Mobile banking a game changer for rural farmers, says Masing

Masing (third right) witnessing a handover of a souvenir from Wan Junaidi (second right) to Abang Johari (third left) while Jaul (second left) and other officials from Bank Rakyat look on. Photo Credit: Information Department of Sarawak.

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, May 6: Longhouse folks in remote and rural areas will be able to obtain mobile banking services right at their doorstep through the mobile banking offered by four banking groups.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing said such services provided by four banks namely RHB Bank, Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN),Bank Kerjasama Rakyat (Bank Rakyat) and Agrobank would allow people in rural towns like Belaga, Pakan, Tatau that are without banking facilities to access banking services that they had lacked before.

“I was one of the rural YBs who requested for mobile banks to be introduced to Sarawak to serve the rural population.

“These mobile bank facilities will encourage farmers to deposit their earnings without the need to travel to bigger towns.

“I would like to thank the banking fraternity for their understanding to serve the rural population. This will be a game changer for rural farmers and the cultivation of rural land assets.

“Now they need not go to towns for their banking requirements .These banking facilities are brought right to their doorstep,” Masing said in a statement today.

Masing, who is also Baleh assemblyman observed that when the Covid-19 pandemic hit Sarawak last year and the Movement Control Order (MCO) was implemented, many rural folks suffered as they were unable to travel out of their districts to withdraw money and perform banking transactions.

Meanwhile, the mobile banking services for remote and rural areas in Sarawak was launched by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg today at the Old Legislative Assembly building.

Among those present at the launch of the mobile banking services for remote and rural areas were Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion, Deputy State Secretary Dato Sri Mohamad Abu Bakar Marzuki and representatives from the four banking institutions. — DayakDaily