Banks on wheels the answer to messy cash aid withdrawals


MIRI: Long queues and congestion at banks here could become a thing of the past.

Datuk Lee Kim Shin has proposed to banks to provide mobile banking services in rural areas.

This came after reports of members of the public lining up for hours just to withdraw government aid money.

Long queues were seen at the Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) branch here recently.

“We have proposed to BSN to provide mobile banking services in rural areas such as Subis and Long Lama, among others,” said the Senadin assemblyman today.

“We have suggested using the district offices in these areas for the bank to set up its services.”

Lee, who is also Sarawak Transport Minister, added that the proposal was made during a meeting between the Miri Disaster Management Committee and eight banks, including BSN.

He said a follow-up discussion on this matter would be made between him and the corresponding bank.

“I will call the manager of the BSN branch here again and ask about the mobile banking services. We are now only waiting for the bank to get back to us.”

Lee said banks in the area had also been told to come up with an immediate solution to the congestion issue.

“During the meeting, we requested the banks to work out a system to avoid long queues such as using numbering system and so on.

“We will also look into other options such as including other banks in the distribution of government cash aid.”

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