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KUCHING, Oct 31: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg revealed that Sarawak will begin using the state’s digital payment system Sarawak Pay in November, reports Sarawak Voice.
The chief minister said the use of this cashless system offers more convenience and is in line with the changing times as payment is only made through smartphones.
“We have obtained approval from Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), and we will do it soon next month,” he said last night when declaring open a shopping mall in the Saradise Kuching park in Stampin, near here.
He emphasised that through Sarawak Pay, all utility payments such as electricity and water bills will be able to be paid through smartphones.
“You do not even need cash, debit card or credit card. In fact, we will tie it up with AliPay to enable it to be used in the purchasing process especially with overseas Chinese traders,” he explained.
The digital payment system was developed over the last few months with China telecom company Huawei Technologies.
Also present were Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Tan Sri James Jemut Masing, and group chief executive officer for Saradise Sdn Bhd, Datuk Chris Chung Soon Nam. — DayakDaily