Sarawak Pay to facilitate cashless transactions

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KUCHING: The state will set up a digital payment or e-wallet system to boost the take-up of cashless financial transactions as well as strengthen the state’s development of financial technology.

Sarawak is collaborating with Chinese ICT solutions and services giant Huawei to develop the digital payment platform, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Open at a dinner yesterday to celebrate the 68th anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China.

He also revealed that the system will be linked to neighbouring countries like Indonesia, Thailand and China.

The chief minister pointed out that in China, smartphones are already commonly used to pay for things and by adopting such a system, it will also assist entrepreneurs and companies to do business.

Also present at the event were the Chinese Consul-General in Kuching Fu Jijun, Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Dato Sri Michael Manyin, and Minister of International Trade and E-commerce Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh.