Sat Sept 4, 2010 - KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians are embracing gold dinars which were introduced last month by Kelantan to promote usage of Islamic currency as an alternative to paper money, an official said today.
The gold coins and silver dirhams were introduced in early August by PAS to coincide with the start of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.
Umar Ibrahim Vadillo, chief executive officer with Kelantan Golden Trade, said the first batch of gold and silver coins worth RM2 million had been sold out in less than a month.
"There is enormous response in Malaysia. Their reaction is unbelievable," he told reporters.