address
  • Your address

Once you have registered for an account and sent your funds, you should be given a receipt with a reference number. Keep your receipt until the funds have been retrieved by your recipient in case there are any problems.

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    IzzatSeptember 3, 2016

    Hi,i want to ask about the fee if we tranfer from overseas to malaysia.is it the fee will deduction from the tranfers money? Because a lots of overseas people asking me to pay the fee…

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      ShirleySeptember 6, 2016Staff

      Hi Izzat,

      Thanks for your question.

      Yes, generally the fee is deducted from the original transfer amount. People usually top up the transfer amount with the fee to ensure the recipient receives the stated amount.

      Hope this helps.

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    alJuly 5, 2016

    is there activation fee for transation

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      ClarizzaJuly 5, 2016Staff

      Hi Al,

      Thanks for your question.

      Money transfer services may charge a transfer or service fee. In some cases the fee is tiered, based on the amount of cash you plan on transferring. For example, transferring funds up to $10,000 will incur a flat $15 fee and then $25 to transfer $10,000 or more. There may also be third-party fees involved, so please do check with the service you choose to transfer your funds with.

      Hope this helps.

      Clarizza

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    AnonymouslyJune 14, 2016

    A relative is in Malaysia on holiday and out of funds, can i send money to him. He’s an australian. If so how can he pick up the funds?

    • Staff
      ClarizzaJune 14, 2016Staff

      Hi K,

      Thanks for your question. Yes, you can send money to your friend in Malaysia. Our Money Transfer services table above shows services that allow you to either transfer money to your friend’s account electronically or if your friend prefers, he can also pick up cash at the agent (although of the services in that table, only World Remit offers cash pickup). You can also speak to an FX expert through the form above if you have any specific questions.

      You may also want to consider using Western Union or MoneyGram? We also have a page on International Cash Transfers if that helps.

      Once you’ve chosen the money transfer service, you can find out more by clicking on the green button in our table.

      Hope that helps.

      Clarizza

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    peterMarch 11, 2016

    hi,sir.i have a question.i am from Malaysia.actually i am doing online selling with some old coins,and then the buyer started to contact me.after the deal ,he/she want to make payment by transfer the money thru wire transfer.he/she tole me to give my bank detail.ok,i gave.
    the problems is why i am going to pay the activation fees before that money is totally transfer to my account?they ask me to pay the activation money rm 1000 or even more of that,they said after i paid the activation fees ,the money will transfer to my account immediately.
    sir,is this true?

    • Staff
      ShirleyMarch 14, 2016Staff

      Hi Peter,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately we cannot speak for Malaysian banks or international money transfer services as we’re an Australian financial comparison service.

      We’d recommend that you get in touch with your local bank instead, or the bank that is charging you the activation fee.

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    GeorgeMarch 11, 2016

    The best exchange rate currency company for money transfer from malaysia to Australia currency

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      ShirleyMarch 14, 2016Staff

      Hi George,

      Thanks for your question.

      At this current point in time, our comparison shows that the exchange rates are currently equal between World First and Travelex.

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        georgeMarch 18, 2016

        Worldfirst does not transfer money from Malaysia to Australia. Can you

        • Staff
          ShirleyMarch 21, 2016Staff

          Hi George,

          Thanks for your question.

          The products on this page allow you to transfer money from Australia to Malaysia. If you’re sending from Malaysia, we recommend that you compare international money transfer services based in Malaysia.

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        georgeMarch 15, 2016

        What is the cheapest way to transfer money FROM Malaysia to Australia.

        Thanks

        • Staff
          ShirleyMarch 16, 2016Staff

          Hi George,

          Thanks for your question.

          Please use our calculator to help you find the cheapest way – this will depend on the amount you’re sending.