Sarawak Pay goes global with seamless cashless payment transaction

Abang Johari (fifth left) in a photocall with the UnionPay International (UPI) chairman Cai Jianbo (virtually, fourth right) and other dignitaries on Thursday. From left: State Economic Planning Unit (EPU) director Dr Muhammad Abdullah Zaidel, Deputy State Secretary Datuk Dr Sabariah Putit, SiliconNet Technologies Sdn Bhd (SNT) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Husain and Sarawak Information Systems (Sains) chairman Tan Sri George Chan Hong Nam.

KUCHING: The state’s e-Wallet application, Sarawak Pay can now be used to make payment overseas where UnionPay QR code is accepted, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“Sarawak Pay is ready to roll-out the feature of UnionPay Virtual Card on its e-Wallet platform. This will enable Sarawak Pay e-Wallet to be used for payment overseas.

“We have completed the integration work with UnionPay and I would like to thank UnionPay for collaborating with us.

“This success in the collaborative effort of both parties is the result of the MOU which we signed with UnionPay during my visit to China in April of 2019.

“I am happy to see that today we have successfully realised our aspirations to go global and that our Sarawak Pay e-Wallet can be used for a seamless cashless payment transaction internationally,” he said.

He was officiating at the launch of the UnionPay Virtual Card on Sarawak Pay here today.

Abang Johari said to date, close to RM1 billion have been transacted on Sarawak Pay and it is expected to grow further with the UnionPay partnership.

“Sarawak Pay now have 496,000 users and have close to 70,000 participating merchants in Sarawak,” he said.

Abang Johari also expressed his appreciation to Bank Negara for approving the integration between UnionPay and Sarawak Pay on the international platform which is a historic milestone for both parties.

“To reinforce our branding and presence on the global stage, it is now timely for us to rename our Sarawak Pay e-Wallet to SPay Global and related to this, we shall seek Bank Negara’s approval for a bigger e-Wallet size, perhaps to a maximum of 1,000 Euro.

“Finally, I would like to congratulate both Sarawak Pay and UnionPay for the success of this collaborative effort and certainly, what we are doing today will further strengthen Sarawak’s Digital Economy agenda,” he said.