Initial coin offering CopyCashCoin on SC radar

Securities Commission Malaysia

KUCHING, Jan 6: Following a public statement released on Sept 7 regarding Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) has noticed an increase in activities by new ICOs to solicit investments in crypto-currencies from the public at large, including senior citizens.

As reported in the media, a Singapore-registered foundation has claimed that it plans to launch an ICO named CopyCashCoin (CCC) on Jan 10.

According to an SC statement, they are aware that the ICO operator has organised talks and seminars in major cities in Malaysia including Penang and Kuala Lumpur at various venues including cafes and hotels.

Given that the activities may fall within the remit of securities laws, the SC will be calling in key officers of the foundation to inquire into its activities including the purported launch of CCC.

The SC would like to remind the public to seek legal or professional advice if they are in doubt about the applicable legal and regulatory requirements.

“Investors should be mindful of the potential risks involved in ICOs and investment arrangements involving digital tokens. They should seek to understand the product and find out more about the underlying projects, business and assets of the operator and the schemes, especially when there is insufficient information on the company or its legal structure,” it says.

Investors should remain cautious, and be wary of being exposed to heightened risks of fraud as the ICO operates online and may not be regulated.

The SC will continue to work with Bank Negara Malaysia and other enforcement agencies, including foreign counterparts, to closely monitor such activities and will take appropriate action where necessary. — DayakDaily