The RM5 polymer banknote was issued by Bank Negara Malaysia on 26 October 2004 to replace the existing circulation paper banknote. However, it retains the existing design, colour, size and certain security features of the existing RM5 paper banknote.
This RM5 polymer banknote retains the 3rd series theme of Malaysian banknote, that is Wawasan or Vision 2020. It reflects Malaysia’s economic development and achievement towards a fully-developed country. The clear window incorporates an image of the Prime Minister's office at Putrajaya. Hibiscus, the national flower of Malaysia, can be seen along the top and bottom margin on both sides.
Front: At the right hand side is the first King of Malaysia, Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Back: The construction sector is depicted by landmark buildings, the KL International Airport, the Petronas Twin Towers and a map showing Putrajaya and Cyberjaya.