Cashless payment on the rise


By Siti Nurain Ratani

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, cashless payment facilities and e-wallets are now growing rapidly and have become popular payment methods among the people in the state.

The state government’s efforts in strengthening Sarawak’s digital economy have also assisted the people and traders for cashless shopping activities.

Among the e-wallets introduced by the state government is Sarawak Pay which was launched on November 15, 2017.

A survey at the Bandar Riyal market here found that the hawkers and petty traders welcome the use of the application.

One of the traders, Liew Sya Leong, said he started using the Sarawak Pay app since last year.

“It makes it easier for hawkers like us to do online buying and selling activities while facing the pandemic.

Liew said what attracted him to use the said application is when he recognised the state government’s efforts to lead Sarawak towards a digital economy.

“Hawkers are encouraged to register for this application.

“Apart from being able to control the spread of Covid-19, it can also facilitate business dealings between buyers and traders,” he said.


Meanwhile, another trader, James Jana, 54, said the use of the Sarawak Pay application has, to some extent, contributed to the sense of security for traders because they no longer have to deal with a lot of cash.

“I am more comfortable in using this application rather than cash because apart from being safe, it also allows our money to be well-stored without us having to worry about losing it.

Sarawak Pay can be downloaded from the Google Play Store for Android and Apple Store for iOS users.

The application can also be used in several business premises in Peninsular Malaysia.