Previously, Singapore and Malaysia used the same currency as the Malaya dollar and Brunei the British borneo dollar. On 6 June 1967, Negara Malaysia Bank first issued notes in Malaysian dollars in denominations of $1, 5, 50, 50 and 100 dollars.  The unit value of $1,000 was first issued on September 2, 1968. The first Malaysian banknotes bore the image of Tuanku Abdul Rahman, the first Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, and bore the signature of Tun Ismail bin Mohamed Ali, the first Malaysian governor of Negara Malaysia Bank. On August 16, 1972, Negara Malaysia Bank adopted a new official system for spelling the national bahasa malaysia language in printing its banknotes, while retaining the drawings. Tickets with new spellings circulate next to the old banknotes.  The word ringgit is an outdated term of “dense” in Malay and was originally used to refer to the dense margins of silver Spanish dollars, widely used during the Portuguese colonial period in the 16th and 17th centuries. In modern use, Ringgit is used almost exclusively for currency. Because of the common heritage of the three modern currencies, the Singapore dollar and the Brunei dollar are also called ringgit in Malay (currencies such as US-Us and Australian dollars are translated into dolar), although the Singapore dollar is now more often called Dolar in Malay. To distinguish the three currencies, the Malaysian currency is called Ringgit Malaysia, hence the official abbreviation and the monetary symbol RM. Internationally, the monetary code ISO 4217 for Malaysian MYR ringgit. In the early 20th century, the Straits Settlements (composed of Singapore, Penang and Malakka) issued The Straits Settlements banknotes.
The Straits dollar was also used in Brunei. Due to these external circumstances and the malaysian government`s attention to then focus on domestic development needs, Malaysia announced its agreement with Singapore on 8 May 1973. Two weeks later, the brunei-Malaysia exchange agreement was also denounced. In response to the sharp decline in Ringgit in November 2016, Negara Malaysia Bank has begun taking a series of tougher measures against Ringgit`s unavailable futures trading in order to curb currency speculation.  Since then, the currency has experienced a steady but steady rate of appreciation against the dollar, with significant increases since the beginning of November 2017, following reports of positive economic performance, the restructuring of the TPP in the comprehensive and progressive agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the rise in world oil prices.