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Official Launching of Sarawak Pay
(SAINS News; 16 Nov, 2017)

Kuching:- SARAWAK PAY is a cashless mobile payment solution implemented by the Sarawak Government to empower Sarawak’s Digital Economy agenda. The solution enables payment by way of electronic wallet (e-Wallet), credit card or Internet Banking.

The electronic wallet (e-Wallet), licensed under PaymentGalaxy®Wallet and governed by Bank Negara Malaysia, is not only the first e-Wallet in the Sarawak State Government but also the first e-Wallet implemented in the country by a State Government.

The Sarawak Pay e-Wallet balance can be topped up through Internet Banking or Credit Card. For this first phase pilot rollout, Bank Negara only allows each top-up to a maximum of RM200. Next year, the State Government will apply to Bank Negara Malaysia to expand the balance capacity up to a maximum of RM1,500.

Sarawak Pay has a “Scan & Pay” feature that allows each payment to be initiated by scanning the QR code on a biller’s bill or scanning the QR code displayed by the SEDC hotels. This feature will be very convenient in facilitating cashless payments at the hotel eating outlets. For this first phase pilot rollout, the “Scan & Pay” feature will be deployed for the following billers and outlets:

1. Sarawak Energy monthly consumption bill

2. Kuching Water Board monthly consumption bill

3. All 26 Local Councils Assessment bills

4. Grand Margherita Hotel - 10 Outlets

5. Riverside Majestic Hotel - 14 Outlets

Next year, the Sarawak State Government will also be expanding the “Scan & Pay” feature to all Government agencies and other utility bills, local retailers and merchants in the State.

In addition, the State Government will also apply to Bank Negara Malaysia to include features like Wallet Transfer, Pay Anyone, Go Dutch, Supplementary Wallet and Standing Instruction.

Sarawak Pay mobile app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. First time users will need to do a one time registration, whereas PayBills users can login using their existing account. Users will be asked to register their mobile phone number and an OTP will be sent to their mobile phone for verification before a Sarawak Pay e-Wallet account is created.

Other payment channels such as Paybills Malaysia and payment at the counters will continue to be available to the public.

Datuk Patinggi (Dr) Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari Bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg, Chief Minister of Sarawak, speaking on the opportunities of Sarawak Pay for the digital economy

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