Sabah unveils own digital payment system

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah has become the second Malaysian state after Sarawak to embrace the E-Wallet system, Sabah Pay, paving the way for Sabah to move towards a digital economy in Borneo.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal highlighted the move is another major step forward for Sabah in becoming a progressive state with the adoption of cashless digital application, which not only is convenient but more efficient and cost-effective than conventional payment methods.

“Not only do we expect to attract investors and businesses by simplifying the process of payments online using just our handphones, but it is also aimed at reducing the burden of the public in terms of needing to travel to make payments or go to the bank, for example.

“This application is set to place Sabah at a very competitive position, and members of the public are encouraged to register now,” he told a press conference after launching Sabah’s very own centralised digital payment application Tuesday.

The application, developed and managed by state-owned statutory body Sabah Credit Corporation (SCC), offers a range of features including a centralised cash collection for the State Government. Sabah Pay can be used by both locals as well as tourists.

“This is just the first phase, there will be more services to be linked to the app which includes virtual account, e-Parking, E-ticket (park entrance and transport) and smart loans,” said SCC Chief Executive Officer, George Taitim Tulas.

During the function, SCC also made an interim dividend payment of RM10 million to the State Government for the financial year 2019.

In his remarks at the event, George said other features of Sabah Pay include an Announcement Module to share news by government departments and agencies, Event Module for information on important local events, segments for promotions on latest offers and deals by business entities. Furthermore, there will also be features for reporting and highlighting incidents to relevant government agencies and links to all government agencies’ web portals.

“At present, there are 27 departments/agencies and 28 business and commercial entitles participating in Sabah Pay,” said George, adding more efforts will be made to get more departments and agencies onboard with the aim of five per month, beginning in February.

For the initiative, SCC has partnered with Boost as the e-wallet operator, Sunline International (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd as the system developer and integrator, and Alibaba Cloud Malaysia Sdn Bhd as the cloud service provider.

By year-end, George said 60 per cent of the state departments’ and agencies’ collection can be done through Sabah Pay’s Collection Module, with the target of signing up 100,000 users for the new application.

“We target that by year-end, 60 per cent of state departments and agencies’ collection can be done through the Sabah Pay’s Collection Module, with an aim of 100,000 users signing up by then.

For tourists, George said there are future plans to introduce features to allow them to enjoy the benefits of cashless payment systems via Sabah Pay when visiting parks and islands under Sabah Parks.

Among those who witnessed the launching ceremony are Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau, who is also State Minister of Trade and Industry, and Sabah State Secretary, Datuk Hj Safar Bin Untong.


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