Rep welcomes mobile banking services

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KUCHING: The setting up of mobile banking services in the rural town of Pakan, Sarikei was lauded by Julau MP Larry Sng.

He expressed delight that the rural folk would now have access to banking services.  Prior to this, they had to travel 44 kilometres to the nearest main town.

“I am happy that the state government has contributed towards the setting up of bank automatic teller machines (ATMs) with Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) in rural areas including Pakan town,” he wrote in a Facebook posting yesterday.

The state government, under the third Sarawakku Sayang assistance package announced last week, allocated RM1.6 million in capital expenditure to Bank Simpanan Nasional to operate mobile banking services in rural areas where there were no banks.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said through the allocation, the state government would help purchase vehicles equipped with ATM and counters for mobile banking.

Sng said in Julau’s case, the town needed more ATMs as the existing machines frequently malfunctioned.

“This will greatly benefit the local people, especially at times like these when people are not allowed to travel between districts,” he said.

Last month, the plight of Pakan folk was widely reported after photos of them lining up en masse at their local police station to obtain travel permits went viral on social media.

It was understood at the time that their purpose of travel was mainly to get banking services, which were unavailable in their area.

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