Bank Negara Malaysia Payment System Policy Deparment director Tan Nyat Chuan said that before the full implementation, cardholders would be given six months, beginning January until June 2017, to familiarise themselves with the new system.
The pin and pay system uses a PIN enabled card that allows a cardholder to make a purchase by keying in a six-digit PIN, with no signature required.
It is an enhanced payment method and will make an already safe payment system even more secure.
"The targeted completion of the infrastructure rollout and card replacement is expected by Dec 31, 2016," he told reporters after the national e-payment roadshow 2016 in Miri on Tuesday.
In addition to the pin and pay system, he said, cardholders would be able to pay through the "tap-and-go" system beginning Jan 1, 2018.
He said 44.3 million cardholders would be able to enjoy the facility once the new system becomes operational.
"Cardholders can pay by 'tap-and-go' for low value transactions," he said.
On the e-payment, he said that from January to June 2016 cheque usage had declined 10% due to the rising usage of Interbank Giro and Instant Interbank Fund Transfer.
"IBG and IBFT transactions showed an increased growth of 18% and 94%, respectively," he said.
The roadshow was jointly organised by Bank Negara, the Association of Banks in Malaysia and the Association of Islamic Banking Institutions. - Bernama
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