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KUCHING, Jan 6: Home-grown S Pay Global (formerly Sarawak Pay) has registered some 590,290 users and 85,445 merchants statewide, with total transactions worth RM1.8 billion, revealed Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) general manager Dr Zaidi Razak.
He said S Pay Global has also been collaborating with Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) to provide online transaction services to the rural people through the appointed bank’s agents.
“S Pay Global users in rural areas who have no access to any financial institution can receive and send money to their families, friends and business partners via e-wallet through any of the 236 BSN bank agents in the State.
“Other than that, through the S Pay Global Solution, the State Government is able to channel the Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang (BKSS) financial aid to eligible Sarawakians during the pandemic,” said Zaidi in a statement today.
Other than that, Zaidi said SMA has rolled out various initiatives to assist the Sarawak government to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 that has impacted all sectors in Sarawak.
He added initiatives such as the online application to enter and exit Sarawak and the electronic Health Declaration Form (eHDF) have greatly helped the State Government to control travellers entering Sarawak in order to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Zaidi stressed that the implementation of eHDF system has also enabled the frontline agencies to identify travellers’ movements while under quarantine period.
“All travellers entering into Sarawak will be attached with the unique QR coded wristband and required to log their location twice a day to ensure that they comply with the quarantine order issued by the Ministry of Health (MoH).
“The digital surveillance solution has given the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) the ‘scalable capability’ to manage and control the Covid-19 disease from all point of entries (POEs) in Sarawak upon the arrival of travellers,” he said.
In addition, Zaidi pointed out that SMA has came up with an official mobile app called i-Alerts to keep Sarawakians informed of the latest Covid-19 situation in the State.
The i-Alerts App also helped the State to correct fake news posted on social media and disseminate more accurate information to the public during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Zaidi added SMA has also collaborated with government-linked companies (GLCs) such as Sarawak Information System Sdn Bhd (SAINS) on the development of Covid Trace System before the federal government introduced the MySejahtera App.
“Above all, initiatives and proactive actions implemented by SMA have contributed to the decrease of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak,” he said.
Going forward, Zaidi said SMA will continue to strive and improve the digital ecosystem so as to meet current and future demands of all stakeholders.
These includes various initiatives such as providing temporary Internet coverage to rural areas including Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) and Sarawak Rural Broadband Network (MySRBN) which are initiatives under SALURAN – an initiative of SMA, Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation (SDEC) and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). — DayakDaily